Posted by Mike E on September 11, 2008
Slavery criminalised in Nepal (from Radio Australia)
Nepal’s Maoist-led government has abolished the slavery-like Haliya system by freeing 20,000 people from the hands of moneylenders and landlords.
Under the system, prevalent for decades in nine districts in western Nepal, moneylenders force poor villagers who borrow money to farm their land until they repay their debt.
Peace and Reconstruction Minister and former Maoist commander, Janardan Sharma, says from now on anyone who practises the system will be punished.
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Posted by n3wday on September 11, 2008
This article was published in the Nepali Maoist newspaper Red Star. Will the previous national army agree to operate under the leadership and control of the new Maoist government. Or will the struggle over power erupt in a new civil war (or perhaps a reactionary coup) where the question of power is decided by armed force between opposing armies?
“The Nepal Army (NA) has a history of protecting the nation by fighting against British colonialist intervention and against Tibetan invasion in the earlier periods of the unification of Nepal. … However, there is also the negative aspect that it has always been used to crush the people’s movements and the people’s war. The NA should review its misdeeds of the past.”
Essentials for fusing two armies
by Chetan Kunwar
There is a serious debate about fusing the two armies. Nepal is now a Federal Democratic Republic (FDR), and we have to concretize the peace process to carry it to the logical end. The fusion of the two armies is compulsory. However, no other parties know anything about the out-line and plan of fusing the armies except the CPN-Maoist. Rather, the parliamentary political parties are misusing the issue of fusing the armies only as a bargaining card for power sharing. These political parties should try and be sincere if they are mature and honest in politics. The popular phrase ‘according to the virtue and vice’ should be the basis of fusing the armies. This will be the one of the principal basis of the fusion.
Logic without essence is only logic to pass time over trifling issues that can only create problems. The Nepal Army (NA) has a history of protecting the nation by fighting against British colonialist intervention and against Tibetan invasion in the earlier periods of the unification of Nepal. The NA has a history of dedication, sacrifice and devotion for the protection of the nation and the nationality, including its tasks in peace keeping under United Nations in many different countries of the world. However, there is also the negative aspect that it has always been used to crush the people’s movements and the people’s war. The NA should review its misdeeds of the past.
On the other hand, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has a new unprecedented record in the history of Nepal. The sacrifice, dedication and devotion of the PLA have liberated the nation and the Nepalese people from the chains of injustice, exploitation, repression and discrimination and the external interference. It has fought for the establishment of a new glorious history of Nepal.
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