Hundreds of thousands at workers’ rally and march in New Delhi

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.

Gujarati Anganwadi workers at 23 Feb 2011 rally, new Delhi

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3 Responses to Hundreds of thousands at workers’ rally and march in New Delhi

  1. Brian says:

    Hey Pranav,

    Good to hear from you via your blog! How are the events in the Middle East affecting India and South Asia generally? It’s interesting to me to see how this is spreading–from what I hear, people in Madison are making direct connections with the Egyptian revolution, and at the solidarity rally here in Providence, which was dominated by the bureaucracy, the rank-and-filers all identified with our signs connecting the struggle with Egypt. It’s clearly having an impact in southern Africa, where Museveni in Uganda says it’s irrelevant (meaning it’s relevant), and the ISO Zimbabwe got arrested for discussing it. Your thoughts?

    Also, coming back to the US any time soon? We should get the kids together!


  2. Pranav Jani says:

    Hey, thanks for commenting!

    I plan on writing something up about this topic soon; will tell you about it. In short, I’ve found that there’s both a tremendous inspiration from Egypt and an understanding of the many parallels between Egypt and India–but also a sense that India’s political and social context make it quite different.

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