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Nepal’s Revolutionary Leader Meets Bush in NYC

Posted by Mike E on September 24, 2008

PTI reports Sept. 24, 2008:
“Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda, whose CPN-Maoist party remains on the US terrorist watch list, met American president George Bush in New York, where the former guerrilla leader is leading a delegation to the UN General Assembly. Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is popularly known as Prachanda, met President Bush during a dinner reception hosted by the US government on Monday. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which is heading the coalition after it emerged as the single largest party in Nepal’s April 10 Constituent Assembly Election, continues to be on the United States terrorist watch list…. The meeting between the two leaders took place at a dinner reception hosted by the US first Lady Laura Bush to welcome the foreign dignitaries participating in the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York. The Nepalese leader accompanied by his wife Sita, son Prakash and daughter Renu, is currently in the US, where he went shortly after returning from his first trip to India after becoming the Prime Minister of the Himalayan state. “

Nepal has one of the highest rates of foreign aid and NGO contributions in the world — so there has been concern that the U.S. and similar capitalist powers might seek to destablize Nepal new revolutionary government by pulling out existing programs. The U.S. has a long history of repeatedly attempting to destabilize revolutionary and communist governments over the last hundred years.

One of the outcomes of this meeting was that Bush reportedly told Prachanda, “We will continue to support Nepal.” He also reportedly added: “We will always respect the decision of the Nepali people,” (which is obviously untrue, but at least suggests a favorable public stance at the moment.)

Janadisha Daily- a pro-Maoist newspaper reported, “Both the leaders also discussed the issue of removing the Maoists from the US terrorist list”.

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Nepal: Breaking With Old Traditions

Posted by n3wday on September 24, 2008

This article was published in the Red Star.

Breaking old traditions

With the Maoist leading government, there are so many expectations among the people. After the abolition of monarchy and the implementation of the Federal Democratic Republic, the progressive forces and the people are eager to see the Maoist government bring about radical changes, finishing off the obsolete traditions and the outdated status quo, to create new and better practices to replace the old.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Com. Prachanda) took the oath of office in the name of the People rather than in the name of God. Furthermore, he went to the Martyrs Park to pay homage to the martyrs rather than to Shahid Gate (Martyr gate), where a statue of King Tribhuvan stands above the four statues of martyrs. At the Presidential palace of Shital Niwas, during the oath taking programme, the Prime Minister Prachanda wore a suit and tie, and a Nepali cap or ‘Bhadgaunle topi’ rather than wear the traditional ‘formal dress’.

After the first phase of extending the council of ministers, the Prime Minister gave a historical speech in the name of people. In his speech, he said that the principle task of the government will be to carry the peace process to its logical end and to write the constitution in a fixed time. By fusing the process of ‘break-through in continuation and continuation with the break-through’, the changes in the political, social, economic and cultural spheres will be carried out in a new way.
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Connect With Kasama: Prachanda Speaking in NYC

Posted by n3wday on September 24, 2008

We urge all our readers and supporters to circulate this announcement widely. Be there! Contact Kasama for activities around this important event: kasamasite (at) yahoo.com

This event is being hosted by The New School.


A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal:

A Public Talk by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal

September 26, 2008
6:00-8:00pm (must be seated by 5:45)
Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St.

*****

Nepal’s Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda (`The Fierce One’), came to power in August 2008 following his party’s success in the country’s first-ever Constituent Assembly elections.

Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and leader of its People’s Liberation Army, he led a decade-long People’s War (1996-2006) with the goals of ending Nepal’s monarchy and creating a new federal republic.

This year, Constituent Assembly elections held in April yielded a near majority for the Maoists. The Assembly’s first meeting ended a 240-year-old monarchy and began its main task: creating Nepal’s new
constitution. In addition to leading the Assembly in this historic monumental task, Prachanda now faces the challenges of managing a complex coalition government to address the long-neglected basic needs
of the people, while at the same time establishing security and peace in Nepal under the watchful gaze of an interested but skeptical international community.

Remarks by Professor Andrew Arato, Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory, The New School. Q&A session moderated by Kul Chandra Gautum, Senior Fellow, India China Institute.

Admission is free and open to the public. Limited seating on a first come basis. Seating must be completed by 5:45 pm.

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