Cram Schools Test Prep India Coronavirus Dispatch: Stigma is the main worry for Dharavi residents – Business Standard

India Coronavirus Dispatch: Stigma is the main worry for Dharavi residents – Business Standard



An exam amid pandemic: This story follows the life of a JEE aspirant as he prepares to appear for the ‘most important exam’ of his life. Students across the nation were unhappy with the government’s decision to go ahead with entrance tests during the crisis and their anger only grew after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of holding the exams in under four minutes of the hearing. Repeated rescheduling and looming uncertainty made the situation even more stressful for students. The aspirant, hailing from a lower middle class family, found the lack of arrangements especially jarring as the family had to arrange for private transport which came at a huge cost. For him, as for thousands of aspirants around the country, the JEE journey has been one characterised by turmoil for reasons entirely out of their control. Read more here

Dharavi’s woes: Residents of Mumbai’s are not really concerned about the ‘model’. The people are now worried about job loss, shortage of basic necessities and hunger. This, they say, is not just a fallout of the pandemic but also caused by stigma — of being a resident of amid pandemic. Women from the area who previously worked as domestic helps for Mumbai’s affluent residents are now finding it incredibly difficult to land a job. This experience was echoed by other residents, albeit in different settings. Factory workers, for example, were not allowed to
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