Context India

How long before India’s economy recovers?

Faye D’Souza analyses how much damage the COVID pandemic has wrought on India’s economy and where it goes from here.

The second episode of Context India looks at how the country’s economy has been affected by the coronavirus.

The pandemic spared almost no economy in the world. Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India, Mahesh Vyas, the CEO of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, and Gopal Krishna Agarwal, a spokesperson of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), detail why inequality and unemployment in India are at some of the highest levels they have been in recent years.

Faye then speaks with Jayant Sinha, a member of parliament from the BJP representing the central government, and Professor Ritu Dewan, vice president of the Indian Society of Labour Economics.

To close the episode, we feature an excerpt of a track written and produced by Tamil rapper Arivu, called Vanakkam Virus, which translates to “Hello Virus”.