In Delhi—a city of 17 million people—7.2 million residents already qualified for food aid before the pandemic. After, the numbers skyrocketed.
Dr. Gautam Bhan is the senior lead of academics and research at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru. He works on urban poverty, inequality, housing, and social protection, with a focus on cities of the global south. He has most recently authored In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship, and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (Orient Blackswan/University of Georgia Press, 2016) and is a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (Routledge, 2019).