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India: Suicide and the 'Art of Living'

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Death is stalking the farmers of the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, where more than 14,000 people have committed suicide between 2001 and 2006.

The Congress Party government in Andhra Pradesh claim that they have contained the crisis by initiating a number of ad hoc measures like debt moratoriums and cheaper credit, yet to this day farmer suicides continue in the Telangana and Rayalaseema regions of the state.

India: The Deadly Embrace of the US

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How times have changed. India, once considered 'the most non-aligned of the non-aligned countries', is now on the way to being a most favoured ally of the US.

In December 2005 the Indian foreign secretary, Shyam Saran, declared that to establish a proper 'balance' in Asia, India had to join the US.

India: Voters Versus Investors

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Just how democratic is 'the world's biggest democracy'? It's a question millions of Indians must be asking in the wake of their election.

The far right BJP government campaigned on its record of privatisation, economic 'liberalisation' and Hindu chauvinism. It was soundly beaten by the Indian National Congress - which claimed to champion the poor who had been left out of the 'economic miracle'.

World Social Forum: Mumbai Not for Sale

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The World Social Forum (WSF) that took place last month in Mumbai (Bombay) represented another immense step forward for the anti-capitalist movement.

It is hard to imagine a better place to hold the WSF than in India, a country with some of the biggest slums in the world set next to advanced industrialisation, where the left are demoralised and disorientated by the rise of the right wing chauvinist BJP, who look set to win again in the forthcoming elections.

Just Call My Number

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Tales of call centre jobs disappearing to India are not the whole story.

Just how serious is the threat of a call centre jobs stampede to India? Over the past few months the media has been full of stories of a wholesale jobs exodus from British call centres - an ideal cue for film crews to descend on Hyderabad or Bangalore and gush about what a wacky old world we are living in when Asian university graduates need to be clued up about EastEnders and learn to talk like Rex Harrison.

'Fighting for Tomorrow': George Gomez

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George Gomez has been a Trotskyist since 1948. He recently attended the Asian Social Forum at Hyderabad and spoke to Joseph Choonara about his life.

I was born in 1927 in the state of Tamil Nadu. I come from a Roman Catholic family in a fishing community. I was born and brought up among fishing workers. My parents were socialists and progressive. Through them I got interested in the problems of the people and started looking for solutions. After I had finished studying I had to go to Sri Lanka to find work. My father had died and I was the only member of my family earning money. I wanted to get involved in progressive groups in Sri Lanka, and I contacted Indian socialists to get magazines.

India and Pakistan: Merchants of Death

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As India and Pakistan compete for American support the danger of nuclear war continues to threaten the subcontinent.

We are being told that we can breathe a sigh of relief. India and Pakistan, it seems, have stepped back from the brink of the worst human catastrophe since the Second World War. As so often in the past, people around the planet are being assured that they can 'learn to stop worrying and love the bomb'.

Unfortunately, a glance at the reality of the continuing south Asian crisis and the forces driving it forward leave no room for such complacency.

Kashmir: The Valley of Sorrow

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A potential nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan looms over the subcontinent. The flashpoint is the state of Kashmir.

The British ruling class quit India in 1947. But as it did so, it divided the subcontinent between two independent states, India (supposedly secular) and Pakistan (a homeland for Muslims). Pakistan was a bizarre entity which had 1,000 miles of India separating its western and its eastern wings--a state of affairs that would last until 1971 when, amidst tumult and war, the east broke away and became the state of Bangladesh.

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