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CPN (Maoist) moves to lead Nepali government

Posted by n3wday on August 1, 2008

This article appeared on Nepal News.

Maoists decide to form govt

The two-day central committee meeting of CPN (Maoist) concluded Friday deciding to take the leadership of the new government under three ‘conditions’.

After the conclusion of the meeting, party spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara told reporters that the party would make efforts to form a government of national consensus. However, the party has kept open the alternative of a majority government by making alliance with a few parties, if a consensus government failed to take shape.

Mahara also said his party was ready to take the leadership of new government even if it is a minority government but on the condition that other parties make commitment not to bring no-confidence motion against the government until the new constitution is drafted. The party has also stressed the need to end the current alliance of NC, UML and MJF.

If the conditions are not met, the party will remain in the opposition, he said.

Meanwhile, the Maoist leaders have admitted their mistake for eroding relations with CPN (UML) during the recent presidential election, and have now expressed commitment not to repeat the errors in future.

The party had called its central committee meeting after coming under pressure from all sides to take the leadership of the next government.

The party has discussed the common minimum programme for a consensus government to be tabled before the meeting of 25 parties, which is likely on Saturday or Sunday. Mahara said the draft of the CMP, which will incorporate the suggestions from the central committee members, would be ready by the evening.

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Naxal prisoners go on indefinate hunger strike.

Posted by n3wday on August 1, 2008

This article was published by ‘People’s Truth’.

Naxalites prisoners are launching indefinite hunger strike from June 25.

Naxalite prisoners in Cherlapally prison in Hyderabad are going on a hunger strike from June 25 alleging that the conditions in jails and outside are reminding the days of Emergency. Human rights are violated in the case of prisoners in jails also. The jails are claimed to be correctional institutions, but they have become killing grounds of prisoners as jail authorities have neglected the health and hygienic conditions of the prisoners. This amounts to playing with their lives.

As Indira Gandhi incarcerated the political activists and democrats during Emergency, today’s Congress government also is implementing undeclared emergency towards political dissent. Though TADA, and POTA are not there the naxalites and the Muslim prisoners are languishing in Andhra jails for more than 15 years.

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Understanding Federalism P2: Does federalism eradicate discrimination?

Posted by n3wday on August 1, 2008

Does federalism eradicate discrimination?

Pampha Bhusal

Despite the fact that Nepal is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women of 1991, there is still major discrimination against women. In the recent past, women were discriminated against in acquiring citizenship, in property rights, in access to education, employment, healthcare, reproductive health rights, marriage and other similar areas.

The right to citizenship was based on the citizenship of the father. For anyone who wanted to be a citizen of Nepal, it was the father and not the mother who had to be a Nepali citizen at the time of birth. Therefore, there was discrimination against the mother. Furthermore, there is also the trafficking of women, sexual abuse, discrimination toward women regarding access to healthcare and reproductive rights, access and right to education, access and right to employment, and in marriage and family life.

Discrimination is a serious and gross violation of human rights, and it is the root cause of injustice. If injustice is not addressed by legal and peaceful means, then it follows that the oppressed people will revolt. The decade long People’s War (PW), launched by Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), was an example for the oppressed who had suffered too much injustice. The PW was not simply a class struggle in the terms of classical Marxism, but also a struggle against all forms of discrimination and injustice whether based on gender, regional, national and cultural discrimination. The Peoples War began as a struggle for equality and justice for all the people, regardless of their gender, nationality, region, culture and religion.
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