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A Workers' Struggle in India to 'Make the Land Proud' as Global Unrest Spreads

• Vijay Prashad

Over two days-Jan. 8 and 9-more than 160 million workers went on strike in India. This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world. The workers, exhausted by almost three decades of neoliberal policies and by the attack on their rights, came onto the streets to make their case for better livelihoods and workplace democracy. Blockades on train tracks and on national highways closed down sections of the country. In Bengaluru, information technology workers joined the strike. In Himachal Pradesh workers gathered to demand an end to precarious employment in government service. Workers from a broad range of sectors, from manufacturing to health care, joined the strike. There has been no response from the government. Please read my report on the strike. My report is written from Kerala, where almost the entire workforce went on strike. This strike comes after the powerful Women's Wall that was built on Jan. 1. For a fuller sense of what brought 5.5 million women to

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