India

Indian tea workers set fire to boss

Over 1,000 tea workers in the India state of Assam have gathered outside the home of the plantation owner as part on an on-going labour dispute. Following shots being fired from the plantation owner’s house, the workers set his house and cars alight. The plantation owner, Mridul Bhattacharya, has a history of exploiting and killing workers.

Anti-rape protesters brutalised in India

Violence against women in India has reached epidemic proportions. This year there have been 256,000 violent crimes, of which 228,000 have been against women. There is a woman raped in India every 20 minutes, and the rate is rising. Last week saw the brutal rape of a young student on a Delhi bus by 6 drunken men. Indians decided to peacefully protest and demand justice. The state had other ideas….

Acharya, M.P.T (1887-1954)

A short biography of Indian anarchist MPT Acharya.

Indian police brutalise peaceful anti-nuclear protesters

4000 anti-nuclear protesters defied a police ban and marched along the coastline towards the KNPP nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Without provocation, the police started battering people with sticks, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, and chased many people into the sea.

Statement from the Indian Suzuki workers union regarding recent violent clashes with the bosses

Update and a Statement issued by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

Indian Suzuki workers lynch and hospitalise 40 managers

Following the unfair suspension of a worker, Suzuki management hire hundreds of goons to attack workers. The workers respond by lynching and hospitalising over 40 managers, killing at least one.

Indian nurses clash with police at ministers home

After a twelve month fight for improved pay and conditions, nurses clash with Police at the home of an Indian health minister.

The long haul: The Bombay textile workers strike of 1982-83 - Rajni Bakshi

Union leader Dutta Samant with strikers, 1982

An extremely valuable book about the Bombay textile workers' strike of 1982-3, which deserves to be more widely read. The strike of 230,000 workers was big and extremely determined, but nevertheless doomed, which parallels to the UK miners' strike of 1984-5. Its defeat led directly to the massive restructuring of the Indian textile industry in the following years.

Workers autonomy strikes in India: Maruti Suzuki strike in Manesar (June, September, October 2011)

An analysis of the Maruti Suzuki strike by Mouvement Communiste, and Kolektivne Proti Kapitalu, and suggestions on a way forward based on engaging in workers militant inquiry.

Bosses hold 1000 Indian workers hostage in Angola

Over 1200 Indian workers have been left stranded, and effectively held hostage by bosses in Angola after their passports and other travel documents were confiscated in revenge for taking industrial action over not being paid anything for over six months.