Indian subcontinent

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.

Millions of Indian workers strike against Modi government’s pro-market reforms

By our correspondents, 3 September 2015

While workers are determined to defend their jobs and living conditions, the unions used the strike to let off steam and keep workers tied to the political establishment.

Sri Lankan president announces “national unity government”

By K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2015

The new coalition government is an attempt by the ruling class parties to close ranks in order to impose savage austerity measures on the working class.

US shift on Sri Lankan war crimes probe exposes Tamil nationalists

By K. Nesan, 1 September 2015

By supporting the US-backed government, the Tamil nationalists are complicit in allowing the crimes of the civil war to go unpunished.

Indian unions to hold one-day national strike

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2015

The unions have called the September 2 strike not to mobilize workers and the rural toilers against the Modi government and its neoliberal policies but to contain the growing opposition to them.

Sri Lankan political parties hail US shift on war crimes probe

By Saman Gunadasa, 31 August 2015

This stance not only exposes the pro-imperialist character of these parties but their involvement and complicity in the Sri Lankan human rights atrocities.

US announces shift on Sri Lankan war crimes investigation

By K. Ratnayake, 27 August 2015

The announcement confirms that Washington has cynically exploited “human rights” in Sri Lanka to advance its interests, particularly against China.

India reaches into the South Pacific to counter China

By John Braddock, 27 August 2015

The summit was part of Indian efforts to build defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter Chinese influence.

Britain’s Financial Times hails Sri Lankan election result

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 26 August 2015

The Financial Times editorial is a damning indictment of the Sri Lankan pseudo-left organisations that sided with the pro-US UNP in the election.

Sri Lankan corporate elite demands “tough” economic decisions from new government

By Saman Gunadasa, 24 August 2015

The “national unity government” will impose severe austerity measures and will not hesitate to use police-state measures against any resistance by working people.

Sri Lanka: “National unity government” to implement harsh austerity measures

By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015

During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.

The significance of the SEP’s vote in Sri Lankan elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015

The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.

Pro-US United National Party to form government in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 August 2015

While the UNP win has blocked a comeback by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the political turmoil in Colombo will only continue and deepen.

Sri Lankan election results foreshadow political upheavals

By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015

Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.

Sri Lankan general election signals deepening political instability

By our correspondent, 17 August 2015

Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.

Paris public meeting discusses world significance of Sri Lankan elections

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.

Sri Lankan election: 110 unions and NGOs back right-wing, pro-US UNP

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 August 2015

The organisations are not only campaigning for the United National Party but are also a “colour revolution” in waiting if the party loses.

Sri Lankan election: Pro-US UNP appeals to big business

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015

The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondent, 10 August 2015

The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.

Flooding across South Asia affects millions of people

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2015

Monsoonal downpours have created a humanitarian disaster, with the most impoverished and oppressed people among the worst affected.

Sri Lankan irrigation department residents discuss SEP policies

By our correspondent, 6 August 2015

Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.

Tamil National Alliance presents pro-imperialist manifesto in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015

The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.

Sri Lanka: JVP election manifesto woos big business

By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015

Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) for the 2015 general election

Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!

the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015

The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalate despite Modi-Sharif meeting

By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015

India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns against evictions in Colombo

By our correspondents, 31 July 2015

SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.

Witch-hunt continues against Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015

The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015

The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.

Socialist Equality Party campaigners win support in Sri Lanka’s plantation district

By our correspondents, 27 July 2015

SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.

Sri Lankan plantation workers must oppose wage struggle betrayal

M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015

The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.

Japan competes with China over port investment in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015

In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

By our correspondent, 16 July 2015

The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting defends victimised plantation workers

By our correspondents, 15 July 2015

Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.

SEP to stand in Sri Lankan general election

the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015

The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Support grows for victimised Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By our correspondents, 1 July 2015

Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.

Sri Lanka SEP calls public meeting to defend victimised plantation workers

30 June 2015

The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.

Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament amid political uncertainty

By K. Ratnayake, 29 June 2015

Since the January 8 presidential election, Sirisena and his minority government have faced one crisis after another.

The Apu Trilogy: “Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards”

By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015

Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

25 June 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Punguduthivu: An island devastated by war

By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015

Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.

Bangladesh budget: More concessions to investors, increased austerity for poor

By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015

The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.

Indian military raid in Myanmar escalates regional tensions

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 June 2015

India’s pro-US, Hindu chauvinist government was quick to tout the cross-border raid against anti-Indian separatists in Myanmar as a warning to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Reinstate victimised Deeside plantation workers!

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015

What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh to strengthen ties against China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015

Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.

Sri Lankan government facing deepening financial crisis

By Saman Gunadasa, 8 June 2015

The government is raising commercial loans to cover payments on existing loans, heightening the political uncertainty in Colombo.

US defence secretary boosts military ties with India

By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015

As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.

Sri Lankan plantation company victimises strike activists

By M. Devarajah, 3 June 2015

The punishment of the seven workers is designed to send a message to all workers that the employers will ruthlessly impose higher workloads.

Indian heatwave kills more than 2,200

By Sujeeva Amaranath, 1 June 2015

Most of the victims in the worst heatwave since 1998 are construction workers, homeless people, street dwellers and the poor.

Sri Lankan president postpones parliamentary election

By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015

Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.

Sri Lankan president pledges to strengthen the military

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 May 2015

Sirisena postured at “war victory” events as a crusader for “peace and reconciliation” while vowing to increase military resources.

India’s Modi woos and warns China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015

Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

India: CPM General-Secretary Sitaram Yechury’s right-wing record

By Arun Kumar, 30 April 2015

The new leader of the Stalinist CPM has for years functioned as a member of the political establishment, helping stitch together and prop-up a series of rightwing governments.

Modi bears strategic “gifts” to Seychelles and Mauritius

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 March 2015

With Washington’s backing and encouragement, India is seeking to counter China’s growing influence by harnessing key Indian Ocean island states.

India’s “growth” budget coddles business while punishing working people

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 3 March 2015

Big business has lauded Jaitley’s budget as good for investors and profits,

Obama to press India for economic and strategic concessions

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 24 January 2015

In a gesture meant to underline that Washington and New Delhi are enhancing their strategic partnership, Obama will be the guest of honor at Monday’s Republic Day celebrations.

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 November 2014

The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow.

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 27 November 2014

The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow.

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

4 October 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Galle, Gampaha and Hatton

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

India tilts still closer to Washington

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 3 October 2014

During his summit meeting with Obama, Prime Minister Modi signaled his readiness to align India still more closely with the US’s predatory global agenda.

Indian contract workers continue strike at state-owned energy company

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 3 October 2014

Striking Neyveli Lignite Corporation contract workers in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu are defying a high court back-to-work order.

Modi promotes India as world’s sweatshop

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 October 2014

Modi’s new BJP government is seeking to convince world capital that India is the go-to destination for cheap labour.

A million people hit by drought in rural Sri Lanka

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Ratnasiri Malalagama, 27 September 2014

A long-running drought has further impoverished peasant farmers across wide areas of the island.

China’s president visits India in bid to counter US “pivot”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 September 2014

Xi’s visit to India was an attempt to counter the US-Japanese drive to strategically isolate and encircle China.

Bala Tampoe (1922–2014): Socialist revolutionary turned class traitor

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Wije Dias, 13 September 2014

Tampoe’s political degeneration was bound up with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s backsliding, which culminated in its 1964 entry into a bourgeois government.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Kandy, Galle and Gampaha

12 September 2014

The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the danger of world war.

Sri Lankan unions call off health workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 22 August 2014

By ending the strike, the heath unions have demonstrated that they function as agents of the government against workers.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo on world war threats

9 August 2014

The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.

India covers up Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 July 2014

In the guise of neutrality, the Indian government supported Israel’s justification for its criminal actions.

Sri Lankan government to deport Pakistani and Afghan refugees

By W. A. Sunil, 11 July 2014

The Rajapakse government’s decision is a blatant violation of democratic rights and international law.

UN appoints panel for inquiry into Sri Lankan human rights violations

By W. A. Sunil, 5 July 2014

The UNHRC probe into alleged war crimes signals intensifying US-led Western pressure on Colombo.

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 May 2014

Behind the talk of a booming economy, the government is preparing further attacks on the living standards of workers and poor.

India: Modi reiterates pledge to expel “Bangladeshi” Muslims in wake of communal massacre

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014

In the wake of the communal massacre of more than three dozen Muslims in Assam, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has amplified his communally-charged denunciations of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants.

Indian elections: Rival right-wing parties in Tamil Nadu make populist promises

By Sasi Kumar, 3 May 2014

All the parties and fronts that are contesting the elections in Tamil Nadu are committed to continuing the socially incendiary economic “reforms” demanded by foreign investors and Indian big business.

Sri Lankan workers and youth express support for online May Day Rally

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The SEP has received an enthusiastic response in its campaign in Colombo for the upcoming International May Day online rally.

Indian Stalinists promote fraud of “secular,” “pro-people” Third Front

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 5 April 2014

The Indian Stalinists have responded to the intensification of the class struggle by redoubling their efforts to patch together an alliance with right-wing regional and caste-based parties—once and future allies of the Congress and/or BJP.

Beautification: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara

By Darshana Medis and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 4 April 2014

Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide.

New report documents Sri Lankan military’s killing of surrendering LTTE leaders

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 March 2014

The ICEP report provides further compelling evidence of Colombo’s war crimes.

Sri Lanka: Police intimidation against SEP workers inquiry on industrial pollution

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 27 February 2014

The SEP warns that the police surveillance is in preparation for a witch hunt against its members and supporters.

India: BJP PM candidate Modi makes provocative anti-China speech

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 February 2014

Just days after the US signaled its readiness to do business with the BJP prime ministerial candidate, he travelled to one of the remotest corners of India to denounce Chinese “expansionism.”

SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election

Vote for the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)!

Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014

The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on workers inquiry into water pollution

By Rohantha de Silva, 12 February 2014

Weliweriya residents and students discussed the significance of the Independent Workers Inquiry.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial election

By Socialist Equality Party, 8 February 2014

The SEP is fielding 43 candidates for Colombo District on the basis of a socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

US increases pressure on Sri Lankan government over war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 5 February 2014

Washington will move a third resolution on Sri Lanka at next month’s UN Human Rights Council meeting.

US arrest and strip-search of diplomat provokes India’s retaliation

By Keith Jones, 19 December 2013

US authorities’ arrest and intrusive strip-searching of a female Indian diplomat have provoked a major spat between Washington and New Delhi.

Indian workers and students defend Edward Snowden

By our reporters, 29 November 2013

WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.