The continuing protests in the country, especially by the students against the passing of the Citizens Amendment Bill in Parliament in a hurry without consulting the political parties, are spreading in all states with more and more people of all religions and communities joining the movement against the implementation of the CAA. The ruling regime is adamant in implementing their agenda and so all indications are that this turmoil on the issue of CAA will continue.
Even as this major issue of political and Constitutional importance is happening there are massive preparations on to make the general strike called on January 8, 2020, a big success. 25 crore workers from organised and unorganised sectors are expected to take part in the strike. A ten-point charter of demands have been submitted to the government by the leading trade unions of the country led by AITUC, INTUC, CITU and HMS. The RSS led BMS may not join the strike but the organisation supports the demands in the charter and the BMS leaders have openly come out against the jobless economic policy and opposes the sale of the public sector companies at cheap prices.
This near total unity of the trade unions of the country on the charter of demands and against the economic policies of the Modi 2 government has set the stage of a major confrontation between the working class of the organised sector and the Modi govt before the presentation of the second budget. The slowdown is so pervasive that the former chief economic adviser of the Modi govt Dr Arvind Subramanian has termed is as the “Great Slowdown” on the lines of the Great Depression of USA in 1929. He said that the Indian economy is headed towards ICU which means that the economy is near coma and the patient needs drastic treatment for survival.