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Nepal: Maoist Central Committee Debates Their Next Moves

Posted by Mike E on July 10, 2009

Offices of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

Offices of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

The meeting of the central committee of Unified CPN (Maoist) started at the office of the party’s sister organisations at Koteshwor Wednesday.

Maoist chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal inaugurates the party’s central…
Today’s meeting opened debate on party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s political document that was passed by the recent politburo meeting. The 19-page political document stresses on Maoist-led national unity government as the immediate priority of the party.

The meeting will also take decisions on the party’s strategies, division of responsibilities to central leaders, management of party whole-timers, integration of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and the party’s general convention.

Party spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said debate on other issues would start after Dahal’s political document is finalised.

Prior to the beginning the central committee meeting, Dahal inaugurated the party headquarters in the new building at Parisdanda, Koteshwor, which covers large area and houses most offices of the party’s sister organisations.

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Lalgarh’s Radicalisation of Resistance: From ‘Ordinary Civilians’ to Political Subjects?

Posted by n3wday on July 10, 2009


This article was published in the MRzine. Thanks to Ka Frank for pointing it out.

Lalgarh and the Radicalisation of Resistance: From ‘Ordinary Civilians’ to Political Subjects?

by Saroj Giri

One image stands out from the Lalgarh resistance.  Chattradhar Mahato, the most visible leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), distributing food to ordinary villagers — not as a high-up leader doing charity but as one among them.  Is this the ‘new’ image of the Maoist?  But maybe Mahato is not a Maoist — he himself denies being one.  But if he is not, given his power and influence in the area, the ‘dictatorial’ Maoists must have eliminated him by now?  Then maybe he is only being used by them, following their ‘diktat’ out of fear.  But a man with the kind of popularity and love from the masses would fear the Maoists?  So, is he a Maoist, or like a Maoist, after all?  But a Maoist who is this popular among the masses and who does not seem to terrorise them?

These questions are tricky, almost baffling to many.  For the resistance in Lalgarh is a unique experiment, not following any formulaic path or given script.  The Lalgarh resistance not only rattled local power relations and state forces but also challenged accepted ideas and practices of resistance movements, their internal constitution, and above all opened up radical possibilities for the initiative of the masses — partly symbolized in the unscripted image and contested political identity of Mahato and indeed of the PCAPA vis-à-vis Maoists.  Crucially, Lalgarh undermines conventional ideas about the relationship between ‘peaceful’ and ‘violent’ forms of struggle and inaugurates possibilities of resistance unfettered by given notions of political subjectivity or by subservience to the ‘rule of law’. Read the rest of this entry »

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