Good Vibes Only: Migrant Workers Thank Village by Painting a School in Which They Are Quarantined

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Good Vibes Only: Migrant Workers Thank Village by Painting a School in Which They Are Quarantined

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

If you’re fed up of binging Netflix shows and productivity levels have sunk to an all-time low, you could take some inspiration from migrant workers in Rajasthan who have given all of us #QuarantineGoals.

Labourers in Sikar, Rajasthan offered their services to the school in which they were quarantined and gave the entire building a fresh coat of white paint. The village sarpanch arranged the materials needed for the 54 labourers, who hail from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar but have not been able to go home because of the lockdown.

The migrant labourers were overwhelmed by the support and services provided to them by the villagers on arrival and wanted to do something in return. The school had reportedly not been painted for the last nine years, and they did it simply to offer gratitude for their hospitality.

“Jo gaav humein khana khila raha hai, uske liye hum itna to kar hi sakte hai,” they said, modestly refusing remuneration for their efforts.

The effort and attitude of the labourers brought much-needed cheer on social media amid all the news of gloom and doom.

Token of love indeed.

Migrant labourers have had it the toughest, away from their families, stripped off their livelihood, struggling to find a place to stay. Some have had to walk hundreds of kilometres to just stay alive and feed themselves. Amid such adverse circumstances, it is admirable how this lot has decided to stay positive.

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