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Nepal: Maoist Central Committee at Crossroads

Posted by Mike E on October 4, 2008

from sd Oct 03 08

PM Dahal presents political report at CPN-M CC meeting

Prime Minister and chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ presented a political report at the first day of the crucial central committee meeting of the party, which begun at the party headquarters in Buddhanagar, Kathmandu, from Friday.

At the first CC meeting of the party since it took over the leadership of the government two months ago, PM Dahal presented the report concluding that the party has met with success in the policies and strategies it adopted since the beginning of the peace process.

“The report is presented with the aim of concluding the peace process and finalising new constitution within two years of stipulated time,” PM Dahal told reporters.

On Friday, some members of the party gave their response to the report. The CC meeting, which is expected to last for a few days, will again meet on Saturday.

The meeting is said to be significant as leaders will discuss the future direction and organisational structure of the party.

It is especially significant as some leaders of the party have been quite vocal in recent days in stating that they need to go ahead towards “People’s Republic.” This viewpoint, however, has been described as Maoists’ intent to bring about ‘totalitarianism’ by other parties.

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Nepal: The Unfinished Revolution

Posted by Mike E on October 4, 2008


Realization of great hopes and a truly New Nepal require state power

by Mike Ely

Revolution is, as Mao said, inevitably a sharply winding road, with switchbacks and sudden turns. It inevitably goes through stages — where key problems are resolved, but where new contradictions emerge sharply. But, in all that winding, and through all those stages, ultimately, revolutions either advance or the people lose.

And Lenin’s famous insight deserves to be pondered deeply: “Without state power, all is illusion.”

A number of urgent contradictions face the Nepalese revolutionary process. We have previously posted articles these matters, and it is extremely important to grasp some of the ways they are erupting:

  • There is clearly a sharp struggle taking place within the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) — with opposing wings of the party putting forward opposing paths to the future. The issue, simply put, is whether to try to consolidate the anti-monarchist revolution without carrying through the New Democratic revolution, or whether to find the ways to advance the agrarian anti-feudal revolution through to its conclusion — which requires destroying the state and military institutions that enforce feudalism. How that struggle is resolved will, quite simply, decide whether this revolution moves forward, or stalls without victory. (We have posted the following materials on this: article 1, article 2 and article 3 — all of which deserve very close study. They clearly describe a life-and-death line struggle sharpening as the CPNM’s central committee plans a historic meeting.)

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Prof. Andrew Arato: An Argument Against Revolution in Nepal

Posted by irisbright on October 4, 2008

The following is a transcription of Professor Andrew Arato’ and Kul Chandra Gautam’s remarks on Prachanda and the CPN(M), given at the New School University on September 26 following Prachanda’s speech.


Thank you for your talk Mr. Prime Minister.  Before we proceed to questions from the audience, I’m pleased to introduce Andrew Arato.  The Dorothy Hart Hirshon professor in political and social theory at the New School.

Mr Arato is also a member of USIP/UNDP working group on Constitution Making, Peace Building, and Conflict Resolution.  In addition to his writings on the subject, Mr. Arato has served as a consultant in the constitution drafting processes of Hungary, and South Africa.  (Arato interrupts to correct the speaker: he has only worked around the Hungary constitution).  He has written several books on civil society, constitutions and political theory and is currently working on a book addressing post-sovereign constitution making.

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Video: Prachanda at the New School, NYC

Posted by irisbright on October 4, 2008

Video of Prachanda speaking at the New School in  NYC.  Kasama is encouraging debate and engagement around the CPN(M) and the events in Nepal.

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Nepali Maoist Leader Bhattarai to Speak in Washington DC

Posted by Mike E on October 4, 2008

Dr. Baburam Bhattarai

Thanks to Hegemonik for pointing this out.

From the Washington Times

Every week, Washington hosts dozens of foreign policy forums, but rarely does a former communist rebel now serving in a democratically elected government come to visit.

Baburam Bhattarai, once the second in command of Maoist rebels in Nepal and now the finance minister, will address invited guests next week at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Mr. Bhattarai, who holds a doctorate degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, is author of books with titles like “The Nature of Underdevelopment and Regional Structure in Nepal: A Marxist Analysis.”

One of his professors, S.D. Muni, once referred to him as an “uncompromising ideologue and leader.”

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Nepal’s Yadav: Still the State is in Hands of the Feudal Elements

Posted by n3wday on October 4, 2008

This article was published by Telegraph Nepal. It is an interview with Matrika Yadav, a leader in the Maoist party who has caused a recent controversy over land seizures.

Don’t you think Mr. Yadav it was immoral for a member of the cabinet to capture private properties in Mirchaiya?

Yadav: Mind it! I became a minister to serve the people. Thus I captured the lands of the feudal elements and distributed it among the poor and homeless citizens of Nepal. But in this country, ministers are those who in the name of the people openly loot the poor people, thus I felt I was not fit for the job and hence resigned on moral grounds. Now I am free to accomplish the job. For your kind information, the captured lands did not belong to the local poor-people. The lands belong to Shanti Singh who was a sister of ex-King Gyanendra. They had in effect forcefully captured the lands initially which I lawfully returned to the landless. What I am doing is just showing concerns over the rights of the people. That’s it and the struggle will continue.

But your move was declared illegal even by your own party?

The Current government is led by the Maoists but there are agents of the land mafias like the UML and the MJF (Madhesi Janadhikar Forum) in it. This cabinet is not a pro-poor one. Even the Maoists’ leadership has not been able to understand the plight of the Madhesi people.
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Nepal: CPN (M) Interim Change

Posted by n3wday on October 4, 2008

This article was published in the Red Star.

Interim change in Maoist organization

The ruling party, the CPN-Maoist, held its central committee secretariat meeting in Baluwater on the 15th September. The party meeting discussed the policy and programme of the government, including the budget that is coming soon.

The party meeting took some important decisions to break with the traditions of the former government and begin new ones for the betterment of the republic, the country and the people.

Those breaks are breaks in policy, plans and programs, as well as behaviour with the countries that have a bi-lateral relationship with Nepal. Because it is the first elected republican government of the 21st century, the party has given suggestions to maintain a new relationship from the standard of an elected republican government.
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India: Maoists blast towers of private cell phone firms

Posted by n3wday on October 4, 2008

This article was made available by the Maoist Revolution e-list.

Maoists blast towers of private cell phone firm

Patna: The CPI (Maoist) on Sunday blasted three towers of private cellular phone service operators and set ablaze a BSNL generator set in the Gaya district. Telecommunication links are the prime target of the Maoists as they help the police in providing vital clues about the movement.
While two towers of Reliance Communications at Bishunpur and Manjhaulia villages in the district were targeted just past midnight that of the Airtel was blown up at Chaugain village in Roshanganj police station. Armed Maoists set on fire a generator set at a BSNL tower at Maigra village in the far-flung Dumaria police station on Sunday afternoon. Gaya’s new Superintendent of Police R Malar Viji has rushed to the spot to supervise raids to ‘nab’ the Maoists without success.
New Delhi – At least four policemen were killed Monday in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh during a visit by President Pratibha Patil to the region, news reports said. The incident occurred in a forested region in the Bastar district, 350 kilometres south of state capital Raipur, when a police team was on a patrol to secure the region for the visit of the president, the NDTV network said.
Patil was visiting a waterfall in the picturesque Chitrakoot area, located some 30 kilometres away from the blast site, and later returned to Raipur, the report said.
Local police told the NDTV said the rebels blew up a jeep in a forested area, killing Central Reserve Police Force officer Diwakar Mahapatra and another policeman on the scene.
Two wounded policemen succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.
Five injured policemen were being treated at a government-run medical facility in the region, which is considered a hotbed of Maoist revolutionaries.
Maoist, fighting for the rural poor, operate in 13 of India’s 29 states. They usually target police and government installations.
Indian Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta recently announced that six jungle warfare and counter-insurgency schools would be set up to train security personnel to ‘combat’ the people’s war.
Ranchi, Sep 29th: Maoist blew up a military ‘school building’ in Palamau district of Jharkhand, police said Monday.Around 20 to 30 rebels of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block of Palamau district, around 190 km from here, late Sunday night. The building was blasted using detonators.
The ‘school building’ was used by the reactionary forces of the fascist indian state while launching a combing operation against the forces of revolution. Maoists cited that as the reason for blowing up the building.
Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand.

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