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.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 December 2008
A call by India’s minority affairs minister for an investigation into the killing of the chief of the Maharashtra state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during last month’s terrorist attack on Mumbai has sparked a political furor. In the weeks prior to his killing, the ATS head had been leading a high-profile investigation into a Hindu-supremacist terrorist network that had mounted bomb attacks with the aim of killing Muslims.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2008
To its own dismay and the surprise of the corporate media, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to exploit the recent Mumbai terrorist attack for electoral gain fell flat. In fact, the BJP suffered significant losses in the recently concluded assembly elections in five Indian states.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2008
Under intense pressure from the US and India, the Pakistani government has initiated a crackdown on Islamist groups allegedly involved in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
10 December 2008
Washington’s targetting of Gul raises an inconvenient fact: that the nexus between the Pakistani military establishment and Islamist militias has its roots in the CIA-backed jihad in the 1980s against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2008
The Bush administration is exerting intense pressure on Pakistan to take action against Islamist groups allegedly responsible for last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Rather than easing tensions between Pakistan and India, Washington’s backing for New Delhi threatens to further destabilise Pakistan and trigger an escalating confrontation between the regional rivals.
By K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2008
Far from damping down tensions between India and Pakistan, the visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the two countries in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks has only added more fuel to the fire.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2008
The political fallout from last week’s terrorist siege of Mumbai is beginning to emerge in India and neighbouring Pakistan with tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals on the rise.
1 December 2008
The Mumbai tragedy both stems from and will exacerbate the national and communal tensions that have plagued the Indian subcontinent since its partition in 1947, at the end of British colonial rule.
By Peter Symonds, 29 November 2008
At least 160 civilians have been killed and over 320 injured since heavily-armed gunmen began their rampage through India’s financial centre on Wednesday evening. Whoever was responsible, this slaughter of innocent civilians can only provide grist for reaction in India and around the world under the guise of the bogus “war on terrorism”.
By Keith Jones, 28 November 2008
Whoever were the authors of this week’s terrorist attack in Mumbai, it was a vile act that will only serve reaction in India and internationally.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 27 November 2008
Police investigating a September 29 bombing in Malegaon have uncovered an “extensive” Hindu-extremist terror network, with ties to the military and political establishment.
17 November 2008
Indian authorities responded to the death of the CEO of Graziano Transmission with mass arrests and pledges to provide employers increased police protection. 63 workers have been charged with the CEO’s murder. All of them vehemently deny any involvement.
By Wije Dias, 10 November 2008
The advances made by the Sri Lankan military against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have not only provoked protests in southern India over the fate of 200,000 war refugees, but are raising concerns in the Indian establishment about the implications of an LTTE defeat.
By Kranti Kumara, 6 November 2008
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the west Indian state of Maharashtra has arrested a retired Indian army major and a serving lieutenant colonel as part of its investigation of September 29 terrorist bombings–bombings the police now concede were carried out by Hindu supremacists.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 4 November 2008
The Indo-US nuclear treaty has been driven by the predatory strategic ambitions of Washington and New Delhi, undermines the world nuclear regulatory regime, and dangerously disrupts the balance of power on the Indian subcontinent and across Asia.
By K. Ratnayake, 4 November 2008
Amid deep concerns about the growing international economic turmoil, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting yesterday with the country’s top corporate leaders to assure them that his government would take measures to maintain economic growth.
By Sasi Kumar and Arun Kumar, 24 October 2008
The intensifying civil war in Sri Lanka is provoking widespread anger in southern India, producing a rash of anti-war posturing among political parties in Tamil Nadu.
By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 21 October 2008
India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has rejected calls from civil rights groups for a judicial inquiry into a Delhi Police assault that resulted in the deaths of two Muslim youths.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 October 2008
The global financial crisis and looming recession have quickly exposed the weakness of the Indian economy and shattered illusions in the country's so-called economic miracle. In the course of last week, the Sensex index on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) plunged by almost 16 percent and the rupee devalued further against the US dollar amid fears of a marked economic slowdown.
By Ajay Prakash and Keith Jones, 11 October 2008
Angered by continuing popular opposition to the West Bengal state government’s land expropriation program, Tata Motors has pulled its Nano car project from a nearly-completed $350 million factory in Singur, West Bengal.
Karnataka and Kerala
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 October 2008
The struggle against communalism requires the independent political mobilization of the working class on a program of socialist and democratic demands that address the burning problems of all India's toilers, irrespective of mother-tongue, religion or caste.
By Parwini Zora and Kranti Kumara, 29 September 2008
In the course of heated negotiations between a group of laid-off contract workers and the management of Graziano Transmission India, the company’s chief executive, Lalit Kishore Chaudhary, was killed Monday, September 22nd by a blow to the head.
Maoists promote Bannerjee
By Ajay Prakash and Keith Jones, 24 September 2008
The political situation in West Bengal remains highly charged, with the Left Front state government desperately seeking to put an end to peasant agitation against the seizure of prime agricultural land for a Tata Motors car assembly complex.
By Kranti Kumara and Deepal Jayasekera, 17 September 2008
In the face of immense political pressure from the United States and a frantic Indian lobbying campaign, the 45-nation Nuclear Supplier Group agreed on September 6 to grant India a unique “waiver” exempting the country from the NSG’s rules governing civilian nuclear trade.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2008
A series of blasts in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday evening has killed at least 20 people and injured nearly 100. Five bombs went off in quick succession over less than 45 minutes, starting just after 6 p.m.
By Kranti Kumara, 5 September 2008
A 13-day-long peasant agitation for the return of land seized by the West Bengal Left Front government on behalf of the Tata Group is threatening to derail the Indian transnational company’s high-profile Nano Car project near Kolkata.
By W.A. Sunil, 4 September 2008
Severe flooding in India and Nepal over the past fortnight has affected millions of people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, with little in the way of assistance from government authorities.
By Kranti Kumara, 2 September 2008
India’s Congress Party-led Union government has launched a brutal crackdown in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in an effort to stamp out widespread, open defiance of India’s decades-long de facto military rule over the state.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 August 2008
Indian government security forces have shot dead at least 21 unarmed civilians and wounded hundreds of others over the past week in an attempt to repress widespread protests in the northern Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)—India’s only majority Muslim state—over the economic blockade imposed by Hindu-chauvinist groups.
By Keith Jones, 23 July 2008
After an acrimonious debate punctuated by opposition charges of intimidation and vote buying, India’s parliament reaffirmed its confidence in the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government Tuesday.
By Keith Jones, 22 July 2008
The Lok Sabha—the lower, directly-elected house of India’s parliament—began debate Monday on a one-sentence motion affirming confidence in the country’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The debate will end today with a vote that will decide the fate of the four-year-old UPA government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 July 2008
India’s main Stalinist Party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has led the four-party Left Front (LF) coalition in withdrawing its parliamentary support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the latter’s going ahead with the Indo-US civil nuclear treaty.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 July 2008
After four years of loyal support for the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the four-party Left Front political alliance led by the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI(M), has withdrawn its parliamentary backing from the UPA.
By Kranti Kumara, 3 July 2008
India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has been thrust deeper into political crisis over its determination to push through the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. The agreement has run into objections from the Stalinist-led Left Front, upon which the UPA has relied for political support since the Congress Party-dominated coalition came to power in 2004.
By Keith Jones, 21 June 2008
Bowing to pressure from Washington and from India’s corporate elite, India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has launched a new drive to implement the Indo-US civilian nuclear treaty.
By Kranti Kumara, 14 June 2008
The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP has come to power in Karnataka, after falling just short of winning a parliamentary majority in last month’s state assembly elections. This marks the first time the rightwing Hindu supremacist party has formed a government on its own in a south Indian state.
By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 11 June 2008
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s June 4 announcement of gasoline, diesel oil, and cooking-gas price increases of between 11 and 16 percent has sparked angry protests across India and been the occasion for much posturing on the part of the political establishment.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 May 2008
India’s official opposition, the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has seized on the recent terrorist atrocity in Jaipur, the capital of the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, to promote anti-Muslim and anti-Bangladeshi prejudice and to press for a further strengthening of the repressive powers of the state.
By a WSWS Reporting Team, 16 May 2008
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the country’s principal Stalinist party and the dominant party in the Left Front parliamentary bloc, mounted demonstrations outside central government offices in cities and towns across India on Thursday to protest spiraling food prices.
Likely victims of Indian Security Forces
By Kranti Kumara, 29 April 2008
The Indian government is refusing to investigate credible reports that up to a thousand unmarked graves have been found in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
By Kranti Kumara, 12 April 2008
Concerned about India’s soaring food prices, the country’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government imposed a ban on all rice exports earlier this month.
By Arun Kumar, 5 April 2008
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, India’s principal Stalinist party and the dominant partner in the Left Front, concluded its 19th national congress Thursday, April 3.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 29 March 2008
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s most important Stalinist party and the dominant partner in the Left Front, is holding its 19th congress in Coimbatore, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, from March 29 to April 3.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 15 March 2008
India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government won preliminary approval yesterday from India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, for its budget for the 2008 fiscal year. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front, which has been propping up the minority UPA government since the May 2004 elections, voted for the budget, although it has criticized the budget for failing to “effectively” address the key concerns of the people—agrarian distress, unemployment, and spiralling food, petrol and kerosene prices.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 March 2008
With less than a year remaining in the Bush administration’s term in office, the US political establishment is showing increasing signs of anxiety about the progress India has made in finalizing the Indo-US civilian nuclear treaty. Both senior Republicans and Democrats have hailed the treaty as the cornerstone of an Indo-US “strategic” and “global” partnership.
By Senthil Tholkaapiyan and Senthooran Ravee, 23 February 2008
The Indian High Court has used the furor around the Uma Khurana “sting operation” programme to pressure the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (IB) to increase censorship. Its intervention to curtail investigative journalism has far-reaching implications for freedom of the press, TV and the Internet.
By Kranti Kumara, 12 February 2008
The Left Front government in the east Indian state of West Bengal is defending police who opened fire, without warning, on demonstrators Tuesday, February 5, killing five people and injuring many more.
By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 5 January 2008
The Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained power in Gujarat despite a major drive by the Congress Party—led by its president and the current head of the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty, Sonia Gandhi—to wrest control of the west Indian state.
By Kranti Kumara, 13 December 2007
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, has reverted to stoking up anti-Muslim sentiment in a transparent attempt to polarize the west Indian state on communal lines and thereby cling to power in the state assembly elections that are being held in two phases this week.
By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 10 December 2007
The Stalinist-led Left Front and especially its dominant partner—the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM—have been rattled by the popular condemnation of the bloody assault CPM goons mounted last month on poor peasants in Nandigram, a complex of villages southwest of West Bengal’s state capital, Kolkata.
In run-up to Gujarat elections
By Ajay Prakash, 5 December 2007
An exposé in Tehelka magazine has provided further damning proof that the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state of Gujarat was fomented and organized by the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government of Narendra Modi. The BJP acted in concert with a network of Hindu nationalist and fundamentalist organizations, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has long supplied much of the BJP’s cadre and leadership, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Hindu World Council) and the VHP’s youth wing, the Bajrang Dal
By Kranti Kumara, 21 November 2007
Despite a months-long display of conspicuous opposition to the civilian nuclear co-operation treaty that India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government has struck with the Bush administration, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front has abandoned its opposition to New Delhi taking any further steps toward “operationalizing” the deal.
By Kranti Kumara, 15 November 2007
Through a murderous campaign of terror, the Stalinist government of West Bengal, India’s third most populous state, has reasserted control over Nandigram, an area 160 kilometers southwest of Kolkata (Calcutta) that has been convulsed by peasant protests for the past 10 months.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 13 November 2007
There is growing apprehension in ruling circles in both Washington and New Delhi that the Indo-US nuclear accord, which was enshrined in a treaty that the two states tentatively approved last July, may yet unravel.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2007
On October 28, the British newspaper, the Observer, published an exposure of multibillion-dollar global clothing company Gap’s use of child labor in India to produce children’s clothing bound for US and European markets. Far from being an exception to the rule, the incident reveals the conditions that hundreds of millions of children around the world must endure in the service of global capital.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 17 October 2007
The recent furor over the project to dig a shipping-canal in the narrow straits that separate India from Sri Lanka sheds much light on why and how the crisis-ridden Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is able to remain India’s second largest political party, whilst promoting a reactionary socio-economic agenda and noxious Hindu supremacist ideology rejected by the vast majority of Indians.
By Kranti Kumara, 4 October 2007
Displaying scornful contempt for the democratic right to protest, the Indian Supreme Court ruled last Sunday that a bandh (general strike) called by the ruling coalition in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu for the next day, October 1, was unconstitutional. It then ordered the DMK-led coalition to immediately call off the strike and to use the state machinery to ensure that all normal activity proceeded unhindered.
A blatant attack on artistic freedom:
By Ganesh Dev and Parwini Zora, 25 September 2007
The renowned Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen was physically assaulted August 9 by a group of Islamic fundamentalists led by three members of the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Afsar Khan and Moazzam Khan, from the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (United Council of Muslims). The All-India MIM is a member of the Congress Party-led coalition that governs the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
By Keith Jones, 22 September 2007
Recent weeks have seen mounting speculation in the Indian press that the rift between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Left Front over the proposed Indo-US nuclear trade treaty will result in early or “mid-term” elections.
By our correspondent, 15 September 2007
A one-day strike by tens of millions of workers in India’s so-called unorganised sector last month gave vent to their anger and frustration over low pay and appalling conditions. At the same time, however, the unions, affiliated to the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), limited their demands in order confine the protest and block the development of a political movement against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 11 September 2007
On August 3, India and the United States simultaneously released the text of a 22-page treaty that stipulates the terms under which the two countries will trade civilian nuclear fuel and technology.
By Kranti Kamara and Keith Jones, 16 August 2007
In a rare public outburst, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dared the Stalinist-led Left Front to substantiate its publicly announced opposition to the recently concluded “123” Nuclear Agreement between India and the United States by withdrawing political support for his United Progressive Alliance (UPA)government.
By Arun Kumar, 11 August 2007
The Congress Party-governed south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been in political turmoil since the July 28 police attack on demonstrators in Mudigonda, which is located in the district of Khammam some 250 kilometers from the state capital, Hyderabad.
After an election marred by bitter conflict
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 August 2007
India’s recently concluded and bitterly contested presidential election served to highlight several salient features of contemporary Indian politics. Most important of these are the crisis wracking the two largest parties, the Congress Party and the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party, and the crucial role that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front allies are playing in sustaining the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 July 2007
The intensification of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is provoking growing concerns in New Delhi over the impact on India’s strategic interests. The conflict is not only affecting New Delhi’s relations with Colombo and risks triggering unrest in India, but is also threatening to undermine India’s broader ambitions to establish itself as the preeminent regional power.
By Daniel Woreck and Kranti Kumara, 9 June 2007
The much-heralded nuclear deal between India and the United States that was announced by US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 2, 2006, has now reached an impasse and is even threatening to unravel. Three days of intensive negotiations starting May 31 in New Delhi, between US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the chief US negotiator of the Indo-US nuclear accord, Nicholas Burns, and his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Shivashankar Menon, failed to resolve key differences.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 June 2007
On the third anniversary of the coming to power of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a major speech to India’s business elite warning of the danger of social unrest.
By Parwini Zora, 6 June 2007
The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, is reportedly building a 27-storey skyscraper mansion in the heart of the country’s commercial capital, Mumbai (Bombay). The total cost of the project is expected to be US$1 billion, roughly the average annual income of 1.5 million Indians.
By Arun Kumar, 28 May 2007
All those who care for and defend artistic freedom and basic democratic rights should condemn the attack that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Hindu supremacist allies have mounted, with the support of the Gujarat authorities, against Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) fine arts student Chandramohan Srilamantula and the acting dean of the MSU’s fine arts faculty, Shivaji Panikkar.
By Kranti Kumara, 16 May 2007
To the surprise and dismay of India’s political establishment and media observers, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won 206 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly, empowering it to form the state’s first majority government since 1992.
By Kranti Kumara, 9 May 2007
The stunning admission of the government of the West Indian state of Gujarat that the state police summarily executed a Muslim man in a phony terrorist encounter, and later murdered his wife so as to cover up their actions, is threatening to expose the routine use of such criminal practices. These methods, which are commonly associated with military and fascist dictatorships, are in widespread use by police and security forces across India.
Poopalasingam Thillaivarothayan and SEP candidate in the Welsh Assembly Election (South Wales Central Region), 25 April 2007
Tata Steel’s recent $13.2 billion acquisition of the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Corus Steel has prompted India’s corporate and political elite to indulge in much euphoric chest-thumping about “rising India.”
In wake of Nandigram massacre
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 21 April 2007
In what constitutes a resounding vote of confidence in the pro-investor policies of West Bengal’s Left Front government, the Bush administration has invited Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the state’s chief minister and a politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), to visit the US.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2007
India’s official opposition, the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has once again attempted to incite communal strife, this time in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where state assembly elections are currently underway.
16 April 2007
The Socialist Labour League of India will hold a public meeting Sunday, April 22, in Chennai, the capital of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to discuss the need for workers in India to draw the lessons of the Nandigram peasant massacre and adopt a socialist-internationalist program.
While the victims languish, the perpetrators go unpunished
By K. Nesan and Kranti Kumara, 10 April 2007
Despite the passage of more than five years since the February-March 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the Indian state of Gujarat, not a single one of the principal perpetrators of this horrific crime has been punished. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Muslims who were driven from their towns and villages by roving bands of Hindu supremacist thugs still languish in relief camps without electricity or running water.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 March 2007
Facing popular opposition across India over the police shooting of scores of peasants in Nandigram last week, West Bengal’s Left Front government, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), (CPM), is desperately maneuvering to contain the crisis.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 March 2007
The March 14 massacre at Nandigram perpetrated by West Bengal’s Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government has been forthrightly condemned by some of India’s best-known historians, authors and artists—many of them longtime, prominent public supporters of the Left Front.
By Vilani Peiris, 17 March 2007
In a coordinated series of attacks in January, the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) murdered at least 62 migrant workers in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.
By Kranti Kumara, 16 March 2007
West Bengal’s Left Front government has perpetrated a massacre of peasants opposed to its policy of seizing prime agricultural land for the benefit of Indian and foreign capital.
By Daniel Woreck and Parwini Zora, 15 March 2007
India’s launch of its Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) in January provoked a jubilant response in government and military circles. Hailed as an “impeccable success,” it demonstrated the ability of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to send a capsule into space, safely return it to earth and retrieve it. The project is an essential step toward a manned space flight and, just as significantly, for India to play a greater role in the global satellite launch business.
By Kranti Kumara, 3 March 2007
The Congress Party, the dominant partner in India’s coalition government, has recently suffered a string of electoral reversals, most importantly in two of the three state assembly elections whose results were announced earlier this week.
Prominent left-wing intellectuals warn
By Ajay Prakash, 28 February 2007
A group of prominent left-wing intellectuals, several of them long-publicly identified as supporters of the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM], has issued a report strongly condemning the West Bengal Left Front’s policy of expropriating poor peasants so as to create investor-friendly Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
By Sarath Kumara, 24 February 2007
At least 68 persons, including women and children, were killed and some 20 people seriously injured earlier this week, when two firebombs exploded on a train traveling from India’s capital, Delhi, to Lahore, Pakistan.
By Kranti Kumara, 22 February 2007
A police inquiry that led to the exhumation of the corpses of several innocent civilians killed by Indian security forces in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has shed light on the murderous campaign the Indian elite and its henchmen in the security apparatus have mounted in India’s only Muslim-majority state for the past two decades.
Former Bush appointee boasts
By Kranti Kumara, 20 February 2007
In a public speech Stephen G. Rademaker, a former US Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation and International Security, boasted in New Delhi last week that the United States “coerced” India into voting against Iran at recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meetings and warned that Washington may soon present India with an even starker choice.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 February 2007
Last month’s two-day visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India highlighted the determination of the Russian and Indian elites to significantly reinforce their long-term military, geo-political, and trade relations, while each state pursues its own agenda on the world stage.
By Parwini Zora and Kranti Kumara, 3 February 2007
India’s State High Courts have recently delivered guilty verdicts in a number of high profile cases arising from brazen violent crimes committed over a decade ago by wealthy and politically well-connected individuals. Those convicted include a cabinet minister in India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, the son of a senior police commissioner, and the son of a wealthy Congress Party leader.
By Arun Kumar, 26 January 2007
West Bengal’s Left Front government has temporarily suspended its policy of expropriating large tracts of agricultural land on behalf of domestic and foreign investors after violent clashes erupted at Nandigram that resulted in up to a dozen fatalities.