Indian workers on strike

This video from India says about itself:

Comrade Bhagat Singh was one of the first martyrs of the communist movement of India. He gave up his life fighting against the brutality of capitalism and British Imperialism. For that “crime”, he was hung in 1931 by the British authorities, along with Comrade Raj Guru and Comrade Sukh Dev. Bhagat Singh was only 23 when the rope was tightened around his neck.

In 1929, Bhagat Singh was awarded “transportation for life” for throwing bombs in the Parliament session. Other members of his party, Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA), were also arrested and put behind bars. In jail, they launched a historic hunger-strike in order to protest against the discriminatory treatment accorded to the Indian political prisoners as compared to the British ones. The 63 day long strike ended as the British submitted to wishes of the young revolutionaries of India.

This clip is extracted from Raj Kumar Santoshi’s movie named “The Legend of Bhagat Singh.” It depicts the suffering of Communist prisoners during the hunger-strike. The clip also includes a song that was sung by Bhagat Singh and his comrades to keep their spirits alive in the darkness of dungeons. This song is, and will remain, the anthem of the communist movement of India.

Long Live Bhagat Singh!
Long Live Revolution!

Trade unions have kicked off a general strike and mass rallies in the Communist-governed Indian states of West Bengal and Kerala to demand that the federal government rein in rising prices and protect workers’ rights.

100 million workers join India’s September 7 general strike: here.

Jason Overdorf, GlobalPost: “Consider the following scenario: A much-admired man points out gross human rights violations committed against tribal peoples – including alleged rapes, murders, etc. But the state consistently seeks to cover up the incidents this man exposes, and instead uses a colonial-era law against free speech to sentence him to life in prison. If this were China and its Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, it would come as no surprise. But, brace yourself, this is cuddly India we’re talking about. One of India’s biggest selling points, particularly in contrast to China, has been its progressive attitude toward human rights and its commitment to the rule of law”: here.

2 thoughts on “Indian workers on strike

  1. Petrol price rise sparks protest call

    INDIA: The Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) called on all party units at the weekend to start protests against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s “callous” decision to increase fuel prices.

    The CPI-M politburo said the decision to bump up the price of petrol by 2.52 rupees (3.5p) per litre showed that the UPA government was “riding roughshod over the interests of the people.”


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