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India and Pakistan exchange threats in Kashmir border dispute

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.

India and Pakistan clash again in disputed Kashmir area

By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013

Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.

Indian establishment manipulating anger over Delhi rape

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2013

The case is being exploited to further strengthen the repressive apparatus of the state.

Witch-hunt continues against Maruti Suzuki workers in India

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.

India and Pakistan involved in fatal border clash

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.

Rape of Delhi woman sparks protests in India

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.

Ravi Shankar, acclaimed Indian musician, dies at 92

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.

Instigator of 2002 Gujarat pogrom seeks new term as chief minister

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.

Indian establishment mourns founder-leader of fascist Shiv Sena

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.

India: Thousands join convention and protest to defend victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

After winning FDI vote, Indian government vows to push ahead with pro-investor measures

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.

Defend auto workers victimised by Maruti Suzuki and Indian authorities

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.

Behind the UAW’s “support” for the Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

A significant report on the global economy

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012

China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth

India: Thousands protest victimization of Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

“Many could have been tortured to death,” charges lawyer for jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers

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.

India: Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers subjected to torture

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.

India’s Kingfisher Airlines workers demand unpaid salaries

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.

Despite mass opposition, India pushes ahead with operationalizing nuclear plant

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.

India’s government survives defection, vows to press forward with “big bang” reforms

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.

Millions protest in India against “big bang” pro-market measures

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.

All-India general strike against pro-investor “big bang” economic “reforms”

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.”

India announces “big bang” economic 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.

India: Profiteering, negligence, and corruption lead to 50 deaths in factory explosion

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.

Former Gujarat minister convicted for her role in 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki presses ahead with workforce purge

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.

Millions in India affected by severe drought

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.

Indian government gifts tens of billions to big business through privatization

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki fires workers en masse, reopens plant under police gauntlet

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.

Indian elite hamstrung as the economy falters

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.

Following grid collapse: Indian bourgeoisie demands privatisation of power sector

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.

Indian ruling elite fears impact of altercation at Maruti Suzuki plant

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.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Haryana government mount vendetta against auto workers

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.

Assam communal clashes claim 53 lives in north-east India

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.

Grid collapse in India leaves over 650 million without electricity

By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012

Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.

India: Maruti Suzuki launches witch-hunt against workers

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.

Stalinist CPM backs ruling Indian Congress party’s presidential candidate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 July 2012

The Stalinist CPM’s decision to support Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections is a clear signal that the CPM is willing to resume its alliance with the Congress.

Former Indian finance minister Mukherjee runs for presidency

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012

The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.

India: The lessons of the NLC betrayal

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012

The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.

US declares India a “lynchpin” in its Asian strategy

By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012

Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.

Indian government prepares mass sacking of Air India pilots

By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2012

The attack on the pilots sets a dangerous precedent for a similar assault on other sections of workers defending their jobs and living standards.

India: NLC contract workers oppose union sell-out

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 June 2012

Angry NLC contract workers confront local union leaders over the back-room deal signed with management to shut down long-running strike action.

Singh promotes Indian interests in Burma

By Sarath Kumara, 4 June 2012

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.

Indian workers, youth, rural poor join bandh against fuel price hikes

By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2012

On Thursday, workers, youth and rural poor throughout India joined the nationwide shutdown and protests against fuel price hikes imposed by the UPA government.

Indian government attempts to smash pilots strike

By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012

The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.

India: Nationwide protests against fuel price hikes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2012

Like its counterparts internationally, the Indian government is seeking to impose the burden of the worsening global crisis of capitalism onto the backs of working people.

Indian Communist Party (Marxist) continues to defend Stalin’s crimes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2012

Far from being unimportant “archival matters”, the ideological differences between Stalinism and Trotskyism are of fundamental importance for workers today.

India: WSWS team attacked as NLC strike enters second month

By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2012

The assault on WSWS supporters, who were distributing a leaflet exposing the role of the government and the unions, is a clear sign that a betrayal is being prepared.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns attack on WSWS supporters in India

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 May 2012

The assault by AIADMK thugs is a warning to workers of the methods that governments and employers will use to suppress opposition to the deepening assault on jobs and living standards.

Clinton pressures India to support sanctions on Iran

By Sarath Kumara, 15 May 2012

Indian corporations and banks are facing the prospect of tough US penalties from the end of June for doing business with Iranian banks.

India: Striking NLC contract workers must expand struggle—industrially and politically

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 May 2012

On strike since April 21, the 14,000 contract workers at the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation are challenging a cheap-labour and repressive work-regime that has become the norm in both India’s public and private sectors.

Indian Stalinists line up with national bourgeoisie on Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue

By V. Sivagnanan, 10 May 2012

India’s main Stalinist parliamentary parties have based themselves on defending the national interests of Indian bourgeoisie in their stand on the issue of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority.

India: Strike challenges NLC’s decades-long use of contract labor

By Satish Simon, 5 May 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke with some of the 14,000 contract workers who have been on strike against the central government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu since April 21.

Storm clouds gather over Indian economy

By Kranti Kumara, 3 May 2012

The head of India’s central bank has suggested that the country could face a balance of payments crisis akin to that in 1991, when it turned to the IMF for emergency loans.

Two hundred feared dead in Indian ferry disaster

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 May 2012

The ferry disaster is the product of successive governments’ grossly inadequate funding of basic social infrastructure and the subordination of transportation services to the dictates of the profit system.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012

The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.

Mounting tensions between India’s army and civilian government

By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2012

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

India: Stalinist CPM congress dismisses socialism

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 April 2012

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

India: Stalinist CPM promotes alliance with regional bourgeois parties

By Deepal Jayasekera in Kozhikode, 7 April 2012

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

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

By Deepal Jayaskera, 6 April 2012

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

India: Stalinist CPM holds party congress amid mounting internal crisis

By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012

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

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

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

Indian budget raises taxes and prices

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012

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

India: Tens of millions join one-day protest strike

By our correspondents, 2 March 2012

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

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

By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2012

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

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

the WSWS Editorial Board, 28 February 2012

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

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012

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

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

By Kranti Kumara, 4 February 2012

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

Indian town under police occupation after killing of union leader

By Arun Kumar, 2 February 2012

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

Indian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka

By Wije Dias, 30 January 2012

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

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

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

Indian economy buffeted by mounting crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Kranti Kumara, 17 January 2012

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

Bitter dispute among Indian elites ignores vital dam safety issues

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 7 January 2012

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

Australian government pursues anti-China relations with India

By James Cogan, 16 December 2011

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

Indian hospital fire death toll rises to 92

By Palash Roy, 12 December 2011

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

Indian government puts retail sector restructure on hold

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 December 2011

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

West Bengal government orchestrates murder of top Maoist leader

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2011

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

Australian government to end ban on uranium sales to India

By Peter Symonds, 1 December 2011

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 November 2011

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

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

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011

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

India: Unions scuttle Maruti Suzuki strike again

By our correspondents, 24 October 2011

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

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

By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011

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

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

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

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

India: Maruti strike continues after occupation ends under police threat

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011

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

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

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011

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

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

By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011

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

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

By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011

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

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations

By James Cogan, 6 October 2011

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

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

By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011

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

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

By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011

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

Maruti Suzuki India workers challenge cheap-labor regime

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

By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011

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

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

By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011

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

India: Maruti Suzuki struggle escalates as company hires more strikebreakers

By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011

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

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2011

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

Maruti Suzuki India sacks workers, hires strike breakers

By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011

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

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 September 2011

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

India: Police support Maruti Suzuki lockout, occupy plant

By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011

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

India: Comstar workers’ strike in fourth week

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 5 September 2011

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

Indian Stalinists and the anti-corruption Lokpal movement

By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 2 September 2011

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

Uneasy truce between Indian government and anti-corruption campaigner

By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2011

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