On-the-Spot from New Delhi
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
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2017
Mass demonstrations by farmers are intensifying the crisis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
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:
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.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 May 2017
New Delhi, acting in concert with the US, is aggressively seeking to block Beijing’s activities.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2017
The tour was aimed at reassuring Japanese investors that India is committed to enforcing a low-wage regime.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
By our correspondents, 28 April 2017
Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 April 2017
Leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party and the opposition Congress Party support the US military attacks.
By Arun Kumar, 19 April 2017
The Haryana bus stoppage underscored the intensifying class tensions across the state and India as a whole.
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.
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.
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”
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:
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.
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.”
By our correspondents, 11 April 2017
Workers in Chennai spoke out in defence of the jailed auto workers.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The 13 workers are political prisoners”
By our reporters, 27 March 2017
Raul Roy, the director of The Factory, the 2015 documentary on the Maruti Suzuki workers, and the Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage have demanded the freedom of the 13 framed-up autoworkers.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 March 2017
Workers in Sri Lanka, India and around the world must unite to defeat the imprisonment of these victimised workers
“We should be outraged by what is happening in India.”
By a reporting team, 25 March 2017
The campaign to defend 31 framed-up Maruti Suzuki autoworkers in India is winning support among autoworkers in North America.
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 March 2017
Thousands of workers defied a ban on gatherings of five or more people to show their support for the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers.
By our correspondents, 23 March 2017
South Asian workers denounce the frame-up of innocent workers.
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.
22 March 2017
There is not a shred of evidence against any of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers sentenced to life in prison.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 March 2017
The meeting will discuss the crisis of capitalism, the drive toward world war and the political significance of the Russian Revolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Sarath Kumara, 22 October 2016
The Hasina government, which confronts widespread opposition, is increasingly resorting to police-state methods to maintain its rule.
By Arun Kumar, 20 October 2016
Indian governments fail to ensure basic fire safety standards at hospital facilities throughout the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Senthooran Ravee, 5 October 2016
The Rafale deal is one of India’s largest-ever arms purchases
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”