ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Niyogi's Murder WE strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder of Shankar Guha Niyogi, a veteran trade union leader and civil rights activist. Niyogi was killed and his voice silenced by the mercenaries' bullets at his residence in the early hours of September 28. Niyogi was a legend and the moving spirit behind the organisation of several thousand miners and other unorganised workers of the Chhatisgarh region in Madhya Pradesh. Due to his concerted efforts and non-violent struggles, he had brought about unity and solidarity among the workers. His scientific temper, world outlook and untiring faith in the solidarity of the working class had earned him respect and a large following among the workers not only of the region, but also far and wide, providing priceless insights towards building mass-based trade unions with their roots in civil society His efforts towards conscientisation of workers make him the target of the mercenaries of vested interests among the ruling classes. Niyogi was well aware of the impediments in his way and also the threats from the in- dustrialists who felt insecure in carrying out their anti-labour activities. And yet both the state and the union governments failed to provide him with minimum security. While Niyogi is no more amidst us, the least that the government must do is to muster all resources and bring to book the assassins and their paymasters immediately.

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