Thursday, September 20, 2012

India, a Mixed Response to Nationwide Strike

A nationwide strike called by opposition political parties and trade organizations to protest fuel price increases and other economic policy changes had a quiet start Thursday in the capital, but there were reports of protest from other pockets of the country.

As of mid-morning, traffic was bustling in most parts of New Delhi. Three-wheeled autorickshaws were plying the streets, bus service seemed unaffected and the Metro was running. Most schools in New Delhi were also open, school officials said.

“Unless the government gives an order to shut down schools, why should we shut down schools?” said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, vice chairman of the National Progressive School Conference, a coalition of 130 schools. “Structure and routine is important to children.” Read More