Working Class And Freedom Struggle
The book explains critically the development of working class and mobilization of this class in India's struggle for Independence in the Madras Presidency during the period. 1918-1922. Therefore, the chief concern of this book is to probe the relationship between the Indian national movement and the working class movement. The study covers formally the whole of Madras Presidency but it concentrates on the Madras city, where the labour struggles and national movement were most vigorous. the industrial working class in Madras, besides fighting its battles against the British capital, had also actively participated in the nationalist movement during the period, 1919-1922. The book also analyses the process of industrialization in Madras Presidency during the period, 1918-22. It focuses on the impact of the Russian revolution in 1917 on the Industrial working class and also on the formation of Labour Unions particularly Madras Labour Union in 1918. The book endeavours evocatively to trace out the connection between the trade union movement led by B.P. Wadia and others and the Indian National Movement in Madras during the period. It also brings out how the industrial working class, despite its struggles against the capital whether European or Indian, had fully supported and strengthened the anti-imperialist movement in Madras during the period 1918-1922. The book is mostly based on unpublished documents, contemporary newspapers, and other official publications. It will be quite useful to the students, researchers and all those interested in the history of working class movements and the nationalist movement in India.
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