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Mumbai is a city of extremes

02 December 2008
Mumbai is India’s largest city and home to some 14 million people. It is also the main financial and business centre of the country – and has been at the sharp end of the contradictions caused by India’s turn to globalised capitalism.

Meena Menon: ‘Demand justice and peace’

02 December 2008
Combating terrorism needs political will, not a military solution or draconian laws, more CCTV, and metal detectors.

A bloody struggle to keep Kashmir partitioned

02 December 2008
The Himalayan valley of Kashmir, which sits on the most northerly border of India and Pakistan, has been a repeated source of tension and war between China, India and Pakistan. But the wishes of those who live there have rarely been considered by those who have fought over it.

Statement on Mumbai attacks

27 November 2008
Socialist Worker is appalled at yesterday’s gun and grenade attacks in the centre of Mumbai and offers its condolences to the families of all those who have been killed or injured.

Steria IT workers vote to fight job cuts

18 November 2008
Workers at the Steria company in Manchester and Skelmersdale have voted to take industrial action against plans to impose compulsory redundancies and outsource jobs to India.

The White Tiger: how India's poor pay for market's failings

21 October 2008
"Growth will be our mount, equity will be our companion, and social justice will be our destination."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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