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New Developements in Nepal

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Photo by AFP

Photo by AFP

Recently, in Nepal, the opposition to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), whom are known as the Maobadi, have struck out against the Maobadi government by forming a new coalition government.

According to Xinhua, the main opposition is the capitalist reformers Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist).  Now why a so called communist party is supporting the NC is beyond me but considering the history of the UML it is not that surprising.

As of today the Maobadi have organized hundreds of thousands of their supporters across the country and their leader, Prachanda, spoke to a crowd of 50,000 in the capital stating that internal reactionary forces, bent on stoping their anti-feudal programs, and foreign powers (a reference to India and others) are doing everything they can to get the capitalists and monarchists back in power.

On another, but just as relevant, note, Mike E. and the Kasama Project have a new pamphlet out on Nepal and the Maobadi that gives some basic information on the current situation in Nepal.  One of the debates (in public and private) that have been going on around the world with Marxist-Leninst, Maoist, and anti-revisionist circles is whether or not to criticize the Maobadi for their “reactionary” turn in in electoral politics and (supposedly) “giving up” on the armed struggle.

I like the pamphlet as it rightly rejects most of the (over the top) criticisms directed at the Maobadi as they are strictly ideological in nature.  The pamphlet also does not fall into the trap of either outright condemnation on ideological grounds nor outright adoration on purely idealist ground.

Here is a small quote from it:

[S]ilent skepticism is a wrong approach. The world needs to be watching Nepal. The stunning Maoist victory in the April elections was not, yet, the decisive victory over conservative forces. The Maobadi are at the center of the political stage but they have not yet defeated or dismantled the old government’s army. New tests of strength lie ahead.

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