India

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.

Oppose Indian government’s witch-hunt of JNU students

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

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

Indian Stalinists ally with regional DMDK party in Tamil Nadu elections

By V. Gnana, 5 April 2016

The alliance with a regionalist party closely tied to US imperialism confirms the Indian Stalinists’ role in abetting the US “pivot to Asia” against China.

Government-company negligence responsible for Indian flyover disaster

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 2 April 2016

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

Indian auto workers fight to defend wages and conditions

By Arun Kumar, 26 March 2016

Workers at major car makers including Maruti Suzuki, Honda Motors and Tata, as well as auto-related companies, have been involved in plant occupations, strikes, rallies and marches.

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

By K. Ratnayake, 25 March 2016

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

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

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

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

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

By Rohantha De Silva, 21 March 2016

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

India: Intensifying BJP witch-hunt, JNU to punish “anti-national” students

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 19 March 2016

One of India’s most prestigious universities, JNU has long been decried by the BJP and its Hindu supremacist allies as a “hotbed” of leftism.

Indian Stalinists ally with US-backed parties in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva, 16 March 2016

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

India: BJP presses forward with frame-up of JNU students on sedition charges

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 March 2016

The vendetta against the JNU students is part of a much wider campaign to shift India further to the right through the promotion of a bellicose, Hindu chauvinist-laced Indian nationalism.

US moves to harness India to anti-China “pivot”

By Keith Jones, 8 March 2016

Washington is determined to make India a “frontline state” in its drive to strategically isolate, encircle and potentially wage war against China.

US presses India to join anti-China alliance

By K. Ratnayake, 5 March 2016

The head of the US Pacific Command urged India to take steps that would make it a “frontline state” in the US drive to encircle and prepare for war against China.

Indian power deal with Bangladesh highlights geo-political rivalry

By Sarath Kumara, 5 March 2016

Intense competition over infrastructure projects in Bangladesh shows that every country is being drawn into the maelstrom of war tensions created by the US drive against China.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

Sri Lankan government prepares to sign economic pact with India

By W. A. Sunil, 4 March 2016

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

India: Stalinists to ally with Congress Party in West Bengal election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 3 March 2016

The Stalinist CPM is already holding joint rallies across West Bengal with Congress, the Indian bourgeoisie’s traditional party of government.

Indian ruling elite in economic bind

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 27 February 2016

Longstanding tensions between India’s BJP-led government and the country’s central bank over how to revive India’s flagging economy have intensified in the run-up to Monday’s budget speech.

India: Unions call off Tamil Nadu government workers strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 27 February 2016

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

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2016

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

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

By Sarath Kumara and Keith Jones, 23 February 2016

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

India: Over 200,000 Tamil Nadu government workers on indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 20 February 2016

The state-wide walkout reflects the growing opposition of Indian workers to successive government attacks on basic democratic rights and living standards.

Indian government jails student leader on trumped up sedition charges

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 18 February 2016

Home Minster Rajnath Singh personally ordered last Friday’s arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar on the grounds he had made “anti-national” statements.

Is the Indian Stalinist CPM heading for a split?

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 16 February 2016

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

India steps up pressure on Nepal

By W. A. Sunil, 5 February 2016

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

French President Hollande visits India to boost military ties, investment

By Sarath Kumara, 3 February 2016

Coming after New Delhi opened talks on possibly hosting US troops on Indian bases, Hollande’s visit pointed to the military escalation seizing South Asia.

Indian Stalinist leaders divided over alliance with big business Congress Party

By Arun Kumar and K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2016

For weeks, leaders of the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been signalling their readiness to form an electoral alliance with the Congress Party for the West Bengal state elections.

Indian Stalinists form pro-imperialist Third Front in Tamil Nadu

By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 22 January 2016

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

Bangladesh: 41 belatedly charged over Rana Plaza factory collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 18 January 2016

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

India in talks to open ports, bases to US military

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 January 2016

According to an unnamed Indian official, the only outstanding question is “what happens in the case of war?”

India-Pakistan talks may be derailed even before they begin

By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016

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

Indian prime minister visits Russia to consolidate relations

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2016

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

India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015

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

Japanese premier forges ties with India to counter China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015

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

India: Government negligence responsible for flood disaster

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015

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

Interview with Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy, director of The Factory

By Lee Parsons, 7 December 2015

Roy’s film chronicles the struggle of autoworkers at the assembly plant operated by Maruti Suzuki India, in Manesar, northern India.

India: Hundreds die in Tamil Nadu floods

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 December 2015

The crisis in Chennai is a damning indictment of all levels of Indian government which have failed to implement serious flood-control measures or provide adequate emergency relief.

India: Modi announces new wave of pro-investor reforms

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2015

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

The Factory: Documentary brings Indian auto workers’ struggle to an international audience

By Sampath Perera, 25 November 2015

The documentary from filmmaker Rahul Roy sheds important light on the brutal conditions facing workers in India’s rapidly expanding, globally integrated auto industry.

India: Heavy rains and floods kill over 100 in Tamil Nadu

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 November 2015

The flood situation in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu is an indictment not only of the ruling AIADMK but also the opposition DMK.

India: Workers in Kerala denounce communalism and the danger of war

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 November 2015

Plantation workers spoke about the Modi government’s efforts to divide workers along religious lines.

India: Kerala plantation workers denounce unions’ wage sellout

By WSWS reporting team, 14 November 2015

Anger is mounting among Kerala plantation workers over the unions’ back-room deal with employers to cut living standards.

India: Modi’s BJP trounced in Bihar elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 November 2015

In an election that was widely held to be a referendum on Modi’s premiership, the BJP suffered a major defeat.

India: Modi and his BJP government incite Hindu communalism

By Arun Kumar and Keith Jones, 6 November 2015

Rank communal appeals have been front and center in the BJP’s campaign for the hotly-contested Bihar state assembly election.

Nepal turns to China for fuel to counter Indian blockade

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 2 November 2015

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

Indian trade unions shut down Kerala plantation workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 27 October 2015

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

India joins trilateral “dialogue” with US and Japan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 7 October 2015

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

Major strike by Indian plantation workers for better pay

By Arun Kumar and Sathish Simon, 3 October 2015

The state-wide strike in Kerala followed an angry walkout by thousands of estate workers against a sell-out deal involving the unions, employers and the state government.

Pakistan expresses alarm over ever-expanding US-India strategic partnership

By Sampath Perera, 28 September 2015

In the run-up to today’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama, New Delhi and Washington have further enhanced their military-security ties.

Sri Lankan prime minister visits India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 September 2015

Talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart focused on deepening economic and military ties between the two countries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indian workers need a socialist strategy

By the Socialist Equality Party, 2 September 2015

Today’s general strike attests to workers’ opposition to the Indian bourgeoisie’s neo-liberal agenda. But the strike’s organizers, the unions and Stalinist parties, are themselves complicit in implementing that agenda.

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.

India-Pakistan talks abruptly cancelled

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 28 August 2015

The collapse of the Indo-Pakistani talks before they even began exemplifies the explosive tensions between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

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.

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.

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.”

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

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.

Canada’s aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation Report—the class issues

By Carl Bronski and Keith Jones, 13 June 2015

The report issued by the Truth Commission on Indian residential schools documents a horrific crime perpetrated by Canadian capitalism—a crime whose impacts reverberate to this day.

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.

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.

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.

India: One year of the Modi-led, BJP government

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2015

The BJP has moved India sharply right, lending support to the US’s anti-China “pivot,” imposing austerity and pro-market “reforms,” and inciting Hindu supremacism.

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’s BJP government presses forward with big business “reforms”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 15 May 2015

The newly-enacted “reforms” will further enrich local and global investors at the expense of the working class and rural toilers.

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.

India: Stalinist CPM shifts still further right

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 21 April 2015

The CPM’s new general secretary has long been associated with a party faction that favours closer relations with the Congress, India's traditional party of government.

Indian Stalinists reaffirm right-wing “political-tactical” line

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 18 April 2015

This week’s congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) formally reaffirmed the policy under which it has propped up a series of rightwing governments dedicated to pro-market “reform.”

India: Stalinist CPM begins its 21st congress

By our correspondents in Visakhapatnam, 16 April 2015

With the working class on a collision course with Narendra Modi and his BJP government, the Stalinists intend to redouble their efforts to chain it to the BJP’s big-business political rivals.

Indian Stalinists meet amid political-organizational crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 13 April 2015

Support for the CPM has hemorrhaged as a result of its leading role in implementing the bourgeoisie’s drive to make India a global hub of cheap-labor production.

India bans BBC documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 March 2015

In a blatant attack on free speech, India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government has banned India’s Daughter, a BBC documentary on a notorious 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi.

Swine flu ravages India

By Arun Kumar, 25 March 2015

Almost two thousand people have died from swine flu in India in the past four months and a further 33,000 have contracted the disease.

Dozens killed in Indian railway accident

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 23 March 2015

While the immediate cause appears to be brake failure, the broader reason for the derailment lies in the rundown of the rail network by successive governments.

Modi visits Sri Lanka to push for closer ties against China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 March 2015

The Indian prime minister undertook his trip amid US encouragement of New Delhi to play a greater role in the region, in order to counter China’s influence.

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.

Modi visiting Indian Ocean islands in bid to undermine China’s influence

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 March 2015

The Indian prime minister’s tour of Indian Ocean island states is unfolding just days after the head of the US Pacific Fleet urged New Delhi to play a much larger role in the Asia-Pacific region.

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,

Mass layoffs shake India’s IT industry

By Jai Sharma, 27 February 2015

Indian IT companies have fired over 15,000 workers in the past year as they attempt to offload the impact of the global capitalist crisis.

Sri Lankan president’s visit to India highlights foreign policy shift

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2015

Four bilateral agreements were signed during Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s trip, including a strategic civil nuclear cooperation pact.