India

Indian Stalinists’ “jail bharo”: a political stunt

By Sampath Perera, 8 April 2010

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

Indian government continues its offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 30 March 2010

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

Russia and India improve relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 March 2010

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

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

16 March 2010

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

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

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Parwini Zora, 13 March 2010

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

Stampede at Indian temple kills 63

By Arun Kumar, 10 March 2010

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 March 2010

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

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

By Shree Haran, 3 March 2010

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

Indian Supreme Court sanctions police occupation of university campus

By Kranti Kumara, 25 February 2010

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

India: Unions shut down two-month jute workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 20 February 2010

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 February 2010

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

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India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled talks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 February 2010

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

India nervously watches post-election Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 February 2010

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

Jyoti Basu: elder statesman of Indian Stalinism dies at 95

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 19 January 2010

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

Australian government in damage control after murder of Indian student

By Perla Astudillo, 13 January 2010

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

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

By Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2010

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 January 2010

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

250,000 jute workers continue indefinite strike in West Bengal

By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 24 December 2009

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

India’s almond workers mount militant strike

By Kranti Kumara, 24 December 2009

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

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

By Keith Jones and Ram Kumar, 19 December 2009

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

India: Soaring food prices place tens of millions at risk

By Ajay Prakash, 15 December 2009

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 8 December 2009

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

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

By Keith Jones, 27 November 2009

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

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

Manmohan Singh admits Indian state has failed tribal peoples

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2009

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

India: Inquiry finds BJP and RSS responsible for 1992 pogrom

By Keith Jones, 25 November 2009

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

Rising Indian influence in Afghanistan worries US and Pakistan

By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009

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

India: Union calls off militant Rico strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2009

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

Indian auto dispute sparks mass protest, shuts Ford Canada plant

By Kranti Kumara, 30 October 2009

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

Tensions between India and China flare again

By John Chan, 23 October 2009

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

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

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

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

Indian government to launch major military offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar, 17 October 2009

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

India: Chhattisgarh government to call probe into industrial accident

By Kranti Kumara, 13 October 2009

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

Indian drought exacerbates social crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 October 2009

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

China-India border talks highlight rising tensions

By John Chan, 15 August 2009

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

India’s government rushes to address business criticisms of budget

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 10 July 2009

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

India’s Lalgarh “uprising”

Rival Stalinist camps abet reaction

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 July 2009

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

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

By Keith Jones, 26 June 2009

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

The reality of life in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum

By Harvey Thompson, 13 June 2009

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

While pledging its devotion to the poor

India’s government lurches further right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 June 2009

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

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

By Kranti Kumara, 6 June 2009

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

India: Hyundai Motors victimizes workers

By M. Kailasam, 2 June 2009

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2009

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

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Stalinist Left Front suffers debacle in its West Bengal bastion

By Arun Kumar, 26 May 2009

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

Indian Stalinist leader defends alliances with Congress and rightwing regional parties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 20 May 2009

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.