Diamond Industry hit hard:
The president of Surat Diamond Polishers Union committed suicide earlier this week, apparently over financial difficulties resulting from the Covid-19-induced lockdowns. This, however, is not an isolated incident with 13 diamond workers resorting to the same. The city, once a bustling hub of commerce, is now reeling pretty badly due to the slowdown. Industry officials say factories continue to remain shut as there’s hardly any demand for polished and cut diamonds abroad. A factory owner says over 200,000 diamond workers left for their homes in the Saurashtra region after the lockdown
was first imposed and the situation has only deteriorated since then. Besides, factory owners point towards the fact that the business cannot practically be run with social distancing measures. Read more here.
Lockdown, through a lens: In early April, a photographer hit the streets of Delhi
to capture the reality of lockdown.
The project, which ranges from photos of desolate Lutyens’ Delhi to grim scenes at crematoriums, has yielded over 10,000 images so far. She couldn’t capture red zones, migrants leaving from Anand Vihar or the ICU at AIIMS, but the project has garnered quite a bit of attention. Particularly haunting, she says, was her experience of shooting a crematorium in action. She also reminisces scenes from Delhi’s North Avenue where a group of Rhesus monkeys took over both sides of the road. Dream-like images of Old Delhi, however, stand out from the book which is otherwise heavy on information. Her photographs of migrants, meanwhile, moved followers who then decided to help out the workers in whatever way they can. Read more here.
Hybrid work model:
The world is moving towards a hybrid-work model to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic. However, the columnist warns, this can lead to deepening of workplace inequalities and a rise in joblessness in formal sectors of the economy. While the digital divide has been given enough space for discussion, the living divide also needs to be looked into. Work from home assumes that there is adequate space, both physical and recreational. If we do not want to go back to the ways of old then there may be a need to re-engineer the economy to create new jobs. Governments, meanwhile, will also have to shift gears and focus more on local needs and invest in communities. As the world opens up again, we should think about the most treasured aspects of the disruption and decide if we want things to continue the same way. The future will have to be re-worked accordingly. Read more here.
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