• Paulachan Kochappilly DVK, Bangalore
Keywords: Coronavirus, Family, Human Rights, Lockdown, Migrant Workers, Moral Responsibility


The Covid-19 pandemic has made migrant issues unforeseeable, unbearable and beyond comprehensive scrutiny. Internal informal migrant workers of India had a bolt out of the blue to their life and livelihood by the unexpected and poorly coordinated nationwide lockdown imposed on 24 March 2020 by the central government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. The unprecedented, unreasonable, and ungraded complete stringent nationwide lockdown showcases the true and yet disgusting fate of the migrant workers in India, an abandoned and unaccounted workforce in the country.

The author describes some of the tragic experiences of migrant workers due to the denial of fundamental human rights.In the second section, the author proposes a few measures for the welfare of migrants in India.What is urgent is to see issues by putting on one’s migrant garb along cultural and religious belief lines. In such circumstances, the author suggests that act according to one’s well-informed conscience than by the measure of convenience.

Author Biography

Paulachan Kochappilly, DVK, Bangalore

Paulachan Kochappilly, CMI holds a Doctorate in Moral Theology from Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome. His doctoral dissertation, Celebrative Ethics: Ecological Issues in the Light of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana (1999), was published by Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore. Some of his publications include, Evangelization as Celebration (2002), Life in Christ: Eastern Perspectives on Christian Ethics (2010). Most recent publications are: Spectrum of Ethical Imagination and Action (Bengaluru: Dharmaram Publications, 2019) and A Milestone and the Roadmap for the Syro-Malabar Church: Significance of the Memorandum of Father Placid J. Podipara, ed., (Bengaluru: Dharmaram Publications, 2019). He is a Professor of Moral Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, where he has also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and the President.


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How to Cite
Kochappilly, P. (2022). COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN INDIA. Asian Horizons, 58-72. Retrieved from