The incredible shrinking numbers of PLA enlistees in the national Nepal Army

REPUBLICA, April 20, 2012

3,129 for integration

KATHMANDU, April 20: Only 3,129 Maoist combatants have chosen integration into the Nepal Army by the time of completion of the voluntary retirement process in all the cantonments on Thursday.

According to Balananda Sharma, coordinator of the Special Committee secretariat, altogether 6,576 combatants chose voluntary retirement and they have been released from the cantonments.

There were 9,705 combatants who had opted for integration in the first phase of categorization last November. The Special Committee had carried out a second phase categorization as the number of combatants choosing integration was much higher than the allotted quota of 6,500.

Nepal: Maoist factions agree on two-pronged policy

Kathmandu Post: “Factions agree to adopt a ‘one party two tactics’ policy till May 27”


The rival factions within the UCPN (Maoist) led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya have reached an informal understanding to move ahead adopting a “one party two tactics” policy till May 27, the extended deadline of the Constituent Assembly.

While leaders said they adopted such policy to keep the party united, some influential leaders from the Baidya camp have opposed the idea, arguing that they should form a separate party. Speaking to journalists a few days ago, Dahal had said that the party would neither split formally nor remain united.

Leaders from the hard-line camp—Ram Bahadur Thapa, CP Gajurel, Netra Bikram Chand and Hitman Shakya—are in favour of splitting the party before May 27. But Baidya and Standing Committee member Dev Gurung are against a formal split until May 27.

With such an understanding, the rival factions will function in a parallel way with their own political line. “The party will function in a parallel way till May 27 with separate policies and programmes,” said Haribol Gajurel, a Dahal confidante.

The establishment faction headed by Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will engage on the ongoing peace and constitution-writing process, while the hardliners will make preparations for a possible revolt. 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: Revolutionary Maoist Gajurel: “Dahal and Bhattarai will be expelled”

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

Maoists in Nepal putting off meetings. Cause: unresolvable issues #

Maoists Struggling To Hold Party Meetings
KATHMANDU, June 19: Unable to solve the party´s factional disputes behind the curtain, the UCPN (Maoist) has been putting off its Standing Committee meeting, which is supposed to set the agendas for the forthcoming Central Committee (CC).The party is also likely to postpone the crucial CC meeting slated for June 22 due to deepening intra-party factionalism and tussles for power.

Sources say party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is making attempts to find a middle ground and take the party ahead in a unified manner despite intra-party cracks.

“Why hold a meeting if that doesn´t lead to a solution? It will be easy to solve some problems by simply postponing them,” said Maoist leader Haribol Gajurel who is close to Dahal. Continue reading

Nepal: Republica newspaper on the options for Maoist revolutionaries a.k.a. “hardliners”

[While this article from the bourgeois media in Nepal does not represent the political assessments being made by the revolutionary Maoists, it nevertheless details some of the narrowing options available within the existing framework of events.  What is missing from this account is a sense of what the people throughout the country may respond–those who have experienced rudimentary dual power and struggles for land reform during the period of the people’s war, those who have been part of the People’s Liberation Army and village militias and other forms of armed struggle, those who have grown disenchanted with the constitutional process but who maintain their revolutionary hopes, and the various mass and revolutionary organizations that have maintained or sprung up.  The story of the next steps is yet to be written, and is not contained in the limited yet somewhat revealing picture given in this Republica article. — Frontlines ed.] #
KATHMANDU, June 4: The hard-line faction led by senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya in the Maoist party is increasingly impatient with Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and has registered notes of dissent against almost every decision the party has taken in recent times.In the party standing committee meeting on Friday, Baidya put up stiff resistance to the proposals on the peace process forwarded by Chairman Dahal.Sources say Baidya was so aggressive against the decision to end the dual security for party leaders that Dahal had to postpone the meeting for Saturday.

The party hardliners have argued that the decision to move ahead with the integration process prior to ensuring a constitution of “People´s Federal Democratic Republic” amounts to surrender, something that runs counter to the party´s commitment for peace made just ahead of the Constituent Assembly (CA) term extension on May 29.

“We will see how leadership trades the blood of the thousands of party cadres with power,” says Maoist leader and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma, who is close to Baidya.

But what option does Baidya faction have if the party establishment presses ahead with the “peace and constitution line”?

Hard rhetoric notwithstanding, the options are limited before the hardliners. Continue reading

Nepal: More background on intense inner-party struggle over the way forward for Nepal’s revolution

[This article refers to the principal leaders of the UCPN(Maoist) and its most important meetings since 2005. For the benefit of non-S0uth Asian readers: Pushpa Kemal Dahal “Prachanda” is the Chairman of the UCPN(Maoist), and Mohan Baidya “Kiran”  is a vice-chairman. Baburam Bhattarai has occupied several different positions in recent years. The Palungar Meeting of 7,000 party leaders was concluded on November 28. The Chunwang Meeting was held in 2005, which laid the basis for the 12 Point Understanding between 7 parliamentary parties and the UCPN(Maoist) in early 2006. They cooperated during the mass uprisings in the spring of 2006 that toppled the monarchy. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended the people’s war and gave legal status to the UCPN(M) was signed in November 2007. The Karipati Meeting was held in 2009.–Frontlines ed]

Palungtar is just the beginning

by Dr. Rishi Raj Baral, Chief Editor of Samaybadda

The sixth plenum of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has formally concluded but the ideological debate continues. In fact, it has just started. There were many questions to be resolved at the plenum and this meeting has raised some new questions as well.

Debates and discussions are not new things. There used to be sharp debates even when the ‘People’s War’ was on after the Second National Conference of Party of 2002, the issue of debate was ´Prachanda Path´ and ´Democracy in the 21st Century´.

The article by Baburam Bhattarai, “The Question of Building a New Type of State” – originally published in The Worker, a Maoist mouthpiece, in February 2004 – was the subject of heavy criticism. It was necessary to criticize the article because it was pleading for a revisionist line.

The party decision taken during the Chunwang Meeting gave birth to many confusions and illusions. Reevaluation of Mao’s and Lenin´s views on state and revolution and imperialism was the main issue of debate. Besides this, the ´12-Point Understanding´ was also an issue of debate as it raised many questions about the People’s War and the continuation of revolution. Continue reading