By Kranti Kumara, 16 January 2019
As soon as the strike began, Maharashtra’s BJP state government invoked essential services legislation, threatening the strikers with mass incarceration, fines and dismissals.
By Kranti Kumara, 15 January 2019
In the midst of last week’s all-India strike, police launched a brutal attack on Daikin workers and are now conspiring with the company to frame up worker-militants on charges of attempted murder.
By Keith Jones, 12 January 2019
This week’s general strike in India, one of the largest strikes in history, is part of a growing upsurge of the world working class.
By our correspondents, 10 January 2019
While the capitalist media tried to black out the strike, it was supported by broad sections of the working class.
By Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2019
India’s rapidly expanding working class is condemned to poverty wages, Dickensian working conditions and precarious employment, and this in a country in which public services, if they exist at all, are dilapidated.
By our correspondents, 9 January 2019
The strike, which is continuing today, is a powerful indication of the mass opposition to the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janatha Party-led government and its “free-market” policies.
Indian workers need revolutionary socialist program to combat social devastation and political reaction
By Deepal Jayesekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2019
Tens of millions of workers and young people will participate in this week’s 48-hour, all-India strike against the socially incendiary “pro-investor” economic policies of the BJP-led government.
7 January 2019
The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2019
While millions of workers will join the protest strike to oppose Modi and his class-war policies, the Stalinists and their union allies are intent on channelling social opposition behind the Congress and other rightwing parties.
By W. A. Sunil, 5 January 2019
Rescue efforts after the “rat-hole” mine flooded have been hampered by inadequate equipment and the indifference of the government authorities.
By Arun Kumar and Yuan Darwin, 31 December 2018
The strikes’ outcome is further proof that the Stalinist-led CITU serves as an industrial police force for big business, containing and suppressing working-class opposition.
27 December 2018
Four recent WSWS Perspectives are now available in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 December 2018
The BJP lost power to the Congress Party in three states that are part of the “Hindi heartland,” its traditional power-base—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
13 December 2018
By R. Shreeharan and Ivan Weerasinghe, 10 December 2018
Young men recruited from a Jharkhand village to work on a high-voltage power-line in Sri Lanka have not been paid for three months.
While Modi touts India’s growth rate,
By Kranti Kumara, 4 December 2018
There are more than 10 million annual entrants into India’s labor market. Yet a recent study found that less than a million new jobs were created in the first three years of the Modi-led BJP government.
By our correspondents, 23 November 2018
The Chennai meeting was attended by workers, youth and intellectuals, including some who had travelled hundreds of kilometres to participate.
By Arun Kumar, 10 November 2018
Opposing all attempts to broaden the struggle, the Stalinists convened an “all party” meeting, where they touted the leaders of opposition parties and their affiliated unions as the strikers’ allies.
6 November 2018
The meeting in Chennai, which will also mark 50 years of Sri Lanka’s SEP, will outline the lessons of the protracted struggle for Trotskyism in South Asia and internationally.
By Kranti Kumar, 29 October 2018
The Hindu-extremist BJP government in the northern Indian state of Haryana has arrested union leaders after 200,000 workers took action in solidarity with striking public transport workers.
By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018
Stalinist union leaders have sought to isolate the strikers, fearing that their struggle could become the focal point for a broader movement of the working class.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018
There is incontrovertible evidence the Maruti Suzuki workers have been jailed for life as the result of a crude frame-up, but the judge callously refused to hear any of it.
By Kranti Kumara, 20 October 2018
Financial observers have said the collapse of IL&FS could have been India’s “Lehman Brothers moment”—a reference to the September 2008 bankruptcy that triggered the global financial meltdown.
By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018
The unions have refused to mobilise workers to defend strikers at Yamaha, Enfield and MSA, and instead are making futile appeals to the courts and state government.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018
Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 September 2018
The Indian government is determined to sell off what is among the country’s most identifiable companies internationally, so as to underline its commitment to the fire sale of public assets.
By Keith Jones, 24 September 2018
India’s army chief said “pain” should be inflicted on Pakistan, while applauding New Delhi’s scuttling of foreign ministerial talks with Pakistan.
By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2018
The Stalinist parties are preparing for an electoral pact with right-wing regional and casteist parties, as well as the Congress party.
By Arun Kumar, 11 September 2018
Over a million people remain in 2,780 relief camps, with little hope of returning to normal life in the near future.
By Keith Jones, 8 September 2018
New Delhi signed onto a “foundational” military cooperation agreement aimed at transforming India into a front-line state in the US offensive against China.
By Kranti Kumara, 6 September 2018
With the aim of muzzling opposition to the BJP government and its noxious Hindu supremacist ideology, police arrested five left-wing activists after conducting warrantless searches of their homes.
By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 27 August 2018
Although water levels are receding, flood survivors have been virtually abandoned by government authorities.
Bangladesh jute mill workers demonstrate; Paradip port workers strike in Orissa
25 August 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
By Sathish Simon, 20 August 2018
While heavy monsoonal rain is normal at this time of the year, the disastrous levels of flooding in Kerala are unprecedented and not a “natural” event.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 August 2018
The decline of Indian rupee is a part of a global rush by investors away from so-called emerging markets.
By Rohantha De Silva, 9 August 2018
The Bharatiya Janata Party is whipping up Hindu chauvinism, not just in Assam state, but throughout India.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Kranti Kumara, 27 July 2018
A nationwide indefinite protest launched July 20 by the All India Motor Transport Congress, a lorry-owners’ association, has paralyzed truck-transportation of goods across India.
By Pradeep Ramayake, 26 July 2018
These attacks are the result of provocations by Hindu extremist groups, supported by the BJP government.
By Rohantha De Silva, 20 July 2018
The rivalry between India and China over the Maldives underscores the geo-political tensions created by Washington’s offensive against Beijing.
By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018
The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 July 2018
WSWS reporters interviewed survivors of the police assault on demonstrators demanding the closure of the Sterlite copper smelter.
By our correspondents, 20 June 2018
The campaign to free Assange “is inseparably bound with the struggle for the defence of democratic rights and against the repression of the basic rights of the working class.”
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 June 2018
Although fuel price hikes are affecting working people as a whole, the union bureaucrats are blocking any united struggle against this and other government austerity measures.
By our reporters, 15 June 2018
Indian Trotskyists campaigned last week in Kolkata and Sriperumbudur as part of the international struggle to defend the WikiLeaks editor.
7 June 2018
The SEP and supporters of the ICFI will demonstrate in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, and Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
By our correspondents, 1 June 2018
Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.
By Keith Jones, 26 May 2018
The barbarity of class relations in contemporary India was laid bare in Tuesday’s police massacre of protesters in Tuticorin demanding the closure of a copper smelter that has spewed toxic chemicals for decades.
Fearful of widening mass anger over police shootings
By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2018
Sections of the ruling elite fear the police attacks in Tuticorin will fuel already volatile social tensions across India.
In act of state terror
By Deeepal Jayaskera, 24 May 2018
Indian authorities have justified the killing of protesters who were demanding the closure of a smelter, owned by a billionaire Indian industrialist, that has wreaked havoc on the lives of people in southeast Tamil Nadu.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 May 2018
The tragedy is a further indication that government authorities and construction companies are endangering the safety of workers and the public as a whole.
By Kranti Kumara, 16 May 2018
Even the appellation “fixed-term employment” is a misnomer, since an employer can terminate a worker’s contract at any time and without providing a rupee in severance pay.
15 May 2018
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 May 2018
Rahul Jain’s austere but effective documentary focuses on one of the hundreds of textile plants in Gujarat state on India’s west coast.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 May 2018
The demonstrators’ main demand is for the scrapping of a regressive new pension system.
By Wije Dias, 7 May 2018
Wije Dias, general secretary of the Sri Lankan section of the ICFI, and a veteran Trotskyist of more than 50 years standing, spoke from Colombo to the ICFI’s International Online May Day Rally.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 April 2018
The corporate media has almost universally welcomed the CPM’s overture to the Congress, calculating that it will strengthen the ruling elite against the working class.
By Rohantha De Silva, 25 April 2018
India’s move to establish a military base in Seychelles is part of its drive for strategic dominance of the Indian Ocean.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 April 2018
The BJP ordinance is an attempt to divert attention from the role its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have played in shielding those who raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim girl.
By Mike Head, 23 April 2018
The CHOGM gathering saw a concerted drive to transform the 53-member grouping, long regarded as an imperial relic, into a confrontational vehicle.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 April 2018
Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua District.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 18 April 2018
At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie’s preferred party of government.
By our correspondents, 16 April 2018
Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.
By Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2018
A key aim of the privatization drive is to cut jobs, impose speed-ups, and further erode wages and working conditions, making India more attractive to investors.
April 8, public meeting in Chennai, India
By the supporters group of the ICFI in India, 3 April 2018
The supporters group of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) in India will hold a public meeting in Chennai on April 8 against Internet censorship.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 March 2018
The demonstration marked one year since Maruti Suzuki workers’ leaders were sentenced to life in prison on politically-motivated charges.
By Athiyan Silva, 20 March 2018
Macron’s four-day visit to India last week highlighted the growing military build-up in South Asia.
A travesty of justice that must not stand!
By Keith Jones, 17 March 2018
The thirteen’s only “crime” is to have rebelled against the sweatshop conditions that prevail in India’s new, globally connected auto industry.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 8 March 2018
The Modi government’s measures are part of escalating efforts by governments around the world to silence political dissent.
By Arun Kumar, 8 March 2018
Whenever the Stalinist Left Front has formed government in one of India’s states over the past quarter century, it has pursued right-wing, “pro-investor” policies.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2018
There are striking parallels between the company-state frame-up of the Pricol workers and the victimization of Maruti Suzuki workers—13 of whom have been jailed for life.
27 February 2018
By Keith Jones, 22 February 2018
State authorities are petitioning the courts to impose death-sentences on 13 autoworkers whose only crime was to challenge poverty wages and brutal working conditions.
21 February 2018
The US government, in close collaboration with Google, Facebook, and other giant IT corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.
By Athiyan Silva, 19 February 2018
The Indian Ocean more and more resembles a powder keg, as competing nuclear-armed powers set up rival networks of military bases to surveil and threaten each other.
“The union is certainly not on our side”
By Ram Ramiah and Parwini Zora, 17 February 2018
An auto parts worker in South India describes the slave-like conditions he confronts daily enforced by management with the support of the union.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 February 2018
Modi’s manoeuvres with ASEAN are part of India’s transformation into a frontline state in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.
By Sampath Perera, 31 January 2018
India’s army chief has said that if the deteriorating situation along the border warrants it, his forces stand ready to call Islamabad’s nuclear “bluff” and strike inside Pakistan.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 January 2018
India’s burgeoning military-strategic partnership with Israel dovetails with its ever-more pronounced alignment with Washington and its principal Asian allies, Japan and Australia.
By W. A. Sunil, 24 January 2018
Women and children were trapped inside the building because illegal constructions blocked their escape.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 January 2018
The WEF deliberations will be bookended by speeches from Modi, a slavish servant of big business and Hindu supremacist, and the fascist-minded billionaire, US President Donald Trump.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 January 2018
The Volkswagen Employees Union (VEU) is attempting to suppress growing opposition among VW workers against the German transnational’s productivity-based wage scheme.
By Ritwik Mitter, 18 January 2018
The meeting explained the significance of the Bolsheviks’ internationalist perspective in leading the October 1917 Revolution.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 January 2018
The unions ordered workers back to work without any of their demands being met and despite the fact that they had defied a court order to end the strike for a week.
By our correspondents, 13 January 2018
The willingness of workers to defend the WSWS team is a reflection of growing sympathy for a socialist and internationalist perspective and hostility towards the unions.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 January 2018
While the trade unions offer to compromise, the strikers have defied court orders, media propaganda and government threats to hire outside drivers and conductors.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 January 2018
WSWS reporters spoke with several striking bus workers in Chennai who are engaged in the bitter struggle with the Tamil Nadu state government for higher wages.
By Rohantha De Silva, 3 January 2018
The restaurant fire underscores the impact of India’s pro-market reforms, in which all safety concerns are subordinated to profit.
29 December 2017
The Kolkata meeting will discuss the political and theoretical struggles led by Lenin and Trotsky and their significance for today.
By our correspondents, 16 December 2017
The Sriperumbudur public meeting was held despite the illegal attempt by Indian police to disrupt it.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2017
While the Congress Party is benefiting from popular anger over mass joblessness, it has mounted a foul campaign, competing with the BJP to prove its Hindu bonafides and making reactionary casteist appeals.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 November 2017
The police operation is a desperate attempt by the ruling elite to cover up the stark reality of mass poverty in India.
Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers
27 November 2017
The meeting will discuss the internationalist foundations of the struggle to release the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers. The speeches will be given in Tamil and English and streamed live via Facebook on December 10 at 10am.
By Wasantha Rupasingha, 24 November 2017
The rival CPM factions have no fundamental or principled differences, but merely disagree over which rightwing course the party should pursue.
By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2017
Washington and New Delhi are sending a message: there will be no room to manoeuvre in the US war drive against China.
By James Cogan, 15 November 2017
President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric, on both North Korea and trade, cannot obscure the fact that his trip marks a new nadir in the strategic position of US imperialism.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2017
Governments at central and city levels have failed to take adequate measures to protect Delhi’s population from highly toxic smog.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 November 2017
India is pursuing its geo-political interests, while also acting on behalf of Washington.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 November 2017
The blast was a product of sub-standard safety conditions that are endemic in Indian factories and power plants.
By Saman Gunadasa and Kranti Kumara, 6 November 2017
The poorest 50 percent of Indians must make do with an income share of just 15 percent, eking out their existence on an average annual income of just US $705.
By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017
While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.