Indian subcontinent

Indian government attempts to smash pilots strike

By Sathish Simon, 31 May 2012

The attacks on Air India pilots are a warning to the entire working class.

India: Nationwide protests against fuel price hikes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 May 2012

Like its counterparts internationally, the Indian government is seeking to impose the burden of the worsening global crisis of capitalism onto the backs of working people.

Indian Communist Party (Marxist) continues to defend Stalin’s crimes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2012

Far from being unimportant “archival matters”, the ideological differences between Stalinism and Trotskyism are of fundamental importance for workers today.

Sri Lankan president’s salute to militarism

By Wije Dias, 28 May 2012

This year’s “victory” parade only underscored the degree to which his government rests on the country’s huge military apparatus.

Sri Lankan president releases jailed rival

By Sampath Perera, 26 May 2012

Rajapakse announced Fonseka’s release in a bid to ease tensions with the US, just days after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister visited Washington.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds plantation workers’ congress

By W.A.Sunil, 25 May 2012

The SEP plantation workers congress in Hatton last Saturday reflected important political shifts in the Sri Lankan working class

US steps up drone war on Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2012

US drone attacks in northwest Pakistan killed at least 14 people in little more than 24 hours, including 10 dying in a Thursday morning missile strike on a mosque.

India: WSWS team attacked as NLC strike enters second month

By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2012

The assault on WSWS supporters, who were distributing a leaflet exposing the role of the government and the unions, is a clear sign that a betrayal is being prepared.

Pakistan’s Hazaras targeted by campaign of ethnic-communal killings

By a Pakistani correspondent, 22 May 2012

More than twenty Hazaras were killed and some thirty others wounded in a series of ambushes last month in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns attack on WSWS supporters in India

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 May 2012

The assault by AIADMK thugs is a warning to workers of the methods that governments and employers will use to suppress opposition to the deepening assault on jobs and living standards.

Sri Lankan government imposes new price rises

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 May 2012

As escalating price increases impact on Sri Lanka workers, the banks and other major corporations are amassing huge profits.

Sri Lanka: Fire destroys plantation workers’ homes

By M. Vasanthan, 16 May 2012

A recent fire that destroyed over 20 line-rooms highlights the poverty-stricken conditions facing Sri Lankan plantation workers.

Clinton pressures India to support sanctions on Iran

By Sarath Kumara, 15 May 2012

Indian corporations and banks are facing the prospect of tough US penalties from the end of June for doing business with Iranian banks.

India: Striking NLC contract workers must expand struggle—industrially and politically

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 May 2012

On strike since April 21, the 14,000 contract workers at the Indian government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation are challenging a cheap-labour and repressive work-regime that has become the norm in both India’s public and private sectors.

Sri Lanka: Plantation workers denounce tea estate unions

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and M. Vasanthan, 10 May 2012

The SEP campaigns for plantation workers’ congress on May 20 in Hatton to defend the rights .

Indian Stalinists line up with national bourgeoisie on Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue

By V. Sivagnanan, 10 May 2012

India’s main Stalinist parliamentary parties have based themselves on defending the national interests of Indian bourgeoisie in their stand on the issue of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE hold May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 9 May 2012

Over 200 workers and youth attended the SEP and ISSE May Day meeting held in Colombo last week.

Buddhist mob in Sri Lanka threatens to demolish a mosque

By K. Ratnayake, 8 May 2012

The sympathetic attitude of the security forces towards the racialist mob contrasts with their violent methods in dealing with protests and strikes by workers, youth and the rural poor.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold plantation workers’ congress

Socialist Equality Party, 7 May 2012

The plantation workers’ congress on May 20 will discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend the democratic rights, jobs and living conditions of estate workers.

India: Strike challenges NLC’s decades-long use of contract labor

By Satish Simon, 5 May 2012

A WSWS reporting team spoke with some of the 14,000 contract workers who have been on strike against the central government-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu since April 21.

Storm clouds gather over Indian economy

By Kranti Kumara, 3 May 2012

The head of India’s central bank has suggested that the country could face a balance of payments crisis akin to that in 1991, when it turned to the IMF for emergency loans.

Two hundred feared dead in Indian ferry disaster

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 May 2012

The ferry disaster is the product of successive governments’ grossly inadequate funding of basic social infrastructure and the subordination of transportation services to the dictates of the profit system.

US resumes drone killings in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2012

Washington ended a month-long pause in its campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas Sunday, provoking a formal protest from the government in Islamabad.

US and Pakistan restart talks on prosecuting AfPak War

By Ali Ismail, 28 April 2012

Official negotiations between Washington and Islamabad on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan War and the perpetuation of the US-Pakistani strategic alliance resumed this week.

Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

By Subash Somachandran, 28 April 2012

WSWS reporters recently visited the war-ravaged Vanni to speak with Tamil refugees.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts issue phony call for a hartal

By Vilani Peiris, 27 April 2012

The United Socialist Party (USP) has issued an appeal to opposition parties for a hartal—a general strike and shutdown of businesses—to fight for wages rises.

Sri Lanka: Slowing economy sharpens government austerity drive

By Saman Gunadasa, 26 April 2012

The living conditions of the working people and the rural poor are deteriorating, and the reduced growth forecast means that the social distress will intensify.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012

The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold May Day meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 April 2012

An SEP and ISSE public meeting in Colombo on May 1 will to mark international workers’ day.

Anti-Indian propaganda intensifies in Sri Lanka after UN vote

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 April 2012

Colombo-New Delhi relations have been strained since India voted for a US-backed resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Mounting tensions between India’s army and civilian government

By Kranti Kumara, 18 April 2012

So fractious are relations between India’s army and civilian government, sections of the government reportedly feared that a military coup might be underway in mid-January.

Union leader killed in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 17 April 2012

Aminul Islam went missing on April 4 and his tortured body was found two days later, dumped by the roadside.

SEP campaigns for plantation workers’ congress

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 17 April 2012

A campaign team visited the Shannon Tea Estate near Hatton, where workers are fighting the company’s increased tea plucking targets.

India: Stalinist CPM congress dismisses socialism

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 April 2012

At its 20th Congress, the CPM reiterated its defence of the crimes of the Soviet Stalinist bureaucracy and justified its role as a political prop of the Indian bourgeoisie.

Sri Lankan government releases abducted political activists

By K. Ratnayake, 13 April 2012

Two leaders of a recently formed opposition party were abducted amid a growing wave of disappearances, abductions and torture by police, security forces and allied paramilitary groups.

Pakistan: 250,000 displaced by army operation in Khyber Agency

By Ali Ismail, 13 April 2012

Fierce clashes between Pakistani troops and Islamist militants in the country’s northwest tribal areas have forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes since January.

Wife of missing Sri Lankan journalist speaks to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 April 2012

Sandhya Ekneligoda is continuing to campaign on behalf of her husband, who “disappeared” in January 2010, in all likelihood at the hands of pro-government thugs.

India: Stalinist CPM promotes alliance with regional bourgeois parties

By Deepal Jayasekera in Kozhikode, 7 April 2012

The national congress of India’s main Stalinist parliamentary party has called for renewed efforts to build an alliance with regionalist and caste-ist bourgeois parties to contain mounting working class and poor peasant opposition to the social crisis wrought by two decades of market “reforms”.

IMF releases loan after Sri Lankan government imposes austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 7 April 2012

The International Monetary Fund’s press release made clear that more socially-regressive measures would be required.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 12

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

India’s Communist Party (Marxist): Defender of Stalin and capitalist restoration

By Deepal Jayaskera, 6 April 2012

For the first time since 1992, the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, is presenting an “ideological” resolution to its national congress.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 11

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 6 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 10

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 9

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

India: Stalinist CPM holds party congress amid mounting internal crisis

By Deepal Jayaskera, 4 April 2012

India’s principal Stalinist parliamentary party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is holding its 20th Congress this week amid a mounting and deep-rooted internal political crisis.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 8

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 7

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 6

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Tamil separatists lobby imperialist powers against Sri Lankan government at UN

By Athiyan Silva, 30 March 2012

Tamil nationalist groups are appealing to US imperialism and its allies to investigate war crimes by the Sri Lankan government during the Sri Lankan civil war.

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.

Indian budget raises taxes and prices

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 March 2012

The working people and rural toilers will be hit by higher prices, particularly for fuel and fertiliser, in an effort to satisfy the financial markets by cutting the budget deficit.

Pakistan: Power cuts spark mass protests across Punjab

By Ali Ismail, 29 March 2012

Mass protests have erupted in Pakistan’s largest province in response to prolonged electricity-power cuts that have disrupted daily life and exacerbated the economic crisis ravaging the country.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 3

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 28 March 2012

The toothless US-backed resolution has nothing to do with addressing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka but is aimed at advancing US interests in South Asia.

Sri Lankan farmers demonstrate for a higher rice price

By W.A. Sunil, 27 March 2012

World Socialist Web Site correspondents visited Hingurakgoda, in North-Central Province, to speak to protesting farmers.

Sri Lankan SEP calls plantation workers’ congress

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The Plantation Workers’ Congress will be held on May 20 to discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend basic democratic and social rights.

The life and times of a Sri Lankan migrant worker

By Ajanta Silva, 27 March 2012

An interview with Chandima Gayani, a 40-year-old Sri Lankan woman, on her experiences as a migrant worker.

ICG reports detail the militarisation in Sri Lanka’s North

By Sampath Perera, 24 March 2012

Recent International Crisis Group reports expose the government’s lies that it has resettled displaced Tamils and established democratic rights.

Sri Lankan health unions abandon strike after court order

By Vilani Peiris, 23 March 2012

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is increasingly using the judiciary and other state institutions to break strikes, assisted by the complicity of the trade unions.

Pakistan’s president delivers annual address amid swirl of economic and political crises

By Ali Ismail, 22 March 2012

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari used his annual presidential address to hype the supposed “achievements” of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government, describing a Pakistan that the country’s workers and toilers would be unable to recognize.

Sri Lankan defence ministry censors SMS news alerts

By Sampath Perera, 20 March 2012

The new media restrictions—in violation of the constitution and the legal system—are another warning of police-state preparations.

Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition rally

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 17 March 2012

The right-wing BNP and the Islamists are seeking to exploit the rising disaffection with the government and divert it in a reactionary nationalist direction.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts promote the right-wing UNP

By K. Ratnayake, 15 March 2012

The NSSP and USP are supporting a UNP-led “joint opposition” against the government’s price rises and anti-democratic methods.

Sri Lankan UNP’s bogus opposition to IMF austerity program

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 March 2012

Backed by ex-radical groups, the right-wing UNP is posturing as an opponent of the government’s price hikes.

Washington threatens Pakistan over proposed gas pipeline with Iran

By Ali Ismail, 9 March 2012

The Obama administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Pakistan if it proceeds with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran, its eastern neighbor.

Sri Lanka: Colombo residents defy government bid to demolish “unauthorised” housing

By an SEP reporting team, 9 March 2012

More than 100 people from the Maligawatta housing estate protested last week to stop a government authority destroying extensions to their tiny flats.

Sri Lankan fishermen forced back to work

By our correspondents, 6 March 2012

Although fishermen have resumed working in Sri Lanka’s north, their higher fuel costs make it impossible to earn a living, and discontent is rising.

Sri Lankan unions betray university workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 3 March 2012

University unions cave in to Sri Lankan government’s social austerity measures and patriotic campaign.

India: Tens of millions join one-day protest strike

By our correspondents, 2 March 2012

As many as a hundred million workers participated in a one-day, India-wide general strike Tuesday to protest against the socio-economic policies of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Sri Lanka government slanders protesters opposing price hikes

By W.A. Sunil and K. Ratnayake, 2 March 2012

The government’s jingoist campaign reflects deep fears that it confronts a growing movement of workers and the rural masses against its IMF austerity agenda.

West Bengal government threatens savage reprisals if state workers join one-day strike

By Kranti Kumara, 28 February 2012

West Bengal’s Trinamul Congress government is threatening draconian sanctions against any state worker who takes part in the national one-day general strike called for Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Indian workers must adopt socialist strategy to oppose UPA-led big business offensive

the WSWS Editorial Board, 28 February 2012

Tens of millions of Indian workers will join a one-day countrywide general strike today, Tuesday, February 28, to protest soaring prices, the spread of contract-labor, privatization, and the appalling conditions under which 90 percent of the workers employed in the so-called informal sector toil.

Sri Lankan plantation workers strike over fuel price rises

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and A. Shanthakumar, 27 February 2012

The unions called the walkout not over concerns about the impact of rising prices on workers, but to pre-empt the eruption of wider struggles.

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2012

While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.

US Congress to debate motion on “self-determination” for Pakistani Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2012

Cynically invoking human rights abuses of the Pakistani state, Republican Congressmen have presented a resolution to Congress advocating “self-determination” for Balochistan, threatening Pakistan with dismemberment.

Sri Lankan defence ministry blocks SEP meeting

By K. Ratnayake, 23 February 2012

Amid developing opposition to Sri Lankan government austerity measures, the defence ministry has banned an SEP public meeting in Chilaw.

Sri Lanka: Oppose the government’s price hikes!

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2012

Workers and the rural masses in Sri Lanka confront a common struggle with their counterparts globally against the austerity agenda being imposed by governments around the world.

Thousands attend slain fisherman’s funeral in Sri Lanka

By our reporters, 21 February 2012

Opposition to the Sri Lankan government has intensified after the killing of an innocent fisherman protesting against IMF austerity measures.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns government attack on the party’s rights

By our correspondents, 20 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka held a public meeting last Monday against the military’s banning of a meeting and the intimidation of SEP members in Jaffna.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court indicts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 18 February 2012

The ruling has intensified the country’s political crisis by further weakening the unpopular Gilani government.

Fisherman killed as Sri Lankan police fire on protest

By our correspondent, 16 February 2012

Tensions are running high after fishermen protested for the third day against fuel price increases announced by the government as part of an IMF-imposed austerity package.

Pakistan “highly vulnerable” to economic shocks, warns IMF

By Ali Ismail and Sampath Perera, 16 February 2012

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Pakistan confronts anaemic growth, double-digit inflation, large budget and trade deficits and could soon face a balance of payments crisis.

Protests erupt as Sri Lankan government enforces new IMF austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 15 February 2012

Thousands of poor fishermen and fishing workers protested for the second day yesterday against fuel price increases.

Sri Lanka: SEP open letter to the defence minister

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party demands that the Rajapakse government immediately ends the harassment and threats by the military against party members in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: Military continues intimidation of SEP in Jaffna

By our correspondent, 10 February 2012

After banning an SEP public meeting in Jaffna, the military has intensified its threats against party members.

CIA drones target rescue workers, mourners

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2012

An investigation by British and Pakistani journalists found that the CIA followed up drone missile strikes with further attacks that targeted rescue workers and funerals.

Sri Lanka: Colombo meeting to defend SEP’s democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka are holding a public meeting on February 13 against the government’s attack on the party and its members in Jaffna.

India’s Supreme Court orders limited inquiry into Gujarat police murders

By Kranti Kumara, 4 February 2012

India’s Supreme Court has ordered an inquiry into a wave of summary executions, carried out by Gujarat police between 2003 and 2006. Most of the victims were Muslims entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.

Obama publicly embraces drone killings

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2012

President Obama is deliberately embracing and thereby seeking to justify and normalize the criminal actions of the US military-intelligence apparatus.

Indian town under police occupation after killing of union leader

By Arun Kumar, 2 February 2012

The tiny enclave of Yanam in Puducherry is under police occupation after a clash between police and locked out Regency Ceramics workers left the local union leader dead and more than a dozen other workers critically injured.

Pakistan’s prime minister kowtows to military in bid to end political crisis

By Keith Jones, 1 February 2012

Pakistan’s prime minister made a humiliating climb down last week, retracting, after weeks of refusing to do so, his accusation that the Army chief and the head of Pakistan’s principal intelligence agency had acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

Hands off the SEP! Defend SEP members in Jaffna!

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 January 2012

The decision to block the SEP public meeting, called to demand the release of all political prisoners, was taken by the highest level of the Rajapakse government.

Indian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka

By Wije Dias, 30 January 2012

While he cynically expressed concern about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, Krishna’s trip sought to push India’s economic and geopolitical interests.

Sri Lankan army instigates violence against Jaffna SEP members

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 January 2012

The attack on the SEP is a warning of the police-state measures being prepared by the government against the working class as a whole.

Sri Lankan prison guards shoot protesting inmates

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 28 January 2012

The riot and its bloody suppression underscore the brutal conditions in the prisons and the anti-democratic nature of the Sri Lankan government.

Pakistani elite preparing to restore full cooperation with US in Afghan War

By Ali Ismail, 27 January 2012

Despite the tough-sounding rhetoric from Islamabad and Rawalpindi over the NATO air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan’s civilian and military elite is moving to restore full and open cooperation with Washington.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Sri Lanka: SEP/ISSE meeting to demand release of political prisoners

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 January 2012

The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Jaffna on January 29 to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary targets workers and youth

By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2012

Gotabhaya Rajapakse warned of the “threat to our national security” posed by social unrest and political instability, as in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.