English Voice of Nepal’s Maoist Revolution: Red Star #17
Posted by Harry Sims on December 21, 2010
The recent edition of the Red Star, newspaper of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is now available in English. This issue (published July 16-31 on Krishnasen Online) contains an important article by Prachanda (aka Pushpa Kamal Dahal) on the problems of forming the Nepal’s next government and who must lead it, the so-called program of army integration, the question of holding the Party Vongress during the People’s War period and more.
We share this extract:
The government must be formed under the leadership of our Party
by Prachanda, Chairman UCPN-M
The Politburo meeting that was held for the long time has decided that it will lead the national united government. if it’s sure that the national united government will be formed, who will be the prime minister?
The Politburo meeting has decided that national unity government must be formed under the leadership of UCPN (M). When the time comes to form that government, our party will finalise about the leadership. We didn’t discuss it this time. The main focus is that the government must be formed under the leadership of our party. It’s the party that counts, not the person.
Your party has been demanding the formation of national united government. There are talks of majority government too. Are both the options open?
Both of the options are open. But, we also discussed about the possibility of the national unity government in the politburo meeting. We came to the conclusion that the possibility of a national unity government is getting weaker. Taking this situation into account, we have decided to remain prepared for both the options.
You were to hold a Congress on the coming February. But instead, you called an expanded Meeting of the Central Committee. how can it be a party that doesn’t hold its Congress for 20 years?
When we had unification 20 years ago, we named it as unity Congress. But when the Unified CPN (Maoist) was formed, it was done after a national convention. that convention had approved a party document too. So, the context of not having a Congress for a long time is about our former party, the CPN (Maoist), not the present one, the Unified CPN (Maoist). The convention of the unified party has already taken place. Secondly, the nation is at a very sensitive condition.
The transition period is reaching to its end. the major issue now is to conclude the peace and constitution writing process, and the priority should be to give a way out. the party Congress is obviously necessary but it is not the principal task at this time. We have thought that the resolution of the burning issues of nation and its people is the main question at present. But at the same time, it is necessary to build an unified understanding in all these issues and consolidate the party ideologically and organizationally. So, we have called the expanded Meeting of the Central Committee.
What decision did your politburo meeting made on army integration, which is the main point of the debate?
In the comprehensive peace accord (CPA), we had agreed to provide same status to Nepal Army (NA) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the main spirit of the CPA was to build up a national Army by democratizing the NA and professionalising the PLA. Both the Armies are under the monitoring of unMin. Same numbers of weapons are kept in the container. in the interim constitution, the provisions are made in the same article for nA and PLA.
But, parties in the government are propagating as if NA is the only Army of the state and the other is not, this is against the crux and spirit of the CPA. We have decided to oppose this strongly.