Indian subcontinent

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

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

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.

Reject the plantation unions’ fraudulent electoral front

M. Thevarajah, SEP election candidate for Kegalla District and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, 4 September 2012

These discredited unions have come together to divert the opposition of workers to the government into the reactionary dead-end of communal politics.

Millions in India affected by severe drought

By Sathish Simon, 1 September 2012

An estimated 20 percent shortfall in the annual June-September South-West monsoon has severely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers and agricultural workers in rural India.

Jerry White concludes visit to Sri Lanka with meeting in Galle

By our correspondents, 1 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White concluded his tour of Sri Lanka on Thursday with a meeting in the southern port city of Galle.

Sri Lanka: US SEP presidential candidate speaks in Kegalla

By our correspondents, 31 August 2012

The candidate’s speech provoked an important and lively discussion in the question-and-answer session.

US SEP presidential candidate speaks with Sri Lankan plantation workers

By our correspondents, 30 August 2012

Visiting presidential candidate Jerry White discussed the necessity for the unity of the American and Sri Lankan working class.

US drone attacks escalate inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2012

At least four CIA drone attacks took place last week in North Waziristan, killing more than 35 people.

Sri Lankan government shuts universities to break strike

By Kapila Fernando, 28 August 2012

Even as the government is threatening striking university teachers, their trade union FUTA is preparing to betray the struggle.

Lively discussion with US presidential candidate at Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 28 August 2012

The questions pointed to an understanding among workers and youth that the political situation in Sri Lanka is intimately bound up with broader international processes.

Indian government gifts tens of billions to big business through privatization

By Kranti Kumara, 28 August 2012

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has released a series of damning reports that accuse India’s Congress Party-led government of facilitating the looting of public wealth by private corporations to the tune of $75 billion.

Sri Lanka: Colombo public meeting hears US SEP presidential candidate

By our correspondents, 27 August 2012

US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a well-attended meeting in Colombo yesterday.

Pakistani court threatens to disqualify PM

By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2012

Supreme Court contempt of court charges could oust a prime minister for the second time this year.[

US SEP presidential candidate begins international tour

By our correspondents, 25 August 2012

Jerry White received a warm welcome from the Sri Lankan SEP on his arrival in Colombo yesterday.

Sri Lankan SEP campaigns for US presidential candidate’s meetings

By our correspondents, 24 August 2012

Sri Lankan workers and youth expressed keen interest in the US presidential candidate’s tour.

Colombo press conference announces US SEP presidential candidate’s visit to Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 23 August 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidate, will address public meetings in Colombo, Kegalle and Galle.

India: Maruti Suzuki fires workers en masse, reopens plant under police gauntlet

By Palash Roy and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2012

Maruti Suzuki of India and the Congress Party-led Haryana state government are attempting to smash all resistance to the brutal work regime at the carmaker’s Manesar assembly plant.

Sri Lankan power unions sell out strike

By W. A. Sunil, 20 August 2012

The unions have ended the strike with nothing but vague promises and, in doing so, have opened the door for a further assault on jobs, wages and conditions.

Sri Lanka: Retrenched garment workers speak with SEP campaigners

By Kapila Fernando, 18 August 2012

The Socialist Equality Party is campaigning for a public meeting in Yatiyanthota, where about 1,000 workers were retrenched last year at the Ranmalu Fashions garment factory.

Indian elite hamstrung as the economy falters

By Kranti Kumara, 18 August 2012

High inflation and the sharp depreciation of the rupee have prevented India’s central bank from cutting interest rates to counter faltering economic growth.

Sri Lankan SEP holds election meeting in Kegalla

By our reporter, 11 August 2012

The first in a series of public meetings for the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections was attended by workers, youth and students.

Following grid collapse: Indian bourgeoisie demands privatisation of power sector

By Deepal Jayasekera, 11 August 2012

After the collapse of India’s electricity grid early last week, big business is pressing its demands for reforms in the energy sector.

Indian ruling elite fears impact of altercation at Maruti Suzuki plant

By Arun Kumar, 10 August 2012

The Indian ruling elite fears that the incident at the MSI Manesar plant may weaken the pro-investor image of India and further impact the country’s already declining economic growth rate.

Sri Lankan graphite miners speak to SEP campaigners

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 August 2012

“Though the LSSP leaders abandoned us, those revolutionary days still echo in our mind.”

Sri Lankan SEP campaigns among rubber plantation workers

By our reporters, 4 August 2012

Together with tea and coconut plantation workers, rubber workers have been hit hard by the government’s austerity measures.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Haryana government mount vendetta against auto workers

By Arun Kumar, 4 August 2012

Maruti Suzuki has locked out more than 3,000 workers at its Manesar car assembly plant and, at its behest, Haryana’s Congress Party state government has arrested more than 100 workers.

Assam communal clashes claim 53 lives in north-east India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 August 2012

Tensions between Bodo tribals and Bengali speaking Muslims are rooted in the 1947 communal partition and related abortion of the democratic revolution.

Pakistani, US intelligence chiefs discuss US drone attacks

By Eric London, 2 August 2012

Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Grid collapse in India leaves over 650 million without electricity

By Kranti Kumara, 1 August 2012

Much of India’s electricity transmission grid collapsed Tuesday, depriving almost 700 million people of power.

Sri Lankan government moves to gag web sites

By Vilani Peiris, 1 August 2012

The new regulations are part of an intensifying attack on media and democratic rights by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government.

Sri Lankan SEP candidate speaks to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardene, 31 July 2012

Ananda Daulagala has a record of more than three decades of fighting for the program of international socialism.

WSWS interviews tortured Tamil political refugee

By Athiyan Silva, 30 July 2012

The WSWS recently interviewed a former Tamil political prisoner, beaten and tortured in so-called rehabilitation centres by the Sri Lankan army and intelligence.

Conflict between Pakistan’s Supreme Court and government intensifies

By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012

The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial council election

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party will contest the Kegalla District of Sabaragamuwa Province in provincial council elections to be held on September 8.

Ex-army chief calls for regime change in Sri Lanka

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 July 2012

Former presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, has appealed for Western support for a campaign to overthrow the present government.

India: Maruti Suzuki launches witch-hunt against workers

By Arun Kumar, 23 July 2012

It is clear that the plant management deliberately provoked the altercation to intimidate workers and suppress any opposition to slave labour conditions.

Stalinist CPM backs ruling Indian Congress party’s presidential candidate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 July 2012

The Stalinist CPM’s decision to support Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential elections is a clear signal that the CPM is willing to resume its alliance with the Congress.

Former Indian finance minister Mukherjee runs for presidency

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 July 2012

The Indian presidential elections will be held on July 19.

Bangladesh and Assam devastated by floods

By Sathish Simon, 16 July 2012

While torrential monsoonal rains produced the floods, their ruinous impact is the result of decades of official indifference and negligence.

Sri Lankan government moves to extend the police custody period

By Sanjaya Jayasekara, 13 July 2012

The doubling of the detention period is another step to entrench the police-state measures adopted during the country’s civil war.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses socialist policy for fishermen

By our correspondent, 12 July 2012

The SEP and ISSE campaign dealt with the issues raised by protests by fishermen earlier this year against fuel price hikes.

Credit agency rates Sri Lanka “very high risk”

By Saman Gunadasa, 11 July 2012

S&P became the second ratings agency to warn of Sri Lanka’s exposure to the deepening financial crisis unfolding in Europe.

India: The lessons of the NLC betrayal

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012

The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.

US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2012

The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ strike

By Dehin Wasantha, 4 July 2012

The IUTUJC ended the campaign on the basis of an empty promise over salary anomalies.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012

The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.

Sri Lanka: Pro-government thugs kill two JVP supporters

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2012

The murders are part of the anti-democratic methods being used to stifle any opposition to the government’s imposition of IMF austerity measures.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold meeting on fishermen’s struggle

By Socialist Equality Party, 26 June 2012

The public meeting in the western Sri Lankan port of Chilaw will discuss a socialist program for fishermen and their families.

Sri Lanka tilts toward the US

By Sarath Kumara, 23 June 2012

Sri Lankan officials secured military assistance from the US and India at the recent Singapore security summit.

Pakistan Supreme Court ousts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 22 June 2012

Gilani’s disqualification reflects bitter feuding in the ruling elites, including the opposition parties, the military and the courts.

Ratings agency warns of Sri Lanka’s exposure to European crisis

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 June 2012

Of the Asian countries, Sri Lanka is “most at risk” from any global financial shocks because of its high external borrowing needs and weak balance sheet.

US declares India a “lynchpin” in its Asian strategy

By Sarath Kumara, 12 June 2012

Defence Secretary Panetta called for greater US-Indian military cooperation during his visit last week to New Delhi.

Indian government prepares mass sacking of Air India pilots

By Sathish Simon and Deepal Jayasekera, 9 June 2012

The attack on the pilots sets a dangerous precedent for a similar assault on other sections of workers defending their jobs and living standards.

Sri Lanka: Plantation workers oppose tea factory closure

By M. Vasanthan, 8 June 2012

Hundreds of Park Estate tea plantation workers have begun strike action to defend jobs and oppose cost-cutting measures.

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens ground intervention into Pakistan

By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2012

Speaking in Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threatened Pakistan with a ground attack if it did not crush forces in Pakistan fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan.

Non-academic university staff strike in Sri Lanka

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 7 June 2012

The strikers are demanding an immediate 25 percent pay rise as part of their protracted campaign to rectify salary anomalies.

India: NLC contract workers oppose union sell-out

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 June 2012

Angry NLC contract workers confront local union leaders over the back-room deal signed with management to shut down long-running strike action.

Singh promotes Indian interests in Burma

By Sarath Kumara, 4 June 2012

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Burma highlighted India’s intensifying pursuit of its economic and strategic interests.