India

India: Re-elected Congress-led government to accelerate pace of pro-investor “reforms”

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.

Home of Slumdog Millionaire child actor destroyed by Mumbai authorities

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.

India’s election ends, horse-trading begins

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.

Indian election campaign enters final phase

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.

Indian Elections:

Tamil Nadu parties posture over plight of Sri Lankan Tamils

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.

Voting begins in India’s multi-phase election

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.

Indian elections:

BJP combines rank communal appeals with populist posturing

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.

Indian elections:

Congress Party drops two candidates implicated in 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom

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.

Indian Elections:

Stalinists woo Congress Party and BJP allies

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.

Indian economy hammered by world economic crisis

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.

India: Supreme Court judge advocates “animal rights” for alleged terrorists

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.

India: Intense maneuvering in run-up to spring elections

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.

India: Statewide protest in Tamil Nadu against the war in Sri Lanka

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.

Large demonstration in India against Sri Lankan war

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.

Indian government savagely suppresses oil and truck-driver strikes

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.

India ratchets up tensions with Pakistan over Mumbai attack

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.

India stages “martial law” elections in Kashmir

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.

India: Stalinists proclaim right-wing AIADMK a pillar of their “Third Front”

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.

Amid rising tensions, Pakistan moves troops to Indian border

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.

Indian parliament rushes through draconian “anti-terror” laws

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.

India: Honda workers wage tenacious struggle to defend their jobs

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.

Indian minister condemned for urging probe into killing of police chief during Mumbai

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.

Voters reject Hindu supremacist BJP’s attempt to exploit Mumbai atrocity

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.

Pakistan rounds up suspects in Mumbai attacks

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.

The US, Pakistan and the “terrorist” Hamid Gul

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.

Tense India-Pakistan standoff continues

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.

US backing for India fuels tensions with Pakistan

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.

After the Mumbai siege, India-Pakistan tensions rise

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.

Mumbai atrocity: the dead end of communal politics

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.

Terrorist siege of Mumbai ends after 59 hours

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”.

Terrorist atrocity in Mumbai

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.

India: Hindu supremacist terror network had ties to military

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.

India: Graziano workers target of management harassment and state repression

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.

War in Sri Lanka heightens tensions with India

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.

India army officers linked to Hindu supremacist terrorism

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.

US and India forge a strategic partnership with globally disruptive nuclear treaty

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.

Indian prime minister warns of “severe and prolonged” global downturn

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.

Indian politicians threaten to resign over Sri Lankan war

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.

India: Police accused of summarily executing “terrorist suspects”

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.

International financial crisis exposes vulnerability of Indian economy

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.

India: Tata Motors announces pullout from West Bengal

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.

India: Hindu communalists target Christian minority in Orissa and other states

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.

Indian CEO killed after negotiations with group of dismissed workers go awry

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.

West Bengal: Standoff continues over Stalinists’ land seizure for Tata Motors

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.

Nuclear Supplier Group gives India unique “waiver,” but only after row between Delhi and Beijing

China’s opposition

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.

Bomb blasts kill 30 in Indian capital

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.

Protests in West Bengal threaten to derail CPI (M)-sponsored Nano car project

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.

Millions affected by flooding in India and Nepal

Official neglect

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.

Indian government mounts brutal campaign of repression in Kashmir

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.

Indian government resorts to armed repression in Kashmir, killing 21 and wounding hundreds

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.

Indian parliament gives green light to Indo-US nuclear treaty

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.

India: Parliamentary “trust vote“ to determine fate of UPA government and Indo-US nuclear treaty

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.

Why India’s Stalinists oppose the US nuclear deal

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.

India’s Left Front withdraws from government over US nuclear deal

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.

India: Government crisis deepens over US nuclear deal

By Kranti Kumara, 3 July 2008

India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has been thrust deeper into political crisis over its determination to push through the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. The agreement has run into objections from the Stalinist-led Left Front, upon which the UPA has relied for political support since the Congress Party-dominated coalition came to power in 2004.

India’s government plots break with Left Front to implement Indo-US nuclear treaty

By Keith Jones, 21 June 2008

Bowing to pressure from Washington and from India’s corporate elite, India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has launched a new drive to implement the Indo-US civilian nuclear treaty.

India: Hindu supremacist BJP forms government in Karnataka

By Kranti Kumara, 14 June 2008

The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP has come to power in Karnataka, after falling just short of winning a parliamentary majority in last month’s state assembly elections. This marks the first time the rightwing Hindu supremacist party has formed a government on its own in a south Indian state.

India: Fuel price hikes deepen political crisis of Congress Party-led government

By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 11 June 2008

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s June 4 announcement of gasoline, diesel oil, and cooking-gas price increases of between 11 and 16 percent has sparked angry protests across India and been the occasion for much posturing on the part of the political establishment.

India: BJP seizes on Jaipur bombing to promote communalism and social reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 May 2008

India’s official opposition, the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has seized on the recent terrorist atrocity in Jaipur, the capital of the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, to promote anti-Muslim and anti-Bangladeshi prejudice and to press for a further strengthening of the repressive powers of the state.

India’s Stalinists mount innocuous protests as masses confront spiraling food prices

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 16 May 2008

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the country’s principal Stalinist party and the dominant party in the Left Front parliamentary bloc, mounted demonstrations outside central government offices in cities and towns across India on Thursday to protest spiraling food prices.

Nearly 1000 unmarked graves discovered in Indian-occupied Kashmir

Likely victims of Indian Security Forces

By Kranti Kumara, 29 April 2008

The Indian government is refusing to investigate credible reports that up to a thousand unmarked graves have been found in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

India: Rising food prices threaten social calamity

By Kranti Kumara, 12 April 2008

Concerned about India’s soaring food prices, the country’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government imposed a ban on all rice exports earlier this month.

India: While waving red-flags, the Stalinist CPM lurches further right

By Arun Kumar, 5 April 2008

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, India’s principal Stalinist party and the dominant partner in the Left Front, concluded its 19th national congress Thursday, April 3.

India: Stalinist CPM’s triennial meeting to reiterate support for Congress Party-led government

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 29 March 2008

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s most important Stalinist party and the dominant partner in the Left Front, is holding its 19th congress in Coimbatore, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, from March 29 to April 3.

India: Congress Party delivers “populist” budget with a view to coming elections

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 15 March 2008

India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government won preliminary approval yesterday from India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, for its budget for the 2008 fiscal year. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front, which has been propping up the minority UPA government since the May 2004 elections, voted for the budget, although it has criticized the budget for failing to “effectively” address the key concerns of the people—agrarian distress, unemployment, and spiralling food, petrol and kerosene prices.

US steps up pressure on India to wrap-up Indo-US nuclear treaty

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 March 2008

With less than a year remaining in the Bush administration’s term in office, the US political establishment is showing increasing signs of anxiety about the progress India has made in finalizing the Indo-US civilian nuclear treaty. Both senior Republicans and Democrats have hailed the treaty as the cornerstone of an Indo-US “strategic” and “global” partnership.

Indian high court bolsters press censorship on TV, Internet

By Senthil Tholkaapiyan and Senthooran Ravee, 23 February 2008

The Indian High Court has used the furor around the Uma Khurana “sting operation” programme to pressure the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (IB) to increase censorship. Its intervention to curtail investigative journalism has far-reaching implications for freedom of the press, TV and the Internet.

West Bengal’s Left Front government presides over another police massacre

By Kranti Kumara, 12 February 2008

The Left Front government in the east Indian state of West Bengal is defending police who opened fire, without warning, on demonstrators Tuesday, February 5, killing five people and injuring many more.

India: Hindu-communalist BJP wins assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 5 January 2008

The Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained power in Gujarat despite a major drive by the Congress Party—led by its president and the current head of the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty, Sonia Gandhi—to wrest control of the west Indian state.

Gujarat elections: BJP chief minister reverts to Muslim-baiting

By Kranti Kumara, 13 December 2007

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, has reverted to stoking up anti-Muslim sentiment in a transparent attempt to polarize the west Indian state on communal lines and thereby cling to power in the state assembly elections that are being held in two phases this week.

West Bengal: Left Front government rattled by popular outrage over Nandigram massacre

By Arun Kumar and Ganesh Dev, 10 December 2007

The Stalinist-led Left Front and especially its dominant partner—the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM—have been rattled by the popular condemnation of the bloody assault CPM goons mounted last month on poor peasants in Nandigram, a complex of villages southwest of West Bengal’s state capital, Kolkata.

In run-up to Gujarat elections

Magazine exposé shows BJP state government organized 2002 pogrom

By Ajay Prakash, 5 December 2007

An exposé in Tehelka magazine has provided further damning proof that the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the west Indian state of Gujarat was fomented and organized by the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government of Narendra Modi. The BJP acted in concert with a network of Hindu nationalist and fundamentalist organizations, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has long supplied much of the BJP’s cadre and leadership, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Hindu World Council) and the VHP’s youth wing, the Bajrang Dal

Indian Stalinists reverse course, allow Indo-US nuclear deal go to IAEA

By Kranti Kumara, 21 November 2007

Despite a months-long display of conspicuous opposition to the civilian nuclear co-operation treaty that India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government has struck with the Bush administration, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front has abandoned its opposition to New Delhi taking any further steps toward “operationalizing” the deal.

West Bengal’s Stalinist government mounts terror campaign to quash peasant unrest

By Kranti Kumara, 15 November 2007

Through a murderous campaign of terror, the Stalinist government of West Bengal, India’s third most populous state, has reasserted control over Nandigram, an area 160 kilometers southwest of Kolkata (Calcutta) that has been convulsed by peasant protests for the past 10 months.

Indo-US nuclear deal could be casualty of India’s fractured domestic politics

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 13 November 2007

There is growing apprehension in ruling circles in both Washington and New Delhi that the Indo-US nuclear accord, which was enshrined in a treaty that the two states tentatively approved last July, may yet unravel.

Exposé of Gap’s use of child labor part of a broader social phenomenon

By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2007

On October 28, the British newspaper, the Observer, published an exposure of multibillion-dollar global clothing company Gap’s use of child labor in India to produce children’s clothing bound for US and European markets. Far from being an exception to the rule, the incident reveals the conditions that hundreds of millions of children around the world must endure in the service of global capital.

India’s Congress Party buckles to Hindu Supremacists’ communal campaign over Ram Sethu

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 17 October 2007

The recent furor over the project to dig a shipping-canal in the narrow straits that separate India from Sri Lanka sheds much light on why and how the crisis-ridden Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is able to remain India’s second largest political party, whilst promoting a reactionary socio-economic agenda and noxious Hindu supremacist ideology rejected by the vast majority of Indians.

Indian Supreme Court outlaws Tamil Nadu political protest

By Kranti Kumara, 4 October 2007

Displaying scornful contempt for the democratic right to protest, the Indian Supreme Court ruled last Sunday that a bandh (general strike) called by the ruling coalition in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu for the next day, October 1, was unconstitutional. It then ordered the DMK-led coalition to immediately call off the strike and to use the state machinery to ensure that all normal activity proceeded unhindered.

A blatant attack on artistic freedom:

Bengali writer, Taslima Nasreen assaulted by mob led by Indian legislators

By Ganesh Dev and Parwini Zora, 25 September 2007

The renowned Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen was physically assaulted August 9 by a group of Islamic fundamentalists led by three members of the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Afsar Khan and Moazzam Khan, from the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (United Council of Muslims). The All-India MIM is a member of the Congress Party-led coalition that governs the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Mounting press speculation India will face early elections

By Keith Jones, 22 September 2007

Recent weeks have seen mounting speculation in the Indian press that the rift between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Left Front over the proposed Indo-US nuclear trade treaty will result in early or “mid-term” elections.

Strike by India’s unorganised sector workers

By our correspondent, 15 September 2007

A one-day strike by tens of millions of workers in India’s so-called unorganised sector last month gave vent to their anger and frustration over low pay and appalling conditions. At the same time, however, the unions, affiliated to the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), limited their demands in order confine the protest and block the development of a political movement against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi.

Differing motives propel India and US to finalize nuclear agreement

By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 11 September 2007

On August 3, India and the United States simultaneously released the text of a 22-page treaty that stipulates the terms under which the two countries will trade civilian nuclear fuel and technology.

Indian prime minister calls Left Front’s bluff over Indo-US nuclear accord

By Kranti Kamara and Keith Jones, 16 August 2007

In a rare public outburst, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dared the Stalinist-led Left Front to substantiate its publicly announced opposition to the recently concluded “123” Nuclear Agreement between India and the United States by withdrawing political support for his United Progressive Alliance (UPA)government.

India: Congress uses lethal violence against Andhra Pradesh land agitation

By Arun Kumar, 11 August 2007

The Congress Party-governed south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been in political turmoil since the July 28 police attack on demonstrators in Mudigonda, which is located in the district of Khammam some 250 kilometers from the state capital, Hyderabad.

After an election marred by bitter conflict

Pratibha Patil becomes India’s 13th president

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 August 2007

India’s recently concluded and bitterly contested presidential election served to highlight several salient features of contemporary Indian politics. Most important of these are the crisis wracking the two largest parties, the Congress Party and the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party, and the crucial role that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front allies are playing in sustaining the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government.

Sri Lankan war provokes deep unease in Indian political establishment

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 July 2007

The intensification of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is provoking growing concerns in New Delhi over the impact on India’s strategic interests. The conflict is not only affecting New Delhi’s relations with Colombo and risks triggering unrest in India, but is also threatening to undermine India’s broader ambitions to establish itself as the preeminent regional power.

India-US nuclear agreement at an impasse

By Daniel Woreck and Kranti Kumara, 9 June 2007

The much-heralded nuclear deal between India and the United States that was announced by US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 2, 2006, has now reached an impasse and is even threatening to unravel. Three days of intensive negotiations starting May 31 in New Delhi, between US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the chief US negotiator of the Indo-US nuclear accord, Nicholas Burns, and his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Shivashankar Menon, failed to resolve key differences.

India’s prime minister warns big business of threat of social unrest

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 June 2007

On the third anniversary of the coming to power of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a major speech to India’s business elite warning of the danger of social unrest.

Indian industrialist to build $1 billion “home” amidst Mumbai’s multimillion slum-dwellers

By Parwini Zora, 6 June 2007

The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, is reportedly building a 27-storey skyscraper mansion in the heart of the country’s commercial capital, Mumbai (Bombay). The total cost of the project is expected to be US$1 billion, roughly the average annual income of 1.5 million Indians.

India: Art student targeted by Hindu right and Gujarat authorities

By Arun Kumar, 28 May 2007

All those who care for and defend artistic freedom and basic democratic rights should condemn the attack that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Hindu supremacist allies have mounted, with the support of the Gujarat authorities, against Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) fine arts student Chandramohan Srilamantula and the acting dean of the MSU’s fine arts faculty, Shivaji Panikkar.

Voters in India’s most populous state spurn traditional parties

By Kranti Kumara, 16 May 2007

To the surprise and dismay of India’s political establishment and media observers, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won 206 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly, empowering it to form the state’s first majority government since 1992.

India: Gujarat police murders covered up as terrorist “encounters”

By Kranti Kumara, 9 May 2007

The stunning admission of the government of the West Indian state of Gujarat that the state police summarily executed a Muslim man in a phony terrorist encounter, and later murdered his wife so as to cover up their actions, is threatening to expose the routine use of such criminal practices. These methods, which are commonly associated with military and fascist dictatorships, are in widespread use by police and security forces across India.

India’s elite touts Tata’s Corus Steel takeover as proof India a “global player”

By Poopalasingam Thillaivarothayan and SEP candidate in the Welsh Assembly Election (South Wales Central Region), 25 April 2007

Tata Steel’s recent $13.2 billion acquisition of the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Corus Steel has prompted India’s corporate and political elite to indulge in much euphoric chest-thumping about “rising India.”

In wake of Nandigram massacre

West Bengal’s Stalinist chief minister invited to Washington

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 21 April 2007

In what constitutes a resounding vote of confidence in the pro-investor policies of West Bengal’s Left Front government, the Bush administration has invited Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the state’s chief minister and a politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), to visit the US.

India’s Hindu-chauvinist BJP attempts to incite communal riots ahead of pivotal state election

By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2007

India’s official opposition, the Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has once again attempted to incite communal strife, this time in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where state assembly elections are currently underway.

Socialist Labour League of India to hold public meeting on Nandigram peasant massacre

16 April 2007

The Socialist Labour League of India will hold a public meeting Sunday, April 22, in Chennai, the capital of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to discuss the need for workers in India to draw the lessons of the Nandigram peasant massacre and adopt a socialist-internationalist program.

India: Five years after 2002 Gujarat pogrom

While the victims languish, the perpetrators go unpunished

By K. Nesan and Kranti Kumara, 10 April 2007

Despite the passage of more than five years since the February-March 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the Indian state of Gujarat, not a single one of the principal perpetrators of this horrific crime has been punished. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Muslims who were driven from their towns and villages by roving bands of Hindu supremacist thugs still languish in relief camps without electricity or running water.

In wake of West Bengal massacre: Indian workers must advance an independent socialist programme

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 March 2007

Facing popular opposition across India over the police shooting of scores of peasants in Nandigram last week, West Bengal’s Left Front government, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), (CPM), is desperately maneuvering to contain the crisis.

Nandigram massacre

Leading Indian intellectuals condemn West Bengal’s Stalinist-led government

By Kranti Kumara, 19 March 2007

The March 14 massacre at Nandigram perpetrated by West Bengal’s Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government has been forthrightly condemned by some of India’s best-known historians, authors and artists—many of them longtime, prominent public supporters of the Left Front.