The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

India:
Dying More from Hunger than from COVID-19

Jun 15, 2020

Translated from Voz Obrera (Workers’ Voice), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in Spain.

In India, the economic recession caused by the lockdown deprives millions of families in big cities of their livelihood. Tens of thousands go hungry.

Meanwhile, in the countryside, this year’s very abundant crops of grain are rotting. Tons of tomatoes are spoiling. The highways and railroads have been closed, so they can’t be transported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, like so many others, expertly uses the army and police to prevent working people from getting around—quarantining them with assaults by billy club. But the government is unwilling and unable to organize the supplies people need to ensure their health and food.