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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
Seven years after the event:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Keith Jones, 18 May 2009
The Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has retained power in India’s month-long, multi-phase election, having fallen only 13 seats short of securing an absolute majority in the 543-seat Lok Sabha.
By Hiram Lee, 15 May 2009
The home of one of the child actors from the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire was demolished Thursday by authorities in the slums of Mumbai, India.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2009
The fifth and final round of India’s month-long general election was held yesterday. It will, however, take days, conceivably even weeks for the new government to be formed.
By Keith Jones, 11 May 2009
On Wednesday voters in 86 of India’s 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will vote in the fifth and final phase of India’s month-long national elections. It is a given that the next government—like the current Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government—will be a multi-party coalition.
By Arun Kumar, 2 May 2009
With an eye to the national elections, the leaders of the dominant parties in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the DMK and AIADMK, are seeking to outdo one another in posturing as defenders of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
By Keith Jones, 17 April 2009
Three ramshackle, multiparty alliances are vying for office in India’s month long, five-phase election, which began Thursday with voters in 124 Lok Sabha constituencies casting their ballots.
By Deepal Jayasekara, 16 April 2009
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is plumping for votes in India’s national elections by combining rank communal appeals and bellicose “anti-terrorist” rhetoric with a smattering of populist promises.
By Keith Jones, 11 April 2009
In the face of a public outcry, the Congress Party, the dominant partner in India’s coalition government, has dropped as candidates for the coming national election two veteran congressmen who helped instigate a horrific 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi.
By Kranti Kumara, 1 April 2009
The Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front allies are frantically wooing pro-big business, state- and caste-based parties in a bid to stitch together a “Third Front” governmental bloc and reclaim an important role in India’s government.
By Kranti Kumara and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 March 2009
The world economic crisis continues to roil the Indian economy, damaging both its immediate and longer term prospects and exacting a mounting toll of job losses in a country where there is no social safety net and millions already live in abject poverty.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 20 February 2009
The third most senior judge on India’s Supreme Court has bluntly said alleged terrorists should be denied “human rights. “What is required are animal rights,” declared Supreme Court Justice Arijit Pasayat.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 February 2009
All of India’s major political parties and coalitions are approaching the national elections, which are to be held in April and May, with great apprehension.
By Ganesh Dev and Ram Kumar, 5 February 2009
Protests, shop closures and strikes against the war in Sri Lanka took place across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu yesterday despite the efforts of the state government to prevent the statewide bandh or general shutdown.
By Arun Kumara, 2 February 2009
Around 20,000 people took part in an eight-hour funeral march in Chennai for K. Muthukumar—a young Tamil who set himself alight in front of the city’s government office complex in protest against the communal war in neighbouring Sri Lanka.
India: Gigantic corporate fraud at Satyam Computers deals body-blow to Indian elite’s global ambitions
By Deepal Jayasekara and Kranti Kumara, 27 January 2009
India’s fourth-largest information technology company, Satyam Computers, is on the verge of collapse following its chairman’s admission that for “several years” he fraudulently misstated the company’s financial position, including cash on hand, revenues, profits and debt load.
By Ajay Prakash and Arun Kumar, 15 January 2009
India’s government has quashed strikes of oil workers and truckers by jailing strike leaders, instructing state governments to invoke draconian antistrike laws, and threatening to deploy the army.
By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2009
The Indian government launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan this week, with a dossier linking the Pakistan-based Islamist organisation Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. While none of the evidence links the Pakistani government or its agencies to the operation, Indian leaders accused Islamabad of involvement.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 January 2009
Omar Abdullah was sworn in as the chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Monday, ending six months of central government or “president’s” rule. India’s lone Muslim-majority state remains under a brutal military occupation, however.
By M. Kailasam, 5 January 2009
India’s two major Stalinist parties, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India (CPI), have formed an electoral and potential governmental alliance with a notoriously right-wing, Tamil regionalist party, the AIADMK.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2008
Tensions between India and Pakistan intensified last Friday after the Pakistani military began shifting troops from its western border with Afghanistan to bolster positions along the border with India.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 December 2008
Barely three weeks after the Mumbai terrorist attack, all sections of India’s political establishment—including the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front—joined hands to push draconian “anti-terror” laws through parliament.
By an Indian correspondent, 24 December 2008
For several months, workers at the Honda-Siel plant in Rudrapur, India have surrounded the plant to prevent Honda from removing machinery from the plant and shifting it to a new facility in a special economic zone.
By Kranti Kumara, 23 December 2008
A call by India’s minority affairs minister for an investigation into the killing of the chief of the Maharashtra state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during last month’s terrorist attack on Mumbai has sparked a political furor. In the weeks prior to his killing, the ATS head had been leading a high-profile investigation into a Hindu-supremacist terrorist network that had mounted bomb attacks with the aim of killing Muslims.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2008
To its own dismay and the surprise of the corporate media, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to exploit the recent Mumbai terrorist attack for electoral gain fell flat. In fact, the BJP suffered significant losses in the recently concluded assembly elections in five Indian states.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2008
Under intense pressure from the US and India, the Pakistani government has initiated a crackdown on Islamist groups allegedly involved in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
10 December 2008
Washington’s targetting of Gul raises an inconvenient fact: that the nexus between the Pakistani military establishment and Islamist militias has its roots in the CIA-backed jihad in the 1980s against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2008
The Bush administration is exerting intense pressure on Pakistan to take action against Islamist groups allegedly responsible for last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Rather than easing tensions between Pakistan and India, Washington’s backing for New Delhi threatens to further destabilise Pakistan and trigger an escalating confrontation between the regional rivals.
By K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2008
Far from damping down tensions between India and Pakistan, the visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the two countries in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks has only added more fuel to the fire.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2008
The political fallout from last week’s terrorist siege of Mumbai is beginning to emerge in India and neighbouring Pakistan with tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals on the rise.
1 December 2008
The Mumbai tragedy both stems from and will exacerbate the national and communal tensions that have plagued the Indian subcontinent since its partition in 1947, at the end of British colonial rule.
By Peter Symonds, 29 November 2008
At least 160 civilians have been killed and over 320 injured since heavily-armed gunmen began their rampage through India’s financial centre on Wednesday evening. Whoever was responsible, this slaughter of innocent civilians can only provide grist for reaction in India and around the world under the guise of the bogus “war on terrorism”.
By Keith Jones, 28 November 2008
Whoever were the authors of this week’s terrorist attack in Mumbai, it was a vile act that will only serve reaction in India and internationally.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 27 November 2008
Police investigating a September 29 bombing in Malegaon have uncovered an “extensive” Hindu-extremist terror network, with ties to the military and political establishment.
17 November 2008
Indian authorities responded to the death of the CEO of Graziano Transmission with mass arrests and pledges to provide employers increased police protection. 63 workers have been charged with the CEO’s murder. All of them vehemently deny any involvement.
By Wije Dias, 10 November 2008
The advances made by the Sri Lankan military against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have not only provoked protests in southern India over the fate of 200,000 war refugees, but are raising concerns in the Indian establishment about the implications of an LTTE defeat.
By Kranti Kumara, 6 November 2008
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the west Indian state of Maharashtra has arrested a retired Indian army major and a serving lieutenant colonel as part of its investigation of September 29 terrorist bombings–bombings the police now concede were carried out by Hindu supremacists.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 4 November 2008
The Indo-US nuclear treaty has been driven by the predatory strategic ambitions of Washington and New Delhi, undermines the world nuclear regulatory regime, and dangerously disrupts the balance of power on the Indian subcontinent and across Asia.
By K. Ratnayake, 4 November 2008
Amid deep concerns about the growing international economic turmoil, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting yesterday with the country’s top corporate leaders to assure them that his government would take measures to maintain economic growth.
By Sasi Kumar and Arun Kumar, 24 October 2008
The intensifying civil war in Sri Lanka is provoking widespread anger in southern India, producing a rash of anti-war posturing among political parties in Tamil Nadu.
By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 21 October 2008
India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has rejected calls from civil rights groups for a judicial inquiry into a Delhi Police assault that resulted in the deaths of two Muslim youths.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 October 2008
The global financial crisis and looming recession have quickly exposed the weakness of the Indian economy and shattered illusions in the country's so-called economic miracle. In the course of last week, the Sensex index on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) plunged by almost 16 percent and the rupee devalued further against the US dollar amid fears of a marked economic slowdown.
By Ajay Prakash and Keith Jones, 11 October 2008
Angered by continuing popular opposition to the West Bengal state government’s land expropriation program, Tata Motors has pulled its Nano car project from a nearly-completed $350 million factory in Singur, West Bengal.
Karnataka and Kerala
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 October 2008
The struggle against communalism requires the independent political mobilization of the working class on a program of socialist and democratic demands that address the burning problems of all India's toilers, irrespective of mother-tongue, religion or caste.
By Parwini Zora and Kranti Kumara, 29 September 2008
In the course of heated negotiations between a group of laid-off contract workers and the management of Graziano Transmission India, the company’s chief executive, Lalit Kishore Chaudhary, was killed Monday, September 22nd by a blow to the head.
Maoists promote Bannerjee
By Ajay Prakash and Keith Jones, 24 September 2008
The political situation in West Bengal remains highly charged, with the Left Front state government desperately seeking to put an end to peasant agitation against the seizure of prime agricultural land for a Tata Motors car assembly complex.
By Kranti Kumara and Deepal Jayasekera, 17 September 2008
In the face of immense political pressure from the United States and a frantic Indian lobbying campaign, the 45-nation Nuclear Supplier Group agreed on September 6 to grant India a unique “waiver” exempting the country from the NSG’s rules governing civilian nuclear trade.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2008
A series of blasts in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday evening has killed at least 20 people and injured nearly 100. Five bombs went off in quick succession over less than 45 minutes, starting just after 6 p.m.
By Kranti Kumara, 5 September 2008
A 13-day-long peasant agitation for the return of land seized by the West Bengal Left Front government on behalf of the Tata Group is threatening to derail the Indian transnational company’s high-profile Nano Car project near Kolkata.
By W.A. Sunil, 4 September 2008
Severe flooding in India and Nepal over the past fortnight has affected millions of people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, with little in the way of assistance from government authorities.
By Kranti Kumara, 2 September 2008
India’s Congress Party-led Union government has launched a brutal crackdown in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in an effort to stamp out widespread, open defiance of India’s decades-long de facto military rule over the state.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 August 2008
Indian government security forces have shot dead at least 21 unarmed civilians and wounded hundreds of others over the past week in an attempt to repress widespread protests in the northern Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)—India’s only majority Muslim state—over the economic blockade imposed by Hindu-chauvinist groups.
By Keith Jones, 23 July 2008
After an acrimonious debate punctuated by opposition charges of intimidation and vote buying, India’s parliament reaffirmed its confidence in the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government Tuesday.
By Keith Jones, 22 July 2008
The Lok Sabha—the lower, directly-elected house of India’s parliament—began debate Monday on a one-sentence motion affirming confidence in the country’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The debate will end today with a vote that will decide the fate of the four-year-old UPA government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 July 2008
India’s main Stalinist Party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has led the four-party Left Front (LF) coalition in withdrawing its parliamentary support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the latter’s going ahead with the Indo-US civil nuclear treaty.
By Kranti Kumara, 11 July 2008
After four years of loyal support for the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the four-party Left Front political alliance led by the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI(M), has withdrawn its parliamentary backing from the UPA.