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February 09, 2006


Christopher Day

Fascinating. Can anyone cast some light on the "internal rift" they are talking about?

the burningman

Red Flags ran two stories about this:

And another one you'll just have to dig up in the archives (or through some clever googling).


OK, so this means that the CPN(M) believe they can only win the war by reaching a compromise alliance with the 7 parties to push through a bourgeois revolution, right?

One presumes they have a plan to establish socialism somehow in a struggle after this step.


For more in the internal debate, check here:

lao hong han

An even more interesting interview with Pachandra has just been published in an English language daily from India, The Hindu. [I'm having trouble getting this little box to take the url so just go to hindu dot com, and it's on the front page there.] In it, he touches on some of the issues in the thread about democracy which is also underway on this list. Pachandra 1) goes into more depth on the need for electoral democracy in socialist society; 2) comments on the line struggle in the CPN(M); 3) strongly suggests that the Party's critique of 20th century socialism are not particular to Nepal, saying for instance that they will encourage the Naxalite forces in India to adopt the same stance and 4) comes out strongly against lifelong leadership on the Stalin or Mao model and vows that he, Bhattarai and other present leaders will step back and let younger folks take the lead in the new transitional forms they are proposing.

He also has some insightful comments on the global situation and on the role of various powers in Nepalese politics. The US, you'll not be surprised to learn, particularly sucks.

Inspirational quote:
"Traditionally, in the international communist movement there are two types of revisionism - right revisionism of class collaboration, and the other, dogmato-revisionism, of turning certain ideas into a dogma and getting stuck to them. This is more among the Maoists. Those who call themselves Maoists are more prone to dogmato-revisionism, and we have to fight against this too."

Lao Hong Han

Apologies to Comrade Prachanda (who could care less) and, more importantly, to blog visitors here for mis-spelling his name in the comment I just posted. Never post before the caffeine kicks in...

the burningman

Lao Hong Han: So much to digest. Thanks for bringing the interview in The Hindu to our attention.

Prachanda says: " we decided we must go in for political competition. Without political competition, a mechanical or metaphysical attitude will be there. So this time, what we decided is not so new. In August, we took serious decisions on how practically to build unity with the parliamentary political parties. We don't believe that the people's war we initiated was against, or mainly against, multiparty democracy. It was mainly against feudal autocracy, against the feudal structure."

And much more.

This is monumental, and the question of political "competition" as a answer to the autocracy that has too often dominated socialist countries is now directly on the table, coming from the most radical communists fielding an army in the world. Wow.

Here's the link to Prachanda's interview in The Hindu:


To quote from the Prahanda interview: " We are not talking about bourgeois parliamentary democracy. This multiparty democracy will be anti-imperialist and anti-feudal. In other words, only within an anti-feudal, anti-imperialist constitutional framework is multiparty democracy possible. That is why armed struggle is also necessary, and unity in action with the other political parties against the monarchy is also a necessity. The socio-economic change we are fighting for is against feudalism and imperialism and it is within the context of that struggle that we are talking of multiparty democracy."

It's importnat to note the very real and significant differences between the CPN's approach to elections and that of social democrats.

If they are able to continue developing along these lines, the CPN has the potential to make significant breakthroughs in communist theory and practice.

Wow is right.

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