Indian subcontinent

US suspends aid to Pakistan

By Vilani Peiris, 15 July 2011

Washington suspended aid to Pakistan, trying to force it to do Washington’s bidding in the US “AfPak” war waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Terrorist attack in Mumbai kills 21

By Keith Jones, 14 July 2011

At least 21 people were killed and more than 140 injured yesterday by a coordinated bomb attack at three different locations in Mumbai, India’s largest city and financial center.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts promote illusions in Tamil National Alliance

By K. Ratnayake, 13 July 2011

The NSSP is not only providing much-needed political assistance to the discredited TNA but also lining up with US and European imperialism, which are seeking to pressure the Sri Lankan government to negotiate with the Tamil elite.

Pakistani military launches offensive into Kurram agency

By James Cogan, 9 July 2011

The operation has been ordered to restore relations with the Obama administration following tensions that developed in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Sri Lankan army attempts to block SEP meeting in Jaffna

By our correspondent, 1 July 2011

Despite intimidation by the military and police, youth and working people participated in a well-attended public meeting on “The Middle East upheavals and the theory of the permanent revolution.”

Stalinist union ends occupation at Suzuki plant in India

By Arun Kumar, 1 July 2011

The All India Trade Union Congress shut down the nearly two-week sit-in strike by 2,500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki plant in northern India.

SEP calls on Sri Lankan plantation workers to reject pay deal

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 June 2011

The wage agreement signed by the unions this month condemns plantation workers to another two years of poverty-level wages.

Bin Laden killing roils US ties with Pakistani army

By Vilani Peiris, 25 June 2011

US deputy special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiro arrived in Islamabad on Monday, part of a series of visits to Pakistan by US administration officials since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 1.

Sri Lankan court examines police shooting of FTZ worker

By W.A. Sunil and Ruwan Liyanage, 23 June 2011

Shocked by the extent of the Free Trade Zone protests, the government has been desperately seeking to cover up its own responsibility for the police violence.

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

British television documents Sri Lankan war crimes

By Paul Bond, 22 June 2011

Channel 4 News has amassed mobile phone footage exposing the Sri Lankan military’s war crime against Tamil refugees.

Sri Lankan government condemns Channel 4 war crimes documentary

By K. Ratnayake, 21 June 2011

The big lie has become the standard response of the Colombo establishment to all evidence of the atrocities carried out by the military in the final months of its onslaught on the LTTE.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) holds founding congress

By our correspondents, 21 June 2011

The founding congress of the SEP in Sri Lanka took place in Colombo on May 27-29, adopting a perspectives resolution that reviews the key strategic experiences of the struggle for Trotskyism in the Indian subcontinent.

India uses UN report on Sri Lanka to assert its interests

By Sarath Kumara, 18 June 2011

The strained relations between India and Sri Lanka were highlighted when senior Indian officials visited Colombo last week.

Defend Sri Lankan university teachers

By the International Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 16 June 2011

The ISSE in Sri Lanka calls on students to defend the right of university teachers to fight for a wage increase and improved conditions.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Middle East uprisings

14 June 2011

The Sri Lankan SEP announces a meeting in Jaffna on “Mass uprisings in the Middle East and Permanent Revolution.”

Sri Lankan plantation unions sign poverty-level pay deal

By M. Vasanthan, 11 June 2011

At the government’s instigation, unions and employers brought negotiations to a rapid conclusion after mass protests by free trade zone workers erupted against the planned pension scheme.

Sri Lankan government to reintroduce amended pension bill

By W.A. Sunil, 9 June 2011

Far from providing benefits for workers, government talks with the unions will be the means for imposing new burdens on the working class.

The Sri Lankan ex-lefts and the FTZ workers

By K. Ratnayake, 8 June 2011

As the unions scramble to curb FTZ protests, the Nava Sama Samaja Party is desperately trying to revive the illusion that the union leaders will defend the rights of workers.

Sri Lankan FTZ strikes: a harbinger of the class struggle

By Peter Symonds, 7 June 2011

The protests by free trade zone workers on this small island have taken place outside of the unions and the country’s opposition parties.

Thousands attend funeral of slain Sri Lankan FTZ worker

By our correspondents, 6 June 2011

The whole village was under what amounted to military occupation, with armed soldiers inside and outside the church.

Sri Lankan worker dies of police-inflicted wounds

By our correspondents, 3 June 2011

Responsibility for the death falls squarely on the government, which deployed 2,000 police to suppress protests by Free Trade Zone workers.

Defend Sri Lankan free trade zone workers

the Socialist Equality Party, 1 June 2011

The SEP condemns the brutal police crackdown unleashed by the government on thousands of protesting workers in Katunayake free trade zone.

Sri Lankan police fire on protesting free trade zone workers

By W.A. Sunil and Ruwan Liyanage, 1 June 2011

More than 200 workers were injured and about 100 arrested in a police and military assault on workers protesting against the government’s pension bill.

Sri Lankan free trade zone workers demonstrate against pension bill

By Nihal Geekiyanage, 28 May 2011

The walkout, in defiance of the trade unions, was a clear sign of growing discontent throughout the working class over the government’s escalating attacks on living standards.

India: Rightwinger Banerjee becomes West Bengal’s new chief minister

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 May 2011

Mamata Banerjee, the anti-communist demagogue who leads the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been installed as West Bengal’s Chief Minister setting the stage for a sharp intensification of the class struggle.

Sri Lankan university teachers demand pay rise

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 23 May 2011

The country’s poorly-paid academics have defied the Rajapakse government to impose work bans on universities.

Pakistan and China strengthen ties after Bin Laden assassination

By Keith Jones, 23 May 2011

In the aftermath of the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, there are now signs that the longstanding conflict between India and Pakistan will intersect with growing tensions between the United States and China.

Pakistan: Military sponsored-PML (Q) joins PPP-led coalition government

By Ali Ismail, 20 May 2011

The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)—the civilian face of the military regime that ruled Pakistan till 2008—has joined the country’s deeply unpopular Pakistan People’s Party-led federal government, so it can implement an IMF austerity program.

Pakistan’s President Zardari visits Moscow

By Niall Green, 19 May 2011

Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.

Sri Lankan government praises Bin Laden killing

By K. Ratnayake, 18 May 2011

The Colombo establishment views the murder as a vindication of the Sri Lankan government’s war crimes and an opportunity to ingratiate itself with Washington.

Pakistani, NATO forces clash amid rising US-Pakistani tensions

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2011

Two Pakistani soldiers were injured, at least one seriously, Tuesday when Pakistani ground troops were fired on by NATO helicopters that had crossed into Pakistani airspace over North Waziristan.

India: Stalinist-led Left Front suffers debacle in state elections

By Keith Jones, 14 May 2011

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left Front have suffered a shattering defeat in a series of state assembly elections whose results were tabulated yesterday. Defeated in its West Bengal and Kerala bastions, the Left now governs only the tiny state of Tripura.

Sri Lankan plantation workers speak to the WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 13 May 2011

Plantation workers on poverty-level wages and conditions are confronting another betrayal by the trade unions which are already collaborating with employers to impose another pay sell-out.

Pivotal elections in five Indian states

By Keith Jones, 12 May 2011

Significant as the state elections are for the Congress Party-led national government, interest in them has rightly focused on the fate of the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala and of the Left’s dominant component, the Stalinist Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Sri Lanka: Opposition web site suspended

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 10 May 2011

The ban on Lanka e-News marks a further assault on fundamental democratic rights by the regime of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Pakistan warns US “unilateralism” could have “serious consequences”

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2011

Pakistan’s Prime Minister has warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty.

SEP/ISSE May Day meeting in Colombo

By our correspondents, 9 May 2011

Workers and youth took part in the SEP’s meeting in opposition to the wave of chauvinism and patriotism whipped up by the ruling coalition in Sri Lanka.

After bin Laden killing, US intensifies pressure on Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2011

An important element in the carefully calculated decision to murder Bin Laden was the frustration in Washington over resistance in Islamabad to US demands over the AfPak war.

UN report details Sri Lankan government war crimes

By Sarath Kumara, 4 May 2011

The report is a devastating blow to the Colombo government’s claims that military offensives in the final months of the island’s civil war were a “humanitarian operation” that killed no civilians.

Sri Lankan union abandons victimised workers

By W.A. Sunil, 2 May 2011

Following a strike by garment workers at the Bratex undergarment factory, 38 workers were retrenched and five are facing court later this month on trumped up charges.

Sri Lankan government denounces UN war crimes findings

By K. Ratnayake, 29 April 2011

A UN panel report accusing Sri Lankan government of crimes against humanity has become the target of vilification by the Colombo political establishment.

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting on Libyan war

By our correspondents, 27 April 2011

The SEP’s campaign revealed a growing interest among workers and youth in international developments and particularly the imperialist bombing of Libya.

India’s corruption scandals and the clamor for a “Jan Lokpal” Bill

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011

The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.

Pakistan: IMF demands brutal restructuring in return for further funding

By Ali Ismail, 25 April 2011

A Pakistani delegation returned home from Washington last week after failing to win approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion loan.

Pakistan: CIA drone kills 25 on eve of mass protest against US missile strikes

By Keith Jones, 23 April 2011

Yesterday’s US missile attack in North Waziristan came on the eve of a two-day mass protest against Predator drone strikes that its organizers claim will mobilize hundreds of thousands.

Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE to hold May Day meeting

21 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) call on workers and young people to attend our public meeting in Colombo on May 1 to mark international workers’ day and discuss the vital issues confronting the international working class.

UN report verifies Sri Lankan government war crimes

By Sarath Kumara, 21 April 2011

An Expert Panel found that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war, mainly by deliberate government shelling, including of hospitals and aid centres.

Sri Lankan government deepens IMF austerity measures

By Sampath Perera, 16 April 2011

The International Monetary Fund has praised the government for meeting the required budget deficit reduction targets.

Drone attacks trigger fresh crisis in US-Pakistani relations

By Keith Jones, 15 April 2011

The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday.

Wildcat strike continues at GM India plant in Gujarat

By Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2011

Auto workers at the GM Halol plant in the western India state of Gujarat have waged a month-long battle against brutal working conditions.

Sri Lankan government shuts down three universities to block protests

By Kapila Fernando, 14 April 2011

The closures are part of a campaign to suppress student opposition to worsening educational conditions and plans to establish private universities.

Sri Lanka: Opposition web site editor arrested

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 11 April 2011

Rupasinghe’s detention is the latest in a series of attacks on the media and journalists by the Sri Lankan government.

Sri Lankan SEP/ISSE meeting on war in Libya

8 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting in Colombo on April 19 to discuss the implications of the imperialist intervention in Libya.

Sri Lankan government announces a Colombo municipal corporation

By Vilani Peiris, 7 April 2011

The Sri Lankan cabinet has unveiled plans for a pro-business authority to run Colombo city, in preparation for mass evictions.

Stalinists threatened in West Bengal election, after “pro-investor” policies

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 2 April 2011

The people of West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, will vote in state assembly elections in six phases, commencing April 18.

Sri Lankan plantation workers must launch an independent wage struggle

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 April 2011

The SEP urges estate workers to form action committees independent of the unions to prosecute a campaign for decent wages and conditions.

Indian army general praises instigator of 2002 Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 1 April 2011

Major-General Singha’s praise of Narendra Modi must be evaluated in the context of deepening collusion between the personnel of India’s state institutions and the Hindu supremacist right and evidence that elements within the military are promoting communalist politics.

Sri Lanka: Tamil parties hold talks with government

By K. Ratnayake, 28 March 2011

While it claims to represent all Tamils, the TNA is seeking a deal that will secure privileges for the Tamil bourgeoisie at the expense of working people.

Pakistan: Report reveals deplorable state of country’s education system

By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2011

A recent report from a Pakistan government-established task force paints a harrowing picture of the state of education in the world’s sixth most populous country.

Sri Lankan government wins local council elections

By Sarath Kumara, 26 March 2011

Far from being a vote of confidence in President Mahinda Rajapakse, the result reflects a collapse of support for the major opposition parties.

GM India workers launch wildcat strike in Gujarat

By Kranti Kumara, 23 March 2011

Auto workers at GM’s factory in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been on strike for over a week to oppose speed up and brutal working conditions.

India used bribes to win vote on US nuclear accord, WikiLeaks cables show

By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011

India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.

CIA killer Raymond Davis released by Pakistani authorities

New US drone attack kills dozens

By Ali Ismail, 18 March 2011

One day after Pakistani authorities released CIA agent Raymond Davis, the US carried out a fresh atrocity in Pakistan killing more than three dozen people.

Pakistan: Government minister opposed to blasphemy laws assassinated

By Ali Ismail, 16 March 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Religious Minorities Minister and a vocal opponent of the country’s reactionary and discriminatory blasphemy laws, was assassinated March 2.

US threatens Sri Lankan government over war crimes

By Sampath Perera, 15 March 2011

In a move directed against China’s growing influence, a top US diplomat has warned the Sri Lankan government that its leaders could face international war crimes charges.

Gujarat court frames Muslims for train fire used to incite 2002 Gujarat pogrom

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 March 2011

In a legal travesty, an Indian court has convicted 31 Muslims of conspiring to cause the train fire in Godhra that the BJP state government and its Hindu supremacist allies used to incite the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.

Sri Lankan government launches police witch-hunt to break garment workers’ strike

By Nihal Geekiyanage and Ivan Fernando, 7 March 2011

Desperate to attract foreign investment, the Rajapakse government unleashed a brutal police attack on striking free trade zone workers.

Pakistan: US spy Raymond Davis allegedly tied to Islamicist groups

By Ali Ismail, 5 March 2011

Potentially explosive allegations concerning the covert activities of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative who gunned down two Pakistani youth in a Lahore market in late January, continue to emerge.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses Egyptian Revolution

By our correspondents, 2 March 2011

Speakers explained that the convulsions in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrated that the working class internationally was entering into a new period of revolutionary struggles.

Sri Lankan government to slash spending to pay for flood damage

By W. A. Sunil and Jothipala Perera, 26 February 2011

The official IMF mission statement on Sri Lanka underscored the contempt of the global financial elite for the lives and plight of the poor masses.

Pakistan: Tensions rise as Raymond Davis revealed to be a CIA operative

By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2011

The New York Times revealed that Davis was part of a covert, CIA-led team responsible for gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups in Pakistan.

Dozens slaughtered by US forces in Afghanistan-Pakistan air attacks

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011

After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.

Sri Lanka: Alongside the A9 highway to war-torn Jaffna

22 February 2011

This photo essay records the devastation caused by a quarter century of civil war in Sri Lanka and the plight facing hundreds of thousands of refugees.

India: Sanmina workers strike for higher wages and union recognition

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 22 February 2011

The strike launched one week ago today by more than a thousand workers at the Sanmina SCI plant in the Oragadam Special Economic Zone is part of a wave of workers’ struggles that have rocked the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last summer.

Diplomatic crisis intensifies over US operative who gunned down Pakistanis

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2011

Washington ratcheted up pressure on Pakistan this week to drop all criminal charges against a US security operative who gunned down two young men in a busy Lahore market, killing both.

Sri Lankan bank workers strike to demand pension rights

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 February 2011

The mass turnout by 20,000 workers defied the Ceylon Bank Employees Union president, who sought to sabotage the strike at the last minute by making a media statement that it had been postponed.

Sri Lankan government undermines public education

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 16 February 2011

The government has launched an island-wide School Development Program, forcing parents to bear much of the financial burden of running schools.

SEP/ISSE meeting in Colombo on the Egyptian revolution

16 February 2011

A SEP-ISSE public meeting in Colombo on February 25 will discuss the political implications of the overthrow of the hated Mubarak regime.

WSWS posts Marxist Voice statement from Pakistan in Urdu

16 February 2011

The WSWS is publishing in Urdu a statement recently issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, “Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program: Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!” We are also publishing the Urdu translation of the WSWS perspective, “A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class,” which explains the significance of the Marxist Voice statement.

Sri Lankan president foreshadows further economic hardship

By Sampath Perera, 12 February 2011

Rajapakse presented himself as a saviour of the national economy, who must make the “hard decisions” to cut wages and jobs.

Indian Maoists declare support for right-wing Trinamool Congress

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 12 February 2011

India’s principal Maoist party, the CPI (Maoist), has proclaimed support for the election of the right-wing Trinamool Congress in the coming West Bengal state election.

US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market

By Ali Ismail, 10 February 2011

Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.

Pakistan: Red Cross warns of Tunisia-style unrest in wake of floods

By Ali Ismail, 9 February 2011

Last year’s floods have exacerbated food insecurity in Pakistan to the point that the poverty-stricken country could soon see Tunisia-style unrest, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court upholds Fonseka convictions

By Sarath Kumara, 8 February 2011

The court ruled against Sarath Fonseka, former opposition presidential candidate, upholding the validity of the courts-martial that jailed him on trumped-up charges.

Arson attack on Sri Lankan opposition web site

By our correspondents, 4 February 2011

A gang broke into the office of the Lankaenews.com web site on Monday and set fire to the premises, destroying a library and office equipment.

Sri Lankan guards shoot protesting prisoners

By Sampath Perera, 3 February 2011

At least two inmates were killed at the Anuradhapura prison last week after protests erupted over squalid conditions and inadequate meals.

Indian human rights activist jailed for life on frame-up charges

By Ajay Prakash, 2 February 2011

Dr. Binayak Sen, an internationally-known human rights activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment on trumped-up charges for having spoken out against atrocities committed by the Indian state in suppressing a Maoist-led tribal insurgency.

Sri Lankan government blocks key local elections

By K. Ratnayake, 1 February 2011

The Rajapakse government has “postponed” elections for 19 municipal councils, including the capital of Colombo, and 15 regional councils.

Sri Lankan government intensifies Colombo evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 27 January 2011

The Rajapakse government has sped up its drive to evict 66,000 families and clear large areas of the capital in order to benefit developers, boost tourism and transform the city into a business hub for the Asian region.

US drone attacks provoke fury in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 26 January 2011

Sunday’s three attacks took the number of Predator strikes in the first weeks of 2011 to at least 10, making clear there will be no letup in the US carnage inside Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Terror campaign against Tamils reemerges

By S. Jayanth, 25 January 2011

Death squads operating in collusion with the military have once again begun to terrorise Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Military discipline for university students

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 24 January 2011

The government has taken another unprecedented step in the militarisation of society by imposing military “leadership training” for all university students.

Sri Lanka: Free Trade Zone unions mount bogus wage campaign

By Nihal Geekiyanage and Somasiri Wathugedara, 22 January 2011

The trade unions in Free Trade Zones are appealing to employers on the basis of the slogan “Bigger Pay, Bigger Profit”.

Sri Lankan coverup of WikiLeaks war crime revelations

By Vilani Peiris, 20 January 2011

The political and media establishment has reacted to WikiLeaks revelations, which confirm that the Rajapakse government was responsible for war crimes, by suppressing the leaked US diplomatic cables and defending the military’s actions.

On the spot report

Sri Lanka’s flood victims express anger over government’s lack of aid

By W.A. Sunil and A. Shanthakumar, 19 January 2011

The reality on the ground in Sri Lanka’s flood-affected areas is vastly different from the sanitised view being presented in television footage.

The flood crises in Sri Lanka and Australia

By Mike Head, 15 January 2011

Governments have proven utterly incapable of forewarning and protecting ordinary people from major, yet predictable, adverse weather events.

One million affected by Sri Lankan floods

By W.A. Sunil and S. Ajithan, 14 January 2011

Severe flooding, particularly in the eastern districts of Sri Lanka, has displaced 350,000 people who are sheltering in makeshift relief camps without adequate supplies of clean water, food and medicine.

Pakistan’s summer floods: A man-made disaster

By Ali Ismail, 13 January 2011

More than six months after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, millions of people remain without proper shelter and adequate food supplies and at risk of disease. This tragedy is a stunning indictment of the Pakistani bourgeoisie and its international allies, above all Washington.

Price rises deepen discontent in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 11 January 2011

Working people in Sri Lanka have been hit hard by a wave of price increases and austerity measures, including a wage freeze and cutbacks to price subsidies.

India’s Congress-led government unable to quash 2G scandal

By Kranti Kumara, 11 January 2011

India’s Congress Party-led coalition government has been unable to quash a scandal concerning the awarding, without auction, of wireless 2G (second generation) spectrum licenses in 2008.