India

India’s Congress-led government unable to quash 2G scandal

By Kranti Kumara, 11 January 2011

India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has been unable to quash a scandal concerning the awarding, without auction, of wireless 2G (second generation) spectrum licenses in 2008.

Wave of garment-worker suicides in Indian “boom” town

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 31 December 2010

In Tirupur, a reputed boom town in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu, close to a thousand garment workers or their family members have committed suicide during the past two years.

Tirupur suicides: The human cost of India’s capitalist expansion

By a WSWS reporting team, 31 December 2010

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Tirupur to investigate the conditions that led close to a thousand garment workers, their spouses or children to commit suicide in the two years ending in September 2010.

US complicit in India’s systematic use of torture in Kashmir

By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 December 2010

US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that Washington has long had evidence of Indian authorities’ systematic use of torture against opponents of Indian rule over Jammu and Kashmir, but has chosen not to speak out against New Delhi’s gross human rights violations.

India: Victimized Foxconn and BYD workers speak out

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 11 December 2010

Tamil Nadu’s DMK “state government acts in favour of BYD management” and “has suppressed Foxconn workers and filed trumped up charges against them,” victimized BYD strike leader Munusamy told the WSWS.

India: Lessons of the Stalinist CITU’s betrayal of the Foxconn and BYD strikes

By Keith Jones and K. Ratnayake, 10 December 2010

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions has shut down militant strikes against Foxconn and BYD—part of a growing wave of industrial unrest in Tamil Nadu—instructing workers to accept the firing of strike leaders and other punitive company demands.

India’s government rocked by 2G mobile license scandal

By Kranti Kumara, 26 November 2010

India’s government reportedly lost $40 billion by selling-off mobile phone frequency-spectrum licenses in 2008 without auction and at 2001 prices.

India: Unions sell out contract workers strike at lignite mining company

By Satish Simon and Arun Kumar, 17 November 2010

A militant strike by 13,000 contract workers against the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation has been sold out, just as the 39-day-old strike was beginning to win significant support from the “regular” workers.

Obama backs India’s bid for permanent UN Security Council seat

By Keith Jones, 9 November 2010

US President Barack Obama has endorsed India’s longstanding bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, as part of its attempt to entice India into a military-security bloc directed against China.

Indian worker left to die on Nokia assembly line

By Arun Kumar, 9 November 2010

The recent horrifying death of a young female worker at the Nokia factory in southern India stands as an indictment of the unsafe working conditions that prevail in most of the country’s industry.

Obama continues Washington’s aggressive courting of India

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2010

Prior to embarking on a three-day trip to India, US President Obama repeated George W. Bush’s offer of US assistance in making India a world power—a strategic gambit rooted in the US’s drive to contain and if need be thwart China’s rise.

India: Police Chief vows to step up spying on workers

By Arun Kumar, 4 November 2010

Amid a wave of strikes and plant occupations, Tamil Nadu’s Deputy General of Police (DGP) has said that the state is intensifying its surveillance of the labor force so as to combat “left-wing extremism.”

India: BYD Electronics fires most of its workforce, after police break up sit-in

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 4 November 2010

The Indian subsidiary of BYD Electronics has fired most of the workforce at its plant in Tamil Nadu, more than 2,500 workers, after they staged a sit-in.

Government seeks to crush strike of Foxconn workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 25 October 2010

Through a combination of mass arrests and intimidation, the Tamil Nadu state government is working to repress a militant strike of workers at a factory owned by the Taiwan-based company.

India: 13,000 contract workers strike at lignite mine and power-company

By Sathish Simon and Arun Kumar, 23 October 2010

The month-old strike by thirteen thousand contract workers against the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) in southern India demonstrates their determination to resist sweatshop conditions.

US agencies had warnings before Mumbai terrorist attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2010

An American informant had a high-level role in the preparation of the December 2008 assault, in which 166 people were killed by bullets and grenades.

Indian High Court abets Hindu supremacists with Babri Masjid ruling

By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 October 2010

An Indian court has ruled that the site of the razed Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya should be divided three ways, with two-thirds of the land awarded to Hindu communalist and fundamentalist organizations.

Commonwealth Games spell major crisis for Indian elite

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 October 2010

The Commonwealth Games, scheduled to begin on October 3 in Delhi, pose a major crisis for the Indian elite.

India-China relations strained

By Vilani Peiris, 1 October 2010

Tensions between India and China stepped up a notch last month after reports that thousands of Chinese troops were in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the border with China.

Defying police attacks, Foxconn workers in India continue strike

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 29 September 2010

Thousands of workers are continuing their walkout in Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu

US presses India to further water down nuclear liability law

By Arun Kumar, 25 September 2010

The US nuclear industry and the Obama administration are pressing the Indian government to amend or circumvent the controversial Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage law that was passed by India’s parliament in late August.

Kashmir seethes: Indian elite resorts to repression and political maneuvers

By Kranti Kumara, 21 September 2010

Just prior to the arrival of a 39-member “all parties” mission from New Delhi, the Indian government deployed the army in cities and towns across the Kashmir Valley.

Indian state murdered Maoist peace envoy

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 14 September 2010

A prominent Indian magazine has published an exposé showing that a senior Maoist leader and their designated point-man in exploring the possibility of peace talks with the Indian government was summarily executed by police.

100 million workers join India’s September 7 general strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2010

Tuesday’s protest gave an inkling of the potential for a working class counter-offensive against Indian big business and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. But those who called and officially led it, India’s labor federations, have a diametrically opposed agenda.

India to conduct caste census

By Arun Kumar and Keith Jones, 28 August 2010

Whatever form India’s caste census ultimately takes, the mounting of a caste-based census is a retrograde and reactionary step. It will contribute to the further caste-ization of Indian politics and life, serving to split the working class and oppressed toilers on caste lines.

Uttar Pradesh farmers latest victims of Indian business’ land grab

By Arun Kumar, 26 August 2010

Three protesting farmers were shot dead and more than forty others injured August 14, when police opened fire on a protest at Jikarpur, a village in the Aligarh District of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Mass protests continue in Indian-held Kashmir

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 19 August 2010

Despite savage state repression that has left at least 58 people dead in the past two months, protests continue to rock the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Communal outburst from Kerala’s Stalinist Chief Minister

By Arun Kumar, 7 August 2010

V.S. Achuthanandan, the Chief Minister of the south Indian state of Kerala and a Politburo member of the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, made remarks at a recent press conference that were widely recognized to be an appeal to Hindu communal sentiment.

Half of India’s population lives below the poverty line

By Arun Kumar, 2 August 2010

According to an Oxford University study, 55 percent of India’s population of 1.1 billion, or 645 million people, are living in poverty. Using a newly-developed index, the study found that about one-third of the world’s poor live in India.

Indian security forces crack down on Kashmiri protests

By Arun Kumar, 28 July 2010

Demonstrations and strikes are continuing in Indian-ruled Kashmir despite the deployment of Indian troops to the state.

India’s latest train crash kills 66 in West Bengal

By R. Shreeharan, 21 July 2010

Official efforts are being made to blame the train driver, who is among the three rail workers killed, for India’s fourth major train disaster this year.

Indian Stalinists split over what right-wing course to follow

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2010

Last week’s one-day national bandh or general strike against central government-imposed fuel price hikes has exposed a growing rift within India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Indian Stalinists join BJP in one-day strike against fuel price hikes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 July 2010

A one-day all-India bandh, or general strike, protesting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s recent fuel price hikes and associated decision to deregulate petrol prices shut down much of the country Monday.

Fuel price hike hits India’s poor

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 June 2010

The Indian government last Friday slashed fuel price subsidies in a move that will boost already high inflation, impact heavily on working people and provoke unrest.

Hyundai workers in India speak out against reprisals and poor working conditions

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 26 June 2010

reporters visited a Hyundai car assembly plant in southern India two days after an occupation by Hyundai workers was broken up by the police on the orders of Tamil Nadu’s DMK-led state government.

India: Stalinist Left Front routed in West Bengal municipal elections

By Arun Kumar, 18 June 2010

The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front suffered a debacle in the West Bengal municipal elections as a result of mounting popular anger over its pro-investor reforms and rampant corruption.

Sri Lankan president visits India to improve relations

By K. Ratnayake, 17 June 2010

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visited India last week in a bid to ease the diplomatic strains that emerged last year in the final months of the island’s protracted civil war.

India: Bhopal verdict provokes public outrage

By R. Shreeharan, 15 June 2010

The Bhopal judgment again demonstrates the contempt of the Indian establishment toward the thousands of victims and its commitment to defending corporate interests.

Police break-up occupation at Hyundai complex in southern India

By Arun Kumar, 12 June 2010

Police broke-up an occupation at a Hyundai car assembly plant located on the outskirts of Chennai last Tuesday, arresting more than 200 workers.

Sabotage of West Bengal train leads to 148 deaths, sparks reactionary political furor

By R. Shreeharan, 5 June 2010

One hundred forty-eight people were killed and scores more injured in rural West Bengal last week, when a freight train struck a passenger train that had been derailed as the result of track sabotage. This tragedy demonstrates yet again the utter bankruptcy of individual terrorism as an emancipatory instrument.

Air India unions call off “flash” strike in face of state repression

By Kranti Kumara, 1 June 2010

A flash or wildcat strike involving about 20,000 workers at Air India ended May 26, after the unions bowed before a reactionary ruling of the Delhi High Court that proclaimed the strike illegal.

Indian air disaster kills 158

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 1 June 2010

The Indian government and Air India management have attempted to blame the pilot for last week’s Mangalore crash even before conducting any investigation. This is a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the underlying causes of the crash.

India’s government tables loophole-filled anti-torture law

By Kranti Kumara, 20 May 2010

The anti-torture legislation that was recently passed by the lower house of India’s parliament is a sham. The bill is full of legal loopholes thus ensuring that India’s police and security forces will continue to routinely torture people, frequently to their deaths.

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled peace dialogue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2010

Under pressure from Washington, India and Pakistan have agreed to resume a long-stalled peace dialogue. But the US’s efforts to harness Pakistan and India to its predatory geopolitical goals in Asia are themselves a major source of friction between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Stalinist union calls off Indian coal strike

By Arun Kumar, 10 May 2010

After just one day, the All India Coal Workers Federation last week ended its three-day strike against government plans to sell off a 10 percent stake in the state-owned Coal India Limited.

Indian coal workers to strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 5 May 2010

Employees of the state-owned Coal India Ltd are due to start a three-day strike today against the Indian government’s proposal to sell off 10 percent of shares in the company and its subsidiaries.

India: West Bengal government forms industrial security force

By R. Shreeharan, 1 May 2010

In collaboration with the national government, the Left Front government in West Bengal is forming a State Industrial Security Force to protect businesses against striking workers and protesters.

Amid mounting popular anger over price rises

Indian Stalinists stage one-day protest strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2010

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its allies in the Left Front are joining today with nine regional- and caste-based parties in staging an all-India hartal—or national strike—to protest the recent decision of India’s Congress Party-led central government to raise gasoline, diesel, and fertilizer prices.

Indian writer Arundhati Roy threatened with prosecution under anti-terrorism law

By Kranti Kumara, 26 April 2010

Police in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh are “exploring” laying charges under the state’s draconian anti-terrorism law against Arundhati Roy.

Indian telecom unions sell out major strike

By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 22 April 2010

Within hours of 300,000 BSNL employees beginning an indefinite strike on Tuesday to defend jobs and conditions, the unions reached a deal with the telecommunications minister.

Indian government suffers reversal in its war on Maoists and tribals

By Kranti Kumara, 21 April 2010

India’s Congress Party-led government has been thrown into serious crisis following a deadly ambush by Maoist guerrillas on April 6 that killed 76 security personnel in the forests of the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.

Indian Telecom workers commence national strike

By Arun Kumar, 20 April 2010

Around 300,000 workers employed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), are due to start an indefinite national strike today against the government’s plans to restructure and part-privatise the state-owned telecommunications corporation.

Severe tropical storm strikes eastern India

By Shree Haran, 17 April 2010

The storm struck the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam, as well as Bangladesh on Tuesday night, destroying an estimated 100,000 homes and killing at least 136 people.

State repression beats back Jammu and Kashmir public sector strike

By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 15 April 2010

Unions representing 450,000 public sector workers in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) bowed Wednesday before an escalating campaign of state repression and called off a militant twelve day-old strike.

Gujarat Chief Minister interrogated about his role in 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom

By Kranti Kumara, 14 April 2010

Narendra Modi, the Gujarat Chief Minister and a leading figure in India’s official opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was interrogated for nine hours late last month about his role in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state.

Indian Stalinists’ “jail bharo”: a political stunt

By Sampath Perera, 8 April 2010

The Stalinist-led Left Front is today mounting a nation-wide agitation to protest the pro-big business economic policies being implemented by India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Indian government continues its offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 30 March 2010

Despite several cease-fire proposals from the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the Indian government is continuing a massive, multi-state military offensive aimed at stamping out the tribal-based Maoist insurgency.

Russia and India improve relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 March 2010

A short visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to India on March 12 resulted in a slew of bilateral agreements and improved strategic relations.

An exchange of letters concerning the state repression of India’s Telangana agitation

16 March 2010

The WSWS has opposed the Telangana agitation. But this does not mean that we are indifferent to how the Indian state deals with this movement and to the fate of the students and others who have been caught up in it.

Hounded by Hindu right, India’s best-known painter takes Qatari citizenship

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Parwini Zora, 13 March 2010

M.F. Husain, India’s best known and most celebrated visual artist, has accepted an offer of Qatari citizenship—a poignant protest against the Indian state’s and political elite’s complicity in his harassment and victimization by Hindu fundamentalists and supremacists.

Stampede at Indian temple kills 63

By Arun Kumar, 10 March 2010

A tragic incident near the town of Kunda in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Thursday again highlighted the abject poverty facing tens of millions throughout India.

India’s budget: Concessions to business, new burdens for workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 March 2010

India’s budget included a raft of tax concessions and “reform” measures demanded by native and foreign big business. It also imposed punishing price increases on petroleum products and fertilizer for workers, and a real reduction in social spending.

India and Pakistan talk, but “composite dialogue” not resumed

By Shree Haran, 3 March 2010

The talks held between India and Pakistan last week ended with no more than a promise that the rival South Asian powers will “keep in touch.”

Indian Supreme Court sanctions police occupation of university campus

By Kranti Kumara, 25 February 2010

The Indian Supreme Court issued an extraordinary ruling on February 20 giving legal sanction to the continuing deployment of paramilitary police on the campus of Osmania University in the capital city of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

India: Unions shut down two-month jute workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 20 February 2010

Indian unions in the state of West Bengal called off a two-month strike of around 250,000 jute mill workers on February 12 without any of the basic demands of the strikers being met.

Amid preparations for India-Pakistan talks, deadly bomb blast in west India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 February 2010

Last Saturday’s terrorist bombing in the west Indian city of Pune was clearly aimed at inciting communal enmity and derailing any rapprochement between India and Pakistan.

Under US pressure

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled talks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 February 2010

India and Pakistan will soon hold high-level talks for the first time in fourteen months. But New Delhi is still balking at the resumption of the “composite dialogue” set in place after the two countries almost went to war in 2001-2002.

India nervously watches post-election Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 February 2010

Since Mahinda Rajapakse won a second presidential term in Sri Lanka last week, India’s dilemma over how to pursue its interests in the island has intensified.

Jyoti Basu: elder statesman of Indian Stalinism dies at 95

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 19 January 2010

Jyoti Basu, the reputed elder statesman of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and for 23 years the Chief Minister of West Bengal, died Sunday. His death has occasioned numerous gushing tributes from India’s political establishment, beginning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

Australian government in damage control after murder of Indian student

By Perla Astudillo, 13 January 2010

The fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old Indian student in Melbourne has again focussed international attention on the appalling conditions endured by many overseas students in Australia.

Indian-held Kashmir continues to simmer over deaths of two women last May

By Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2010

To the dismay and anger of many Kashmiris, India’s premier crime investigation agency has ruled that two young women whose deaths had been attributed to the thuggery of security forces died accidentally.

India: All-Party meeting fails to staunch crisis over Telangana

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 January 2010

An all-party meeting, presided over by India’s Home Minister, has failed to reach a consensus on whether to form a separate state, Telangana, out of Andhra Pradesh’s north-western districts.

250,000 jute workers continue indefinite strike in West Bengal

By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 24 December 2009

Two hundred and fifty thousand jute workers in West Bengal have been on indefinite strike since Dec. 14 to force their employers to pay back wages and other arrears.

India’s almond workers mount militant strike

By Kranti Kumara, 24 December 2009

In what is perhaps the biggest strike in recent years in India’s “unorganized” sector, 20,000 to 30,000 almond workers and their families have been mounting a militant strike since Dec. 14.

India: Move to create new state in Telangana provokes political crisis

By Keith Jones and Ram Kumar, 19 December 2009

The Indian government’s unexpected announcement that it is initiating the process to create a new federal state in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh has provoked a major political crisis.

India: Soaring food prices place tens of millions at risk

By Ajay Prakash, 15 December 2009

Food prices in India have risen more than 19 percent over the past year, pushing tens of millions deeper into poverty and hunger.

Indian Stalinists provide “left” cover for government’s anti-Maoist counterinsurgency war

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 December 2009

West Bengal’s Stalinist-led Left Front government is fully supporting the Indian government’s long-planned anti-Maoist counterinsurgency offensive. Meanwhile, India’s coalition government has served notice that it could use the violence fomented by one of its constituents as the pretext for dismissing the Left Front and imposing “president’s rule” on West Bengal.

AfPak War and geo-political tensions cast long shadow over Indo-US summit

By Keith Jones, 27 November 2009

The Obama administration’s plans to expand the AfPak war and mounting world geo-political tensions—tensions between India and Pakistan, India and China, the US and India, and, last but not least, the US and China—cast a very long shadow over Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s four day visit to the US this week.

So as to lay the ground for a counter-insurgency offensive

Manmohan Singh admits Indian state has failed tribal peoples

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2009

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conceded that the Indian state and establishment have abused and exploited the country’s more than 80 million tribal people.

India: Inquiry finds BJP and RSS responsible for 1992 pogrom

By Keith Jones, 25 November 2009

A government-appointed commission of inquiry has found the top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh bear responsibility for the 1992 razing of the Babri Masjid—an outrage that precipitated an anti-Muslim pogrom in which more than two thousand people lost their lives.

Rising Indian influence in Afghanistan worries US and Pakistan

By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009

In a sign of the escalating conflicts across the region, the top US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that India’s growing influence in Afghanistan could “exacerbate regional tensions” and encourage Pakistani “countermeasures”.

India: Union calls off militant Rico strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2009

A militant strike by more than 3,000 workers at a Rico plant in India’s principal auto parts producing center came to an end last week, only hours before tens of thousands of workers were to walk off the job in a show of support.

Indian auto dispute sparks mass protest, shuts Ford Canada plant

By Kranti Kumara, 30 October 2009

Last week more than 100,000 workers from some 70 plants in the Gurgaon-Manesar area walked off the job to show support for the Rico workers’ struggle and protest the murder of a Rico striker by company thugs.

Tensions between India and China flare again

By John Chan, 23 October 2009

The immediate spark was a visit by the Indian prime minister to the northern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The trip provoked a protest from Beijing, which disputes Indian control of the area, resulting in heated words in the Indian and Chinese media.

India: Official corruption and negligence tied to 34 deaths in firecracker explosion

By K. Sundaram, Sasi Kumar and Arun Kumar, 22 October 2009

Thirty-four people perished last Friday in a massive explosion and fire at an unlicensed firecracker store and warehouse in Pallipattu, Tamil Nadu. The WSWS interviewed family members of some of the victims.

Indian government to launch major military offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar, 17 October 2009

India’s government has let it be known that it is about to launch an unprecedented, multi-state offensive against Maoist guerrillas, including using for the first time Indian Air Force helicopters and personnel.

India: Chhattisgarh government to call probe into industrial accident

By Kranti Kumara, 13 October 2009

The Chhattisgarh government has been forced to call a judicial probe into a horrific industrial accident that killed 45 workers at a Bharat Aluminum Co. (BALCO) construction site in Korba last month.

Indian drought exacerbates social crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 October 2009

The ongoing drought in India, whose immediate cause is an abysmal monsoon, has dealt a cruel blow to hundreds of millions of desperately poor agricultural labourers, small farmers, and their families.

China-India border talks highlight rising tensions

By John Chan, 15 August 2009

This month’s border talks between China and India became a focus of mounting tensions between the two countries.

India’s government rushes to address business criticisms of budget

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 10 July 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government has rushed to address big business criticism of the 2009-10 national budget. But concerns remain about the government’s increasingly perilous fiscal situation.

India’s Lalgarh “uprising”

Rival Stalinist camps abet reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 July 2009

The Indian bourgeoisie has seized on recent developments in West Bengal—a popular challenge to government authority in an impoverished tribal area involving Maoist insurgents—to push politics in the state and throughout India sharply right.

India bans CPI (Maoist) under draconian “anti-terror” law

By Keith Jones, 26 June 2009

India’s Congress Party-led central government has declared the Communist Party of India (Maoist) a “terrorist” organization under the draconian “anti-terrorist” legislation that it rushed through India’s parliament last December.

The reality of life in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum

By Harvey Thompson, 13 June 2009

The popularity of Danny Boyle’s recent film, Slumdog Millionaire has led to a surge of media interest in the Mumbai slum of Dharavi which is partially depicted in the film.

While pledging its devotion to the poor

India’s government lurches further right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 June 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government has outlined a raft of rightwing objectives, including “disinvestment” of public sector units, the promotion of Public Private Partnerships, “stern measures to handle insurgency and left wing extremism,” and a further enhancing of India’s strategic partnership with the United States.

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India’s Supreme Court orders expedited trials for perpetrators of Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara, 6 June 2009

Seven years after the anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state of Gujarat, India’s Supreme Court has ordered “fast track” or expedited trials of the perpetrators and abettors of the February-March 2002 communal massacre.

India: Hyundai Motors victimizes workers

By M. Kailasam, 2 June 2009

Hyundai Motors India Ltd., the country’s second-largest car maker, has reneged on a deal to take back workers it had victimized for their role in a union organizing drive at its plant in Sriperumbadur, Tamil Nadu.

India’s Congress-led government to do big business’ bidding

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2009

India’s Congress Party-led government, which won re-election in this month’s general election, has rushed to reassure big business that it will do its bidding, accelerating the pace of neoliberal reform and reining in a rapidly escalating budget deficit.

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Stalinist Left Front suffers debacle in its West Bengal bastion

By Arun Kumar, 26 May 2009

The Left Front, the electoral bloc led by the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist), was in many respects the biggest loser in India’s recently concluded national elections. In West Bengal, where the Left Front has held power for the past 32 years, it suffered a humiliating defeat, losing 20 seats and recording an 8 percentage-point drop in its share of the popular vote.

Indian Stalinist leader defends alliances with Congress and rightwing regional parties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

World Socialist Web Site journalists Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar interviewed A.K. Padmanabhan, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), shortly before the conclusion of India’s general elections.

Communist Party of India (Marxist): a key prop of Indian bourgeois rule

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

Behind a façade of “revolutionary” ritual—red flags, hammers and sickles, portraits of Marx, Lenin, and Che Guevara—the CPM functions as an integral party of the Indian bourgeois political establishment.