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.

Mounting tensions between India’s army and civilian government

By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2012

So fractious are relations between India’s army and civilian government, sections of the government reportedly feared that a military coup might be underway in mid-January.

India: Stalinist CPM congress dismisses socialism

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 April 2012

At its 20th Congress, the CPM reiterated its defence of the crimes of the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy and justified its role as a political prop of the Indian bourgeoisie.

India: Stalinist CPM promotes alliance with regional bourgeois parties

By Deepal Jayasekera in Kozhikode, 7 April 2012

The national congress of India’s main Stalinist parliamentary party has called for renewed efforts to build an alliance with regionalist and caste-ist bourgeois parties to contain mounting working class and poor peasant opposition to the social crisis wrought by two decades of market “reforms”.

India’s Communist Party (Marxist): Defender of Stalin and capitalist restoration

By Deepal Jayaskera, 6 April 2012

For the first time since 1992, the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, is presenting an “ideological” resolution to its national congress.

India: Stalinist CPM holds party congress amid mounting internal crisis

By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012

India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is holding its 20th Congress this week amid a mounting and deep-rooted internal political crisis.

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.

Indian budget raises taxes and prices

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012

The working people and rural toilers will be hit by higher prices, particularly for fuel and fertiliser, in an effort to satisfy the financial markets by cutting the budget deficit.

India: Tens of millions join one-day protest strike

By our correspondents, 2 March 2012

As many as a hundred million workers participated in a one-day, India-wide general strike Tuesday to protest against the socio-economic policies of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government.

West Bengal government threatens savage reprisals if state workers join one-day strike

By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2012

West Bengal’s Trinamul Congress government is threatening draconian sanctions against any state worker who takes part in the national one-day general strike called for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Indian workers must adopt socialist strategy to oppose UPA-led big business offensive

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 28 February 2012

Tens of millions of Indian workers will join a one-day countrywide general strike today, Tuesday, February 28, to protest soaring prices, the spread of contract-labor, privatization, and the appalling conditions under which 90 percent of the workers employed in the so-called informal sector toil.

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012

While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.

India’s Supreme Court orders limited inquiry into Gujarat police murders

By Kranti Kumara, 4 February 2012

India’s Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into a wave of summary executions, carried out by Gujarat police between 2003 and 2006. Most of the victims were Muslims entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.

Indian town under police occupation after killing of union leader

By Arun Kumar, 2 February 2012

The tiny enclave of Yanam in Puducherry is under police occupation after a clash between police and locked out Regency Ceramics workers left the local union leader dead and more than a dozen other workers critically injured.

Indian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka

By Wije Dias, 30 January 2012

While he cynically expressed concern about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, Krishna’s trip sought to push India’s economic and geopolitical interests.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Indian economy buffeted by mounting crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 17 January 2012

The Indian economy has been buffeted by a sharp decline in economic growth, falling domestic and foreign investment, a depreciating currency, large trade and current accounts deficits, huge stock market losses and near double-digit inflation.

Bitter dispute among Indian elites ignores vital dam safety issues

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2012

A long-running dispute over a century-old dam has led to increased national-ethnic frictions in southern India.

Australian government pursues anti-China relations with India

By James Cogan, 16 December 2011

Closer ties between Australia and India are inseparable from the escalating US agenda of containing China’s influence throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Indian hospital fire death toll rises to 92

By Palash Roy, 12 December 2011

The high death toll among the 160 patients in the private hospital points to the violation of elementary fire and safety standards permitted by successive state and national governments in India.

Indian government puts retail sector restructure on hold

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 December 2011

Big business groups and financial analysts have denounced the announced suspension as a missed opportunity to press ahead with a broader pro-market agenda.

West Bengal government orchestrates murder of top Maoist leader

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2011

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has justified the killing of a top leader of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in what has all the earmarks of a summary execution.

Australian government to end ban on uranium sales to India

By Peter Symonds, 1 December 2011

Gillard’s announcement dovetailed with Obama’s concerted drive to bolster US security alliances throughout Asia in order to undercut China’s economic and political influence.

India: Maruti Suzuki union leaders given huge payouts after ending strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011

Within days of the October 21 deal between the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union and the company, MSEU President Sonu Gujjar and Secretary Shiv Kumar received large cash payments from Maruti Suzuki for resigning their jobs.

India: Maruti and Suzuki workers discuss their two-week strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011

Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.

India: Unions scuttle Maruti Suzuki strike again

By our correspondents, 24 October 2011

The unions at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant and other nearby Suzuki plants ordered an end to a militant two-week-long strike last Friday, after the newly formed independent union at the Manesar plant made a rotten deal with management and Haryana state Labour Department officials.

India: Maruti Suzuki workers’ struggle must spearhead working-class political offensive

By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011

To defeat the combined assault of big business, the government, police and courts, the Maruti Suzuki workers must make their strike the spearhead of an industrial and political offensive of the entire working class against sweatshop conditions.

Indian government seeks to lower official poverty line to 50 cents per day

By R.V. Singh and Colleen Redcliffe, 19 October 2011

India’s Planning Commission has recommended that those spending more than US 64 cents per day in urban areas and 52 cents per day in rural areas are not to be considered “poor.”

India: Maruti strike continues after occupation ends under police threat

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011

Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.

Lockout at Bosch plant in Bangalore, India now two weeks old

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011

German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Congress government prepare police attack on occupation

By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011

Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.

India: Wildcat strike erupts anew at Maruti-Suzuki plant, thousands walk out in sympathy

By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011

The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations

By James Cogan, 6 October 2011

The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.

Unions, Stalinists force Maruti Suzuki India workers to accept company’s demands

By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011

Working in conjunction with state government officials, the unions have prevailed on the workers at the Maruti Suzuki India plant in Manesar, Haryana to return to work on the company’s terms, after a bitter month-long struggle.

India: Stalinist union works to impose company demands on locked-out Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011

The Stalinist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress is urging locked-out workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant to surrender to the company’s demand that they sign a “good conduct bond” that reinforces an oppressive, dictatorial work regime.

Maruti Suzuki India workers challenge cheap-labor regime

“We are determined this time to fight to the end”

By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011

With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.

Maruti Suzuki India lockout: After talks fail, union leaders arrested

By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011

Police arrested the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union late Sunday evening when they emerged from failed talks with representatives of the carmaker and the Haryana labour department. Maruti Suzuki has locked out 3,000 workers at its Manesar assembly plant since August 29.

India: Maruti Suzuki struggle escalates as company hires more strikebreakers

By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011

Big business, the Congress Party-led Haryana state government, and the police are all supporting Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in its drive to subjugate the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant.

Indian government to hang men convicted over Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2011

The use of the death penalty, particularly in political cases, is a sharp warning to the working class of the methods that will be used to suppress the class struggle.

Maruti Suzuki India sacks workers, hires strike breakers

By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Ltd., the country’s largest car maker, has intensified its threats against locked-out workers at the company’s Mansard plant, moving to replace them with strike breakers.

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 September 2011

The much-anticipated visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to produce the desired transit and water-sharing deals.

India: Police support Maruti Suzuki lockout, occupy plant

By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011

Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government is working in tandem with Maruti Suzuki to crush worker resistance at its Manesar plant.

India: Comstar workers’ strike in fourth week

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 5 September 2011

For almost four weeks, workers have struck the Comstar Automotive Technologies’ plant in Sriperumbudur, south India, to win union recognition and improved wages and benefits.

Indian Stalinists and the anti-corruption Lokpal movement

By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 2 September 2011

The CPM’s response to the Hazare movement has demonstrated its complete integration into the Indian political establishment as a staunch defender of bourgeois rule.

Uneasy truce between Indian government and anti-corruption campaigner

By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2011

Nothing has been settled in the deal with Hazare, whose focus on “corruption” has been to the exclusion of the economic and social crisis facing the vast majority of working people.

Stand-off continues over Indian anti-corruption bill

By Sarath Kumara, 27 August 2011

Sections of the corporate elite, while continuing to exploit the Hazare protests, have become increasingly nervous about the present parliamentary logjam and the potential for escalating political instability.

Indian government seeks compromise with anti-corruption campaigner

By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 23 August 2011

Big business latched onto the Lokpal campaign as a means of deflecting attention from its own practices and pressing the Singh government to push ahead with pro-market reforms.

India’s government uses authoritarian measures against self-styled anti-corruption crusade

By Keith Jones, 18 August 2011

India’s coalition government is in disarray after using preventative detention and mass arrests in an unsuccessful attempt to block a protest led by self-styled Gandhian and self-anointed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

One million Indian bank workers take strike action

By Arun Kumar, 18 August 2011

The bank workers’ strike is part of the emerging class struggles in India and internationally triggered by the deepening crisis of the global capitalist economy, of which India is an integral part.

Indian government under renewed pressure for pro-market reforms

By Sarath Kumara, 13 August 2011

The international financial turmoil, together with the prospects of recession in the US and Europe, has prompted a nervous response in Indian business circles and demands for further restructuring.

Terrorist attack in Mumbai kills 21

By Keith Jones, 14 July 2011

At least 21 people were killed and more than 140 injured yesterday by a coordinated bomb attack at three different locations in Mumbai, India’s largest city and financial center.

Stalinist union ends occupation at Suzuki plant in India

By Arun Kumar, 1 July 2011

The All India Trade Union Congress shut down the nearly two-week sit-in strike by 2,500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in northern India.

India uses UN report on Sri Lanka to assert its interests

By Sarath Kumara, 18 June 2011

The strained relations between India and Sri Lanka were highlighted when senior Indian officials visited Colombo last week.

India: Rightwinger Banerjee becomes West Bengal’s new chief minister

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2011

Mamata Banerjee, the anti-communist demagogue who leads the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been installed as West Bengal’s Chief Minister setting the stage for a sharp intensification of the class struggle.

India: Stalinist-led Left Front suffers debacle in state elections

By Keith Jones, 14 May 2011

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front have suffered a shattering defeat in a series of state assembly elections whose results were tabulated yesterday. Defeated in its West Bengal and Kerala bastions, the Left now governs only the tiny state of Tripura.

Pivotal elections in five Indian states

By Keith Jones, 12 May 2011

Significant as the state elections are for the Congress Party-led national government, interest in them has rightly focused on the fate of the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala and of the Left’s dominant component, the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist).

India’s corruption scandals and the clamor for a “Jan Lokpal” Bill

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011

The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.

Wildcat strike continues at GM India plant in Gujarat

By Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2011

Auto workers at the GM Halol plant in the western India state of Gujarat have waged a month-long battle against brutal working conditions.

Stalinists threatened in West Bengal election, after “pro-investor” policies

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 April 2011

The people of West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, will vote in state assembly elections in six phases, commencing April 18.

Indian army general praises instigator of 2002 Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 1 April 2011

Major-General Singha’s praise of Narendra Modi must be evaluated in the context of deepening collusion between the personnel of India’s state institutions and the Hindu supremacist right and evidence that elements within the military are promoting communalist politics.

GM India workers launch wildcat strike in Gujarat

By Kranti Kumara, 23 March 2011

Auto workers at GM’s factory in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been on strike for over a week to oppose speed up and brutal working conditions.

India used bribes to win vote on US nuclear accord, WikiLeaks cables show

By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011

India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.

Gujarat court frames Muslims for train fire used to incite 2002 Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 March 2011

In a legal travesty, an Indian court has convicted 31 Muslims of conspiring to cause the train fire in Godhra that the BJP state government and its Hindu supremacist allies used to incite the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.

India: Sanmina workers strike for higher wages and union recognition

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 22 February 2011

The strike launched one week ago today by more than a thousand workers at the Sanmina SCI plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone is part of a wave of workers’ struggles that have rocked the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last summer.

Indian Maoists declare support for right-wing Trinamool Congress

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 February 2011

India’s principal Maoist party, the CPI (Maoist), has proclaimed support for the election of the right-wing Trinamool Congress in the coming West Bengal state election.

Indian human rights activist jailed for life on frame-up charges

By Ajay Prakash, 2 February 2011

Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally-known human rights activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped-up charges for having spoken out against atrocities committed by the Indian state in suppressing a Maoist-led tribal insurgency.

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.