Sujata Jena is a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She is a human rights activist, freelance journalist and advocate with a special interest for the cause of the poor, Dalits, tribal women, children, minorities and migrants. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been actively involved in the safe return of the migrants and continues to work for their rights through advocacy and lobbying through networking with government administrations and civil society groups. Presently, she is working as the deputy director of the Excellent IAS Academy in Bhubaneswar, Eastern Indian State of Odisha. She is the coordinator of the social projects of the congregation.
Horizons - Apart from the frontline medical workers, who else effectively combats the pandemic in India? Among the many unseen warriors, I think the Sikh community turned out to be the country's good Samaritans.
Horizons - Almost everyone I know is affected by the second wave of COVID-19 in India in one way or the other. I and most sisters in my community had the virus the first week of April, and we had to isolate ourselves immediately.
About 110 million farmers have been striking on the outskirts of Delhi for over two months in a peaceful protest against the three new agricultural laws that were passed last September. But politicians and celebrities here say non-Indians can't have an opinion on this internal matter.
India's nationwide lockdown forced migrants to attempt a return to their homes. Many ended up stranded mid-journey. I managed to help several migrants by networking with government officials.