As the Covid-19 crisis continues to rage across India, Apnalaya CEO Arun Kumar was interviewed by ABC Australia on May 6, 2021, where he spoke about the impact it has had on the urban poor and marginalised.
In this Scroll article, Arun Kumar talks about how the disenfranchisement of many of India’s urban poor has been a means of keeping labour vulnerable and cheap. This becomes possible because they are viewed by the state as illegal. This legalises their exclusion. To empower the urban poor, we must begin with the unconditional inclusion of the disenfranchised as citizens.
Arun Kumar speaks to Firstpost on why it is imperative to bring in the urban poor especially women into the social security net. India’s millions of migrant workers share a common predicament: they lack a political voice. The disenfranchisement of many of India’s urban poor has been a means of keeping labour vulnerable and cheap.