Vol. XLVIII No. 24 June 16, 2024

Counter the BJP’s Growth in the South

THE overall results of the Lok Sabha election are certainly a setback for the BJP. Getting 240 seats, it failed to achieve the absolute majority it had gained in the 2014 and 2019 elections. Narendra Modi is now heading a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition government with parties like the Telugu Desam...

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Global Diffusion of Production and the Concept of Imperialism

THERE has been a significant diffusion of production occurring in the world economy. Many call this phenomenon a shift from a US-led world economy to a “multipolar world economy”, but no matter what one thinks of this description, the fact of diffusion is indubitable. In 1994 for instance the G-7 countries (US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Italy and Canada) produced 45.3 per cent of world output while the BRICS...

Remembering Joseph Thomas, The Founding President of FSMI

COMRADE Joseph Thomas, who passed away last year, was the first president of the Free Software Movement of India (FSMI). Joseph Thomas and I go back a long way: we were almost the same age, and relatively old among the FSMI activists. Joseph Thomas was clear that in the free software movement, we cannot focus only on software; we also need to address issues of hardware on which free software can run. It was a welcome...

Services and Capital Accumulation

COMMODIFICATION of services is one of the major avenues of expanding the realm of capital in the neoliberal age. Commodity for Marx has no reference to corporeal reality. Something which is produced for sale whether it is goods or services does not make a conceptual difference in Marx’s notion of commodity. For Marx, commodity is a social relationship independent of its physical nature. The expansion of services in the count of GDP is partly because of...

AIKS Condemns Premeditated Murder of Cattle Transport Workers in Chhattisgarh

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on June10, has strongly protested the brutal murder of two cattle transport workers and the severe injury to another worker between 2 and 3 am on June 7, 2024 on the Mahanadi Bridge, in the Mahasamund-Raipur border, Chhattisgarh, by criminal gangsters. The culprits – a group of 15-20 people – had been following the truck load of...

CPI(M) Condemns Reasi Terror Attack

THE CPI(M) Jammu and Kashmir state committee, in a statement issued on June 10, has condemned the terrorist attack on a bus carrying pilgrims in Reasi district in which nine persons were killed, and 33 others were injured. It offered condolences to the families of the victims. Such senseless violence serves no purpose and only brings anguish and devastation to the victim families, CPI(M) said.

FIR Against ‘The Caravan’ Journalists Condemned

THE Press Club of India (PCI) and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) have strongly condemned an FIR against journalists of the magazine, The Caravan, in the Bhajanpura Police Station in Northeast Delhi, under serious sections in a four-year-old case of alleged assault on the journalists themselves. The sections slapped on the journalists include 153A (promoting communal enmity) and 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman...

CITU Denounces Exemption of IT & ITES Industries From Industrial Establishments (Standing Orders) Act

THE Karnataka state government has issued a notification extending the exemption for IT, ITES, Startups, Animation, Gaming, Computer Graphics, Telecom, BPO, KPO, and other knowledge-based industries from the Industrial & Establishment (Standing Orders) Act of 1946 for the next five years. This decision, despite strong opposition from...

Divided by Class: How Heat Waves Expose Socio-Economic Fault Lines

AS the sub-continent boils under extreme heat, Delhi touches 53°C and Nagpur crosses 56°C, deadly heat becomes the fate of the residents. However, like every other calamity, the impacts of these increasingly frequent and intense heat waves in North India are differently felt by different population groups, starkly highlighting the profound socio-economic inequalities that exacerbate the impacts of...

SKM Hails Defeat of Union Minister Ajay Misra Teni, Demands Criminal Prosecution

THE Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the farmers’ collective that led the year-long protest against the now repealed three farm laws, has congratulated the people of India, especially those in rural belts, for ensuring that the “anti-farmer and anti-worker” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not get single-party majority. In a press statement issued on June 5, SKM said: “The...

COMRADE PANDIT MUNDE

COMRADE Pandit Munde, a former member of the CPI(M) Maharashtra state committee, former secretary of the Aurangabad district committee, and founder-president of the CITU in Aurangabad, passed away at the age of 79 on May 28, 2024. Born in a poor peasant family in Beed district on June 12, 1945, he completed his graduation in commerce and in 1973 joined as a teacher at the Vasantrao Naik College in Aurangabad. He was active in the teachers’ movement, and from 1980 to 2000, he was elected...