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Mainstream Press on Nepal: Claims About Political Differences at Maoist Meeting

Posted by Ka Frank on January 30, 2010

This article appeared in My Republica on January 29, 2010.

We urge our readers to remember that it is hard to confirm whether an article like this, from the bourgeois press, is accurate. It involves anonymous “leaks” allegedly from party leaders — which is also impossible to confirm. And it is important to note that in times of great conflict, especially revolutionary situations, there is a great deal of organized disinformation — especially aimed at the perceptions of the revolution’s leadership, and the unity of leading groups.

Hardliners push for revolt, delay in integration

KATHMANDU:  Sharp differences have surfaced in the UCPN (Maoist) over the party´s next strategic move and direction. The party´s hardliners led by Senior Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya have pitched for declaring India the main enemy and going for an immediate revolt. Baidya has also called for delay in the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants to help start preparations for a revolt. Another vice-chairman, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, backed by some of the party´s influential leaders, has, however, staunchly pushed for writing the constitution and completion of the peace process.

The shimmering intra-party differences have come to the fore at the ongoing Standing Committee meeting that began on Tuesday.

Responding to Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dhala´s analysis of the current political situation and the party´s future strategy, Mohan Baidya argued that the party should identify foreign forces, particularly India, as its main enemy and launch an immediate revolt to achieve the party´s ultimate goal — dictatorship of the proletariat.

“Our main contradiction is with India, and it should be termed the party´s chief enemy…. We should also immediately go for a revolt to achieve the party´s goals,” a party leader quoted Baidya as saying at the Standing Committee meeting Tuesday. He argued for delay in the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants since the party would need them for the revolt.

But Dr Bhattarai argued that the party should focus on constitution writing and concluding the peace process as the party currently lacks popular support for such a revolt, and it would be counter-productive. “If foreign forces and political parties conspire against the peace process and constitution writing, that would give justification for a people´s revolt and we will gain mass support for it,” a standing committee member quoted Dr Bhattarai as saying.

The Maoist vice-chairman also argued that indentifying outsiders as the arch enemy would undermine the party´s struggle to end feudalism at home. “You cannot break the wall with your elbow, it needs a sledgehammer,” the party leader quoted Dr Bhattarai as saying.

According to the party leader, Dahal´s political proposal lacks clarity, though he seems to have favored the hard-line camp. “But it will not be unusual for him to switch to the stronger camp,” he said. It has also been learned that Dr Bhattarai is likely to challenge the party chairman´s strategy and present a separate political paper at the Maoist plenum slated for mid-February, if he fails to push through his strategy.

Bhattarai´s position has become stronger after the release of the party chairman´s indoor speech tagging him as India´s choice for the next prime minister. “He has received wide support and sympathy, especially from the second generation of influential leaders,” said the party leader. Leaders like Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Dinanath Sharma, Barsaman Pun and Lilamani Pokharel have already backed the line for peace and constitution writing.

“The most worrisome factor for the chairman is that top PLA officials loyal to him are switching sides too,” he said.

3 Responses to “Mainstream Press on Nepal: Claims About Political Differences at Maoist Meeting”

  1. NSPF said

    Repeatedly and I would stress correctly, it has been said on this site that second and third hand media reports cannot be taken as statements of fact. This article should be treated no different. So, If I were to rephrase the heading, I would use “speculation” instead of “report”.

    Only the Party and those leaders themselves can report authoritatively on such questions.

    Never the less, there is a line of argument in this media speculation for and against preparations for real change.

    With that in mind, I believe absolutely no one outside the Party leadership can second guess them on the question of timing of a possible revolt. They and only they can determine the tactical aspect of the question because it is correct IN GENERAL that one should not attempt to break a wall with their elbow. I am very confident that this is not a controversial point on this site.

    What this article attributes to Bhattarai is a misuse of that correct saying to postpone the possibility of a revolutionary road to victory. Tommorow never arrives; it is always the day after today.
    What’s the use of carrying the imperialist’s plan and solemnly swear that we would resolutely fight them if they prevent us from carrying it out? A Mirage of course.

  2. Ka Frank said

    Another report on the meeting. These are news reports, based on calculated leaks to influence the Maoist base–not uniformed speculation. The lineup is generally as expected. Of course where Prachanda comes down is usually decisive.

    MAOIST STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
    Maoists to declare new phase of protest Sunday

    My Republica

    KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will address the issues raised by party leaders during the Standing Committee meeting on Sunday. The party will also decide the nature of protest to be launched in the days ahead.

    “The process of putting forward views by the leaders is over on Saturday. We will reach some conclusion after the chairman´s speech on Sunday,” said Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma.

    Sharp differences surfaced during the meeting over the party´s strategic move and direction. The so-called hardliners led by senior vice-chairman Mohan Baidya have argued that the party should declare India as the main enemy and launch an immediate revolt. Baidya said that the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants should also be delayed as the party would need them for such a revolt.

    But another vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai, backed by some influential leaders, argued that the party should focus on constitution writing and peace process. According to sources, Dr Bhattarai was of the opinion that the party should launch a revolt only if the constitution writing and peace process were thwarted.

    “Then we will have mass support for a revolt and we will succeed,” Dr Bhattarai had told the committee on Tuesday. He has also declared India as the party´s main enemy.
    Dahal´s position is still unclear.

    According to sources, Baidya has been mainly backed by Dev Gurung and CP Gajurel.

    Similarly, Bhattarai has been mainly backed by Barsha Man Pun, Dinanath Sharma and Lila Mani Pokharel. Party general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and few others have taken a neutral position.

    According to sources, party leader Netra Bikram Chand, known as an outspoken hardliner, also spoke in favor of constitution writing and peace process. All the unresolved issues will be taken to the Maoist plenum slated for mid-February.

  3. Mike E said

    Ka Frank writes:

    “These are news reports, based on calculated leaks to influence the Maoist base–not uniformed speculation. The lineup is generally as expected.”

    I do not believe we have any way of knowing this is true. Are these based on “calculated leaks” or is there some “party leader” passing on these assessments? We have no way of knowing. History is full of disinformation that passed onto the press, and designed to create misperceptions and disunity.

    Is “the lineup…generally as expected”? I don’t know that we know this either.

    Let me give one example from that piece:

    “According to the party leader, Dahal´s political proposal lacks clarity, though he seems to have favored the hard-line camp. “But it will not be unusual for him to switch to the stronger camp,” he said.”

    This kind of charge… (allegedly a leak)… is the kind of thing that colors this whole press account.

    It is (obviously) a personal smear on the leader of a revolutionary party, Prachanda. It is not just “news.” The Indian forces are alledged to want Prachanda replaced as head of the party (or head of any future government). And (predictably) he is the focus of smears and slanders. It is impossible to know whether they arise within the party, or are generated by India and the Nepali reactioanries. But certainly there is no reason to assume such a statement is true, or to claim that it matches what we supposedly know about “allignments.”

    Put another way:

    Let’s say during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, some reporter visiting china had written that an unnamed party leader had made such a remark about Mao Zedong (or other leaders of the Left)….. say after a struggle over the January Storm…

    Wouldn’t we be outraged if such a statement were circulated (or believed!) to be true — without critical appraisal and caution? If it was truly a leak from some party leader, wouldn’t that be outrageous? (There were charges in china about Jiang Jing speaking to Roxanne Witke about the inner party struggle — i.e. such things were taken very seriously!)

    In short, there is no reason to assume that it actually comes from a party leader. And no reason to assume it is true. No way of knowing whether this is an accurate account, or some skilled mixture of truths and lies cooked up by Indian intelligence.

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