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Biplap: The people will have to struggle once again

Posted by Alastair on November 7, 2011

Nepal still needs revolution

“I’ve said it before, there’ve been many revolts in Nepal but none have been managed properly. We were hoping that this time would be different… The people will have to struggle once again for their rights.” 

From the Kathmandu Post [Intro by Ekantipur writers]

Although the recent seven-point agreement has been hailed as a breakthrough in the peace process almost universally, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Maoist party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal face trenchant criticism from the hardliner camp within the party for an alleged “surrendering” of the Maoist combatants. In this context, Maoist Standing Committee member Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab’ spoke with Gyanu Adhikari about his reservations on the agreement. A second-generation ideologue known for spending most of his time with party activists,  and preferring a humble lifestyle to a luxurious one, Chand is considered a pillar of the Baidya camp in the Maoist party.

What are your reasons for your opposition to the recent seven-point agreement? 

The seven-point agreement is against peace and people’s constitution. We saying this is not based on suspicion, guesswork, revenge or other whims against Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda. Whatever proposals they’d put forward in the party — especially regarding farmers, land, industrial economy, youth, national sovereignty, rights of the indigenous people and formation of a national army after integrating the two armies — they’ve made a u-turn. Agreement that cannot accommodate people’s aspirations won’t lead to peace.  Read the rest of this entry »

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