Amrit Nahata, (Rajasthan)|
My date of birth is 26 April 1927. I was born in Jodhpur, and I entered politics via student movement. I was active in the student movement. I was active in the 1942 Quit India movement.
Then I participated in the Praja Mandal activities. It was through the Praja Mandal that I came into contact with the workers’ activities, particularly in the railways. I participated in the memorable railway strike of 1946 or 1947. A memorable incident of this stike was that its date coincided with that of the birthday of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. A large number of railway workers especially went to pay their respects. (Describes the incident in detail).
Stone quarries & construction workers were in large numbers in and around Jodhpur Construction workers were as important as during those days only houses of stones were made. Bricks were rarely used. A Kaintha (Construction) Majdoor Union was formed in the 1940s and I was actively associated. Caste was an important factor in workers’ movement and even organisations.Railways construction and other jobs were carried out by workers belonging to different castes. Muslims supplied the skilled workers. Power House and electricity workers were important. The workers’ and TU movement was so strong that even some officers of the armed forces left their jobs and joined the movement. The Nurses and Compounders’ Association of the mid-40s constitued an important segment of the TU movement. They organised a big strike( Amrit Nahata describes how that was the only occasion in the history of the TU movment of Jodhpur when workers were fired upon, although it was only air-fire. Trade Union, Lok Parishad and the CPI movements were closely related. AITUC was the main force in the TU movment. Later on I joined some other streams but basically I continue with the left TU movement.