Shankar Guha Niyogi and the Chhattisgarh Peoples Movement

Shankar Guha Niyogi (photo: Anand Patwardhan)
Shankar Guha Niyogi (photo: Anand Patwardhan)

On 3 June 1977, barely three months after the emergency was lifted, the struggle of Dalli-Rajhara miners and the name of Shankar Guha Niyogi (14 Feb 1943– 28 Sept 1991) became known to the world outside Chhattisgarh.

The previous night Niyogi had been arrested provoking thousands of workers to demonstrate at the police station and practically lay siege to it. Police opened fire, killing twelve people including a woman.Earlier in February-March while the emergency was still formally on, workers had come out and struck work spontaneously. Subsequently an organized union called Chhattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh (CMSS) came into existence under the leadership of Niyogi. THis report is tribute to Shankar Guha Niyogi and his struggle in organising workers movement in Chhattisgarh.

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