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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 May 2019
India: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback
Narendra Modi, photo The White House/CC (Click to enlarge)
India's general election has returned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to government. Confounding expectations, the far-right, Hindu-nationalist force even increased its vote.
BJP leader Narendra Modi has presided over brutal repression, in particular of oppressed castes. His economic policies have not delivered jobs for workers and youth, or relief for struggling farmers.
But rather than presenting a clear alternative to these failures, opposition parties limited themselves to simply contradicting Modi's bigoted scapegoating and strongman methods. In the vacuum right populism can make gains.
The traditional left - Stalinists, Maoists and social democrats - has all but disappeared. Years of 'lesser evil' support for 'progressive' capitalists have discredited them and obscured any elements of a socialist alternative.
A powerful, mass, working-class and poor people's party, with a fighting, socialist programme based on an independent class alternative, is yet more urgent.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 29 May 2019:
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Euro elections 2019 - Across Europe
Euro-elections in Scotland and Wales
International socialist news and analysis
India: Modi victory - Socialist fightback needed
The Green New Deal we need is socialism
Climate change strikes continue to resonate
Socialist Party news and analysis
Blistering UN report condemns Tory austerity - workers' action can end it
Them & us
Workplace news and analysis
Save steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation
PCS conference: defeats for union officialdom and steps taken to rebuild a fighting left opposition
Determined Sellafield nuclear workers' industrial action continues
Kirkby factory workers walk out over unfair dismissal
Wales train fleet workers to strike against transfer to private company
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Trump out - Tories out!
Fight the far-right - fight for socialist policies
Teignmouth: hands off our community hospital!
Birmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle
The unheard voices of Gosport
Obituary: Pauline Dunlop (1947-2019)
Obituary: John Boots (1942-2019)
The Socialist 29 May 2019 |
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