Unproductive Bandh!


Bandh supporters stop an Ambulance.Photo:Shantanu Debnath.

Bandh supporters stop an Ambulance.Photo:Shantanu Debnath.

Despite courts order that Bandhs or general strikes are illegal,political parties in India called bandhs on different reasons.People who live in the Communist ruled states of West Bengal and Kerala know that ruling party as well as opposition called general strikes.On 1997,the Kerala High Court had passed the order that general strikes were illegal.On 2003,a fine of Rs.20 lakh($45,000) each was imposed on right wing Shiv Sena and BJP by the Mumbai High Court for the damage caused by public property.October 1,2007 Tamil Nadu bandh,called by ruling DMK on the issue of the Setusamudram Canal Project violate the Supreme Court’s order.On Sept.30,2007 the Supreme Court of India stayed a ruling DMK-sponsored bandh in Tamil Nadu on the Setusamudram sea canal project issue.Earlier the Kerala High Court and Bombay High Court had ruled that the Chief Minister of a state can not lead a strike in his own state.
Yesterday(July 17),Violence broke out in different parts of Calcutta and other parts of Bengal when Congress supporters went on the rampage.The State Congress leadership has called a 12-hour State-wide general strike to protest against attack on their leaders.In recent past the ruling Communist party of India (Marxist)as well as opposition parties observed general strikes on different occasion.During the to protest against the acquisition of fertile farmland to set up a car factory and chemical hub in Singur and Nandigram,West Bengal had been hit by general strikes frequently.In general strike protesters closed offices and shops and public transport forcefully as a mark of public protest.General public faced difficulties and poor people lost their daily wage.Industries also faced heavy loss.

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About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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