By Sampath Perera, 15 January 2013
Tensions between India and Pakistan remain acute, with the two countries accusing each other of initiating the intermittent border clashes.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013
Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2013
The case is being exploited to further strengthen the repressive apparatus of the state.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013
Police have arrested another Maruti Suzuki worker in India, bringing the total number of framed-up and jailed auto workers to 150.
By Keith Jones, 7 January 2013
India and Pakistan are trading accusations after a bloody clash over the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir early yesterday morning.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 December 2012
Thousands of people, mainly students, protested last week in the Indian capital, New Delhi, against the gang rape of a young woman on December 16.
By Kapila Fernando, K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 20 December 2012
What was unique about Ravi Shankar was the breadth of his interests, willingness to experiment and passion for making classical Indian music available to the world.
By Kranti Kumara, 17 December 2012
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, an unabashed Hindu supremacist, is hoping he can use victory in the Gujarat state elections to catapult himself into the national political arena.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 15 December 2012
The fawning send-off the Indian ruling class accorded Bal Thackeray, the founder-leader of the fascist Shiv Sena (SS), following his death last month at the age of 86 constitutes both a lesson and warning to the working class.
By Arun Kumar, 15 December 2012
The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 December 2012
Last week’s debate and vote on opening India to Walmart and other giant retailers has underscored the support of all sections of India’s political establishment for big business’ economic agenda.
By World Socialist Web Site, 6 December 2012
Workers across India and internationally must defend the workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar assembly plant who are the target of a joint vendetta by India’s largest automaker and the Congress Party-led Haryana government.
By Jerry White, 5 December 2012
The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.
By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012
China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth
By Arun Kumar, 14 November 2012
Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.
By Arun Kumar, 13 November 2012
In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012
Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.
By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 19 October 2012
Several hundred employees at privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines in India have engaged in strikes and other job actions over the past month to demand back wages owed to them since March.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2012
Despite mass protests and numerous safety concerns, Indian authorities are pushing ahead with the loading of nuclear fuel into a newly-built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 September 2012
To fervent applause from big business, India’s Congress Party-led government is pressing ahead with its pro-investor “reforms” in the face of mass popular opposition and the defection of a coalition partner.
By our reporters, 21 September 2012
The widespread participation in the bandh demonstrates the popular outrage over the government’s announcements, which will impact severely on living standards.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2012
Tens of millions of working people will join the one-day all-India hartal or general shutdown of schools, shops and workplaces that the opposition parties have called for today to protest against fuel price hikes and other pro-investor “reforms.”
By Kranti Kumara, 18 September 2012
Under immense pressure from international and domestic big business, India’s government has announced a series of “big bang” economic reforms aimed at reducing the state budget deficit at the expense of working people, attracting foreign investment, and spurring the reorganization of key economic sectors so as to make them more profitable for capital.
By Sathish Simon, 12 September 2012
Last week’s factory explosion and fire that killed more fifty people is only the latest to rock Sivakasi, the center of India’s fireworks industry.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 5 September 2012
Mayaben Kodnani, a sitting state legislator and former BJP minister, has been convicted for her role as the “kingpin” of a brutal massacre of 97 Muslims during the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 4 September 2012
With the full backing of Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government, Maruti Suzuki India is pressing ahead with its purge of the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant and its drive to smash the independent union that the workers established last year.
By Sathish Simon, 1 September 2012
An estimated 20 percent shortfall in the annual June-September South-West monsoon has severely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers and agricultural workers in rural India.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 August 2012
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has released a series of damning reports that accuse India’s Congress Party-led government of facilitating the looting of public wealth by private corporations to the tune of $75 billion.
By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki of India and the Congress Party-led Haryana state government are attempting to smash all resistance to the brutal work regime at the carmaker’s Manesar assembly plant.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 August 2012
High inflation and the sharp depreciation of the rupee have prevented India’s central bank from cutting interest rates to counter faltering economic growth.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 August 2012
After the collapse of India’s electricity grid early last week, big business is pressing its demands for reforms in the energy sector.
By Arun Kumar, 10 August 2012
The Indian ruling elite fears that the incident at the MSI Manesar plant may weaken the pro-investor image of India and further impact the country’s already declining economic growth rate.
By Arun Kumar, 4 August 2012
Maruti Suzuki has locked out more than 3,000 workers at its Manesar car assembly plant and, at its behest, Haryana’s Congress Party state government has arrested more than 100 workers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 August 2012
Tensions between Bodo tribals and Bengali speaking Muslims are rooted in the 1947 communal partition and related abortion of the democratic revolution.
By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012
Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.
By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012
It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012
The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.
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.
By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012
Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012
The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.