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Nepal’s Maoist Debates: Bhattarai Argues for Prudence & Sub-Stages

Posted by celticfire84 on January 26, 2011

“Especially in a country like Nepal, where autocratic monarchy has ruled for hundreds of years, it  would be prudent to go through a phase of democratic republic before completing the bourgeois democratic revolution….

“The usefulness and prudence of the democratic republic phase is being questioned. It is exactly here that the differences between anarchism, reformism and Marxism come out sharply. Whereas reformists disagree with a revolutionary leap, anarchists discard the need of passing through stages and sub-stages. Marxists support both revolutionary leaps and the need to pass through stages.”

“Given the country’s sensitive position between the emerging global powers in India and China, a balanced relation with both neighbours is crucial for the success of the New Democratic revolution. It is thus prudent to focus on the internal democratic agenda to unify the country and to take on foreign domination.”

Below is a transcribed lecture by Baburam Bhattarai, a leading figure within the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-Maoist) given on Jan. 14th, 2011 in Mumbai, India.

This talk take place in the context of public and sharp conflict between different wings of the Maoist party — conflict that focuses on whether to press the revolution to a new stage, and what the social and political content of that new stage should be. It also take place on a terrain marked by disagreement over whether to make broad resistance to foreign domination (i.e. India) the centerpiece of this moment’s revolutionary tactics — or whether to focus instead (as Bhattarai suggests) on internal, domestic democratic transformations (and implicitly seek long-term stable relations with India).

In this talk, there is a argument that the process of revolution in a country like Nepal is a special sub-stage of bourgeois democracy — and postponing the completion of the Maoist New Democracy (the opening of the socialist revolution).

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