By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2011
Mamata Banerjee, the anti-communist demagogue who leads the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been installed as West Bengal’s Chief Minister setting the stage for a sharp intensification of the class struggle.
By Keith Jones, 14 May 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front have suffered a shattering defeat in a series of state assembly elections whose results were tabulated yesterday. Defeated in its West Bengal and Kerala bastions, the Left now governs only the tiny state of Tripura.
By Keith Jones, 12 May 2011
Significant as the state elections are for the Congress Party-led national government, interest in them has rightly focused on the fate of the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala and of the Left’s dominant component, the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist).
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011
The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.
By Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2011
Auto workers at the GM Halol plant in the western India state of Gujarat have waged a month-long battle against brutal working conditions.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 April 2011
The people of West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, will vote in state assembly elections in six phases, commencing April 18.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 1 April 2011
Major-General Singha’s praise of Narendra Modi must be evaluated in the context of deepening collusion between the personnel of India’s state institutions and the Hindu supremacist right and evidence that elements within the military are promoting communalist politics.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 March 2011
Auto workers at GM’s factory in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been on strike for over a week to oppose speed up and brutal working conditions.
By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011
India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 March 2011
In a legal travesty, an Indian court has convicted 31 Muslims of conspiring to cause the train fire in Godhra that the BJP state government and its Hindu supremacist allies used to incite the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.
By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 22 February 2011
The strike launched one week ago today by more than a thousand workers at the Sanmina SCI plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone is part of a wave of workers’ struggles that have rocked the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last summer.
By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 February 2011
India’s principal Maoist party, the CPI (Maoist), has proclaimed support for the election of the right-wing Trinamool Congress in the coming West Bengal state election.
By Ajay Prakash, 2 February 2011
Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally-known human rights activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped-up charges for having spoken out against atrocities committed by the Indian state in suppressing a Maoist-led tribal insurgency.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 January 2011
India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has been unable to quash a scandal concerning the awarding, without auction, of wireless 2G (second generation) spectrum licenses in 2008.
By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 31 December 2010
In Tirupur, a reputed boom town in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu, close to a thousand garment workers or their family members have committed suicide during the past two years.
By a WSWS reporting team, 31 December 2010
World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Tirupur to investigate the conditions that led close to a thousand garment workers, their spouses or children to commit suicide in the two years ending in September 2010.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 December 2010
US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that Washington has long had evidence of Indian authorities’ systematic use of torture against opponents of Indian rule over Jammu and Kashmir, but has chosen not to speak out against New Delhi’s gross human rights violations.
By a WSWS Reporting Team, 11 December 2010
Tamil Nadu’s DMK “state government acts in favour of BYD management” and “has suppressed Foxconn workers and filed trumped up charges against them,” victimized BYD strike leader Munusamy told the WSWS.
By Keith Jones and K. Ratnayake, 10 December 2010
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions has shut down militant strikes against Foxconn and BYD—part of a growing wave of industrial unrest in Tamil Nadu—instructing workers to accept the firing of strike leaders and other punitive company demands.
By Kranti Kumara, 26 November 2010
India’s government reportedly lost $40 billion by selling-off mobile phone frequency-spectrum licenses in 2008 without auction and at 2001 prices.
By Satish Simon and Arun Kumar, 17 November 2010
A militant strike by 13,000 contract workers against the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation has been sold out, just as the 39-day-old strike was beginning to win significant support from the “regular” workers.
By Keith Jones, 9 November 2010
US President Barack Obama has endorsed India’s longstanding bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, as part of its attempt to entice India into a military-security bloc directed against China.
By Arun Kumar, 9 November 2010
The recent horrifying death of a young female worker at the Nokia factory in southern India stands as an indictment of the unsafe working conditions that prevail in most of the country’s industry.
By Keith Jones, 6 November 2010
Prior to embarking on a three-day trip to India, US President Obama repeated George W. Bush’s offer of US assistance in making India a world power—a strategic gambit rooted in the US’s drive to contain and if need be thwart China’s rise.
By Arun Kumar, 4 November 2010
Amid a wave of strikes and plant occupations, Tamil Nadu’s Deputy General of Police (DGP) has said that the state is intensifying its surveillance of the labor force so as to combat “left-wing extremism.”
By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 4 November 2010
The Indian subsidiary of BYD Electronics has fired most of the workforce at its plant in Tamil Nadu, more than 2,500 workers, after they staged a sit-in.
By Arun Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 25 October 2010
Through a combination of mass arrests and intimidation, the Tamil Nadu state government is working to repress a militant strike of workers at a factory owned by the Taiwan-based company.
By Sathish Simon and Arun Kumar, 23 October 2010
The month-old strike by thirteen thousand contract workers against the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) in southern India demonstrates their determination to resist sweatshop conditions.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2010
An American informant had a high-level role in the preparation of the December 2008 assault, in which 166 people were killed by bullets and grenades.
By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 October 2010
An Indian court has ruled that the site of the razed Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya should be divided three ways, with two-thirds of the land awarded to Hindu communalist and fundamentalist organizations.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 October 2010
The Commonwealth Games, scheduled to begin on October 3 in Delhi, pose a major crisis for the Indian elite.
By Vilani Peiris, 1 October 2010
Tensions between India and China stepped up a notch last month after reports that thousands of Chinese troops were in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the border with China.
By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 29 September 2010
Thousands of workers are continuing their walkout in Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu
By Arun Kumar, 25 September 2010
The US nuclear industry and the Obama administration are pressing the Indian government to amend or circumvent the controversial Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage law that was passed by India’s parliament in late August.
By Kranti Kumara, 21 September 2010
Just prior to the arrival of a 39-member “all parties” mission from New Delhi, the Indian government deployed the army in cities and towns across the Kashmir Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
By Arun Kumar, 28 July 2010
Demonstrations and strikes are continuing in Indian-ruled Kashmir despite the deployment of Indian troops to the state.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.