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November 12, 2006

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Alex

Good to see this blog active again. Especially re. the rev. in Nepal it's an excellent source of info!

the burningman

I didn't post the most informative piece. The recent interview with Prachanda from an Italian news magazine I just read on LeftSpot is far more informative. I'll have it up later tonight or tomorrow.

http://www.leftspot.com/blog/?q=node/167

kautilya hegel

India to prepare for all out war with China- by Kautilya Hegel
World Press Club, Tuesday, November 14, 2006 8:00 PM, Washington DC. (1) MILITARILY DEFEND HINDU NEPAL: The Maoism and Maoists of Nepal and India presents greatest threat to Indian security. India should deploy troops in Nepal to restore Hindu Monarchy and Hindu-Buddhist Rule in Nepal. Nepali Maoists are enemies of India and India should fight Maoists in Nepal before they capture political power in Nepal. India should deploy retired Gurkha soldiers and Nepali citizens residents of India to take up arms to militarily defeat Maoists in Nepal. Foreign conspirators that profited by heroin production of Burma’s golden Triangle, has now made profits in Heroin opium Golden Crescent in Afghanistan. The Opium heroin Mafia seeks to make Nepal the new world center for the production of Opium and Heroin.
(2) MILITARILY SUPPORT THE BUDDHIST REVOLUTION IN TIBET: India should openly support the Tibetan Buddhists and all minorities in the hilly regions of China that account for 65 percent of landmass of China but only 15 percent of the population of China. India should promote Buddhism for the secession of Buddhists from Communist China to create a Buddhist China.
(3) MILITARILY SUPPORT BUDDHIST FALUN GONG: The Falun Gong represents Mahayana Buddhists and their supporters number over 100 million in China. India should provide political, military and economic support to Falun Gong activists in China to engineer the partition of China on grounds of Religion. Chinese Buddhists do not want to live under Communist Rule in China.
(4) MILITARY LESSONS OF KARGIL WAR: The Kargil War established the primacy of High Mountain warfare stating that the camouflaged sharp shooters entrenched high up in mountains can bring the vehicular traffic to stand still. The Kargil War doctrine would allow Tibetan revolutionaries to stop the vehicular traffic in Tibet and entire Mountainous regions of China that account for 65 percent of total landmass of China but only 15 percent of population of China.
(5) TRAITOR MENON BM KAUL: India lost the 1962 War with China because of the treason of Krishna Menon and General B.M. Kaul. Now India has a patriotic sikh as a prime Minister and a sikh as the Chief of Army in India. Sikh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must prove that he is a patriotic India by leading India to victory to wipe out the sin of Congress Party that treason committed by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 did to India.
(6) GENERAL MOBILIZATION OF INDIA: President should declare the State of emergency and order the compulsory military draft for the entire adult population between the age of 20 and 30 years. Every India must serve free for five years compulsory military service.
Professor Kautilya Hegel, Director- Election Watch, Inc.,
KautilyaHegel@yahoo.com,
http://360.yahoo.com/kautilyahegel;
http://360.yahoo.com/electionwatch
http://clearblogs.com/kautilyahegel
http://indiatalking.com/blog/kautilyahegel

a rare treat

Hindu fascist propaganda rarely breaks the mainstream in the USA. It's always novel to see the same paranoid, violent and exclusivist visions in a culture different from one's own. I pity the world the imposition of OUR fundamentalists.

The Hindu variety is virulent, and has governed India at both the state and national level to destructive, evil effect. The Gujarat pogroms and nuclear arms being only the most obvious evils.

Good to see the nutjobs posting here, means the word is getting out.

If anything, it speaks volumes about what the non-sectarian, non-communal South Asian Maoists are facing. The India/Pakistan clash of barbarisms will be defeated by revolutionary communism. The people need not fight each other at the manipulation of their ruling classes. They can be overthrown by People's War.

Workers of the world unite.

independentmaoist

Here are the key points of the agreement in early November between the CPN(M) and the seven parliamentary parties:

(1) An interim parliament is being formed now with 330 members, 1/3 of which will be representatives of the CPN(M) and allies.

(2) Elections for a Constituent Assembly will be held in mid-2007 with some proportional representation. This will be the leading body for a democratic republic.

(3) By November 21, the Maoist armed forces will be grouped in camps and all their weapons locked up under UN supervision. The only arms allowed will be for camp security.

(4) By November 21, the Nepali Army will be confined to barracks and a "similar quantity of arms" will be locked up under UN supervision. (What will happen to the rest of their arms?) Elements of the Nepali Army will continue
to perform "security" duties at the borders, banks, government institutions etc.

(5) The interim cabinet will carry out the "monitoring, integration and rehabilitation
of the Maoist combatants'; it will also carry out a detailed action plan for the "democratisation of the Nepali Army."

(6) The people's government and courts in the liberated areas will be dissolved; all confiscated properties will be returned.

(7) Nationalize the properties of the king; the fate of the monarchy will be determined by a majority vote of the Constituent Assembly

(8) A Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be formed (with no mention of prosecution of the Nepali army for massacres, torture and other war crimes)
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My view is that this agreement, if implemented, will be a huge setback for the revolutionary movement and for the overwhelming majority of the people of Nepal. While this agreement will aboish the monarchy, the Nepali Army, police and other essentials of reactionary state power are left standing.

In an interview with The Rising Nepal on July 2, 2006, Prachanda gave his view on this dividing line question:
"With the formation of an interim government,
both the armies should be unified. It is not appropriate to keep two armies under different commands. That means, both the armies should
be managed under a single command. This should be mentioned in the interim constitution. The Prime Minister will be the Supreme
Commander of both the armies. However, the field command will be different. And the government will provide for the expenses. This
will help the process of monitoring weapons to a large extent. The entire process would help democratize the Nepal Army. And in the long-
run it will develop a unified and disciplined culture in the army."

Thus, this agreement will disband the Maoist armed forces and government in the countryside, and enmesh the CPN(M) in a bourgeois democratic system with no prospect for uprooting feudalism, bureaucrat capitalism and imperialism, much less for achieving socialism.

The CPN(M) leadership is betting on a final, peaceful stage for the "revolution," and the people of Nepal will pay the price.

the burningman

Setbacks? Or the way this real world revolution is moving forward?

I think the key proviso of the agreement, that places sovereignty in the masses of Nepalese people themselves is:

"(2) Elections for a Constituent Assembly will be held in mid-2007 with some proportional representation. This will be the leading body for a democratic republic."

This leading body will constitute the state, and re-constitute the state appratus.

It should be noted that the communist army is not dissolving, and that the final shape of "organized bodies of violence" will be decided, if all goes according to agreement, at the constituent assembly.

Control over this army will remain with the CPN-M, both practically and ideologically. Both armies will be in barracks through this process.

This is, in a world where such things are considered well impossible, an act of tremendous good faith. But they aren't stupid. Operational control of the people's army rests with the CPN-M.

The constituent assembly is the revolution. The issue of concern then appears two-fold:

1) What is the gameplan for the Consituent Assembly?

2) Will the feudal elements, the political class in Katmandu and foreign imperialism allow this assembly to go forward?

If Boucher's words are to be taken seriously, they are shitting their pants.

formal peace?

Prachanda said today was a victory that ended centuries of feudalism.

What is their program for the constituent assembly? That seems to be the big issue.

Will Prachanda emerge as head of state?

Will the CPN-M act as a vanguard party or as a parliamentary party?

Would that have significance either way for the Indian Naxalites?

Will they continue treating the UN as a neutral institution, when it is anything but?

More questions than answers. Our movement needs reporters over their. I mean

LeftyHenry

Our Comrades in Nepal deserve our unconditional support. I hate to see Sparts and Trots and Anarchists take cheap shots at the Communist Party of Nepal. Once they're ideology leads a revolution, we can talk. 'Till then, solidarity.

That said, the reformist position they took is quite troubling. I assume they know what they're doing though.

Pablo

Certainly, when the Trots lead a revolution somewhere on this planet someday (i.e. never) then they can boast about it in their hundreds of insignificant papers instead of cheerleading for "deformed workers' states."

But I must say I've definitely felt pretty frustrated about recent events in Nepal.

We have a duty to keep studying, to support our comrades who waged 10 years of peoples' war, and yes to criticize if we really feel they've veered into bourgeois democracy.

So the parliament will be 1/3 CPN(M). And then what? I'm still wondering why the CPN(M)'s leadership has temporarily ruled socialism, i.e. a state where the proletariat led by its vanguard is in power, NOT sharing power with its exploiters, off the table. Clearly the Maoists are the most determined force fighting the hated monarchy, and they have power in 80 percent of the countryside.

Are the Seven Parties and their social base really that strong and that anti-Maoist? Or am I missing something?

And what does Prachanda mean when he often alludes to their party having learned from "the history of the 20th century" and applying this analysis of theirs by fighting for genuine democracy of some sort? Is this merely a progressive step in a country like Nepal, given its feudal character and it being surrounded by hostile mega-states?

Or is this an example of some K. Venu slipping into a real revolution that has inspired so many of us up to this point?

the burningman

I think the key fact is the coming constituent assembly. There are other, democratic political forces in Nepal – and just sweeping them aside through armed force, pushing the middle classes into exile and presiding over ruins is not what the CPN-M is choosing to do.

Socialism was a brittle force in the 20th Century. In power, it spent tremendous amounts of time acting as if the state under the control of a CP was synonymous with a dictatorship of the lower classes – and in turn the party itself became the vehicle of capitalist restoration.

To view revolution as a magic trick whereby all other political forces vanish would be a mistake.

This movement, led by the CPN-M is seeking a republican society. They are not immediately aiming for socialism – and have said this repeatedly and for some time now, going back to the initiation of the People's War.

This is what revolution looks like. Prachanda has repeatedly said that the monarchy is coming down, that a constituent assembly will constitute the society anew – including the armed forces, and the ENTIRE state apparatus.

Reading the bourgeois press accounts, they see the CPN-M becoming a "mainstream, parliamentary party." That is NOT what is happening. They are constituting what can only be called a "new mainstream," not defined by its defense of privilege.

They are not disarming, and retain exclusive control over their weapons. They are being monitored, as are the guns of the old army, to ensure that thuggery does not stand in for political debate – and in this interim they are growing rapidly, recruiting broadly and transforming themselves into a political party cabable of governing.

I'd like to very much agree with one of the comments above that we need reporters over there. Reporters, not regurgitators seeking to "proof-text" events to fit their ideological "needs."

There are few reliable reports on politics in the countryside, among the Nepalese proletariat in India, in the sectoral and nationalities movements.

The need for a deeper investigation of what's happening on the ground is great. The plethora of interviews with leading members of the CPN-M, and the challenging content of The Worker (#10) promise great things. The living relationship between the party and the people is profound – and that combination, too, means that these questions are not scholastic in nature.

In the meantime, I am disposed to not only giving the CPN-M the benefit of the doubt – in their sober audacity and total refusal of orthodoxy.

They are not our proxy. They are engaged in struggle, with real lives on the line. That they choose not to eliminate other political trends, and to take the issue to the people as a whole means they understand that revolutions can't be made FOR people. They are made BY the people or they are not what all the fighting was about in the first place.

Maoists are not militarists. That is an incorrect understanding of the distinctions. Revisionists, liberals and others use armed struggle. The issue is where political power is located.

further reading

http://revcom.us/a/070/ideasBA-en.html

CommonSenseCommentator

Possibly the worst part of the agreement is "The people's government and courts in the liberated areas will be dissolved; all confiscated properties will be returned."

They're going to return seized properties of the bourgeoisie and compradors??

They're also going to lay down arms (while the state, in the form of the military will keep "some" arms).

This is a complete reversal of 10 years of gains.

The Maoists' power rests on their guns, which they are putting down, and the workers and farmers.

The state will remain, and those it represents will be strengthened when the land seized from them is given back.

This is terrible.

Lurigancho

It seems to me that any denunciation of the CPN(M) is premature.

As our host has mentioned, many of the CPN(M)'s public statements, and their practice of 10 years, has been unquestionably revolutionary (if somewhat challenging to the orthodox).

Let's see what happens here. Political agreements look one way on paper, the real test is what they look like in reality. Let's not forget that, formally, Chiang Kaishek was the supreme commander of the Communist Party of China's armed forces during the war against Japan.

lazy researcher

Is there a good run-down of all the recent events somewhere?

A link list to necessary readings?

Alex

The 'Learn from Nepal' website has a lot of information:
http://nepal.singlespark.org/?id=worker10

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