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Nepal: Prachanda’s Goal is People’s Revolt

Posted by redpines on January 19, 2011

This article originally appeared in Republica. We should remind readers that articles from the bourgeois press may not accurately reflect the positions of revolutionary parties.

Dahal speech reverts to state-capture mode

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: In his firebrand speech to junior party cadres, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that the party´s immediate goal is to seize state power through a people´s revolt and establish “people´s federal republic” in the country.

The Maoist chairman put forward such views during a training session for party cadres at Bhrikuti Mandap in the capital, Monday.

“Our immediate policy is to launch a revolt to achieve the constitution of a people´s federal democratic republic in Nepal,” a party leader quoted Dahal as saying at the training which saw the participation of over 5,000 cadres of the Maoist Newa and Tamsaling states.

The Maoist chairman also stated that the party would revive the kangaroo courts and party´s parallel governments at local levels. “We will form ´front committees´ to organize, mobilize and serve their interests. These committees will fill the gap created after the dissolution of people´s courts and governments,” a party cadre quoted Dahal as saying.

Strategy for a revolt

The Maoist chairman said that the party should build ground for “four types of preparations” including ideological, political, organizational and confrontational. It may be recalled that the party had made these four types of preparations before launching the “People´s War” in 1996. Now these four types of preparations are being made to launch a “people´s revolt”.

Dahal has stated that these four types of preparations would be done on four bases: 1) Building favorable international conditions; 2) splitting bureaucracy, army and police; 3) making appropriate physical conditions; 4) and mobilizing the masses.

Strengthening Young Communist League (YCL)

Dahal stated that the party would begin recruiting youths to increase the numerical strength of the YCL. He told the cadres that the party would increase the YCL´s numerical strength up to 500,000, of which 100,000 to 150,000 would be kept on standby for mobilization at the desired places.

On government formation and constitution

The Maoist chief reiterated that the country has failed to see a new government due to intervention of Indian expansionism. “Why should those expansionists dictate us who we should make the prime minister?” Dahal said making an attack on Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai whom he has accused of being a pro-Indian. “The Maoist party did not allow the leader picked by the expansionists as the next prime minister. And it is the greatest political achievement in the recent times; we have won this battle,” a leader quoted Dahal as saying.

He added that reactionaries — parliamentary parties and feudal class — want to turn the Constituent Assembly (CA) dysfunctional. “They don´t want any compromise and agreement with us. So, we should move ahead making preparation for a revolt,” a participant quoted Dahal as telling the cadres.

On mainstream media

Dahal also launched a lacerating criticism against the mainstream media for spreading “falsehood” and hatching conspiracy in collusion with the reactionary forces. “They are hatching dangerous conspiracy. They are staging a drama and doing their best to get the party imploded,” a leader quoted Dahal.

Earlier in his inaugural speech, party leader Agni Sapkota also indirectly labeled Bhattarai as “pro-Indian. “Expansionists have penetrated the party. If needed we will trample on the head of those who betray, deviate and surrender the national self-esteem,” a leader quoted Sapkota as saying.

5 Responses to “Nepal: Prachanda’s Goal is People’s Revolt”

  1. Rajesh said

    Is there any relation between handing over the PLA to government and the agenda of people’s revolt?
    Please read the following article (http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=27450)
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    Maoist army handover ceremony today
    CHANDANI HAMAL

    CHITWAN, Jan 22: Amid a special program on Saturday, People´s Liberation Army (PLA) fighters and their cantoned arms will be formally handed over to the Special Committee on Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants. The fighters have been languishing around seven cantonments and 21 satellite camps for about four years.

    The handover ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. onwards at the Shaktikhor-based No 2 Division of the PLA.

    The ceremony will be observed by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Home Minister Bhim Rawal, Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong, Army chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Sanat Basnet, distinguished guests from the diplomatic community and human rights activists.

    PLA fighters have erected welcome arches from Tandi in Chitwan to the Shaktikhor cantonment, and PLA flags have been hoisted on one side of the arches and national flags on the other. The cantonment football ground, where the formal ceremony will he held, can accommodate some 300 people.

    Govind Prasad Kusum and Dhruba Sharma, secretaries at the Home and Peace Ministries, have been working on the final preparations for the event. All Special Committee members excluding Maoist representatives have already arrived for the ceremony.

    PLA fighters have been making special preparations for a parade and march-past.

    “The program will formally start after PLA fighters converge on the grounds and welcome the guests,” said Khim Bahadur Budhathoki, a Maoist combatant.

    Cantonment spokesperson Janak Bista said PLA fighters will leave no stone unturned to demonstrate their trust in the government, just as with the Nepal Army.

    Meanwhile, security in Chitwan district has been tightened, in view of the arrival of distinguished guests from various sectors.

    Currently, 19,600 Maoist combatants are living in 28 cantonments across the country.

    Program schedule

    The program will begin following welcoming remarks from Special Committee and Maoist standing committee member Barsa Man Pun. After that PLA chief Nanda Kishor Pun will apprise the fighters of the importance of the program.

    The national anthem will be played followed by Dahal handing over the PLA flag to the prime minister. The national flag will be hoisted in place of the PLA flag. After that PM Nepal will address the function. On the occasion, PM Nepal will shed light on how the command and control of the fighters will be exercised from now onwards.

    Also, Dahal will authenticate the PLA handover by signing the minutes.

  2. maitri said

    rajesh,

    so, the PLA is under the control of the Nepali government? what does this mean?

  3. Rajesh said

    Maitri,
    It is too early to conclude. The PLA is technically under the control of the government through the Prime minister (PM) headed committee but below that level its command and control is still intact. The ‘integration and rehabilitation’ is directed to break the chain of command and finally to demobilize and liquidate the PLA. We have to wait for some more time to know if the PLA plays the role of a cow or there would be some concrete action to revert the process. Prachanda is in hurry to occupy the PM’s chair. Hence, he will try to expedite the ‘integration’ process. Hence, it may not drag for long. The decision point is not that far. I think, it may take one to three months to see the day. In that day of decision, there could be PLA demobilization or PLA reverting to active revolutionary force or PLA disintegrating into several smaller groups or PLA having a vertical split. The revolution in Nepal is at crossroads and PLAs action will contribute a lot to its course.

  4. maitri said

    Rajesh

    thanks a lot. you are always informative. what do the PLA soldiers think about all of this?

  5. redflags said

    All factions of the Maoist party have said the same thing: the PLA will not be disbanded or disarmed without full integration into a REFORMED and RIGHT-SIZED national army. The party’s position is to prepare the masses of people for revolt should the democratic aspirations be scuttled. The departure of UNMIN is a clear sign that the center is not holding.

    The proof isn’t in the pudding, it’s in the eating.

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