Vol. XLIV No. 22 May 31, 2020

The World at Crossroads

Any change in capitalism however, including a revival of the so-called “welfare capitalism” of the post-war period, will entail a loosening of the hegemony of international finance capital and hence will face stiff opposition from it. The fact that the need for such change is clear to bourgeois thinkers does not mean that finance capital will...

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LDF Goverment: Four Years Exemplary Record

THE completion of four years of the LDF government in Kerala on May 25 was invested with a special significance. It came in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, the tackling of which, by the state government, has earned it widespread appreciation in the country and abroad.

National Protest Day against Electricity (Amendment) Bill

THE National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has given the call for a National Protest Day on June 1 against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The organisation demanded its withdrawal.

US Abandons Open Skies for New Age Space Weapons

WITH the US walking out of the Open Skies Agreement, the US is signalling to the world that it intends to return to days of Pax Americana that existed post Second World War, when it was the sole possessor of nuclear weapons. It has already walked out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 under George Bush Junior, and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) under Trump. The only nuclear arms control treaty that...

Trade Unions Seek ILO Intervention to Prevent Labour Laws Dilution in India

TEN largest Central Trade Unions (CTUs) in India, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), have filed a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) against the Indian government for unilaterally suspending the country’s labour laws. The CTUs sought powerful and effective intervention to prevail upon the Government of India to refrain from such an exercise....

TELANGANA: CPI(M) Opposes Electricity Amendment Bill

THE Electricity Amendment Bill introduced by the central government should be withdrawn forthwith, the CPI(M) demanded. Statewide protests with placards were held. On May 24, decrying the Modi government’s actions, a protest was held at the RTC cross roads with placards. CPI(M) state secretary, Tammineni Veerabhadram expressed anxiety that this bill violates the rights of the states and is against the interests of the states....

Even in Crisis BJP does Business Costing Lives of the People

THE epidemic of Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the already putrefying socio-economic system in India. There has been heart rendering stories of pain, apathy of workers walking back to their homes immediately after the first lockdown was announced in the country. The massive unemployment with over 120 million job loss during the period of the lockdown has further accentuated the misery of the people. The much hullabaloo...

Delhi: Relief Work carried out in Lockdown

THE central government imposed a lock-down / curfew in the entire country from March 25, 2020. The people in Delhi-NCR and in other states/UTs in the country were caught unaware by the sudden announcement, which now appears to have been announced without any planning and preparation. Casual workers, who were dependent upon the daily wages, were staring at the crisis. It was a question of their survival. No work for them meant no wages; impacting...

DELHI: SFI Condemns Arrest of Anti-CAA Protesters

THE Students’ Federation of India, Delhi state committee in a press release issued on May 25, has demanded the immediate release of Pinjra Tod activists Devangana and Natasha as well as other political prisoners who are being persecuted for their opposition towards CAA and all India NRC. Democratic student activists are being targeted viciously and charged with serious crimes such as attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, rioting and...

Electricity Bill 2020: A Road to Complete Darkness

WHEN the whole world is living tensed over the Covid-19 pandemic, the central government has been trying to cook up an anti-people reform in the electricity sector. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, to amend the parent act of 2003, has been published by the ministry of power. They are in hurry to introduce the reforms in the electricity sector in spite of the people facing an unprecedented and devastating impact of the pandemic....

West Bengal: Three Tasks

LEFT activists in West Bengal are performing three difficult tasks simultaneously. While they are making efforts to cater to hundreds of poor and marginal people in the lockdown period, they also helped the migrants stranded in other states and tried to provide succour to them. CPI(M) activists in different states helped them in this job. Then came the mega cyclone and caused havoc in some districts. Left activists responded with all their might.