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Nepal: Maoists to Host Anti-Imperialist Conference

Posted by celticfire84 on May 10, 2011

This article is originally from

“According to Mukherjee, the conference will finalize a concrete program to fight political, economical and cultural imperialism.”

The Indian government has committed a long list of crimes against people domestically and has violently silenced internal opposition while making aggressive stances against the sovereignty of Nepal.

Maoists to host anti-imperialist conference

KATHMANDU, May 9: The ruling UCPN (Maoist) is hosting an anti-imperialism conference in November, inviting, among others, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark to Kathmandu to discuss political, economic and cultural imperialism, and peace in the world.

International Anti-Imperialist People´s Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC), a network struggling against imperialist aggression, occupation and evils of globalization, is the organizer of the conference. UCPN (M), along with communist parties of 23 other countries, is also a member of the network.

IAPSCC General Secretary Manik Mukherjee is currently in Kathmandu to meet Maoist leaders to finalize the conference that has been held every two years since 2007. He met Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday to finalize the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda: We Stand by our Inclusive, Federal Nepal Pledge

Posted by celticfire84 on May 10, 2011

This interview comes from

Chains of Command

“The new constitution will have to create a win-win situation for all. That means all parties will have to compromise and adjust. But there are few things we have all agreed on. At the outset of this process we have agreed on a constitution through the Constituent Assembly and that there will be a progressive and inclusive restructuring of the state”.

We stand by our inclusive, federal Nepal pledge

Barely 18 days are left for the expiry of CA, but given the glacial progress, it is unlikely that it will deliver a constitution on time. Instead the discussions are now centred on making irreversible progress on the peace process and finalising a preliminary draft of the constitution by May 28. The Maoists as the largest party in the CA are leading the political parleys. In his first exclusive interview with Akhilesh Upadhyay and Kamal Dev Bhattarai after the crucial Maoist Central Committee meeting on April 29—which decided that peace and constitution would remain the party’s core focus until the outstanding peace and constitutional issues were settled—Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, perhaps for the first time, offered specifics on the party’s positions on a range of much-disputed integration issues, such as the norms and modalities for entry into the security forces—including the combatants’ age, rank, number and chain of command. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhattarai: Revolt impossible, forge consensus

Posted by Alastair on April 25, 2011

The hammer and sickle flew next to the flags of the conservative parties when all Nepal's political forces united against the King. With the King gone from power, can they stay united? Should they stay united?

As Nepal’s Maoists argue sharply over whether a New Democratic revolution is possible, advocates of both sides of the debate are going to the media. This interview, originally published at Myrepublica, takes place with Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai. Bhattarai is a Vice-Chairman of the party, was Finance Minister in the Maoist-led government of 2008, and was the head of the parallel revolutionary government during the People’s War. He opposes a strategy of people’s revolt, arguing the international and domestic situation makes the success of such a revolt impossible. Instead he argues the Maoists must compromise and seek consensus with the old, conservative political parties to draft a new constitution.

There are reports that your party is changing its official line to launch a revolt? Is it true? 

Pushing for the conclusion of peace process and constitution drafting is the official party line. We have only said that forward-looking changes and socio-economic transformations should be ensured in the constitution. If this is prevented, people have the right to revolt. We are only using the Marxist terminology, but in the tactical and immediate sense, we have been clearly saying that we would move ahead through peace and constitution. That is the official line of the party and we are going to clarify the existing confusion about that point. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoist Leaders Discuss Proposals and Directions

Posted by celticfire84 on April 24, 2011

The following report comes from The Himalayan Times. They remain unsubstantiated by the Nepalese Maoists themselves, and we remind our readers to use caution in reading reports from the bourgeois press.

Secretary C P Gajurel said the party did not have three factions and only a two-line struggle existed. “Now chairman Dahal has adopted Bhattarai’s line deserting Baidhya’s,” he said during the meeting.

Dahal´s proposal proves divisive at CC meeting

KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-M standing committee members were divided over party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal stating that the party’s official line of people’s revolt be dropped, at the central committee meeting today. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Orissa Increases State Repression

Posted by celticfire84 on April 11, 2011

Map of the Indian State of Orissa

This article comes from Indian Express. In outlines the heavy handed repression against the Naxalite movement. This particular piece is a bourgeois news report and we should always use caution when reading such reports. It does reveal however that the growing Naxalite movement is a serious threat to the repressive Indian regime.

Orissa govt resumes offensive against Maoists

In its first-ever offensive after the uneasy truce in February this year, the Orissa Police on Sunday raided a Maoist camp at a reserve forest in the mineral-rich Keonjhar district and seized a huge quantity of gelatine explosives.

Follwing a tip-off that eight to 10 Maoists of the Kainganagar division were camping at the Bali Hill area near Rebana reserve forests, a platoon of CRPF personnel, local police and the district voluntary force (DVF) comprising former special operation group (SOG) men, raided the Maoist camps on Saturday evening.

The Maoists were having dinner when the police team arrived. However, the rebels managed to flee under the cover of darkness.

“We seized 72 gelatine sticks, several detonators and some handgrenades as well as seven kit bags. The Maoists could not take away anything. This is the biggest haul from any Maoist camp in the district,” said Keonjhar SP Ashis Kumar Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoist Youth Leaders Want Class Struggle

Posted by hetty7 on April 3, 2011

Revolutionary Youth in Nepal

This article is from Myrepublica

Political  struggle within Nepal appears to be sharpening and we invite statements and suggestions of articles. We urge our usual caution in reports from the bourgeois press.

“According to Acharya, the youth leaders also urged the top party leadership to create a conducive environment in the party so that all differing views, even those in the minority, would be respected. In addition, they also pressed the leaders to chalk out plans to implement the party line in practice, for completing the ‘revolution’.”

Maoist Youth Leaders Urge Unity, Transparency.

Kiran Pun

Kathmandu, April 2: Youth leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), who have been exerting pressure on top party leaders for unity, have demanded that the party leadership work for financial transparency also. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda: Nepal’s Maoists Won’t Split

Posted by celticfire84 on March 30, 2011

Prachanda, leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

The following comes from

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claimed on Monday that his party would not split as it is obvious to have minor differences inside a big party.

Speaking at a programme organised to welcome new entrants to the Maoists at the party headquarters in Parishdanda today, the Maoist chairman said that some minor differences within the party is giving the impression that the party is splitting, but that’s not going to happen.

“Minor differences are obvious in a big party,” said Dahal. “But the UCPN (Maoist) won’t split, rather, the party will become more united and ultimately the reins of nation will come in our hands.”

At a time when speculations are rife that the Maoists party is on the verge of split following ‘SMS rumor’ that ‘Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai is splitting the party’, Chairman Dahal dismissed it as just another rumor within a dynamic party.

He went on to say that his party has been striving to conclude the peace and constitution-drafting processes but some people are trying to foil it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Maoist “Problem” and the Democratic Left in India

Posted by celticfire84 on March 29, 2011

This piece comes from, and was written in June 2009. It explains why the Indian Maoists known as Naxals are not simply a “terror group,” but rather they are the front of a liberation struggle that is unlike NGO systems. Posting here does not imply endorsement.

While this strengthens the ruling political classes by diversifying its composition (adding the colour red), the problem for the thinking members of the ruling elite today seems to be that there is no credible “left” force out there to contain the “social discontent” of the masses. NGOs, social movements, Hindu right-wing have all failed. Further, there has been a significant exhaustion of the energies of neo-Gandhian social movements (for example the Narmada Bachao Andolan), which were committed to militant but professedly non-violent, non-hierarchical struggles. Concomitantly, there has been the shift of the entire spectrum of parliamentary political parties, including communist parties and social democracy, openly to the right. With a security-centric and repressive neo-liberal state destroying the lives and livelihood of millions of people, the change in the role of social democracy means that there is no credible “left” political force that would contain and channel the resistance from these masses along “democratic” lines: a problem for the ruling classes but an advantage for revolutionary forces.

The Maoist “Problem” and the Democratic Left in India

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Debate Needed: Is Revolution Possible in Nepal?

Posted by hetty7 on March 28, 2011

Dr. Bhattarai gave a speech – Post-Conflict Restructuring of Nepal: The Challenges and Prospects –  on March 26 at  the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.   When the entire article becomes available it will be printed  for debate on SAREV. This speech raises two important questions “What is the military situation in Nepal?” and “Is the International situation a favorable one or an unfavorable one?”  As our usual policy, posting here does not imply endorsement. This article comes from

Maoist Takeover Not Near: Dr. Bhattarai

Tika R Pradhan 2011-03-26

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai today said a ‘Maoist revolutionary takeover’ is impossible in Nepal at present due to an unfavourable international situation and ‘existing internal military balance’.

Presenting a paper titled ‘Post-conflict restructuring of Nepal: The Challenges and Prospects’ organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies of National University of Singapore, he said the second scenario would be a new historical compromise between the two contending political forces — parliamentary democrats and the revolutionary Maoists — to take the peace process to a logical conclusion and make a new constitution through CA to restructure the state, society and economy.

“Given the current stage of development of the Nepali society transiting from feudalism to capitalism and the prevailing balance of political forces both internally and externally, this is an historical necessity and most sensible political move for both the sides,” he argued.

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India: Maoist Prisoner Demands Release of Tribal Political Prisoners

Posted by celticfire84 on March 20, 2011

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for pointing this out. Our readers should consider that this report comes from the bourgeois press and uses language that reflects that.

Adivasi woman in the forests of Orissa

Don’t go back on word, Maoist leader warns Naveen

Indian Express, March 15 2011

Maoist ideologue Ganti Prasadam has warned Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik against going back on his word to release 700-odd tribals lodged in various jails of Orissa.

In a statement from jail, Prasadam (55) said it would be Naveen’s great political folly if he “either intentionally or rather out of any compulsion from any quarter allows himself to be swayed by the disruptionist forces of different sorts who are bent upon destabilising the peace process and sabotaging the agreement reached”.

The Maoists had sought Prasadam’s release as a precondition for the safe passage of Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi who were abducted last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Maoist Line Struggle Erupts in Organizational Splits

Posted by Alastair on March 14, 2011

We have yet to see an official statement from the central leadership UCPN (M) on these developments.

However, it is clear that the line struggles within the party are expressing themselves in the mass organizations affiliated to the party. This is a sign of a real and serious splitting apart.

These reports come to us from the bourgeois media – treat them with caution.

This site has already carried reports of an earlier split in the union. After Vice-Chairman of the ANTUF Badri Prasad Bajgain declared the formation of a new union federation, the party leadership stepped in and dissolved both the Bajgain group and the official leadership of the union, a group led by ANTUF Chairman Salikram Jammakattel. Until a national convention of the union can be held, Jammakattel is still in charge of the union, and the Bajgain group is reported to have continued parallel activities.

Bajgain is reportedly close to UCPN (M) Vice-Chairman Mohan “Kiran” Baidya, a leading advocate within the party for an immediate strategy of people’s revolt. Jammakattel is said to be closer to party Chairman Prachanda, and the leaders of this latest break-away union are reportedly close to Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai.

The situation is fluid, with new developments coming in rapidly and little information that can be fully trusted. We recommend our readers to treat these reports carefully.

In many ways the question in such a split is “who gets marginalised.” Are the revolutionary elements of this party forcing out a faction unwilling to make a new revolution? Or is this party’s rightwing actively creatively a new and non-revolutionary political alignment? And, if both are happening, who succeeds in defining the political landscape and events. These are major events for revolutionaries, and we urge people to pay close attention and to actively learn deep lessons from these events.

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Nepal: All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) Splits

Posted by n3wday on March 11, 2011

This article was published on eKantipur. We cannot confirm these reports, but want to note their presence in the capitalist press.

Maoist trade union ANTUF formally splits

All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), the trade union affiliate of the UCPN (Maoist), split on Sunday. ANTUF Vice-Chairman Badri Prasad Bajgain declared a new “All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union Federation”. The Federation had been plagued by serious internal conflict for a long time.

The conflict between two factions within ANTUF, led respectively by Chairman Salik Ram Jammarkattel and Vice-Chairman Bajgain, had also been obstructing the meeting of ANTUF. While Kattel is considered close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Bajgain is said to be close to Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya.

Bajgain and ANTUF Secretary Govinda Paudel have been named Coordinator and Joint-Coordinator of the splinter faction. The Federation currently has 72 members. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Employers call on govt to crush strike

Posted by Alastair on March 11, 2011

As Maoist workers dig in for a fight, factory owners are offering a 21.4 percent wage increase. This has been rejected, the workers demand their wages be doubled – and the capitalists are now calling for the state to intervene.

From The Himalayan Times

Industries in Hetauda seek security cover

Move district admin office • To hand over keys to CDO today


HETAUDA: Hetauda Industry Organisation today moved the Makawanpur District Administration Office demanding security. The move comes a day after Unified CPN-Maoist-aligned All Nepal Industrial Trade Union enforced indefinite closure of the industries located in Hetauda Industrial Area since yesterday.

HIO Chairman Rishiram Ghimire said keys of all the industries will be submitted to DAO tomorrow. “HIO today requested the DAO in writing to provide security to all the industries located in the industrial area,” Ghimire informed. Chief District Officer Dinesh Bhattarai said his office would do the needful to provide security to the industries.

According to Ghimire, with the closure of more than 65 industries in the area, everyday loss is registered at Rs 8 crores. Additionally, more than 5,000 workers have been hit hard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Maoists Enforce Indefinite Strike

Posted by celticfire84 on March 10, 2011

Workers on Strike in Nepal


The All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), the agitating trade union, along with two other big trade unions, had last week demanded the government as well as Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to substantially raise the minimum wage, citing high inflation and soaring cost of living.

Maoists shut down Hetauda industries


KATHMANDU, March 8: Trade union affiliated to UCPN (Maoist) has enforced indefinite strike in Hetauda Industrial Estate, bringing operation of industries there to a grinding halt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Video: International Women’s Day Being Celebrated Nationwide

Posted by celticfire84 on March 10, 2011

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