Vidya Bhushan Rawat

India's historic strike, Extract from Death of the Nation, LeftWord Blog

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:56
Strike action in India
Photo Manjunath Kiran

 

Dear Friends,

(1) Strike.

Last week, as many as 180 million Indian workers went out on strike. It was - by all indications - the largest strike in recorded history. Unsurprisingly, media reports of the strike have been anemic. There is a grudging recognition that this happened, but only to suggest either inconvenience or futility. There was little attempt to understand the essence of this strike and what this means for Indian politics.

In Alternet this week, my column addresses this strike. The last paragraph reads,

  • What the strike says is that India’s workers remain a