India

Upstart AAP staggers BJP and Congress in Delhi Assembly election

By Kranti Kumara, 11 February 2015

The AAP has stormed to office in India’s national capital territory, winning more than 50 percent of the vote and 67 of 70 assembly seats.

India, US boost military-strategic drive against China

By Keith Jones, 28 January 2015

US President Barack Obama returns from a three-day visit to India with a series of agreements that dramatically enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership.”

Obama to press India for economic and strategic concessions

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 24 January 2015

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

Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 21 January 2015

Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties.

Indian elite welcomes change of government in Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 January 2015

India’s over-riding concern is securing Sri Lanka’s shift away from Beijing.

India’s Modi regime imposes big business “reforms” by executive fiat

By Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

The ordinances were aimed at demonstrating to big business that the government is ready to use authoritarian methods to impose neoliberal reforms.

Unions scuttle half-million strong Coal India strike

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

The unions shut the strike down just as it was beginning to have a major impact on the country’s coal supply.

India implementing raft of “pro-investor” measures

By Kranti Kumara, 10 December 2014

India’s new government is gutting labour laws and has signaled its intention to dramatically scale back price subsidies and social welfare programs.

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 November 2014

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

Chinese and Indian leaders hold competing visits to Fiji

By Tom Peters, 27 November 2014

The two high-profile visits to the Pacific island country came amid increasing geo-political rivalry, fuelled by US imperialism’s “pivot to Asia” against China.

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 27 November 2014

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

ICFI/WSWS supporters in India hold public meeting on danger of world war

By our correspondents, 22 November 2014

Workers and students from various workplaces and colleges came to discuss an alternative socialist perspective.

India: Unions betray contract workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 November 2014

The trade unions were in such a hurry to end the strike that they called it off without even signing an agreement with the employer, NLC.

Australian government embraces security pact with India

By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2014

The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I.

India and Vietnam build closer economic and military ties

By Sujeeva Amaranth, 14 November 2014

The recent trip by Vietnam’s prime minister to India is the second high-level visit in two months involving the two countries.

ICFI/WSWS public meeting in India on the danger of world war

11 November 2014

We urge workers and youth to attend the ICFI/WSWS supporters’ meeting in Chennai to discuss the socialist response to the threat of war.

India criticises Chinese submarine visits to Colombo

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 November 2014

By objecting to Chinese vessels docking in Sri Lanka, the Indian government is clearly acting with Washington’s support.

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

By Sathish Simon, 22 October 2014

Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

India: Tamil Nadu chief minister jailed over graft case

By Arun Kumar, 16 October 2014

Jayaram Jayalalithaa was stripped of her post and her seat in the state assembly, and faces four years in jail.

India and Pakistan trade warnings over escalating border clashes

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014

India and Pakistan have exchanged bellicose warnings over what are being described as the most serious border skirmishes in more than a decade.

India tilts still closer to Washington

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 3 October 2014

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

Indian contract workers continue strike at state-owned energy company

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 3 October 2014

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

Modi promotes India as world’s sweatshop

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 October 2014

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

US elite rolls out red carpet for Indian PM Modi

By Keith Jones, 30 September 2014

Washington has made no secret it wants to “reset” Indo-US relations, so as to harness New Delhi to its anti-China “pivot.”

India strengthens strategic ties with Vietnam

By John Roberts, 26 September 2014

The Indian and Vietnamese presidents issued a joint statement on the need for security in the South China Sea that was clearly aimed against China.

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 September 2014

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

Australia-India uranium deal strengthens economic and strategic ties

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2014

The uranium pact removes an obstacle to closer military relations between Australia and India as part of broader US efforts to forge an anti-China bloc.

India: NLC contract workers launch indefinite strike

By Arun Kumar, 6 September 2014

Workers are demanding permanency of jobs, wage hikes and higher bonuses.

India and Japan proclaim “special strategic, global partnership”

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 4 September 2014

Modi’s Japan trip launched a month of hectic diplomacy in which India’s prime minister will meet the heads of government of all the key powers in the military-strategic confrontation between US imperialism and China.

India: Four workers killed in Tamil Nadu plastic depot blaze

By our correspondents, 28 August 2014

Rajakani Traders has been operating for about eight years despite repeated local complaints about the depot’s location.

India and US to further expand military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 August 2014

US Defense Secretary Hagel claimed that Washington is offering India military co-development and co-production deals unlike those the US has “with any other country.”

Frictions over trade at US-India Strategic Dialogue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 August 2014

Despite disagreements on economic issues, US and Indian leaders consolidated their strategic and military partnership directed against China.

US officials push for closer military-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 July 2014

The Secretary of State and Defense Secretary are visiting India to strengthen the partnership between the two countries as Washington intensifies its war preparations against China and Russia.

India covers up Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Deepal Jayasekera, 26 July 2014

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

India: BJP tables right-wing, pro-investor budget

By Keith Jones, 11 July 2014

The budget announced a flurry of measures to strengthen big business control over economic life and make India’s workers and toilers pay for the capitalist crisis.

Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers in India continue to be denied bail

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 1 July 2014

The bail application hearing for the framed-up Maruti Suzuki India workers continues to drag on in the Supreme Court.

China seeks to woo India’s new right-wing government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 June 2014

Beijing is trying to counter US and Japanese attempts to draw India more tightly into their campaign to isolate and militarily encircle China.

Sri Lankan president seeks improved relations with India

By S. Jayanth, 4 June 2014

Despite Rajapakse’s efforts to ease tensions, the new Indian government is pressing Colombo to make a power-sharing deal with the island’s Tamil elites.

Modi takes the reins of India’s government

By Keith Jones, 28 May 2014

Big business has strongly supported the coming to power of the BJP with the expectation that a Modi-led government will ram through pro-market “reforms.”

Stalinists suffer debacle in Indian elections

By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 24 May 2014

In the second national election in succession, the Stalinist-led Left Front lost more than half of its seats and saw its vote share fall sharply.

India’s parliamentary landscape transformed

By Keith Jones, 21 May 2014

The Hindu communalist BJP was the utterly unwarranted beneficiary of mass popular anger with the ten year-old Congress Party-led government.

India’s watershed election

By Keith Jones, 19 May 2014

The BJP’s victory and the collapse of the Congress and Stalinist parties reflect a realignment of Indian politics presaging a vast intensification of the class struggle.

Hindu chauvinist BJP sweeps to power in India

By Keith Jones, 17 May 2014

India’s BJP regime will be a government of extreme crisis, tasked with implementing socially incendiary “pro-market” reforms in the face of popular opposition.

Toyota in India intensifies repression against workers

By Arun Kumar and W.A. Sunil, 17 May 2014

The management of Toyota in India has taken new steps to intimidate the auto maker’s unionized workforce at its two plants.

After Indian elections, US to press for greater support for “pivot to Asia”

By Keith Jones, 16 May 2014

Washington intends to use the coming to power of a new Indian prime minister to harness India more tightly to its anti-China “pivot to Asia.”

India signals support for Vietnam in South China Sea dispute

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 May 2014

India’s support may be cautiously-worded, but it is inflammatory under conditions where Washington has been encouraging the states of East Asia to press their territorial claims against Beijing.

Tamil Nadu workers speak to WSWS about Indian elections

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers voiced their anger with all the parties of the establishment, including the ostensible left parties.

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 May 2014

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

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

By Sasi Kumar, 3 May 2014

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

India: Congress Party trumpets “inclusive growth” in hopes of averting poll debacle

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Deepal Jayasekera, 1 May 2014

While the Congress Party claims to be the party of “inclusive growth”, its UPA government has presided over a huge increase in social inequality.

Indian workers speak in solidarity with International May Day

By our correspondents, 26 April 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers in southern India, including from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and in Chennai’s Sriperumbudur special economic zone.

India: Modi tries to distance himself from incendiary communalist remarks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 April 2014

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi tried to distance himself from inflammatory remarks made by several prominent BJP leaders.

India: New evidence of BJP role, Congress complicity in razing of Babri Masjid

By Deepal Jayasekera, 18 April 2014

Cobrapost has provided new evidence demonstrating that the 1992 razing of the Babri Masjid was a carefully planned provocation organized by Hindu communalist organizations with the knowledge and approval of top BJP leaders.

India stages national election amid mounting social crisis

By Keith Jones, 11 April 2014

Whatever combination of parties forms India’s government after the tallying of votes on May 16, India will soon be beset by political crisis and convulsed by intensifying class struggle.

Nokia India workers protest to defend jobs

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2014

Over 4,000 Nokia India workers staged a mass protest on March 31 in Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Nokia India workers speak on job threats and low wages

By Sasi Kumar, Nanda Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 9 April 2014

A WSWS reporting team spoke to Nokia workers at a March 31 demonstration in Chennai, against the Finnish company’s threats to close their plant.

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

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 5 April 2014

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

Indian government abets repression of workers in Saudi Arabia

By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014

The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.

India: Books withdrawn from circulation after threat from Hindu right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 April 2014

Hindu supremacist organisations and parties are waging a censorship campaign against books, films or anything else that “offend” Hinduism.

India attempts precarious balancing act in Ukraine crisis

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 March 2014

With Russia and the US now pitted against each other in the most serious crisis in Europe since the end of the Second World War, New Delhi is groping for a stance that will enable it to avoid seriously damaging its relations with either Moscow or Washington.

Family of murdered Indian mine worker speak out

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 21 March 2014

WSWS reporters visited the town of Neyveli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to interview the family of 31-year-old worker Rajkumar who was murdered by a paramilitary security guard on Monday, March 17.

Indian security forces gun down coal mine worker

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2014

A 31-year-old contract worker was shot and killed in cold blood in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

India: Demanding pay rise, 200,000 power-loom operators continue strike

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 19 March 2014

Over 200,000 power-loom operators have been on strike for the past month in two districts of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore and Tirupur.

India’s election campaign goes into high gear

By Keith Jones, 12 March 2014

India’s elections are taking place under conditions of deepening economic crisis and mounting opposition among workers and toilers.

India’s government lies about 2012 military coup fears

By Kranti Kumara, 5 March 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government continues to lie about its fears that an unauthorized January 2012 army exercise was in fact an attempted military coup.

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

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 February 2014

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

Indian parliament votes to create new Telangana state

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 February 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government has rammed a bitterly contested law through parliament that creates a new state—Telangana—by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

Delhi’s AAP government resigns

By Kranti Kumara, 19 February 2014

Seeking to become a player in Indian national politics, the now ex-AAP Chief Minister of Delhi is urging big business “to tell us what to do.”

US ready to do business with Hindu supremacist candidate for Indian PM

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2014

The US ambassador to India met Thursday with Narendra Modi, ending a nine-year diplomatic boycott that was imposed because of Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim pogrom.

Delhi’s AAP government teeters after month in office

By Kranti Kumara, 7 February 2014

Barely a month after taking office, Delhi’s Aam Admi Party government is mired in a spate of political controversies.

British role in 1984 Amritsar massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 4 February 2014

Recently released documents reveal Britain’s special forces, acting on orders from Margaret Thatcher, assisted the Indian government’s 1984 assault on the Golden Temple.

Japanese PM strengthens economic-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014

Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.

Khobragade affair exposes deep-rooted Indo-US tensions

By Kranti Kumara, 22 January 2014

India remains deeply dissatisfied with American treatment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade and, in both New Delhi and Washington, there is concern that the row could put new strains on Indo-US ties.

“The government, courts and police are all stacked against us”—spokesman for victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 21 January 2014

Vicitimized Maruti Suzuki India worker Mahabir Dhimm spoke with the WSWS about the government-company frame-up of 148 of his co-workers and the speed-up and repressive regime at the Manesar assembly plant .

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

India’s “judiciary acts on the agenda of the capitalists”

—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014

The lawyer leading the legal defence of the 148 Maruti Suzuki India workers facing frame-up charges of murder and other grave crimes recently spoke with the WSWS.

India’s prime minister announces resignation

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2014

Manmohan Singh’s resignation announcement is a sign of mounting panic in the Congress leadership over the party’s election prospects.

India: Protest denounces frame-up of Maruti Suzuki auto workers

An on-the-spot report

By Jai Sharma and Arun Kumar, 31 December 2013

Victimized workers from Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a two-day protest in Gurgaon, Haryana earlier this month to denounce the witch hunt that the company, police and Congress Party state government have jointly mounted against them.

Deadly train fire highlights poor safety conditions on Indian Railways

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 December 2013

At least 26 people were killed Saturday morning when two coaches on a train traveling through Andhra Pradesh caught fire.

India’s Supreme Court re-criminalizes homosexuality

By Kranti Kumara, 28 December 2013

India’s Supreme Court has struck down a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional a section of the penal code, dating back to the 1860s, that criminalizes consensual sex among gay men and women.

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

By Keith Jones, 19 December 2013

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

India: Frame-up trial of Maruti Suzuki auto workers continues

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013

One hundred forty-seven Maruti Suzuki workers who face a long list of frame-up charges, including murder, are to appear for their next court hearing Friday, December 20.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

Uttar Pradesh government sanctions mass expulsion of Muslim villagers

By Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2013

Tens of thousands of Muslims who were driven from their villages by Hindu communalists are being illegally blocked from returning to their homes.

India walks fine line over China’s air defence zone

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013

Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.

Congress Party humiliated in Indian state elections

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 December 2013

The Congress Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a series of state elections.

Indian workers and students defend Edward Snowden

By our reporters, 29 November 2013

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

New Delhi downplays evidence of extensive NSA spying targeting India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 November 2013

The Indian government’s failure to lodge any official protest against US National Security Agency operations targeting Indian officials and diplomatic missions has drawn critical comment even from sections of India’s right-wing press.

Indian Stalinists invoke Hindu-communalist threat

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 9 November 2013

India’s two major Stalinist parties organized a national “Secular Convention” in India’s capital last week. It was a political fraud.

Indo-Pakistani relations fraught after months of border skirmishes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 November 2013

The past three months have seen a surge in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistan military forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

India: Multiple bomb blasts at rally for BJP’s Modi kill five

By Kranti Kumara, 28 October 2013

Five people were killed Sunday when a series of bombs exploded at an election rally called to showcase the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate—the arch communalist and self-styled “strongman” Narendra Modi.

Indian government covers up military’s anti-constitutional activities

By Kranti Kumara, 18 October 2013

India’s Congress Party-led government wants to keep the Indian people entirely in the dark as to the anti-democratic conspiracies that are developing within the country’s national-security apparatus.

Indian foreign minister’s unproductive visit to Sri Lanka

By Nandana Nanneththi and Deepal Jayasekera, 16 October 2013

New Delhi’s push for a “political solution” with the Tamil elite received a cold response from Colombo.

Indian cabinet decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh sparks mass protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 9 October 2013

The Indian cabinet’s decision to proceed with the bifurcation of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and create a new state of Telangana has provoked huge protests in Andhra Pradesh’s other regions.

Obama and Singh pledge major increase in US-Indian military-strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 September 2013

At their meeting last Friday, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to greatly enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership,” especially geopolitical, security, and military cooperation.

Secret Indian Army unit implicated in anti-constitutional acts

By Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2013

A secret military intelligence unit set up by the previous head of the Indian Army engaged in illegal activities, including attempting to engineer the defeat of the elected state government of Jammu and Kashmir.

India: Official Opposition names arch-communalist as its prime ministerial candidate

By Kranti Kumara, 19 September 2013

The Bharatiya Janata Party has named Narendra Modi—the Chief Minister of the western state of Gujarat and a notorious communalist—as its candidate for prime minister in the coming general election.

US war drive rattles Indian elite

By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 September 2013

The US drive to attack Syria is intensifying the crisis of India’s government and elite.

As rupee slides, India’s PM vows to accelerate pro-investor reform

By Keith Jones, 31 August 2013

The value of the Indian rupee continued to slide this week, forcing India’s central bank to take emergency measures.

Tense standoff between India and Pakistan along their disputed Kashmir border continues

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2013

For more than three weeks, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire dails across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region.