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Red Star #10: Revolution and Compromise

Posted by Mike E on June 24, 2008

This article appeared in the June 16-30 issue of the Nepali Maoist newspaper red star.

by Netrabikram “Biplap” Chand (Biplop is a member of secretariat, Central Committee, CPN (Maoist).)

Our revolution is in the stage of negotiation and our party sees compromise as another aspect of the class struggle. The question has not yet been finalised whether the revolution will be accomplished through compromise or it will be pushed towards counter-revolution. There is an incessant and fierce struggle between two different world outlooks that is attracting attention nationally and internationally.

Marxism accepts the possibility of making compromises; however, it considers impossible to accomplish a revolution through too many compromises. Compromise can be useful at a point in the revolution to obtain state power, but it is impossible to secure state power for the proletarian class only through compromise. On the contrary, opportunist and reformist tendencies not only consider compromise as necessary, but consider compromise as everything. They believe that society and state power can be changed and transformed through compromise rather than through revolution, through ‘negotiationism’. These two tendencies are gradually coming to a head in our country.

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Red Star #10 – Break the Deadlock

Posted by n3wday on June 24, 2008

This article appeared in the 10th issue of the Red Star. It outlines the sharpening disagreements between the Nepali Congress and the CPN(M). Recently a deal has been struck between the CPN(M) and the UML to form the next government without the NC is they fail to break the political deadlock.

Break the deadlock

The delay in forming a new government according to the mandate of the election of Constituent Assembly (CA) is a bad omen. However, the Federal Democratic Republic (FDR) has been implemented and monarchy has been abolished from the first meeting of CA. All these historic decisions have been taken on the basis of agreement among the political parties.

But even after the new mandate was secured in the election of CA, the Nepali Congress (NC), the third party of the country, is putting hurdles in the way of political progress. The NC is not ready to give way to the CPN (Maoist), the largest party of the country. This is because of its class interests. Therefore, it is breaching the norms and values of democracy. Instead of making the process easier, the NC, together with the CPN (UML), has put a seven point pre-conditions not to leave power. Now, they are insisting on taking state power by demanding the presidency though they have already been rejected by the people in the election of CA.

The CPN (Maoist), taking these concerns seriously and responsibly, publicised the names of five prestigious candidate leaders not from the party but from civil society for the post of president. But the parliamentary parties are not ready to accept it, and they claim that the list is designed: ‘to create illusion over the Terai and take benefit from the other political parties.’ But the CPN (Maoist) does not have this interest because it has not named any party leaders on the list. Therefore, the claim of the parliamentary parties is ridiculous.

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Maoists to force Congress Party from Power

Posted by Mike E on June 24, 2008

From Nepal News

Maoists willing to ditch NC and form govt through CA

The central secretariat meeting of the Maoist held Tuesday morning concluded that the party will go ahead and form government through the floor of Constituent Assembly (CA) if its last ditch efforts to keep alive the seven party alliance do not bear fruit.

Maoist leaders told reporters after the meeting that they think it is necessary to keep the unity among the seven parties who had worked together for peace process. But it also decided to explore other options if the political deadlock is not broken soon.

After the Maoists joined hands with the UML to back each other’s candidate for prime minister and president, respectively, another influential SPA constituent, the Nepali Congress (NC), announced that it would stay in opposition.

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Reactionary Prime Minister Plots with Army Head

Posted by Mike E on June 24, 2008

Koirala is the current prime minister of Nepal — a man with a long history of opposing the Maoist revolution. It was he (the last time he was in power) who fought most pointedly to send the Royal Army into the base areas of the peoples war to crush the revolution. Now he is being forced from power by recent events — and it is (obviously) quite ominous that reports of special meetings with the Army Head are surfacing.

PM Koirala confers with army chief

With CPN (Maoist) party now out of the government to apply pressure from the Constituent Assembly for the formation of a new government, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Monday held consultations with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rookmangad Katawal.

The meeting between PM Koirala, who also holds the defense portfolio, and COAS Katawal comes a day after CPN (Maoist) party decided to launch “people’s struggle” for change of guard after the meeting of the seven political parties failed to reach consensus over the structure of Security Council, including a few issues on army integration.

Although it was said that the security related issues featured very highly during the meeting between the two that took place at Baluwatar, Katawal is learnt to have expressed his concern over the problem(s) that might crop up in the issue of army integration in the absence of Koirala.

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Maoists and UML to form Government without Nepali Congress

Posted by Mike E on June 24, 2008

This was posted on Democracy and Class struggle

The central secretariat meeting of the CPN Maoist held Tuesday morning concluded that the party will go ahead and form government through the floor of Constituent Assembly (CA) if its last ditch efforts to keep alive the seven party alliance do not bear fruit.

Maoist leaders told reporters after the meeting that they think it is necessary to keep the unity among the seven parties who had worked together for peace process. But it also decided to explore other options if the political deadlock is not broken soon.

After the CPN Maoists joined hands with the UML to back each other’s candidate for prime minister and president, respectively, another influential SPA constituent, the Nepali Congress (NC), announced that it would stay in opposition.

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