Revolution in South Asia

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Nepal: Maoists Ministers Resign

Posted by D and I Consulting on August 2, 2011

The Revolution in South Asia team has received these reports from the bourgeois press.  We are eager to receive more information and reports from other sources regarding these events, but would also like to remind our readers to view this statement by the Kasama Project on the recent line struggle within the revolutionary movement in Nepal.

Maoists recall ministers

KATHMANDU, July 31: With Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal unfazed by pressure to change the Maoist ministers in his cabinet, largest coalition partner UCPN (Maoist) Saturday decided to withdraw its incumbent ministers, and also to withdraw support from the government on Sunday unless Khanal relents.

A standing committee meeting of the Maoist party on Saturday afternoon took the decision to this effect.

Maoist leaders said the next standing committee meeting on Sunday will discuss withdrawing the party´s support to the government if Prime Minister Khanal does not administer oath of office to the new Maoist minister-nominees by then.

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal reached the prime minister´s official residence at Baluwatar in the evening and handed in the incumbent Maoist ministers´ joint resignation to Khanal as the latter did not induct the new ministerial nominees in the cabinet despite repeated ultimatums from the largest party in parliament.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Minister for Information and Communications Agni Sapkota had already tendered their resignations and vacated their official residences immediately after the Maoist party decided to change its team in the cabinet.

Maoist leaders said they are not going to wait any longer. “We will wait till Sunday to see whether or not the prime minister administers oath to our party´s nominees and then decide accordingly,” Maoist Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha, who was to lead the party in the government, told Republica.

Shrestha said his party is likely to withdraw its support from the government, and that would lead to the resignation of the prime minister. “The prime minister won´t have any option then other than to step down,” said Shrestha.

However, Khanal´s aides at Baluwatar said the prime minister still believed that the Maoist leaders wouldn´t take such a harsh decision. “The prime minister believes the Maoist leaders will not take such an unpleasant decision under the sway of emotion,” the prime minister´s press advisor, Surya Thapa, told Republica.

Leaders at Baluwatar think that such a decision would boomerang on the Maoists themselves and there is no alternative to reaching an understanding among the three major political parties with regard to settling the current stalemate.

“Such a decision will prove to be more harsh and unpleasant for the Maoist leaders themselves than for the prime minister,” Thapa said.

He said during the one-on-one talks with Dahal, the prime minister urged him to seek a solution that would also be acceptable to the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC), which has been obstructing parliamentary proceedings in recent days demanding formation of a national consensus government.

According to Thapa, the Maoist chairman told Khanal that he submitted the Maoist leaders´ joint resignation as per a party decision and he also was for ending the stalemate in consensus.

Prior to holding talks with Dahal, the prime minister also held a one-on-one meeting with Maoist Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, who leads the hardline faction in the party. “He insisted that the prime minister go ahead with inducting the new team of ministers in the cabinet,” said Thapa.

Maoist standing committee member Netra Bikram Chand, who is close to Baidya, said the standing committee meeting on Sunday will discuss whether or not to withdraw the party´s support to the government, depending on what action the prime minister takes.

11 Responses to “Nepal: Maoists Ministers Resign”

  1. siva said

    Could it be a blessing in disguise?
    Will Prachanda at least now now see the light about bourgeois parliamentary politics, critically review his recent past, and give up the opportunist politics that he was tempted into?
    It is not easy. But it is time that he learned.

  2. arbanth said

    Comrades in Nepal can learn a thing or two from the terrible fate that befell the so-called ‘left’ in the island of Srilanka.Once a genuine social platform that was able to challenge the mongers of hate and profit from a strong support base has today become so fragmented and impotent to make any kind of impact let alone REVOLT.True revolutions at least in the ‘south asian’ context better keep away from Westminster.One Srilanka is bad enough for humankind.Let us not make another.

  3. It is a good pressure tactic on Nepali puppet government……

  4. Divash Sharma said

    Siva,
    A jumbo team of 9 ministers already inducted under Prachanda’s agent Jhalanath. Another team of 12 nominees are on the queue. Hence, there is no way Prachanda getting some lessons from this event. He already has succeeded as a bourgeoisie champion to maneuver. Let’s not be too optimist. Let’s accept the reality that there is no revolution going on in Nepal led by Prachanda or UCPN (Maoist). Everything has turned to past. Nepal experienced the 1st tempo of the 21st century revolutionary upsurge and Nepal also experienced the 1st counter revolution of 21st century. Now, the revolutionaries in Nepal should start from scratches but from a higher spiral. Several attempts are being made in this direction. Let’s hope for a break through.

  5. venkat said

    The abortive revolution in Nepal gives good lesson to the real communists. In the present development of imperialism stage, there is no possibility of success of revolution in one country like a small country Nepal. Integration of finance capital across the countries in the globe, does not give the possibility of successful revolution if it confines to single country. Revolution also should spread across the countries like capital. In the ocean of revolutionary movements , revolution in a single country can be success and begins to construct a new socialist society helping other revolutions and take support from other revolutions. Stalinist concept construction of socialism in country can not be success at all. All communists must disregard Stalinist concept of socialism. Indian communists should take the lessons and must break through the theoretical concepts and can success the Indian revolution since India is not a Nepal or any small country. But a country of countries. The opportunism of com.Prachanta has disastrous consequences on world revolutionary movements atleast at present.

  6. maitri said

    the strange thing is that the revolution and the counter revolution in nepal were led by the same people.

  7. arbanth said

    Throughout 20th century,communist states were formed and then deformed to be ultimately ‘reformed’ into crony-capitalist states.It is a purely academic matter if they were really ‘communist’ or not in the first place.One cannot fail to grasp what Com.Mao had said about where to find the right-wing in a ‘communist’ party.Is this the first real theoretical crisis ever faced by the comrades in Nepal?What objectives were defined as short,long term before the decision to go ‘mainstream’ was made?Were there meaningful debates on the course the party should have taken?While one can be negative and apprehensive about the future,this should not make us lose hope and fear all will be lost.
    Comrades in Nepal can finally sort out the core issues that have destroyed many fraternal parties around the world.Maybe,they are better placed to do this since they still have not established people’s democracy in Nepal.On the other hand,it would a great historical loss for all humanity if this revolution were to implode due to internal contradictions alone.I am not saying there is no ‘external’ hand in all this but the regional hegemon in concert with the global one are waiting to see if an implosion will do the job.The second more direct form of action is costlier and nastier.Also it can have the unintended consequence of throwing the oppressed into direct action sidestepping all theoretical disputes.Let us hope our comrades in Nepal have built a party strong enough to withstand internal and external pressure.Long live the Revolution!!

  8. siva said

    Arbanath, I agree with you.
    The genuine forces of the left in the UCPN need our fullest encouragement to push for the revolutionary line.

  9. arbanth said

    The key word here is -encouragement,like Siva has mentioned.Well wishers of the revolution both inside and outside Nepal must come forward now and do exactly that.Diaspora communities especially from South-Asia must be drawn into a campaign based on solidarity with the Nepali people at this defining point in their history. Let the voice of the Nepali people be heard in all parts of the world.International reaction has little regard for national boundaries when common interests are at stake.It is about time the forces that stand for peace and equality(between and within nations) come together to protect the gains of the Nepali revolution.

  10. maitri said

    getting rid of Prachanda as leader would be a start….

  11. Divash Sharma said

    The story, below, may or may not represent the condition of today’s YCL cadres in generic term. However, it speaks a lot about the process of de-revolutionizing the revolutionary cadres. Please read critically, the following post from “Myrepublica”, a Kathmandu daily as the news paper represents the interest of mainstream upper middle class interest.

    What went wrong with YCL?
    POST B BASNET/KIRAN PUN

    KATHMANDU, Aug 11: On the banks of dirty Bishnumati river, just across the residence of Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Nayabaazar, is a dilapidated hut where Saroj Lama, 24, and his wife Karina, 24, are busy doing household chores.

    Married to Saroj in 2007, Karina is now a mother of an eight month-old child who struggles for space within the stiflingly crammed hut time and again as the mother holds the child back and lets her crawl on the bare cold floor.

    Members of the Maoist Young Communist League (YCL), Saroj and Karina met in Kathmandu in 2006, fell in love at first sight, got married the following year and decided to devote their lives for the cause of “revolution.” Four years on, they find their zeal and enthusiasm flagging and their commitment to revolution faltering.

    “We have received directives from the party to not get involved in politics. We are no longer doing what we as YCL members once did,” says Saroj who joined the Maoist party when he was an eighth grader in his home district Makwanpur.

    The couple works in the field around the hut that was once a riverbed, produces vegetables and grains, and send the surpluses to the party. This was, however, a far cry from what they were taught back in 2007, and what they dreamt up. “Back in those days, we were euphoric and everyday was purposeful,” says Saroj.

    With the number of YCL full-timers dwindling fast, Saroj and Karina along with four others are the last of their kind to stay back on the riverbank that was once the shelter of over four dozen members. Some of their colleagues were transferred to other party wings and organizations, while others left for home or abroad.

    The UCPN (Maoist) has long stopped issuing political instructions to the YCL as the party has been thrown into intra-party conflict and ideological confusion, and the couple, like other YCL members, has been rendered jobless.

    What went wrong

    Till a year ago, the YCL hogged the headlines for all the bad reasons: beating up rival party cadres, taking law into its own hands, operating “dubious businesses” and launching extortion drive, among other things. But four years after its formation, the YCL is conspicuously absent from the popular media. What went wrong?

    “We have officially decided to keep it low profile for now as per the party´s official decision,” says YCL coordinator Ganeshman Pun. He concedes that there is something wrong with the operation of the YCL that earned disrepute over the years, but adds that the party had to decide to inactivate the youth body for now only to adjust with the current political reality.

    Party leaders accept in private that there were at least three reasons that compelled the party to deactivate the YCL: First, demands by other political parties to disband its paramilitary structure; secondly, the serious factionalism in the party; and thirdly, the growing disillusionment of the youths especially after the party launched unification drive in 2008.

    “They did not see any prospect of making progress in the party career as the new entrants occupied many top positions. Nor were they sure about the party´s commitment to revolution,” says a senior party leader from the hard-line faction led by senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya.

    On top of that, the party, he argues, did not find the YCL as necessary at this juncture.

    Maoists formed the militant YCL immediately after joining the peace process. “The YCL were expected to be in the frontline of the people´s revolt. So it is quite natural to make the body inactive as we don´t have that line now,” says Shyam Kumar Budha Magar, member of YCL secretariat in Kathmandu.

    YCL was the part of the Maoist party even before launching the insurgency in 1996. After the insurgency gained momentum, the members of the YCL were recruited into the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) and the body was made inactive. After the party joined the peace process, and the PLA was required to stay in the cantonment, the youth force was revived once again as the party as per its organizational philosophy always needs to have a militant body at its disposal in case the political reality requires a final push for “revolution.”

    “Most of the PLA members who were politically aware and had leadership qualities were recruited into the YCL to make the body strong,” said a senior YCL leader who did not want to be named. But the party neither saw any immediate possibility of a revolt, nor made preparations for it.

    After the Palungtar Plenum in November, the party decided to form Youth Volunteers, a mega organization incorporating YCL and youths from all sections of the society, to launch a people´s revolt.

    But the majority of the YCL members who were loyal to the Dahal faction declined to join the Youth Volunteers as it was led by Netra Bikram Chand from the rival hard-line faction.

    Then neither the YCL nor the Youth Volunteers became active leaving the party without any well-organized militant force.

    Despair and depletion

    After the Maoists joined the peace process, the YCL was the most conspicuous wing of the party, which was regarded a vital organization for launching an urban insurrection for state capture, having seized vast swaths of rural Nepal. Back then, the party had deployed some 5,000 full-timers YCL members in the Kathmandu Valley alone. They had set up camps in all the electoral constituencies of the Kathmandu Valley, with 300 to 400 members each.

    But the number is fast depleting. According to party leaders, some were transferred to party´s other departments and wings, some returned home, some initiated their own business, some are involved in “dubious financial dealings”, while others flew abroad for employment. The YCL have quit the camp, but still stay in groups at rented houses in all the electoral constituencies of the valley.

    Now the number of YCL members in each group has plummeted to 30-40. Some leaders argue that the party would soon reactivate the organization at an appropriate time.

    “YCL has only receded into a dormant state, and the party may revive it when the need arises,” argues Dharma Pun at YCL secretariat in Kathmandu. But most of the YCL revolutionaries are not yet sure how long they should stay jobless and what fate has in store for them.

    Published on 2011-08-11 00:00:01

    http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=34565

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