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