The protest is led by trade unions, local socialist and communist organizations.
Despite police crackdowns and the COVID-19 pandemic more than 250 million workers and peasants along with their allies among students and civil society activists have launched a nationwide strike.
In Delhi is a demonstration of thousands of workers and sit-ins in Calcutta and Mumbai have been organized on key transport routes.
“The workers and peasants won't stop until the destructive policies of the BJP government are over. Today's strike is just the beginning. Much more intense fighting will follow,” said Tapan Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).
The strike comes at a time when the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing India into a veritable recession, exacerbating existing inequalities and deprivation with unemployment rising to an unprecedented 27%.
After the collapse of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc this is an unprecedented case of uniting the masses in the struggle for their rights.
The Modi government has already canceled all changes to the Labor code and other laws that worsen the social situation of workers.