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Rising Food Prices Spark Protests in India

Posted on Feb 24, 2011
AP / Mustafa Quraishi

People from various trade unions attend a protest against high food prices, unemployment and corruption in India. The demonstration occurred Wednesday near the Parliament in New Delhi.

We’re not even two full months into the new year, and protest has already become a prominent theme for 2011 in multiple nations. Add India to that growing list, as climbing food costs, combined with diminished employment opportunities, drove thousands of demonstrators to take to the streets of Delhi on Wednesday.  —KA


The protest has been organised by major trade unions, including the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Centre for Industrial Trade Union (CITU).

The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)—which is backed by the governing Congress party—is also supporting the strike saying it wants to remind the government about its commitments to the poor.

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By Paul, February 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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The next leap forward in government will be when they outlaw leaders that are found guilty in the courts of law of repeating lies for political purposes, not in minor ways but after being challenged to modify or stop saying what is being said and is deliberately untrue. Diplomatic secrets should be outlawed. They are there to decieve the masses and the incompetence of politicians to deal with the truth. We need a body of influential people to work out the details of how the legal system can be framed so as to limit the power of leaders of ALL kinds, not just politicians, when that leadership is clearly intent on hiding the truth rather than dealing with it. And, in the short term only, (until those measures are in place everywhere) we need a world body that is capable of intervening on behalf of people when a government turns violently against the masses. you do not need a way - you can take out the culprits at the top mot the bottom with today’s technology. But it has to have a legal and popular framework before these weapons are unleashed along with sufficient warnings.

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By felicity, February 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

I seem to remember a bunch of comments on this site
pooh-poohing the effectiveness of taking to the
streets.  So how do those words taste now?

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By rollzone, February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

hello. i have complete faith in the Unites States
government. unfortunately, for the past two
generations, the people of this nation have not
experienced the government most elders knew of their
youth. government and authority was respectable and
respected, predominantly honest, fair, and just.
today is an act of faith to believe in good
government, but we can get it back. whatever is
awakening peoples’ minds, it has only begun, and the
direction is good. communities putting down evil
spreads, as numbers empower individuals to do what is
right. as for the article about more unions spending
money on protests instead of real solutions, it is
just another nail in the coffin of unions. we could
do without many food items we import to maintain year
round on grocery shelves, and pay exorbitant prices
for, and draw the food to us with high market profit.
we price many other nations out of their own food

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By bill desmond, February 24, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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More than half of India’s children are daily malnourished. Rising food prices, the alarming decline in water tables and the potability of drinking water, the pollution of that water, of farmland, and of the air, climate change and the destruction of forests, are all combining to be a perfect storm of misery for hundreds of millions of people.
The cell phone economy and I.T. jobs of the aspiring middle class, will all collapse with rising oil and food prices.  Malnutrition will turn to outright starvation, increased infanticide, suicides, and violence. 
As the turmoil in the middle east has demonstrated, no government or society is immune,  and Pakistan and Bangladesh are teetering on the edge of chaos.
An increasingly dangerous time, given the weapons available.

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