India

Campaign for release of Maruti Suzuki workers wins support in India and Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 23 March 2017

South Asian workers denounce the frame-up of innocent workers.

Sham character of Maruti Suzuki workers’ trial further exposed

By Keith Jones, 23 March 2017

The presiding judge had to admit police colluded with Maruti Suzuki and fabricated evidence, but even as he did so, he downplayed the significance of these crimes.

The key facts of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ case

22 March 2017

There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.

Support grows for framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Jerry White, 21 March 2017

Opposition to the brutal life sentences meted out to 13 Maruti Suzuki workers is growing in India and around the world.

Thirteen sentenced to life imprisonment in India

Free the framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers!

By International Committee of the Fourth International, 20 March 2017

Thirteen Maruti Suzuki workers have been condemned to life in prison as the result of a monstrous frame-up mounted by the automaker, the police and judicial authorities, with the full complicity of India’s principal political parties.

India: Framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life imprisonment

By Keith Jones, 18 March 2017

India’s ruling elite has imposed savage sentences on the Maruti Suzuki workers to intimidate the working class and reassure investors that it will ruthlessly enforce sweatshop conditions.

Indian court to hear sentencing arguments against framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By Shannon Jones, 17 March 2017

Thirteen autoworkers could face the death penalty in a case that has seen blatant collusion between company management, police and Indian state officials

BJP gains in Indian state elections leave opposition Congress reeling

By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 March 2017

The BJP exploited popular anger with the Congress and various caste-ist and regional parties that have implemented pro-investor “reforms” and presided over mass joblessness.

India: 31 victimized Maruti Suzuki workers convicted on frame-up charges

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 14 March 2017

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for 13 car assembly workers, including the leadership of an independent union formed in opposition to a company-stooge union.

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

By our correspondents, 13 March 2017

The Chennai meeting was part of the ICFI’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution and promoted its online lecture series.

India: BJP-backed student union unleashes violence at Delhi University

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 8 March 2017

The ABVP’s attack on left-wing students at Delhi University is part of a concerted, government-supported campaign to stamp out political dissent at India’s universities.

India becomes “frontline” state in US war plans against China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 7 March 2017

After decades of “non-alignment,” India has become a service hub for the US Seventh Fleet, marking a new stage in its integration into US imperialism’s military-strategic offensive against China.

Public meeting on “World War and the Russian Revolution” in Chennai, India

4 March 2017

The meeting will discuss the crisis of capitalism, the drive toward world war and the political significance of the Russian Revolution.

India: Million-strong bank workers’ strike opposes Modi’s big business “reforms”

By Arun Kumar, 2 March 2017

Tuesday’s nationwide bank strike expresses growing working class opposition to the Indian elite’s economic “reform” programme of austerity, privatisation, and casualisation.

Popular outcry against murder of Indian immigrant in US

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 March 2017

Working people in India and America are drawing the connection between last week’s killing of an Indian immigrant and the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant witch hunt.

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2017

India and Pakistan are rapidly expanding their nuclear arsenals and proclaiming adherence to aggressive military strategies that increase the prospect of nuclear war.

India to become hub for US Seventh Fleet

By Keith Jones, 16 February 2017

Under a deal announced earlier this week, India will become a major service and repair hub for the US Seventh Fleet—the armada that is central to US war preparations against China.

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 15 February 2017

The Trump administration is intent on using India as a frontline state in a drive to thwart China through economic and military pressure and, if need be, all-out war.

Former diplomat admits India’s role in Sri Lankan communal war

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 10 February 2017

Shivashankar Menon’s account confirms the political and military support given by India to the Colombo government to crush the LTTE with large-scale civilian casualties.

Indian budget tabled amid demonetisation shock, mounting economic uncertainty

By Kranti Kumara, 3 February 2017

Ignoring mass joblessness and plunging exports and business investment, Finance Minister Jaitley claimed India is the “bright spot on the world economic landscape.”

India: Tamil Nadu police brutally attack Jallikattu protesters

By Arun Kumar and Yuvan Darwin, 1 February 2017

Indian authorities were taken aback by the mass character of the protests, which had erupted outside the traditional political parties.

US and India sharing intelligence on Chinese submarine and ship movements

By Keith Jones, 26 January 2017

The head of the US Pacific Command likened the Indo-US military partnership to a war axe that needs to be “razor sharp,” “because we never know when events will force us to use it.”

On-the-spot report from Chennai

Death of Renault Nissan worker exposes reality of India’s pro-investor policies

By Moses Rajkumar and Yuan Darwin, 13 January 2017

Basic safety conditions at Indian factories have further deteriorated due to the Modi government’s changes to labour laws that favour of investors.

New Indian army chief threatens Pakistan and China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 January 2017

As India conducts tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, its new army chief has warned of a possible “two front” war against China and Pakistan.

Report exposes Indian state’s unrelenting repression in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara, 23 December 2016

The report documents human rights violations by Indian security personnel, including targeted killings of unarmed civilians, indiscriminate pellet-gun firing, and collective punishments.

Indian police begin to impose Supreme Court order on national anthem

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 21 December 2016

The Supreme Court order that cinemas must play, and moviegoers revere, India’s national anthem is a blatant attack on civil liberties.

To target China, US further enhances military-strategic alliance with India

By Keith Jones, 15 December 2016

The last days of the Obama administration have seen a concerted, bi-partisan drive of the American political elite and the Pentagon to further cement the Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Indian defence minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016

The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.

India rebuffs Pakistan’s “peace” overtures

By Keith Jones, 6 December 2016

India has demonstrably rebuffed Pakistan’s attempts to initiate a dialogue aimed at defusing the almost three-month-long war crisis between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states.

War tensions between India and Pakistan intensify

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 1 December 2016

The truce along the Line of Control between Indian- and Pakistan-held Kashmir, that was put in place in the aftermath of a war crisis in 2001-2002, has manifestly broken down.

India’s opposition parties cancel strike against Modi government’s demonetisation

By Arun Kumar, 30 November 2016

The retreat underscores that fact that the opposition has no real objection to the pro-investor agenda of the Modi government.

India moves to enhance strategic ties with Japan and Israel

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 November 2016

The Modi government is forging closer strategic ties with Japan and Israel to aggressively pursue the great power ambitions of India’s elite against China and Pakistan.

Death toll mounts, as India-Pakistan tensions seethe

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 24 November 2016

The “new normal” between India and Pakistan is cross-border barrages and bellicose threats—i.e., a volatile dynamic that could easily trigger all-out war.

Indian government’s demonetisation causes mass hardship and economic chaos

By Kranti Kumara and Arun Kumar, 21 November 2016

The true aim of the Indian government's demonetisation scheme is to shore up the country's fragile banking system.

Indian rail accident kills more than 120

By Arun Kumar, 21 November 2016

Sunday’s disaster is a direct result of poor safety standards and the run-down of essential maintenance throughout India’s extensive rail network.

Indian elite welcome Trump’s election

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 November 2016

India’s elite calculates Trump’s hardline positions vis-a-vis China and Pakistan will provide New Delhi with a strategic boost over its principal Asian rivals.

Indian defence minister urges jettisoning of “no first-strike” nuclear pledge

By Keith Jones, 14 November 2016

In the midst of a war crisis with Pakistan, India’s defence minister has criticized the country’s “No First Use” nuclear-weapons policy for “giving away strength.”

Indo-Pakistan tensions escalate

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 8 November 2016

The ongoing clashes along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan highlight the dangerous standoff that has brought the nuclear-armed rivals to the brink of war.

Death toll rises to 25, as India-Pakistan border clashes heighten war danger

By Alex Lantier, 2 November 2016

As US officials pledge greater support to India against Pakistan and China, both Indian and Pakistani officials are vowing to escalate their conflict over Kashmir.

India-Pakistan cross-border barrages heighten South Asia’s war crisis

By Keith Jones, 1 November 2016

India’s BJP government calculates that it can exploit the war crisis to strengthen its hand against Pakistan while stoking reaction and rallying support at home.

Bangladesh government accused of “kneecapping” opponents

By Sarath Kumara, 22 October 2016

The Hasina government, which confronts widespread opposition, is increasingly resorting to police-state methods to maintain its rule.

Over 20 patients die in Indian hospital fire

By Arun Kumar, 20 October 2016

Indian governments fail to ensure basic fire safety standards at hospital facilities throughout the country.

US amplifies its support for India’s military strikes on Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 October 2016

Washington’s endorsement of India’s jettisoning of “strategic restraint” will only encourage New Delhi to carry out still more aggressive and provocative military actions.

Indian Stalinists aid BJP’s bellicose anti-Pakistan campaign

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 14 October 2016

India’s principal Stalinist party, the CPM, is playing a foul role in the reckless, bellicose offensive India’s ruling elite is mounting against its nuclear-armed arch-rival, Pakistan.

Opposition grows in Indo-Pakistan borderlands to India’s warmongering

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 October 2016

Despite the bellicose propaganda campaign of the Indian government and media, there is widespread public opposition to a war between Pakistan and India.

Greetings to Chennai meeting from SEP (Sri Lanka) general secretary

By Wije Dias, 10 October 2016

“Your meeting, aimed at mobilising Indian workers and youth against war in a common struggle with workers of the world based on international socialism, is of enormous importance.”

Meeting in India discusses war and the fight for socialism

By our correspondent, 10 October 2016

The meeting in Chennai organised by Indian supporters of ICFI took place amid growing tensions between the US and Russia and China, as well as a dangerous confrontation between India and Pakistan.

India’s military calls for more strikes on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 6 October 2016

Large sections of India’s ruling elite are urging the Hindu communalist BJP government to further escalate military pressure on Pakistan.

France’s sale of Rafale jets to India stokes Indo-Pakistani war tensions

By Senthooran Ravee, 5 October 2016

The Rafale deal is one of India’s largest-ever arms purchases

Amid war crisis, Pakistani actors hounded out of India

By Kranti Kumara, 4 October 2016

The Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association has passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from Bollywood productions.

India and Pakistan teeter on the brink of war

By Keith Jones, 3 October 2016

In anticipation of a possible Pakistani counter-strike, or to facilitate their own war preparations, India is evacuating tens of thousands of people living near the border.

US backs India’s military strikes on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 1 October 2016

Washington’s readiness to endorse India’s new aggressive posture will only encourage New Delhi to take still greater military-strategic risks.

India launches military attacks against Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 30 September 2016

Indian military strikes killed people in the “double-digits,” according to media reports, bringing South Asia perilously close to an all-out war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

After Kashmir attack, US media threaten to support India in war with Pakistan

By Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016

Washington’s anti-China “pivot to Asia” is fueling war tensions between Pakistan and India, which have escalated since Islamist militants attacked an Indian military base in Kashmir.

India launches campaign to “punish” Pakistan

By Wasntha Rupasinghe, 28 September 2016

The publicly announced steps India has taken against Pakistan are of a diplomatic and economic character. But behind the scenes feverish preparations continue for a lethal “counterstrike.”

Indian workers and students speak out against US war drive

By our correspondents, 28 September 2016

Indian workers and students discussed mounting global tensions and New Delhi’s role in the US military preparations against China.

Pakistan replies with belligerence to Indian threats

By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2016

The Pakistan Air Force conducted war exercises last week, including over the skies of the national capital, Islamabad, and on the highway connecting it to Lahore.

India and Pakistan teeter on the precipice of war

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2016

Four days after India’s government held Pakistan responsible for a terrorist attack in the disputed Kashmir region that killed 18 Indian soldiers, New Delhi continues to be gripped by war fever.

Public meeting in Chennai, India: Oppose the imperialist war drive! Fight for socialist program!

21 September 2016

The Indian government’s deepening involvement in the US preparations for war against China is occurring behind the backs of the Indian working class and poor.

Bellicose campaign in India against Pakistan after attack on Kashmiri base

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 September 2016

Led by senior figures in the ruling BJP, India’s political and defense-security establishments are clamouring for military action against Pakistan.

War danger surges as India blames Pakistan for attack on Kashmir base

By V. Gnana, 19 September 2016

Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed yesterday morning in Indian-administered Kashmir when fighters assaulted a military base at Uri.

India-China tensions rise, as New Delhi aligns with Washington

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 September 2016

Geo-political tensions between India and China are growing sharper, as India asserts itself as South Asia’s regional hegemon and an Indian Ocean power.

Protesters continue to defy Indian state violence in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara, 16 September 2016

India’s government is resorting to increasingly desperate measures to quell the popular protests that have convulsed the Kashmir Valley for the past ten weeks.

Tens of millions strike against Indian government’s right-wing economic policies

By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 September 2016

The strike is an expression of mounting opposition in the working class internationally against assaults by governments and corporations on jobs and working conditions.

Indian workers need a socialist strategy to oppose pro-investor “reform,” austerity and war

By Deepal Jayesekera, 1 September 2016

For the unions and Stalinist Communist parties, Friday’s all-India strike is a means of defusing social opposition and diverting it behind the big business political establishment.

US war planes and battleships to start using Indian bases

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2016

With the signing of the basing agreement, India is being transformed into a “frontline” state in the US drive to isolate, encircle, and prepare to wage war on China.

Tens of millions of Indian workers to join one-day protest strike

By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 31 August 2016

The widespread support for the strike is an expression of mounting working-class anger and militancy and part of a global resurgence of class struggle.

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister walks a tightrope between India and China

By W.A. Sunil, 24 August 2016

The political turmoil in the small landlocked country has been fuelled by rising US-driven geo-political tensions across Asia.

Indian PM Modi “plays Balochistan card” against Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 20 August 2016

In a highly provocative shift, Modi has denounced Pakistan for “atrocities” in Balochistan—a strategic province that has long been convulsed by a secessionist insurgency.

India: Kerala’s Stalinist-led government pursuing pro-business agenda

By Kranti Kumara, 17 August 2016

Kerala’s chief minister has appointed a neoliberal economist with close ties to the US financial elite and Federal Reserve as his top economic advisor.

One million Indian bank workers strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 6 August 2016

The unions are trying to contain the confrontation against the Modi government and its pro-business program.

India and US deepen strategic collaboration in Africa

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 6 August 2016

The Indian and US militaries are partnering in the training of African officers to lead and train troops deployed on UN “peacekeeping” missions.

Will the US use Indian military bases to wage its Afghan War?

By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 28 July 2016

A former senior Indian diplomat has warned that the US’s harnessing of India to its anti-China “Pivot” will result in India being drawn into the Afghan war.

Indian troops kill dozens of protesters in Kashmir

By Kranti Kumara, 16 July 2016

The past week of mass protests in Kashmir has rattled India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government and laid bare Kashmiris’ deep disaffection from the Indian state.

Amid Brexit shocks, Indian elite seeks “new opportunities”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 July 2016

The Indian government is attempting to use Britain’s exit from the EU to pursue its own economic and strategic interests.

India and Iran approve Chabahar corridor, amid heightening tensions in South and Central Asia

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 July 2016

To access energy resources and strike a strategic blow against China and Pakistan, India plans to build a transport corridor via Iran to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

US attempt to hustle India into Nuclear Suppliers Group stalls

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 July 2016

US officials have vowed to work with India to secure its entry into the NSG, while joining India in suggesting that Beijing was responsible for its rebuff.

Indian Stalinists try to paper over deep rift over tie-up with Congress Party

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2016

The CPM leadership has effectively given its West Bengal unit the green light to continue its alliance with the big business Congress Party.

India throws door open to international capital

By Kranti Kumara, 24 June 2016

Monday’s announcement was aimed at blunting investor concerns that pro-market “reforms” might be impeded by the forced resignation of the head of India’s central bank, Raghuram Rajan.

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.

Pakistan “reassessing” relations with US following Modi visit, Mansour assassination

By Sampath Perera, 15 June 2016

Angered by the US’ downgrading of their alliance and boosting of India, Pakistan has issued warnings that the US has overturned South Asia’s balance of power.

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.

Modi declares enhanced Indo-US military alliance “need of the hour”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2016

Modi’s visit to Washington this week marked a major step toward transforming India into a frontline state in the US drive to isolate, encircle and prepare to wage war on China.

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.

Nepal accuses India of attempting regime change in Kathmandu

By W. Sunil, 26 May 2016

The sharp tensions between New Delhi and Kathmandu are a result of the intensifying geo-political rivalry between India and China.

India: Tamil Nadu chief minister tries to exploit issue of Sri Lankan Tamils

By Athiyan Silva, 16 May 2016

Jayalalithaa’s promises have nothing to do with any concern about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Hundreds die in Indian heat wave

By Kanda Gabriel, 11 May 2016

The wave of heat-stroke deaths is a product of the lack of basic services and infrastructure that hundreds of millions of Indians confront daily.

US official stokes border tension between India and China in the Himalayas

By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2016

The US Consul in Kolkata provocatively endorsed India’s territorial claims against China to a strategic Himalayan region.

India opens talks with US on waging war on Chinese submarines

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 May 2016

The US-India talks on anti-submarine warfare mark an important further step in realizing Washington’s aim of making India a “frontline” state in its military-strategic offensive against China.

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.

Workers and students in India and Sri Lanka endorse International May Day Online rally

By WSWS reporters, 30 April 2016

Colombo, Chennai, Bangalore and Madras residents speak out about the dangers of war and the need for a unified international struggle for socialism.

Under Chinese pressure, India cancels visa to Uyghur separatist Dolkun Isa

By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2016

India canceled a visa for US-backed Uyghur separatist Dolkun Isa to attend a conference in Dharamsala.

India bullies Maldives into enhanced “defence cooperation” pact

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 April 2016

By cajoling the Maldives into a new defence pact, India provided the US with a demonstration of its potential as a “frontline” ally in confronting China.

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.

India-US military cooperation “robust and deepening”

By K. Ratnayake, 14 April 2016

India has “agreed in principle” to allowing the US military to make routine use of its bases and ports—a major step in making it a “frontline state” in Washington’s preparations for war with China.

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.

India: Stalinists and Congress Party VP Rahul Gandhi jointly campaign in West Bengal

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 April 2016

The CPM has a long history of propping up governments led by the big-business Congress, but never before has it advocated a Left-Congress government.