Nepal: Post-revolutionary (former Maoist’s) opportunist coalition plan has run out of partners

Allies quit government as Nepal crisis deepens

May 28, 2012|Gopal Sharma | Reuters
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three parties quit Nepal’s Maoist-led government on Monday as the Himalayan republic slipped deeper into crisis after the prime minister called elections following the failure to agree on a new constitution aimed at ending years of instability.Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has called for Nov 22 elections to resolve the constitutional impasse, sparking a backlash from politicians and Nepalis who have seen the country lurch from one crisis to the next after a civil war ended in 2006.
With political rivals calling for the prime minister’s resignation, the desertion of three parties from his coalition may force Bhattarai to step down, but it is not likely to derail fresh elections.

However, the political row could trigger months of street protests and violence in one of the world’s poorest countries, wedged between India and China.

Security forces in Kathmandu remained on “high alert” after clashes between protesters and police injured more than a dozen people over the weekend. The streets were quiet in the capital on Monday, which was a public holiday. Continue reading

Nepal: Revolutionary Maoists launching struggle for Establishment Maoists to step down

Nepal Maoists hardliner Baidya rejects Chairman Dahal CC meet offer

Telegraph Nepal, March 23, 2012

Senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ of Unified Maoists’ Party has out rightly rejected Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s request to call for a central committee meeting.

Baidya and Dahal met at the latter’s “talked to be” newly bought posh bungalow in Lazimpat, March 21, 2012.

“If you unilaterally call the meeting our panel will defy it”, Baidya told Dahal point blank.

“It has been already two months since last central committee meeting was held”, Baidya is quoted as saying by the media adding, “Do you remember the promises you had made during the last meeting.”

Baidya later told the media, “The Chairman proposed for another round of central committee meeting to resolve our disputes. I rejected his offer. I instead asked him to fulfill his past commitments.”

Hitting nail right on the head.

When asked if his panel will join the CC meeting after PM Baburam resigns, replied Baidya, “His resignation is not primary. Inherent issues of constitution, issues related to daily lives of common men and issues that are related to strengthening nationalism are of high import for us. We want to resolve them all at once.”

Similarly, C.P. Gajurel of Badiya Panel tells Kantipur daily, “We told him that there is no urgency of having another round of CC meeting until he fulfills his previous commitments.”

Gajurel continued, “Dissolution of Baburam Bhattarai government, PLA to lead the Unified Command after integration, honorific integration process, scrapping of all unequal treaties with India were some of our demands that he had agreed upon”.


“Maoist hardliners discuss possibility of alliance with fringe left parties”

Nepal News, Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mohan Baidya

Leaders of the hardliner Mohan Baidya faction of the UCPN (Maoist) Monday held a joint meeting with fringe communist parties as part of their preparations to launch street protests to press their demands including a “people’s constitution” and resignation of the Bhattarai government.

Leaders of 11 fringe left parties including the CPN (Maoist) headed by Matrika Yadav, Revolutionary Communist Party and Janamukti Party were present in the meeting held in Lalitpur. They agreed in principle to spearhead a joint protest movement but the timing and the programmes are yet to be decided.

The Maoist hardliners reached out to the fringe left parties after turning down the party establishment’s decision to hold the central committee meeting to resolve the internal dispute.

According to sources, Baidya told party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal during a meeting on Wednesday that his group would not participate in the CC meeting until Baburam Bhattarai agreed to step down.

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The “democratic rights” of the growing opposition in the U.S.

[The lofty democratic claims of US imperialism often evoke the language of the First Amendment to the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  But the common practice of the capitalist state toward oppressed and targeted communities, or when facing growing anti-capitalist movements, is contrary to such stated “rights.” — Frontlines ed.]


12 Most Absurd Laws Used to Stifle the Occupy Wall St. Movement Around the Country

As protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful uprising.

by Rania Khalek, AlterNet
October 14, 2011 — As Occupy Wall Street protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful and inspiring uprising. Although laws and municipal ordinances vary from city to city, there is a consistency in the tactics being used to stifle the movement. More importantly, as demonstrated by the protesters at Zuccotti Park who kept strong in the face of a looming eviction that never came to fruition, these maneuvers are not working.

Still, there is no shortage of justifications and rationales behind the constantly evolving schemes being implemented to destroy the spirit of Occupy Wall Street. Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.

1) No Snoozing In Public

Most cities have an anti-camping ordinance on the books that prohibits camping or sleeping in public spaces, particularly public parks, to minimize the risk of nighttime criminal activity. But the ordinances are frequently used to cleanse cities of the inconvenient and uncomfortable scenery of homeless people; police in San Francisco are known for enforcing the city’s camping ordinance primarily against the homeless. Continue reading

Nepal: Parting your ways, comrades?

 [In these comments on the commonly-recognised factional schism within the Nepali Maoist party, UCPN(M), this writer for the Nepali bourgeois newspaper Republica traces the path toward a split–and raises tactics which may prevent or postpone it further. — Frontlines ed.]

POST B BASNET, Republica, October 15, 2011

“Internal disputes within a lively party are not schismatic; such disputes are rather essential to keep the party healthy, vibrant, and united.”

This is how the Maoist leaders calmed down the anxious full-timers whenever disputes over the party’s tactical line flared up. But Maoist leaders are no longer heard repeating this hackneyed statement. What went wrong with the leaders? After taunting and traumatizing each other for nearly five years since joining the peace process in 2006, the rival factions of the party are finally bracing for a showdown. If the situation is not handled tactfully, the party factions – hardliners and moderates – will have to part their ways sooner or later.


While the party establishment had been deferring the central committee meeting indefinitely to “skip the hurdles” in the peace process posed by the hardliners, the latter resorted to their own strategy: Frequenting districts exposing the “ideological deviation” of the establishment and its “sell-out” to India. When the establishment too called a national gathering of party cadres to control the damage, the hardliners threatened Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to be ready for any potential “catastrophic consequences”. Continue reading