• 'Lionhearted' Girl Bikes Dad Across India, Inspiring a Nation

    A 15-year-old migrant girl pedaled hundreds of miles to bring her injured father back to their home village. I

    Jyoti Kumari, the 15-year-old daughter of a migrant laborer, biked 700 miles across India to bring her father home after he was injured in an accident. Now the Cycling Federation of India has taken notice and invited her to tryout for the national team.

    As India struggles with the coronavirus and the severe measures to contain it, the plight of the nation's migrant workers has become a crisis within a crisis.Within hours of a national lockdown imposed on March 25,. Many had gravitated to urban areas for work and lived hand-to-mouth, as rickshaw pullers, tea sellers, brick haulers on construction sites.

    But once the lockdown eviscerated their chances of getting any work, they feared running out of money and food and began long, treacherous journeys back to their home villages.

    Scholars estimate that tens of millions are on the move, the biggest migration of human beings across the subcontinent since the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.When it becomes a matter of survival, said Priya Deshingkar, a professor of migration and development at the University of Sussex, migrant laborers "will try to go home, because that is where their real social safety net lies."

    That's exactly why Jyoti hit the road.Her father, Mohan Paswan, a rickshaw driver from a lower rung of India's caste system, was injured in a traffic accident in January and was running out of money even before the lockdown. He was among the legions of migrant workers performing menial jobs in the shadows of Gurugram, a satellite city of New Delhi and home to corridors of shimmering glass towers and many millionaires.
  • This is not a "feel good" story. However, it does shine a light on India's poverty issue and the plight of those in the lower castes ( the system was supposedly abolished). This piece frames it as a warm and fuzzy human interest story and something for the reader to say, "well someone has it worse off than I do".
  • Doesn't matter what color the shirt or the person is, a dad in a wife beater is universal.

    /he reminds me of Roxanne's dad in A Goofy Movie.

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