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How the lockdown affects different classes

For the urban poor, it’s not a choice between lives and livelihoods---both are equally at risk.

April 29, 2020 / 09:52 AM IST
How the lockdown affects different classes

The decision whether to lift the lockdown or not on May 3 is being framed as a ‘lives versus livelihood’ debate. Apparently, the dilemma is that if the lockdown remains in place lives are saved, while lifting the lockdown will save livelihoods but could sacrifice lives. It’s a catchy phrase and many of us have adopted it rather unquestioningly. But is such a framing correct? The whole idea of a lockdown is to save lives through what is called ‘social...

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