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Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Posted by redpines on March 8, 2012

In celebration of International Women’s Day we are re-posting this excellent interview with Sahmjana Gharti of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). If you haven’t seen it, please watch and share.

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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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Microcredit schemes no solution for Dalit women in India

Posted by redpines on April 13, 2011

While not a radical or communist analysis, the following article shows how even the most “innovative” capitalist solutions to problems of poverty, caste and gender oppression in India are inadequate. As the article suggests, underlying structural problems that cause displacement and dispossession remain: “…communal resource areas in villages, where women used to harvest fish and vegetables, have been converted for the production of commercial cash crops.” Contrast this with the approaches of India’s Maoists who offer the people far more comprehensive and dignified models. The piece originally appeared at

The pitfalls of microcredit among Dalit women in India

Dalit peoples in South Asia are a disadvantaged group. Historically they have faced discrimination as they are considered to be a lowly caste. Regarded as ‘untouchables,’ they historically performed work that was ‘unclean.’ They did leatherwork, cleaned the sewers, disposed of animal carcasses, swept the streets and did other work that was regarded as ‘polluted.’  Today, Dalits are often still regarded as outcasts and their ‘unclean’ status stems either from their actual occupation or from descent. 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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Hearts on Fire: Arundhati Roy on the Women Rebels of India

Posted by redpines on March 1, 2011

A comrade

The support of women has been essential to the continued strength of India’s CPI(Maoist). The following excerpts from Arundhati Roy’s groundbreaking piece of literary journalism, Walking with the Comrades, describe the role of women in the formation of the party and also provide a  glimpse into the lives of female party members and some of the state-sponsored repression they face.
Excerpts from Arundhati Roy

Jungle post arrives. There’s a biscuit for me! It’s from Comrade Venu. On a tiny piece of paper, folded and refolded, he has written down the lyrics of a song he promised he would send me. Comrade Narmada smiles when she reads them. She knows this story. It goes back to the ’80s, around the time when people first began to trust the party and come to it with their problems—their ‘inner contradictions’, as Comrade Venu put it. Women were among the first to come. One evening an old lady sitting by the fire got up and sang a song for the dada log. She was a Maadiya, among whom it was customary for women to remove their blouses and remain bare-breasted after they were married.

Jumper polo intor Dada, Dakoniley
Taane tasom intor Dada, Dakoniley
Bata papam kittom Dada, Dakoniley
Duniya kadile maata Dada, Dakoniley

(They say we cannot keep our
blouses, Dada, Dakoniley
They make us take them off, Dada,
In what way have we sinned, Dada,
The world’s changed, has it not Dada)

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Nepal’s Hated Feudal World: Where Girls Become Cheap Labor

Posted by celticfire84 on January 31, 2011

This piece comes from IRIN, a humanitarian news service for NGO audiences. This documents the harsh and unjust lives experienced by millions of young girls in Nepal, as further evidence why revolutionary change is both greatly needed and justified.

KATHMANDU, 27 January 2011 (IRIN) – One million fewer children are working in Nepal than a decade ago, though more girls are toiling in dangerous conditions than boys, according to a soon-to-be-published report documenting the country’s sizeable population of child labourers.

Nearly 24 percent of girls nationwide (or 911,000), compared to 17.5 percent of boys (or 688,000), perform work that qualifies them as labourers, according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) report. Read the rest of this entry »

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