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.
By our correspondents, 12 May 2014
Workers voiced their anger with all the parties of the establishment, including the ostensible left parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014
The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014
Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.
—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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013
Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 December 2013
The Congress Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a series of state elections.
By our reporters, 29 November 2013
WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 September 2013
The US drive to attack Syria is intensifying the crisis of India’s government and elite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Arun Kumar, 14 August 2013
Sivakumar belonged to the most abused and exploited section of the working class in 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.
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.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2013
US Vice President Joe Biden declared India “an indispensable part of our rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By K. Ratnayake, 4 July 2013
No explanation has been provided to justify the decision, which underscores New Delhi’s contempt for democratic rights.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2013
Maoist guerrillas ambushed a Congress Party convoy in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh last Saturday evening.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Arun Kumar and Jai Sharma, 2 March 2013
Haryana’s Chief Minister has threatened to order further arrests of victimized Maruti Suzuki workers.
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.
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.
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,
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.