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Nepal: All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) Splits

Posted by n3wday on March 11, 2011

This article was published on eKantipur. We cannot confirm these reports, but want to note their presence in the capitalist press.

Maoist trade union ANTUF formally splits

KATHMANDU, FEB 06 –
All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), the trade union affiliate of the UCPN (Maoist), split on Sunday. ANTUF Vice-Chairman Badri Prasad Bajgain declared a new “All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union Federation”. The Federation had been plagued by serious internal conflict for a long time.

The conflict between two factions within ANTUF, led respectively by Chairman Salik Ram Jammarkattel and Vice-Chairman Bajgain, had also been obstructing the meeting of ANTUF. While Kattel is considered close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Bajgain is said to be close to Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya.

Bajgain and ANTUF Secretary Govinda Paudel have been named Coordinator and Joint-Coordinator of the splinter faction. The Federation currently has 72 members. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Employers call on govt to crush strike

Posted by Alastair on March 11, 2011

As Maoist workers dig in for a fight, factory owners are offering a 21.4 percent wage increase. This has been rejected, the workers demand their wages be doubled – and the capitalists are now calling for the state to intervene.

From The Himalayan Times

Industries in Hetauda seek security cover

Move district admin office • To hand over keys to CDO today

PRAKASH DAHAL

HETAUDA: Hetauda Industry Organisation today moved the Makawanpur District Administration Office demanding security. The move comes a day after Unified CPN-Maoist-aligned All Nepal Industrial Trade Union enforced indefinite closure of the industries located in Hetauda Industrial Area since yesterday.

HIO Chairman Rishiram Ghimire said keys of all the industries will be submitted to DAO tomorrow. “HIO today requested the DAO in writing to provide security to all the industries located in the industrial area,” Ghimire informed. Chief District Officer Dinesh Bhattarai said his office would do the needful to provide security to the industries.

According to Ghimire, with the closure of more than 65 industries in the area, everyday loss is registered at Rs 8 crores. Additionally, more than 5,000 workers have been hit hard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoists Enforce Indefinite Strike

Posted by celticfire84 on March 10, 2011

Workers on Strike in Nepal

From myrepublica.com

The All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), the agitating trade union, along with two other big trade unions, had last week demanded the government as well as Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to substantially raise the minimum wage, citing high inflation and soaring cost of living.

Maoists shut down Hetauda industries

REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, March 8: Trade union affiliated to UCPN (Maoist) has enforced indefinite strike in Hetauda Industrial Estate, bringing operation of industries there to a grinding halt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Video: International Women’s Day Being Celebrated Nationwide

Posted by celticfire84 on March 10, 2011

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Revolutionary Women in People’s War In Nepal

Posted by hetty7 on March 10, 2011

Nepalese Maoist leaders gathered in commemoration of International Women's Day. Photo by Jed Brandt.

The following are excerpts from Hsila Yami (Comrade Parvati’s) 2003 essay The Question of Women’s Leadership in People’s War in Nepal. This appeared originally in The Worker #8.

The SAREV site is reproducing these excerpts for International Women’s Day,  March 8, 2011.

The Question of Women’s Leadership in People’s War in Nepal

by Comrade Parvati

Introduction

People’ War (PW) in Nepal. which was initiated in February 1996 under the leadership of the CPN (Maoist) has been developing in leaps and bounds. The fire of revolution, which initially sparked a few districts in Western Nepal, has swept all over the country. According to the Government’s own account, out of 75 districts in Nepal,  PW has affected 73 districts. All these gains would not have been possible without the mobilization of the masses that are the backbone of the PW in Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reading Cluster: Women and Revolution in South Asia

Posted by Rosa Harris on March 10, 2011

Women and Revolution

International Women’s Day: Women’s Role in Nepal’s Revolution
Interview: Women’s Liberation in India
Hisila Yami :Women Leaders as a Catalyst Agent for Communism
Women’s Liberation Theory from Nepal Revolutionaries

The Lives of Women

One More Reason for Revolution: Sex Trade in South Asia
Life in the Maoist PLGA: Men Cook, Women Patrol
India: The Story of a Rebel’s Birth
WPRM Interview: On Women’s Liberation in Nepal

More Kasama Reading Clusters can be found here.

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Women’s Liberation and Nepal’s Revolution: An Interview with Sahm Janagharti

Posted by celticfire84 on March 8, 2011

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A Revolutionary Woman of Nepal: The Story of Uma Bhujel

Posted by hetty7 on March 7, 2011

Women Maoist supporters in Nepal. The revolutions in Nepal and India are challenging old systems of oppression and have the potential of liberating millions of women and children in that process.


“On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday.

“On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.”

Uma Bhujel was born on October 21, 1979, in Hansapur VDC of Gorkha district. She is now a member of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Vice President of the Young Communist League, Former Brigade Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army.

This is the story of the life of her life.

The story begins during the People’s War in Nepal in December 2000.  Uma and four Maoist women are discussing how to break out of the Gorkha prison.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the worldwide celebration of women’s struggle for emancipation.  As part of our participation in International Women’s Day, this website will be featuring the inspiring contributions of women.

This account is from the website managed by Working Women Journalists (WWJ), an organization of professional women journalists in Nepal.

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by Kiyoko Ogura.

On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday. On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.

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Eve-Teasing: The Struggle Against Sexual Harassment

Posted by n3wday on March 6, 2011

This article originally appeared at eKantipur.com. As we approach International Women’s Day, the Revolution in South Asia team will increase our focus on the struggles of women, and their participation in liberation movements. We present this article which details the harassment of many women in South Asia known as “eve teasing.” Please contact us if you have suggestions for pieces to publish as we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2011.

Women rally against “Eve teasing” in S. Asia

NEW DELHI, MAR 01 –

It sounds almost playful, but “Eve teasing” is a daily torment for many women in South Asia, who are now trying to call time on what they see as a bland euphemism for sustained sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Members of UCPN (Maoist) Inducted Into Cabinet

Posted by n3wday on March 5, 2011

This article was published on Nepal News.

Khanal inducts four Maoist ministers in cabinet; ministers sworn in

Ending the month-long uncertainty over the expansion of the cabinet, Prime Minister Khanal inducted four ministers from the UCPN (Maoist) on Friday.

Maoist standing committee member Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who leads the party’s team to the government, has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information and Communication, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi as Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Barshaman Pun as Minister for Peace and Reconstruction and Khadaga Bahadur Biswokarma as Minister for Tourism.

With today’s expansion, Khanal now heads a cabinet of seven ministers, three from his party, CPN-UML. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Maoists Remain Outside of Government

Posted by redpines on March 2, 2011

The following article comes from Myrepublica.

Maoists not to join govt

UCPN(M) spokesperson Dinanath Sharma

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Accusing the CPN-UML central committee of taking an ambiguous decision on the seven-point agreement, the UCPN (Maoist) standing committee meeting on Friday upheld its earlier decision not to join the UML-led government.

The Maoists, however, decided to support the Khanal-led coalition by staying outside the government.

“We decided not to join the government until the seven-point agreement is implemented in letter and spirit,” said the Maoist Spokesperson Dinanath Sharma after the meeting.

“We couldn´t take decision to join the government because the UML decision is just like water that takes shape of the vessel into which it is poured,” said Sharma. “We will support the government as long as it doesn´t go against the seven-point deal,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Final Preparations for People’s Revolt?

Posted by celticfire84 on March 1, 2011

This news comes from MSN India, and comes after other reports of revolutionary preparations in Nepal. If the development of the new constitution is stalled or blocked by reactionary forces, it may lead to confrontation with the Maoist revolutionaries. The Revolution in South Asia team will monitor events and will post news as it arrives.

“He said all factories, industries and hotels across the country will be turned into barracks to ensure the success of the people”s revolt the party is planning to launch. Those who believe that the Maoists will not wage any people”s revolt and think that it is just a bluff will soon get a rude shock, he warned.”

Prachanda calls for ”final preparations” for people’s revolt

Shirish B. Pradhan

Kathmandu, Feb 27 (PTI) Maoists supremo Prachanda today called on his cadres to make “final preparations” for a people”s revolt, amid a power struggle to take control of key ministry of Nepal”s new communist government.

Prachanda, the chairman of Unified CPN (Maoist), called upon all factory workers affiliated to the Maoist party to make “final preparations” for launching the people”s revolt.

He said all factories, industries and hotels across the country will be turned into barracks to ensure the success of the people”s revolt the party is planning to launch.

Those who believe that the Maoists will not wage any people”s revolt and think that it is just a bluff will soon get a rude shock, he warned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hearts on Fire: Arundhati Roy on the Women Rebels of India

Posted by redpines on March 1, 2011

A comrade

The support of women has been essential to the continued strength of India’s CPI(Maoist). The following excerpts from Arundhati Roy’s groundbreaking piece of literary journalism, Walking with the Comrades, describe the role of women in the formation of the party and also provide a  glimpse into the lives of female party members and some of the state-sponsored repression they face.
Excerpts from Arundhati Roy

Jungle post arrives. There’s a biscuit for me! It’s from Comrade Venu. On a tiny piece of paper, folded and refolded, he has written down the lyrics of a song he promised he would send me. Comrade Narmada smiles when she reads them. She knows this story. It goes back to the ’80s, around the time when people first began to trust the party and come to it with their problems—their ‘inner contradictions’, as Comrade Venu put it. Women were among the first to come. One evening an old lady sitting by the fire got up and sang a song for the dada log. She was a Maadiya, among whom it was customary for women to remove their blouses and remain bare-breasted after they were married.

Jumper polo intor Dada, Dakoniley
Taane tasom intor Dada, Dakoniley
Bata papam kittom Dada, Dakoniley
Duniya kadile maata Dada, Dakoniley

(They say we cannot keep our
blouses, Dada, Dakoniley
They make us take them off, Dada,
In what way have we sinned, Dada,
The world’s changed, has it not Dada)

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