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Nepal: Line Struggle Deepens

Posted by hetty7 on October 25, 2011

This article is from myrepublic. We urge caution evaluating articles from the bourgeois press. The South Asia Revolution team will continue to report on developments and analysis in Nepal as they unfold.

BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) Only Widens the Maoist Rift

Post B Basnet/Kiran Pun

Kathmandu, Oct. 25: As the internal dispute over the party’s tactical line flared up, raising doubts over party unity, Maoist rival factions had decided on Oct. 13 to cease all type of hostilities and hold a Central Committee meeting on Nov. 3rd to resolve the issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoist Central Committee to Meet

Posted by hetty7 on October 20, 2011

This is from myrepublica

The following statement is from “Nepal’s Crossroads: Without a People’s Army, the People Have Nothing” by Eric Ribellarsi and Mike Ely from Kasama.

“For over twenty years, the impoverished and isolated peoples in the southern Himalayan foothills have risen up to remake themselves and their world. Now, after the sacrifices of a whole generation, the future of their movement and society hangs in the balance:

Will the revolutionary sections of the people be able to carry through the struggle to create the radically new Nepal they have dreamed of? Or will the accomplishments of their struggle so far be consolidated into something that falls short of liberation.”

Dahal Backs Down

Post B Basnet

Kathmandu, Oct. 13: Giving into the party hardliners’ demand, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday cancelled the scheduled national gathering of party cadres and instead called a meeting of the Central Committee for Nov. 3rd to take up disputed issues in the party.

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India: Prisons are Schools of Resistance & Revolution

Posted by celticfire84 on October 17, 2011

Special thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for sharing this piece. As the Indian state continues its campaign of repression against its own people, the CPI(M) has now for years struggling alongside the poorest and most oppressed, and won the support of thousands.

CPI (Maoist) leaders start movements in jails

Hindustan Times
Kolkata, October 13, 2011

CPI (Maoist) has opened a new front, from behind the bars, away from Junglemahal. With senior leaders lodged in jails, the party is not only spreading its views among the inmates, but also leading movements and agitations on various issues. Since the past couple of years, a number of agitations have taken place inside the jails, including the central jails, where a large number of inmates even sat on indefinite hunger strikes.According to jail sources, Maoists have formed various jail committees, which not only look after rights of prisoners, but also make them aware of the current political situation. Intelligence sources admit that Maoists have also initiated indoctrination classes for young under trials in some jails.”It is their strategy to catch the administration on the wrong foot. They have been organising inmates behind the bars and prompting agitations. They are the brain behind most agitations, however frivolous for a cause it may be,” said Ranvir Kumar, inspector general of jails. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: A Struggle Within the Maoist Party

Posted by hetty7 on October 13, 2011

These first paragraphs are from “Nepal’s Crossroads: Without a People’s Army the People Have Nothing” by Eric Ribellarsi and Mike Ely. We share them as a preface to the  the myrepublica article which follows them.

“No other party in Nepal has the influence, apparatus or popular support of the Maoist Party. As a result the debate within the Maoist party has emerged as a key arena for the country as a whole.

This means that the leading representatives of these two roads within the Maoist party have  become, in many ways, the leading representatives of those roads within the society as a whole. The future of Nepal may well be determined by which wing of the Maoist party is the one that now emerges with countrywide power.”

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Baidya Warns Public Exposure Against Dahal

by B Basnet

Kathmandu, Oct.12: Maoist hardliners have further tightened the screws on Chairman Pushpa Dahal, warning the latter that they would launch a “strident exposure drive” against his ideological “deviation” inside and outside the party if he doesn’t cancel  the national gathering of party cadres slated for October 16 in Kathmandu.

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Nepal: An encounter in Ghorahi

Posted by celticfire84 on October 7, 2011

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for sharing this.

Nepal: An encounter in Ghorahi

The People's Liberation Army has been a symbol of liberation in Nepal

by Aditya Adhikari

The Kathmandu Post, 05-10-2011

After the end of the war, Saraswati Magar (name changed), a Maoist activist from Rolpa, built a single-story, two-room brick house on a small plot of land on the outskirts of Ghorahi, Dang.

The responsibilities given to her by the party require her to spend much of her time in Rolpa, but she has a nine-year old daughter in Ghorahi, and it is to be with her that Saraswati built the house. Having joined the movement when she was sixteen, even before the formal announcement of the People’s War, her primary life-experience has been of great strain and hardship.

On the run from the state authorities for many years, she abandoned her daughter to the care of relatives when she was only 21 months of age and was reunited with her only after the peace process began. Most of her friends and relatives from Rolpa joined the party. Her husband died during the conflict, as did two of her brothers.

Life is easier now for Saraswati. She looks back at amazement at the level of physical hardship and deprivation she endured so willingly during the war. Yet, she is restless. Political work does not offer her the satisfaction that it did before; yet it still obsesses her.

“When I come to Ghorahi,” she says, “after a few days I feel like going back to Rolpa, to work on the organisation. But when I go to Rolpa, there is not so much work to do and then I feel like returning to my daughter in Ghorahi.”

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Maoist Radicals take to the Streets

Posted by enaadoug1982 on September 30, 2011

The following report comes from We will have on going reports posted as news in Nepal breaks.

During a torch rally from Sept 8th, 2011. Photo Credit: Eric Ribellarsi

Baidya-faction takes out torch rally against DPM’s remark

KATHMANDU, SEP 30 – UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya’s faction hit the streets on Friday with lighted torch in their hands to protest against the recent controversial statement by Defence Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: India Tries to Convict Maoists from People’s War Period

Posted by hetty7 on September 22, 2011

This article is from myrepublica.

Clemency Plea Likely for Convicted Maoists

Kiran Chapagain/Kiran Pun

Kathmandu Sept 13: The government is likely to request India for clemency  to 10 Maoist leaders  including four sitting lawmakers and politburo  leaders convicted on treason charges by an Indian high court recently.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayankaji Shrestha told Republica that the government on Monday approached the office of the Attorney General for advice.

“We have asked the attorney general to study the legal procedure and how the issue can be resolved,” Shrestha said when asked how the government  and the Maoist party would deal with the verdict of the Patna High Court.

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Maoists call for 24-hour shutdown to protest police atrocities

Posted by celticfire84 on August 25, 2011

Jhargram, August 24 (ANI): The Maoist backed People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) organisation in Jhargram district of West Bengal called for a 24-hour shutdown on Monday against the atrocities that are committed by the police on the innocent villagers and complained of apathy by state government. It was in Lodhasuli that the Maoists had called for a shutdown and around 300 tribals, who supported PCPA, attended the meeting in the area. Joydeb Mahato, a PCPA leader, said that the shutdown would also be observed on Wednesday.

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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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Nepal: Maoists Ministers Resign

Posted by celticfire84 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Interview With KOE Greek Revolutionary

Posted by hetty7 on August 2, 2011

Without a people's army, the poor and oppressed are defenceless against the army of the rich

This article is from The Red Star Vol. 1 #11 July 4-15 2008.

This is an interview with Rudi Renaldi, of the Communist Organization of Greece (KOE) who went to Nepal in June 2008 with a 35 member delegation. Red Star interviewed him about his visit to Nepal, his impressions and the communist movement in Greece. For recent interviews and analysis on Greece please visit Winter Has Its End.

Nepali Maoist Are Connected with the People

What was your main purpose for coming to Nepal?

We think that the Nepali Revolution is one of the most important revolutionary processes in the world.  After the big victory of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in the elections, an interest developed in the West  about what happens in Nepal. Before that, the media didn’t even mention Nepal, but when the Maoist won the election, they were obliged to state something. We have been supporting the Nepali people for along time, and it was natural for us to come and visit Nepal and have a face to face relationship with revolutionary forces here in Nepal.

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Indian Maoists: the Political Struggle with Special Police Officers

Posted by celticfire84 on July 15, 2011

Indian SPOs in training

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for sharing this.

[There have been interesting developments in India, where the formal police and army forces involved in “Operation Green Hunt” have in recent years been supplanted by rogue forces (para-military and para-police) recruited from among the oppressed tribal people. Now the official disbanding of various “Salwa Judum,” “SPO” and Kova commando forces has been raised, as–at the same time–the formal entry of army units into rebellious regions is expanded. The following statement is on the political struggle which Maoists in Dandakaranya are waging with the adivasis who have been involved in these anti-people rogue forces. — Frontlines ed.]

Press Release

July 7, 2011
An Appeal from Maoists to SPOs (Special Police Officers):

Defeat the ploys of the government to divide us and rule!
Stop fighting for the exploiters and oppressors
and come back to your villages!! Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Conflict over Anti-Maoist Militias

Posted by celticfire84 on July 14, 2011

Thanks to Revolutionary Frontlines for sharing this. The Indian state has declared war on the Adivasi (indigenous) people of India by forced displacement from their homes in order to pave the way for multinational corporations to extract resources from their land, such as limestone, dolomite, coal, and bauxite. The Maoists of India known as “Naxalites” have militantly defended the Adivasi people and have won the support of thousands of the poorest of the poor in India because of this. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) which leads this struggle against the repressive Indian state has been the target of many attacks, both physically and ideologically. Individuals who have spoken out in support of the Maoists, such as Arundhati Roy and Dr. Binayak Sen have faced arrest and threats from the State. India’s central government has now called for the regional government of Chhattisgarh to disband its anti-Maoist militias that were formed to terrorize the people including anyone suspected of being a Maoist supporter. This should not be seen as a victory – the Indian state has recently moved specialized armies into Maoist liberated areas in order to carry the murders of hundreds of individuals fighting for liberation.

NEW DELHI, July 06, 2011 – India’s Supreme Court has told the government of an eastern state to disband a militia being used to fight Maoist rebels, a move that was hailed Wednesday by rights activists.
The court’s order to the government of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday said the arming of mostly poor tribesmen was unconstitutional.

“It’s really a significant judgment. The judgment upholds constitutional principles,” said Nandini Sundar, a sociologist and rights activist who was one of the people who petitioned the court. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Brutal World of India’s Political Prisoners

Posted by celticfire84 on May 25, 2011

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for sharing this piece. It originally appeared here, and details the horrific treatment of political prisoners in India. 

“He was being beaten so badly,” said Mr Mahato, a look of controlled pain on his face. “In the end, I could take no more. I told him to say he was there. It was the only way they would leave him alone.”

KOLKATA // The new government in West Bengal has promised to review all cases against political prisoners, but a long history of police brutality has made it difficult to distinguish between legitimate protesters and active insurgents.

After three days of watching his teenage son being tortured, Utpal Mahato could take no more. In desperation, he told his son to tell the police what they wanted to hear – that he had been involved in one of the most lethal terrorist attacks in India’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Kiran: Against dissolving the Peoples Liberation Army

Posted by celticfire84 on May 22, 2011

Nepali revolutionary forces training

” The issue at hand is about Peoples Liberation Army integration [into the government army]. The peace process and constitution drafting should move ahead simultaneously. So many people sacrificed their lives for the sake of a “People’s Constitution”, but attention has not been paid in that regard.

“We have suspicions that we may be betrayed.”

The following interview with Mohan Baidya (nom de guerre is Kiran) reveals that the struggle within Nepal’s Maoist party focuses increasingly on the fate of the Peoples Liberation Army. 

There is a well-known saying from Mao Zedong’s red book that has been important to Maoism-since-Mao:

“Without a peoples army, the people have nothing.”

This question now stands center stage — in Nepali politics, in the struggle among the Maoists, and in the strategic decisions being taken for the Nepali revolution. The following is from

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Maoist Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, who leads the hardline camp in the UCPN (Maoist), has registered a note of dissent against the party’s decision to accept Nepal Army’s modality for PLA integration.

Earlier, he had registered his dissent when Chairman Dahal adopted the line of peace and constitution overturning the mandate of the Palungtar plenum. Read the rest of this entry »

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