Blogging from India #4 Communist Party of India vows fight on food prices

HYDERABAD, India — The Communist Party of India began its five-day congress here March 23 in a pouring rain unusual for the season and this area which mostly does not get enough. But the rain nourished the fighting spirit of Communists and their supporters.

Blogging from India #3 The larger context of Pelosis visit to India

HYDERABAD, India — When newspapers here reported a visit to India by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), eyebrows were raised. Pelosi, the first woman to hold the position of House speaker, is known in the U.S. as a common-sense progressive on many important issues. For example, she has opposed the Iraq war from the start.

Blogging from India #2 Roommates

The Communist Party of India started its congress (convention) March 23. International guests are arriving now. Some 25 countries are expected to be represented. Besides the U.S., Brazil, Bangladesh, Spain Vietnam, Nepal, Australia, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Sri Lanka have already arrived.

Blogging from India #1 Hyderabad: Great advances, great challenges

HYDERABAD, India—Arriving at the Begumpet airport here the delegation of the Communist Party USA was greeted by a delegation of bank workers and their union’s members who drove out to pick up our delegation.