Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

New Delhi: Demonstrations over the cost of living.

Published on: 4 April, 2022
Map of India/Aljazeera.

Map of India/Aljazeera.

India’s main opposition party has called for a week of protests over rising prices, the latest in a series of demonstrations in the region over the cost of living.

Fuel prices have risen almost daily in the past week.

The government blames supply chain disruptions due to the Ukraine conflict.

India imports around 85% of its oil.

The opposition Indian National Congress claims the government delayed fuel price rises, to avoid losing votes during recent state elections.

Popular protests have also broken out in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in recent days.

They have their particular causes, but the overriding theme is rising prices for fuel and food – a result of the pandemic, mismanagement and now the impact of the Ukraine conflict.