A Conversation with Abhinav, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta: Challenges of Organizing Informal Sector Workers and Other Issues

July 20, 2012

A report by Amit Basole

Following is an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Mazdoor Bigul published from Lucknow and an activist with the workers’ group Bigul Mazdoor Dasta in Delhi. Labor organizers associated with this group have been working with almond workers, metro workers, and other precarious labor in Delhi. They have also been working on building neighborhood based (as opposed to factory or industry based) unions. The following issues are discussed in the interview: the necessity and challenges of organizing informal sector workers and contract workers in the formal sector, the necessity of broadening labor struggles beyond the workplace and beyond economic issues into worker neighborhoods, particularly with reference to the failure of the Left parties and unions to do so creating space for right-wing unions and parties, the role of the Party and the vanguard, dogmatism in Communist Party politics, a discussion on the charge that Indian communists only draw inspiration from non-Indian writers and events, and also fail to offer an adequate understanding of caste in India and an evaluation of the resistance led by the CPI (Maoist) party.

Part One of Six of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. In this part, the necessity and challenges of organizing informal sector workers and contract workers in the formal sector is discussed. Labor organizers associated with this group have been working with almond workers, metro workers, and other precarious labor in Delhi. They have also been working on building neighborhood based (as opposed to factory or industry based) unions.

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Part Two of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. In this part, the necessity of broadening labor struggles beyond the workplace and beyond economic issues into worker neighborhoods is discussed, particularly with reference to the failure of the Left parties and unions to do so creating space for right-wing unions and parties.

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Part Three of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. In this part, the role of the Party and the vanguard is discussed.

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Part Four of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. This part carries a discussion on dogmatism in Communist Party politics.

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Part Five of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. This part carries a discussion on the charge that Indian communists only draw inspiration from non-Indian writers and events, and also fail to offer an adequate understanding of caste in India.

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Part Six of an interview with Abhinav Sinha of the workers’ journal Bigul Mazdoor Dasta published from Delhi. This part carries an evaluation of the resistance led by the CPI (Maoist) party.

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2 Responses to “A Conversation with Abhinav, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta: Challenges of Organizing Informal Sector Workers and Other Issues”

  1. rounak Says:
    August 4th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    very important video-document. i ve been trying to download it for the last 15days, but couldnt. can u please send all the six videos to rayrounak@gmail.com @amit

  2. arijit basu Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    can you pls post the written version of the interview

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