To discuss the pertinent topic of the time, measures to tackle the spread of the second wave in rural areas and the plight of the poor following the Pandemic, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi and Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli organized a Panel Discussion with eminent panelists on “Rural Realities | Tamil Nadu Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave”on May 22, 2021.
Mr. P Arularasu Practicing Advocate, High Court of Madras; Trustee, Christian Comfort Ministry, gave a glimpse of rural realities in a slum in South Chennai. They were deprived of fundamental amenities and lived in pathetic conditions and relied on natural medicines like kabasura kudineer. He questioned the very existence of such slums located close to rich neighbourhoods.
While there are neatly laid roads on posh streets, the poor hardly have a road. The plight of the poor is immense and amidst the pandemic even worsened. Nutrition is the need of these people even more than the vaccine. He stressed the need for social change and how it is essential in overcoming pandemics such as these.