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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.

India With Sanjeev Bhaskar: a nation reduced to the punchline of a bad joke

24 July 2007
Global capitalism badly needs a Third World success story – a rags-to-riches tale that can wipe out all those bad memories of failed World Bank programmes and crippling IMF debt. And, according to comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, India fits the bill perfectly.

Council of Europe report says Britain signed-up to rendition and secret prisons

12 June 2007
The British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia played a critical role in the development of the CIA’s secret "war on terror" prisons, a new report shows.

Striking car workers defy repression in West Bengal

17 April 2007
Car Workers taking part in an indefinite strike at the Hindustan Motors factory in Uttarpara, in the Indian state of West Bengal, were brutally assaulted by police last week.

A Fine Balance on stage – warmth and solidarity in a state of emergency

17 April 2007
On 26 June 1975 Indira Gandhi, then Indian prime minister, declared a state of emergency. She told the nation that it was threatened by "internal disturbances".

Outrage after Indian state kills peasants in Nandigram

24 March 2007
"Bodies were scattered all over the paddy fields, smeared with blood. The injured were screaming for help – and police kept kicking them."

Victory for Capita workers

17 February 2007
After a two day strike at Capita TV Licensing in Bristol, an "in principle" agreement has been reached with management that places a limit on the number of jobs going to India.

Capita boss loses sleep over strike

10 February 2007
Some 130 CWU union members working on the Television Licensing contract for Capita in Bristol took strike action on 29 and 30 January in response to a business decision to move work to Mumbai in India.

The Indian Mutiny: rejection of empire

13 January 2007
This year is the 150th anniversary of the greatest armed rising against British imperialism the world has seen. It began as a mutiny of the largest army in Asia – the East India Company’s Bengal Presidency Army – and turned into a general rising of the peasantry across the whole of what today is northern India.

Indian Social Forum: are NGOs enemies of the people?

25 November 2006
One of the most striking features of the Indian Social Forum (ISF), which took place in Delhi two weeks ago, was the huge numbers of NGOs – non governmental organisations – involved in the event.

Picture of Indian Social Forum delegates

18 November 2006

Indian Social Forum lit up by a spirit of resistance

18 November 2006
Last week saw 40,000 people come together to demonstrate and organise resistance at the Indian Social Forum (ISF) in Delhi, India.

Katsouris: the firm with Britain’s worst safety record?

16 September 2006
Workers at the Katsouris food processing plants in north west London gathered for a mass meeting at the Brent Indian Association last Saturday.

Ojos de Brujo: the new, vital sound of the Spanish city

01 April 2006
"Eyes of the Wizard", Ojos de Brujo in Spanish, are a group of friends who jammed together and turned into a band. They have become known for a sound rooted in flamenco, but mixed with everything – North African rai, rap, Cuban and Indian music.

Anti-war protests in India and Pakistan against Bush’s visit

11 March 2006
While a certain corner of our capital was transformed by red carpets in preparation for George Bush’s visit last week, the other corners were lined with banners, placards and posters that reflected the utmost contempt for Bush and his policies.

Indian car workers say, "Back down or we’ll blow up the plant!"

21 January 2006
Organised labour in India have shown that they have the power to resist multinational capital. A militant strike by workers at the Toyota-Kirloskar Motors factory in Bangalore, southern India has bosses on the back foot.

Services in the developing world under further attack from WTO

07 January 2006
The WTO did not deliver everything the most powerful governments wanted. Many factors held them back. As well as the protests, these included splits between the US and the EU, splits within the EU and splits between the poorest countries and rising powers such as China, Brazil and India.

Eyewitnesses to the devastating effects of the Asian earthquake

07 January 2006
A delegation from Sheffield, including several Respect members, recently visited Pakistan and Kashmir, a region of south Asia occupied by India, Pakistan and China.

The occupation and oppression of Kashmir

22 October 2005
The state of Jammu and Kashmir, where most of the casualties caused by the earthquake occurred, has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1947. India was partitioned by the British after a long fought freedom struggle.

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