The developments in Nepal have become highly influential, and hotly debated, in the international communist movement—embraced and promoted by some, disturbing and denounced by others. As sharply contending lines have emerged from the Maoist tradition, the question must be asked: How do the lines differ? And what will develop from the different perspectives and lines? Where will the revolutionary breakthroughs occur, and where will they go astray? These questions have drawn increasing numbers into new study and consideration of Maoism, which has become a more prominent political force than it has been in decades.
The most thorough critique of the UCPNM’s course was expressed in July, 2009 by an Open Letter by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), which can be viewed at http://www.bannedthought.net/India/CPI-Maoist-Docs/Nepal/OpenLetterToCPNM-090720.pdf. To date, none of the supporters of the UCPNM’s post-2006 line and practice have addressed and answered this important Open Letter.
Additionally, the MLM Revolutionary Study Group in the US, which has studied major currents and debates in the international communist movement, recently issued “Which Way Forward for the UCPN(Maoist) and the Nepali People’s Revolutionary Struggle?” It opens with: “The central question facing the Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) (UCPNM) is whether it can develop the political line, strategy and tactics to conquer state power and wield it in the service of the vast majority of the people of Nepal and the world. Continue reading