By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2012
Tens of millions of working people will join the one-day all-India hartal or general shutdown of schools, shops and workplaces that the opposition parties have called for today to protest against fuel price hikes and other pro-investor “reforms.”
By Kranti Kumara, 18 September 2012
Under immense pressure from international and domestic big business, India’s government has announced a series of “big bang” economic reforms aimed at reducing the state budget deficit at the expense of working people, attracting foreign investment, and spurring the reorganization of key economic sectors so as to make them more profitable for capital.
By Sathish Simon, 12 September 2012
Last week’s factory explosion and fire that killed more fifty people is only the latest to rock Sivakasi, the center of India’s fireworks industry.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 5 September 2012
Mayaben Kodnani, a sitting state legislator and former BJP minister, has been convicted for her role as the “kingpin” of a brutal massacre of 97 Muslims during the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 4 September 2012
With the full backing of Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government, Maruti Suzuki India is pressing ahead with its purge of the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant and its drive to smash the independent union that the workers established last year.
By Sathish Simon, 1 September 2012
An estimated 20 percent shortfall in the annual June-September South-West monsoon has severely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers and agricultural workers in rural India.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 August 2012
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has released a series of damning reports that accuse India’s Congress Party-led government of facilitating the looting of public wealth by private corporations to the tune of $75 billion.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki of India and the Congress Party-led Haryana state government are attempting to smash all resistance to the brutal work regime at the carmaker’s Manesar assembly plant.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 August 2012
High inflation and the sharp depreciation of the rupee have prevented India’s central bank from cutting interest rates to counter faltering economic growth.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 August 2012
After the collapse of India’s electricity grid early last week, big business is pressing its demands for reforms in the energy sector.
By Arun Kumar, 10 August 2012
The Indian ruling elite fears that the incident at the MSI Manesar plant may weaken the pro-investor image of India and further impact the country’s already declining economic growth rate.
By Arun Kumar, 4 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki has locked out more than 3,000 workers at its Manesar car assembly plant and, at its behest, Haryana’s Congress Party state government has arrested more than 100 workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 August 2012
Tensions between Bodo tribals and Bengali speaking Muslims are rooted in the 1947 communal partition and related abortion of the democratic revolution.
By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012
Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.
By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012
It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 July 2012
The Stalinist CPM’s decision to support Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections is a clear signal that the CPM is willing to resume its alliance with the Congress.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012
The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012
The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.
By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012
Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.
By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2012
The attack on the pilots sets a dangerous precedent for a similar assault on other sections of workers defending their jobs and living standards.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 June 2012
Angry NLC contract workers confront local union leaders over the back-room deal signed with management to shut down long-running strike action.
By Sarath Kumara, 4 June 2012
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.
By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2012
On Thursday, workers, youth and rural poor throughout India joined the nationwide shutdown and protests against fuel price hikes imposed by the UPA government.
By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012
The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2012
Like its counterparts internationally, the Indian government is seeking to impose the burden of the worsening global crisis of capitalism onto the backs of working people.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2012
Far from being unimportant “archival matters”, the ideological differences between Stalinism and Trotskyism are of fundamental importance for workers today.
By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2012
The assault on WSWS supporters, who were distributing a leaflet exposing the role of the government and the unions, is a clear sign that a betrayal is being prepared.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 May 2012
The assault by AIADMK thugs is a warning to workers of the methods that governments and employers will use to suppress opposition to the deepening assault on jobs and living standards.
By Sarath Kumara, 15 May 2012
Indian corporations and banks are facing the prospect of tough US penalties from the end of June for doing business with Iranian banks.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 May 2012
On strike since April 21, the 14,000 contract workers at the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation are challenging a cheap-labour and repressive work-regime that has become the norm in both India’s public and private sectors.
By V. Sivagnanan, 10 May 2012
India’s main Stalinist parliamentary parties have based themselves on defending the national interests of Indian bourgeoisie in their stand on the issue of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority.
By Satish Simon, 5 May 2012
A WSWS reporting team spoke with some of the 14,000 contract workers who have been on strike against the central government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu since April 21.
By Kranti Kumara, 3 May 2012
The head of India’s central bank has suggested that the country could face a balance of payments crisis akin to that in 1991, when it turned to the IMF for emergency loans.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 May 2012
The ferry disaster is the product of successive governments’ grossly inadequate funding of basic social infrastructure and the subordination of transportation services to the dictates of the profit system.
By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012
The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2012
So fractious are relations between India’s army and civilian government, sections of the government reportedly feared that a military coup might be underway in mid-January.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 April 2012
At its 20th Congress, the CPM reiterated its defence of the crimes of the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy and justified its role as a political prop of the Indian bourgeoisie.
By Deepal Jayasekera in Kozhikode, 7 April 2012
The national congress of India’s main Stalinist parliamentary party has called for renewed efforts to build an alliance with regionalist and caste-ist bourgeois parties to contain mounting working class and poor peasant opposition to the social crisis wrought by two decades of market “reforms”.
By Deepal Jayaskera, 6 April 2012
For the first time since 1992, the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, is presenting an “ideological” resolution to its national congress.
By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012
India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is holding its 20th Congress this week amid a mounting and deep-rooted internal political crisis.
By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012
Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012
The working people and rural toilers will be hit by higher prices, particularly for fuel and fertiliser, in an effort to satisfy the financial markets by cutting the budget deficit.
By our correspondents, 2 March 2012
As many as a hundred million workers participated in a one-day, India-wide general strike Tuesday to protest against the socio-economic policies of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2012
West Bengal’s Trinamul Congress government is threatening draconian sanctions against any state worker who takes part in the national one-day general strike called for Tuesday, Feb. 28.
By the WSWS Editorial Board, 28 February 2012
Tens of millions of Indian workers will join a one-day countrywide general strike today, Tuesday, February 28, to protest soaring prices, the spread of contract-labor, privatization, and the appalling conditions under which 90 percent of the workers employed in the so-called informal sector toil.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012
While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.
By Kranti Kumara, 4 February 2012
India’s Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into a wave of summary executions, carried out by Gujarat police between 2003 and 2006. Most of the victims were Muslims entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.
By Arun Kumar, 2 February 2012
The tiny enclave of Yanam in Puducherry is under police occupation after a clash between police and locked out Regency Ceramics workers left the local union leader dead and more than a dozen other workers critically injured.
By Wije Dias, 30 January 2012
While he cynically expressed concern about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, Krishna’s trip sought to push India’s economic and geopolitical interests.
By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012
Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 17 January 2012
The Indian economy has been buffeted by a sharp decline in economic growth, falling domestic and foreign investment, a depreciating currency, large trade and current accounts deficits, huge stock market losses and near double-digit inflation.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2012
A long-running dispute over a century-old dam has led to increased national-ethnic frictions in southern India.
By James Cogan, 16 December 2011
Closer ties between Australia and India are inseparable from the escalating US agenda of containing China’s influence throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
By Palash Roy, 12 December 2011
The high death toll among the 160 patients in the private hospital points to the violation of elementary fire and safety standards permitted by successive state and national governments in India.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 December 2011
Big business groups and financial analysts have denounced the announced suspension as a missed opportunity to press ahead with a broader pro-market agenda.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2011
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has justified the killing of a top leader of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in what has all the earmarks of a summary execution.
By Peter Symonds, 1 December 2011
Gillard’s announcement dovetailed with Obama’s concerted drive to bolster US security alliances throughout Asia in order to undercut China’s economic and political influence.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011
Within days of the October 21 deal between the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union and the company, MSEU President Sonu Gujjar and Secretary Shiv Kumar received large cash payments from Maruti Suzuki for resigning their jobs.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011
Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.
By our correspondents, 24 October 2011
The unions at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant and other nearby Suzuki plants ordered an end to a militant two-week-long strike last Friday, after the newly formed independent union at the Manesar plant made a rotten deal with management and Haryana state Labour Department officials.
By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011
To defeat the combined assault of big business, the government, police and courts, the Maruti Suzuki workers must make their strike the spearhead of an industrial and political offensive of the entire working class against sweatshop conditions.
By R.V. Singh and Colleen Redcliffe, 19 October 2011
India’s Planning Commission has recommended that those spending more than US 64 cents per day in urban areas and 52 cents per day in rural areas are not to be considered “poor.”
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011
Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.
By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011
German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.
By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011
Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011
The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.
By James Cogan, 6 October 2011
The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.
By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011
Working in conjunction with state government officials, the unions have prevailed on the workers at the Maruti Suzuki India plant in Manesar, Haryana to return to work on the company’s terms, after a bitter month-long struggle.
By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011
The Stalinist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress is urging locked-out workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant to surrender to the company’s demand that they sign a “good conduct bond” that reinforces an oppressive, dictatorial work regime.
“We are determined this time to fight to the end”
By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011
With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.
By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011
Police arrested the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union late Sunday evening when they emerged from failed talks with representatives of the carmaker and the Haryana labour department. Maruti Suzuki has locked out 3,000 workers at its Manesar assembly plant since August 29.
By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011
Big business, the Congress Party-led Haryana state government, and the police are all supporting Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in its drive to subjugate the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2011
The use of the death penalty, particularly in political cases, is a sharp warning to the working class of the methods that will be used to suppress the class struggle.
By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Ltd., the country’s largest car maker, has intensified its threats against locked-out workers at the company’s Mansard plant, moving to replace them with strike breakers.
By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 September 2011
The much-anticipated visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to produce the desired transit and water-sharing deals.
By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011
Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government is working in tandem with Maruti Suzuki to crush worker resistance at its Manesar plant.
By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 5 September 2011
For almost four weeks, workers have struck the Comstar Automotive Technologies’ plant in Sriperumbudur, south India, to win union recognition and improved wages and benefits.
By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 2 September 2011
The CPM’s response to the Hazare movement has demonstrated its complete integration into the Indian political establishment as a staunch defender of bourgeois rule.
By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2011
Nothing has been settled in the deal with Hazare, whose focus on “corruption” has been to the exclusion of the economic and social crisis facing the vast majority of working people.
By Sarath Kumara, 27 August 2011
Sections of the corporate elite, while continuing to exploit the Hazare protests, have become increasingly nervous about the present parliamentary logjam and the potential for escalating political instability.
By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 23 August 2011
Big business latched onto the Lokpal campaign as a means of deflecting attention from its own practices and pressing the Singh government to push ahead with pro-market reforms.
By Keith Jones, 18 August 2011
India’s coalition government is in disarray after using preventative detention and mass arrests in an unsuccessful attempt to block a protest led by self-styled Gandhian and self-anointed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
By Arun Kumar, 18 August 2011
The bank workers’ strike is part of the emerging class struggles in India and internationally triggered by the deepening crisis of the global capitalist economy, of which India is an integral part.
By Sarath Kumara, 13 August 2011
The international financial turmoil, together with the prospects of recession in the US and Europe, has prompted a nervous response in Indian business circles and demands for further restructuring.
By Keith Jones, 14 July 2011
At least 21 people were killed and more than 140 injured yesterday by a coordinated bomb attack at three different locations in Mumbai, India’s largest city and financial center.
By Arun Kumar, 1 July 2011
The All India Trade Union Congress shut down the nearly two-week sit-in strike by 2,500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in northern India.
By Sarath Kumara, 18 June 2011
The strained relations between India and Sri Lanka were highlighted when senior Indian officials visited Colombo last week.
By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2011
Mamata Banerjee, the anti-communist demagogue who leads the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been installed as West Bengal’s Chief Minister setting the stage for a sharp intensification of the class struggle.
By Keith Jones, 14 May 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front have suffered a shattering defeat in a series of state assembly elections whose results were tabulated yesterday. Defeated in its West Bengal and Kerala bastions, the Left now governs only the tiny state of Tripura.
By Keith Jones, 12 May 2011
Significant as the state elections are for the Congress Party-led national government, interest in them has rightly focused on the fate of the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala and of the Left’s dominant component, the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist).
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011
The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.
By Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2011
Auto workers at the GM Halol plant in the western India state of Gujarat have waged a month-long battle against brutal working conditions.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 April 2011
The people of West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, will vote in state assembly elections in six phases, commencing April 18.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 1 April 2011
Major-General Singha’s praise of Narendra Modi must be evaluated in the context of deepening collusion between the personnel of India’s state institutions and the Hindu supremacist right and evidence that elements within the military are promoting communalist politics.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 March 2011
Auto workers at GM’s factory in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been on strike for over a week to oppose speed up and brutal working conditions.
By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011
India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 March 2011
In a legal travesty, an Indian court has convicted 31 Muslims of conspiring to cause the train fire in Godhra that the BJP state government and its Hindu supremacist allies used to incite the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.
By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 22 February 2011
The strike launched one week ago today by more than a thousand workers at the Sanmina SCI plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone is part of a wave of workers’ struggles that have rocked the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last summer.
By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 February 2011
India’s principal Maoist party, the CPI (Maoist), has proclaimed support for the election of the right-wing Trinamool Congress in the coming West Bengal state election.
By Ajay Prakash, 2 February 2011
Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally-known human rights activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped-up charges for having spoken out against atrocities committed by the Indian state in suppressing a Maoist-led tribal insurgency.