As the scorching summer heat begins to recede, the lengthening shadows and
falling leaves announce the onset of another autumn. After blistering Asian
summers the autumn monsoons tend to bring some relief. Yet this year there is no
respite for the oppressed and the deprived of the region.
Today one fifth of the human race inhabits the South Asian subcontinent. This
region has one of the oldest civilisations and rich cultural traditions. They
contributed immensely in the development of human knowledge in various fields of
science and the arts. This region is one of the most fertile and rich places in
the world, yet hunger, starvation and poverty is on the rise. Around
1.5 billion people will continue to suffer in this quagmire. Is this the destiny
of this and future generations to come? This book very affectively answers this
Due to the extremely busy agenda of the Marxist MPs elected to the Pakistani
Parliament, we received this report on their intervention in the World Social
Forum with a little delay. In spite of this, we believe the report gives an idea
of how Marxist MPs – workers’ MPs – can have an impact far beyond the
borders of their own countries, and build links with workers around the world.