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The Mass Protests in Kathmandu and the Revolution to Follow

Posted by n3wday on November 16, 2009

maobaadi_kathmandu_protest_november_2009This piece first appeared on CounterPunch.

“I Want to Dance With the Real Hero of My Country”

The Andolan in Kathmandu and the Revolution to Follow

By GARY LEUPP

“So far,” notes Peter Lee of the Asia Times, “Western media have reported remotely and somewhat uncomprehendingly on the massive demonstrations in Kathmandu led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), with a marked lack of interest. This perhaps reflects the shared desire of the Indian, Chinese and Western governments not to inflame the situation with excessive attention and rhetoric.” He refers to the two-day action in the Nepali capital Thursday and Friday.

But those demonstrations should be of enormous interest. According to AsiaNews, “The second phase of the so-called ‘people’s movement-III’ saw more than 150,000 participants, including former Maoist guerrillas and United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPM-M) members of parliament and militants, gathered around the Singha Durbar, Nepal’s official seat of government.”

The Maoists virtually paralyzed the government in a stunning display of power. All the top Maoist leaders marched through the city, some meeting the police at the barricades and breaking through to assume positions around Singha Durbar where they addressed the huge crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Culture: Maoists Don’t Celebrate Dasain

Posted by Ka Frank on November 16, 2009

Nepal--festivalThis interview appeared in English in Nepali Times, October 9, 2009

Communists don’t celebrate Dasain [Nepal’s 15 day national holiday]

Interview with Ninu Chapagain, In-Charge, Cultural Division, UCPN (Maoist), in Samayabodh, Oct-Nov, 2009

As in-charge of the Maoist Cultural Division, how do you view the festivals that people celebrate in Nepal?

Nepal is a multi-cultural nation. The different ethnic and language groups here have their own cultures. But instead of considering all these Nepali culture, there is a bad tendency here to think of the culture of those ethnicities and classes in power as Nepali culture. This needs to be corrected.

Nepal’s festivals are generally based on Hinduism. Are there any scientific aspects to these religious festivals?

Religion and science are opposed to each other. To believe in god is to deny man agency and to accept external control of oneself. This is not culture, but a lack of it. If it lacks humanity, intellect and independent agency, it cannot be considered culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kisenji Gives Headaches to Indian Intelligence

Posted by Ka Frank on November 16, 2009

KisenjiKisenjiKisenjiFive calls from five places.  So, who is the real Kisenji?

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri, DNA, November 5, 2009

In fact, the police have found five dummy Kisenjis operating from different jungle locations in West Bengal and adjacent Jharkhand using different mobile telephones and different SIM cards at different times.

Sophisticated voice and tone examination of the recorded interviews confirmed Kisenji has at least five dummies. But for close scrutiny by the police, the interviews are difficult to distinguish, thanks to a sustained practice and uniform style of speaking Hindi, English or Bengali with a distinct Telegu accent. Senior CID officials said it is difficult for the common man to differentiate between the different voices and accents of these dummy Kisenjis.

“The very fine differences have been traced through sophisticated voice examination, but we are not sure which one is the real Kisenji,” he said. Initially, they tried to nab Kisenji by tracking the tower locations but failed. “We neither have any recent picture of Kisenji nor any specific information about what he looks like. So, we tried to track the mobile towers. But, it did not work. There were times when we felt we had found our man, but we realised there were these dummy Kisenjis,” the CID official said. Read the rest of this entry »

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