India, Aug. 2 -- On July 3, 2020, theatre artist and playwright Pankaj Tiwari began walking the 320km distance from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, to Calais, in France.

Together with his co-performer, Abhishek Thapar, Tiwari walked to raise awareness in Europe about the abysmal condition of migrant labourers in India, who after being displaced from their cities of work during the lockdown meant to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, began to walk back to their home villages, in many cases right across the country.

The tough get going

Tiwari himself hails from a small town in eastern Uttar Pradesh - one of the main places in the country from which people leave for faraway states to find work. He calls his 320-km trek in Europe,...