An estimated quarter billion Indians – roughly three percent of the world’s entire population – went on strike today across the subcontinent, protesting the government of Narendra Modi’s racist and “anti-people,” “anti-worker” policies. The protests were called by the Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and are thought to be perhaps the largest in world history. …
Many on the streets are also continuing the protest against Modi’s privatization schemes and racist CAA and NRC acts. The CAA explicitly prevents Muslims (India’s largest religious minority numbering around 140 million people) from neighboring countries to acquire citizenship.
The NRC (National Registration Council) overturns all previous citizenship laws, requiring all Indians to provide extensive documentation to prove their citizenship – something hundreds of millions will surely be unable to do. It, therefore, gives Modi and his ruling far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the ability to remove citizenship – and therefore virtually all human rights – from any Indian it wishes.…
- Largest Ever Strike in India Shakes Up Modi Govt – By Subodh Varma (Jan 8, 2020, News Click)
- Bharat Bandh: How All-India Strike Impacted Bengal, Delhi, Punjab, Odisha, Other States – By Richa Taneja (Jan 8, 2020, NDTV)
- Jan 8 Strike: With 7.3 crore Jobless, It’s a Fight for Survival – By Subodh Varma (Jan 3, 2020, News Click)
- Bharat Bandh: Transport, banking hit in several states as Left, Congress-backed unions go on strike; vandals torch vehicles in Bengal – By FP Staff (Jan 8, 2020, First Post)