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Labour history of Madras

Print edition : July 26, 2013

Dilip Veeraraghavan, a former professor at IIT Madras. Photo: By Special Arrangement

March 7, 1925: Mahatma Gandhi outside the Central Railway Station in Madras . The book describes the relationship between the labour movement and the freedom struggle, especially with the Home Rule movement. Photo: the HINDU ARCHIVES

March 4, 1939: Jawaharlal Nehru and V.V. Giri at the National Industrial Planning Committee meeting in the Bombay Secretariat. As Labour Minister, Giri, who was one of the founders of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, declared that the government would not permit employers to harass union activists. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The key development in the post-1933 phase was the emergence of prominent Left leaders such as M. Singaravelu, P. Jeevanandam (in the photo above), and P. Sundarayya. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The key development in the post-1933 phase was the emergence of prominent Left leaders such as M. Singaravelu, P. Jeevanandam, and P. Sundarayya (in the photo above).

The Labour leader B.P. Wadia believed that the labour movement was an integral part of the Indian National Movement.

The Binny office building.

The Madras Labour Union Building in Chennai. It was built in 1918. Photo: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Veeraraghavan paints a detailed portrait of the life of workers in colonial Madras in the inter-War years and places labour history in the broader context of the freedom movement.
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