The politico-economic impact of Covid-19

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Pandemic
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Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic is hitting life across the globe - toppling structures and economies in its wake. India is no exception to the crisis. Here’s how the coronavirus could change our political economy.

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Lockdown
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Lockdown

In light of the spreading virus, the country went on a total lockdown from March 25 - barring essential services - meaning no movement unless you provide one of the exempted services.

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Jobs
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Jobs

Restricting movement means the working class across the country - close to 400 million people - is heavily affected. Work from home is a luxury only few jobs offer, the rest of the workforce faces major uncertainty.

Long term impact
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Long term impact

The hits India’s labour workforce is taking could reshape how policy is fashioned, post-pandemic. The unorganised workforce has, for the first time, been hurt by the state’s decision-making and they will remember it once all of this dies down.

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Economic hit worse than pandemic?
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Economic hit worse than pandemic?

All said and done, India’s economy relies on the unorganised sector; while the pandemic could take many lives, it is also simultaneously taking away livelihoods, ones that have been many families’ sole support.

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Uncertainty ahead
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Uncertainty ahead

All these factors mean that even when the pandemic eventually dies down, the struggle and class conflict it is causing might not go away - leaving the nation reeling and having to deal with it for the foreseeable future.

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