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Nepal’s Reactionary Koirala: Army and Maoist Forces Must Not Merge

Posted by n3wday on July 27, 2009

Koirala of the Nepali Congress Party

Koirala of the Nepali Congress Party

This article was published on Web India.

Maoists to be rehabilitated into society not army: Koirala
Kathmandu
Sunday, Jul 19 2009 IST

Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala has said the ex-combatants of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army will not be integrated into the Nepal Army but they should all be rehabilitated into the society.

”Nowhere in the Comprehensive Peace Accord is there written that the Maoist combatants should be integrated into the Nepal Army,” nepalnews quoted Mr Koirala as saying in his home town Biratnagar before leaving for here. ”The behaviour of the Maoist combatants will be corrected and then they will be rehabilitated into the society,” he said. Maoists want to integrate about 20,000 of their former fighters who are living in various UN monitored camps, into the Nepal army. Read the rest of this entry »

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India Election: Disgust for Politicians and So-Called Democracy

Posted by n3wday on July 27, 2009

indian-election1This article was published in People’s Truth bulletin #6.

‘Elections’ Show Disgust for the Bourgeoisie Politicians and the so-called Democracy

As the third phase of polling gets over the main news is the lack of interest in voting and the disgust displayed by the masses for the political system. In Mumbai as much as 59% stayed away from voting. In UP barely 45% voted. In Kashmir the voter turnout was a mere 20%. In the earlier phases the voter turnout was not much different. In the first phase which was held in most of the naxalite areas the boycott of the elections by the Maoists made major news and was even more widely covered than the elections itself. Not only the people in the Maoist area but reports came in from almost all corners of the country of people of whole areas boycotting the polls over their local demands or going to the booth and registering their non-voting. Not even all the lure of money, muscle power, caste and religious equations could get people to the ballot box. The high percentages polling shown to have taken place in some Maoist areas were due to pre-planned rigging. In Mumbai, slum-dwellers reported that the one month before the elections was a boon for them – Rs.100 to attend a political rally, Rs.100 a day to sit at a pandal, Rs.500 to oversee an election booth, etc. Never can ordinary slum-dweller earn so much, yet Dharavi (reportedly the biggest slum in Asia) recorded barely 38% voting.
What was astounding was that such a low voter turnout happened in spite of a massive propaganda blitz calling on people to vote. Such a high profile campaign was never conducted on this scale roping in NGOs, business houses, media barons, film stars and cricketers. In fact on the date of the third round of voting the Times of India and other leading daily carried a front page letter by the editor in bold to call on the people to vote. Also on voting day the parties provided free auto rides and numerous other incentives to vote for them. Even religious bodies, especially of the minorities were roped in to issue edicts to their followers to vote. The Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa directing the Muslims to vote and apex bodies of various Christian churches also called upon their followers to vote. Yet in spite of all this there was a miserable turn-out. Read the rest of this entry »

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