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Gajurel: No compromise in ideology and politics

Posted by Mike E on May 20, 2008

by C.P. Gajurel, In-charge, International Bureau, Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist

This article was made available on Maoist Revolution. It originally appeared in the latest May issue of Red Star.

What are the major problems that CPN-Maoist has to face in the national and international context after the landslide victory in the election constituent Assembly?

After the completion and result coming out of the election of the Constituent Assembly (CA), our party has been victorious and has become established as the single largest party in the CA, That is a victory not only for the people of Nepal but also it has to be considered as the victory for the oppressed people of the world. But it is not the final victory and it doesn’t mean that we don’t have any more challenges. We still have big challenges. In spite of our victory, the other parties are not ready to hand over power to our party and there is still a debate going on regarding who will be the Prime Minister and who will be the President. Also, a debate is on how the major posts should be divided among major three parties.

Secondly, some powers didn’t want the Maoist to be the single largest party; they didn’t want the Maoist to become victorious on the election. They are still trying to create hurdles, firstly to the formation of a government, and secondly, if the government is formed, they will try to create problems so that the Maoist government cannot run smoothly. Because of the scarcity of things, goods and materials, there will be discontent among the masses and the Maoist will not be able to run the government well. These are challenges before us. But, as we are have the support of millions and millions, we have the support of the masses of Nepal and of billions of people around the world. We are confident that we will be able to meet the challenges.

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Mao Zedong: Only Socialism Can Save China

Posted by Mike E on May 20, 2008


February 27, 1957 (published eight years after the victory of the revolution):

“…In the old China, there was hardly any machine-building industry, to say nothing of the automobile and aircraft industries; now we have all three. When the people overthrew the rule of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism, many were not clear as to which way China should head — towards capitalism or towards socialism. Facts have now provided the answer: Only socialism can save China. The socialist system has promoted the rapid development of the productive forces of our country, a fact even our enemies abroad have had to acknowledge.

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Himal Mag: Why the Maobadi won

Posted by Mike E on May 20, 2008

The Maobaadi triumph: Seeking explanations

How did the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) win so many seats in the Constituent Assembly? More importantly, can they now prove to the Nepali people and the world that they can be the vanguard of pluralism and progress?

by : Kanak Mani Dixit

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A Maoist soldier surveys his room after a storm took away the roof, 3 April 2008

For thirty years, modern Nepal was ruled by a royal autocracy. Then, starting in 1990, the people began to experience inefficient, perhaps, but real democracy, through the medium of political parties. In 1996, one of these went underground, to engage in Maoist revolution, picking up the gun against the multiparty system of the day. Though gaining momentum and spread over the first seven-odd years, by 2005 the insurgency had achieved a stalemate with the state security. The rebels then decided to relinquish the ‘people’s war’ and, along with the other parties, helped generate the People’s Movement of April 2006 against the king, Gyanendra – who had in the meantime taken over. Two years later, on 10 April 2008, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) made a leap into the government, winning an astounding 50 percent of elected seats in the Constituent Assembly, and nearly 30 percent of the proportional-representation votes. In so doing, they trounced the two main forces of yesteryear, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), and gained a definitive mandate from the people.

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