Indian subcontinent

India: Maruti and Suzuki workers discuss their two-week strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011

Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.

Riots erupt over Pakistan’s chronic electricity cuts

By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011

Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.

Sri Lankan NSSP repudiates socialism and the October Revolution

By Socialist Equality Party Sri Lanka, 25 October 2011

The NSSP of Sri Lanka has declared its hostility to Trotskyism and socialist revolution.

India: Unions scuttle Maruti Suzuki strike again

By our correspondents, 24 October 2011

The unions at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar, Haryana car assembly plant and other nearby Suzuki plants ordered an end to a militant two-week-long strike last Friday, after the newly formed independent union at the Manesar plant made a rotten deal with management and Haryana state Labour Department officials.

Sri Lankan SEP campaign for release of political prisoners:

Released detainees speak to the WSWS

By Subash Somachandran, 22 October 2011

WSWS reporters held discussions with several recently released detainees and their relatives, who extended their support to the SEP campaign for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

India: Maruti Suzuki workers’ struggle must spearhead working-class political offensive

By World Socialist Web Site, 20 October 2011

To defeat the combined assault of big business, the government, police and courts, the Maruti Suzuki workers must make their strike the spearhead of an industrial and political offensive of the entire working class against sweatshop conditions.

Indian government seeks to lower official poverty line to 50 cents per day

By R.V. Singh and Colleen Redcliffe, 19 October 2011

India’s Planning Commission has recommended that those spending more than US 64 cents per day in urban areas and 52 cents per day in rural areas are not to be considered “poor.”

Neglected Pakistan flood victims left to survive on their own

By Sampath Perera, 19 October 2011

While the Indus Valley floodwaters have started to recede, the threat of famine and diseases is mounting for millions forced from their homes.

India: Maruti strike continues after occupation ends under police threat

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 October 2011

Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.

Sri Lanka: JVP heading for another split

By K. Ratnayake, 14 October 2011

Amid signs of developing struggles of the working class in Sri Lanka and internationally, the emergence of a dissident faction in the JVP is a desperate attempt to breathe life back into a political corpse.

Lockout at Bosch plant in Bangalore, India now two weeks old

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 14 October 2011

German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Congress government prepare police attack on occupation

By Arun Kumar, 13 October 2011

Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.

Sri Lankan ruling party defeated in Colombo local election

By W.A. Sunil, 12 October 2011

The central election issue was the government’s plan to evict 70,000 families from shanties in Colombo in order to transform the capital into a major commercial hub for South Asia.

Obama ramps up pressure on Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2011

The protracted US-led war in Afghanistan has transformed that country into a hornet’s nest of political intrigue and profoundly destabilised the entire region.

India: Wildcat strike erupts anew at Maruti-Suzuki plant, thousands walk out in sympathy

By Kranti Kumara, 11 October 2011

The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations

By James Cogan, 6 October 2011

The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.

Sri Lanka: IMF demands currency devaluation

By Saman Gunadasa, 5 October 2011

Warning of another foreign reserves crisis, the International Monetary Fund has delayed the final two instalments of its $2.6 billion loan to Sri Lanka.

SEP launches campaign to release Sri Lankan political prisoners

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 October 2011

The SEP’s campaign is inseparable from the broader struggle to defend the democratic rights of the working class and rural masses from the attacks of the government.

Unions, Stalinists force Maruti Suzuki India workers to accept company’s demands

By Rajesh Tyagi, 4 October 2011

Working in conjunction with state government officials, the unions have prevailed on the workers at the Maruti Suzuki India plant in Manesar, Haryana to return to work on the company’s terms, after a bitter month-long struggle.

French president’s associates charged in “Karachigate” scandal

By Kumaran Ira, 3 October 2011

Close associates of French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been accused of using kickbacks from submarine sales to Pakistan in 1994 for illegal party funding.

Devastating floods threaten famine, disease in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 October 2011

The continuing floods in a condition of little or no assistance to millions of affected and displaced people have worsened a public health crisis and risks of malnutrition has intensified.

US-Pakistani relations worsen following accusations and threats from Washington

By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2011

The crisis in US-Pakistan relations continues to escalate more than a week after chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani network.

Sri Lanka: Book launch honours the life of Piyaseeli Wijegunasinghe

By our correspondents, 28 September 2011

Piyaseeli Wijegunasinghe –A Tribute was launched on the first anniversary of the death of the lifelong Trotskyist and Marxist art critic.

India: Stalinist union works to impose company demands on locked-out Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 27 September 2011

The Stalinist leadership of the All India Trade Union Congress is urging locked-out workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar car assembly plant to surrender to the company’s demand that they sign a “good conduct bond” that reinforces an oppressive, dictatorial work regime.

Sri Lankan military attacks Tamil villagers

By Subash Somachandran, 26 September 2011

The Sri Lankan army has carried out its first major assault on Tamil civilians since the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009.

Maruti Suzuki India workers challenge cheap-labor regime

“We are determined this time to fight to the end”

By Rajesh Tyagi, 22 September 2011

With the grass-root workers determined to win their rights, the carmaker MSI and the Congress Party government are looking to diffuse the crisis and subjugate the workers through the mediation of the Stalinist union leaders.

Public anger mounts as floods again engulf Pakistan

By Ali Ismail, 21 September 2011

Popular anger is spreading throughout Pakistan over the PPP-led government’s pitiful response to the massive floods that are ravaging the country for the second year in succession.

Maruti Suzuki India lockout: After talks fail, union leaders arrested

By Arun Kumar, 20 September 2011

Police arrested the leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union late Sunday evening when they emerged from failed talks with representatives of the carmaker and the Haryana labour department. Maruti Suzuki has locked out 3,000 workers at its Manesar assembly plant since August 29.

India: Maruti Suzuki struggle escalates as company hires more strikebreakers

By Arun Kumar, 17 September 2011

Big business, the Congress Party-led Haryana state government, and the police are all supporting Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) in its drive to subjugate the workforce at its Manesar car assembly plant.

Indian government to hang men convicted over Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 September 2011

The use of the death penalty, particularly in political cases, is a sharp warning to the working class of the methods that will be used to suppress the class struggle.

Maruti Suzuki India sacks workers, hires strike breakers

By Arun Kumar, 15 September 2011

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Ltd., the country’s largest car maker, has intensified its threats against locked-out workers at the company’s Mansard plant, moving to replace them with strike breakers.

Sri Lankan government revives emergency powers in a new guise

By K. Ratnayake, 15 September 2011

The Sri Lankan president has imposed new regulations and revived old police-state laws to ensure that the security forces continue to have extensive repressive powers.

Sri Lankan government holds belated local council elections

By Vilani Peiris, 13 September 2011

The ruling coalition has mounted a campaign to win the Colombo council as part of its plans to transform the city into a major financial hub and evict thousands of shanty dwellers.

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 10 September 2011

The much-anticipated visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to produce the desired transit and water-sharing deals.

India: Police support Maruti Suzuki lockout, occupy plant

By Sathish Simon, 10 September 2011

Haryana’s Congress Party-led state government is working in tandem with Maruti Suzuki to crush worker resistance at its Manesar plant.

Five million ravaged by floods in Pakistan

By Ali Ismail, 8 September 2011

Flash floods brought on by monsoon rains have killed over 130 people in Pakistan in recent weeks and forced millions to flee their submerged villages.

India: Comstar workers’ strike in fourth week

By Arun Kumar and Sasi Kumar, 5 September 2011

For almost four weeks, workers have struck the Comstar Automotive Technologies’ plant in Sriperumbudur, south India, to win union recognition and improved wages and benefits.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses rising class struggles

By our reporters, 3 September 2011

The SEP and ISSE held a public meeting in Colombo on the need for a socialist perspective to address the growing wave of struggles by workers in Sri Lanka and internationally.

Indian Stalinists and the anti-corruption Lokpal movement

By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 2 September 2011

The CPM’s response to the Hazare movement has demonstrated its complete integration into the Indian political establishment as a staunch defender of bourgeois rule.

Pakistan: KESC security guards and Karachi police open fire on protesting workers

By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2011

Karachi Electric Supply Company workers demonstrating against nonpayment of their salaries were brutally attacked on Monday when KESC security guards and Karachi police opened fire on them, injuring at least eight.

Sri Lankan government ends emergency, but police state continues

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 September 2011

President Rajapakse announced the lifting of the state of emergency in a bid to deflect international pressure over his government’s war crimes and abuses.

Uneasy truce between Indian government and anti-corruption campaigner

By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2011

Nothing has been settled in the deal with Hazare, whose focus on “corruption” has been to the exclusion of the economic and social crisis facing the vast majority of working people.

Stand-off continues over Indian anti-corruption bill

By Sarath Kumara, 27 August 2011

Sections of the corporate elite, while continuing to exploit the Hazare protests, have become increasingly nervous about the present parliamentary logjam and the potential for escalating political instability.

Karachi torn by mounting political-ethnic violence

By Ali Ismail, 24 August 2011

A wave of ethnic-killings arising from turf wars between Karachi's establishment parties and the rival gangs they patronize has sparked calls for the army to be deployed.

Indian government seeks compromise with anti-corruption campaigner

By Sarath Kumara and Peter Symonds, 23 August 2011

Big business latched onto the Lokpal campaign as a means of deflecting attention from its own practices and pressing the Singh government to push ahead with pro-market reforms.

India’s government uses authoritarian measures against self-styled anti-corruption crusade

By Keith Jones, 18 August 2011

India’s coalition government is in disarray after using preventative detention and mass arrests in an unsuccessful attempt to block a protest led by self-styled Gandhian and self-anointed anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

A socialist perspective for Sri Lankan workers

18 August 2011

The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Colombo on August 22 to discuss a socialist program for the rising wave of working class struggles.

Sri Lankan talks for a “political solution” reach dead-end

By S. Jayanth, 18 August 2011

Negotiations between the government and TNA for a power-sharing deal following the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war are on the brink of collapse.

One million Indian bank workers take strike action

By Arun Kumar, 18 August 2011

The bank workers’ strike is part of the emerging class struggles in India and internationally triggered by the deepening crisis of the global capitalist economy, of which India is an integral part.

Sri Lankan defence report whitewashes war crimes

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 16 August 2011

Far from being a comprehensive refutation, the paucity of the defence ministry report demonstrates that the government has no answer to the evidence that it is responsible for horrific war crimes.

Indian government under renewed pressure for pro-market reforms

By Sarath Kumara, 13 August 2011

The international financial turmoil, together with the prospects of recession in the US and Europe, has prompted a nervous response in Indian business circles and demands for further restructuring.

Pakistan: Report lifts veil on military and intelligence apparatus’ repression in Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 11 August 2011

A recent report on the “disappeared” in Balochistan is a devastating exposure of the brutal tactics Pakistan’s military and security agencies are using to suppress Baloch ethnic-nationalists in the country’s poorest province.

Sri Lankan ex-left justifies betrayal of university pay campaign

By K. Ratnayake, 10 August 2011

Professor Liyanage, who led the FUTA negotiating team, opposed any political struggle against the Sri Lankan government on the basis of a socialist perspective.

A socialist program for public sector workers in Sri Lanka

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 8 August 2011

Thousands of workers have started protests in Sri Lanka, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

Brutal assault on senior journalist in northern Sri Lanka

By S. Ramesh, 5 August 2011

The attack on the Uthayan news editor took place in Jaffna, just one week after the government’s defeat in local elections in the Northern Province.

Sri Lankan ruling party fails to win local elections in war-torn north

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 1 August 2011

Despite campaigning heavily in the northern district and using violence against its opponents, the UPFA won just 3 of the 20 local councils.

Sri Lanka: University teachers union sells out wage campaign

By Kapila Fernando, 30 July 2011

The union leaders explicitly rejected any political struggle against the government, paving the way for their complete capitulation on the wage demands.

Pakistan Peoples Party budget imposes further IMF-dictated austerity

By Ali Ismail, 22 July 2011

The austerity budget that Pakistan’s PPP-led coalition government is implementing in the 2011-12 fiscal year is a conspiracy against the country’s workers and toilers.

Sri Lankan ruling party resorts to violence in northern elections

By Subash Somachandran, 21 July 2011

President Mahinda Rajapakse is mounting a desperate attempt to win the poll in the war-torn north to counter criticisms of his government’s involvement in the military’s war crimes.

Sri Lankan media voices concerns about Rajapakse’s pro-China orientation

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 July 2011

The commentary reflects the deepening dilemma posed to ruling elites throughout Asia by the economic rise of China, and the relative decline of the US.

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

By 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

By 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.