Stories of collective resistance in the context of hardship and crisis — An anonymous collective contribution from India during the pandemic crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown have compounded existing inequalities in India. As a second wave of infections hit, there were shortages of medicines, vaccines, oxygen cylinders and hospital beds, and healthcare professionals were overworked and under-resourced. However, in the midst of these stories of systemic inadequacy, there are rich and powerful stories of collective care and resistance. People stepped in to create alternative forms of community care and mutual aid. This paper describes three stories of community response in the context of systemic collapse. There have been countless other such stories of action and resistance throughout the course of the crisis period as well as in the collective history of the country.