For the past two months, millions of men and women have been stranded in major Indian cities, indirect victims of the coronavirus crisis. Photographer Ishan Tankha followed them, from New Delhi to the border of Uttar Pradesh or Bihar.
Without money, without housing, without food. Since March 25, millions of Indian migrants have been stranded in big cities, like New Delhi, the capital, victims of the general confinement ordered by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Within a few hours, these day workers, employed in the informal sector, lost everything: their jobs, their livelihoods and often their accommodation. Megacities have become open prisons. Impossible for them to return to their village of origin where their family awaits them. The government grounded buses, trains and planes. Hungry and desperate, thousands of men, women and children set off on foot, by bicycle or by rickshaw to reach their village, sometimes hundreds of kilometers away. Many have perished, from exhaustion or dehydration, mowed down by cars or run over by trains. Every day, the press reports on fatal accidents that highlight the tragedy of migrants in India.