Hundreds of housewives demonstrated in the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday (12 October) against rising prices and inflation.
Hundreds of housewives demonstrated in the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday (12 October) against rising prices and inflation. Their demonstration coincided with meetings of the Chief Ministers of the Indian states to discuss means of raising more revenue. The economy and financial resources of India have been severely strained due to the influx of more than nine million refugees from East Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of women marched through the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday in a protest against rising prices and inflation. It was organised by the right wing Jana Sangh party. The demonstration was timed to coincide with a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the Indian States who were meeting to discuss how to increase revenue. The women fear higher taxes.
Muslim women in veils took part, some with their children. The need for more revenue is largely due to the influx of more than nine million refugees from East Pakistan, all of whom have been fed and given some form of shelter by India. The people who ultimately bear the coast are the taxpayers - and while there's no objection to this, there's a strong objection to yet higher taxes. When the women reached the police lines several small scuffles broke out, until some women penetrated the line.
Among demands of the womenfolk is that the government should guarantee a basic minimum standard of living for every citizen. In the letter presented to the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers was the accusation that the government was hiding behind the problem of Bangladesh in order not to fulfil its pledges to improve the standard of living.
The ruling Congress party will have to find some answer to inflation before the State elections next February.