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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”

29 November, 2011

[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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal’s Revolutionaries call for PLA to abandon army integration

Posted by redpines on November 17, 2011

Nepal’s Revolutionary Maoist forces are shaking things up.

As this statement points out, the revolutionaries are taking concrete steps to resist the terms of the Seven Point Agreement between Bhattarai, Prachanda and several bourgeois parties. Leaders Kiran and Badal are calling for PLA fighters to abandon the process of integrating with the Nepal Army.

The statements were originally published in the English-language version of The Red Star.

Revoluionary faction calls PLA Soldiers not to participate in fusion

by RedStar
16 November, 2011

Kathmandu, 16 November: Senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya “Kiran” and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa “Badal” have called the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be separated fronm the procvess of integration of the army. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kiran and Badal: Disbanding the PLA is a mistake

Posted by redpines on November 12, 2011

The struggle for revolution in Nepal is not over.

It’s not an easy situation. It’s true that leaders like Prachanda and Bhattarai appear to have “sold out” and abandoned anything resembling a revolutionary path. But it’s also true that these kinds of betrayals become more and more likely as a party moves toward power, when many new contradictions emerge. For instance, the danger of severe international isolation becomes very real. In turn, the temptation to take the capitalist road becomes stronger.  Despite this difficult road, the revolutionary wing of the UCPN(M) continues to fight against the liquidation of the People’s Liberation Army, and for a road toward New Democracy and socialism.

The following statement by Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, discusses the revolutionary wing’s opposition to the recent Seven Point Agreement between several major parties in Nepal. The agreement would effectively dismantle the PLA, as well as the Young Communist League, another people’s fighting force. Without the PLA, the gains made by Nepal’s decade-long People’s War may be in danger. However, Kiran and Badal suggest that even this dire situation is not a final blow to the revolution: 

The conflict and movement can be managed not by disarming the PLA but by solving people’s political and economic problems. If no attention is paid on it none will be able to stop the creation of another historical mass movement.

Full Text of Press Statement by Comrade Kiran and Badal

November 6, 2011. 

Respected media persons,

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Nepal revolutionaries speak: People’s Liberation Army will be reborn

Posted by redpines on November 4, 2011

“The rightist deviation; which dissolved the PLA that has sacrificed itself for the peace and transformation, will be demised soon. Hundred thousands of new PLA soldiers will take birth from the ashes of the dissolved PLA. The land lords, puppets, imperialists and the expansionists; who are exchanging their happiness, will have no more time to feel their happiness because we are with people and their happiness.”

A momentous clash has broken out in Nepal.

The prime minister of Nepal and the historic chairman of the Maoist party (two men once prominent in the revolution ) have declared the dissolution of the Peoples Liberation Army.

In quick opposition, organized revolutionary forces within their own party and leadership declared a determination to preserve the people’s armed forces — by rebuilding the Peoples Liberation Army if necessary.

On November 2, the dissolution of the PLA was announced in the form of a new Seven Point Agreement which was reached between Bhattarai, Prachanda and the other parties that make up Nepal’s Constituent Assembly.

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7 Point Agreement on Nepal’s PLA Integration

Posted by redpines on November 3, 2011

This agreement is a disaster for the people of Nepal and their hopes for a revolutionary future.

Bhattarai and Prachanda and other right-wing and reactionary parties in Nepal have decided to effectively liquidate the Maoist People’s Liberation Army, as well as the Young Communist League, another people’s fighting force.

 As Mike Ely and Eric Ribellarsi have argued, without a People’s Army, the people of Nepal will be unprotected from right-wing attacks, and the ravages of poverty, immiseration and displacement. They will be unprotected from India and Western imperialist nations have an interest in plundering Nepal’s human and natural resources. The gains that have been made by Nepal’s people and its revolutionary forces will also be in danger. 

The article originally appeared in the English version of The Red Star, a voice of the Revolutionary forces within the UCPN(M).

Seven Point Agreement (text)

Kathmandu November 3:

National consensus is a must to take the peace process to a logical end and complete the task of writing the new constitution.

So, as per the Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2006 and various other understanding between the political parties at different times, the following understanding has been reached to compete the remaining task of constitution writing and move forward as per the politics of national consensus.

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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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Video: People’s Liberation Army of Nepal

Posted by celticfire84 on October 5, 2011

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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 Discuss Army Integration with People’s Liberation Army

Posted by celticfire84 on June 21, 2011

The People's Liberation Army has been a mighty force for liberation. They have defended they many victories of the ongoing Nepalese Revolution, including fighting for the rights of women. The PLA is composed of nearly 40% women.

This article originally appeared on enkantipur.com. Nepal’s revolutionaries are approaching serious and important questions about the nature of their revolution and its continuation, including whether or not to advance the revolution and seize state power, or to integrate with the current alliance of forces to form a bourgeois republic. Central to this is the future of the People’s Liberation Army — the beloved PLA — to what kind of future Nepal holds. The South Asia Revolution team is currently discussing these events and their meaning for revolutionaries around the world. A public statement will be forth coming.

Maoist leaders to hold crucial PLA meet

KATHMANDU, JUN 07 – The UCPN (Maoist) is holding consultations with senior members of the PLA on Wednesday in a bid to give the combatants an ownership of the ongoing peace process.

Over 200 senior PLA commanders–ranging from the PLA chief to the sub-division commanders and other leaders–will attend the meeting.

PLA Spokesperson Chandra Prakash Khanal, ‘Baldev,’ said they will discuss the PLA integration process and the party’s latest decisions.

The meeting has been called to take the combatants into confidence on the integration process and read their minds on the peace process and the party’s decisions on integration.

The Maoists have taken important decisions on the integration issue such as accepting the Nepali Army’s modality, agreeing to integrate 8,000 to 10,000 combatants and ending the dual security system of Maoist leaders.

The hardliner faction led by senior Maoist Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has written a note of dissent on some decisions taken by the party on the integration issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Words From the Maoist PLA

Posted by hetty7 on June 16, 2011

This is from www.myrepublica.com

What Maoist Guards Say

“I have been working as a body guard for our senior leader Mohari Baidya for the last 5 years. I am very proud of being part of the security system provided to the leadership. If the integration  process is beneficial to the people and the country, we will never be an obstacle. I am yet to decide whether to join the government forces or go for politics. I am still consulting my friends and colleagues.” Keshav Subedi (Dolakha)

Republica

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members  deputed for the security of Maoist leaders are to begin returning to their respective cantonments from Sunday. They recalled to Republica’s Kiran Pun their experience of being part of the security team with Maoist leaders for many years.

These are excerpts:

Yubaraj Dulai ‘Sharad’ (Sindhupalchowk), security guard for party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal:

I have been working with the party chairman for the last 5 years. It is natural that I’m feeling very uncomfortable parting from the leader. I always felt proud while providing security  to such an important national leader, who consistently led the struggle representing our own class.

Setting aside the sentimental aspects, I’m ready to abide by the party’s instruction and act accordingly. I am ready to be integrated into a government security agency if there is a chance to transform the entire national army into a modern and democratic force. But I wouldn’t accept the offer if it will be no more than just a job.

I also plan to summit Mt. Everest in the coming season to give continuity to the bravery and courage that we used to show when we were at war.

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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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Nepal Peoples Army commanders stand up!

Posted by celticfire84 on June 9, 2011

We don’t have independent confirmation of these events — so we warn readers not to assume its veracity. Details and quotes in an article like this are unreliable. But if it is true that resistance has emerged against the reactionary plans of integration and disarmament then these are certainly positive and exciting developments.

Mao Zedong expressed an important truth that bears repeating and reflection: “Without a peoples army, the people have nothing.”

This originally appeared on myrepublica.com.

PLA-men refuse non-combatant role

KATHMANDU, June 9: Commanders of the Maoist People´s Liberation Army (PLA) have demanded that their party reject the Nepal Army (NA)´s integration modality that has proposed turning them into a non-combative force. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Revolutionary Woman of Nepal: The Story of Uma Bhujel

Posted by hetty7 on March 7, 2011

Women Maoist supporters in Nepal. The revolutions in Nepal and India are challenging old systems of oppression and have the potential of liberating millions of women and children in that process.


“On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday.

“On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.”

Uma Bhujel was born on October 21, 1979, in Hansapur VDC of Gorkha district. She is now a member of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Vice President of the Young Communist League, Former Brigade Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army.

This is the story of the life of her life.

The story begins during the People’s War in Nepal in December 2000.  Uma and four Maoist women are discussing how to break out of the Gorkha prison.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the worldwide celebration of women’s struggle for emancipation.  As part of our participation in International Women’s Day, this website will be featuring the inspiring contributions of women.

This account is from the website managed by Working Women Journalists (WWJ), an organization of professional women journalists in Nepal.

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by Kiyoko Ogura.

On December 26th 2000, Uma and four other women Maoists discussed about the way how to break out of prison while basking in the sun in a courtyard of Gorkha jail.  It was 111th anniversary of Mao Tse-tung’s birthday. On this special day the five women reached a conclusion that they would by any means escape from there by making a tunnel connecting to outside of the wall, which was the only way left for them after two failed trials of escaping.

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Nepal: Maoist Leader Prachanda Calls for Strong National Security Force

Posted by celticfire84 on February 20, 2011

PLA Maoist Soldiers in NepalBelow is a recent speech by Nepalese Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda.

In this speech he details the monitoring of the PLA by the Special Committee (SC) which is a temporary body to oversee the integration of the two armies.

He praises the PLA for their discipline, and warns that “hurdles” remain ahead. This originally appeared in the Red Star, Feb 1-15, 2011 edition, available as a PDF here.

“Until the integration and rehabilitation concludes as per the provision of the CPA and interim constitution, the situation of one state two armies will continue as a matter of fact.

“We had written to the United Nations a five-point joint letter appealing for help by sending a peace mission. However, a situation was created due to which the UNMIN went back a few days ago before it performed the task for which it was called for.”

We want to build a strong national security force

The country is going through a serious political bend at present. Nepali people had taken part actively in the 10-year long great People’s War and 19-day historical united people’s movement with belief and aspiration of building new Nepal through radical transformation. As a result of struggle and sacrifice of the people, Republic has been established eliminating monarchy that had been ruling Nepal for 240 years. On this occasion, I pay heartfelt tribute to the great martyrs who sacrificed themselves and express my hearty respect to the disappeared fighters, injured and disabled.
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Nepal: UCPN(M) Calls for Unification of Armies

Posted by celticfire84 on December 31, 2010

Originally posted on the Red Star.

A People's Liberation Army soldier in Nepal

PLA and NA should be unified against invader

Kathmandu, Dec. 26: If UNMIN does not remain and armies are not unified, the entire nation will be pushed into conflict and at that time People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Nepal Army (NA) will be on the same frontier putting arms on arms to fight against the invaders. There will be no options to be left before the Nepalese people than to resist it. These are the versions of UCPN-Maoist standing committee member Barsaman Pun Ananta in a telephone talk with the correspondent of Red Star fortnightly.

The complexity in situation is being created by the care taker government and the puppets of Indian power. The cause or unseen hand behind the curtain is clear; however, the remedy to get rid off it is still in debate. Only the unity of nationalist, progressive, leftist and the revolutionaries can resist successfully the inevitable invasion of foreign power.

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