Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

Updated: Aug 22, 2019, 15:39 | Soumil Kamat
  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    As per the general definition, A general strike (or mass strike) is a strike action in which a substantial proportion of the total labour force in a city, region, or country participates

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  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    General strikes are characterised by the participation of workers in a multitude of workplaces, and tend to involve entire communities. General strikes first occurred in the mid-19th century, and have characterised many historically important strikes

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    Mumbai has witnessed urban protests for the past 20-25 years. The protests tried to define the nature of mass struggles within the city. Some also dealt with a violent history of the city

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  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    Mumbai has witnessed farmers protests, mill workers protests, working-class protests and even caste-based protests

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    Not just the common people, but Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Dutt also came out for a peace march in Mumbai

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    The Great Bombay textile strike was a textile strike called on January 18, 1982 by the mill workers of Bombay under trade union leader Dutta Samant

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    The purpose of the strike was to obtain bonus and increase in wages. Nearly 250,000 workers and more than 50 textile mills went on strike in Bombay.

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    The majority of the over 80 mills in Central Mumbai closed during and after the strike, leaving more than 150,000 workers unemployed. Textile industry in Mumbai has largely disappeared, reducing labour migration after the strike

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  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    Apart from that there were strikes based on communities, castes and workplaces. A man being dragged by policemen during Rasta Roko at Bandstand near Girgaum Chowpatty in February 1996. All pics/mid-day archives

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  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    The Azad Maidan in south Mumbai was where most of the protests were held or concluded. Post 1947 the maidan has also been the venue from labour movements which were led by Shiv Sena. In pic: BEST Morcha from Mumbai museum to Headquarters on June 20, 1994

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    Lawyers organised a peaceful protest against Kiran Bedi. Bedi was already in Indira Gandhi's good books. Rajiv Gandhi also did not sack her despite a huge protest by lawyers in Delhi for a lathicharge she had ordered on them

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    Scenes during Hawkers Union Morcha in 1996. The Bombay Hawker's Union is a trade union that has a large number of hawkers on its membership roll

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    Para military Forces march pass parade from V.T to Bhindi Bazaar, JJ Nagpada and Agripada due to by election

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    Police stops an activist which they were going to do Rasta Roko in front of domestic Airport, Santacruz. The auto guys tried to enter the airport forcibly and the drama ended in lathi charge

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  • Throwback Thursday: When citizens took out morchas in Mumbai

    Maharashtra Bar and Restaurant ladies employees Union took out a morcha to Mantralaya in 1996.

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    In picture: Tribal Morcha at Girgaum Chowpatty

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    In picture: CPI worker arrested on August 1994

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    In picture: Police arrested ABVP activists who rushed inside Mantralaya.

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    In picture: Extra platoon brought to BDD chawl

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Here are some morchas Mumbai has witnessed over years