Revolution in South Asia

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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”.

One Response to “Nepal’s Revolutionary Leader Meets Bush in NYC”

  1. meanwhile: Nepal’s Coke bottler runs into labour trouble

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