India

India signals support for Vietnam in South China Sea dispute

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 May 2014

India’s support may be cautiously-worded, but it is inflammatory under conditions where Washington has been encouraging the states of East Asia to press their territorial claims against Beijing.

Tamil Nadu workers speak to WSWS about Indian elections

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers voiced their anger with all the parties of the establishment, including the ostensible left parties.

India: Modi reiterates pledge to expel “Bangladeshi” Muslims in wake of communal massacre

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014

In the wake of the communal massacre of more than three dozen Muslims in Assam, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has amplified his communally-charged denunciations of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.

Indian elections: Rival right-wing parties in Tamil Nadu make populist promises

By Sasi Kumar, 3 May 2014

All the parties and fronts that are contesting the elections in Tamil Nadu are committed to continuing the socially incendiary economic “reforms” demanded by foreign investors and Indian big business.

India: Congress Party trumpets “inclusive growth” in hopes of averting poll debacle

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Deepal Jayasekera, 1 May 2014

While the Congress Party claims to be the party of “inclusive growth”, its UPA government has presided over a huge increase in social inequality.

Indian workers speak in solidarity with International May Day

By our correspondents, 26 April 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers in southern India, including from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and in Chennai’s Sriperumbudur special economic zone.

India: Modi tries to distance himself from incendiary communalist remarks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 April 2014

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi tried to distance himself from inflammatory remarks made by several prominent BJP leaders.

India: New evidence of BJP role, Congress complicity in razing of Babri Masjid

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 April 2014

Cobrapost has provided new evidence demonstrating that the 1992 razing of the Babri Masjid was a carefully planned provocation organized by Hindu communalist organizations with the knowledge and approval of top BJP leaders.

India stages national election amid mounting social crisis

By Keith Jones, 11 April 2014

Whatever combination of parties forms India’s government after the tallying of votes on May 16, India will soon be beset by political crisis and convulsed by intensifying class struggle.

Nokia India workers protest to defend jobs

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2014

Over 4,000 Nokia India workers staged a mass protest on March 31 in Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Nokia India workers speak on job threats and low wages

By Sasi Kumar, Nanda Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 9 April 2014

A WSWS reporting team spoke to Nokia workers at a March 31 demonstration in Chennai, against the Finnish company’s threats to close their plant.

Indian Stalinists promote fraud of “secular,” “pro-people” Third Front

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 5 April 2014

The Indian Stalinists have responded to the intensification of the class struggle by redoubling their efforts to patch together an alliance with right-wing regional and caste-based parties—once and future allies of the Congress and/or BJP.

Indian government abets repression of workers in Saudi Arabia

By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014

The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.

India: Books withdrawn from circulation after threat from Hindu right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 April 2014

Hindu supremacist organisations and parties are waging a censorship campaign against books, films or anything else that “offend” Hinduism.

India attempts precarious balancing act in Ukraine crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 March 2014

With Russia and the US now pitted against each other in the most serious crisis in Europe since the end of the Second World War, New Delhi is groping for a stance that will enable it to avoid seriously damaging its relations with either Moscow or Washington.

Family of murdered Indian mine worker speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 March 2014

WSWS reporters visited the town of Neyveli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to interview the family of 31-year-old worker Rajkumar who was murdered by a paramilitary security guard on Monday, March 17.

Indian security forces gun down coal mine worker

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2014

A 31-year-old contract worker was shot and killed in cold blood in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

India: Demanding pay rise, 200,000 power-loom operators continue strike

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 19 March 2014

Over 200,000 power-loom operators have been on strike for the past month in two districts of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore and Tirupur.

India’s election campaign goes into high gear

By Keith Jones, 12 March 2014

India’s elections are taking place under conditions of deepening economic crisis and mounting opposition among workers and toilers.

India’s government lies about 2012 military coup fears

By Kranti Kumara, 5 March 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government continues to lie about its fears that an unauthorized January 2012 army exercise was in fact an attempted military coup.

India: BJP PM candidate Modi makes provocative anti-China speech

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 February 2014

Just days after the US signaled its readiness to do business with the BJP prime ministerial candidate, he travelled to one of the remotest corners of India to denounce Chinese “expansionism.”

Indian parliament votes to create new Telangana state

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 February 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government has rammed a bitterly contested law through parliament that creates a new state—Telangana—by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

Delhi’s AAP government resigns

By Kranti Kumara, 19 February 2014

Seeking to become a player in Indian national politics, the now ex-AAP Chief Minister of Delhi is urging big business “to tell us what to do.”

US ready to do business with Hindu supremacist candidate for Indian PM

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2014

The US ambassador to India met Thursday with Narendra Modi, ending a nine-year diplomatic boycott that was imposed because of Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim pogrom.

Delhi’s AAP government teeters after month in office

By Kranti Kumara, 7 February 2014

Barely a month after taking office, Delhi’s Aam Admi Party government is mired in a spate of political controversies.

British role in 1984 Amritsar massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 4 February 2014

Recently released documents reveal Britain’s special forces, acting on orders from Margaret Thatcher, assisted the Indian government’s 1984 assault on the Golden Temple.

Japanese PM strengthens economic-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014

Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.

Khobragade affair exposes deep-rooted Indo-US tensions

By Kranti Kumara, 22 January 2014

India remains deeply dissatisfied with American treatment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade and, in both New Delhi and Washington, there is concern that the row could put new strains on Indo-US ties.

“The government, courts and police are all stacked against us”—spokesman for victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 21 January 2014

Vicitimized Maruti Suzuki India worker Mahabir Dhimm spoke with the WSWS about the government-company frame-up of 148 of his co-workers and the speed-up and repressive regime at the Manesar assembly plant .

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

India’s “judiciary acts on the agenda of the capitalists”

—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014

The lawyer leading the legal defence of the 148 Maruti Suzuki India workers facing frame-up charges of murder and other grave crimes recently spoke with the WSWS.

India’s prime minister announces resignation

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2014

Manmohan Singh’s resignation announcement is a sign of mounting panic in the Congress leadership over the party’s election prospects.

India: Protest denounces frame-up of Maruti Suzuki auto workers

An on-the-spot report

By Jai Sharma and Arun Kumar, 31 December 2013

Victimized workers from Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a two-day protest in Gurgaon, Haryana earlier this month to denounce the witch hunt that the company, police and Congress Party state government have jointly mounted against them.

Deadly train fire highlights poor safety conditions on Indian Railways

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 December 2013

At least 26 people were killed Saturday morning when two coaches on a train traveling through Andhra Pradesh caught fire.

India’s Supreme Court re-criminalizes homosexuality

By Kranti Kumara, 28 December 2013

India’s Supreme Court has struck down a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional a section of the penal code, dating back to the 1860s, that criminalizes consensual sex among gay men and women.

US arrest and strip-search of diplomat provokes India’s retaliation

By Keith Jones, 19 December 2013

US authorities’ arrest and intrusive strip-searching of a female Indian diplomat have provoked a major spat between Washington and New Delhi.

India: Frame-up trial of Maruti Suzuki auto workers continues

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013

One hundred forty-seven Maruti Suzuki workers who face a long list of frame-up charges, including murder, are to appear for their next court hearing Friday, December 20.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

Uttar Pradesh government sanctions mass expulsion of Muslim villagers

By Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2013

Tens of thousands of Muslims who were driven from their villages by Hindu communalists are being illegally blocked from returning to their homes.

India walks fine line over China’s air defence zone

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013

Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.

Congress Party humiliated in Indian state elections

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 December 2013

The Congress Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a series of state elections.

Indian workers and students defend Edward Snowden

By our reporters, 29 November 2013

WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.

New Delhi downplays evidence of extensive NSA spying targeting India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 November 2013

The Indian government’s failure to lodge any official protest against US National Security Agency operations targeting Indian officials and diplomatic missions has drawn critical comment even from sections of India’s right-wing press.

Indian Stalinists invoke Hindu-communalist threat

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 9 November 2013

India’s two major Stalinist parties organized a national “Secular Convention” in India’s capital last week. It was a political fraud.

Indo-Pakistani relations fraught after months of border skirmishes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 November 2013

The past three months have seen a surge in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistan military forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

India: Multiple bomb blasts at rally for BJP’s Modi kill five

By Kranti Kumara, 28 October 2013

Five people were killed Sunday when a series of bombs exploded at an election rally called to showcase the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate—the arch communalist and self-styled “strongman” Narendra Modi.

Indian government covers up military’s anti-constitutional activities

By Kranti Kumara, 18 October 2013

India’s Congress Party-led government wants to keep the Indian people entirely in the dark as to the anti-democratic conspiracies that are developing within the country’s national-security apparatus.

Indian foreign minister’s unproductive visit to Sri Lanka

By Nandana Nanneththi and Deepal Jayasekera, 16 October 2013

New Delhi’s push for a “political solution” with the Tamil elite received a cold response from Colombo.

Indian cabinet decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh sparks mass protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 October 2013

The Indian cabinet’s decision to proceed with the bifurcation of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and create a new state of Telangana has provoked huge protests in Andhra Pradesh’s other regions.

Obama and Singh pledge major increase in US-Indian military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 September 2013

At their meeting last Friday, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to greatly enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership,” especially geopolitical, security, and military cooperation.

Secret Indian Army unit implicated in anti-constitutional acts

By Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2013

A secret military intelligence unit set up by the previous head of the Indian Army engaged in illegal activities, including attempting to engineer the defeat of the elected state government of Jammu and Kashmir.

India: Official Opposition names arch-communalist as its prime ministerial candidate

By Kranti Kumara, 19 September 2013

The Bharatiya Janata Party has named Narendra Modi—the Chief Minister of the western state of Gujarat and a notorious communalist—as its candidate for prime minister in the coming general election.

US war drive rattles Indian elite

By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 September 2013

The US drive to attack Syria is intensifying the crisis of India’s government and elite.

As rupee slides, India’s PM vows to accelerate pro-investor reform

By Keith Jones, 31 August 2013

The value of the Indian rupee continued to slide this week, forcing India’s central bank to take emergency measures.

Tense standoff between India and Pakistan along their disputed Kashmir border continues

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2013

For more than three weeks, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire dails across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region.

India: Plummeting rupee fuels fears of banking crisis

By Keith Jones, 24 August 2013

The rupee has depreciated by more than 15 percent since May, despite increasingly desperate efforts by the Congress Party-led government and the Reserve Bank of India to arrest the slide.

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

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.