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.”]


We are Not Going Back to Jungle: Ram Bahadur Thapa


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


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.]


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.]


Hardliners at a loss over future course


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