Newly formed ‘Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist’ to Avoid Return to PW at All Costs

[Note by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena on the “Bermuda Radical” blogsite–“(The) following information is about the line of the newly formed Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist. The CPN-M developed from the so-called “red” or “revolutionary” faction within the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) which finally broke away to form a new party in the last several weeks. However, while many supporters of the “red” faction hoped that the new party would return to the path of people’s war in Nepal, this statement from Ram Bahadur Thapa shows that this is not the case, at least for a faction within the party. For some this is a disappointment, however for others it is a confirmation about what they had already suspected about the “red” faction.”]

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We are Not Going Back to Jungle: Ram Bahadur Thapa

DHRUBA DANGAL, Myrepublica.com

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Aug 8: General Secretary of newly-formed CPN-Maoist, Ram Bahadur Thapa, said on Wednesday that they were not going back to jungles to start another insurgency.

He said the rumor about his party again raising arms was spread by UCPN (Maoist) leaders and claimed that his party would rather send the leaders of his former party to jungle.

“We are not returning to jungle at any cost,” Thapa told reporters after inaugurating an office building of his party at Chautara on Wednesday. “The UCPN (Maoist) is a party of looters. So they need to be sent to jungle instead,” he said. Continue reading

The Hindu: “Nepal’s Maoists split; Kiran faction walks away”

[See a second news report from the Hindustan Times, below this article from The Hindu. — Frontlines ed.]

Kathmandu, June 18, 2012

Prashant Jha, The Hindu

Circumstances favourable for revolution, says Kiran

After a protracted internal party struggle, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) finally split on Monday evening with senior vice-chairman Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran’ walking away with several other senior leaders to form another party, the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The decision was taken at taken at the end of a three-day national gathering of cadres associated with the ‘Kiran’ faction.

The new party has termed the two key decisions of the Prachanda-led Maoist party — accepting the “democratic republic” line in 2005 (which enabled collaboration with democratic parties); and signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 — as major mistakes. In a document presented at the gathering, Mr Kiran said, “The objective circumstances are favourable for a revolution. We should now create the subjective circumstances for revolution.”

Senior leaders who have sided with Mr Kiran to set up a new party include many stalwarts of the Maoist movement — Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, C P Gajurel, Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab’. The new party will have a 44-member central committee; its new leadership structure is yet to be decided. Continue reading

Nepal: New Maoist party to be announced June 15

[This news article carries the long-awaited announcement that the revolutionary forces in the UCPN(M)–the Nepalese Maoist party–will finally break relations with the revisionist leaders (Party Chairman Dahal aka Prachanda, and Prime Minister Bhattarai) who planned and carried out the abandonment of the people’s war, the disarming and dismantling of the People’s Liberation Army, the abandonment of popular political administrations throughout the country, the reversal of feudal land redistributions to landless peasants, and investing the political resources of the Maoist party to winning positions in the new bourgeois republic.  The announcement of a new party forming contained suggestions that there will continue to be deal making with other bourgeois parties, and contained no hint of plans to rebuild people’s armed forces or to reinvigorate the revolutionary land reform program, and other strategic and programmatic issues that have divided the reformists from revolutionaries over the past 6 years. All will watch this re-groupment with great concern.  Hopefully, the long period of irresolute impasse will now give way to determined advance of the Nepalese people’s revolution.   — Frontlines ed.]

June 15 meet to announce split: Gajurel

New party to support opposition’s protest for consensus government

2012-06-05

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel today said the gathering of party’s radical faction scheduled to begin on June 15 will take a formal decision to part ways from the party.Addressing an interaction, he said Dahal’s claim that he would quit as party chairman was mere propaganda and added that even if he quit that would not solve the problem. “The question is whether he admits to his mistake or not, whether he is ready to correct party’s line or not,” he added.

Gajurel, an influential leader of the hardline faction led by senior vice-chairman Mohan Baidhya, claimed that the gathering itself would christen the new party. He hastened to add that the radical faction would prefer to go by the established name that the party had been using.

Addressing a function in the capital today, another hardline leader, Dev Gurung, said Baidhya faction was ready to join the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML in the streets to pressure the Baburam Bhattarai-led government to form a consensus government. Continue reading

Nepal: Plans to continue the Nepal revolution with formation of new Maoist party

Baidya gears up to form new party

Kathmandu Post, KATHMANDU, MAY 28 – The hard-line faction of the Maoist party led by Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has decided to begin the process of forming a separate party “to preserve the core ideology of the Maoist party.”

The faction has also demanded public apology from party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal for his failure to promulgate a new constitution through the CA.

A meeting of the party’s Central Committee members loyal to Baidya on Monday decided to speed up discussions among the groups on the formation of a new party. With the dissolution of the CA, hardline leaders say it is now easy for them to split the party as they will not require signatures of 40 percent of the lawmakers to register a new party.

Baidya is also preparing to collect signatures of 6,000 cadres that is needed when registering a new party with the Election Commi-ssion. The meeting also concluded that a new national consensus government must be formed after discussions among all political forces. The faction criticised the government’s decision to go for elections. “It is an unconstitutional and undemocratic decision,” the faction said in a statement. “The formation of a new party is inevitable and the need of history to safeguard people’s rights,” CC member Bharat Bam said.

Posted on: 2012-05-29

Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan: “On the Kandahar Massacre”

Intensifying and expanding the resistance until the total and unconditional expulsion of the occupiers and the defeat of the puppet regime is the only principled method of confronting the war crimes of the occupying forces

American imperialist occupiers once again butchered children, women, and elderly men in Afghanistan. A group of American occupying soldiers and officers attacked the poor huts of villagers and slaughtered seventeen children, women, and old men––wounding several others and burning twelve bodies––in the Panjawai district of Kandahar on midnight of the 11th of March. The leadership of the occupying forces depicted this unforgivable crime as the result of mental illness of one of their soldiers, offered a mere empty token of apology, and declared the usual: that they would lead an investigation into this matter.

Definitely this war crime, like the other war crimes of the occupiers, is something that does not emanate from the personal mental problems of one or more of the occupying soldiers or officers; it is the result of the overall nature and characteristic of such forces. It should be noted that the imperialist occupation, and the imposition of a puppet regime over the peoples of an occupied country, is itself a great imperialist war crime. Therefore, a just response to the war crimes of the imperialist occupiers and their satraps, is not to legally prosecute the officers and soldiers responsible for these crimes, to take personal revenge against them as individuals, or the unjust efforts of freeing some prisoners, but the further intensification and expansion of resistance, until the total expulsion of the occupiers from the country and the destruction of their puppet regime.

Hamid Karzai the head of the puppet regime, while he is constantly telling the participants and supporters of this regime that soon a “long-term strategic agreement” would be signed with America (an agreement that actually has no other meaning other than prolonging the condition of occupation), has declared the crimes of the occupiers in Panjawai to be a deliberate and obvious act of terrorism and has demanded the trial of the perpetrators. However, it is clear that according to the previous agreements between the American occupation and its puppet regime, and specifically between George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai, that every American soldier and officer in Afghanistan has legal sanctity; they only can be put on trial in the US, according to the constitution of that country. Hamid Karzai while he is carrying “Shah Shojaian Sword” of national treason, at the same time is showing his servitude in empty and meaningless “nationalistic” gestures towards his imperialist masters in order to “prove” his political competency in their court.   Continue reading

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 face the difficulty of breaking free from the bog

[Based on the information in this news report, the UCPN(M) Central Committee meeting this weekend has not sharpened, but stalled, the initiative of the revolutionary Maoists.  It appears that the forces led by Baidhya and Thapa have been unable to gather support from the ambivalent centrists, which may reflect the class nature of these forces who have been bolstered by the infusion of bourgeois and revisionist parties through merger into the UCPN(M), as well as from years of isolation from the revolutionary base of the party in the countryside.  By confining the line struggle to internal organizational bodies, which have been repeatedly stalled into inaction by the revisionist Party Chairman Dahal, this outcome has been produced.  At the same time, the struggles of peasants to hold onto and extend revolutionary land redistribution, and the initiatives of former PLA fighters to carry the struggle forward in rural areas, are growing–and what leadership develops from here–and in what forms–remains to be seen. — Frontlines ed.]

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Hardliners at a loss over future course

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, The Kathmandu Post
KATHMANDU, DEC 31 –

With their political document failing to cajole the crucial moderates and others in the party’s central committee, which was postponed on Saturday, the hard-line faction of the UCPN (Maoist) led by Mohan Baidya seems to have been at a loss over their future course of action.

The hardliners’ newfound dilemma, in effect, is likely to prolong the status quo in the Maoist party.

The Baidya camp had believed that once they raised the “hot” issues, such as return of the seized properties, people’s war, combatants’ problems, financial irregularities, BIPPA, and scientific land reforms, their position would be strong in the Central Committee (CC) meeting that ran for four days. They had hoped that they would be able to gain full support of over two dozen “moderates” in the CC led by Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who has been a kingmaker in the party’s politics. Baidya had also hoped to take into confidence some leaders from factions led by Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. Continue reading

Nepal: Baidhya warns of birth of new Maoist party

2011-12-11

Senior CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairperson,           Mohan Baidhya

KATHMANDU: Senior Vice-Chairperson of the UCPN-Maoist Mohan Baidhya has warned of formation of new Maoist party if compromises were made to remain in power by sidelining the people’s liberation and changes.

Speaking at a program organised in the capital on the occasion of the 88th memorial day of the first literary martyr Krishna Lal Adhikari on Sunday, Baiddya, who leads the hardliners in the party, said lasting peace would not be established if the new constitution was not written in favor of the proletariat.

“During the people’s war, the land was seized to ensure the rights of the workers in the land and calls were made to put an end to foreign intervention and unequal treaties but it was unfortunate that farmers are being evacuated from the seized lands and ‘black’ BIPPA has been signed with India,” Baiddya said.

He feared that attempts were being made to continue the parliamentary system in the name of republicanism, geographical federalism and secularism in the new constitution.

He claimed that the Maoists were the true followers of Krishna Lal Adhikari, the author of ‘Makaiko Kheti’, had died in jail while serving the jail sentence on the charge of writing the same book during Rana regime. Continue reading

Nepal: “Prachanda remains no longer Chairman of Nepal Maoist”: C. P. Gajurel

[Within the Maoist party in Nepal–theUCPN(M)–the challenges to the revisionist “peaceful road” of party chairman Dahal aka Prachanda have grown in intensity and sharpness, in political and ideological terms, and the organizational challenges to Prachanda’s leadership in the party are now demanding his removal as chairman of the party.  The revolutionary Maoists are charting the path forward for the Nepali revolution, which requires the removal of Prachanda and other “establishment Maoists” — as this news article detailing a speech by Party Secretary Gajurel lays out. –Frontlines ed.]

Telegraph Nepal, Sunday, December 11, 2011

On ideological grounds, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ remains no longer the Chairman of Unified Maoists’ Party, so said Party secretary C.P. Gajurel while addressing a press meet in Nawalpur of Sarlahi District, December 10, 2011.

“Dahal has already abandoned the ideology charted by the peoples’ revolt…… How Dahal could continue claiming that he holds significant position in the party”, asked Gajurel and said, “He has no space in the party.” ……..

……… “Differences in the party have already crossed the toleration limit. Dahal is to be entirely blamed for the ideological aberrations”, Gajurel told the media adding, “It all started with the differences over petty issues. The differences have attained a new height following unilateral decision of the Chairman to return the seized properties, humiliating rehabilitation and integration of the PLA and the fresh controversial BIPPA agreement that Baburam signed with India.”

Gajurel also disclosed that majority of the party leaders were the adherents of his own panel.

“We are not at all against peace and constitution”, Gajurel claimed and concluded by saying, that “We want honorific and scientific integration of PLA in the Nepal Army.”

Every unnatural height has a definite fall.

Nepal Maoist party deplores Indian Maoist leader Kishenji’s killing

Telegraph Nepal, December 6, 2011

The Unified Maoists’ Party of Nepal has formally deplored the murder of Indian Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji by state led forces on November 24, 2011.

Kishenji was the military head and a politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The Unified Maoist Party’s international bureau head Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Tuesday December 6, 2011, issued a statement and said that the government of India in a cowardly act has murdered Kishenji.

“We deplore the act of the Indian government in killing an unarmed Kishenji,” reads the statement and adds, “We urge the Indian government to resort to peaceful means instead of brutal killings and bloodshed to solve the problems.”

In the meantime, a 22-member team of four constituents of the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization in India have demanded an independent judicial inquiry into the killing and said that Kishenji was killed while in custody but not in what has been given to understand by the Indian government.

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Official Press Statement from UCPN (Maoist) on death of Comrade Kishenji Continue reading

Indian Maoist Party: “Condemn the State Murder of Kishenji!”

  COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)

CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Press Release: November 25, 2011

Condemn the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, the beloved leader of the oppressed masses,
the leader of Indian revolution and CPI (Maoist) Politburo member!

Observe protest week from November 29 to December 5
and 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5!!

November 24, 2011 would remain a black day in the annals of Indian revolutionary movement’s history. The fascist Sonia-Manmohan-Pranab-Chidambaram-Jairam Ramesh ruling clique who have been raising a din that CPI (Maoist) is ‘the biggest internal security threat’, in collusion with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, killed Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao after capturing him alive in a well planned conspiracy. This clique which had killed Comrade Azad, our party’s spokesperson on July 1, 2010 once again spread its dragnet and quenched its thirst for blood. Mamata Banerjee, who had shed crocodile’s tears over the murder of Comrade Azad before coming to power, while enacting the drama of talks on the one hand after assuming office, killed another topmost leader Comrade Koteswara Rao and thus displayed nakedly its anti-people and fascist facet. Continue reading

Nepal: PLA commanders denounce “integration of armies” deal as surrender

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Republica:  “PM Defends Integration Model, PLA Labels It As Surrender”
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: Prime Minister and Chairman of Special Committee Baburam Bhattarai has refuted the allegation that the integration modality of the Maoist combatants as envisioned in the seven-point agreement was surrender and stressed that the proposed integration is necessary to complete the revolution.In a meeting with the top PLA commanders held at PM´s official residence at Baluwatar on Monday evening, Prime Minister Bhattarai tried his best to assure the former combatants that the integration model perfectly safeguarded core interests of the PLA and the Maoist party. Continue reading

Nepal: Revolutionary Maoist Gajurel: “Dahal and Bhattarai will be expelled”

Dahal and Bhattarai will be expelled from party: Gajurel
Tuesday, 25 October 2011, nepalnews.com
CP Gajurel

CP Gajurel

In what signals the growing crisis within the main ruling UCPN (Maoist), party secretary C.P Gajurel Tuesday went on to accuse party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai of being ‘anti-national’ and that the two “have no right to stay in the party”.

Speaking at a programme in Sindhuli Tuesday, Gajurel warned that the chairman Dahal and PM Bhattarai will be ousted from party for undermining the revolutionary path of the party.

“Dahal and Bhattarai acted as agents of the India and discredited the people’s revolt. They have no right to stay in the Maoist party,” the tough-talking Maoist hardliner said.

Gajurel insisted that the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) signed with India proved the ‘anti-national’ character of Dahal and Bhattarai.

He even claimed that the party will organise a formal programme to announce the ouster of Dahal and Bhattarai from the party. nepalnews.com

India: An interview with a Maoist leader on events in West Bengal

Interview with Akash, West Bengal State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Maoist)

by Tusha Mittal, Tehelka

ON THE evening of 13 August, two significant events unfolded inside the forests of West Bengal. Weeks after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a mammoth development package for Junglemahal, the Maoist party initiated its own ‘parallel development’. The government did not allow it to proceed.

Up a rocky hilly road, in the jungles where West Bengal meets Jharkhand, Nilima Baske, 50, had a terrible fall; she can’t walk. The nearest primary health centre is too far. On 13 August, a ‘Calcutta doctor’ appeared to treat Baske with three injections and medicines. It was part of a mass health camp organised by the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), supported by the banned CPI(Maoist) party.
On 14 August, as doctor Siddhartha Gupta made his way to the second health camp, he was arrested by the West Bengal Police, detained for the night at Belpahari Police Station, and charged under Section 151 for “knowingly joining in an assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse”. He is out on bail. Momentarily, in its singular frame, the incident represents an ironic twist — the state and Maoists competing on who can deliver better development, both trying to woo, compelling the other into action. Continue reading

Nepal: An encounter in Ghorahi

PLA (2005)

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. Continue reading