PLA fighter in Nepal: We are not satisfied at all
Posted by redpines on December 1, 2011
Many members of Nepal’s People’s Liberation Army are deeply disturbed by the Seven-Point Agreement between Bhattarai, Prachanda and the leading bourgeois political parties. This agreement would effectively dismantle the PLA and leave the country without a standing military force in the service of revolution and liberation. Without an army in service of the people, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Nepal to solve the problems of feudalism, Indian expansionism and imperialism that plague the country.
This state of affairs is very precarious and uncertain. As the commander wonders in the interview below, “where are we being driven to?” At the same time, Nepal’s people, and the revolutionary wing of the UCPN(M) continue to fight for New Democratic revolution and a socialist path.
This interview originally appeared in The Red Star, which has emerged as the English-language voice of the UCPN(M)’s revolutionary faction.
We are disagree with the tendency that is going to dissolve People’s Liberation Army – Mep Bahadur Kunwar, ‘Vivek”
[Mep Bdr. Kunwar “Com. Vivek” is a Divisional Deputy Commander in the 6thDivision of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) camp; which is located in Surkhet district, Mid-WesternNepal. He is one of the prominent commanders of PLA in Nepal. Journalist Janmadev Jaishi has taken interview with him while PLA is being regrouping.]
Is People’s Liberation Army satisfied with this running process of regrouping ?
The most prominent issue of this period is to carry the peace process into a logical end. That includes the most important issue of the integration of army. However, what we are realizing now is quite reverse than what we had thought in the beginning of the peace process. The policy and the plan that is being implemented these days is promoting status quo in place of peace and transformation of the state.
Actually people want guarantee of state restructuring aiming to advance for the transformation that includes the right of all the oppressed, marginalized and the excluded regions, castes, ethnicity, women, dalits, madheshis and minorities like Muslims and others. Peace process will be stable only after the proper address to the aforementioned agendas that empowers the people and the nation. If the political parties can not address the people, they will pile up the problems into a high mountain that will certainly create complexity. Being acquainted with all these activities and scenario made from the side of the government and the heads of the big political parties, we, the thousands of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) commanders and the soldiers are not satisfied at all.
Is the inner struggle of UCPN-Maoist influencing PLA and its process of fusion?
What we are thinking is that the main leadership of the party is not taking the process seriously and responsibly. The inner struggle that is being run inside the party is about the integration of the army, returning land and the restructuring of the sate for progress. Therefore, we the PLA commanders and the soldiers are taking all these issues very seriously. We are measuring all the running activities and the process within the criteria of the aim, goal and the objectives that were put forwarded when the PLA was established. What we are questioning is that how the social contradictions, that were ripen into a decade long People’s War (PW) and the People’s Movement-II, are being carried into a logical end. Certainly, we the commanders and the soldiers have difference of opinion. But, what I have understood is that the aim of establishing PLA has not yet been fulfilled. Keeping this issue in the center, I am listening from some of our commanders and the leader that they are talking about the socialist revolution. A question still exists if the People’s New Democratic Revolution (PNDR) has been completed in the context of Nepal? It means there is no more need of the PLA, whole timer cadres, any struggle and the support of the people! If so, the contradiction has been solved and there are no more feudalistic, land lords, comprador capitalists, bureaucratic capitalism and bourgeois and, on the other hand, poor, homeless and landless peasants and the workers?
What is reality, then?
The struggle against feudalism, imperialism and their puppets is being intense in these days. It is left to be finalized. The opinion of socialist revolution in the context ofNepaldoes not match with the contradiction and class analysis that prevails in today’sNepal. This opinion has disrespected the sacrifice, dedication and devotion of PLA. The heads and the followers of reciting socialist revolution have diverted the real issue towards the aimless direction. The reality known to all is that the agendas of federalism, state restructuring, secularism, inclusive, proportionate representative and the election of the Constituent Assembly (CA), (now sovereign CA exists), are the achievements that were gained through PW and the decisive role of the PLA.
What our disagreement is that the PLA has been disarmed, it is being made dress-less and being recruited as the fresh recruiters. Isn’t it a condemnable? The tendency that dishonours, minimizes and tries to make the PLA like clown in the plays is not acceptable for all of us.
But, broad sheet papers and big electronic media are propagating that pleasing environment is being created in the cantonment sites while regrouping is running. How is ground reality?
We are in the critical turn of the history. The question is not to be happy and unhappy. We are directly involving in the domestic contradictions, party contradictions, and we are scrutinizing all the issues connecting them with the fate and future of the nation and the people. We are worried- where we are being driven to? The version that is exposed through the papers and the electronic media is according to their own class and class opinion which they are being indoctrinated. It is very true within UCPN-Maoist party and other political parties and the intellectuals as well.
PLA soldiers and commanders are being clear while passing through the process these days. Process of regrouping is going to be ended. The main leadership of the party has told a lie to PLA since four years. PLA, at last, is being dissolved.