Kolkata: Needless to say, migrants workers are among the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and the image of thousands of people walking on foot in a bid to return home during the lockdown still haunts us. Also Read - Mamata Unveils 'London-like' Open Roof Double Decker Buses in Kolkata Ahead of Durga Puja
In a bid to pay tribute to the women migrant workers and highlight their pain, organisers of a Durga Puja pandal in a Kolkata neighbourhood have decided to replace the traditional idol of Goddess Durga with that of a migrant worker with a child on her hip.
Clad in a saree, the mother will be seen walking with a shirtless toddler in her arms. Other deities including Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi have also been replaced with idols of migrant workers.
According to Telegraph India, the Barisha Club Durga Puja committee in Behala, Kolkata, has decided to install the statue to highlight the plight of migrant workers who were left without jobs and forced to walk hundreds of kilometres home.
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“During the lockdown, all I remember seeing on TV and reading in newspapers was migrant workers returning home on foot, some of them dying on the road… Durga Puja was still months away, but the indomitable spirit of the women walking home with children overwhelmed me. In my mind, they embodied the goddess,” he added.