Eleven central trade unions have called for a strike which is already on in the country. The strike is not really unjustified. The demands for generation of more employment, better enforcement of labour laws, controlling privatisation of Public Sector Undertakings, and abolition of contract labour are all justified in the given situation today.
It is a situation created by an extremely greedy capitalist system that fostered a self-centred individualism without any social responsibility. Perhaps, the fault lies in the human heart rather than in systems.
Communism was a system that sought to guarantee the welfare of each citizen in the country. But in the hands of a man like Joseph Stalin, it turned out to be no different from Hitler’s Nazi fascism.
Capitalism was also not meant to be what it is today. It was meant to provide more opportunities to individuals to explore their potential and achieve whatever success they are capable of. Unfortunately, like any system or ideology, capitalism too went astray.
Perhaps, systems and ideologies cannot save man from his fellow creatures. If human nature is fundamentally evil, only laws and regulations can keep its evils under control. The present strike is an attempt to create new laws or enforce existing ones so that the wealth of the country does not get concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer individuals. The strike is an attempt to ensure dignified living for all the people of the country as far as possible. I hope the Government of India will think of some new policies which will guarantee justice for all. Otherwise what has begun as a token strike may snowball into a disastrous national movement.