Lonely Planet Writer

Nationwide strikes cause chaos across India

Millions of trade union members in India have gone on strike to protest against the government’s economic policy, causing massive disruption across the country.

A line of autorickshaws in Delhi.
A line of autorickshaws in Delhi. Image by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bengal and Kolkata have been particularly badly affected by the industrial action, which has affected everything from Delhi’s taxis and autorickshaws to high street banks in Kolkata. Millions of shops and businesses are closed and no public transport is operating in the most seriously affected areas. Adding to the chaos, some protests have turned violent, with reports of clashes between police and protesters in Bengal. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com