talk by Joginder Bains of the Indian Workers’ Association at our recent delegate meeting on the historic victory of the Indian Farmers 2021 after nine general strikes in a year by farmers and workers uniting in the biggest strikes in world history and 731 protestor deaths.
Protests took part all over India where 60% of workers are involved in agriculture and women played a key role. Agriculture is 23% of India’s gross domestic product. Farmers bypassed mainstream media and produced their own. Families of those protesters who died are to be compensated and imprisoned protesters to be released.
Workers joined forces from all over India, breaking religious, class and caste barriers. The BJP/RSS attacks on farmers backfired on them resulting in election losses which are likely to continue. The the Farm Laws Repeal Bill which was passed on 29 November.