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U.S. Left Group Accuses Nepali Maoists of “Revisionism”

Posted by Mike E on April 22, 2010

As revolutionary forces in Nepal are mobilizing for possible confrontations on May First,  and as efforts are made in the U.S. to build supprt for this revolution, the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) has published the following anonymous  polemic aimed at the UCPN(Maoist) leadership. The RCP is a small post-Maoist group in the U.S.

This new RCP polemic closely follows their critical “challenge” of writer Arundhati Roy — as she was being targeted by reactionaries and authorities for her support of Maoist revolutionaries in India.

Though this is a purely textual critique of  a 4-month old Nepali document, the RCP chose not to also publish the Nepali document they are denouncing. In fact they did not  provide any link to that  document or even quote any passages. This naturally makes  it difficult for their readers to compare and contrast. And it departs from the RCP’s own previous long-standing principle of publishing both sides during confrontations over ideology and policy.

For readers wanting to study the Nepali leadership document,  Kasama has made it available here.

On the Critical Crossroads in the Nepal Revolution, and the Urgent Need for a Real Rupture with Revisionism

Observations by a Supporter of that Revolution
From a Communist Internationalist Perspective

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Nepal: General Threatens Army Attacks

Posted by Mike E on April 22, 2010

This first appeared on Nepal News, April 9, 2010

Army will come out of barracks if there’s bloodshed after May 28: Katawal

Former Nepal Army (NA) chief Rookmangud Katawal has said the army will not remain silent if there is bloodshed and turmoil in the country because of the Constituent Assembly failing to promulgate the new constitution within the May 28 deadline.

Speaking to the Reporters Club members at his residence in Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Friday morning, the controversial former army chief said democratic forces have become weaker after the demise of former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.

Katawal, who is allegedly close to the pro-monarchist camp, said issues such as secularism, monarchy and federalism must be decided through referendum. He said the people should be given the right to speak directly on these grave national issues if parties are committed to democratic culture and people’s sovereignty.

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Bhattarai in Nepal: Hundreds of Thousands Will Take the Streets

Posted by Mike E on April 22, 2010

From Nepal News

Thousands will take to streets if constitution not drafted on time, Bhattarai warns

Unified CPN (Maoist) Vice-Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai has warned that his party will bring hundreds of thousands of people in the streets to establish the “people’s federal democratic republic” in the country if the constitution is not drafted as per the people’s aspiration within May 28 deadline.

Dr Baburam Bhattarai

Speaking at a programme organised on the occasion of Lenin Day in the capital on Thursday, he, however, claimed that the constitution as per the aspiration of the people is not possible in the current circumstances.

Dr. Bhattarai, who is also considered the Maoist ideologue, said that the party has demanded the dissolution of the current government to pave way for a national unity government under the leadership of his party after concluding that the current government cannot give the country a new constitution on time and take the peace process to a logical conclusion.

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May First: High Noon in Nepal

Posted by n3wday on April 22, 2010

The New PowerThis eyewitness reporting  first appeared on Jed Brandt’s blog. Its importance speaks for itself. Join us in circulating this account widely — starting today online.

by Jed Brandt

“You must come to Kathmandu with shroud cloth wrapped around your heads and flour in your bags. It will be our last battle. If we succeed, we survive, else it will be the end of our party.”

— General Secretary Badal of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

APRIL 21 — There are moments when Kathmandu does not feel like a city on the edge of revolution.

People go about all the normal business of life. Venders sell vegetables, nail-clippers and bootleg Bollywood from the dirt, cramping the already crowded streets. Uniformed school kids tumble out of schools with neat ties in the hot weather. Municipal police loiter at the intersections while traffic ignores them, their armed counter-parts patrol in platoons through the city with wood-stocked rifles and dust-masks as they have for years. New slogans are painted over the old, almost all in Maoist red. Daily blackouts and dry-season water shortages are the normal daily of Nepal’s primitive infrastructure, not the sign of crisis. Revolutions don’t happen outside of life, like an asteroid from space – but from right up the middle, out of the people themselves.

Passing through Kathmandu’s Trichandra college campus after meeting with students in a nearby media program, I walked into the aftermath of bloody attack. Thugs allied with the Congress party student group had cut up leaders of a rival student group with khukuri knives leaving one in critical condition. Hundreds of technical students were clustered in the street when I arrived by chance. The conflict most often described through the positioning of political leaders is breaking out everywhere.

Indefinite bandhs are paralyzing large parts of the country after the arrest of Young Communist League (YCL) cadre in the isolated far west and Maoist student leaders in Pokhora, the central gateway to the Annapurna mountain range. The southern Terai is in chaos, with several power centers competing and basic security has broken down with banditry, extortion and kidnapping  now endemic. Government ministers cannot appear anywhere without Maoist pickets waving black flags and throwing rocks.

With no central authority, all sides are claiming the ground they stand on and preparing their base. It’s messy, confused and coming to a sharp point as the May 28 deadline for a new constitution draws near with no consensus in sight. The weak government holding court in the Constituent Assembly can’t command a majority, not even of their own parties. Seventy assembly representatives of the status quo UML party signed a letter calling on their own leader to step down from the prime minister’s chair to make way for a Maoist national-unity government. He refuses, repeating demands that the Maoists dissolve their popular organizations and return lands seized by the people who farm them. Read the rest of this entry »

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