Indian state murdered Maoist peace envoy

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 14 September 2010

A prominent Indian magazine has published an exposé showing that a senior Maoist leader and their designated point-man in exploring the possibility of peace talks with the Indian government was summarily executed by police.

100 million workers join India’s September 7 general strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2010

Tuesday’s protest gave an inkling of the potential for a working class counter-offensive against Indian big business and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. But those who called and officially led it, India’s labor federations, have a diametrically opposed agenda.

India to conduct caste census

By Arun Kumar and Keith Jones, 28 August 2010

Whatever form India’s caste census ultimately takes, the mounting of a caste-based census is a retrograde and reactionary step. It will contribute to the further caste-ization of Indian politics and life, serving to split the working class and oppressed toilers on caste lines.

Uttar Pradesh farmers latest victims of Indian business’ land grab

By Arun Kumar, 26 August 2010

Three protesting farmers were shot dead and more than forty others injured August 14, when police opened fire on a protest at Jikarpur, a village in the Aligarh District of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Mass protests continue in Indian-held Kashmir

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 19 August 2010

Despite savage state repression that has left at least 58 people dead in the past two months, protests continue to rock the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Communal outburst from Kerala’s Stalinist Chief Minister

By Arun Kumar, 7 August 2010

V.S. Achuthanandan, the Chief Minister of the south Indian state of Kerala and a Politburo member of the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, made remarks at a recent press conference that were widely recognized to be an appeal to Hindu communal sentiment.

Half of India’s population lives below the poverty line

By Arun Kumar, 2 August 2010

According to an Oxford University study, 55 percent of India’s population of 1.1 billion, or 645 million people, are living in poverty. Using a newly-developed index, the study found that about one-third of the world’s poor live in India.

Indian security forces crack down on Kashmiri protests

By Arun Kumar, 28 July 2010

Demonstrations and strikes are continuing in Indian-ruled Kashmir despite the deployment of Indian troops to the state.

India’s latest train crash kills 66 in West Bengal

By R. Shreeharan, 21 July 2010

Official efforts are being made to blame the train driver, who is among the three rail workers killed, for India’s fourth major train disaster this year.

Indian Stalinists split over what right-wing course to follow

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2010

Last week’s one-day national bandh or general strike against central government-imposed fuel price hikes has exposed a growing rift within India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Indian Stalinists join BJP in one-day strike against fuel price hikes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 July 2010

A one-day all-India bandh, or general strike, protesting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s recent fuel price hikes and associated decision to deregulate petrol prices shut down much of the country Monday.

Fuel price hike hits India’s poor

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 June 2010

The Indian government last Friday slashed fuel price subsidies in a move that will boost already high inflation, impact heavily on working people and provoke unrest.

Hyundai workers in India speak out against reprisals and poor working conditions

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 26 June 2010

reporters visited a Hyundai car assembly plant in southern India two days after an occupation by Hyundai workers was broken up by the police on the orders of Tamil Nadu’s DMK-led state government.

India: Stalinist Left Front routed in West Bengal municipal elections

By Arun Kumar, 18 June 2010

The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front suffered a debacle in the West Bengal municipal elections as a result of mounting popular anger over its pro-investor reforms and rampant corruption.

Sri Lankan president visits India to improve relations

By K. Ratnayake, 17 June 2010

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visited India last week in a bid to ease the diplomatic strains that emerged last year in the final months of the island’s protracted civil war.

India: Bhopal verdict provokes public outrage

By R. Shreeharan, 15 June 2010

The Bhopal judgment again demonstrates the contempt of the Indian establishment toward the thousands of victims and its commitment to defending corporate interests.

Police break-up occupation at Hyundai complex in southern India

By Arun Kumar, 12 June 2010

Police broke-up an occupation at a Hyundai car assembly plant located on the outskirts of Chennai last Tuesday, arresting more than 200 workers.

Sabotage of West Bengal train leads to 148 deaths, sparks reactionary political furor

By R. Shreeharan, 5 June 2010

One hundred forty-eight people were killed and scores more injured in rural West Bengal last week, when a freight train struck a passenger train that had been derailed as the result of track sabotage. This tragedy demonstrates yet again the utter bankruptcy of individual terrorism as an emancipatory instrument.

Air India unions call off “flash” strike in face of state repression

By Kranti Kumara, 1 June 2010

A flash or wildcat strike involving about 20,000 workers at Air India ended May 26, after the unions bowed before a reactionary ruling of the Delhi High Court that proclaimed the strike illegal.

Indian air disaster kills 158

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 1 June 2010

The Indian government and Air India management have attempted to blame the pilot for last week’s Mangalore crash even before conducting any investigation. This is a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the underlying causes of the crash.

India’s government tables loophole-filled anti-torture law

By Kranti Kumara, 20 May 2010

The anti-torture legislation that was recently passed by the lower house of India’s parliament is a sham. The bill is full of legal loopholes thus ensuring that India’s police and security forces will continue to routinely torture people, frequently to their deaths.

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled peace dialogue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2010

Under pressure from Washington, India and Pakistan have agreed to resume a long-stalled peace dialogue. But the US’s efforts to harness Pakistan and India to its predatory geopolitical goals in Asia are themselves a major source of friction between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Stalinist union calls off Indian coal strike

By Arun Kumar, 10 May 2010

After just one day, the All India Coal Workers Federation last week ended its three-day strike against government plans to sell off a 10 percent stake in the state-owned Coal India Limited.

Indian coal workers to strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 5 May 2010

Employees of the state-owned Coal India Ltd are due to start a three-day strike today against the Indian government’s proposal to sell off 10 percent of shares in the company and its subsidiaries.

India: West Bengal government forms industrial security force

By R. Shreeharan, 1 May 2010

In collaboration with the national government, the Left Front government in West Bengal is forming a State Industrial Security Force to protect businesses against striking workers and protesters.

Amid mounting popular anger over price rises

Indian Stalinists stage one-day protest strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2010

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its allies in the Left Front are joining today with nine regional- and caste-based parties in staging an all-India hartal—or national strike—to protest the recent decision of India’s Congress Party-led central government to raise gasoline, diesel, and fertilizer prices.

Indian writer Arundhati Roy threatened with prosecution under anti-terrorism law

By Kranti Kumara, 26 April 2010

Police in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh are “exploring” laying charges under the state’s draconian anti-terrorism law against Arundhati Roy.

Indian telecom unions sell out major strike

By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 22 April 2010

Within hours of 300,000 BSNL employees beginning an indefinite strike on Tuesday to defend jobs and conditions, the unions reached a deal with the telecommunications minister.

Indian government suffers reversal in its war on Maoists and tribals

By Kranti Kumara, 21 April 2010

India’s Congress Party-led government has been thrown into serious crisis following a deadly ambush by Maoist guerrillas on April 6 that killed 76 security personnel in the forests of the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.

Indian Telecom workers commence national strike

By Arun Kumar, 20 April 2010

Around 300,000 workers employed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), are due to start an indefinite national strike today against the government’s plans to restructure and part-privatise the state-owned telecommunications corporation.

Severe tropical storm strikes eastern India

By Shree Haran, 17 April 2010

The storm struck the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam, as well as Bangladesh on Tuesday night, destroying an estimated 100,000 homes and killing at least 136 people.

State repression beats back Jammu and Kashmir public sector strike

By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 15 April 2010

Unions representing 450,000 public sector workers in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) bowed Wednesday before an escalating campaign of state repression and called off a militant twelve day-old strike.

Gujarat Chief Minister interrogated about his role in 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom

By Kranti Kumara, 14 April 2010

Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister and a leading figure in India’s official opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was interrogated for nine hours late last month about his role in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state.

Indian Stalinists’ “jail bharo”: a political stunt

By Sampath Perera, 8 April 2010

The Stalinist-led Left Front is today mounting a nation-wide agitation to protest the pro-big business economic policies being implemented by India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Indian government continues its offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 30 March 2010

Despite several cease-fire proposals from the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the Indian government is continuing a massive, multi-state military offensive aimed at stamping out the tribal-based Maoist insurgency.

Russia and India improve relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 March 2010

A short visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to India on March 12 resulted in a slew of bilateral agreements and improved strategic relations.

An exchange of letters concerning the state repression of India’s Telangana agitation

16 March 2010

The WSWS has opposed the Telangana agitation. But this does not mean that we are indifferent to how the Indian state deals with this movement and to the fate of the students and others who have been caught up in it.

Hounded by Hindu right, India’s best-known painter takes Qatari citizenship

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Parwini Zora, 13 March 2010

M.F. Husain, India’s best known and most celebrated visual artist, has accepted an offer of Qatari citizenship—a poignant protest against the Indian state’s and political elite’s complicity in his harassment and victimization by Hindu fundamentalists and supremacists.

Stampede at Indian temple kills 63

By Arun Kumar, 10 March 2010

A tragic incident near the town of Kunda in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Thursday again highlighted the abject poverty facing tens of millions throughout India.

India’s budget: Concessions to business, new burdens for workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 March 2010

India’s budget included a raft of tax concessions and “reform” measures demanded by native and foreign big business. It also imposed punishing price increases on petroleum products and fertilizer for workers, and a real reduction in social spending.

India and Pakistan talk, but “composite dialogue” not resumed

By Shree Haran, 3 March 2010

The talks held between India and Pakistan last week ended with no more than a promise that the rival South Asian powers will “keep in touch.”

Indian Supreme Court sanctions police occupation of university campus

By Kranti Kumara, 25 February 2010

The Indian Supreme Court issued an extraordinary ruling on February 20 giving legal sanction to the continuing deployment of paramilitary police on the campus of Osmania University in the capital city of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

India: Unions shut down two-month jute workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 20 February 2010

Indian unions in the state of West Bengal called off a two-month strike of around 250,000 jute mill workers on February 12 without any of the basic demands of the strikers being met.

Amid preparations for India-Pakistan talks, deadly bomb blast in west India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 February 2010

Last Saturday’s terrorist bombing in the west Indian city of Pune was clearly aimed at inciting communal enmity and derailing any rapprochement between India and Pakistan.

Under US pressure

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled talks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 February 2010

India and Pakistan will soon hold high-level talks for the first time in fourteen months. But New Delhi is still balking at the resumption of the “composite dialogue” set in place after the two countries almost went to war in 2001-2002.

India nervously watches post-election Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 February 2010

Since Mahinda Rajapakse won a second presidential term in Sri Lanka last week, India’s dilemma over how to pursue its interests in the island has intensified.

Jyoti Basu: elder statesman of Indian Stalinism dies at 95

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 19 January 2010

Jyoti Basu, the reputed elder statesman of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and for 23 years the Chief Minister of West Bengal, died Sunday. His death has occasioned numerous gushing tributes from India’s political establishment, beginning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

Australian government in damage control after murder of Indian student

By Perla Astudillo, 13 January 2010

The fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Indian student in Melbourne has again focussed international attention on the appalling conditions endured by many overseas students in Australia.

Indian-held Kashmir continues to simmer over deaths of two women last May

By Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2010

To the dismay and anger of many Kashmiris, India’s premier crime investigation agency has ruled that two young women whose deaths had been attributed to the thuggery of security forces died accidentally.

India: All-Party meeting fails to staunch crisis over Telangana

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 January 2010

An all-party meeting, presided over by India’s Home Minister, has failed to reach a consensus on whether to form a separate state, Telangana, out of Andhra Pradesh’s north-western districts.

250,000 jute workers continue indefinite strike in West Bengal

By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 24 December 2009

Two hundred and fifty thousand jute workers in West Bengal have been on indefinite strike since Dec. 14 to force their employers to pay back wages and other arrears.

India’s almond workers mount militant strike

By Kranti Kumara, 24 December 2009

In what is perhaps the biggest strike in recent years in India’s “unorganized” sector, 20,000 to 30,000 almond workers and their families have been mounting a militant strike since Dec. 14.

India: Move to create new state in Telangana provokes political crisis

By Keith Jones and Ram Kumar, 19 December 2009

The Indian government’s unexpected announcement that it is initiating the process to create a new federal state in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh has provoked a major political crisis.

India: Soaring food prices place tens of millions at risk

By Ajay Prakash, 15 December 2009

Food prices in India have risen more than 19 percent over the past year, pushing tens of millions deeper into poverty and hunger.

Indian Stalinists provide “left” cover for government’s anti-Maoist counterinsurgency war

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 December 2009

West Bengal’s Stalinist-led Left Front government is fully supporting the Indian government’s long-planned anti-Maoist counterinsurgency offensive. Meanwhile, India’s coalition government has served notice that it could use the violence fomented by one of its constituents as the pretext for dismissing the Left Front and imposing “president’s rule” on West Bengal.

AfPak War and geo-political tensions cast long shadow over Indo-US summit

By Keith Jones, 27 November 2009

The Obama administration’s plans to expand the AfPak war and mounting world geo-political tensions—tensions between India and Pakistan, India and China, the US and India, and, last but not least, the US and China—cast a very long shadow over Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s four day visit to the US this week.

So as to lay the ground for a counter-insurgency offensive

Manmohan Singh admits Indian state has failed tribal peoples

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2009

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conceded that the Indian state and establishment have abused and exploited the country’s more than 80 million tribal people.

India: Inquiry finds BJP and RSS responsible for 1992 pogrom

By Keith Jones, 25 November 2009

A government-appointed commission of inquiry has found the top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh bear responsibility for the 1992 razing of the Babri Masjid—an outrage that precipitated an anti-Muslim pogrom in which more than two thousand people lost their lives.

Rising Indian influence in Afghanistan worries US and Pakistan

By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009

In a sign of the escalating conflicts across the region, the top US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that India’s growing influence in Afghanistan could “exacerbate regional tensions” and encourage Pakistani “countermeasures”.

India: Union calls off militant Rico strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2009

A militant strike by more than 3,000 workers at a Rico plant in India’s principal auto parts producing center came to an end last week, only hours before tens of thousands of workers were to walk off the job in a show of support.

Indian auto dispute sparks mass protest, shuts Ford Canada plant

By Kranti Kumara, 30 October 2009

Last week more than 100,000 workers from some 70 plants in the Gurgaon-Manesar area walked off the job to show support for the Rico workers’ struggle and protest the murder of a Rico striker by company thugs.

Tensions between India and China flare again

By John Chan, 23 October 2009

The immediate spark was a visit by the Indian prime minister to the northern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The trip provoked a protest from Beijing, which disputes Indian control of the area, resulting in heated words in the Indian and Chinese media.

India: Official corruption and negligence tied to 34 deaths in firecracker explosion

By K. Sundaram, Sasi Kumar and Arun Kumar, 22 October 2009

Thirty-four people perished last Friday in a massive explosion and fire at an unlicensed firecracker store and warehouse in Pallipattu, Tamil Nadu. The WSWS interviewed family members of some of the victims.

Indian government to launch major military offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar, 17 October 2009

India’s government has let it be known that it is about to launch an unprecedented, multi-state offensive against Maoist guerrillas, including using for the first time Indian Air Force helicopters and personnel.

India: Chhattisgarh government to call probe into industrial accident

By Kranti Kumara, 13 October 2009

The Chhattisgarh government has been forced to call a judicial probe into a horrific industrial accident that killed 45 workers at a Bharat Aluminum Co. (BALCO) construction site in Korba last month.

Indian drought exacerbates social crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 October 2009

The ongoing drought in India, whose immediate cause is an abysmal monsoon, has dealt a cruel blow to hundreds of millions of desperately poor agricultural labourers, small farmers, and their families.

China-India border talks highlight rising tensions

By John Chan, 15 August 2009

This month’s border talks between China and India became a focus of mounting tensions between the two countries.

India’s government rushes to address business criticisms of budget

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 10 July 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government has rushed to address big business criticism of the 2009-10 national budget. But concerns remain about the government’s increasingly perilous fiscal situation.

India’s Lalgarh “uprising”

Rival Stalinist camps abet reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 July 2009

The Indian bourgeoisie has seized on recent developments in West Bengal—a popular challenge to government authority in an impoverished tribal area involving Maoist insurgents—to push politics in the state and throughout India sharply right.

India bans CPI (Maoist) under draconian “anti-terror” law

By Keith Jones, 26 June 2009

India’s Congress Party-led central government has declared the Communist Party of India (Maoist) a “terrorist” organization under the draconian “anti-terrorist” legislation that it rushed through India’s parliament last December.

The reality of life in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum

By Harvey Thompson, 13 June 2009

The popularity of Danny Boyle’s recent film, Slumdog Millionaire has led to a surge of media interest in the Mumbai slum of Dharavi which is partially depicted in the film.

While pledging its devotion to the poor

India’s government lurches further right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 June 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government has outlined a raft of rightwing objectives, including “disinvestment” of public sector units, the promotion of Public Private Partnerships, “stern measures to handle insurgency and left wing extremism,” and a further enhancing of India’s strategic partnership with the United States.

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India’s Supreme Court orders expedited trials for perpetrators of Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara, 6 June 2009

Seven years after the anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state of Gujarat, India’s Supreme Court has ordered “fast track” or expedited trials of the perpetrators and abettors of the February-March 2002 communal massacre.

India: Hyundai Motors victimizes workers

By M. Kailasam, 2 June 2009

Hyundai Motors India Ltd., the country’s second-largest car maker, has reneged on a deal to take back workers it had victimized for their role in a union organizing drive at its plant in Sriperumbadur, Tamil Nadu.

India’s Congress-led government to do big business’ bidding

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government, which won re-election in this month’s general election, has rushed to reassure big business that it will do its bidding, accelerating the pace of neoliberal reform and reining in a rapidly escalating budget deficit.

Indian elections

Stalinist Left Front suffers debacle in its West Bengal bastion

By Arun Kumar, 26 May 2009

The Left Front, the electoral bloc led by the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist), was in many respects the biggest loser in India’s recently concluded national elections. In West Bengal, where the Left Front has held power for the past 32 years, it suffered a humiliating defeat, losing 20 seats and recording an 8 percentage-point drop in its share of the popular vote.

Indian Stalinist leader defends alliances with Congress and rightwing regional parties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

World Socialist Web Site journalists Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar interviewed A.K. Padmanabhan, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), shortly before the conclusion of India’s general elections.

Communist Party of India (Marxist): a key prop of Indian bourgeois rule

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

Behind a façade of “revolutionary” ritual—red flags, hammers and sickles, portraits of Marx, Lenin, and Che Guevara—the CPM functions as an integral party of the Indian bourgeois political establishment.

India: Re-elected Congress-led government to accelerate pace of pro-investor “reforms”

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2009

The Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has retained power in India’s month-long, multi-phase election, having fallen only 13 seats short of securing an absolute majority in the 543-seat Lok Sabha.

Home of Slumdog Millionaire child actor destroyed by Mumbai authorities

By Hiram Lee, 15 May 2009

The home of one of the child actors from the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire was demolished Thursday by authorities in the slums of Mumbai, India.

India’s election ends, horse-trading begins

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2009

The fifth and final round of India’s month-long general election was held yesterday. It will, however, take days, conceivably even weeks for the new government to be formed.

Indian election campaign enters final phase

By Keith Jones, 11 May 2009

On Wednesday voters in 86 of India’s 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will vote in the fifth and final phase of India’s month-long national elections. It is a given that the next government—like the current Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government—will be a multi-party coalition.

Indian Elections:

Tamil Nadu parties posture over plight of Sri Lankan Tamils

By Arun Kumar, 2 May 2009

With an eye to the national elections, the leaders of the dominant parties in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the DMK and AIADMK, are seeking to outdo one another in posturing as defenders of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Voting begins in India’s multi-phase election

By Keith Jones, 17 April 2009

Three ramshackle, multiparty alliances are vying for office in India’s month long, five-phase election, which began Thursday with voters in 124 Lok Sabha constituencies casting their ballots.

Indian elections:

BJP combines rank communal appeals with populist posturing

By Deepal Jayasekara, 16 April 2009

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is plumping for votes in India’s national elections by combining rank communal appeals and bellicose “anti-terrorist” rhetoric with a smattering of populist promises.

Indian elections:

Congress Party drops two candidates implicated in 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom

By Keith Jones, 11 April 2009

In the face of a public outcry, the Congress Party, the dominant partner in India’s coalition government, has dropped as candidates for the coming national election two veteran congressmen who helped instigate a horrific 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi.

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Stalinists woo Congress Party and BJP allies

By Kranti Kumara, 1 April 2009

The Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front allies are frantically wooing pro-big business, state- and caste-based parties in a bid to stitch together a “Third Front” governmental bloc and reclaim an important role in India’s government.

Indian economy hammered by world economic crisis

By Kranti Kumara and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 March 2009

The world economic crisis continues to roil the Indian economy, damaging both its immediate and longer term prospects and exacting a mounting toll of job losses in a country where there is no social safety net and millions already live in abject poverty.

India: Supreme Court judge advocates “animal rights” for alleged terrorists

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 20 February 2009

The third most senior judge on India’s Supreme Court has bluntly said alleged terrorists should be denied “human rights. “What is required are animal rights,” declared Supreme Court Justice Arijit Pasayat.

India: Intense maneuvering in run-up to spring elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 February 2009

All of India’s major political parties and coalitions are approaching the national elections, which are to be held in April and May, with great apprehension.

India: Statewide protest in Tamil Nadu against the war in Sri Lanka

By Ganesh Dev and Ram Kumar, 5 February 2009

Protests, shop closures and strikes against the war in Sri Lanka took place across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu yesterday despite the efforts of the state government to prevent the statewide bandh or general shutdown.

Large demonstration in India against Sri Lankan war

By Arun Kumara, 2 February 2009

Around 20,000 people took part in an eight-hour funeral march in Chennai for K. Muthukumar—a young Tamil who set himself alight in front of the city’s government office complex in protest against the communal war in neighbouring Sri Lanka.

India: Gigantic corporate fraud at Satyam Computers deals body-blow to Indian elite’s global ambitions

By Deepal Jayasekara and Kranti Kumara, 27 January 2009

India’s fourth-largest information technology company, Satyam Computers, is on the verge of collapse following its chairman’s admission that for “several years” he fraudulently misstated the company’s financial position, including cash on hand, revenues, profits and debt load.

Indian government savagely suppresses oil and truck-driver strikes

By Ajay Prakash and Arun Kumar, 15 January 2009

India’s government has quashed strikes of oil workers and truckers by jailing strike leaders, instructing state governments to invoke draconian antistrike laws, and threatening to deploy the army.

India ratchets up tensions with Pakistan over Mumbai attack

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2009

The Indian government launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan this week, with a dossier linking the Pakistan-based Islamist organisation Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. While none of the evidence links the Pakistani government or its agencies to the operation, Indian leaders accused Islamabad of involvement.

India stages “martial law” elections in Kashmir

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2009

Omar Abdullah was sworn in as the chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Monday, ending six months of central government or “president’s” rule. India’s lone Muslim-majority state remains under a brutal military occupation, however.

India: Stalinists proclaim right-wing AIADMK a pillar of their “Third Front”

By M. Kailasam, 5 January 2009

India’s two major Stalinist parties, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India (CPI), have formed an electoral and potential governmental alliance with a notoriously right-wing, Tamil regionalist party, the AIADMK.

Amid rising tensions, Pakistan moves troops to Indian border

By K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2008

Tensions between India and Pakistan intensified last Friday after the Pakistani military began shifting troops from its western border with Afghanistan to bolster positions along the border with India.

Indian parliament rushes through draconian “anti-terror” laws

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 December 2008

Barely three weeks after the Mumbai terrorist attack, all sections of India’s political establishment—including the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front—joined hands to push draconian “anti-terror” laws through parliament.

India: Honda workers wage tenacious struggle to defend their jobs

By an Indian correspondent, 24 December 2008

For several months, workers at the Honda-Siel plant in Rudrapur, India have surrounded the plant to prevent Honda from removing machinery from the plant and shifting it to a new facility in a special economic zone.