S. Rathinam (39) had escaped death by a whisker that afternoon
On February 13, 2021
she, along with hundreds of others, had to run for their lives when a blast rocked the fireworks unit where they worked in Achankulam village, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of southern Tamil Nadu
With the state readying for Assembly elections on April 6,
the incident features regularly in campaign speeches. However, no one, not even politicians, acknowledge a salient feature of these tragedies—the worst-affected are poorly-paid women workers like Rathinam...