India

Does India need a bullet train?

On September 14, 2017, construction of India’s first bullet train, a much-lauded bilateral project between India and Japan, finally got underway. Although now being used by Narendra Modi’s BJP to further a nationalist agenda, ten years ago, senior BJP leader VK Malhotra slammed a railway budget that initially proposed the idea for high speed rail (HSR), for neglecting infrastructure and safety requirements as well as exposing the existing infrastructure to greater risks.

Azadi (volume 1 issue 2, october 2017) - Indian Anarchist Federation

Azadi, meaning freedom and liberty, is a 4 page newsletter by Indian Anarchist Federation. Published and distributed primarily in city of Bhopal. It began in 2017.

Sex work organisation in the global south

Sex workers protest in India

An overview by Gregor Gall of sex workers' organising and unionisation efforts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The painful transition: bourgeois democracy in India

Indian parliament, postindependence

A Marxist account of the development of capitalist democracy in India, by Achin Vanaik.

A spree of rebellions in the Greater Noida, India

An expansion of the Delhi-NCR region, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority - NOIDA - is an example of 21st century expansion of wage-labour based commodity production. Below, we look at some glimpses of what this entails.

Making the steam roll: a personal narrative of a locoman

Dharampal

A first person account by Dharampal/Comrade Burmee of a lifetime of work and struggle on the Indian railways from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

集草为巢——印度农民工的新型反抗和阶级形成

Gurgaon strike

印度城市古尔冈,购物商场和金融大厦鳞次栉比,然而这繁华盛世背后却是工人阶级辛酸的挣扎。近年来,伴随着工业腾飞,印度诞生了一个庞大的工人阶级——农民工。和中国的情况相似,由于工资过低,来自农村的工人被迫与家人分离,只能在大城市工厂与农村之间流动。残酷的现实促使印度工人不断发起集体反抗来改变自身的处境。本文结合古尔冈的工业结构等背景,提出当地工人需要总结以往传统抗争方式失败的教训,未经批准的罢工以及工厂占领可能才是出路。

Boer POW camps in India

Boer prisoners camp Bhimtal

Short article on the Boer prisoner of war camps set up in India during the Boer War.

On "Autonomy in India"

"What we see the workers doing, and what we hear of from other places today, gives the impression that some great churning is taking place which we dare not try to fit unthinkingly into existing moulds bequeathed to us by past experience."

Autonomy in India: Tactical and Strategic Considerations on the New Wave of Workers’ Struggles

Recent workers’ struggles in India prompt us to examine the concept of autonomy more closely. Movements in the Gurgaon-Manesar region have consciously or unconsciously addressed the reality of the social factory and have combined mobilizations from below and mass initiative with the need to formulate an appropriate strategy and effective set of tactics.