India’s working masses rise up against Modi govt

By Staff Reporter

 

The policies pursued by successive central governments in India for the last three decades have impoverished vast sections of the working class, leading that country’s workers to protest as they marched to the Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.

 

India’s capital, New Delhi witnessed a historic protest rally on Wednesday, 5 September when more than 200,000 industrial workers, peasants, agricultural labourers and service sector employees marched to make their voices heard in the corridors of power.

 

“The call for the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh Rally (Worker-Peasant Struggle Rally) was given by the three biggest left-wing class organisations of the working people – the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), and the All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU),” reports Newsclick. “Their demands were longstanding ones as far as the working people of India are concerned – minimum wages for workers which would ensure at least a bare minimum living standard, remunerative prices for farm produce, loan waiver for farmers hit hard by policy-induced income declines and debt trap, end to dilution of labour laws, end to privatisation, and universal education, health, housing and social security.”

 

According to Newsclick, India’s working class is aggrieved that the policies pursued by successive central governments in India for the last three decades have impoverished vast sections of the working people.

 

“The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has continued in the same policy trajectory with increased ruthlessness, while trampling upon civil liberties and inflicting terrible damage on the secular fabric of the country,” the report stated further. “Struggles of workers and peasants have been gathering strength in the recent years, but their protest actions were carried out separately. With the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh Rally, the organisations of workers and peasants came together for the first time to hold a joint rally in such a massive scale. The rally has sent a powerful message to the Modi government and to all those who seek to pursue Modi-like policies, as Tapan Sen, General Secretary of the CITU, said in his speech at the rally.”