Indian subcontinent

WSWS interviews tortured Tamil political refugee

By Athiyan Silva, 30 July 2012

The WSWS recently interviewed a former Tamil political prisoner, beaten and tortured in so-called rehabilitation centres by the Sri Lankan army and intelligence.

Conflict between Pakistan’s Supreme Court and government intensifies

By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012

The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial council election

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party will contest the Kegalla District of Sabaragamuwa Province in provincial council elections to be held on September 8.

Ex-army chief calls for regime change in Sri Lanka

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 July 2012

Former presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, has appealed for Western support for a campaign to overthrow the present government.

India: Maruti Suzuki launches witch-hunt against workers

By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012

It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.

Stalinist CPM backs ruling Indian Congress party’s presidential candidate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 July 2012

The Stalinist CPM’s decision to support Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections is a clear signal that the CPM is willing to resume its alliance with the Congress.

Former Indian finance minister Mukherjee runs for presidency

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012

The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.

Bangladesh and Assam devastated by floods

By Sathish Simon, 16 July 2012

While torrential monsoonal rains produced the floods, their ruinous impact is the result of decades of official indifference and negligence.

Sri Lankan government moves to extend the police custody period

By Sanjaya Jayasekara, 13 July 2012

The doubling of the detention period is another step to entrench the police-state measures adopted during the country’s civil war.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses socialist policy for fishermen

By our correspondent, 12 July 2012

The SEP and ISSE campaign dealt with the issues raised by protests by fishermen earlier this year against fuel price hikes.

Credit agency rates Sri Lanka “very high risk”

By Saman Gunadasa, 11 July 2012

S&P became the second ratings agency to warn of Sri Lanka’s exposure to the deepening financial crisis unfolding in Europe.

India: The lessons of the NLC betrayal

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012

The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.

US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2012

The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ strike

By Dehin Wasantha, 4 July 2012

The IUTUJC ended the campaign on the basis of an empty promise over salary anomalies.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012

The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.

Sri Lanka: Pro-government thugs kill two JVP supporters

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2012

The murders are part of the anti-democratic methods being used to stifle any opposition to the government’s imposition of IMF austerity measures.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold meeting on fishermen’s struggle

By Socialist Equality Party, 26 June 2012

The public meeting in the western Sri Lankan port of Chilaw will discuss a socialist program for fishermen and their families.

Sri Lanka tilts toward the US

By Sarath Kumara, 23 June 2012

Sri Lankan officials secured military assistance from the US and India at the recent Singapore security summit.

Pakistan Supreme Court ousts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 22 June 2012

Gilani’s disqualification reflects bitter feuding in the ruling elites, including the opposition parties, the military and the courts.

Ratings agency warns of Sri Lanka’s exposure to European crisis

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 June 2012

Of the Asian countries, Sri Lanka is “most at risk” from any global financial shocks because of its high external borrowing needs and weak balance sheet.

US declares India a “lynchpin” in its Asian strategy

By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012

Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.

Indian government prepares mass sacking of Air India pilots

By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2012

The attack on the pilots sets a dangerous precedent for a similar assault on other sections of workers defending their jobs and living standards.

Sri Lanka: Plantation workers oppose tea factory closure

By M. Vasanthan, 8 June 2012

Hundreds of Park Estate tea plantation workers have begun strike action to defend jobs and oppose cost-cutting measures.

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens ground intervention into Pakistan

By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2012

Speaking in Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threatened Pakistan with a ground attack if it did not crush forces in Pakistan fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan.

Non-academic university staff strike in Sri Lanka

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 7 June 2012

The strikers are demanding an immediate 25 percent pay rise as part of their protracted campaign to rectify salary anomalies.

India: NLC contract workers oppose union sell-out

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 June 2012

Angry NLC contract workers confront local union leaders over the back-room deal signed with management to shut down long-running strike action.

Singh promotes Indian interests in Burma

By Sarath Kumara, 4 June 2012

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.

US launches new drone attacks on Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2012

The Obama administration ordered new drone attacks on Pakistan over the weekend, killing at least a dozen people in the tribal area of South Waziristan.

Indian workers, youth, rural poor join bandh against fuel price hikes

By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2012

On Thursday, workers, youth and rural poor throughout India joined the nationwide shutdown and protests against fuel price hikes imposed by the UPA government.

Indian government attempts to smash pilots strike

By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012

The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.

India: Nationwide protests against fuel price hikes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2012

Like its counterparts internationally, the Indian government is seeking to impose the burden of the worsening global crisis of capitalism onto the backs of working people.

Indian Communist Party (Marxist) continues to defend Stalin’s crimes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2012

Far from being unimportant “archival matters”, the ideological differences between Stalinism and Trotskyism are of fundamental importance for workers today.

Sri Lankan president’s salute to militarism

By Wije Dias, 28 May 2012

This year’s “victory” parade only underscored the degree to which his government rests on the country’s huge military apparatus.

Sri Lankan president releases jailed rival

By Sampath Perera, 26 May 2012

Rajapakse announced Fonseka’s release in a bid to ease tensions with the US, just days after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister visited Washington.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds plantation workers’ congress

By W.A.Sunil, 25 May 2012

The SEP plantation workers congress in Hatton last Saturday reflected important political shifts in the Sri Lankan working class

US steps up drone war on Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2012

US drone attacks in northwest Pakistan killed at least 14 people in little more than 24 hours, including 10 dying in a Thursday morning missile strike on a mosque.

India: WSWS team attacked as NLC strike enters second month

By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2012

The assault on WSWS supporters, who were distributing a leaflet exposing the role of the government and the unions, is a clear sign that a betrayal is being prepared.

Pakistan’s Hazaras targeted by campaign of ethnic-communal killings

By a Pakistani correspondent, 22 May 2012

More than twenty Hazaras were killed and some thirty others wounded in a series of ambushes last month in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns attack on WSWS supporters in India

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 May 2012

The assault by AIADMK thugs is a warning to workers of the methods that governments and employers will use to suppress opposition to the deepening assault on jobs and living standards.

Sri Lankan government imposes new price rises

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 May 2012

As escalating price increases impact on Sri Lanka workers, the banks and other major corporations are amassing huge profits.

Sri Lanka: Fire destroys plantation workers’ homes

By M. Vasanthan, 16 May 2012

A recent fire that destroyed over 20 line-rooms highlights the poverty-stricken conditions facing Sri Lankan plantation workers.

Clinton pressures India to support sanctions on Iran

By Sarath Kumara, 15 May 2012

Indian corporations and banks are facing the prospect of tough US penalties from the end of June for doing business with Iranian banks.

India: Striking NLC contract workers must expand struggle—industrially and politically

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 May 2012

On strike since April 21, the 14,000 contract workers at the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation are challenging a cheap-labour and repressive work-regime that has become the norm in both India’s public and private sectors.

Sri Lanka: Plantation workers denounce tea estate unions

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and M. Vasanthan, 10 May 2012

The SEP campaigns for plantation workers’ congress on May 20 in Hatton to defend the rights .

Indian Stalinists line up with national bourgeoisie on Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue

By V. Sivagnanan, 10 May 2012

India’s main Stalinist parliamentary parties have based themselves on defending the national interests of Indian bourgeoisie in their stand on the issue of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE hold May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 9 May 2012

Over 200 workers and youth attended the SEP and ISSE May Day meeting held in Colombo last week.

Buddhist mob in Sri Lanka threatens to demolish a mosque

By K. Ratnayake, 8 May 2012

The sympathetic attitude of the security forces towards the racialist mob contrasts with their violent methods in dealing with protests and strikes by workers, youth and the rural poor.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold plantation workers’ congress

Socialist Equality Party, 7 May 2012

The plantation workers’ congress on May 20 will discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend the democratic rights, jobs and living conditions of estate workers.

India: Strike challenges NLC’s decades-long use of contract labor

By Satish Simon, 5 May 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke with some of the 14,000 contract workers who have been on strike against the central government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu since April 21.

Storm clouds gather over Indian economy

By Kranti Kumara, 3 May 2012

The head of India’s central bank has suggested that the country could face a balance of payments crisis akin to that in 1991, when it turned to the IMF for emergency loans.

Two hundred feared dead in Indian ferry disaster

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 May 2012

The ferry disaster is the product of successive governments’ grossly inadequate funding of basic social infrastructure and the subordination of transportation services to the dictates of the profit system.

US resumes drone killings in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2012

Washington ended a month-long pause in its campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas Sunday, provoking a formal protest from the government in Islamabad.

US and Pakistan restart talks on prosecuting AfPak War

By Ali Ismail, 28 April 2012

Official negotiations between Washington and Islamabad on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan War and the perpetuation of the US-Pakistani strategic alliance resumed this week.

Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

By Subash Somachandran, 28 April 2012

WSWS reporters recently visited the war-ravaged Vanni to speak with Tamil refugees.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts issue phony call for a hartal

By Vilani Peiris, 27 April 2012

The United Socialist Party (USP) has issued an appeal to opposition parties for a hartal—a general strike and shutdown of businesses—to fight for wages rises.

Sri Lanka: Slowing economy sharpens government austerity drive

By Saman Gunadasa, 26 April 2012

The living conditions of the working people and the rural poor are deteriorating, and the reduced growth forecast means that the social distress will intensify.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012

The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold May Day meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 April 2012

An SEP and ISSE public meeting in Colombo on May 1 will to mark international workers’ day.

Anti-Indian propaganda intensifies in Sri Lanka after UN vote

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 April 2012

Colombo-New Delhi relations have been strained since India voted for a US-backed resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Mounting tensions between India’s army and civilian government

By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2012

So fractious are relations between India’s army and civilian government, sections of the government reportedly feared that a military coup might be underway in mid-January.

Union leader killed in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 17 April 2012

Aminul Islam went missing on April 4 and his tortured body was found two days later, dumped by the roadside.

SEP campaigns for plantation workers’ congress

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 17 April 2012

A campaign team visited the Shannon Tea Estate near Hatton, where workers are fighting the company’s increased tea plucking targets.

India: Stalinist CPM congress dismisses socialism

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 April 2012

At its 20th Congress, the CPM reiterated its defence of the crimes of the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy and justified its role as a political prop of the Indian bourgeoisie.

Sri Lankan government releases abducted political activists

By K. Ratnayake, 13 April 2012

Two leaders of a recently formed opposition party were abducted amid a growing wave of disappearances, abductions and torture by police, security forces and allied paramilitary groups.

Pakistan: 250,000 displaced by army operation in Khyber Agency

By Ali Ismail, 13 April 2012

Fierce clashes between Pakistani troops and Islamist militants in the country’s northwest tribal areas have forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes since January.

Wife of missing Sri Lankan journalist speaks to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 April 2012

Sandhya Ekneligoda is continuing to campaign on behalf of her husband, who “disappeared” in January 2010, in all likelihood at the hands of pro-government thugs.

India: Stalinist CPM promotes alliance with regional bourgeois parties

By Deepal Jayasekera in Kozhikode, 7 April 2012

The national congress of India’s main Stalinist parliamentary party has called for renewed efforts to build an alliance with regionalist and caste-ist bourgeois parties to contain mounting working class and poor peasant opposition to the social crisis wrought by two decades of market “reforms”.

IMF releases loan after Sri Lankan government imposes austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 7 April 2012

The International Monetary Fund’s press release made clear that more socially-regressive measures would be required.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 12

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

India’s Communist Party (Marxist): Defender of Stalin and capitalist restoration

By Deepal Jayaskera, 6 April 2012

For the first time since 1992, the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, is presenting an “ideological” resolution to its national congress.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 11

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 6 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 10

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 9

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

India: Stalinist CPM holds party congress amid mounting internal crisis

By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012

India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is holding its 20th Congress this week amid a mounting and deep-rooted internal political crisis.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 8

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 7

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 6

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Tamil separatists lobby imperialist powers against Sri Lankan government at UN

By Athiyan Silva, 30 March 2012

Tamil nationalist groups are appealing to US imperialism and its allies to investigate war crimes by the Sri Lankan government during the Sri Lankan civil war.

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.

Indian budget raises taxes and prices

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012

The working people and rural toilers will be hit by higher prices, particularly for fuel and fertiliser, in an effort to satisfy the financial markets by cutting the budget deficit.

Pakistan: Power cuts spark mass protests across Punjab

By Ali Ismail, 29 March 2012

Mass protests have erupted in Pakistan’s largest province in response to prolonged electricity-power cuts that have disrupted daily life and exacerbated the economic crisis ravaging the country.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 3

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 28 March 2012

The toothless US-backed resolution has nothing to do with addressing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka but is aimed at advancing US interests in South Asia.

Sri Lankan farmers demonstrate for a higher rice price

By W.A. Sunil, 27 March 2012

World Socialist Web Site correspondents visited Hingurakgoda, in North-Central Province, to speak to protesting farmers.

Sri Lankan SEP calls plantation workers’ congress

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The Plantation Workers’ Congress will be held on May 20 to discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend basic democratic and social rights.

The life and times of a Sri Lankan migrant worker

By Ajanta Silva, 27 March 2012

An interview with Chandima Gayani, a 40-year-old Sri Lankan woman, on her experiences as a migrant worker.

ICG reports detail the militarisation in Sri Lanka’s North

By Sampath Perera, 24 March 2012

Recent International Crisis Group reports expose the government’s lies that it has resettled displaced Tamils and established democratic rights.

Sri Lankan health unions abandon strike after court order

By Vilani Peiris, 23 March 2012

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is increasingly using the judiciary and other state institutions to break strikes, assisted by the complicity of the trade unions.

Pakistan’s president delivers annual address amid swirl of economic and political crises

By Ali Ismail, 22 March 2012

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari used his annual presidential address to hype the supposed “achievements” of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government, describing a Pakistan that the country’s workers and toilers would be unable to recognize.

Sri Lankan defence ministry censors SMS news alerts

By Sampath Perera, 20 March 2012

The new media restrictions—in violation of the constitution and the legal system—are another warning of police-state preparations.

Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition rally

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 17 March 2012

The right-wing BNP and the Islamists are seeking to exploit the rising disaffection with the government and divert it in a reactionary nationalist direction.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts promote the right-wing UNP

By K. Ratnayake, 15 March 2012

The NSSP and USP are supporting a UNP-led “joint opposition” against the government’s price rises and anti-democratic methods.

Sri Lankan UNP’s bogus opposition to IMF austerity program

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 March 2012

Backed by ex-radical groups, the right-wing UNP is posturing as an opponent of the government’s price hikes.

Washington threatens Pakistan over proposed gas pipeline with Iran

By Ali Ismail, 9 March 2012

The Obama administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Pakistan if it proceeds with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran, its eastern neighbor.

Sri Lanka: Colombo residents defy government bid to demolish “unauthorised” housing

By an SEP reporting team, 9 March 2012

More than 100 people from the Maligawatta housing estate protested last week to stop a government authority destroying extensions to their tiny flats.

Sri Lankan fishermen forced back to work

By our correspondents, 6 March 2012

Although fishermen have resumed working in Sri Lanka’s north, their higher fuel costs make it impossible to earn a living, and discontent is rising.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 3 March 2012

University unions cave in to Sri Lankan government’s social austerity measures and patriotic campaign.

India: Tens of millions join one-day protest strike

By our correspondents, 2 March 2012

As many as a hundred million workers participated in a one-day, India-wide general strike Tuesday to protest against the socio-economic policies of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Sri Lanka government slanders protesters opposing price hikes

By W.A. Sunil and K. Ratnayake, 2 March 2012

The government’s jingoist campaign reflects deep fears that it confronts a growing movement of workers and the rural masses against its IMF austerity agenda.