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The covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the Indian government has unleashed unprecedented economic hardship on the most vulnerable sections of the country. It has also put the unorganised labor force and migrant workers in peril, with many thousands walking to their hometowns, with many hundred dying before they reach their destination.  Amidst this humanitarian crisis, some BJP ruled state governments have significantly reformed the labour laws. And, in order to revive the economic condition, many  state governments have extended the daily working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours for a time period of 2-3 months in the factories.  To understand more about the reformed labour laws and how these changes would affect the workers and the employers, we reached out to Gautam Mody of The New Trade Union Initiative.
A new investigation by Nitin Sethi and Mridula Chari of The Reporter’s Collective for Article 14 reveals that the centre is using a flawed database to decide where the lockdown is imposed and where it is lifted.  Suno India editor, Padma Priya spoke with Mridula Chari and Ankur Paliwal of The Reporter’s Collective to bring to you this exclusive episode where the reporters and researchers behind the story tell us how the Government of India was relying on flawed data for its strategy in handling the pandemic. You can read the story on www.article-14.com (http://www.article-14.com/)
Suno India in association with Article 14 and The Reporter’s Collective bring to you this exclusive podcast where the reporters Mridula Chari and Ankur Paliwal tell how the government of India continued to ignore ICMR’s parameters towards lifting the lockdown.  A new investigation reported by Nitin Sethi and Mridula Chari of The Reporters's Collective reveals that a week after the Indian government coercively imposed a country-wide lockdown on March 24 to buy itself time to fight the Covid-19 crisis, its top scientists recommended a step-by-step scientific process that would lead to the lifting of the lockdown. They suggested how the government must monitor the spread of the virus and under what conditions it should relax the lockdown restrictions. Did the government follow that? In this episode, Suno India editor, Padma Priya, spoke to Mridula Chari and Ankur Paliwal, independent journalists with Reporters Collective. You can read the investigative series in English on their website www.article-14.com (http://www.article-14.com/)
On International Nurses Day, Senior Journalist, Menaka Rao spoke to Jibin TC from the United Nurses Association. Nurses are the first responders to patients. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have often been neglected, and discriminated against by both the medical fraternity and have not been allowed to participate in policies affecting them.
Did you know that in India, there is no record as to who are the married NRIs? Till date, India does not have a record of married NRIs living abroad. Much more, if the foreign court grants the NRI couple a divorce, the Indian system does not recognise it. They are still married in India. NRI grooms continue to be well sought after by Indian parents, believing they’d give their daughters a comfortable life. Do remember, we still live in an age where even men marry for the dowry, status, for the sake of marrying an Indian bride. Many a times, the women are mistreated, harassed, abused, alienated by the groom and/or his family.  When they do so, they often do not let the women have the “advantage” of seeking a divorce. What would a woman do then? That’s what we try to understand in this episode of The Suno India Show’s Every Indian Checklist.  Zakia Afrin is an advocate for immigrant women of colour who suffer abuse. She manages Assistance and Legal Advocacy at Maitri. Maitri, based in California, helps people from South Asia facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conflict.  Protima Pandey is the Director for Office of Women’s Policy, Division of Equity and Social Justice in Santa Clara County, California. She was the Managing Attorney for Immigration at Bay Area Legal Aid for survivors of domestic violence and allied legal relief.
Gunjan Saxena, a law student who came back from the UK was affected by COVID-19. She was among the earliest people from Bhopal who recovered from COVID-19. Her father too was later diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered safely. What is it like to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with mild symptoms? In this episode of The Suno India Show, we try to understand that and more. She shares with us how she kept herself engaged and had emotional support from her father and friends while she was in the hospital. She tells us how her family faced isolation, stigma and fake news more than her.
On April 22, The Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 was amended to make attacks on doctors a non-bailable cognizable offence. Along with imprisonment and fine, the case will be fast-tracked so that the final judgment will come within a year. This amendment took place just three days after doctors and their relatives in Chennai were attacked when they had gone to bury another doctor who had passed away from COVID.  On April 19th, in Chennai, a neurosurgeon Dr Simon Hercules died due to COVID-19. When he was taken to be buried, the medical staff and Dr Simon’s family were brutally attacked by people who gathered from the neighbourhood with sticks and stones. However, this was not a stand alone incident. Several others have preceded in various parts of the state and the country and intensified since the beginning of the pandemic. In a similar case earlier, people even threatened to exhume the body of another doctor if he would be buried there. Why are healthworkers and patients who are becoming fatalities to COVID being denied dignity in death?  In this episode of The Suno India Show, we reached out to Dr Pradeep, an orthopedic surgeon, a friend of deceased Dr Simons, who was denied a decent burial by the community around the burial ground. We spoke to Dr Pradeep to understand the reality what doctors face, role of health communications and the need to tackle stigma and misinformation.
Nearly 7 lakh households, mostly BPL families, don’t have ration cards in Jharkhand. The Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries list hasn’t been updated for over 5 years in the State. Despite Jharkhand government announcing 10 kg food grain from Mukhiyas’ contingency fund for the needy, the Right to Food campaign has said that they have received many reports of starvation deaths in Jharkhand and other places. They have now asked the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to release the food stocks through the PDS. FCI has 77 million tonnes of stock in its godowns, which is thrice the buffer stock norms.  In this episode of The Suno India Spoke, Vaishali Pandiyen, reporter for Suno India spoke to Professor Dipa Sinha from Ambedkar University, a member of Right to Food campaign, and Vipul Paikra and Vivek Kumar, from Right to Food campaign in Jharkhand, to understand what the poor of Jharkhand are facing due to the lockdown. Additional Reporting for the episode by Anumeha Yadav. Parts of this episode are in Hindi.
In this second part of the investigation series reported by Nitin Sethi and Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava of The Reporters’ Collective in association with Article14, it has come to light that Dr Vinod K Paul had also presented to the government a plan to tackle the inevitable surge in the spread of the pandemic. Documents reviewed by Nitin and Sambhav shows that the scientifically-validated approach recommended to the centre in April was not new.  It had been first suggested as far back as February by the government’s top scientists. They tell Padma Priya how the centre did not have a testing and surveillance strategy until as late as March-end. And how confusion and inaction frustrated the government’s medical experts.
In January, the world was informed by WHO of a novel coronavirus which had begun to spread rapidly in Wuhan, China. The novel coronavirus was previously unheard of and very little was known about it. People were not allowed to move out of their homes and soon photos and videos of China’s mass quarantining facilities began to emerge. For those of us outside China, the measures taken by China seemed over-the-top and draconian. Fearing the outbreak would spread more, many countries announced travel bans of passengers from China; others warned their citizens from travelling to China. Fast forward to March 18 and India had over 151 cases. On March 19th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a  Janta Curfew would be held on March 22nd. This was a precursor for another announcement made by the PM Modi the next day that the entire country would be put under lockdown starting March 24th. It was the same day that India reported over 100 cases in one day.  The PM’s announcement regarding the lockdown came abruptly, giving 1.3 billion people just 4 hours to gear up and stock up for what is to be the longest lockdown ever seen in independent India. Interestingly, this decision was taken 10 days after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had publicly stated that COVID-19 was not a health emergency. So what was the scientific basis for the nationwide lockdown that began in India on March 24th and subsequently extended on April 12th till May 3? Was the government assured by its own scientists that the lockdown would help curtail the spread of COVID 19? A new investigation reported by Nitin Sethi and Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava of The Reporters’ Collective in association with Article14 reveals the government was informed in the first week of April that the countrywide 21-day lockdown ordered by Prime Minister Modi would have a very limited and temporary effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the investigative series in English on their website www.article-14.com (http://www.article-14.com/) . In this special episode of The Suno India Show, we bring to you an exclusive interview with Nitin Sethi and Kumar Sambhav on what their investigation revealed.
Last week US President Donald Trump announced (https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007088432/trump-world-health-organization-coronavirus.html) the US is cutting its funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) – a decision that will have major implications for the global health response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said that the funding has been suspended pending an investigation into what he called its “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” This decision by President Trump is catastrophic for WHO as it throws several key health programs that are partly funded by US contributions into disarray. This includes WHO’s emergency fund to help at-risk countries across the world fight the coronavirus pandemic. The US contributes (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/15/trump-turns-against-who-to-mask-his-own-stark-failings-on-covid-19-crisis) more than US$400 million to the WHO per year. It is the organization’s largest donor and gives about 10 times what China does per year. Trump has accused the organisation (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52289056) of mishandling and covering up the initial spread of COVID-19 in China, and of generally failing to take a harsher stance toward China. What will Trump’s decision to cut funding mean for the organisation? What will this mean for WHO as an organisation? And what does it mean for countries which rely on global health financing including India? To seek answers for these questions and more, Suno India editor Padma Priya reached out Dr Madhukar Pai, Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Director of the McGill International TB Centre.  Additional Reading:  Can We Reimagine Global Health In The Post-Pandemic World? (https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2020/04/06/can-we-reimagine-global-health-in-the-post-pandemic-world/#72a546024c22) by Madhukar Pai.
After the Indian government announced lockdown from March 25th, 2020, trouble brewed for the fishermen community in India. The deep-sea fishermen, who came back in different intervals, unaware of the lockdown did not know what to do with the fish stock. The local markets, interstate transport movement and exports were shut. Many migrant fishermen from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh were stranded in the state of Gujarat during this lockdown. However, the boat owner communities and the local people are ensuring they are taken care of. The fisher community groups across different states have been taking active measures to reach out to central government and state fisheries for compensation and to help them ease down during this lockdown. Compensation mechanisms for fishermen are the need of the moment, as small scale fishermen who are dependent on their coasts for their daily livelihood are now left without work. After the central government gave a green signal for transport vehicles to ply within India, fishermen have been able to transport fishes. As fishermen and allied fisheries face struggle during the COVID 19 times, solutions and proactive measures from government and experts need to be done at the earliest to prevent losses. To highlight the concerns of fisherman and allied fisheries face, independent journalists Sharada Balasubramanian and Jency Samuel report for The Suno India Show.
In the race to control the COVID-19, ASHA workers have been deployed to go into their community, identity migrants, and ensure they remain quarantined and follow social distancing norms. But ASHA workers themselves barely have any protection or training related to COVID-19. They are irate that the government has not provided any facility for them during this pandemic, except death insurance. Reported by Menka Rao with additional reporting from Padma Priya
There are two stories playing out in India right now. The stories of those who have the luxury of working from home and those who are walking miles to reach home. For the migrant workers and daily wage earners, the lockdown has thrown their life out of gear. This reverse migration has also left many small and medium industries in a lurch. The Indian textiles industry which has around 4.5 crore workers reported a massive credit crunch due to the payment issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Exports dipped in March 2020, owing to the breakdown in production, supply, and payment networks.  In this episode, Karnataka Garment Worker Union’s president Sebastian Devaraj tells us about the challenges faced by the workers of this industry, who are stuck in different cities of Karnataka.
On 24th March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a complete nationwide lockdown till 14th April. Due to the increase in the number of confirmed positive cases and the death toll in India, the Central government also ordered all the states and the districts to shut borders in order to check the community transmission of the infectious disease by migrant workers. There have been many reports coming in on how the migrant workers are heading to their villages on foot and are stranded with no food, no shelter and no money. Other horrendous acts such as spraying returning workers with disinfectants have also been reported. What had been a public health crisis soon turned into a humanitarian crisis for states to manage.    To know the situation on the ground and what are the challenges that the migrant workers are facing, we reached out to Sandeep Rauzi of Workers Unity.    Please note that this episode has been recorded in Hindi.
Over the years, Tamil Nadu has been known for public health models that have been successful in providing quality health services at economical rates especially to the rural poor. So during a pandemic like this, how is a state like Tamil Nadu handling COVID? To discuss this and more, in this episode independent journalist Sowmiya Ashok reached out to Dr Reba Kanugo who is a microbiologist and head of microbiology department at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
देशव्यापी लॉकडाउन में भी दूसरे राज्यों से हजारों की संख्या में बिहार के मजदूर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे हैं. ये लोग अभी मुख्यतः दिल्ली और उत्तर प्रदेश से बसों के ज़रिए बिहार के सीमावर्ती जिलों में पहुच रहे हैं. जहाँ इनका रजिस्ट्रेशन और स्वास्थ्य जांच किया जा रहा है. इसके बाद बिहार सरकार इन्हें गावों पहुंचा रही है जहाँ सरकारी स्तर पर इनको 14 दिनों तक क्वारंटीन में रखे जाने के इंतजाम किए गए हैं.
On 24th March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a complete lockdown of the country till 14th April. He further added that the lockdown would be more stringent than the Janta curfew. In a press conference on 26th March, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced that 8.69 crore farmers will get the first instalment of Rs2000 now instead of Rs 500 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana. To know how this lockdown will affect the livelihood of the farmers and if the fund relief provided by the government is sufficient, we reached out to Abhimanyu Kohar, Kirankumar Vissa, Akshay Narwal and Ramanjaneyulu. All the speakers represent Farmer associations or collectives. To begin, let’s listen to what to Mr.Abhimanyu Kohar, National President, Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh has to say.
COVID-19 scare has taken us all a ride from a unified applaud all through the country for the doctors to tenants, doctors and aircrew being asked to stay away to even violence against fellow folks who don’t comply. Resident Doctor’s Association (RDA) in AIIMS New Delhi had to write to the Union Minister, as doctors were being asked by the neighbours and house owners to vacate, fearing that they would be a carrier of COVID-19. The Delhi Government has ordered penal action against such actions of house owners. In this episode, Dr Adarsh Pratap Singh, president of RDA shares with us how the fear and stigma affects them and their patients and Salma, another doctor who had to return to her home town due to pressure from neighbours during home-quarantine.
In this episode of The Suno India Show, Menaka Rao, independent journalist and host of Gasping for Breath podcast spoke to Dr Raghuram Rao from the Central TB Department who talks about how we need to keep the focus on TB control in the ongoing COVID-19 response.
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Rahul Kapoor

most of the sorry is picked from PTI's April article. it would have been nice to hear other point of view rather than one side of story.

Feb 23rd
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Ateesh Baranawal

After listening your couple of episodes like on CAB, i am feeling you are quite biased. You are only against current government, why can't you be neutral and talk about atrocities on police also on CAB topic. Being against government is fine but bring both sides of the thoughts to your podcasts. I am tired of podcast who are either bhakts or only anti bjp. Why cant any podcast be neutral. unsubscribing your podcast. waste of time.

Dec 25th
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Pratap Nair

Very informative good episode on Electoral Bonds

Nov 29th
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Rahul Kapoor

good conversation

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ayush sharma

Audio quality is really poor

Jun 24th
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