Strike Involving 150 Million Indian Workers


This post is intended more for this blog’s American, rather than Indian, readers.

The vitriol that has accompanied some recent posts related to Prime Minister Modi reflects political tensions that are being expressed very concretely, if complexly, in Indian daily life.

Last week, a major strike occurred in India. It involved about 150 million workers who were protesting some of the financial reforms proposed by the Modi government.

Regardless of whether one would support all of the strikers’ positions, one cannot help but note that has been a long time since American labor has demonstrated—or has had—this kind of political presence.

Here are the opening paragraphs of a summary from the BBC:

“Workers across India are staging a day-long strike to protest at the economic policies of the government.

“They say the ‘pro-business’ policies of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will put their jobs at risk and hurt ordinary people.

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