The term comes from Gujarati હડતાળ haḍtāḷ or હડતાલ haḍtāl , signifying the closing down of shops and warehouses with the object of realizing a demand.
Hartal is a term in many South Asian languages for strike action, first used during the Indian Independence Movement also known as the nationalist movement.
It is mass protest often involving a total shutdown of workplaces, offices, shops, courts of law as a form of civil disobedience.
His forehead was straighter and his head rounder, but they were not really so very different at this young age, she thought, except that Hartal laughed and giggled and cooed, and Clan babies did not make as many sounds.
Repressive actions infringing on by the colonial British Government and against countrywide peaceful movement for ending British rule in India often triggered such localized public protest, for instance in Benares and Bardoli.
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