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India – Bandh Against the Murder of Kishenji

Posted by hetty7 on December 13, 2011

No business as usual.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee on the brutal murder of Koteswara Rao:


Our CC is appealing to the people of the country to observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and observe 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5 in protest of the brutal murder of Comrade Koteswara Rao. We are appealing that they take up various programmes like holding meetings, rallies, dhamas, wearing black badges, road blocks etc.protesting the murder. We are requesting that trains, roadways, commercial and educational institutions be closed and that all kinds of trade transactions be stopped as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5. However, we are exempting medical services from the Bandh.”

The following is an account of the bandh from The Hindu .

Bandh Observed, a West Bengal Scribe Questioned

K. M. Dayashankar: A bandh was observed by the people of Peddpalli, native town of slain Maoist leader Mallojula Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday to condemn his killing by the West Bengal Police and to express solidarity with his bereaved family. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Maoists escape after encounter in Orissa

Posted by celticfire84 on October 28, 2011

The following comes from IBN News. While this brief article from the bourgeois speculates on details, its clear that the attempts of the Indian state to contain this growing revolutionary movement is not working. South Asia Revolution site will continue to keep updates, news and analysis on the revolution in India as it develops. 

Maoist leaders escape after encounter in Orissa

Bhubaneswar, Oct 26 (PTI) Maoist leaders escaped after an encounter with security forces during a raid on a camp at Jadu Loisingh forest in Orissa’s Sambalpur district today. Maoist leaders Girish Mahato of Jharkhand, Kunu Dehuri of Orissa and others escaped from the camp as the Maoists and security personnel traded fire, Sambalpur Superintendent of Police Nikhil Kanodia said. The Maoists fired 150 rounds, which was retaliated by 300 rounds and 16 grenades by the security forces but none was killed or injured, Kanodia said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippines: Communists march to honor Ka Roger

Posted by celticfire84 on October 24, 2011

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India: Maoists call Junglemahal general strike for October 22

Posted by celticfire84 on October 23, 2011

The following comes from the Hindustan Times.

Maoists call bandh in Junglemahal on Oct 22

Virtually throwing a challenge to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has given a seven-day deadline to them to lay down arms, the Maoists on Wednesday called a 24-hour bandh in Junglemahal on October 22, the day the deadline ends. “Make the bandh in Junglemahal on Saturday a success against the injustice meted out to the people of the area,” Maoist state committee secretary Akash, who escaped a raid by the joint forces on Tuesday in West Midnapore district, said in an open letter.

Akash, also the Maoist spokesman, alleged the state government was “unleashing terror” in the name of peace in Junglemahal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Commentary: The Next People’s War?

Posted by celticfire84 on September 23, 2011

This commentary comes from the Nepal Times. Per South Asia Revolution’s usual policy, posting here does not imply endorsement of the views presented. We will have on going series of articles and features related to the future of the Nepalese revolution. As this commentary suggests, events in Nepal are sharpening to a concentrated contradiction between the current dead-locked system, and a revolutionary transformation. Which characteristic will determine the Nepalese revolution in this period is yet to be seen.

“The message is clear: a significant faction of the Maoist party appears to remain committed to armed revolution as the only route to pursuing their political aims… Nepal’s politics has become so corrosive and so driven by patronage that any party coming close to power will be both compromised and consumed by it, abandoning both principle and ideology for the next pay-off. The Maoist leadership has now itself been swallowed up by this and increasingly alienated from its traditional base. The scary truth is that the radicals within the Maoists have been proved right by the gridlock of the last five years: there appears no capacity in the Nepali political system for social transformation, not even, it seems, for effective governance.”

The next People’s War?

A significant faction of the Maoist party remains committed to armed revolution


The split within the Maoists is seen by many as a final test of their commitment to peace, and a test of the resolve and authority of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

However, this remains a metropolitan discussion, centred around the politics of the CA and trading of policies for money and position that has long defined Nepali politics. One faction of the Maoist party has already taken the discussion out of the Kathmandu back-rooms to articulate its position on a broader stage. For the last month, a Maoist cultural program, dominated by the hardline Kiran faction, has gone around the country laying out its critique of the peace process and more pointedly of both the position and integrity of the party leadership.

This program is a step above those organised during the ‘People’s War’, with a red tent, a sound system and headset microphones giving the performance the air of a tv show. The backdrop of the performance reveals its priorities: an armed PLA fighter in silhouette in front of a colourful explosion. The content has also evolved from traditional songs and dances of Nepal’s ethnic groups to a well acted, and often hilarious, drama.

The show tells the story of a Maoist CA member allied to Prachanda’s faction who now lives comfortably in Kathmandu with a new young wife, and spends his evenings in bars taking money for favours from businessmen. He has short shrift with idealistic party members from his rural district, while his constituents live in poverty, nostalgic for the ‘People’s Government’. The penultimate scene refers directly to the issue over which the Kiran faction has chosen to fight the party leadership: control of the PLA’s weapons. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI(M-L) Naxalbari calls on Nepali Maoists to rebel against revisionism

Posted by redpines on September 20, 2011

The CPI(M-L) Naxalbari, not to be confused with the CPI(Maoist), released the following statement. It addresses the current situation facing the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), in which one section of that party appears to have abandoned a direction that would lead to socialism. The statement also calls on the UCPN(M) to change its direction:

But the immediate task before the Maoists and the revolutionary masses in Nepal is to raise the flag of open rebellion against the revisionist headquarters and thus initiate the reconstruction of the party on solid Marxist-Leninist-Maoist bases, firmly united with the masses. They must get out off the revisionist swamp of Constitutional Assembly politicking and retake the road of revolution.

As usual, posting here does not imply endorsement of all views discussed in the piece. It originally appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle.

The South Asia Revolution site publishes this as a part of a series of responses to the changing conditions in the Nepalese revolution and responses from various forces on this issues. Posting here does not imply endorsement of the views presented. We  recommend our readers examine this essay by Mike Ely and Eric Ribellarsi titled Nepal’s Crossroads: Without a People’s Army, The People Have Nothing.

Press Statement on Nepal by Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Naxalbari

Monday, September 12, 2011–

On the current situation in Nepal and the challenge before the Maoists

Participation in the Constitutional Assembly process, and in government, in Nepal has been used by the UCPN (Maoist) leadership to liquidate the revolutionary nature of the party and sink it in the morass of parliamentarism. For quite some time now, this has been the concrete political manifestation of revisionism, of the derailment of the party from the path of New Democratic Revolution. It has now been taken to a new depth with the recent appointment of Dr. Baburam Bhattarrai as the Prime Minister of Nepal through a deal with the Madheshi parties, known agents of the Indian expansionists. Following a script already given by the reactionaries and endorsed by the UCPN (Maoist) leadership, the new government promptly handed over the keys of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) stored weapons. Severely drained of its fighting qualities through the policies followed by the leadership of the UCPN(Maoist), it is now being prepared for formal elimination, to finish off the last remaining, and one of the most important, achievements of the 10 years of People’s War. Thus the people will have nothing to bank on and will be helplessly thrown back to the reactionary wolves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poem: Are you still our comrade?

Posted by enaadoug1982 on September 20, 2011

Dil Sahni, is a renowned writer, professor, and Maoist sympathizer in Nepal. He works as the coordinator of the M.A. English Department at Butwal Multiple Campus, Nepal. 

This poem was first published by Winter Has Its End, which is offering a series of poems by revolutionaries in Nepal.


by Dil Sahni

When you were in the street
You spoke revolution

When you were in the slums
You spoke liberation

When you were with the people
Like the fish in the water

You spoke Marxism
You spoke Leninism
You spoke Maoism
You spoke so much
Socialism and Communism
And what not

But now Comrade!
When you are in the chair
You do not hear
What the street would say to you

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Life in an Indian Maoist jungle camp – BBC Video Report

Posted by enaadoug1982 on September 19, 2011

This comes from the bourgeois press (The BBC) but contains important reports of life inside a Maoist camp. Thanks to Naxal Revolution for the original post.

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Revolutionary Sounds: Naxalite by the Asian Dub Foundation

Posted by celticfire84 on August 7, 2011

Thanks to Naxalite Maoist India blog for sharing this video depicting remarkable photos of the Naxalite struggle to the music of the Asian Dub Foundation and their song ‘Naxalite’. 

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From Monarchist to Maoist Revolutionary: It’s Right to Rebel

Posted by celticfire84 on August 6, 2011

The following came from Winter Has Its End site. We highly recommend this site to our readers.

“But everyone in Nepal is political. They worry about politics more than they worry about their own bread. They fight all the time. I couldn’t ignore this.”

A member of Nepal's Young Communist League

From Monarchist to Maoist Revolutionary: It’s Right to Rebel

The following memories came from a young Maoist student, Abhik. Abhik rebelled against his father and his whole upbringing to rush off and join the Maoist revolution. This is his story.

My story began where I grew up, in the Terai [the flat plains at the south of Nepal]. Ethnically, I’m not Madeshi. My family came down from mountains when my father inherited property there and became a landlord. He hated communists, would shout slurs condemning them, and would tell me I could never spend time with leftists. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Posted by celticfire84 on July 19, 2011

In case you missed it, Revolution in South Asia site is re-circulating this important video. Please share it with friends: send it in emails, twitter, g+ and facebook.

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Nepal: Baidya Security Forces Refuse to Turn in Arms

Posted by hetty7 on June 16, 2011

This article is from www.myrepublica.comWe don’t have independent confirmation of these events – so we warn readers not to assume its veracity. But if it is true that resistance has emerged against the reactionary plans of integration and disarmament this is an exciting development. And we repeat Mao Zedong’s important truth: “Without a people’s army, the people have nothing.”

Baidya PLA Security Forces Refuse to Turn  in Arms

Kiran Pun

Kathmandu, June 7: The second batch of PLA security personnel, who are providing security to party hardliners and were supposed to return to the cantonments on Monday, have stayed back in Kathmandu after declining to submit their weapons to party headquarters and abide by party directives.

According to sources, over two dozen armed PLA members are yet to hand over their arms to party headquarters and heed the party’s call to return to their cantonments. They have 26 weapons in their possession. Of the 106 PLA guards in Kathmandu, 68 returned to the cantonments on Sunday and the remaining 40 were supposed to leave here Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Sanhati Panel on Indian Maoism

Posted by celticfire84 on April 24, 2011

Below is a video from the Sanhati Panel at the Left Forum describing the development and conditions of the Indian Maoists. As usual, posting here does not imply endorsement of the views presented.

The rest of this panel can be viewed here and  here.

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Nepal Maoists: Turn Factories into Barracks for Revolt

Posted by celticfire84 on February 28, 2011

The following comes from the Himalayan Times. Though this information comes from the bourgeois press, it is with great interest that we examine this news and learn from this experience.

“Dahal said all the hotels and factories would be turned into barracks if the reactionary forces attempt to stop peace and constitution-drafting processes. He said his party would lead the revolt.”

“People had not believed when we were preparing for people’s war.” He said the dreams of the party and martyrs would not be realised unless the workers captured state power.”

Factories to turn into barracks, says Prachanda

Claims people’s revolt the only option left


KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal today directed all workers to make final preparations for the people’s revolt, claiming no other options were left. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoism: A Growing Force Among India’s Students

Posted by celticfire84 on January 25, 2011

Indian students at a protest

The following from the Telegraph of India, and cites the growing fear from the Indian government of spreading Maoist influence in urban centers, especially following the detainment of Dr. Binayak Sen.

MK: Maoism fashionable in universities


Calcutta, Jan. 21: Governor M.K. Narayanan, the chancellor of the state’s universities, today said Maoism was becoming “fashionable” in varsities and added that a “section of the civil society was feeling encouraged and taking part in protests”.

Citing instances of protests by sections of the civil society following the arrest of rights activist Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for being a Maoist conduit, Narayanan said on the sidelines of a CII seminar: “The Maoists are gaining the upper hand in the people’s mind. A section of the civil society is feeling encouraged and taking part in protests. Maoism is becoming fashionable in universities across several states, including Bengal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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