“Nine bombings in as many months, almost 100 people dead, and some 200
injured: Bombay is in the midst of ... the longest-running terror
offensive any major Indian city has ever encountered...” (Editorial in
‘The Hindu’, 26 August 2003).
In the name of Liberalisation, the deadly disease of Privatisation has
attacked the working class throughout India. It has killed and destroyed
250,000 factories and has thrown 25 million workers and their families
into a hellish life.
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.
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.
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...