Trade Unions Call for Countrywide Strike on Sep 2

AMIDST thundering slogans from the presidium and from the participant delegates, the National Convention of Workers held on May 26 in Mavalankar Hall in New Delhi adopted a declaration calling upon every worker in the country to go for a day’s General Strike on September 2, 2015.

Take Stringent Action on Atali Incident

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on May 28.

THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the communal incident at Atali village in Faridabad district of Haryana. The facts and circumstances leading to the incident clearly point out to...

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Propaganda Can Never Fill Stomachs

THE official celebrations of this BJP-led NDA government’s completion of one year have begun, Prime Minister Modi launched the celebrations amidst a flurry of media blitz from Mathura. The BJP has announced the holding of 200 public meetings across the country. All union ministers, we are told, are to hold at...

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Parrikar’s Shocking Remarks

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on May 22, 2015. THE Polit Bureau strongly criticises the intemperate statements made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar regarding Modi government’s approach to the issue of Pakistan backed terrorists who infiltrate into Jammu & Kashmir. In a widely reported interview he said that “terrorists will be met by terrorists.”

Erosion of Special Category Status of NE States Unacceptable: Manik Sarkar

TRIPURA Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the central government's move to virtually abolish the special category status that has traditionally been granted to all the North Eastern states. Sarkar, in his letter dated March 19, said "this dangerous and disastrous move cannot be accepted".

A Simple Calculation

A VERY simple calculation is enough to illuminate what has been happening in the Indian economy over the last few decades. In July 1973, I know from personal knowledge, the starting basic salary of an Associate Professor in a central university was Rs 700 per month. Nowadays the starting basic salary of an Associate Professor in a central university is about Rs 47,000 per month (which is the sum of Rs 39,000 and Rs 8,000 shown under two separate heads).

Zero Rating: Not Subsidised Internet But Enclosure of the Internet

AFTER the firestorm of criticism from the Indian netizens on the violations of net neutrality by Reliance-Facebook (Internet.org) and Airtel (Airtel Zero), Facebook and Airtel have come out with their defence: they love net neutrality, and will never, never violate this principle. They are only providing cheap internet access to their subscribers, who are currently without this access. So why should their...

Central Trade Unions Lash Out Against Labour Policies

THREE central ministers, including Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, had a taste of the anger among the working people of the country when Central Trade Union leaders, in one voice, criticised the government's anti-labour policies. The occasion was a meeting of Central Trade Unions (CTUs) called by the Labour Department on May 15 to discuss about the '10-point charter of demands', on which the CTUs were on struggle for...

Modi’s Report Card from Haryana

PUNJAB and Haryana were the poster-twins of the Green Revolution. The states were in the forefront of the transformation of India from a perpetually food deficit “Ship-To-Mouth” existence to a situation of food self-sufficiency. They were showcased as the land of prosperity and the farmers were credited with feeding the hungry millions through their toil and resilience.

Reserve Jobs in Private Sector, Says Yechury

A LAW should be enacted by the central government to provide reservation in employment in the private sector for Scheduled Castes, demanded Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of CPI(M) while speaking at the second state conference of the TNUEF (Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front) which was held at Virudhunagar.

Lal Salam Comrade Parsa

Comrade Parsa Satyanarayana, veteran trade union leader and freedom fighter passed away on May 22, 2015 at Eluru in Andhra Pradesh. He was 91 and was not keeping well for some time due to age related complications. Comrade Parsa, as he was affectionately called, was born into a middle-class family in Kambhampadu village. He was imbibed human values since his childhood by his parents, Venkata Subbamma and Venkamaraju. In his youth, he assisted his uncle, working as an agent for...

Yemen under Attack: Civilians Pay the Price

YEMEN has been experiencing political turmoil for many years now. The problems in the country have been exacerbated after the ouster of the long ruling president, Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012. An interim government was formed under the leadership of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi following Saleh's departure. Hadi was Saleh's deputy but he did not have the kind of support his predecessor had. Under his watch, the country had to function without a...