COVID-19 has sent India’s once red hot economy into a tailspin and left tens of millions of people jobless. Growth has plunged into the negative territory. But it’s the poor who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic and the economic disruption. Some had committed suicide due to their inability to get out of their economic predicament. Although the country had pulled millions out of poverty only recently, it’s now facing the dire prospect of witnessing millions being pushed back to the margins once again as a result of the pandemic.
Can India deal with the dual onslaught of the pandemic and economic disaster at the same time? What more can it do to save millions from the brink of starvation and death?