Resources on Labour Protests at Maruti Suzuki Industry in Manesar, Gurgaon

  • Notes from the warfront: Maruti workers ‘on trial’
There is a ‘list of 162’ workers that has not been disclosed but which forms the basis for the police to either arrest or let go of Maruti workers once they are picked up. The family members of these 162 are being harassed and intimidated and being visited thrice a day by local police, sometimes accompanied by Gurgaon police – at times 12-15 police show up, says Rakhi Sehgal.

  • Appeal from the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union
Appeal from the MSEU 
(Maruti Suzuki Employees Union) to All Trade Unions, Organisations and Individuals, by Shiv Kumar, general secretary, MSEU, via Rakhi Sehgal of the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)

  • Workers strike thrice in five months, How Maruti Suzuki lost connect with them

There isn't a single burning, insurmountable issue because of which workers at Maruti's Manesar plant have struck work thrice in the last five months . Sruthijith KK & Chanchal Pal Chauhan report from Manesar that at its core lie accumulated grievances and resentment, and events are adding fuel to the fire


Resources on Conflict in Bodoland, Assam

1. Assam in the centre
Despite protestations that it fights for the oppressed, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) of Badruddin Ajmal openly promotes “Muslims for the rights of Muslims”. The success of that campaign and the AIUDF’s subsequent emergence as the main opposition party in the state have deepened the communal divide, pushing the Congress into an alliance with the Bodo People’s Front and drawing the contours of a complex and loaded situation. says Seema Chisti.

2. Assam calls for a human response.
Farah Naqvi says that India is yet to recognise the nature of targeted violence in law or uphold the inviolable rights of those uprooted in each such episode.

3. Riots & the bogey of Bangladeshis
Many Muslims from erstwhile East Bengal settled in Assam in early 20th century. But vested interests are out to prove that their descendants today are illegal migrants, says Banajit Hussain.

4. Anger against media for ‘poor coverage’ of Assam
There was much anger against the media for what protesters said was “poor” coverage of the violence against Muslims in Assam and Myanmar, says Rahi Gaikwad.

5. The illegal Bangladeshi immigrant: Do the bogeyman numbers add up?
Bodos don’t want to talk about all the groups that want a piece of the Assam pie. And Muslims would rather play the victim card than talk about the political ambitions they think their demographic numbers entitle them to and which they feel they are deprived of because of seats reserved for tribals. But who wants to talk about all those complex and touchy issues? It’s much easier to blame the Bangladeshi bogeyman, says Sandip Roy.


Flood relief in North Bihar

In collaboration with Bihar based-NGO the Bihar Dalit Vikas Samiti, AMAN has conducted relief and rehabilitation work in the regions affected by the 2008 Kosi-floods. The first round of relief consisted of food distribution that started in mid September. The food packets contained 39.5 kg of dry food, and 7500 families were given a packet each. This was followed by distribution of non-food items to another 7500 families. Second round of dry food distribution for another 4000 families was completed by the first week of December. Every packet contained 51.5 kg of food items. The distribution of blankets, mosquito nets and bed sheets for 8500 families is completed by the second week of December. In total the relief reached out to 27500 families consisting of more than 110000 people in Saharsa district. Ninety five per cent of the beneficiaries are Dalits.  A new ten-month programme, supported by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has begun in March 2009 on sustainable livelihood generation in Kosi- flood affected districts of Saharsa and Supual, Bihar. The programme is divided into two phases. In the first phase a pilot study will be conducted for mapping the existing human skills and farm and non-farm sector resources present in the area that could be utilised for  sustainable livelihood activities amongst floods victims. Another focus of the study will be on doing a rapid assessment of implementation of government relief and rehabilitation schemes and NREGA. Based on the pilot study, in the second phase livelihood generation programmes will be designed and launched. Some of the programmes may include identification and strengthening of local leadership from the flood victims, providing loans to people to take land on lease for agricultural purposes, establishing SHGs/groups/committees for the management of loan distribution and repayments and mobilising and assisting people to access government R&R schemes. You can access a set of useful resources on the flood.


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