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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
Seven years after the event:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.