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Monday, November 13, 2006

Nepal All But Lost to Maoism

Nepal is all but lost to Maoism. This may have a major impact on India, which is itself struggling with widespread Maoist insurgencies.

From Australian Marxist magazine, Green Left Weekly 15.11.06

Under an historic November 8 agreement between the ruling Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Maoists will dissolve their parallel government by November 26 and join an interim government that will be set up no later than December 1. The CPN(M) waged a 10-year guerrilla war seeking to end Nepal’s feudal monarchy. It has established a parallel administration in some 80% of the country.

The existing House of Representatives, which only reconvened on April 24 after being suspended by King Gyanendra 14 months earlier during a royal coup, will dissolve on November 26. A new constitution is scheduled to be announced by that day, to coincide with the planned dissolution of the CPN(M)-controlled “people’s government”.

An interim government will be formed and a new House convened with 330 seats. Seventy-five seats will be allocated to the Nepali Congress party, the largest parliamentary party; 73 to the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), the second largest party in parliament; 73 to the CPN(M); and the remaining split between the other five SPA parties.

A poll to elect a constituent assembly will be held in June to determine the fate of the king. The CPN(M)’s second-in-command Baburam Bhattarai hailed the agreement as “the beginning of the end of the monarchy”. CPN(M) chairperson Pashpa Kamal Dahal, commonly known as Prachanda, described the November 8 deal as as an “historic” event in modern Nepal, though cautioned that “the road ahead is tough”.

A crucial component of the deal is the CPN(M) surrendering its arms no later than November 21 under UN supervision. The weapons will be locked up and monitored via closed-circuit TV in various locations across Nepal. Its estimated 35,000 fighters will be confined to camps by November 21. Government troops will surrender an equal number of weapons to be locked up under UN supervision as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Nepal lost to the Maoists? It sounds from the article that they are stopping their insurgency. This good isn't it? Better to have a few Maoists in Parliament than a whole heap with guns in the countryside.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

A third of the Parliament guaranteed to the Maoists and another third guaranteed to the other communist parties.

You call that "democracy" Cameron?

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the likes of Cameron, the word 'democracy' means 'our guys win'.


10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you interpretation is biased.

Nepal hasn't lost to the Maoists yet. But so far they have won because they have arms.

And in the coming days they will be beaten if they do not give up their intolerance and extremist belief....

One fault, the very intense one, among them is their PHILOSOPHY is person-centric. Not communist at all. Else why the name Prachanda-path.

Ramblers confession!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I understand, the name was coined when chairman Prachanda was on the peak of his career as a revolutionary, just to advance Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to greater heights.

I hope that chairman Prachanda learns from the mistakes made by chairman Mao as a statesman, and does not repeat them.

2:52 PM  

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