The long road to the sugarcane fields: migrant workers, Marathwada | MaharashtraOn September 27, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
What is your name? Satyabhan Laxman Jadhav For how many years have you
been migrating as a sugarcane cutter? It has been 17 years Diwali came earlier this year so you must have
celebrated it with family after a long time? Yes, the entire family was together How many people in your family? Parents, my wife and three kids You’ve left two behind and one is travelling with you? Right How old is the child who is travelling with you? Six Why did you bring him along? He was not ready to leave his mother.
So we had to bring him with us How old are the other two kids? [In the] seventh and fourth standard.
They are with my mother You drove the tractor from Beed How tired are you after
three days of continuous travel? Well, it took us two nights and
we reached here on the third night. What do I say? It is difficult.
People don’t get to eat on time Are you tired after driving such a long tractor? Of course. My neck hurts. Waist is stiff. Even hands and legs hurt How much did you sleep? From the moment we left, about
four hours of sleep in three days Beed is so far. It takes time to get here.
It is a dangerous job as well It is not easy to drive with
20 labourers sitting behind you I have to drive through the ghat, there is traffic
and cars drive rashly on highway We can’t sleep at length either,
for fear of a theft. It is stressful