India

Indian rupee and economy in free fall

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 21 August 2013

India’s corporate media is increasingly voicing fears that the country could soon confront a current account crisis akin to that in 1991, when India was forced to seek an emergency bailout from the IMF.

Renewed clashes between India and Pakistan in disputed Kashmir

By Sampath Perera, 16 August 2013

The killing of five Indian soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region has resulted in a further escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan.

India: NLC contract worker and WSWS supporter Sivakumar dies at 42

By Arun Kumar, 14 August 2013

Sivakumar belonged to the most abused and exploited section of the working class in India.

Indian government to create Telangana state in southern India

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 3 August 2013

The Indian government is presenting the creation of Telangana as a means of overcoming socio-economic backwardness.

Defying police repression, Maruti Suzuki workers in India continue fight

By Arun Kumar, 1 August 2013

Last month, the Congress-led government in the northern Indian state of Haryana dispatched thousands of heavily armed riot police against a peaceful protest of Maruti Suzuki workers.

US vice president visits India to strengthen ties against China

By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden declared India “an indispensable part of our rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific”.

To avert current accounts crisis, India announces new measures to woo foreign investment

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 July 2013

India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government has announced further “pro-investor” reforms in a desperate bid to increase foreign capital inflows.

India’s intelligence bureau and Gujarat police indicted for extrajudicial murders

By Kranti Kumara, 25 July 2013

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has accused Gujarat police officers and at least one senior official of the central government Intelligence Bureau of having jointly organized the killing of four young Muslims.

Sri Lankan constitutional changes raise tensions with India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 July 2013

Having defeated the LTTE in 2009, the Sri Lankan government is attempting to wind back powers previously granted to provincial councils.

India: Contaminated school-meal kills 22 children

By Kranti Kumara, 18 July 2013

At least 22 school children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, have died as the result of eating a severely contaminated mid-day meal Tuesday in a government-run primary school in Bihar.

India: NLC strike against privatisation continues

By Arun Kumar, 12 July 2013

The Tamil Nadu government’s offer to buy a stake in the company will only lead to further restructuring as the prelude to further “disinvestment.”

Indian Stalinist party refuses to defend Snowden

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 July 2013

The CPM’s criticisms of US spying operations are based on defending the interests of the Indian bourgeoisie, not the democratic rights of working people.

India: Plummeting rupee sparks fears of current account crisis

By Kranti Kumara, 5 July 2013

There are increasing fears within the Indian elite that the rupee’s plummet—it has lost more than 10 percent of its value since April—could cascade into a current account crisis.

NLC workers in south India strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 5 July 2013

The privatisation of the state-owned coal and power company can only be defeated as part of a broader challenge to the big business policies of India’s entire ruling elite.

Indian government rejects Snowden’s asylum request

By K. Ratnayake, 4 July 2013

No explanation has been provided to justify the decision, which underscores New Delhi’s contempt for democratic rights.

Thousands remain missing in India’s Himalayan flood disaster

By Sampath Perera, 2 July 2013

Despite official attempts to downplay the toll, leading figures in the state government say the number of deaths may reach 10,000.

At least 1,000 killed in Indian floods and landslides

By Sampath Perera, 24 June 2013

Thousands of people are still missing and tens of thousands are stranded in mountainous areas, in what has been called a “Himalayan tsunami.”

New flare-up of Indo-Pakistani tensions in disputed Kashmir

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2013

India alleges a junior Indian army officer was killed late last week when Pakistan’s military shelled Indian positions across the Line of Control.

India’s Supreme Court approves nuclear plant, saying “destiny” to decide if it is safe

By Kranti Kumara, 1 June 2013

In a ruling marked by indifference to the safety of ordinary Indians, India’s Supreme Court approved operationalizing the Kundankulam nuclear plant.

Indian state to intensify counter-insurgency war after Maoist ambush

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2013

Maoist guerrillas ambushed a Congress Party convoy in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh last Saturday evening.

Indian business whets Hindu communalist’s prime ministerial ambitions

By Kranti Kumara, 27 May 2013

After receiving a ringing endorsement from India’s business elite, Narendra Modi—the arch-communalist Chief Minister of Gujarat—is being touted by the corporate media as a prime ministerial candidate in India’s 2014 national election.

India: We Tamils Party promotes communalism in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva, 14 May 2013

The NTK campaign is a reactionary attempt to divide workers in Tamil Nadu from their class brothers in Sri Lanka and India.

Tensions rise in India-China border stand-off

By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 May 2013

The current border stand-off between India and China reflects the explosive political tensions unleashed by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Border tensions between India and China escalate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2013

India has alleged that a platoon of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intruded 10 kilometers into Indian territory.

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers stage fresh protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 April 2013

Victimized workers from the Maruti Suzuki car assembly plant at Manesar, Haryana continue to mount protests against their arbitrary dismissal and the jailing of almost 150 workers on grave, trumped-up criminal charges.

Indian building collapse kills 75

By Shree Haran and John Watanabe, 8 April 2013

The tragedy exposes the abysmal living conditions facing millions of working people in Mumbai, the country’s financial centre.

India: Stalinist CPM waffles over its full-throated support for Afzal Guru’s execution

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 22 March 2013

After giving its full-throated support to the recent secret execution of Afzal Guru, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has belatedly raised reservations about “the manner in which the death sentence was executed.”

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers file affidavits documenting their torture

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2013

Thirteen of the jailed Maruti Suzuki workers have filed affidavits in court accusing Haryana state police and senior management personnel of colluding in their torture and threatening to kill them.

India manoeuvres over UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 March 2013

The Indian government is under pressure from Tamil Nadu parties over its stance on a US-backed resolution at UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.

India: Accused in Delhi rape found hanging in his prison cell

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 March 2013

While police and prison authorities are claiming that the accused committed suicide, his family and lawyers are charging that he was murdered.

Indian budget offers concessions to big business while slashing price subsidies

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 March 2013

India’s last full budget before the next national election has provided domestic and foreign investors with fresh tax and other concessions, while slashing subsidies for working people and the rural poor.

India: Chief Minister threatens victimized Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar and Jai Sharma, 2 March 2013

Haryana’s Chief Minister has threatened to order further arrests of victimized Maruti Suzuki workers.

Indian general strike ends with no demands met

By Arun Kumar, 23 February 2013

By calling the strike, the trade unions sought to let off steam, and prevent workers from launching any independent struggle to defend jobs and living standards.

Prime Minister Cameron’s India tour highlights UK’s weakening global position

By Julie Hyland, 22 February 2013

Cameron said that there was “no thinking” that a partnership with India “is ours for the taking”. He was right.

Tens of millions of Indian workers join general strike

By Arun Kumar, 21 February 2013

The two Stalinist union federations called the strike to let off steam and forge closer ties with bourgeois parties, including those of the extreme right.

To defeat ruling class assault,

Indian workers need a socialist program

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 20 February 2013

Tens of millions of workers across India will join a two-day general strike today and Thursday to protest against the Congress Party-led government’s social spending cuts and pro-investor “reforms.”

India: Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 19 February 2013

Thousands of workers participated in an “All-India Protest Day” to voice their support for victimized workers at Maruti Suzuki India’s car assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana.

French President Hollande presses for major arms deals in India

By Kumaran Ira, 19 February 2013

French President François Hollande made a two-day visit to India last week to promote large-scale military deals amid a growing arms race in Asia.

India: Cash transfer scheme aims to slash subsidies to India’s poor

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 15 February 2013

The Indian government has launched a program to replace all its subsidies on food and other essential commodities with cash payments. Due to India’s double-digit inflation rate, the real value of these payments will rapidly decline, further squeezing incomes.

A legal lynching: Indian government executes Afzal Guru

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 February 2013

In an action that exemplifies the reactionary trajectory of India’s Congress Party-led government, it ordered the secret execution last Saturday of Mohammad Afzal Guru.

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers continue to protest

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 February 2013

Victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers staged a rally last Sunday to demand their reinstatement and the immediate release of 150 workers who have been jailed on frame-up charges.

Union limits Indian auto workers to “go-slow” campaign over wages

By Arun Kumar, 28 January 2013

Over one thousand workers at Hero MotoCorp’s (HMCL) Gurgaon and Dharuhera plants in the northern Indian state of Haryana carried out a “go-slow” job action on January 23.

India: Union calls off Chennai air cargo strike

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 22 January 2013

The airport workers had demanded regularisation of their jobs, higher wages, and basic medical and canteen facilities.

Unions abruptly shut down “indefinite” public sector strike in Kerala

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 19 January 2013

A militant strike of several hundred thousand government employees and teachers in the southern Indian state of Kerala collapsed this week after the Stalinist trade-union leadership negotiated a surrender agreement with the state government.

India and Pakistan exchange threats in Kashmir border dispute

By Sampath Perera, 15 January 2013

Tensions between India and Pakistan remain acute, with the two countries accusing each other of initiating the intermittent border clashes.

India and Pakistan clash again in disputed Kashmir area

By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013

Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.

Indian establishment manipulating anger over Delhi rape

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2013

The case is being exploited to further strengthen the repressive apparatus of the state.

Witch-hunt continues against Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013

Police have arrested another Maruti Suzuki worker in India, bringing the total number of framed-up and jailed auto workers to 150.

India and Pakistan involved in fatal border clash

By Keith Jones, 7 January 2013

India and Pakistan are trading accusations after a bloody clash over the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir early yesterday morning.

Rape of Delhi woman sparks protests in India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 December 2012

Thousands of people, mainly students, protested last week in the Indian capital, New Delhi, against the gang rape of a young woman on December 16.

Ravi Shankar, acclaimed Indian musician, dies at 92

By Kapila Fernando, K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 20 December 2012

What was unique about Ravi Shankar was the breadth of his interests, willingness to experiment and passion for making classical Indian music available to the world.

Instigator of 2002 Gujarat pogrom seeks new term as chief minister

By Kranti Kumara, 17 December 2012

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, an unabashed Hindu supremacist, is hoping he can use victory in the Gujarat state elections to catapult himself into the national political arena.

Indian establishment mourns founder-leader of fascist Shiv Sena

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 15 December 2012

The fawning send-off the Indian ruling class accorded Bal Thackeray, the founder-leader of the fascist Shiv Sena (SS), following his death last month at the age of 86 constitutes both a lesson and warning to the working class.

India: Thousands join convention and protest to defend victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 15 December 2012

The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.

After winning FDI vote, Indian government vows to push ahead with pro-investor measures

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 December 2012

Last week’s debate and vote on opening India to Walmart and other giant retailers has underscored the support of all sections of India’s political establishment for big business’ economic agenda.

Defend auto workers victimised by Maruti Suzuki and Indian authorities

By World Socialist Web Site, 6 December 2012

Workers across India and internationally must defend the workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar assembly plant who are the target of a joint vendetta by India’s largest automaker and the Congress Party-led Haryana government.

Behind the UAW’s “support” for the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 5 December 2012

The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.

A significant report on the global economy

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012

China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth

India: Thousands protest victimization of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 14 November 2012

Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.

“Many could have been tortured to death,” charges lawyer for jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Arun Kumar, 13 November 2012

In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.

India: Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers subjected to torture

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012

Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.

India’s Kingfisher Airlines workers demand unpaid salaries

By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 19 October 2012

Several hundred employees at privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines in India have engaged in strikes and other job actions over the past month to demand back wages owed to them since March.

Despite mass opposition, India pushes ahead with operationalizing nuclear plant

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2012

Despite mass protests and numerous safety concerns, Indian authorities are pushing ahead with the loading of nuclear fuel into a newly-built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

India’s government survives defection, vows to press forward with “big bang” reforms

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 September 2012

To fervent applause from big business, India’s Congress Party-led government is pressing ahead with its pro-investor “reforms” in the face of mass popular opposition and the defection of a coalition partner.

Millions protest in India against “big bang” pro-market measures

By our reporters, 21 September 2012

The widespread participation in the bandh demonstrates the popular outrage over the government’s announcements, which will impact severely on living standards.

All-India general strike against pro-investor “big bang” economic “reforms”

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.”

India announces “big bang” economic 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.

India: Profiteering, negligence, and corruption lead to 50 deaths in factory explosion

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.

Former Gujarat minister convicted for her role in 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki presses ahead with workforce purge

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.

Millions in India affected by severe drought

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.

Indian government gifts tens of billions to big business through privatization

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki fires workers en masse, reopens plant under police gauntlet

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.

Indian elite hamstrung as the economy falters

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.

Following grid collapse: Indian bourgeoisie demands privatisation of power sector

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.

Indian ruling elite fears impact of altercation at Maruti Suzuki plant

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Haryana government mount vendetta against auto workers

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.

Assam communal clashes claim 53 lives in north-east India

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.

Grid collapse in India leaves over 650 million without electricity

By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012

Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.

India: Maruti Suzuki launches witch-hunt against workers

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.

Stalinist CPM backs ruling Indian Congress party’s presidential candidate

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.

Former Indian finance minister Mukherjee runs for presidency

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012

The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.

India: The lessons of the NLC betrayal

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.

US declares India a “lynchpin” in its Asian strategy

By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012

Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.

Indian government prepares mass sacking of Air India pilots

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.

India: NLC contract workers oppose union sell-out

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.

Singh promotes Indian interests in Burma

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.

Indian workers, youth, rural poor join bandh against fuel price hikes

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.

Indian government attempts to smash pilots strike

By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012

The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.

India: Nationwide protests against fuel price hikes

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.

Indian Communist Party (Marxist) continues to defend Stalin’s crimes

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.

India: WSWS team attacked as NLC strike enters second month

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.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns attack on WSWS supporters in India

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.

Clinton pressures India to support sanctions on Iran

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.

India: Striking NLC contract workers must expand struggle—industrially and politically

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.

Indian Stalinists line up with national bourgeoisie on Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue

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.

India: Strike challenges NLC’s decades-long use of contract labor

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.

Storm clouds gather over Indian economy

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.

Two hundred feared dead in Indian ferry disaster

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.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

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.