Interview with a leading farmer in India

In Defence of Marxism 23 December 2020 The recent farmers protests in India have paralysed the capital city of Delhi. About 32 farmers’ organisations and unions are participating in the protests, demanding the withdrawal of the reactionary farms’ bills passed by the Modi government on September 20. Comrades of the International Marxist Tendency held a short interview with Datar Singh, president of the Kirti Kissan Union. The union is active in various regions across Punjab and other parts of India representing small scale and landless farmers. The Kirti Kissan Union is playing a leading…

Read More

Farmers’ Struggle: Women’s Struggle Fire(Flame of Women Struggle)

Throughout history, women have struggled for their rights, along with their struggles for people, land, nature, and the environment. Indian women do not come out suddenly. History has shown that once on the field, they will not retreat easily. Recently, there has been an increase in the need to take to the streets and fight against the state. Women across the country took to the streets last year to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Launched by a small number of women in Delhi, the protest took the form of…

Read More

Alert: Kerala journalist killed in hit-and-run

S V Pradeep, a Thiruvananthapuram based broadcast journalist, was killed in a hit-and–run road accident in suspicious circumstances on December 14. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls for a thorough investigation into his death.   According to police and onlookers, a Swaraj Mazda truck hit Pradeep’s two-wheeled vehicle which was travelling in the same direction near a Karakkamandapam traffic signal at 4pm. The driver did not stop the truck and sped from the scene. Pradeep was severely injured before later dying from the injuries he sustained. His body was…

Read More

Indian Workers Ambush iPhone Sweatshop to Protest Unpaid Wages

Workers in the southern city of Bangalore stormed an iPhone manufacturing plant on Saturday, breaking windows and turning over vehicles. They demand their unpaid wages, as well as better wages and working conditions. On Saturday, enraged Indian workers stormed an iPhone manufacturing plant after their night-shift. The Times of India called it a “rampage.” Workers at the factory, owned by the Taiwanese company Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing, turned over vehicles and broke windows at the facility, located on the outskirts of the southern city of Bangalore. The workers say they haven’t…

Read More

Farmers vs. the Indian state

Originaly published on: https://www.ips-journal.eu/regions/asia/farmers-vs-the-indian-state-4865/ Contrary to what Narendra Modi’s government thinks, the huge open-air farmers’ protests outside Delhi may not fizzle out By Jayati Ghosh | 14.12.2020 India’s capital is under siege from more than two million farmers, who are currently gathered at the city’s border in a massive protest that started two weeks ago. Old and young men, women and even children from farming families are camping on open roads in the bitter cold of a Delhi winter. They have abandoned their concerns about viral infection and come prepared…

Read More

Indian Farmers on Strike. They Should Continue — Indefinitely

Post on: December 9, 2020 Sou MiM.K. Kumar Farmers in India led a nationwide strike yesterday, December 8, to mount the pressure on Delhi to repeal the three new agricultural laws passed by the Modi government. To win their demands, they, along with the hundreds of millions of workers in the country’s most strategic sectors, need to continue down the path opened by the strike. Yesterday, Indian farmers led a strike across the country, as they pushed once again with fervor to repeal the pro-corporate agricultural laws passed by the…

Read More

Over 300,000 Farmers Have Begun an Indefinite Siege on India’s Capital

Post on: December 1, 2020  Sou Mi In a powerful rebuke to Narendra Modi’s three pro-capitalist agricultural laws, hundreds of thousands of farmers have traveled from across India for protests in New Delhi and blockaded its main arteries. For months, farmers across India have been protesting against three new pro-market laws passed by the Narendra Modi government — a fight that is increasingly coming to a head. In a stunning rebuke to Modi’s growing privatization measures, over 300,000 farmers, with the support of workers and social movements, have been mounting the pressure…

Read More

Over 250 million workers join national strike in India

26 November, 2020Despite repression, a joint general strike by workers and farmers has shut down India. Over 250 million workers took part in the 26 November strike. Indian trade unions condemned the arrests of workers’ and farmers’ leaders across the country as they demonstrate together in one of the biggest ever nationwide general strikes.   Indian trade union leaders issued a clarion call to the government to repeal anti-worker labour codes and anti-farmer farm laws as a massive mobilization of industrial and agricultural workers and farmers across the country disrupted normal…

Read More