That the bricks of a house are chipping, is only discovered when the walls start getting damp on the outside.

No one realises that before, and if they do, they conveniently ignore.

It's the same with any society. 

And let's just say that right now, the paint on the nation's walls, is wearing off.

The inequality is no longer something you can ignore. 

migrant workers India
Source: Bangkok Post

It is staring you right in the face. 

In the form of endless queues.

Crowd.

And in the worst of all cases, deaths.

An 8-year-old in Bihar died recently because the family couldn't earn its daily wage. This was right after the lockdown was imposed.

His demise is not the one people will talk about, though, and that has nothing to do with the pandemic. 

It's simply because people who are not important alive, disappear after their death, as if they never existed. 

8 year old dies of hunger in Bihar
Source: The Wire

And all of us know that, of course, but usually the burden of that realisation is too heavy, and we want a distraction from that.

Don't read negative news. Switch off the TV. Focus on the good.

That's what we tell ourselves, which is understandable. 

However, to think that something most of us can't even read, is another person's reality, just shows the disparity that exists in the world we live in.

After the lockdown, migrant workers in various parts of the country started returning to their hometowns.

Which of course was in direct violation of the rules, and an extremely dangerous thing to do.

But what were their options?

The funds allotted by the government are not enough for so many daily wage workers, and with every thing shut down, they have no income either.

What is one meant to do in that scenario? Think of the bigger picture? Take precautionary measures?

Precaution is a privilege only those with food on their plates enjoy. 

There is a saying in Hindi which translates to: A hungry person's only religion is food.

By that logic, millions of people in the country don't have a God anymore. 

And it's not just that. There are people who have food and a roof above their heads, but it's 5 of them living in a tiny 1-room house. How can they possibly 'isolate' themselves?

The inequality is evident in everything. For people who have a home and money, the anxiety comes from the fact that no one knows what the future holds. We are thinking of the months that lie ahead.

While there are others who ask themselves every day: Will I stay alive tomorrow?

The only small hope comes from the fact that numerous organisations are working for the cause - and a lot of people in the country are making donations, giving whatever they can.

These unprecedented times have made us realise that the economic gap in our society is wider than we could have ever imagined and people on one side don't have the capacity to jump over.

It is us who have to do that. Now more than ever.