Indian subcontinent

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondent, 10 August 2015

The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.

Flooding across South Asia affects millions of people

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 August 2015

Monsoonal downpours have created a humanitarian disaster, with the most impoverished and oppressed people among the worst affected.

Sri Lankan irrigation department residents discuss SEP policies

By our correspondent, 6 August 2015

Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.

Tamil National Alliance presents pro-imperialist manifesto in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015

The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.

Sri Lanka: JVP election manifesto woos big business

By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015

Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) for the 2015 general election

Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!

the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015

The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalate despite Modi-Sharif meeting

By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015

India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns against evictions in Colombo

By our correspondents, 31 July 2015

SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.

Witch-hunt continues against Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By M. Thevarajah, 30 July 2015

The victimisation of Ingestre workers is part of an escalating offensive by plantation companies to slash costs and drive up productivity.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015

The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.

Socialist Equality Party campaigners win support in Sri Lanka’s plantation district

By our correspondents, 27 July 2015

SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.

Sri Lankan plantation workers must oppose wage struggle betrayal

M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015

The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.

Japan competes with China over port investment in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015

In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

By our correspondent, 16 July 2015

The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting defends victimised plantation workers

By our correspondents, 15 July 2015

Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.

SEP to stand in Sri Lankan general election

the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015

The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Support grows for victimised Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By our correspondents, 1 July 2015

Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.

Sri Lanka SEP calls public meeting to defend victimised plantation workers

30 June 2015

The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.

Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament amid political uncertainty

By K. Ratnayake, 29 June 2015

Since the January 8 presidential election, Sirisena and his minority government have faced one crisis after another.

The Apu Trilogy: “Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards”

By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015

Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

25 June 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Punguduthivu: An island devastated by war

By Subash Somachandran and M. Kalaimaaran, 24 June 2015

Unbearable social conditions and de facto military rule continue after nearly three decades of war in Sri Lanka’s north.

Bangladesh budget: More concessions to investors, increased austerity for poor

By Wimal Perera, 23 June 2015

The Awami League-led government’s attempts to create more profitable conditions for business are deepening the attacks on the living conditions of the workers and poor.

Indian military raid in Myanmar escalates regional tensions

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 June 2015

India’s pro-US, Hindu chauvinist government was quick to tout the cross-border raid against anti-Indian separatists in Myanmar as a warning to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Reinstate victimised Deeside plantation workers!

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015

What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.

Indian prime minister visits Bangladesh to strengthen ties against China

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2015

Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart declared that bilateral relations had entered a new phase.

Sri Lankan government facing deepening financial crisis

By Saman Gunadasa, 8 June 2015

The government is raising commercial loans to cover payments on existing loans, heightening the political uncertainty in Colombo.

US defence secretary boosts military ties with India

By K. Ratnayake, 5 June 2015

As Washington ratcheted up its confrontation with China over the South China Sea, Carter’s trip to India emphasised greater naval cooperation.

Sri Lankan plantation company victimises strike activists

By M. Devarajah, 3 June 2015

The punishment of the seven workers is designed to send a message to all workers that the employers will ruthlessly impose higher workloads.

Indian heatwave kills more than 2,200

By Sujeeva Amaranath, 1 June 2015

Most of the victims in the worst heatwave since 1998 are construction workers, homeless people, street dwellers and the poor.

Sri Lankan president postpones parliamentary election

By K. Ratnayake, 29 May 2015

Sirisena has refused to set a poll date, breaking his promise to dissolve parliament on April 23 and call an election.

Sri Lankan president pledges to strengthen the military

By Rohantha De Silva, 26 May 2015

Sirisena postured at “war victory” events as a crusader for “peace and reconciliation” while vowing to increase military resources.

India’s Modi woos and warns China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015

Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

India: CPM General-Secretary Sitaram Yechury’s right-wing record

By Arun Kumar, 30 April 2015

The new leader of the Stalinist CPM has for years functioned as a member of the political establishment, helping stitch together and prop-up a series of rightwing governments.

Modi bears strategic “gifts” to Seychelles and Mauritius

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 March 2015

With Washington’s backing and encouragement, India is seeking to counter China’s growing influence by harnessing key Indian Ocean island states.

India’s “growth” budget coddles business while punishing working people

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 3 March 2015

Big business has lauded Jaitley’s budget as good for investors and profits,

Obama to press India for economic and strategic concessions

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 24 January 2015

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

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 28 November 2014

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

India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 27 November 2014

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

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.

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!

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

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

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.