Indian subcontinent

Sri Lankan plantation workers demand higher wages

By our correspondents, 24 June 2016

Plantation workers from Hatton and Maskeliya in the central hills district spoke with WSWS reporters about their worsening working and living conditions.

Indian Stalinists at loggerheads in wake of electoral debacle

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 18 June 2016

The Stalinist CPM is bitterly divided over whether to move still closer to the deeply discredited Congress Party—the Indian bourgeoisie’s traditional party of government.

Sri Lanka: JVP calls for state of emergency in response to flood disaster

By Vilani Peiris, 17 June 2016

The JVP’s proposal shows its readiness to strengthen the capitalist state apparatus against rising social unrest.

Chinese defence minister seeks to boost ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 16 June 2016

In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh and throughout the region.

Hurtling toward the precipice of war, Modi cements Indo-US alliance

By Keith Jones, 10 June 2016

The alliance between the Indian bourgeoisie and US imperialism represents a sea change in world geopolitics, with explosive implications for inter-state relations across Asia and the world.

Sri Lankan plantation unions conspire with government and employers

By Shree Haran, 10 June 2016

The Tamil Progressive Alliance and other estate unions have agreed to negotiate with the employers to impose a major attack on the wages, jobs and social rights of plantation workers.

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part Two

By Thomas Gaist, 7 June 2016

Last month’s assassination of the Taliban’s political leader by a squadron of US military drones that had invaded Pakistan has intensified explosive geopolitical conflicts in the Eurasian heartland.

Sri Lankan armoury explosion forces thousands to flee

By W. A. Sunil, 7 June 2016

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the highly-populated villages around the Salawa military complex, near the capital, Colombo.

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part 1

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2016

The US’s May 21 assassination of the Taliban’s political leader was an immense provocation and a grave warning to the international working class.

Sri Lankan government exploits flood disaster to evict Colombo’s poor

By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 4 June 2016

The forced removal of slum dwellers is part of the government’s Megapolis project to serve international and local investors.

Tamil nationalists hail government on Sri Lankan civil war victims’ Memorial Day

By K.Nesan, 4 June 2016

C. V. Wigneswaran applauded the US-backed Sri Lankan regime, whose top officials oversaw the massacres at the end of the war, for its “good governance.”

Sri Lankan president attends G7 “outreach meeting”

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 June 2016

The gathering’s main purpose was to more firmly tie the countries involved in the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

New TamilNet slanders against WSWS: an admission of political bankruptcy

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 3 June 2016

The Tamil nationalists did not answer the WSWS’s exposure of its slanders that the WSWS supports imperialism and genocide, but accused it of defending the Sri Lankan state.

India: Congress Party and Stalinists suffer debacle in state elections

By Arun Kumar, 2 June 2016

The Stalinists have been reduced to the third-party in West Bengal, which they ruled for 34 consecutive years ending only in 2011.

Indian Stalinists abet US war plans against China

By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 31 May 2016

The CPM’s opposition to the India-US basing agreement is a sham and a political trap, aimed at tying the working class to the Indian bourgeoisie, its parties and state.

Indian warships enter South China Sea

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 May 2016

While aggressively pursuing New Delhi’s own strategic ambitions, the Indian naval patrol is in line with the US “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

150 Indian state elctions

27 May 2016

Sri Lankan flood and landslide deaths continue to climb

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 May 2016

Apart from perfunctory warnings for the public to be “vigilant,” the Sri Lankan government took no serious measures to lessen the cyclone’s impact.

Hundreds feared dead in Sri Lankan landslides and floods

By our correspondents, 20 May 2016

Disaster victims have blamed the government and other authorities for not providing adequate relief or moving residents to safe places.

Many dead or missing after landslides in Sri Lanka

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2016

Successive governments have done nothing to mitigate the death and destruction caused by annual monsoonal rains.

UN officials say torture is “common practice” in Sri Lanka

By Minusha Fernando, 18 May 2016

The revelations constitute a damning exposure of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s claims to defend democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo

By our reporters, 12 May 2016

More than 200 people joined the meeting, which was followed by the International May Day online rally.

Sri Lankan police arrest scores of Tamil youth

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 11 May 2016

The repression of Tamil youth is another attempt to divide Sri Lankan workers along communal lines and follows Colombo’s agreement to impose more IMF cuts.

US-backed Chinese separatists, dissidents meet in Dharamsala, India

By Kumaran Ira, 6 May 2016

American sponsored dissident groups held a conference last weekend in the midst of escalating war threats against China.

Sri Lankan government begins implementing IMF austerity demands

By Saman Gunadasa, 5 May 2016

The IMF bailout agreement is based on immediate steps to slash the budget deficit at the expense of social spending and working class conditions.

May Day 2016: The political tasks facing the workers and toilers of the Indian sub-continent

By Wije Dias, 3 May 2016

Wije Dias, general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

Sri Lankan prime minister seeks financial help in China

By Vilani Peiris, 29 April 2016

Wickremesinghe’s visit to China underscores the magnitude of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and the geo-political tensions engulfing the region.

Indian air chief calls growing Chinese influence a strategic threat

By Kanda Gabriel, 22 April 2016

India’s alignment with Washington’s anti-China “pivot” is inflaming explosive military and national-ethnic tensions across South Asia.

Indian elite welcomes deal to allow US military to use ports and bases

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 April 2016

While the Congress and Stalinists are voicing opposition to India becoming a “full-fledged” US ally, they have been instrumental in expanding US-Indian military ties.

Lockheed Martin offers to site F-16 fighter jet production in India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 11 April 2016

This offer, which could only be made at Washington’s urging, is part of the US drive to make India a “frontline state” in its military-strategic offensive against China.

Oppose Indian government’s witch-hunt of JNU students

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2016

The BJP government’s witch-hunt of the JNU students is part of a turn to authoritarian methods of rule.

Sri Lankan government imprisons Frontline Socialist Party leader

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 April 2016

Gunaratnam’s jailing is another warning of the anti-democratic methods that the government will use against political opponents and more broadly against working people.

Sri Lankan government presents phony “Right to Information” bill

By Rohantha De Silva, 4 April 2016

The legislation provides limited access to state information, while entrenching broad areas that will remain off-limits, including national security, diplomacy and economic activities.

Government-company negligence responsible for Indian flyover disaster

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 2 April 2016

India’s political elite has turned a blind-eye to dangerous cost-cutting methods rampant throughout the construction industry.

Pakistan’s military expands its power in wake of Lahore terror attack

By Sampath Perera, 1 April 2016

Pakistan’s military has seized on last Sunday’s terrorist atrocity to implement plans for an “antiterrorism” offensive and to strengthen its authority over the civilian government.

Terrorist attack hits crowded children’s park in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2016

Regardless of who carried out the atrocity on Sunday, it will be seized on by Washington and Islamabad for reactionary ends.

Indian analyst urges US to use secret diplomacy in harnessing Delhi to anti-China “pivot”

By K. Ratnayake, 25 March 2016

A prominent military-strategic analyst has criticised the very public manner in which the US is pressing for India to act as a “frontline state” in its war drive against China.

India: Tata workers end strike after being isolated by the unions

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.

Sri Lankan parliament to draft new constitution to shore up capitalist rule

By Rohantha De Silva, 21 March 2016

Under the guise of “democracy,” the government is seeking to strengthen its hand to impose austerity and deepen its integration into the US “pivot to Asia” against China.

Indian Stalinists ally with US-backed parties in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva, 16 March 2016

The Stalinists aim to block rising social anger and align themselves with US imperialist strategy in the Indo-Pacific by promoting parties closely tied to Washington.

Sri Lankan government refuses to release Tamil political prisoners

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 15 March 2016

The ongoing detention of hundreds of Tamil political prisoners is part of a broader government attack on democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold Jaffna public meeting on imperialist war and Tamil nationalism

14 March 2016

The meeting will expose the pro-imperialist stance of the Tamil nationalist parties and elaborate a socialist perspective to halt the growing danger of world war.

Sri Lankan government announces tax hikes before IMF loan talks

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 March 2016

The IMF-required austerity measures implemented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have a heavy impact on the living standards of workers and the poor.

Sri Lankan government to convert Western province into investment hub

By Minusha Fernando, 11 March 2016

The government’s “megapolis” project will see thousands of workers and low-income residents ejected from their homes.

Sri Lankan government prepares to sign economic pact with India

By W. A. Sunil, 4 March 2016

To divert rising social discontent, nationalist groups have stepped up a virulent anti-Indian campaign that serves to divide workers in the two countries.

India: Unions call off Tamil Nadu government workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 27 February 2016

Workers’ main demands—abolition of the National Pension Scheme, a salary increase, permanent employment and the filling of all vacancies—have been ignored.

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2016

The Nano workers’ strike is a sign of the growing social unrest created by the deteriorating living and working conditions of workers throughout India.

India: Mounting death toll as army deployed to end caste-based job agitation

By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 23 February 2016

For decades the Indian bourgeoisie and its political hirelings have manipulated and incited caste and communal divisions, the better to divide the working class.

A reply to Tamil nationalist slanders against the World Socialist Web Site

An Open Letter to TamilNet

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 17 February 2016

TamilNet’s claim that the WSWS is working with imperialism to facilitate genocide by the Sri Lankan state is a grotesque fabrication.

Is the Indian Stalinist CPM heading for a split?

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 16 February 2016

India’s principal Stalinist party is bitterly divided over whether to ally with the Indian bourgeoisie’s traditional party of government, the Congress, to contest elections in West Bengal.

Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike

By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016

As the militant strike of 14,000 Pakistan International Airlines workers enters its second week, the unions are maneuvering to shut it down.

Bangladesh tea estate workers oppose government’s land seizures

By Wimal Perera, 9 February 2016

The government wants the land in order to expand the number of cheap labour Economic Zones.

India steps up pressure on Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 5 February 2016

The conflicting signals over whether Nepal’s prime minister will first visit India or China reveals a political crisis exacerbated by India’s US-backed intervention.

Maldives government releases former president

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 2 February 2016

The strategically-located island archipelago has increasingly become a focal point of Washington’s “pivot” to the Indo-Pacific region to confront China.

Indian Stalinists form pro-imperialist Third Front in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 22 January 2016

The Stalinists chose V. Gopalasamy, a pro-US politician and admirer of Barack Obama, as the leader coordinating the activities of the Front’s different parties.

Bangladesh: 41 belatedly charged over Rana Plaza factory collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 18 January 2016

The trial is essentially a face-saving attempt by the Awami League-led government, which has a long record of disregard for the appalling conditions facing apparel workers.

India-Pakistan talks may be derailed even before they begin

By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016

Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

One year of Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s rule: Propaganda and reality

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 11 January 2016

The government is both intensifying the offensive against the working class and tying the country to the war plans of the United States.

Sri Lankan government moves to criminalise “hate speech”

By Saman Gunadasa, 6 January 2016

The planned new laws are an attack on the democratic rights of the working class, directed in particular against any person or party fighting for a revolutionary socialist perspective.

Indian prime minister visits Russia to consolidate relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2016

While supporting the US “pivot to Asia” against India’s regional rival China, the Modi government is maintaining New Delhi’s longstanding ties with Russia.

India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015

Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically.

Tamil People's Forum sets a new nationalist trap for Sri Lankan workers

By V. Gnana, 29 December 2015

The formation of the TPF is a shabby political maneuver to give a facelift to Tamil nationalist groups discredited by their support for the Sri Lankan government.

Sri Lankan farmers protest against budget cuts

By W.A. Sunil, 24 December 2015

Farmers marched to the prime minister’s office, denouncing cuts to fertiliser subsidies and rice prices.

Japanese premier forges ties with India to counter China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015

While currently proceeding under the aegis of the US “pivot,” Abe’s push for a closer partnership with India is driven by Japanese imperialism’s own substantial military-strategic and economic ambitions.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 December 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Sri Lankan trade unions call off one-day stoppage

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 December 2015

From the outset, the unions sought to scuttle the strike, even as opposition mounted among workers to the government’s budget cuts.

India: Government negligence responsible for flood disaster

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015

Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted.

Tamil party complicit in detention of Sri Lankan political prisoners

By K. Nesan, 9 December 2015

The Tamil National Alliance functioned throughout the prisoners’ hunger strike as a servant of the government, deceiving the prisoners and their families.

Mounting tensions between India and Nepal over blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 30 November 2015

The detention of Indian border guards and protests in Kathmandu are the latest incidents in the unresolved standoff between the two countries.

India: Modi announces new wave of pro-investor reforms

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2015

In an attempt to kick-start India’s languishing economy, the BJP government has raised or outright eliminated foreign investment caps.

Nepal turns to China for fuel to counter Indian blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 2 November 2015

The conflict engulfing the small Himalayan state is another illustration of the sharp geo-political tensions building up across Asia.

Sri Lankan plantation companies to tear up workers’ rights

By W.A. Sunil, 31 October 2015

The proposed “revenue sharing” wage formula is a major attack on the already low incomes, jobs and working conditions of plantation workers.

Sri Lankan government boosts spending on security forces

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 October 2015

President Sirisena’s government is preparing an austerity budget that will make deep inroads into working-class living standards.

Mounting humanitarian crisis in wake of Pakistan-Afghanistan quake

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015

The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.

NSSP leader backs US cover-up of Sri Lankan war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015

At every point, the NSSP has followed in the footsteps of US imperialism, justifying Washington’s actions and giving credence to its bogus “human rights” posturing.

Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015

The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.

Indian trade unions shut down Kerala plantation workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015

There is growing anger among plantation workers across the southern Indian state of Kerala over the unions’ wage betrayal.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 October 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Tamil political prisoners in Sri Lanka launch hunger strike

By S. Jayanth, 17 October 2015

Hundreds of detainees, some of whom have never been charged, have vowed to fast until death to demand their release.

Sri Lankan and Japanese prime ministers declare “comprehensive partnership”

By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2015

The Colombo government is enmeshing Sri Lanka in the geo-political interests of the US and its allies, including Japan, directed against China.

“Artists have the capacity to expose the reality of war”

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 October 2015

Vithanage discusses With You, Without You and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers.

New constitution triggers political turmoil in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 9 October 2015

Pressure from India is compounding conflicts in Nepal, wedged between India and China.

India joins trilateral “dialogue” with US and Japan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 October 2015

As part of its anti-China “pivot”, Washington has long been pressing India to join US-led trilateral and quadrilateral initiatives with Japan and Australia.

Sri Lankan president moves to implement death penalty

By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 7 October 2015

The agitation for the return of capital punishment is seeking to divert public concern from the real social problems and further strengthen police powers.

Sri Lankan president boasts at UN of “new era of democracy”

By K. Ratnayake, 5 October 2015

Sirisena’s democratic posturing is designed to enhance his government’s international standing and strengthen links with the US.

SEP/IYSSE meeting in Colombo: Why is the US whitewashing Sri Lankan war crimes?

5 October 2015

The meeting will discuss the implications for working people of the US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Seven killed in central hills tea estate landslide

By our correspondents, 2 October 2015

Successive governments, the plantation companies and the tea estate unions have refused to take action to prevent landslide disasters.

US-Sri Lankan resolution to UN human rights body to cover up war crimes

By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2015

Washington’s willingness to countenance a largely domestic “human rights inquiry” is a payoff to the new pro-US government in Colombo.

Bangladeshi government confronts rising popular discontent

By Wimal Perera, 25 September 2015

The Awami League-led government’s imposition of austerity measures is provoking unrest among students, teachers and workers.

UN report on Sri Lanka details atrocities during the civil war

By Rohantha De Silva and K. Ratnayake, 22 September 2015

If the report is “milder” than it might have been, it is because the US wants no disruption to the new pro-US government in Colombo.

Sri Lankan currency falls sharply

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 September 2015

The floating of the currency to depreciate its value is the first major austerity move by the new “national unity government” in Sri Lanka.

UN releases war crimes report on Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 17 September 2015

While the inquiry confirms that war crimes occurred, the UN human rights commissioner’s remarks echo the shift in US policy.

India: Over 80 killed in Madhya Pradesh explosion

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2015

Saturday’s tragedy resulted from the widespread practice of storing explosives in residential areas to maximise profits.

Sri Lankan president warns against “toppling” the government

By W. A. Sunil, 14 September 2015

Sirisena is desperate to shore up the new “national unity” government as it prepares to implement austerity and integrate the island into US war plans.

India and Pakistan exchange war threats

By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2015

For months, India and Pakistan have been regularly exchanging artillery fire across the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistan-held Kashmir.

Sri Lankan defence seminar reflects pro-US foreign policy shift

By Rohantha de Silva, 11 September 2015

This year’s seminar was held in the context of escalating moves by the US to integrate countries in the Asia-Pacific region into its strategic build-up against China.

Tamil nationalist appointed opposition leader in Sri Lankan parliament

By K. Nesan, 10 September 2015

The aim was to install a political flunkey of Washington who will support any austerity measure or pro-US foreign policy.

US probes former Sri Lanka president’s alleged assets

By Saman Gunadasa and Deepal Jayasekera, 8 September 2015

Washington’s investigation seeks to further marginalise Rajapakse and his supporters and block any challenge to the present pro-US government.

India invites Japan for naval exercises with US

By Arun Kumar, 5 September 2015

The decision by Prime Minister Modi to hold trilateral naval games involving India, the US and Japan has been encouraged by Washington as part of its aggressive “pivot” against China.

Sri Lankan prime minister appoints huge cabinet

By K. Ratnayake, 5 September 2015

The new US-backed government is trying to cement its position and prepare to ram through harsh austerity measures.