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The long road home

A photo feature of migrant workers on their way back home.

Photograph by Maneesh Agnihotri

Abandoning all rules of social distancing in their desperation to reach home, migrant workers crowd inside a truck travelling on NH 27 near Kanpur, UP. Photo: Maneesh Agniothri.

Migrant workers daring to walk all the way to their hometowns but also hoping to catch a ride on a passing truck, rest on the shoulder of the road near a toll plaza of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Photo: Maneesh Agniothri.

Photo by Shekhar Ghosh

Photo by Pankaj Tiwari

Amit Dave/Reuters

Photo by Subhir Halder

(Clockwise from top left) Carrying their possessions, migrant workers walking from Delhi and Haryana to Bihar and Madhya Pradesh reach Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri district; workers returning home in Madhya Pradesh on a special train from Nashik, Maharashtra, are screened for symptoms of Covid at the Bhopal railway station; masked and gloved pilgrims and migrant workers arrive in Dankuni, West Bengal, on their way home in a Shramik Special train from Rajasthan; and stranded workers queue up at the Ahmedabad railway station in Gujarat for a train to Uttar Pradesh.

Having finally made it back to their home state Jharkhand on a special train from Ernakulam, Kerala, migrant workers kneel in thanksgiving at Ranchi’s Hatia railway station. Photograph by Somnath Sen

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