The workers’ struggle of 1953 in Mattancherry in Kochi is an important, and yet relatively less documented, saga in the history of the working class movement in Kerala. The 75-day strike that the workers of Cochin Port waged culminated in police firing and the martyrdom of three workers. But the ruling powers ultimately could not prevent the workers from winning their demands.
In an interview with R. Chandra, this dossier discusses the strategic role of activist research in the All India Democratic Women’s Association’s fight against caste oppression, patriarchy, and economic exploitation. AIDWA’s survey and the campaigns that they generated deepened members’ understanding of the reality of caste oppression.
A stalwart of the Left movement in India’s Hindi-speaking regions. He led many movements from students to farmers and agricultural workers and also got elected to the Bihar legislative assembly twice. He challenged the feudal practices within his own household as well as outside in the society.