Though hardly any of the political observers predicted a defeat for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), very few foresaw the huge victory that the
protagonists of Hindu chauvinism managed to secure in the Gujarat
elections of December, 2002, through their hate campaign against
Muslims. The BJP increased its strength in...
“Nine bombings in as many months, almost 100 people dead, and some 200
injured: Bombay is in the midst of ... the longest-running terror
offensive any major Indian city has ever encountered...” (Editorial in
‘The Hindu’, 26 August 2003).
There were delegates representing many different sectors including
women, students, youth, farmers, fisher folk, tribal rights activists,
daliths (’untouchables’) and trade unionists. Peace/ anti-nuclear and
environmental activists were also present. The Left parties also present
included the Communist Party...
From the age of 10 years to their ripe old age, we find women not only
slaving in their homes but also working in the houses of the wealthy &
the middle classes as the only other means for their livelihood.
The garment industry in Bangalore with about 1200 registered units
employing over a half a million workforce and one of the biggest sources
of exports in the country, but hardly is there any mention in the media
on the living and working conditions of the workers who are the real
makers of some of the top brand clothing...
As we reported last week, the general strike of 7 September in India was
called by a wide range of trade unions. It was in protests at the
rocketing prices of food and fuel while wages stagnate and hours and
jobs are cut.