The migration crisis of 2020 unleashed by the lockdown to contain the Covid-19 crisis in India raised important questions about migration and health.
This talk revolves around two fantastic and path breaking books, one on migration and the other on pandemics, both written from a historical perspective. It engages with questions such as: What is the geography and history of migration in India? How did we forget past pandemics in India that claimed 40 million lives between 1817 and 1920 due to cholera, plague and influenza? And how does such knowledge inform contemporary policymaking with respect to migration and pandemic management?
Chinmay Tumbe, Author
Chinmay Tumbe teaches at the Department of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
He holds a Masters from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He was the Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2013 and was with the School of Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Hyderabad in 2014-16.
He has worked in academic, corporate and government institutions in India, UK and Italy, served on an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on migration and his research has been featured in journals, newspapers and policy portals. He is also a member of the Urban Economics Association. His research interests include migration studies, urban economics and business & economic history.
He has authored two books- “India Moving- A History of Migration” in 2018 and “ The Age of Pandemics (1817-1920): How they shaped India and the World” which released in December 2020.