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January 16, 1997

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Militant Indian trade union leader and politician Dr. Datta Samant is murdered by hired gunmen. Samant led nearly 250,000 textile workers in Mumbai on a year-long strike in 1982. The New York Times described him as having a “reputation for rough tactics – threatening companies with strikes and agitation that often resulted in violent clashes, winning the loyalty of workers with heft wage increases, and ousting older, established labor leaders.”

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