Workers Struggles Around the World

Indian sanitation workers union shuts down month-long strike; Western Australian bus drivers strike over pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 October 2018

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Tamil Nadu police arrest hundreds of striking Indian autoworkers

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018

Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

Indian police arrest 600 striking Yamaha workers; Pakistan teachers, municipal employees and other workers demonstrate for unpaid wages

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6 October 2018

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India police attack striking auto workers in Tamil Nadu; New Zealand bus drivers walkout

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29 September 2018

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Class struggle escalates in Dominican Republic

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25 September 2018

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Rajasthan bus drivers strike in India; New Zealand Ministry of Justice workers walkout

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22 September 2018

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Three thousand emergency workers strike in India; 29,000 primary school teachers vote on pay offer in New Zealand

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15 September 2018

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Chicago hotel strike pits workers against Democrats’ billionaire candidate for governor

By Jerry White, 12 September 2018

Striking workers are in a battle against the major hotel operators, including Hyatt, which is owned by the Pritzker family.

“Gas, rent and milk goes up and we’re still making the same money”

Striking Chicago hotel workers speak out

By George Gallanis, 12 September 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel in Chicago.

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8 September 2018

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Argentine teachers, transport workers in strike action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 September 2018

Teachers in Buenos Aires province struck for three days last week for pay and infrastructure improvements, while Buenos Aires area bus drivers struck against arbitrary dismissals and the generally poor shape of transport facilities.

Reserve Bank of India employees to walkout over pensions; Alcoa workers still on strike in Australia

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1 September 2018

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Peruvian municipal workers strike in Lima’s most affluent district

By Cesar Uco, 29 August 2018

The strike in Miraflores highlights the glaring social inequality that pervades Peru.

Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa

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25 August 2018

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Mexican public health workers strike, protest over non-deposit of savings

Workers Struggles: the Americas

22 August 2018

Doctors, nurses, dentists, administrative and social workers in public hospitals, clinics and health centers in the Mexican state of Sinaloa struck recently over the government’s failure to contribute its portion to their savings fund.

Thousands of beedi cigarette workers strike in India, Sri Lankan tea plantation workers demand higher pay, South Korea finance workers plan national walkout

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18 August 2018

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14 August 2018

Over 400,000 West Bengal tea plantation workers strike; Alcoa workers walkout in Western Australia

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11 August 2018

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13,000 sanitation workers strike in Ahmedabad, India; Tamil Nadu rubber workers protest

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28 July 2018

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1,700 Detroit janitors on poverty wages face a July 31 contract expiration

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24 July 2018

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Indian electricity workers on strike in Madhya Pradesh; Indonesian motorcycle taxi drivers threaten mass strike action

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21 July 2018

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Goodyear Mexico fires workers who attempted to form independent union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 July 2018

Around 50 workers from Goodyear’s San Luis Potosi factory have been fired in the wake of attempts by workers to oust the corrupt Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM).

Thirty thousand coconut fibre workers strike in India; Chinese workers protest closure of Sanding housekeeping company

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14 July 2018

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Ontario salt-mine strikers blockade mine entry

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 July 2018

Striking workers at Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich, Ontario set up a blockade last week to halt replacement workers in a job action that has been ongoing since April.

New Zealand nurses speak to WSWS opposing sellout deal

By Tom Peters, 7 July 2018

Nurses denounced the union-backed proposed agreement, which keeps wages low and maintains severe under-staffing of hospitals.

Delhi Metro rail threatened with India’s essential services laws; New Zealand teachers vote in favour of strike

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7 July 2018

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Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike

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30 June 2018

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Mexican teachers union ends “indefinite strike” of 80,000 teachers on the eve of national elections

By Alex González, 27 June 2018

The teachers struck as part of a continuing struggle for the repeal of the 2013 national education legislation.

Postal workers defy Sri Lankan government and continue national strike

By our correspondents, 23 June 2018

Four thousand postal workers protested in central Colombo on Monday to oppose government-imposed salary cuts and changes in recruitment policies.

Indian transport workers strike in Uttarakhand, 20,000 health workers continue indefinite walkout in Haryana state

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23 June 2018

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Nine million truck drivers across India strike over increasing fuel prices

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 June 2018

Although fuel price hikes are affecting working people as a whole, the union bureaucrats are blocking any united struggle against this and other government austerity measures.

Uttar Pradesh childcare workers demand teachers’ pay rates, Sri Lankan water supply workers strike for pay increase

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9 June 2018

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Indian garment workers demand higher pay, teachers demonstrate in China

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2 June 2018

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Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

The Tuticorin massacre and Modi’s India

By Keith Jones, 26 May 2018

The barbarity of class relations in contemporary India was laid bare in Tuesday’s police massacre of protesters in Tuticorin demanding the closure of a copper smelter that has spewed toxic chemicals for decades.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

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26 May 2018

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090 India temporary labor law

15 May 2018

Delivery drivers strike in China, Korean Airline pilots and workers demand dismissal of company chairman

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12 May 2018

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India: Tamil Nadu government arrests hundreds of protesting teachers and public sector workers

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 May 2018

The demonstrators’ main demand is for the scrapping of a regressive new pension system.

14,000 AT&T Midwest workers still without a contract

By Samuel Davidson, 10 May 2018

More than three weeks after the April 14 deadline, the CWA is keeping AT&T workers on the job despite the telecom giant’s demands for sweeping concessions.

Chinese construction workers and crane operators protest on May Day

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5 May 2018

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Iranian workers march on May Day in defiance of authorities

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4 May 2018

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May Day 2018: Millions march on International Workers Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2018

Mass protests, including marches and strikes, and involving millions of people around the world, took place yesterday on every continent, reflecting a growing radicalization of the working class.

Zimbabwe sacks 16,000 striking nurses, as Uganda nurses threaten strike

By Eddie Haywood, 23 April 2018

The Zimbabwean government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has faced growing popular opposition since coming to power after a military coup removed long-time president Robert Mugabe.

Unions shutdown three-week strike by Chinese technology workers

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21 April 2018

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Thousands of oil tanker drivers in Odisha, India to strike next week for higher pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 April 2018

The Odisha tanker drivers are employed by contractors for the state-owned oil corporations and are only paid about $US115 per month.

More than 3,000 striking employees shut down Sri Lanka’s international airport

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 April 2018

The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

Hundreds of Korean shipyard workers strike against wage and job cuts

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31 March 2018

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Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

Strike at York University in Canada begins its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 March 2018

Some 3,000 contract teachers and research and teaching assistants are fighting for a substantial pay increase and enhanced job security under conditions where the unions are isolating their strike.

Around 1.5 million Uber and Ola drivers strike in India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 March 2018

Striking Uber and Ola drivers said they are only making a fraction of what they were promised when they began working for the multi-million dollar tax companies.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe

Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

By Jerry White, 21 March 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.

Forty thousand Indian railway workers march on parliament

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 March 2018

The workers were protesting against the introduction of a mandatory employee-contribution pension scheme.

Anger mounts after Paris tries to crush general strike in Mayotte

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2018

Strikes erupted afresh on the French Indian Ocean department after police launched a sneak attack on pickets at the port of Longoni.

Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy

By Richard Tyler, 10 March 2018

The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

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10 March 2018

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Nurses threaten strike action in Solomon Islands

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3 March 2018

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Union lawyer tells US Supreme Court: “Union security is the tradeoff for no strikes”

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

In Supreme Court arguments, a lawyer for the public-sector union AFSCME argued that without the trade unions there would be “an untold specter of labor unrest throughout the country.”

Anger mounts over sellout of West Virginia teachers’ strike

By Jerry White, 28 February 2018

Union leaders announced Tuesday evening they were shutting down the statewide strike and ordering educators back to the classrooms Thursday.

“We need an uprising of the people to put a stop to this”

West Virginia teachers call for expansion of their struggle

By Lawrence Porter, 24 February 2018

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with teachers protesting outside the state capitol in Charleston on Friday.

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24 February 2018

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General strike in French Polynesia against undermining of pensions

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2018

Thousands of people took part in the strike and rallied in Tahiti against the government’s attack on pensions.

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17 February 2018

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British Columbia Safeway workers locked out

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6 February 2018

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The working class and the capitalist economy

By Nick Beams, 5 February 2018

Friday’s fall on world stock markets, in response to an uptick in US wages, demonstrates the significance of Marx's labor theory of value, which explains the inner workings of the capitalist economy.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

French workers support growing mass strikes in Germany

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018

“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.

Thousands of Indian health workers strike; teachers protest in China

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3 February 2018

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Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

By our reporters, 1 February 2018

Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.

Chinese workers protest over “black lung” disease; Indian auto-parts workers demonstrate

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27 January 2018

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Germany: IG Metall greets far-right AfD participants at union protest

By our correspondents, 23 January 2018

The reactionary orientation of the union was most evident when an IGM functionary greeted the participation of the far-right AfD on the demonstration.

Union in India organises hunger strike to block industrial action by Volkswagen workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 January 2018

The Volkswagen Employees Union (VEU) is attempting to suppress growing opposition among VW workers against the German transnational’s productivity-based wage scheme.

Striking cleaners occupy Korean university; Australian Paper plant workers strike indefinitely

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20 January 2018

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Sri Lankan nurses strike over fingerprint attendance system; Australian power workers vote for industrial action

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13 January 2018

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India: Bus strike cripples Tamil Nadu transport services

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 January 2018

While the trade unions offer to compromise, the strikers have defied court orders, media propaganda and government threats to hire outside drivers and conductors.

Striking Tamil Nadu bus workers speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 January 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with several striking bus workers in Chennai who are engaged in the bitter struggle with the Tamil Nadu state government for higher wages.

Thousands of private health care doctors strike in India

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6 January 2018

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Hyundai autoworkers rejected pay deal; Taiwan workers protest industrial laws

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30 December 2017

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Romanian Ford worker speaks to WSWS about wildcat strike at Craiova plant

By Eric London, 27 December 2017

“We have a corrupt union that works for the company.”

Indian telecommunication workers strike, Australian coal terminal workers impose bans

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23 December 2017

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Indian state government sacks 500 striking health workers, South Australian cash delivery guards locked out

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16 December 2017

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Health workers strike in India, Cambodian garment workers walkout over wages

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9 December 2017

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Hyundai auto workers end strike, Sri Lankan bankworkers begin national protests

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2 December 2017

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Sri Lankan public health employees strike over pay and conditions; Cambodian garment workers walkout over unpaid wages

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25 November 2017

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Hundreds of LG employees strike for higher pay in South Korea, Bangalore garment workers protest factory closure

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18 November 2017

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Ugandan doctors and medical workers continue “illegal” action

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17 November 2017

Ugandan President Yoweri Museni has ordered district commissioners to take note of workers participating in the strike.

Indian government bans ambulance workers’ walkout, South Korean teachers vote on strike action

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11 November 2017

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24-hour strike by Argentine airline staff

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7 November 2017

Pilots and ground crew are calling for a 26 percent pay increase to keep pace with inflation.

Pakistan: Punjab government field health workers protest

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4 November 2017

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Apple iPhone workers protest in China

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28 October 2017

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South Korean media workers continue strike

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21 October 2017

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Public servants, teachers strike in Pakistan

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14 October 2017

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General strike by Argentine public employees, Colombian pilots defy strikebreaking order, walkouts in Kentucky and Ohio

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 October 2017

Public sector workers in Argentina launch general strike against austerity measures by President Mauricio Macri while walkouts start at a packaging plant in Louisville, Kentucky and a specialty ceramics maker in Ohio.

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30 September 2017

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23 September 2017

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Protests against passage of anti-working class budget in Haiti

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19 September 2017

Protestors clashed with police in cites across Haiti over government plans to impose new taxes and fees on citizens.

Ontario, Canada aerospace workers occupy factory

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 August 2017

The occupation began August 10 and shut down production for two days at Northstar Aerospace.

Sri Lankan Tamil leaders back suppression of oil workers’ strike

By S. Jayanth, 5 August 2017

The TNA’s anti-democratic and anti-working class statements demonstrate the reactionary character of Tamil nationalism.