Four Years of BJP Central Government

THE singular feature of the completion of four years of this BJP central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the near complete reneging of the promises made to people in 2014, on which basis, this government assumed office through a majority of their own in the Lok Sabha.

FOUR YEARS OF NDA GOVERNMENT: “Pol Khol, Halla Bol” Protest across...

THOUSANDS of people under the banner of Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan (JEJAA) came out in 23 state capitals and many district headquarters on May 23 to expose and protest the four years of the Modi led NDA government.

AFTER KARNATAKA

THE Modi government is observing its completion of four years in office under the shadow of the debacle the BJP suffered in Karnataka. This has imbued the fourth anniversary with a political significance of its own.
The image of the BJP and its top leaders, Narendara Modi and Amit Shah, has been badly dented in the way they tried to form a...

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Police Firing on People in TN

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on May 23, 2018 THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the police firing on people protesting against the Sterlite Copper Industry in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, which has led to the death of twelve people and injuries to over a hundred. The brutality of the state police is revealed by the fact that many of those killed and injured have bullet injuries on their heads and faces.

The Gathering Storm Clouds

THE last time the Indian economy had faced a serious macro-economic disruption, as distinct from the more or less steady poverty-enhancement that accompanies its growth performance, was in 2013, when the rupee had depreciated sharply. The fact that since then no similar disruption has appeared on the horizon, despite the country’s running a continuous current account deficit, has been because of two specific factors: the reduced international crude oil prices which have kept...

Assault on Environmental Regulations: Reaching a Peak?

THE BJP government has continued its inexorable march towards severely diluting the already weak environmental regulations in the country, as part of its drive to promote “ease of doing business,” in other words to serve the interests of the corporate class. The BJP and PM Modi, as testified by his campaign rhetoric in 2014 and by his record as chief minister of Gujarat before that, has always believed that environmental...

TRIPURA: Attacks on the Left Continue Unabated

NOT a day has passed without at least one incident of violence against the Communists in the state since March 3 afternoon when the Assembly election results were announced and the BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) took to power. Nandalal Debbarma, 81, a CPI(M) leader had donated a piece of his land at Veluarchar in Sonamura sub-division to construct CPI(M) local committee office.

TAMIL NADU: Brutal Killing of People Demanding Closure of Sterlite Industries

SINCE February 2018, the people of Thoothukudi town and its nearby villages were up in arms demanding the immediate closure of Sterlite Industries operating since 1996 in violation of all rules of environmental bodies and suggestions given by the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court. Fed up with the long-winding legal fight during the last 25 years, the people of the town had...

TELANGANA: Com P Sundarayya’s 33rd Death Anniversary Observed

RICH tributes were paid to Comrade P Sundarayya, the founder-general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on the occasion of his 33rd death anniversary. Delivering Sundarayya Memorial Lecture on Law, Courts and Society, at a function organised by Sundarayya Vignana Kendram at Baghlingampally in Hyderabad on May 19, Justice B P Jeevan Reddy, a former judge of the Supreme Court,...

Venezuela Elections – Overcoming Odds, Maduro Triumphs

VENEZUELAN President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as the president on May 20, with 6.2 million votes, beating out his closest rival Henri Falcon, who secured 1.9 million votes. Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the result stating that Maduro had won with 67.79 per cent of all votes cast, ahead of Henri Falcon, who won 21.01 per cent. Due to a boycott announced by the main opposition parties...

France 1968 and 2018 : Fifty Years On, the spirit of May 1968 Surges Through France Again

EXACTLY fifty years ago this month, France was aflame. In one of the world’s most developed capitalist economies, the ‘impossible’ – the prospect of revolution from below – struck suddenly with resounding force, fury and festivity. Students and workers in their millions spilled onto the streets, closing factories, occupying campuses and triggering the biggest...

#Marx at 200: The Moscow Event

#MARX at 200 has triggered major efforts by several Communist Parties, progressives, social scientists, academia and those simply looking for alternatives to the contemporary neoliberal dead end. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Russian Federation along with its State Duma wing had organised an event in Moscow on May 11-12, as part of #Marx at 200 celebration; an international scientific-academic conference on 'Capital and its impact on World development'....