Booming Growth or Looming Crisis?
It is in this state of dilemma that the May Day of 2008 was observed all over India.
It was very evident in the Bicycle Jatha (rally) that the New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) undertook to mark the occasion of May Day in the city of Bangalore.
We intervened with a (leaflet)lampooning the claims of the establishment that the country was booming and the 7.54% inflation was only a temporary hiccup. The leaflets were distributed through out the length and breadth of the city primarily in the working class areas. It was received with good enthusiasm especially by the youth and the Industrial workers. Many were seen being carefully stacked away in their bags after careful reading.
Later we got calls from hitherto unknown informing us that they photocopied the leaflets for further distribution!
As it is the time of local state elections many workers thought that we were seeking votes for communist parties as we were wearing red shirts, many quipped to say “you don’t stand in elections”. When we ventured to explain that we are calling for building of a mass workers’ party that stands for workers with a socialist programme they were interested.
Workers were generally worried about the rise in food prices and the possible further retrenchments because of the down turn in the economy. Many held America responsible for the plight and agreed with us on slogans against capitalism and imperialism.
As the leaflet was brought out in new, simple and folk literary style in (Kannada)which was very popular among the local people coming from village rural backgrounds. In all total we travelled on cycle little more than 70Kms and distributed 4000 leaflets, collected 390 rupees as fighting fund.
In Chennai and Theni comrades from Tamilnadu participated in the local protest demos organised by the CP’s against the price rise.
New Socialist Alternative(CWI-India