Interview: The Future of Nepal’s Revolution and People’s Army
Posted by enaadoug1982 on September 15, 2011
“If we were to integrate the Peoples Liberation Army and Nepal Army under the terms and conditions of the bourgeois army, then we believe the revolution will not be completed.”
Interview with Vice-commander in the Nepal Peoples Liberation Army. His nom de guerre is Tarzan.
This video interview first appeared on the blog of the Winter Has Its End team for revolutionary journalism.
The reporters wrote:
“While on our journey to Thawang, the village where Nepal’s people’s war began, we had the great opportunity to visit with Binprasad, (party name: Tarzan), a People’s Liberation Army member out on break from the cantonments (sites where the revolutionary army has been confined during the period of Nepal’s ceasefire).
“Tarzan spoke with us about his concerns about the future of the People’s Liberation Army, and the future of the revolution itself.”
Winter Has Its End: What is your current status in the UCPN(M) right now?
Tarzan: I’m a brigade vice-commander of People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
We have two types of structures within our party. Within our party structures we have structures like area committee member, state committee member or central committee member. Within our PLA forces we have structures like units, then sections, then general sections, etc. I am a divisional committee member, which has a different format than the political wing of the party.
WHIE: How did you become a PLA member? What is your background?
T: The oppression from the state after the start of our armed struggle in 1996 made me passionately want to fight for my party. After two years of armed struggle with the state I joined the party as an active member.
We had militia forms in the lower tiers of the PLA. I started in the militia. After that, I reached the lower ranks of PLA, within the platoon within two to three years.
WHIE: What is the mood of the fighters within the cantonments now?
T: We know that the revolution has not yet been completed.
We have only shifted the tactics of the revolution. Before we had the strategy of military fight. We have currently shifted to a new type of fighting, within the political realm in the capital.
We think that Marxism is a methodology that can be applied to this new situation. It is within the framework of Marxism.
Now we are in our cantonments with the hope of peace and a constitution in favor of the people. Our party is currently in the bourgeois parliament right now.
We feel that we now need a new road to the revolution. We need to analyze things and develop a new way to continue our revolution.
We know that the imperialists are working within the state level, the government level, etc. to obstruct our revolution.
We want to crush this imperialist obstruction and go forward. We think that in order to do this we need our armed movement.
WHIE: How are the average members of the PLA analyzing this situation?
T: You all know that we currently have a sharp line struggle within our party right now.
That line struggle has left all of our cadre who wish our party well, and all the parties related to us that work with us in parliament, with a degree of hopelessness and sadness.
We are very worried about this situation.
However, we also know that if we can unite after our line struggle, and continue to bring the revolution to its logical conclusion, then we can have a bright future.
If we were to integrate the PLA and Nepal Army under the terms and conditions of the bourgeois army, then we believe the revolution will not be completed.
Right now we think that the first thing is to unify our party. Second, we need peace together with a constitution in the favor of the people. If the integration will be professional and be done with respect to our PLA members, if the constitution is made in favor of the people, then we will accept that. However that is only a part of the revolution. This will make going further in the revolution possible.
Lower level PLA fighters currently have a mentality of worrying about the future of integration. They want to be integrated in a respectful manner, with our entire current force included. They are still hopeful that unification within the party will come. We do not want any bourgeois conditions within the integration. We are the army that ended the monarchy and we deserve this.
WHIE: Lastly, what is your hope of the revolution? What views would you like to share with other communists throughout the world?
T: I believe the revolution will be a success.
I believe that capitalism’s drawbacks will continue to generate a movement to fight back against capitalism.
The gap between rich and poor is getting higher and higher.
So I think the future of the proletariat is bright.
We think that there is a need to think about the way to fight against our class enemies. In all parts of the world we should develop ways to fight against our enemies.
We are having a lot of rebellions and riots. A lot of struggle and movements all throughout the world. It may be in the name of whatever religion or in the name of whatever cause, but we think this is the fight between the haves and the have-nots.
So we think that to conduct the revolution in any part of the world we need a common understanding and solidarity from each and every communist all throughout the world. This will inspire us to conduct the revolution here in our country as well.
Lastly I would like to thank our friends that are curious about the revolution here in our country, it has provided moral support of our revolution.