India

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.

Authoritarian Neoliberalism: the Specter of Pinochet

Vaporwave Pinochet

This essay explores the rise of populist demagogues and the economics of their regimes. Rather than marking a clear break with neoliberalism or a direct tie to early twentieth century fascism, these figures historically connect to the regime of Augusto Pinochet and illustrate a growing trend of authoritarian-neoliberalism.

Night of the gas: Bhopal India

Images of some of the victims

Article on the worst industrial disaster in the world, the gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India. The leak, caused by non existent safety operations would kill or mutilate over 25,000 people and continues to poison the area and the population to this day.

Criminal capital: violence, corruption and class in industrial India

Police attack a striking worker, India 2015

Criminal Capital explores the relationship between neoliberalism, criminality and the reshaping of class in modern India. It discusses how the political vocabularies of urban industrial workers reflect the processes by which power is distributed across the region. Based upon field research among a ‘casualised’ workforce in the industrial city of Jamshedpur, the book examines the links between the decline of employment security, and criminality in trade unions, corporations and the state.

International trade unionism helps weak Indian unions to integrate precarious workers' struggles

Union flag at factory gate, showing their role.

Analysis of the situation of the working class and their relationship with trade unions in India's new industrial heartland around New Delhi.

Struggles and union issues at Honda and Bellsonica in Manesar, India

Translation of four recent articles from Faridabad Majdoor Samachar (Faridabad Worker' News, India), reflecting on the union question regarding two current struggles at Honda motor-cycle factory and Bellsonica car parts supplier.

Why? Vol. 1, No. 5 (August-September 1942)

The Vol. 1, No. 5 (August-September 1942) issue of Why?, an anarchist publication produced out of New York City from 1942-1947.

Black people in the British empire: an introduction - Peter Fryer

British troops round up suspected Mau Mau resistance fighters

Acclaimed writer Peter Fryer exposes the exploitation and oppression of Britain's colonies, looks at grassroots rebellions and restores black people to their rightful place in Britain's history.

Gandhi on the Theory of Voluntary Servitude

GENE SHARP graduated in sociology at Ohio State University, and
after being jailed for resisting conscription, worked at the Institute of
Social Research, Oslo, and is now doing research at Oxford on resistance
to totalitarian regimes. He is the author of Tyranny Could not Quell
Them about the resistance of the Norwegian teachers to Quisling, and
of Gandhi Wields the Weapon of Moral Power.