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India: Maoist union betrays 140-day Motherson auto parts workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 1 February 2020

Having isolated the strikers since August last year, the union has ordered the auto-parts workers to end their strike without winning any of their demands and abandoning 79 victimised colleagues.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

1 February 2020

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro guest of honor at India’s Republic Day

By Tomas Castanheira, 30 January 2020

Modi advocated a “strategic partnership” based on “similar ideology and similar values.”

India's Supreme Court greenlights Modi government’s internet shutdown in Kashmir

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 January 2020

While declaring internet access “constitutionally protected,” India’s highest court did not order the Modi government to end its nearly six-month long suspension of internet service in Kashmir.

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 January 2020

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India: Mass protests against Modi’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act continue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 January 2020

Rattled by the eruption of mass opposition, the BJP government has responded with state repression and fascistic rants, as exemplified by the boast of a senior BJP leader, “Our governments … shot these people like dogs.”

Mumbai hospital workers demand outstanding wages; South Korean car workers strike; Australian tram drivers vote to walk out

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

18 January 2020

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Indian workers in general strike call for unity

By our correspondents, 14 January 2020

Striking workers discussed with the WSWS the central political issues in the struggle against the Modi government and its program of austerity and communal reaction.

The Indian general strike and the global fight against communalism and war

By Keith Jones, 11 January 2020

Tens of millions of workers, youth and rural toilers participated in Wednesday’s all-India one-day general strike, transcending communal, caste and ethno-linguistic divides.

India: Haryana public transport workers strike against outsourcing; Pakistani journalists oppose salary and job cuts

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11 January 2020

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India: Mass outrage over Hindu supremacists’ violent assault on JNU students

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 January 2020

All the circumstances surrounding the attack point to it having been carried out with the connivance, if not at the behest, of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

Massive all-India general strike protests Modi’s pro-investor, communalist policies

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 9 January 2020

The strike’s size and scope did vary across the country, but there is no doubt that it had a massive impact, and attested to the growing militancy and immense social power of the working class.

Indian workers need a revolutionary socialist program to fight Modi, capitalist austerity, and communal reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2020

While tens of millions of workers and youth will join today’s general strike to fight the BJP’s “pro-investor” and communalist policies, the unions and Stalinist parties are seeking to tie the mass opposition to Modi to the big-business Congress Party and the Indian state.

Tens of millions to join all-India one-day strike on Wednesday

By Keith Jones, 7 January 2020

The Modi government faces mass opposition to its socially incendiary big business agenda and promotion of Hindu supremacist reaction.

Garbage collectors strike in India’s Maharashtra state capital; military vehicle production workers oppose sackings in Tamil Nadu

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4 January 2020

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India: Protests against anti-Muslim citizenship law in Kolkata

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 31 December 2019

“It’s the BJP government and its brutal inhuman policy that has forced me to stand up and protest against it.”

Indian army chief denounces mass protests against BJP government’s anti-Muslim citizenship law

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 30 December 2019

More than two dozen people have died in the protests, most at the hands of police in Uttar Pradesh.

Mass protests continue in Tamil Nadu against Indian government’s communalist citizenship laws

By a WSWS reporting team, 28 December 2019

Thousands of Tamil Nadu residents demonstrate across the south Indian state in defiance of government and police repression.

Telangana Road Transport workers face harassment, contract-rollbacks after union surrender

By Kranti Kumara, 27 December 2019

Acting at the behest of the state government, TSRTC management is trying to force the workers to join bogus, state-sponsored “Workers’ Welfare Committees.”

Indian state intensifies repression of mass protests against anti-Muslim citizenship law

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 December 2019

At least 25 people have been killed during the protests, which have touched all parts of the country, against the Hindu supremacist BJP government.

The fight against communal reaction in India is the fight for socialism

By Keith Jones, 21 December 2019

India has been convulsed by a growing wave of mass protests in opposition to the Modi government’s Hindu supremacist citizenship law.

Tens of thousands defy Indian government threats and demonstrate against Hindu-supremacist laws

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 December 2019

Mass protests involving people from across ethnic and religious lines have erupted across India against the Modi government’s anti-Muslim laws.

India’s highest court greenlights repression of protests against discriminatory citizenship law

By Keith Jones, 18 December 2019

India’s Supreme Court has refused to order a probe into brutal police assaults on students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Mass protests erupt against Modi-led Indian government’s Hindu supremacist agenda

By Keith Jones, 17 December 2019

Demonstrations against the BJP government’s Hindu supremacist “Citizenship Amendment Act” continued yesterday, spreading to cities across India.

Protests across India against new Hindu chauvinist Citizenship Act

By Rohantha De Silva, 16 December 2019

Protests have erupted across India against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which the ruling Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party rammed through parliament in just four days last week.

India adopts Hindu supremacist citizenship law

By Rohantha De Silva and Keith Jones, 13 December 2019

In the face of widespread popular opposition and warnings that India is rending its “secular” political-constitutional order, the BJP government has rammed through legislation that redefines Indian citizenship in Hindu supremacist terms .

Over 40 workers killed in Indian factory fire

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 December 2019

All the victims are poor migrant workers from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in northern India.

India: Congress Party brings fascistic Shiv Sena to power in Maharashtra

By Kranti Kumara, 9 December 2019

The ostensibly secular Congress Party has helped to bring the Hindu supremacist Shiv Sena back to power in Maharashtra, India’s second most populous state.

New Sri Lankan president visits India amid growing geo-political tensions

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 December 2019

Rajapakse’s trip was an attempt to demonstrate that his government will not threaten the interests of India and its strategic partner, the US.

Maoist union leaders isolate striking Motherson autoworkers in India

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 December 2019

Union leaders are attempting to divert Motherson workers along reactionary Tamil nationalist lines.

Indian auto parts workers demand union rights; Bangladesh cargo workers on indefinite strike; French Polynesia hotel workers expand walkout

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30 November 2019

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After union surrenders, Telangana mobilizes police to bar “fired” TSRTC workers’ return

By Kranti Kumara, 28 November 2019

The unions instructed the 48,000 TSRTC workers to end their courageous anti-privatization strike and report for work Tuesday. But the government, intent on purging the workforce, barred their way.

Indian government uses police, paramilitaries to repress protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University

By Kranti Kumara, 25 November 2019

The Modi government has vilified JNU students as “anti-national” and “urban Naxals” for opposing its relentless promotion of Hindu supremacism and imposition of pro-investor measures.

India: The indefinite strike by 48,000 Telangana transport workers at crossroads

By Kranti Kumara, 19 November 2019

Despite the immense courage displayed by the workers for over six weeks into their indefinite strike, the struggle is in imminent danger because of the rotten strategy adopted by the union.

Indian Honda contract workers still on strike; West Bengal teachers demand pay rise; maintenance workers take industrial action at Australian paper mill

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16 November 2019

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Over 5,000 arrests, police violence against transport strikers in India’s Telangana state

By Kranti Kumara, 11 November 2019

Despite the transport workers' courage and resiliency, the strike is in great danger, due to the treacherous union leadership's appeal to the right-wing, Hindu chauvinist BJP national government to intervene.

With ruling on razed mosque

India’s Supreme Court validates Hindu supremacist violence

By Keith Jones, 11 November 2019

The Supreme Court’s ruling attests to the extent to which India’s state institutions have become infused with Hindu communalism and India’s ruling elite is breaking with the most elementary democratic principles.

Honda motorcycle and Kerala state transport workers strike in India; Pakistan health workers oppose privatisation

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 November 2019

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An appeal from Pani Wijesiriwardena, SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate

Defend the striking transport workers in Telengana, India

8 November 2019

“Workers in India, Sri Lanka, throughout South Asia and internationally must not allow capitalist governments to unleash these reactionary social attacks on any section of the working class.”

India: 48,000 striking Telangana transport workers defy back to work order

By Kranti Kumara, 7 November 2019

Over 48,000 drivers, mechanics, conductors and other workers at the state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation have defied a November 5 back-to-work order.

India’s Telangana state government gives fresh ultimatum to 48,000 fired strikers

By Kranti Kumara, 5 November 2019

A call to make the defence of the victimized TSRTC workers the spearhead of a working class counter-offensive against privatization and the casualization of work would resonate across India.

Modi’s assault on Kashmir and the Indian working class

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2019

The BJP government has dramatically intensified its across-the-board attack on the democratic rights and social position of the working class.

India: Growing support for 48,000 Telangana workers fired for striking

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 November 2019

The Telangana transport workers courageously defied the state Chief Minister’s ultimatum that they immediately end their strike or be deemed “self-dismissed.”

Maoist union leaders continue to isolate Motherson autoworkers’ strike in India

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 25 October 2019

Emboldened by the AICCTU’s isolation, management is intensifying its witch hunt of striking workers and has now suspended 44 workers since the strike began on August 26.

Indian Stalinists got huge “donations” from right-wing party to fund election campaign

By Kranti Kumara, 25 October 2019

The Tamil Nadu-based DMK’s 250 million-rupee handout to the Stalinists was effectively a payoff for the services they have rendered in promoting the anti-worker DMK and suppressing the class struggle.

22 October 2019

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India’s Kashmir lockdown

By our correspondents, 19 October 2019

“The Modi government’s anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole.”

India: Telangana Chief Minister fires 48,000 striking transport workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 October 2019

Although the unions have refused to call for a general strike, there is widespread public sympathy for the TSRTC strikers and mounting fears within ruling elite that the government’s dictatorial actions could spark mass opposition.

Detentions without charge, night-raids, torture:

India’s state of siege in Kashmir continues

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 October 2019

With the blessing of India’s Supreme Court and the staunch support of big business and the opposition, the BJP government continues to impose an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike at cross roads

By Arun Kumar, 9 October 2019

Motherson workers should break the isolation imposed upon them by All India Central Council of Trade Unions and fight for the broadest mobilization of workers in India and internationally behind their struggle.

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8 October 2019

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7 October 2019

Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 2 October 2019

Speakers explained the persecution of Assange and Manning is part of an escalating attack on democratic rights by governments everywhere.

India: Police arrest hundreds of striking Motherson autoworkers at protest

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 28 September 2019

The state government is seeking to break the month-long strike for decent wages and conditions.

Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers support striking GM workers

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

The following statement of support for striking General Motors workers in the US was sent by Jitender Dhankhar on behalf of the Provisional Committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in northern India .

Trump-Modi lovefest in Houston underscores Indo-US alliance of war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 23 September 2019

By taking a starring role at Modi’s Houston rally Sunday, Trump put Washington’s support for India’s brutal assault on Jammu and Kashmir on full display.

India’s top court greenlights New Delhi prolonging Kashmir state-of-siege indefinitely

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 September 2019

India’s Hindu-supremacist BJP government has imposed an unprecedented security clampdown to suppress mass opposition to the constitutional coup it mounted against Kashmir August 5.

India: Motherson auto parts company in Chennai victimises strikers

By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2019

The company is the largest supplier of moulded parts, assemblies and modules to India’s domestic automotive industry.

025 Indian autoworkers face jobs and wage cuts

18 September 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Indian auto workers face sackings and wage cuts

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 September 2019

The assault on Indian workers is part of the escalating global attack on the jobs, wages and working conditions of auto workers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

As Indian economy sinks, Modi government scrambles to respond

By Kranti Kumara, 18 September 2019

With the growth rate falling sharply, India’s government has announced a slew of new economic measures, just weeks after tabling its budget.

India: Kolkata students and workers demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 11 September 2019

ICFI supporters spoke to students at Jadavpur University in Kolkata and workers from BSNL, the Indian government-owned telecommunication company.

India labels 1.9 million Assam residents “foreigners” as prelude to their mass expulsion

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 September 2019

Almost all of the 1.9 million people who have been deemed “foreigners”—some 6 percent of Assam’s population—are Bengali-speaking, and more than 90 percent of them are impoverished Muslims.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike indefinitely in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 2 September 2019

About 500 permanent workers from Motherson Automotive Technologies & Engineering remain on strike to demand recognition of their newly-formed trade union.

India crows over US support for its assault on Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 30 August 2019

For almost four weeks, Jammu and Kashmir has been under a state of siege, with cell phone and internet service suspended, thousands held without charge, and security forces terrorizing the population.

Sri Lankan PM backs Indian repression in Kashmir

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 August 2019

The support for New Delhi’s anti-democratic measures in J&K reflects the fact that all factions of Sri Lanka’s ruling elite are moving towards the imposition of dictatorial rule.

Auto and railway workers in Tamil Nadu, India defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 22 August 2019

Workers denounced the ongoing persecution of Assange and Manning and spoke out against the brutal attacks by the Indian government on their own basic rights and social conditions.

Indian assault on Kashmir in third week, thousands arrested

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 August 2019

Despite India’s efforts to black out what is happening in Kashmir, information is leaking out that points to both widespread repression and popular resistance.

India, Pakistan exchange artillery-fire, threats over Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 19 August 2019

At least 4,000 people have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir in the two weeks since New Delhi placed the disputed region under a state of siege.

Ashok Leyland autoworkers in India strike to demand higher bonuses

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 August 2019

The Ashok Leyland strike is part of series of militant struggles developing among autoworkers globally amid a major crisis in automobile industry in India and internationally.

State of siege in Kashmir: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2019

Western governments and media have maintained virtual silence over the police state crackdown against 13 million Kashmiris.

India’s unprecedented lockdown of Kashmir in eleventh day

By K. Ratnayake, 15 August 2019

India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government has imposed a brutal lockdown to suppress mass opposition to its subjecting Indian-held Kashmir to permanent central government domination.

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14 August 2019

New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war

By Keith Jones, 10 August 2019

With the aim of inciting communal reaction against mounting social opposition and strengthening its hand against Pakistan and China, India’s BJP government has illegally stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 9 August 2019

In response to India’s aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir, Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued thinly-veiled war threats.

To enforce Monday’s constitutional coup

India dramatically intensifies repression in Kashmir

By Keith Jones, 8 August 2019

India’s ruling elite has rallied behind the BJP-led state assault on Jammu and Kashmir, even while conceding that it is a “roll of the dice” fraught with domestic and geopolitical “risk.”

India’s Hindu supremacist government abrogates Kashmir’s autonomy

By Keith Jones, 6 August 2019

Yesterday’s actions will enflame tensions with Pakistan, and constitute a further stage in the Indian ruling elite’s turn toward authoritarian forms of rule and promotion of Hindu communal reaction.

Indian auto workers speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 24 July 2019

The Trotskyists in India are building support in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal for rallies to demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Report details Indian security forces use of torture against Kashmiri people

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 23 July 2019

Jammu and Kashmir has been under de facto military rule since 1990, with over half a million security forces deployed in a state of just 13 million people.

22 July 2019

India’s pro-business BJP government tables austerity budget

By Kranti Kumara, 17 July 2019

The budget was tabled amid a mounting economic crisis and competing demands by domestic and foreign business, on the one hand, and the rating agencies and IMF, on the other.

Tamil Nadu government bans strikes in auto component industries

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 July 2019

The ruling class's major goal is to transform India into a premier center of global auto manufacturing by imposing brutal working conditions.

Pompeo touts Indo-US alliance, bullies New Delhi

By Keith Jones, 28 June 2019

India’s ruling elite is determined to double-down on its reckless gamble that it can realize its great-power ambitions by serving as US imperialism’s junior partner.

Severe water shortage afflicts Chennai, India’s fourth-largest metro area

By Arun Kumar, 25 June 2019

While the authorities have sought to blame the crisis on the failure of the monsoon, the real cause of the acute water shortage is the criminal indifference of successive central and state governments to people’s basic needs.

“Water has been made a commodity for profit”—Chennai residents speak out on city’s water crisis

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 25 June 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with workers and other impoverished residents of Chennai about the severe water crisis afflicting India’s fourth largest metropolitan area.

Indian prime minister boosts strategic ties with the Maldives and Sri Lanka

By Rohantha De Silva, 15 June 2019

Modi’s visits were to make clear that New Delhi is determined to prevent China regaining influence in the two Indian Ocean island nations.

Arch-communalist Modi sworn-in as India’s prime minister for second time

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 June 2019

Big business, reports the Economic Times, wants the government placed on a “war footing” to rapidly implement “investor friendly reforms.”

Stalinist CPM and CPI suffer meltdown in India’s national election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 May 2019

The Stalinists’ electoral debacle is the outcome of their decades-long political suppression of the working class and key role in implementing a “pro-market,” “pro-investor” agenda.

Indian big business propels Modi and his Hindu supremacist BJP to a second term

By Keith Jones, 24 May 2019

For decades the Stalinists have justified their support for right-wing governments by claiming this would block the BJP’s path to power, but the end result is that the BJP and Hindu right are a greater menace than ever.

The Indian elections and the fight to free the Maruti Suzuki class war prisoners

By Saman Gunadasa, 23 May 2019

Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.

Indian Elections:

Stalinist CPM faces debacle in its West Bengal “bastion”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 May 2019

Much of the CPM’s apparatus has defected either to the right-wing Trinamool Congress or the Hindu supremacist BJP of Narendra Modi.

Dominated by communalist appeals and threats

India’s multi-phase election concludes

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2019

The working class will come into headlong conflict with India’s next government, whatever its precise composition.

Indian elections: Congress combines populist rhetoric with jingoism and communalism

By Wasantha Rupasingha, 16 May 2019

The Indian bourgeoisie’s traditional party of government, the Congress, like the BJP, is committed to pro-investor “reform” and an anti-China partnership with US imperialism.

ICFI supporters hold rally in India to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 16 May 2019

The rally in the capital of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu attracted the attention of workers and youth.

245 India: Free Assange campaign

9 May 2019

ICFI supporters in India to hold picket to free Assange

9 May 2019

The protest organised by the Indian Trotskyists is part of the ICFI’s international campaign to defend WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

India’s election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction

By Keith Jones, 8 May 2019

The BJP’s turn to militarism and unabashed communal reaction is animated, above all, by its fear of growing social opposition.

As class struggle sharpens,

Indian Stalinists stump for right-wing bourgeois government

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 May 2019

India’s Stalinist parliamentary parties have redoubled their efforts to subordinate the working class to the parties and putrid state institutions of the Indian bourgeoisie.

Chauvinist “We Tamil” party seeks to divide working class in Indian elections

By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 1 May 2019

The “We Tamil” party relentlessly promotes Tamil nationalism to divide workers and peasants in India along ethnic lines, and subordinate them to imperialism and the Indian state.

India: BJP makes indicted Hindu supremacist terrorist a “star” election candidate

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2019

Pragya Thakur Singh—who is under criminal indictment for her role in a 2008 bomb blast—is standing against Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal.