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New Kasama Pamphlet: On the Maobadi and the Crisis in Nepal

Posted by Mike E on May 6, 2009

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If you want a crash study in the controversies around the revolution in Nepal….. read this. And share it with others.

Far too few people in the world know about the communist revolution in Nepal — the promise it holds and the danger it is in. And, remarkably, a sharp struggle has broken out among those who do know about it — among the communists and Maoists of the world. And that struggle (strangely enough, sadly enough) has focused on whether or not to denounce the Maoists of Nepal (for wandering too far and too creatively from certain cherished formulaic precepts).

In a previous pamphlet, we gave great space to arguments denouncing the Maobadi as “revisionist” — as we reprinted the exchange of letters between the RCP,USA and the UCPN(M).

By contrast, this new pamphlet is sharply about extending internationalist political support for the revolutionary people in Nepal — and opposing a sterile, influential dogmatism that has gotten in the way.

The articles in this pamphlet form a diverse mix of pieces that, together, support an argument made on the pamphlet cover:

“ We should be clear on what we know, and what we don’t. And one thing we
know is that this revolutionary cause in Nepal is just. It has drawn in millions of
people. It has built itself an army. It has captured the imagination of the youth. It
has embodied the hopes of some of the earth’s most impoverished and isolated
people. And this is the first time this generation has even SEEN such problems of
communist revolution played out in real life.
“ There is a living revolution going on here — in all its complexity, mystery and
unpredictability. And we should know that we need to take a clear political stand
of support for this.
“ Sure, we will ‘wait and see’ in one sense — in the sense that everyone ‘waits
and sees’ how great events turn out — including their direct participants. But in
another sense, it would be wrong (and I’m tempted to say a criminal betrayal of
internationalism) to SIT BACK while we ‘wait and see.’”
—Mike Ely, “And If a Showdown Comes in Nepal….”

“ We should be clear on what we know, and what we don’t. And one thing we know is that this revolutionary cause in Nepal is just. It has drawn in millions of people. It has built itself an army. It has captured the imagination of the youth. It has embodied the hopes of some of the earth’s most impoverished and isolated people. And this is the first time this generation has even SEEN such problems of communist revolution played out in real life.

“ There is a living revolution going on here — in all its complexity, mystery and unpredictability. And we should know that we need to take a clear political stand of support for this.

“ Sure, we will ‘wait and see’ in one sense — in the sense that everyone ‘waits and sees’ how great events turn out — including their direct participants. But in another sense, it would be wrong (and I’m tempted to say a criminal betrayal of internationalism) to SIT BACK while we ‘wait and see.’”

There are typos in this pamphlet — we have rushed it into print. It is what the Maoists of China used to call “fuel in snowy weather.”

For the Table of Contents >

Eyes On The Maobadi: 4 Reasons Nepal’s Revolution Matters . . 3

Learning from the Maobadi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

And if a Showdown Comes in Nepal….? . . . . . 11

Badiou & Nepal: Battlegrounds Over Communist Reconception . . . . . . . . . . . 15

A Quiz: For Revolutionaries with Litmus Tests . . . . . 20

Nepal: Understanding Riptides of Transition . . . . . 21

Nepal’s Maoists: On the Need for Creative Invention in Revolution . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Compare and Contrast on Nepal . . . . . . . . . 34

Letter of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) ( June 2006) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Outrage: Obama Keeps Nepal Maoists on Terrorist List . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Nepal: “We are ready to capture Nepal Army HQ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Ferment in Nepal: A Dynamic Vortex of Revolutionary Change . . 46

One Response to “New Kasama Pamphlet: On the Maobadi and the Crisis in Nepal”

  1. maroonunderground said

    Hey Mike!

    Keep of the great work. Your research is making a great impact on my life and as you note the potential of the Maoist struggle in Nepal is a great source of inspiration and hope. The struggle continues!

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