Indian subcontinent

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

4 October 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Galle, Gampaha and Hatton

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

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.

A million people hit by drought in rural Sri Lanka

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Ratnasiri Malalagama, 27 September 2014

A long-running drought has further impoverished peasant farmers across wide areas of the island.

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.

Bala Tampoe (1922–2014): Socialist revolutionary turned class traitor

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Wije Dias, 13 September 2014

Tampoe’s political degeneration was bound up with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s backsliding, which culminated in its 1964 entry into a bourgeois government.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Kandy, Galle and Gampaha

12 September 2014

The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the danger of world war.

Sri Lankan unions call off health workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 22 August 2014

By ending the strike, the heath unions have demonstrated that they function as agents of the government against workers.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo on world war threats

9 August 2014

The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.

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.

Sri Lankan government to deport Pakistani and Afghan refugees

By W. A. Sunil, 11 July 2014

The Rajapakse government’s decision is a blatant violation of democratic rights and international law.

UN appoints panel for inquiry into Sri Lankan human rights violations

By W. A. Sunil, 5 July 2014

The UNHRC probe into alleged war crimes signals intensifying US-led Western pressure on Colombo.

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 May 2014

Behind the talk of a booming economy, the government is preparing further attacks on the living standards of workers and poor.

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.

Sri Lankan workers and youth express support for online May Day Rally

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The SEP has received an enthusiastic response in its campaign in Colombo for the upcoming International May Day online rally.

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.

Beautification: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara

By Darshana Medis and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 4 April 2014

Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide.

New report documents Sri Lankan military’s killing of surrendering LTTE leaders

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 March 2014

The ICEP report provides further compelling evidence of Colombo’s war crimes.

Sri Lanka: Police intimidation against SEP workers inquiry on industrial pollution

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 27 February 2014

The SEP warns that the police surveillance is in preparation for a witch hunt against its members and supporters.

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.”

SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election

Vote for the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)!

Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014

The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on workers inquiry into water pollution

By Rohantha de Silva, 12 February 2014

Weliweriya residents and students discussed the significance of the Independent Workers Inquiry.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial election

By Socialist Equality Party, 8 February 2014

The SEP is fielding 43 candidates for Colombo District on the basis of a socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

US increases pressure on Sri Lankan government over war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 5 February 2014

Washington will move a third resolution on Sri Lanka at next month’s UN Human Rights Council meeting.

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.

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.

Indian government to create Telangana state in southern India

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 3 August 2013

The Indian government is presenting the creation of Telangana as a means of overcoming socio-economic backwardness.

Incoming Pakistani prime minister pledges loyalty to Washington

By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2013

Pakistan’s incoming prime minister has moved quickly to signal his readiness to work with Washington in prosecuting the AfPak War and with the International Monetary Fund in imposing punishing austerity measures.

Tens of millions of Indian workers join general strike

By Arun Kumar, 21 February 2013

The two Stalinist union federations called the strike to let off steam and forge closer ties with bourgeois parties, including those of the extreme right.

India: Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 19 February 2013

Thousands of workers participated in an “All-India Protest Day” to voice their support for victimized workers at Maruti Suzuki India’s car assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana.

Witch-hunt continues against Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013

Police have arrested another Maruti Suzuki worker in India, bringing the total number of framed-up and jailed auto workers to 150.

Indian establishment mourns founder-leader of fascist Shiv Sena

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 15 December 2012

The fawning send-off the Indian ruling class accorded Bal Thackeray, the founder-leader of the fascist Shiv Sena (SS), following his death last month at the age of 86 constitutes both a lesson and warning to the working class.

India: Thousands join convention and protest to defend victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 15 December 2012

The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.

Sri Lanka: Security forces continue arresting Tamil youth

By our correspondent, 14 December 2012

Jaffna University students have been targeted because they have opposed the suppression of democratic rights and the privatisation of university education.

After winning FDI vote, Indian government vows to push ahead with pro-investor measures

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 December 2012

Last week’s debate and vote on opening India to Walmart and other giant retailers has underscored the support of all sections of India’s political establishment for big business’ economic agenda.

Sri Lanka: Parliamentary panel backs impeachment of chief justice

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2012

The rift between the government and the judiciary reflects a hostility among sections of the capitalist elite to the concentration of power in the hands of President Rajapakse.

Global retail giants and the Bangladesh factory fire

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2012

Corporations are desperate to deny responsibility in order to protect their public relations image and profits, and avoid potential legal action.

Defend auto workers victimised by Maruti Suzuki and Indian authorities

By World Socialist Web Site, 6 December 2012

Workers across India and internationally must defend the workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar assembly plant who are the target of a joint vendetta by India’s largest automaker and the Congress Party-led Haryana government.

Sri Lankan unions prepare political trap for plantation workers

By W.A. Sunil, 6 December 2012

The TUFPW is being formed not to fight for the interests of plantation workers, but to block an independent movement against the companies and government.

Behind the UAW’s “support” for the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 5 December 2012

The United Auto Workers union in the United States has issued a letter of protest against the firing and arrests of workers at a Maruti Suzuki India plant.

Sri Lanka: Jaffna University students arrested

By our correspondents, 4 December 2012

The latest detentions follow a series of police and military provocations against Jaffna students.

Police attack Bangladesh garment workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 December 2012

Workers were demanding justice for the victims, compensation for their families and improved safety standards.

Report highlights UN “failure” in Sri Lanka

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 29 November 2012

The lessons drawn from the report are aimed at fashioning the UN into a more effective tool of imperialist intervention.

The brutal face of global capitalism

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2012

The conditions at the Tazreen Fashions factory where 112 workers died were not the exception, but the rule.

Garment workers protest after Bangladeshi fire

By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2012

The protesters demanded the punishment of those responsible for the Tazreen Fashions factory fire that claimed at least 112 lives on Saturday night.

Worst factory fire in Bangladeshi history

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2012

A blaze that gutted the Tazreen Fashions building near the capital of Dhaka on Saturday night killed at least 112 workers and injured another 150.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Historical and International Foundations document

By our correspondents, 24 November 2012

Workers and students discussed the main perspective resolution adopted at the SEP’s founding congress in 2011.

A significant report on the global economy

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012

China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth

Former leading member of Tamil nationalist LTTE assassinated in Paris

By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012

On November 8 a leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil Coordinating Committee was assassinated in Paris.

LTTE officials work with Sri Lankan government after civil war

By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012

LTTE cadre Selvarasa Pathmanathan’s career exemplifies how the Sri Lankan government works with Tamil nationalists to police the working class after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Sri Lankan president presents austerity budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 21 November 2012

The budget is in line with IMF demands for higher taxes, lower social spending and concessions to big business.

Sri Lankan government unveils charges against chief justice

By K. Ratnayake, 15 November 2012

The real trigger for the impeachment was a Supreme Court ruling that a major government bill was unconstitutional.

The political lessons of the Sri Lankan university teachers’ strike

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 November 2012

From the outset, the teachers were confronted with the necessity of a political fight against the government, but the union was bitterly opposed to this perspective.

India: Thousands protest victimization of Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 14 November 2012

Victimized workers from Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant staged a series of protests last week to demand their reinstatement and to fight for the release of 149 workers who have been beaten and tortured while in police custody.

US criticises Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 13 November 2012

The US and India want Colombo to distance itself from Beijing in order to advance their strategic and economic interests in South Asia.

“Many could have been tortured to death,” charges lawyer for jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Arun Kumar, 13 November 2012

In an interview with the World Socialist Web Site, one of the lawyers who represents the 149 jailed Maruti Suzuki India workers described how many of them have been brutally tortured by police.

Sri Lankan security forces kill dozens of prison inmates

By Sampath Perera, 12 November 2012

Friday’s attack inside the country’s biggest jail underscores the government’s reliance on police-state measures.

Sri Lankan government moves to impeach chief justice

By K. Ratnayake, 6 November 2012

The conflict with the judiciary reflects concerns within the country’s ruling elite over the political and economic impact of the president’s autocratic methods of rule.

Lecture on Sri Lankan SEP’s historical and international foundations

5 November 2012

The lecture will launch the SEP’s new publication—The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party-Sri Lanka.

UK High Court hears Pakistan drone killing case

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012

Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.

Sri Lanka: Tamil party to resume talks with government

By W.A. Sunil, 29 October 2012

The TNA has clearly come under pressure from India regards the failure to resolve the Tamil question as an obstacle to New Delhi’s ambitions in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan defence secretary initiates communal campaign over 13th amendment

By K. Ratnayake, 26 October 2012

The call for constitutional change is aimed at stirring up anti-Tamil sentiment to divide working people amid widespread discontent over the government’s austerity policies.

Report highlights poverty in rural Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2012

More than half of the 116 million rural population lived in extreme poverty in the last decade.

India: Jailed Maruti Suzuki workers subjected to torture

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 23 October 2012

Indian authorities have tortured militant Maruti Suzuki workers who were jailed as part of a corporate-government conspiracy to convict them on murder charges.

On the spot report

Sri Lankan military forcibly “resettles” Tamil detainees

By our reporters, 22 October 2012

The remaining 1,200 people detained by the army after the LTTE’s defeat have been dumped in a rough clearing in thick jungle.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha memorial lecture

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 20 October 2012

The lecture, “Counterculture or Scientific Socialism,” explained and defended Piyaseeli’s struggle for Marxism, particularly in the field of art.

Unprecedented military budget in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 October 2012

Defence spending will rise 26 percent next year, boosting the military amid growing discontent among workers.

India’s Kingfisher Airlines workers demand unpaid salaries

By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 19 October 2012

Several hundred employees at privately-owned Kingfisher Airlines in India have engaged in strikes and other job actions over the past month to demand back wages owed to them since March.

Imperialism in the garb of human rights:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012

The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.

Sri Lankan union sells out three-month university strike

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 16 October 2012

FUTA called off the strike without achieving any of the academic staff’s demands.

Sri Lanka: Rift between president and judiciary

By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 12 October 2012

The conflict reflects growing differences within the ruling class over the government’s flouting of the law, its cronyism and its alienation of the Western powers.

Sri Lankan union prepares to sell out university strike

By our correspondents, 5 October 2012

While the teachers’ march gained considerable support, the union called it simply to let off steam before betraying the strike.

Australia pressures refugees to return to Sri Lanka

By Mike Head, 2 October 2012

Tamil asylum seekers are being coerced to return despite clear evidence of persecution and torture.

Sri Lankan government moves to revive the death penalty

By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 1 October 2012

The push to execute hundreds of prisoners on death row is part of the government’s deepening assault on basic democratic rights.

UN delegation snubbed by Pakistani officials as violence ravages Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 29 September 2012

A United Nations team investigating the fate of thousands of alleged “disappeared” in Balochistan was snubbed by the military and other leading Pakistani institutions during a 10-day visit earlier this month .

Sri Lanka suicide rate one of the world’s highest

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 September 2012

Poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems are rampant throughout the country.

The terror of US drone warfare

By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012

A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.

Despite mass opposition, India pushes ahead with operationalizing nuclear plant

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2012

Despite mass protests and numerous safety concerns, Indian authorities are pushing ahead with the loading of nuclear fuel into a newly-built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

Pakistani government breaks up protests against the US

By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012

The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.

Support the struggle of Sri Lankan university teachers

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2012

The SEP warns that the union leaders are fundamentally opposed to a political struggle against the Rajapakse government and are preparing to sell out the strike.

“Counterculture or Scientific Socialism”

Sri Lankan SEP to hold Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha commemorative lecture

25 September 2012

The SEP speaker will answer the recent post-modernist misrepresentation of Piyaseeli’s writings and explain her revolutionary Marxist standpoint.

UN human rights officials visit Sri Lanka

By Sampath Perera, 24 September 2012

The government’s invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a message to Washington that it wants closer ties to the US.

India’s government survives defection, vows to press forward with “big bang” reforms

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 September 2012

To fervent applause from big business, India’s Congress Party-led government is pressing ahead with its pro-investor “reforms” in the face of mass popular opposition and the defection of a coalition partner.

Millions protest in India against “big bang” pro-market measures

By our reporters, 21 September 2012

The widespread participation in the bandh demonstrates the popular outrage over the government’s announcements, which will impact severely on living standards.

Bangladeshi garment workers clash with police

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 20 September 2012

The latest protests underscore the seething discontent over deteriorating wages and working conditions.

All-India general strike against pro-investor “big bang” economic “reforms”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2012

Tens of millions of working people will join the one-day all-India hartal or general shutdown of schools, shops and workplaces that the opposition parties have called for today to protest against fuel price hikes and other pro-investor “reforms.”

Pakistan’s factory fire: An indictment of capitalism

By Wije Dias, 19 September 2012

The fire was a particularly horrific product of the dangerous and oppressive conditions facing tens of millions of workers in Asia and around the world.

India announces “big bang” economic reforms

By Kranti Kumara, 18 September 2012

Under immense pressure from international and domestic big business, India’s government has announced a series of “big bang” economic reforms aimed at reducing the state budget deficit at the expense of working people, attracting foreign investment, and spurring the reorganization of key economic sectors so as to make them more profitable for capital.

Pakistani government facing public anger over Karachi fire

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 September 2012

Successive provincial and national governments are responsible for the dangerous, unhealthy and oppressive conditions in the country’s factories.

US designates Haqqani Network in Pakistan as terrorist group

By Sampath Perera, 15 September 2012

The US designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group intensifies pressure on Pakistani and US forces to attack it inside Pakistan.

Pakistan factory fires kill over 300 workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 September 2012

Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident occurred when a fire erupted at a garment factory in Karachi on Tuesday evening.

India: Profiteering, negligence, and corruption lead to 50 deaths in factory explosion

By Sathish Simon, 12 September 2012

Last week’s factory explosion and fire that killed more fifty people is only the latest to rock Sivakasi, the center of India’s fireworks industry.

Share market scandal erupts in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 September 2012

The share market manipulation has highlighted the parasitic operations of speculators operating in collusion with government.

Sri Lanka: Ruling UPFA wins provincial elections but with reduced votes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 September 2012

The election result underlines the deepening hostility and resentment, not only to the government but to the Colombo political establishment as a whole.

Vote SEP in Sri Lankan provincial elections

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 September 2012

The burning issues facing working people can be solved only through the struggle for an international socialist perspective.

Former Gujarat minister convicted for her role in 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 5 September 2012

Mayaben Kodnani, a sitting state legislator and former BJP minister, has been convicted for her role as the “kingpin” of a brutal massacre of 97 Muslims during the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

India: Maruti Suzuki presses ahead with workforce purge

By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 4 September 2012

With the full backing of Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government, Maruti Suzuki India is pressing ahead with its purge of the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant and its drive to smash the independent union that the workers established last year.