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Nepal: Closed Session Begins At Maoist Conclave

Posted by Mike E on November 22, 2010

Source: Nepal News. Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle.

The closed session of the Unified CPN (Maoist) extended Central Committee (CC) meeting started in Palungtar of Gorkha district Monday.

The closed session, scheduled to last for a maximum of five days, will discuss three separate political dossiers presented by chairman Prachanda, and vice chairmen Mohan Baidya and Baburam Bhattarai and possibly come up with an integrated paper on the programmes, polices and strategies of the party.

Baidya and Bhattarai presented their dossiers at the meeting today while Prachanda will present his document tomorrow. Today’s session ended at around 5 pm.

Baidya in his document has said the party should prepare for ‘people’s revolt’ right away in order to establish people’s rule while Bhattarai has emphasised on drafting a progressive constitution and conclude the peace process.

According to Bhattarai, the party should stage a revolt if the constitution-drafting and peace process is obstructed.

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Crossroads: Nepalese Maoists Extended CC meeting Begins Today

Posted by Mike E on November 21, 2010

Source: Nepal News. Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle.

The sixth extended Central Committee (CC) meeting of the Unified CPN (Maoist), viewed with much importance within and outside the party, is beginning Sunday afternoon in Palungtar of Gorkha district.

Some 6,000 delegates from across the country have arrived in Palungtar for the important extended CC meet. The delegates include over 1,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members staying in various cantonments.

Maoist leadership decided to include the PLA members in such large numbers despite objection from other parties, Nepal Army and the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) – monitoring the peace process in Nepal.

Central leaders including chairman Prachanda vice chairmen Mohan Baidhya, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, among others reached the plenum venue Saturday evening.

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U.S. Ambassador Demands: Nepal Maoists End Peoples Liberation Army

Posted by hetty7 on November 20, 2010

Maoist supporters confront the government in Nepal (photo: Jed Brandt)

The U.S. government working through ambassadors, military trainers and other agents has been intervening  in Nepal — in a campaign of counterinsurgency and counterrevolution. Part of the operation has been to “explain” to the Maoist what they “have to do” to be “accepted” as a “legitimate” party. And the stick in this scenario is embodied in the continuing U.S. practice of (unjustly!) including Nepal’s Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Young Communist League and the Peoples Liberation Army on its terrorist list.

That is little short of a threat of attack and bloody suppression with U.S. backing.

U.S.: Hands off the Revolution in Nepal!

Maoists are not Terrorists: Take UCPN(M) Off U.S. Government Terrorist Lists!

This article was published by myrepublica.

Sever Ties with PLA: U.S. to Maoists

Kathmandu Nov. 18: The US has urged the UCPN (Maoist) to sever its relation  with ex-combatants if the party wants its commitment to democracy and peace unquestioned, while calling on the other parties to assure the Maoists of integration and rehabilitation of ex-combatants on “fair terms”.

The US has also asked the non-Maoist parties to assure the Maoists that they will not be excluded from national politics.

The US urged the UCPN (Maoist), “whose role is central to the peace process”, to let the integration and rehabilitation of their ex-fighters move forward so that the process is completed “as early as possible.”

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Nepal – Maoists Build For Party Meeting, Nov. 21st

Posted by hetty7 on November 19, 2010

This article was published in MyRepublica.com

Nepal – Maoist Leaders Wooing Cadres Ahead of Plenum

Post Bahadur Basnet

Kathmandu, Nov.9: With the fifth party plenum fast approaching, Unified Communist Party Nepal – Maoist , (UCPN (Maoist), leaders have intensified their forays into districts outside Kathmandu to woo party cadres toward their respective factions.

The second and third rung of leaders loyal to each of the three Maoist factions have become busy holding functions and meeting cadres in districts to win their support during the jumbo party plenum that will begin November 21 in Gorkha district.

The Maoist party is vertically divided into three factions led by Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya and Vice-chairman Br. Baburam Bhattarai, respectively.

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Operation Greenhunt Fact Sheet: India’s Military Attack on Tribals and Maoists

Posted by celticfire84 on November 17, 2010

Stop Operation Greenhunt!

The Campaign against War on People compiled a helpful fact sheet on Operation Greenhunt.

Download the Entire PDF here.

Excerpt:

The Status of the Current Offensive

•    The offensive will be spread over the next five years.

•    A special forces school, a special forces unit and an army brigade HQ will be set up near Bilaspur. The Bde HQ will participate in anti-Maoist ops in the future. The army is looking for 1,800 acres of land to set up the infrastructure.

•    The IAF is looking for 300 acres for its base •    Home Ministry is sitting on a plan to redeploy the Rashtriya Rifles [from Kashmir to the Naxal affected areas]. RR and BSF unlike other paramilitary forces, have heavy weaponry like medium-range machine guns, mortars and rocket launchers.

•    For now, 27 battalions of the Border Security Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police will
be moved into Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra.

•    The paramilitary forces will be supported by six Mi-17 IAF choppers.

• The helicopters will have on board the IAF’s special force, the GARUDS, to secure the chopper and conduct combat search and rescue operations.

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Must Study: How Feds Target International Connections

Posted by celticfire84 on November 17, 2010

Imperialist Agent

The following originally appeared on Kasama.

Each of us needs to understand the implications and dangers of these developments.

First that we need to expose and help defeat attempts to criminalize internationalism.

Second, while important solidarity work remains legal and urgent –  such efforts should not be “coordinated with” international groups. I.e.Specific international connections and coordination are being made legally “radioactive” and internationalist work within needs to be carefully independent (in planning, conception and finances) from people outside the country — no casual communications, no back and forth flow of suggestions, no appearance of mutual consultation on plans, no exchange of seemingly innocent help (

skills, money, etc.) Any international communications by solidarity participants should be limited and careful scrutinized with these legal constraints in mind. Anyone who is approached by someone claiming to be from a proscribed group who claims to have suggestions (however innocent) should report the incident and not pursue the conversation — entrapment is a real tactic of sinister forces.

Thanks to  Ka Frank for sending this.

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India’s Maoists: The Ideas of Azad Live On

Posted by celticfire84 on November 16, 2010

A Comrade in Study

Nobody Can Kill the Ideas of Azad!

No one can stop the Revolution’s Advance!

Download full interview as PDF.

Recently some media persons sent some questions to Comrade Ganapathy, the General Secretary of CPI (Maoist).

The martyrdom of Politburo member and party spokesperson Comrade Azad, the continuous losses to the Central leadership of the party, the issue of talks with the government, the deluge of militant mass movements in many areas, the situation of the revolutionary movement in the urban and plain areas, party stand on contemporary issues like Kashmir people’s movement, Commonwealth games, judgment on Babri Masjid are some of the issues on which Comrade Ganapathy concentrated and gave his replies. We hope this interview would be useful to know about party’s stand and understanding in the present situation.

– CC, CPI (Maoist)

1. Many people think that your party had suffered a severe backlash with Azad’s death. What are the circumstances which led to his death? How would you assess the role played by Azad in Indian Revolution? How do you plan to overcome his loss?

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Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars and India’s Maoist Rebels

Posted by celticfire84 on November 16, 2010

The following interview with the well-known courageous Indian novelist appeared on Democracy Now (November 8). Comments include a discussion of the recent assassination of Azad, the leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

.Maoist rebels in India called for a strike Monday to protest President Obama’s visit. The Indian media reports Maoists blew up a new school building and killed four persons in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Bihar. We speak with author and essayist Arundhati Roy about the struggle of the Maoist rebels in India and her assessment of President Obama.

Transcript:

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Maoists Support Kashmiri Freedom

Posted by celticfire84 on November 11, 2010

PHOTO: SHAILENDRA PANDEY

Poet Varavara Rao

An interview with revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, from Tehelka.

‘We have a common enemy in New Delhi’

Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that the Naxals will support the separatist movement in Kashmir

Why did you attend the conference demanding secession of Kashmir? What connects the Kashmiri separatists to Maoists?
I feel azadi is the only way for Kashmir. Self-determination is the right of every nationality. Being a Maoist, I support revolutionary and independent movements of people. On that Marxist-Leninist principle, I support the nationality struggle of Kashmir and of the Northeast. I come from the Hyderabad riyasat. Both Hyderabad and Kashmir were invaded by India. Even the Indian Union uses the word ‘accession’ in both cases. They annexed Hyderabad on the pretext that the rulers are Muslims and the ruled are Hindus. In Kashmir, they said the king is Hindu. In both places, they played the Hindu card.

Going by your argument, should India then be split into 28 different countries?
We support nationalistic aspirations. Only those princely states that were under Delhi till 1947 and those who agreed to join the Indian Union should be in India. Nehru had even taken the Kashmir issue to the United Nations. If Kashmir was like any other state after 1950, then what is the need for Article 370? If it is a part of the Indian Union, why do you have to send the army? Why do you have AFSPA? From Nehru to Vajpayee, there have been talks on Kashmir with Pakistan, because the government knows it is a disputed issue.

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Nepal: Prachanda on China, India and the Plenum

Posted by hetty7 on November 9, 2010

This is from ekantipur.com.

Monday Interview

We want to turn over a new leaf in our relationship with India

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)  – UCPN(M) –  has had a difficult relationship with India and other political parties in Nepal after the fall of Maoist-led government in May 2009.  The party’s  several attempts to regain power have been scuttled by its widening trust gap with various political forces.  As a consequence the peace process has been stalled and Nepal has been without a functioning government for over four months.  Against this backdrop, Prachanda ( Pushpa Kamal Dahal),  Chairman of the UCPN (M),  recently visited China where he proposed to the Chinese leadership a tripartite  agreement between Nepal, China, and India.  Prachanda  spoke to Akhilesh Upadhyay and Sudheer Sharma on Saturday morning about his visit, his party’s upcoming plenum, its relationship with India, the peace process and his fall from grace.

You and your party men have been to China frequently.  Some reading it as tilting towards China.

It is not as it appears in the media.  At an ideological level, we are naturally interested in studying developments in China.  But my visits have been circumstantial.  The first time I went to the Olympics.  The second time I was there to study Chinese development. This time I was there to attend the Shanghai Expo.  Which is not just about China for the expo is, in a sense, a world expo.

It is true that while in China I had meetings with Chinese leaders.  But upon my return I divulged the content of those meetings.  Chinese leaders have always underlined the need to ensure peace and development (in Nepal).  As the largest party, they have advised us to improve ties with India.  There is no truth in the rumours about our party’s preference of China over India.

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Interview with Maoist Woman From Nepal

Posted by hetty7 on November 8, 2010

This interview was published in tamilweek.com

Jwala Kumari Shah is one of 39 women who attended a  South Asian feminist conference in Bangladesh.  The interview begins with a quote from Rosa Parks, an African-American  woman who refused to sit in the back of the bus during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s .

This interview is one example of a woman’s life after she joined the Maoist revolutionary war in Nepal.

From Maoist Rebel to Member of Constituent Assembly

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

October 30, 2010 – “Each person must live their life as a model for others” – Rosa Parks, (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005), African-American Civil Rights Activist

Jwala Kumari Shah is a Constituent  Assembly member from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

She had been an active fighter for 12 years while being with the Maoists.  She spent several years underground fearing for her safety.  She is married to a fellow party member and has three sons.

It was a simple wedding, they exchanged flowers.  The relatives and villagers were surprised as there were neither rings nor ceremony for their wedding.  “We loved each other and decided to get married and we lead a happy and simple life” says Jawala Kumari Shah with a snowy smile.

I had a rare opportunity to spend some time with her in Bangladesh.

She was one among 39 women participants of SANGAT XVth South Asian Feminist Capacity Building Course on Gender, Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights and Pease which was held in Rajendrapur, Bangladesh in September-October 2010.

She is friendly and polite with strong political views.  She loves to be photographed alone and with her friends.  She likes to wear the Nepali flag engraved on a brass pin on the left side of her coat.

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No U.S. Arms to Counter-Revolutionary India!

Posted by Rosa Harris on November 8, 2010

India’s massive army stands as a direct and brutal obstacle to the aspirations of a billion people — and to the aspiring revolutions within India itself, and in its neighbor Nepal. The Indian army has been encroaching on Nepal’s borders, and is a permanent threat against the rise of the popular Maoist party to power. Meanwhile this same army is preparing the brutal suppression of the Maoists of India — by launching Operation Green Hunt against the liberated zones of India’s tribal corridor.

In addition to the article below, this was reported in the New York Times.

It is not hard to imagine the great danger represented by increasing the Indian Army’s ability to rapidly move troops from one front to another — from one border to another. As its main force confront Pakistan to the West — who wants India to be able to quickly move forces around to other fronts and other adventures easily, especially when it is faced by important revolutions to the North and East!

All over the world, people must demand that the U.S. stop supporting India’s bloody army and its oppressive plans.

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The following report appeared in Business Insider:

The Real Reason For Obama’s Trip To India:
The Sixth Biggest Arms Deal In U.S. History

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Indian Maoists denounce Obama as “Leader of US imperialism”

Posted by redflags on November 7, 2010

Revolutionary forces in India have denounced the visit of US President Barack Obama, calling for a bandh on November 8 to coincide with his visit to their country [read more]. The following press release from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was received via the Maoist Revolution international listserve.

Promising peace, Obama has increased the US military and expanded Bush's wars into Pakistan and other countries.

October 31, 2010

Firmly Oppose the India Visit of
Barack Obama, Gang Leader of U.S. Imperialism, the #1 Enemy of the World’s People

Raise the slogan in one voice loudly Throughout the Country!!

“OBAMA! GO BACK!!”

US President Barack Obama will be coming to our country on November 6. The comprador rulers of India are busy laying red carpet to welcome him and trying to beautify Mumbai and Delhi. This is a great insult to democracy-loving, peace-loving and patriotic people of our country. US imperialism, which has been plundering the poor countries across the world, suppressing the oppressed nationalities, pushing the notorious thugs and dictators into the power, bullying those countries who wouldn’t cooperate, looting oil, minerals and all other natural wealth and sources and for this going to any extent, is the no. 1 enemy of world people. Its leader Barack Obama is such a person whom the entire humanity must hate. As his predecessor George Bush had accumulated the hate across the globe, US imperialist masters brought Barack Obama in a plan that people could be deceived with his skin color.

Though Obama was so much rhetorical opposing the policies of Bush, after entering into the White House, all the policies and decisions taken by him till this day are nothing but continuation of the Bush administration. In fact the difference between George Bush and Barack Obama lies just in their color and in the name their representative parties. There is no difference between them in exploiting and suppressing the world people, oppressed nationalities, countries and working class of the US. It’s an irrefutable fact that this black color President was selected by the most notorious white masters of US monopolistic corporations. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. and Vietnam Training With India’s Anti-Maoist Troops

Posted by hetty7 on November 4, 2010

This articles was published by  The Telegraph.

This article contains rare mention of U.S. collaboration in India’s military crimes:

“US troops have also been in training at the Indian Army’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairangte, Mizoram, where the first drill with the Vietnamese is likely to be conducted.”

Ho! Look Who’s Teaching Army – Hanoi tie-up in Maoist Time

Sujan Dutta

New Delhi, Oct. 13:  The Indian Army has decided to learn from the masters of the bush war – Vietnam – in the middle of an intensive study of Maoist military tactics.

The irony is hard to miss.  When the Naxalites emerged in India in the late 1960’s, a popular slogan that reverberated in Bengal was “Tomar naam, amar naam, Vietnam, Vietnam”.

Translated it means “Your name, my name, Vietnam, Vietnam”, but the English does not have quite the same ring as the passionate Bengali in which the slogan was chorused.

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India: Maoists Call Shutdown Over Obama Visit

Posted by Rosa Harris on November 3, 2010

This was originally written for The Hindu.

Maoists today called for a 24-hour nationwide shutdown on November 8 to protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama.

“The Maoist Central Committee will observe a 24-hour Bharat bandh on November 8,” Maoist Central Committee member Kishenji told PTI over the phone from an undisclosed location.

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