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Basanta: Revolutionary Prospects in Nepal

Posted by Ka Frank on March 19, 2010

Here are some excerpts from a recent interview with Basanta, a leading member of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist):

The great People’s War that our party initiated on February 13, 1996 was aimed at accomplishing the New Democratic Revolution, the first stage to clear the way forward to socialism and worldwide communism. In order to achieve the minimum strategic goal of New Democratic revolution in Nepal we have been applying various tactics in compliance with the concrete analysis of the concrete conditions.

When the deposed monarch Gyanendra usurped the whole power with the strength of reactionary army, the political contradiction between the entire masses on the one hand, and the king on the other, came at the forefront. Objectively, it created a situation at which the political parties that claimed themselves as democratic ones could be brought together in a fight to establish democratic republic. Based on the 12-point understanding the tactical unity between seven political parties and ours was the correct implementation of firmness in strategy and flexibility in tactic on our part.

The abolition of monarchy and establishment of democratic republic from the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly is an important step forward to our minimum strategic goal of New Democratic Revolution but it is not the New Democratic Revolution itself.

The New Democratic Revolution has two aspects: anti-feudal and anti-imperialist. With the abolition of monarchy, the feudal institution, the feudalism has been weak politically but it has not yet been abolished. And on the other, the agrarian programme based on the principle of land to the tiller is far from being implemented. The bureaucratic comprador bourgeois has come at the fore in the reactionary power. It means that Nepalese people’s struggle to establish democracy i.e. the struggle to make the people sovereign and to resolve the land problem and as well to establish national independence is not over. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal’s “War on Terror”–Police Shoot Civilians on Sight

Posted by Ka Frank on March 19, 2010

This article appeared in World News on March 8, 2010.

West Bengal’s “War on Terror”

According to the two women wearing the white clothes of mourning, Lalmohan Tudu was a well-loved husband and son, a man who only wanted to help his village. They say the farmer, a tribal rights activist, was seized near his home by police who then shot him dead in a nearby paddy field.

But police say the 50-year-old was a dangerous rebel, the head of a Maoist front group that was terrorising the area. He was killed, they insist, in an exchange of fire after his group attacked a police patrol.

“They had been hunting him since last June,” said his wife, Lakhimani, stunned and hushed, as she sat outside the family home where chickens pecked in the dust. “He had tried to come to the house that day but he was kidnapped that night. We heard gunshots and feared the worst. We never found out what had happened until the next morning when we heard his body was in the morgue.”

The killing of Mr Tudu is a snapshot from the frontline of what the Indian government has called its very own “war on terror”. Across a swath of remote rural India, away from the busy cities that boast an economic growth rate of 8 per cent, thousands of paramilitaries and armed police are readying to launch a major military operation against an enemy Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has termed the “single biggest threat to the country’s security”. So-called Maoist rebels who have been fighting the authorities off and on for four decades stand in the way of economic development and want to overthrow the state, authorities say. The military assault, Operation Green Hunt, the government warns, will be a “long and bloody war”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoist Leader Denies ‘No Confidence’ Motion Will be Brought Against Government

Posted by n3wday on March 19, 2010

This article was posted on Nepal News.

‘UCPN (M) not preparing to file no-confidence motion’

Amid reports of the Unified CPN (Maoist) preparing to table no-confidence motion in the parliament in an attempt to topple the 22-party government, a senior Maoist leader has claimed the party is not making such preparations. Speaking at the Reporters Club Monday, Maoist standing committee member Amik Sherchan said rumours of the party preparing to seek no-confidence motion are not true.

Sherchan, a former Deputy Prime Minister, said Maoist party was only mulling over requesting a special session of the parliament to discuss the current political deadlock and the deteriorating law and order situation. He however claimed that his party would get clear majority in the House it it really tries to topple the government.

He also reiterated his party’s stance that a national unity government is a must to make sure the new constitution is written within the prescribed time and bring the peace process to a conclusion.

Speaking at the same programme, Nepali Congress vice president and UML secretary Yuba Raj Gyawali described the ‘Maoists’ exercise to table no-confidence motion’ as an untimely move, expressing confidence that the motion would be easily voted out in the parliament.

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Nepal Gov’t Committee Says India Has Occupied Land in Multiple Places Along Border

Posted by n3wday on March 19, 2010

This article was published on Telegraph Nepal.

CA committee Report, India gulps Nepali landmass at several locations

Nepal’s Parliamentary Committee for International Relations and Human Rights has declared that in almost all locations along Nepal’s open border with India, Nepali territories are being illegally occupied by India. The committee points out that due to past unequal treaties signed with India, Nepal was facing trouble in its relations with India including the border encroachment problem.

The committee submitted a report to the chair of Constituent Assembly Mr. Subash Chandra Nembang, March 17, 2010, wherein it has been mentioned that along 15 districts where the parliamentary delegation made visits, it was found that India has clearly encroached upon Nepali territories.

The parliamentary delegation has made visits to 15 districts of Nepal adjoining India beginning December 25, 2009 to January 3, 2010. “After the visit, apart from Kalapani and Susta, the committee has come to the conclusion that India has indeed occupied Nepali lands at several locations.”

In Susta of Nawalparasi district, India has occupied 14 thousand hectares of Nepali Lands. Similarly, India has been illegally occupying some 62 thousand hectares of Nepali lands in Kalapani since 1962.

The committee also suggests government of Nepal to scrap the unequal treaty of 1950.

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