Ohh this ‘BANDH’

India
February 28, 2012 4:41am CST
Bandh is a kind of strike, very frequent in my state; the political parties, sometimes the lawyers give calls to observe such ‘BANDH’, in advance. I am away from home, in a friend’s home in connection with ‘revised-pension’; here all the shops, bank, schools, colleges, offices ,even post-offices, medicine shops are closed, no 4 wheelers are seen on streets, some bikes can be seen only, in many places they have blocked roads by burning used up tyres from cars, trucks. Though it is a working day, I couldn’t go to the office where I am supposed to deposit the papers. [b]I came to know over phone from my home that my son could not go to his works because of this. He will lose his salary. [/b] [b] [b]My wife said, one of her essential medicines was exhausted, but she could not buy as medicine shop is closed. [/b] My home renovation work is going on there, the workers had come, but one group threatened them, they left; they lost one day wage too.[/b] I also know that trains are canceled, because the groups in the past have blown the railway tracks. [b]I really hate this. But no way I can help too. [/b] [b]Do you have such strikes and protests in your country? Please comment on this and share your opinion. Thanks in advance. [/b] Let’s enjoy life to fullest. Professor ‘*^Bhuwan^*’. . 28/2/2012. [i][/i]
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Feb 12
Strikes of different types do cause problems in every day life. I recall a strike I was a part of back in 1976. Communication Workers of America. The telephone company where i worked at the time had union members walk out. It was time for the new contracts and people weren't agreeing. Luckily it only lasted a week but i couldn't even set foot on the steps of the building. If we crossed the line we were named SCABS and your life was hell from then on. These strikes can get pretty dramatic. Or they used to. We have a right to work state mentality here now.
• India
29 Feb 12
Here strike by bank employees, telephone department etc is frequent, mainly for raise in salary, they don't damage public property.
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Feb 12
Sounds like ours and they never damaged any property then either. Back in the 70's though.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Mar 12
I'm very glad that we don't have those kinds of strikes in my area, I don't know that I would be able to deal with it. My mother does work for a company that has a lot of employees in India and it really throws off their workflow when there are Bandhs in India. In fact, she has even told me that there are times that the employees of the company will stay on their property so that they don't have a loss in productivity.
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• India
6 Mar 12
Yeah your mom is right. Thanks for response
• Canada
28 Feb 12
This seems to be a very bad situation there. We don't have any sort of strikes or protests like this in our country. The strikes or protests here are very peaceful usually and they don't affect the citizens like they are affecting the citizens in your city. It seems like it is very dangerous to go out during these strikes in your city...
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• India
29 Feb 12
Not at all safe, they behave like mad dogs that can bite any one Thanks for response.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
28 Feb 12
nothing of that sort is happening in where i live. Quite fortunate to live in a peaceful state. But i can't say about the other states in my country which are quite a distance from here.
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• India
29 Feb 12
Glad to know nothing like this happens. BEST OF LUCK
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@Sreekala (24322)
• India
28 Feb 12
Hello Sir, How are you sir? Hope your are good in health. About the ‘bandh’, I think in this capital city it rarely happens. Even if it happens, it won’t affect the daily life of us and everything will be like as usual. There are some problems in the main roads near to the blocks where the ministries are situated. I could not find any difference even with ‘Bharat Bandh’. But many of Indian states are observing this ‘bandh’ for sure once in a week. In Kerala too it is difficult to manage the daily life due to this ‘bandh’. Kerala government even tried to stop this ‘nonsense’ by making some rules but the people are smart there, they observe the same thing by renaming the ‘bandh’. People are becoming more lazy and selfish and they are happy to disturb other’s life always. I can’t find any good result with ‘bandh’, it is only disturbing the daily life of common people.
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• India
29 Feb 12
Sree beti You are lucky, Delhi is certainly different, but as per tv and newspapers, in Kerala it was success. About my health it remains same. Thanks for your care.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Mar 12
hi Professor oh yes we have had them in our country the USA too. Four years back I took the bus down to Larwin Square to get some groceries knowing that there was a grocery store strike but the store was open minus about fifty employees walking up and down in front of the store with placards on poles. I started toward the far door of the store and some man hit me with his sign,and that really startled me and saddened me too;Police were there and a police woman escorted me and some others into the store. the man who hit me was arrested for assaulting me and taken away. I really hated feeling like that.Every day during that strike people were being accosted and screamed at'calling them "scabs: then our Orange County transist buses wenton strike and people were having an awful time getting to work.;that one was settled pretty quickly.Also there were some strikes at abortion clinics when the strikers hurt people going in as patients and several doctors. Now I am not for abortion as its murder but I would never attack or hurt anyone over that issue at all.I too detest strikes as they always end up hurting someone.
• India
14 Mar 12
Mom Thanks for details.
• India
14 Mar 12
Mom Thanks for details.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
28 Feb 12
Wow professor! Talk about turmoil and unrest! Some here have the misguided belief this would not be able to happen here in the US! But if enough people were upset about something there is no way the government could stop it without shooting. It happened in the 60s at Berkly in California. The students were protesting the "war" in Vietnam but unarmed. They were shot anyway. Our National Guard would be called upon and has in the aftermath of any kind of crisis. Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes brings in action against looting, and property damage. If civilians were doing anything here like you describe it would be considered among other charges, disruption of commerce and destruction of property. There would be a lot of arrests going on.
• India
29 Feb 12
Thank you so much for telling about National Guard BEST OF LUCK
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Mar 12
oh professor it was really so horrible as the news media spewed all those p hotos of our yo ung people being shot and some even killed just because they thought that we did not belong in the Vietnamese war. I had forgotten that temporally. A t least we have not had all the closings you did describe here. A friend of mine who worked in an abortion clinic was killed and this was a job she onoly took because nothing else was available to her.She was supporting her two children all by herself then they lost their mom because some fool thought that abortions warranted killing innocent people. I am not sure that most strikes actually get anything fixed but I do know they have screwed up peoples lives.
@shibham (17022)
• India
28 Feb 12
Hi baba... We, the people from Assam have been suffering from Bandhas quiet frequently as today is also a Bandha here. Where something unwanted happens to any organization, they immediately call a bandha without thinking inconvenience of public. It is really disgusting. have a nice time.
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• India
29 Feb 12
shib beta Best of luck. Professor The sad part is people like me and you can't do any thing.