Inside India’s Massive Lockdown

April 13, 2020

As governments around the world enforce safety measures in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, #DearWorld Live considers the staggering consequences of the world’s biggest lockdown. Doha Debates’ Correspondent Nelufar Hedayat is joined by economist Jayati Ghosh and journalist Ravi Mishra to talk about the far-reaching effects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to order 1.3 billion people to stay inside for three weeks. 

Our Participants

Jayati Ghosh

Jayati Ghosh is one of the world’s foremost economists and Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She’s a regular columnist for several Indian journals and newspapers as well as the Guardian. She’s closely involved with a range of progressive organizations and social movements. She has won many awards for economics including being the co-recipient of the International Labor Organization’s 2010 Decent Work Research prize. Professor Ghosh attended Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University for her MA, and received her MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University. Her core areas of study include international economics, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development. She’s the author of India and the International Economy (2015) and co-editor of Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2018.”

Ravi Mishra

Ravi Mishra is an Indian journalist and producer who has worked for international publications including NYT and National Geographic and TIME among many others. Much of his personal work focuses on child labour and women’s rights, and in addition, he is an ambassador to The People’s Vigilance Committee, one of India’s leading human rights organizations. Since the beginning of the lockdown, he has been organising and personally delivering food for vulnerable people in Bhopal central India as well as fundraising.


Nelufar Hedayat

Award–winning journalist and documentary maker