A two-day nation-wide bandh or strike was declared by the forum of central trade unions. The aim is to draw attention to criticism of the government policies, which have been defined as "anti-worker, anti-farmer and anti-national".
The bandh is likely to affect banking, trasnportation, railways and power services on 28 and 29 March.
This is notable in the sense that it is the first major nation-wide protest that the country will witness after the five state assembly elections.
In Kerala, all government offices remain closed. While in Bengal, people have taken to the railway tracks to stop trains from operating.
Nearly 20 crore people are expected to join the call of Bharat Bandh.