India

BJP and Congress Party stoke reaction in Gujarat state election

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2017

While the Congress Party is benefiting from popular anger over mass joblessness, it has mounted a foul campaign, competing with the BJP to prove its Hindu bonafides and making reactionary casteist appeals.

Indian authorities remove beggars ahead of Ivanka Trump’s trip

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 November 2017

The police operation is a desperate attempt by the ruling elite to cover up the stark reality of mass poverty in India.

Free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers

Indian ICFI supporters to hold a public meeting in Sriperumbudur

27 November 2017

The meeting will discuss the internationalist foundations of the struggle to release the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers. The speeches will be given in Tamil and English and streamed live via Facebook on December 10 at 10am.

Indian Stalinists split over whether to openly ally with big-business Congress Party

By Wasantha Rupasingha, 24 November 2017

The rival CPM factions have no fundamental or principled differences, but merely disagree over which rightwing course the party should pursue.

Indian and US officials discuss Chinese influence in Maldives and Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2017

Washington and New Delhi are sending a message: there will be no room to manoeuvre in the US war drive against China.

Trump’s Asia tour leaves region on brink of trade war and military conflict

By James Cogan, 15 November 2017

President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric, on both North Korea and trade, cannot obscure the fact that his trip marks a new nadir in the strategic position of US imperialism.

Residents of India’s capital suffer serious health hazards due to air pollution

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 November 2017

Governments at central and city levels have failed to take adequate measures to protect Delhi’s population from highly toxic smog.

India strengthens its relations with Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 November 2017

India is pursuing its geo-political interests, while also acting on behalf of Washington.

Indian power plant explosion kills at least 35 workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 November 2017

The blast was a product of sub-standard safety conditions that are endemic in Indian factories and power plants.

India’s 1-percent grabs nearly a quarter of all income

By Saman Gunadasa and Kranti Kumara, 6 November 2017

The poorest 50 percent of Indians must make do with an income share of just 15 percent, eking out their existence on an average annual income of just US $705.

Global Hunger Index highlights South Asia’s social misery

By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017

While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.

Tillerson touts US-India partnership on South Asian tour

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 November 2017

The US secretary of state made clear that New Delhi is central to Washington’s aggressive strategy against China.

Tillerson calls for “dramatic deepening” of Indo-US alliance

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 October 2017

An enhanced Indo-US alliance, Tillerson told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is vital to counter a rising China that refuses to heel to the US-led world order.

“Google is censoring websites to block dissident views critical of the US establishment”

India: Students and workers in Kolkata oppose Google censorship

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 19 October 2017

ICFI/WSWS supporters spoke to students about Google censorship, the Indian government’s attacks on democratic rights and the US war drive against China.

Indian economy in a downward spiral

By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2017

The Indian economy, touted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a high-growth haven, is increasingly mired in crisis.

Students oppose Indian government’s new university entrance exam

By Yuvan Darwin and Arun Kumar, 11 October 2017

The suicide of a Tamil Nadu student over the NEET entrance test has triggered demonstrations throughout the southern Indian state.

Indian workers and students in Chennai support campaign against Google censorship

By our correspondents, 3 October 2017

“Blocking information is a dictatorial measure; governments and big companies are trying to prevent us from finding critical information,” said one worker.

Modi government blocks Rohingya refugees entering India

By K. Ratnayake, 30 September 2017

Modi’s backing for the Burmese repression of the Rohingya is driven by anti-Muslim communalism and his strategic aim of undermining China throughout the region.

Taliban attack greets US Defense Secretary Mattis in Afghanistan

By Keith Jones, 29 September 2017

Mattis’ South Asia trip was focused on implementing Trump’s new, more aggressive Afghan war strategy and further integrating India into the offensive against China.

India and Japan strengthen their anti-China “strategic partnership”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 18 September 2017

The cementing of the Indo-Japanese alliance will further encourage US imperialism in its reckless, incendiary offensive against China

India: Unions suspend Tamil Nadu government workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 16 September 2017

The walkout indicates workers’ determination to push back the escalating social assaults by India’s Modi government and the state governments.

South Asian floods: Death toll climbs to 1,300

By Arun Kumar, 13 September 2017

Despite countless warnings, India’s government and state administrations were totally unprepared for the floods.

India, China attempt to reset relations after border crisis

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 12 September 2017

India and China sought to use last week’s BRICS heads of government summit to “reset” their relations after almost coming to blows during a 73-day border standoff.

Journalist who exposed Hindu right assassinated in Bangalore

By Kranti Kumara, 9 September 2017

Gauri Lankesh is the fourth prominent critic of Hindu supremacism and fundamentalism to be assassinated in as many years.

Suicide attempt by Renault Nissan worker reveals brutal conditions in India’s free trade zones

By Arun Kumar, 8 September 2017

State and central government authorities attract global corporations with sweatshop conditions like those at the Oragadam Renault Nissan plant outside of Chennai.

US and India use Indian Ocean Conference to reinforce their strategic interests

By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 8 September 2017

The geo-strategic conference gave another indication of US and Indian preparations for war against China.

Child deaths at Gorakhpur hospital highlight grim reality behind “rising India” hype

By K. Ratnayake, 7 September 2017

While India’s capitalist elite has amassed unprecedented wealth, successive Congress and BJP governments have gutted the public health system.

Government indifference leads to vast death toll in South Asian floods

By Arun Kumar, 1 September 2017

Despite regular floods and monsoons, governments in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have not implemented any serious measures to protect ordinary people.

Indian ICFI supporters hold meeting against US-led war drive

By our correspondents, 31 August 2017

Despite police efforts to block the meeting, participants discussed how Washington’s war plans and India’s partnership with the US are intensifying geopolitical tensions in the region.

Sri Lanka’s port deal with China increases concerns in US and India

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 30 August 2017

The US has been pursuing a military and strategic buildup against China and wants Sri Lanka kept in its orbit.

India, China pull back from clash over Himalayan ridge

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2017

The principal factor in the deterioration of Indo-Chinese relations is India’s integration into Washington’s military-strategic offensive against China.

Indian workers and students speak out against imperialist war drive

By our correspondents, 26 August 2017

Indian supporters of the ICFI discussed the escalating danger of nuclear war with workers in the Sriperambudur Special Economic Zone and students from Madras University.

South Asian floods kill more than 800 and affect over 24 million people

By Sathish Simon and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2017

Monsoonal flooding hits millions of people in South Asia each year, but the region’s governments fail to take adequate flood mitigation measures.

Amid India-China war crisis, Washington boosts strategic ties with New Delhi

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 August 2017

Washington’s intervention in the conflict heightens the danger that an Indo-China border clash could draw in the US and other powers, with catastrophic consequences.

Indian students speak out against imperialist war drive

By our correspondents, 19 August 2017

Chennai college students discuss the US-led war drive and the Indian government’s role as Washington’s strategic partner.

India imposes regressive nationwide sales tax

By Kranti Kumara, 18 August 2017

India’s “big bang” tax reform is aimed at shifting a still greater share of the tax burden onto working people, and away from big business, the rich and super-rich.

At least 21 children die in an Indian hospital as oxygen supplies run out

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 August 2017

In a desperate attempt to save the lives of their dying children, parents used pumps to force air into their lungs.

Seventy years since the communal Partition of South Asia

By Keith Jones, 16 August 2017

The Partition was one of the great crimes of the 20th century—a crime that has shaped, or more precisely deformed, the entire subsequent history of South Asia.

India and China heighten war readiness as Himalayan standoff continues

By K. Ratnayake, 14 August 2017

India and China have increased military deployments along their disputed border, increasing the danger that their eight-week-long standoff on the Doklam Plateau could cascade into war.

Danger of India-China border war grows

By K. Ratnayake, 10 August 2017

The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops on the Doklam Plateau is continuing, amid growing warnings of an impending military clash.

Sri Lankan free trade workers express solidarity with framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By our reporters, 1 August 2017

Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.

Indian Stalinists support Modi government in military standoff with China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 29 July 2017

India’s Stalinists have pledged their support for the BJP government in the India-China border crisis, even as they concede that the crisis has been provoked by India’s emergence as a “subordinate ally of US imperialism.”

Aisin Automotive workers in India’s Haryana state face a new company-government witchhunt

By Jai Sharma, 28 July 2017

The workers are being subjected to a joint company-government vendetta for fighting slave labor conditions in an attack similar to that faced by Maruti Suzuki workers.

India: Stalinist-backed “common opposition” candidate crashes out in presidential election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 July 2017

The Stalinists parties have responded to the Indian ruling elite’s embrace of social reaction by redoubling their efforts to subordinate workers to the political establishment.

China-India border impasse enters sixth week

By Keith Jones, 22 July 2017

Beijing has sent strong signals to India that it must unilaterally withdraw its troops from a Himalayan ridge claimed by both China and Bhutan or face a sharp deterioration in bilateral relations, even war.

Five years since company-provoked incident used to frame up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017

Tuesday marked five years since a management-provoked incident that authorities used as a pretext to railroad 13 Indian autoworkers to life in prison.

“When they pay a contract worker it’s like they’re giving money to a beggar”

Amazon investing billions in India to extract super profits

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 21 July 2017

Amazon has become the second largest global investor in India’s digital economy.

India’s assertive moves in South China Sea fuel growing tensions with China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 July 2017

For “strategic” reasons, a state-owned Indian energy company has renewed a South China Sea oil-exploration lease in defiance of Beijing.

Indian-US-Japanese naval exercises in Indian Ocean target China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 July 2017

India’s hosting of the Malabar exercises is part of its integration into the US military-strategic offensive against China.

Mounting tensions between India and its nuclear-armed neighbors, China and Pakistan

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 July 2017

For the past month, Indian and Chinese troops have been arrayed against each other on a Himalayan ridge that is claimed by both China and Bhutan.

Modi visit consolidates Indo-Israeli military-strategic partnership

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 July 2017

Modi’s visit, the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel, was capped by an agreement to expand military-security cooperation.

Tensions mount in India-China Himalayan border standoff

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 7 July 2017

New Delhi and Beijing are trading bellicose threats, with both insisting the other must stand down.

The Maruti Suzuki frame-up and the history of international labor defense campaigns

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017

The ICFI’s worldwide campaign to free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers rests on a long tradition of international workers’ action on behalf of the victims of capitalist “justice.”

India and China trade war threats amid border stand-off

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 July 2017

India and China have rushed troops to a remote border region, in what is widely being described as the worst stand-off between the two countries since they fought a war in 1962.

Trump and Modi trumpet Indo-US “strategic convergence”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2017

India is increasingly serving as a frontline state in US imperialism’s strategic confrontation with China.

Eleven patients die after alleged oxygen-supply failure at Indian hospital

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2017

Recent deaths at a major government hospital underline the dangerous conditions in India’s under-funded public health sector.

Amazon pays warehouse workers $233 per month in India

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 28 June 2017

It would take an Indian worker 1,001,430 years to earn what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made on a single day, when Amazon announced the purchase of Whole Foods.

Lawyer for framed up Maruti Suzuki workers: The court “committed violence” to the “principles” of law

By our correspondents, 27 June 2017

Rebecca John, who represented the Maruti Suzuki workers in the final stages of their four-and-a-half-year-long court case, spoke with the WSWS last month as she completed work on an appeal.

Floods devastate Bangladesh and parts of India, killing more than 185

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 June 2017

Those most affected are the rural poor, low-wage workers and rickshaw pullers living in flood- and landslide-prone areas, where living costs are relatively low.

On-the-Spot from New Delhi

Lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers denounces frame-up

By our correspondents, 21 June 2017

“The police were not looking for suspects,” senior advocate Rebecca John told the WSWS. “They were only interested in rounding up as many workers as possible.”

On-the-spot report from India

Maruti Suzuki worker condemns court verdict as “pre-determined”

By our correspondents, 16 June 2017

Jitendra Kumar, a provisional committee member of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, spoke to the WSWS about the frame-up convictions and life sentences imposed on 13 Indian autoworkers.

India and Pakistan admitted to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 June 2017

Despite India and Pakistan becoming full SCO members, there has been no de-escalation of war tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals.

Indian authorities seek to imprison more Maruti Suzuki workers on frame-up charges

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2017

The Haryana state government is appealing the acquittal of 117 Maruti Suzuki workers on bogus charges and demanding harsher sentences for 18 other workers.

India: Madhya Pradesh police shoot protesting farmers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2017

Mass demonstrations by farmers are intensifying the crisis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

Huge job losses loom in India’s IT sector

By Joy Bose and Kranti Kumara, 3 June 2017

According to industry reports, India’s IT sector could eliminate 600,000 jobs over the next three years.

What we have said:

The World Socialist Web Site and the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Usman Khan, 3 June 2017

The WSWS has covered the struggle of the Maruti Suzuki workers over many years, explaining its international significance and providing a political perspective to fight the workers’ persecution by Indian authorities.

India’s boycott of China’s Belt and Road summit highlights deepening tensions

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 May 2017

New Delhi, acting in concert with the US, is aggressively seeking to block Beijing’s activities.

Indian establishment lauds military’s use of Kashmiri youth as “human shield”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 May 2017

Predictably the military’s announcement that it would convene a court of inquiry to investigate the incident has proven to be a cruel joke.

Indian prime minister visits Sri Lanka to strengthen ties

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 19 May 2017

Modi arrived after India and the US expressed concerns about the Colombo government’s economic ties with Beijing.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

Far from constituting a blow for justice, the court’s exoneration of 117 of the accused workers was a maneuver aimed at sustaining the legal vendetta against the principal accused—the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union.

India intensifies repression in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 May 2017

India’s former National Security Advisor has warned that the ruling elite has lost control of the situation in Kashmir, with unarmed youth repeatedly risking their lives to impede security operations.

India: ICFI supporters hold May Day meeting in Bangalore

By our correspondents, 12 May 2017

The event was part of the Trotskyist movement’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution.

In wake of frame-up convictions of Maruti Suzuki workers

India’s finance minister meets with Maruti Suzuki chairman

By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017

The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.

Students and workers in Pittsburgh and western New York support framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 8 May 2017

Students and workers responded to the plight of the jailed autoworkers with indignation at their treatment at the hands of the Indian police and government.

Sri Lankan workers and students oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our reporters, 5 May 2017

Over the past week campaigners have won support from workers near the Colombo Port and students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo University.

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”

A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

Brooklyn College Professor Immanuel Ness, who has written extensively on the class struggle in India, was part of a team that investigated the persecution of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

Indian military given green light to strike Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 3 May 2017

Relations between India and Pakistan are again on the boil, just months after South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed powers came to the brink of war.

May Day 2017

The fight for international socialism in South Asia

By Wije Dias, 2 May 2017

The region is caught up in the whirlpool of geo-political tensions produced by the drive towards another imperialist war, amid rising class struggle.

Sri Lanka SEP holds picket in Jaffna to free Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 April 2017

Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.

Tamil workers in northern Sri Lanka support Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 27 April 2017

Residents in the small town of Chavakachcheri, near Jaffna, said social conditions for Tamil workers were like those confronting the persecuted autoworkers in India.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 4: The police and company conspire against the workers

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 26 April 2017

Police colluded with Maruti Suzuki, fabricated evidence, and systematically failed to carry out basic forensic tests as part of a bogus investigation aimed at framing up militant workers who challenged sweatshop conditions.

Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and the battle of the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 April 2017

In arguing for the hanging of the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers, the prosecution denounced the workers for imperiling the Modi government’s efforts to woo profit-hungry investors.

ICFI supporters in India call meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution”

22 April 2017

Speakers will explain that the only way to prevent another world war is the mobilisation of Indian workers as a part of an international anti-war movement.

Indian elite hails US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 April 2017

Leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party and the opposition Congress Party support the US military attacks.

Indian bus workers strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 19 April 2017

The Haryana bus stoppage underscored the intensifying class tensions across the state and India as a whole.

India strengthens defence ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 18 April 2017

The Indian government, in line with US geo-strategic manoeuvres, is attempting to reduce Bangladesh’s military and economic reliance on China.

Australian prime minister visits India to boost strategic ties

By Mike Head, 13 April 2017

The outcomes were in line with the ongoing push by Washington for US allies throughout the region to strengthen their military relations with each other.

Sri Lankan artists express solidarity with the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 13 April 2017

A number of Sri Lankan artists have sent statements to the World Socialist Web Site  calling for the release of jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India.

“It is a frame-up and war on the working class”

Support grows for Maruti Suzuki workers

By our reporters, 13 April 2017

It has been nearly a month since an Indian judge condemned 13 autoworkers to life imprisonment.

Background to a labor frame-up:

What the Maruti Suzuki workers were fighting for

By Jerry White, 12 April 2017

The life sentences an Indian judge imposed on 13 autoworkers last month were an act of class retribution for the leading role of Maruti Suzuki workers in opposing the sweatshop conditions that prevail across India.

Indian ICFI supporters to picket for release of Maruti Suzuki workers

12 April 2017

Workers in Sriperumbudur, Oragadam and other Special Economic Zones should join the April 17 protest and fight for the immediate freeing of the framed-up autoworkers.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 3: The prosecution’s untenable “mob attack” narrative

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 11 April 2017

The prosecution’s narrative of the July 18, 2012 altercation is full of inconsistencies, contradictions and dubious claims, including concerning police investigative “lapses.”

Indian railway and transport workers denounce Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 11 April 2017

Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 2: The factory fire and the death of Avineesh Dev

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 7 April 2017

The fire was the pivot of the prosecution’s case, but it provided not a shred of credible evidence tying any of the workers to the blaze.

Workers across India condemn Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By our correspondents, 7 April 2017

While there is enormous sympathy for the framed-up workers, this week’s protests were a pale reflection of the support that could be mobilized were it not for the sabotage of India’s Stalinist parties and affiliated unions.

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 1: A travesty of justice

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 5 April 2017

Careful examination and systematic refutation of the state’s legal case has always been a critical part of international defense campaigns.

In the background of the Maruti Suzuki frame-up

Portrait of the Suzuki corporation, a ruthless transnational employer

By Shannon Jones and Saman Gunadasa, 4 April 2017

Suzuki is typical of the transnational auto corporations that scour the world in search of the cheapest labor and lowest production costs.

India: Stalinist-led unions call token protest against frame up of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 April 2017

The CPM and CPI and their respective labour federations, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and the All India Trade Union Congress, have systematically isolated the Maruti Suzuki workers.

Indian auto workers demand release of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Moses Rajkumar and Yuvan Darwin, 30 March 2017

Indian auto workers voice their support for the ICFI campaign and demand release of the Maruti Suzuki workers.

Sri Lankan workers support campaign to free framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 28 March 2017

Socialist Equality Party campaigners distributed the ICFI statement “Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers” in Sinhalese and Tamil.