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Protests save 800 jobs in India

21 October 2008
"Jet Airways lays off 800 staff". So read the headlines in India’s newspapers on Wednesday of last week. Just 24 hours later they had changed to "Jet Airways reinstates 800 staff".

Strike at State bank of India in Britain

14 October 2008
Bank workers in the Unite union at the State Bank of India have voted overwhelmingly to strike over pay, and their terms and conditions.

The Chagos Islanders and their fight to return home

28 August 2008
The Chagos Archipelago is a collection of over 60 tropical islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The islands are a British overseas territory, known collectively as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). To get there, you can either sail 500 kilometres south from the Maldives, 1,600 kilometres east from the Seychelles, or join the US navy and get posted to their military base, situated on Diego Garcia, the largest island in the chain.

What is exploitation?

16 July 2008
The term "exploitation" typically conjures up images of horrendous working conditions, perhaps sweatshops in China or India, or the child labour used by Western clothes manufacturers. We think of people working long hours for little pay in terrible conditions ruthlessly bullied by unscrupulous bosses or gangmasters.

Afghanistan was a pawn in the Cold War between US and Russia

08 July 2008
After the Second World War and the independence of India, Britain declined as an imperial power and the US replaced it.

Afghanistan’s history of invasion and resistance

08 July 2008
In March 1836 Lord Auckland, the British governor of India, wrote to the Afghan ruler Amir Dost Mohammed with no apparent sense of irony, "You are aware that it is not the practice of the British government to interfere with the affairs of other independent states."

Indian workers take on the supermarkets

01 July 2008
As shareholders at supermarket giant Tesco grappled last week with the question of whether to award more rights to the chickens sold at their British stores, trade unionists and campaigners were raising the plight of another species, the workers in Tesco’s Indian supply chain.

The hidden story of West Indian volunteers in the Second World War

17 June 2008
The arrival of the Empire Windrush 60 years ago represents a defining moment in British history.

Bandit Queen

17 June 2008
Phoolan Devi was the most feared bandit in India in the 1970s. Born to a low caste poor family who sold her into marriage at the age of 11, Phoolan rebelled and joined a gang of bandits.

Voters punish Indian Communists for neoliberal land grab

03 June 2008
On the face of it, it was business as usual last week in the Indian state of West Bengal as an alliance of parties headed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), won the state elections.

Satinder Kaur Chohan on her play Zameen about Indian farmers’ fight for land

27 May 2008
"If I make one person think about the issues unfolding on the other side of the world, I will have achieved something," says writer Satinder Kaur Chohan of her new play Zameen (meaning "land").

Farmer suicides rise in India

06 May 2008
Shocking statistics reveal that the rate of farmer suicides in the Indian state of Maharashtra has gone up in recent years despite continual pledges of state assistance.

The Red Book

06 May 2008
Meaghan Delahunt’s second novel is about the coming together of three very different characters in India.

Migrant catering workers hit by government rules

22 April 2008
Uniting under the banner of "Save Our Livelihood", around 7,000 British Chinese, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Turkish catering employers, workers and supporters gathered in Trafalgar Square in central London last Sunday to protest against Britain’s draconian immigration rules.

What Do You Want?

22 April 2008
What do You Want? is a collection of work from five female artists living in India and working among a new politically aware generation of artists.

Nandigram: neoliberal policies hit a rock in India

27 November 2007
Through 2007 Nandigram has witnessed one of the most significant movements against global neoliberalism and state power anywhere in the world.

Reclaiming the ideas of Marxism in China

30 October 2007
China has always been the last frontier of Western capitalism. Since the British East India Company first penetrated the Chinese market in the second half of the 18th century, exporters have dreamt this ancient civilisation harboured vast numbers of consumers for their products.

Bhagat Singh and the spark of revolt in India

25 September 2007
The struggle for freedom from British colonial rule in India is usually presented as the result of the leadership of one man – Mahatma (meaning "great soul") Gandhi, whose non-violence strategy set him apart from those have fought colonial oppression since.

India - the great democracy gap

14 August 2007
Sixty years ago on 15 August 1947, India was handed over by its British rulers to be governed by the political medley called the Congress Party – ending over 170 years of colonial rule.

Britain and India: dividing to rule

08 August 2007
Sixty years ago this week India won its independence.

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