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We will beg to eat, BUT AT HOME!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 13, 2020

“Ghar pe bheekh maang ke kha lenge” (We will beg to eat, BUT AT HOME). Said by a migrant worker from Bihar.

The life of the migrant labors at their destination (away from home) is not easy. Its the hardest things they are going through now. I can feel the pain. Its a long road, but we can handle it with the same grace and huge efforts both menial and intellectual. And I see this as a matter of humanity, honesty and integrity, so it’s important for me to be clear about where I stand!

On one side, our government has taken initiative and asked laborers to return home and for that the central government is running trains to transport the laborers to their hometowns. This is a very nice initiative by our government as it is an urgent need on the part of laborers. Through our interaction with the laborers, we discovered that they are not being allowed to go to railway stations from where they are living. The state police many a times is stopping them midway, denying them access to buses right away or diverting them to a different route making their life difficult.

“Tumlogo ko permission koun diya karnatak aane ka? Tumhara sararkar kuch nahi kar sakta hai?” Said by Bangalore police

This is brutal autocracy done to the laborers. They are hurt by the fact that the city police and authority “disowned” them, and they are mishandled by police which is a loss of “trust” in the government as well. One of the labors cried saying “If we have to die of hunger, better to die in our own villages than the Garden City of India that have rejected us, abused us”.  It shows that laborers feel they have more social security in their villages.

 

“Tera sarkaar mar gayaa to tu bhi mar jaa” Said by the city police.

It’s disgusting. It shows the double standard of the Karnataka government. Is it the correct way to deal with labors from the police side? They could have guided them properly instead of abusing them by saying “Bihari, tumlogo ko permission koun diya karnatak aane ka? Tumhara sararkar kuch nahi kar sakta hai?”! We request the state government to kindly cooperate with the central government so that our laborers are able to reach their destination hassle free.

17 Responses to “We will beg to eat, BUT AT HOME!”

  1. A very apt situation pointed out by you. It was painful to watch the plight of laborers. I pray they reach their home and m sure your blog would alert the right authorities to take action against defaulters. Once they reach home a new economic system would start and that is worrying some people. I am glad rewa apart from writing here you have done a lot of needful to counter it. Your efforts shall give fruits and they will get support—–You very well know I am more with you in your effort and writing less over here.

  2. Shweta Singh said

    देख लेना…

    इन मजदूरों के सामने, पूरा देश गिड़गिड़ाएगी,
    अर्थव्यवस्था की नींव, जब-जब चरमराएगी,
    तुमने छोड़ दिया इनको, इनकी बदहाली पे,
    इनकी ग़ैरत तुमको, बदहाली से खींच लाएगी…

    जो शहर से गांव तक, मीलों चल सकते हैं,
    अपने बच्चों को सड़कों पे भी जन सकते हैं,
    तुम क्या उनको आत्मनिर्भरता का पाठ पढ़ाओगे,
    वो अपने भाग्य का विधाता ख़ुद बन सकते हैं…

    देख लेना…

    उनमें हिम्मत है, मिट्टी से सोना उगाने की,
    उनमें कुब्बत है, पूरे देश को खिलाने की,
    तुम क्या उनको भूख से तड़पाकर मारोगे
    उनमें शिद्दत है, हर भूख से जीत जाने की…

    जिस शहर के चौखट ने, उनको यूँ दुत्कारा है,
    उनकी मजबूरी पर उनको, घर से निकाला है,
    कल वही चौखट, उनको वापस बुलाएगी,
    इस देश की मजबूती उनसे ही आएगी,

    तुम…. देख लेना।

    © श्वेता सिंह
    13/05/2020

  3. Shweta Singh said

    वहम था मुझको,
    कि मैं इस देश का हूँ,
    आज जब समय बदला,
    तो हम पराए हो गए…

    निचोड़ दिया ख़ुद को,
    जिस देश की ख़ातिर,
    आज उसी देश के लिए,
    हम मनहूस साए हो गए….

    © श्वेता सिंह
    13/05/2020

  4. Ameer Khalid said

    Ameer Khalid
    Bhut hi dukh hua ye sab video dekh kr or padh kr aapne jo bhi kosis ki hai inko sbke samne laya jaye or inhone jesa behavior migrated labour ke sath kiya hai uska jawab inko diya jaye. All the best Di.. We are with migrated labour, wo kaha se bhi ho , kahi bhi ho, unko puri jimmedaari se unke ghar pauchaya jaye

  5. Shishir said

    Well written Rewa,
    The same condition of labourers are every where except few states.. such ill treatment have hurt the self esteems of them and now they are saying that they would beg but stay at home…Their outburst may be temporary coz after normalisation of situation labourers from Bihar will again move to different states for better jobs…They are compelled to migrate from Bihar because they don’t get proper work there….They should ask question to their leaders also who are not able to create jobs for them in their own state..

  6. Shishir said

    Well written Rewa,
    The same condition of labourers are every where except few states.. such ill treatment have hurt the self esteems of them and now they are saying that they would beg but stay at home…Their outburst may be temporary coz after normalisation of situation labourers from Bihar will again move to different states for better jobs…They are compelled to migrate from Bihar because they don’t get proper work there….They should ask question to their leaders also who are not able to create jobs for them in their own state..

  7. sumanmanit said

    Didi hope the issue on the plight of laborers raised by you will reach to proper authority. These laborers are migrated to other state to earn the livelihood for them and their families, atleast not begging. They have their own self esteem and all should respect it . It would be better if central government has taken earliest decision to relocate them to their destination in that case situation wouldn’t be that much worsen and also no of affected person with disease will be less.

  8. Jyotiranjan Suna said

    Painful….inlogo k bare mein govt. K bare mein soochana chahiye, ye b Insaan hai janwar nhi

  9. Jyotiranjan Suna said

    Ye log majburi, garibi ki chalte ghar, gaon chhoda tha apni pariwar k pet varne k liye…. Plz help these peoples, plz raise voice

  10. asmit said

    Its so depressing to see the state of affairs today. Government is against the weaks and working for rich. Its so evidient. But poors have no options. They cant revolt and can only beg. They cant go home. Nobady can do anything but to be at the mercy of the government. The last 2 lines of the this write says the same.. We have to request the government to let us go our home.

  11. mehhekk said

    Sach mein hum log lockdown mein apne gharon mein hai, ye log apne ghar jane ko taras gaye hai. So much pain they are going through, hope all them reach their home destination in good health.

  12. Md Quaisul Hoda said

    The heart is full of agony, anger and sadness. Such a shameful act by one human to another human.. so what they are penniless but they are honest.. so what they are on streets but they have their own home, own village and own people where they want to reach.

  13. Jitendra Kumar said

    A very true, you are saying di. Pata nahi in Sab netaon ko nind kaise aati hai? Aajkal desh me jo majdoor ki Dasha hai bahut bekar ho gayi hai. Aur is pandemic me Kendra Sarkar aur rajya sarkar Dono ko v aaina dikhaya hai. Jo Ab tak kah rahe the Vikas wali sarkar. Specially Bihar Sarkar jo Vikas wali Sarkar, Susan etc ke nam par janta ko bewkuf banaye hai. Aaj jo ye log majdooron ki Dasha nahi samjh rahe hai Kal itihas Unako Kuchhh nahi samjhegi.

  14. Didi iss crisis mei bhi kuch lok politics kar rahe hai. Shame on those people. In this pandemic we should unite and think like “us” not me.

  15. Hemant said

    It’s a ugly truth. Everyone wants to keep their records clean. Least bothered about people. Politics has reached its lowest level ever in the current times. Only few people extend their support 😐 Hope this voice reaches to government.

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