According to V. K. Gupta, one of the joint secretaries of the National
Confederation of Bank Employees, 50 million took part in this historic
strike. Some of the veterans of the movement say this was the biggest
strike since independence.
Leading up to the planned demonstration of 12 April, in Bangalore, there
was a week-long campaign demanding, "No to war". In spite of the
apparent ‘conquest’ of Baghdad, the action was quite successful in terms
of reaching a broad layer of people.
Though hardly any of the political observers predicted a defeat for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), very few foresaw the huge victory that the
protagonists of Hindu chauvinism managed to secure in the Gujarat
elections of December, 2002, through their hate campaign against
Muslims. The BJP increased its strength in...
There were delegates representing many different sectors including
women, students, youth, farmers, fisher folk, tribal rights activists,
daliths (’untouchables’) and trade unionists. Peace/ anti-nuclear and
environmental activists were also present. The Left parties also present
included the Communist Party...
Jagadish Chandra, New Socialist Alternative (Nava Samajavaadi Paryaya -
the CWI’s section in India) spoke about the struggle against
privatisation in India in an interview with Offensiv (newspaper of the
Swedish section of the CWI) during the Eighth World Congress of the CWI.
In April this year 10 million public...