Nepal: Land to the Peasants, or returned to the Landlords?

[Feudal landlords and reactionaries have always and everywhere claimed that revolutionary land reform–the seizure of lands for cultivation by landless peasants–is not an expropriation for liberation, but is a criminal theft by undeserving peasants.  It was shocking when the Maoist party in Nepal [(UCPN(M)] abandoned the People’s War and adopted a bourgeois-constitutional path–and then promised to return the peasant-liberated lands, in order to make peace with the landlords and capitalists.  Inevitably, struggle inside the Maoist party ensued, which continues, and which has led to the Party ordering its leadership (which has taken government positions) to reverse its capitulationist deal of returning liberated lands to the landlords.  Prime Minister Bhattarai and Party Chairman Dahal (Prachanda) are juggling the opposing goals of maintaining their influence in the Maoist party, while continuing to make unprincipled concessions to the bourgeois parties in the government.  Revolutionaries have forced the issue out of the smoke-filled back rooms and into the open for all to see–and continue to press the issue.  We shall see. — Frontlines ed.]

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landless squatters

by redstar

Kathmandu, January 26: The secretariat of the standing committee of the UCPN-Maoist urged the government, not to withdraw its decision to legalise land transactions carried out by Maoist-formed ‘people’s government ‘ during the period of people’s war.

In a meeting held at party Supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’s newly residence at Lazimpat on Thursday, they advised the Maoist-led government not to annul January 12 decision.

Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s Cabinet had decided that all the land and property transactions carried out by Maoist people’s council during the great people’s war, would be given legal status.

Because of the drastic decision of the government, opposition parties the Nepali Congress and the Communist party of Nepal United Marxist and Leninist has condemned it.

As they have been obstructing House since January 17 demanding that the government revoke its January 12 decision, the impending tasks in peace and statute have been severely affected.

Nepal: Revolutionary Maoists and parliamentary Maoists reach a conclusion that does not conclude

[The prolonged struggle and negotiations between revolutionary and revisionist lines is apparently reaching the point of agreed-upon indecision (for now).  Under the banner of party unity, can common ground be found between revolution (restarting the people’s war and the peasant New Democratic revolution) and revisionism (committing to a peaceful road with bourgeois parties, disarming the people’s forces, and stopping/reversing the peasant struggle for land)? Whose interests will be sacrificed or put off until another time?  If this article is confirmed by further reports, a very dangerous agreement to disagree has been made. — Frontlines ed.]

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Maoists likely to withhold both documents

REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The rival factions of the UCPN (Maoist) are likely to withhold both political documents presented separately by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya and formulate common political programs for now to press for the conclusion of the peace and constitution drafting process.

Senior leaders from the hardline faction held hours-long meeting with Dahal at his residence on Monday morning to reach a consensus on how to conclude the ongoing CC meeting amidst the ideological differences.

“We have arrived at an understanding that there is no alternative to party unity. We are talking about mobilization of the masses to frame a people´s constitution and conclude the peace process. We are holding talks in that spirit,” said party Secretary CP Gajurel who is close to Baidya.

According to leaders, Dahal has proposed that the party mobilize masses on the streets to press for a constitution in favor of people, and hold discussion forums on ideological differences until they are resolved at the upcoming general convention. Continue reading

Nepal: Revolutionary Maoists’ document to the Central Committee, UCPN(M)

Here is the New Document by Com. Kiran

The Next Front,  January 2nd, 2012

( This is the Document by Comrade Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran,” tabled on ongoing CC Meeting.  We all know, The Central Committee Meeting of UCPN( Maoist ) is going on. There is no need of comment on this document. But it is the matter to note that  Comrade  Kiran is still looking  for the ”revolutionary transformation ” of Prachada ! Thanks to Comrade Lamsal for this excellent translation. )

Kiran : On problems of the party and their resolution

1. Need for a new report:

Now, the class struggle is at a serious juncture and this class struggle has been reflected on our party’s two-line struggle. The history of Nepal’s new people’s democratic revolution and communist movement is at a new turning point.  We are in the grave type of labor pain. While, on the one hand, the conspiracy to liquidate the process of great people’s war initiated in 1996 into parliamentary quagmire is being consolidated; the revolutionary line, on the other, has emerged more effectively against this trend with a new commitment to give continuity to the Nepali new people’s democratic revolution.

In the history of Nepali people’s revolution and communist movement, a chapter has come to an end and a new chapter has begun. And this process is moving ahead. In order for us to carry forward and complete the task of Nepali revolution, a new historic necessity has emerged in the class struggle and two-line struggle of the party that requires us to face newer and more serious challenges. History has sought a clear-cut and straight answer from us whether to resolutely march forward facing and overcoming these challenges or to surrender before the reactionaries.

But our revolution continues. In this crucial period, the sacrifice and contribution and the stories of unprecedented courage and bravery of our great martyrs, disappeared and injured warriors and the people demonstrated in the entire Nepal’s revolution and great People’s War must be remembered with especial significance and due respect. The great ideals and dreams of people’s liberation and revolution are linked together as integral part of the fierce class struggle and two-line struggle in the party. And we can never forget these ideals and dreams.

The political report  entitled “Brief Political Report on Emerging Crisis: Their solution and Future Programmes”  presented by Chairman comrade Prachanda on December 24, 2011 in the central committee meeting has not recognized and acknowledged this complexity and reality of the class struggle and the two-line struggle. This has, hence, necessitated a separate political report. Continue reading

Nepal: Maoist revolutionaries (“Hardliners”) fire salvo at Dahal, PM Bhattarai

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Kathmandu Post

KATHMANDU, DEC 28 –

The barb between the hardliners and the party establishment within the UCPN (Maoist) saw a new level of intensity on Wednesday as hardliners hurled personal broadside against party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, calling him a “comprador” and a “sell-out”. During the ongoing Central Committee (CC) meeting of the party on Wednesday, not even Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai was spared from personal attacks. According to some leaders, the attack was one of fiercest in the party’s internal deliberation since the party entered peaceful politics in 2006.

“Dahal and PM Bhattarai are working under the guidance of expansionist and imperialistic forces, the signing of BIPPA is a classic example of it,” said Ram Bahadur Thapa, party general secretary and leader of the hard-line camp, in the meeting. He also accused Dahal of compromising with other parties on the core issues of constitution drafting in the dispute resolution subcommittee formed under the Constitutional Committee.

The group of four in the hard-line camp—Thapa, CP Gajurel, Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’—used words such as “comprador”, “rightist”, “reformist”, “individualistic” and “feudal” to describe Dahal and Bhattarai during the deliberation. The leaders threatened to split the party, arguing that there was no point in staying together if the party leadership didn’t change itself. They said ideology and people were more worthy for them than the party. Continue reading

Nepal: Establishment Maoists postpone day of reckoning, again

Thursday, December 22, 2011

UCPN (Maoist) puts off CC meeting, again

POST B BASNET/KIRAN PUN

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The UCPN (Maoist) has postponed its Central Committee (CC) meeting slated for Friday. It is the fourth time that the party establishment has put off its CC meeting.

While the party establishment has attributed the postponement to lack of internal homework, the hardliners have accused Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of continuously deferring the meeting to avoid backlash from the CC members for his “ideological deviation and moral erosion.”

Though the party has rescheduled the meeting for Saturday, the radical faction led by Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya doubts if Dahal will hold any CC meeting anytime soon.

“The party chairman has the strategy of deferring the meeting until he gains an edge over the Baidya faction. So I think the party establishment will continue to defer the CC meeting instead of facing the wrath of the CC members over Dahal´s handling of the party,” said CC member Maheshwar Dahal, who is close to Baidya faction.
The party CC has not taken any decision since August when it endorsed the candidacy of Bhattarai as the new prime minister.  But Shakti Basnet, who is close to Chairman Dahal, refuted Maheshwar Dahal´s statement.  “The party is holding the meeting on Saturday. The Friday´s meeting was postponed for lack of homework,” Basnet said. Continue reading

Nepal: Maoist student leader announces new revolutionary party initiative

Ex chair of ANNFSU-R announces to quit Maoist party

  The Himalayan Times, 2011-12-19
“One in the party can buy helicopter while the other(s) even cannot afford to pay the bus fare also””

KATHMANDU: Lekhanath Neupane, the former chairman of UCPN-Maoist’s student wing All Nepal Independent Student Union–Revolutionary , said in Biratnagar on Monday that he will quit the Maoist party soon to set up a new communist party with its own army.

The Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) reported that the former student leader said he is leaving the Maoist party as it is on the verge of downfall because of the leaders who he accused of being brokers of foreigners.

Neupane crticised Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal for failing to maintain the UCPN-Maoist as a party. He expressed his frustration with the leadership saying he would not join the party had he known that “broker attitude” ruled a communist party.

Speaking at a press conference organised in Bargachhi of Biratnagar, Neupane argued that there is a need for new communist party as “one in the party can buy helicopter while the other(s) even cannot afford to pay the bus fare also.”

He came down heavily upon the party chairman, and claimed that preparations are being made to set up a new party and build up its army as Dahal surrendered the People’s Liberation Army.

Annoyed Nepal Maoist Chief Prachanda curses Students

[Telegraph Nepal is a bourgeois newspaper in Nepal which never has supported the revolutionary struggle of the people in its coverage of events.  They have a history of delighting in, and some would say inventing, difficulties in the people’s struggles and especially among the Maoists.  Nevertheless, this article reveals a lot about the brittle relationship that has developed between those revisionist “Maoists” such as Prachanda (who have led the abandonment of the revolutionary people’s war), on the one hand, and the revolutionary masses (including students) on the other. — Frontlines ed.]

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Telegraph Nepal

The so-called peoples’ leader cum Chairman of Unified Maoists’ Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias ‘Prachanda’ must have woken up from the deep slumber when the students belonging to various political outfits at a program held in Kirtipur, December 12, 2011, hooted and cried foul at him when he was delivering his speech. There were also some Maoists’ students who hooted at Prachanda. This indicates the rising awareness level among the students too. But, Dahal unfortunately had something else in his mind.

Dahal who turned 58 on the same day became so annoyed that he even cursed the students who were howling at him. Happy birthday Mr. Dahal.

“I wish you too become a leader like Prachanda in the future and feel the pain through which I am undergoing now,” said a pained Dahal and added, “It is up to you to take it as a curse or a blessing.”

Who would have thought such an unfortunate day would eventually come in Dahal’s political career?

“I can see that there is the clear trend to blame the leaders for all the faults,” Dahal lamented.

The students replied, “Yes it is true…ho… ho… ho… (Leaders are to be blamed).”

He continued, “It is not that a leader gives birth to the common men, in fact it is the common men who give birth to a leader. It is time that people as well see their face in the mirror.”

The peoples’ leader took the courage to blame the people instead.

“Blaming the leader will provide no solution. Unless awareness among the people attains a new level we will reach nowhere,” he said and added, “There will be no political stability.”

Perhaps it was for the first time that ferocious of the not so distant past was insulted in such an ignominious manner.