I just attended an inspiring rally and march, organized jointly by Indian trade union federations against the rising prices of basic commodities, the selling of public assets to multinational capital, and the rampant disregard for basic laws to protect workers. Delegations came from all over the country. One of the most visible aspects of the rally was a presence of women, as leaders and as participants.
I had great conversations with people about why they were there, but also about what they thought of the Egyptian and West Asian revolts. You could really see people wrestling with the idea, both noting the differences between India and other places but also feeling very inspired by those revolts.
It’s thrilling to be part of events like this. And to know that they’re happening all over the world.