Meet the Rebels: Maoist Guerilla of Nepal

A personal encounter with Nepal’s Maoist rebels is a ‘show’ of force in more ways than one.

By Kevin Sites
Pics and captions by Dinesh Wagle

Maoist guerilla girl without a gun
Even if you don’t have a gun, act like you have one! That’s what this guerilla girl was doing in a parade organized on the play ground of a primary school in Kailali last week. Because of the free environment created after the ceasefire, many of the Maoist armed guerilla have gone on leave to see their families and friends in their homes. I saw several groups of unarmed guerilla in civil uniform with their backpacks. They were returning home. The far west division commander told that armed guerilla were decentralized after the ceasefire. “But we can’t go very far from each other,” he said. “Maximum three hours of walking distance.”

CHAINPUR, Nepal- They are just flashes of green as we drive past them: members of the Royal Nepalese Army in their jungle camouflage, out for their morning run. “Those are the ones we are fighting,” says one of the men in our spotless gold Land Cruiser. The others laugh.

It’s 6:30 a.m. and my translator, Dinesh Wagle, and I are riding with an official in the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), his assistant and a couple of cadres.

We have an appointment, a promise really, to see soldiers from the party’s People’s Liberation Army, a force estimated to be 20,000 strong, which has waged a 10-year war against the royal government of Nepal.

Maoist guerilla girl without a gun

It’s a war in which there have been numerous human rights abuses on both sides, a war that has taken the lives of as many as 13,000 people.

But now there is a cease-fire, in the aftermath of the pro-democracy “people’s movement” in which nearly two dozen Nepalis were killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with the police while protesting the rule of King Gyanendra.

The Maoists have joined a seven-party alliance in the hopes, they say, of permanently curtailing the powers of the king and creating a multi-party democracy.

That has made this meeting a difficult one to arrange. The Maoists have been active partners in the alliance and want to flex their political muscle now, not their military might.

We negotiated with Sharad Singh-Bhandari, the party’s Western Region Secretary, for two days before we finally received a call in the evening saying to be ready at 6 a.m. the next morning.

We drive for an hour and a half, then stop in a small village where Singh-Bhandari meets his military counterpart, the 7th Division Commander, a man in a long-sleeved white T-shirt who goes by the party name of “Prajjwal.” Both Singh-Bhandari and Prajjwal are just 30 years old. (article continued after the box story)

Maoist cultural team...mobile singing group

Who says revolution will not be successful here? I saw this group on the main street of Dhangadi walking on a line. These are the members of Krishna Sen Cultural Group (Krishna Sen is a Maoist journalist who was killed by the state in jail) who were singing revolutionary songs while walking. They said that they will be presenting different songs and dances in programs organized by the party in different places. ‘Kasle bhanchha kranti yaha safal hudaina….’

Maoist cultural team...mobile singing group

Great in the Video: When they knew that I wasn’t just taking their pictures but shooting their movements in video, they, especially the girls, were more than curious to see that. “Ah.. I look great,” was a girl’s comment.

Talking About Maoist Guerilla

By Dinesh Wagle

At a time when Nepali media and daily press releases of Nepal Army were filled with reports and cases of Maoists extortions, I went to far west Nepal to see the and meet the real cause behind forceful donations. It took a gringo’s arrival for me to get an opportunity to see the armed Maoist guerillas in a village in Kailali district. That was my first face to face encounter with armed Maoists. I went there as a translator for Kevin Sites, an American war correspondent whose One Mand Band journalism has thrilled me. I was closely following his activities over the last seven months as he was roaming around the world writing for Yahoo’s original news efforts called Hot Zone. (By the way, gringo is the term, Kevin told me, that Mexicans use for white people. So, he said, he was a gringo for Nepalis as well.)

A few minutes before they started appearing dramatically on the play grounds of an improvised primary school in eastern Kailali, I was told that those armed Maoist guerillas were taking lunch somewhere in the village. And THAT lunch for thousands of army of Prachanda is forcing his organization Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) to extort money and accept ‘forced’ donations from general Nepali citizens as well as business communities around the country. The disturbing thing is that Maoists are not willing to accept that extortion or ‘forced donations’ are bad thing. Instead they firmly believe that if every other political party is operated by donations from business “why can’t we do the same.” While arguing like that, they tend to forget the fact that other political groups don’t have armed force like they have and people do fear the Maoist guerillas.

Need of the hour is that we have to find some way so that Maoists can feed their army and people and business don’t have to donate hefty sum of money to the party. There is no alternative to the government moving forward to help Maoists feed their army so that they don’t create havoc among general people. The idea of government helping Maoists feed their army may sound weird to some but we can clearly feel that the country is heading toward permanent peace. To achieve that peace, we have to accept that Maoist guerillas are part of the society who will occupy some positions in Nepal Army and other security agencies. Also, if they are not given food, CPN (Maoists) will be in trouble and might not be able to continue participating in the peace process. Even Prachanda can’t stop his party from running the extortion business without any alternatives for feeding those ‘men in green’.

When you ask the ‘men in green’ the standard question “why did you join the party” you will get the same answer as if they were brainwashed. “To liberate the proletariats of Nepal.” There is significant percentage of women participating in the Red Army and majority of them (both male and female) are young. It’s not necessary that they are all educated but they are determined to the cause of their party. The reason for participating in the war on behalf of the party varies from person to person but one thing is common: They know they might die any time.

Dinesh and I sit in a tiny shack by the side of the road, eating spicy noodles and sipping tea while the two go off to make contact with their commanders in the field. The noodle shop plays an upbeat and catchy revolutionary song on a boom box. There are lots of other young men milling around carrying backpacks.

“They’re Maoists,” one shopkeeper tells us. “They’ve come in from the field and are heading home for a while.”

After an hour, the two return and we get into the Land Cruiser again and drive another half-hour. We stop at another village where we’re swarmed by school children wearing light blue shirts. The sight of a tall Westerner with cameras slung over his shoulders intrigues them. I snap their pictures and show them the digital display on the back. They giggle uncontrollably.

We’re ushered into yet another roadside restaurant, where we sip more tea and wait. After another half-hour we get back into the vehicle, this time backtracking a bit until we meet a motorcycle rider. We follow him off the main road and onto a dirt path leading to the edge of the tree line at the base of the nearby foothills. We park in a large grassy opening on the grounds of a rural elementary school in the village of Chainpur.

Maoist guerilla pointing guns

Within minutes of our arrival, young men and women, many of them teenagers, begin pouring out of the woods from several different directions.

Some are in light green camouflage and strung with dark-blue magazine pouches. Others are in T-shirts and jeans with bandannas tied around their heads. They carry a mix of aging, bolt-action and top-loading Chinese assault rifles and the occasional squad-operated machine gun. But many don’t have any weapons at all.

Their commander, who calls himself Sagat, is 33. He wears thick glasses and a cap emblazoned with the communist red star. He says the soldiers are members of the Lokesh Memorial Brigade, which is normally about 4,000 to 5,000 soldiers, but is currently only a fourth that size. Many of them have rotated home for a few weeks off during the current cease-fire.

Maoist guerilla girl who was injured in Tansen clash three months ago

Fought in Tansen: This girl participated in Tansen clash where rebels tried to captures an army barrack. They said that she was injured after shrapnel from a grenade hit her leg. Transmission of a local FM radio station and a historical palace building were destroyed in the clash. She is married and her husband works somewhere in India. “But here is my family,” she said throwing a glance to her comrades. “So I don’t miss my family.”

“We haven’t been engaged in any military activities,” he says, “but we’ve been busy publicizing the policy of the party.”

He says the women fighters are as good as the men, and that so many have joined the Maoists because they see an opportunity to fight for their rights as women.
Within the group I see a girl who looks to be only in her early teens. She is tiny and looks innocent, but carries a compact machine gun over her shoulder.

She calls herself Janaki and says that she is 16 years old. She has been with the rebels for one year. When I ask her why she joined she gives a robotic response repeated by many of the other rebels.

“Because I couldn’t tolerate the oppression of my people any longer,” she says.

“Are you ever afraid?” I ask her.

“No, I’m not afraid,” she replies, in a soft voice.

But when I press her on the issue, she can no longer even find that soft voice. She just stares ahead, unsure, certainly uncomfortable with the attention we are focusing on her. She can find no other words.

Another rebel who says his name is Rajeev Thapa looks almost as young, but says he’s 19 years old. He wears a sleeveless blue T-shirt and is slight, but has the bearing of someone sure of himself and his weapon. He says he’s also been with the Maoists for a year, and that he joined to liberate the country.

“I heard too many stories about people being beaten, raped and killed by the army,” he says. “So I had to do something.”

Maoist girl looking at camera lense

At this point, it’s beginning to dawn on me that this entire group of rebels is here for no other purpose than as a show for myself and Dinesh, who is a journalist for Kantipur, Nepal’s largest newspaper.

I’ve encountered these situations before, covering both regular armies and insurgents, but each time it makes me uncomfortable.

I had asked for this meeting and there is a need, I know, to put a face on these rebels, to show them as something other than just a name to which acts, both bad and good, are attributed. And they are, after all, a key factor in the future outcome of Nepal’s nascent democratic movement.

But I had thought, perhaps naively, that we might see them in their natural environment in the bush, rather than this grassy schoolyard. I want to see them doing whatever rebels do during a cease-fire: cleaning their weapons, reading “Das Kapital,” playing football, flirting with the female comrades.

I am glad to see them with my own eyes, to know they are real. But to see them assembled solely for our cameras makes it somehow less authentic, despite the cold metal of their weapons, the very real smell of their campfires and the palpable intensity of their purpose.

They gather under a larger tree and begin a series of awkward drills, specifically so that I may see them in action. Commander Sagat looks at a cheat sheet written in pen on his hand, then barks orders to the rebels.

With each command, they hop to attention, then either stand, kneel or sit, pointing their weapons, or their hands, in the direction of an imaginary enemy.

The guerilla girl who said she was fighting for the liberation of oppressed people
Just an answer: “I am fighting for oppressed people.” This 16-year-old girl couldn’t answer most of our questions. What she said was that she joined the party to fight for the oppressed Nepali people. She didn’t respond to questions about her family.

As a precise drilling unit, they’re the equivalent of the Grateful Dead — not exactly tight. Their movements are hesitant and awkward, but determined.

Regardless, the 7th Division Commander, Prajjwal, says his forces have consistently defeated the Royal Nepalese Army and the Armed Police Force. He says, however, that his biggest concern has been American-trained Nepalese Ranger battalions that are better-equipped and more motivated than the others.

He says fours years ago, during a battle in the Rolpa region, his forces captured three U.S. Army advisers during fighting there, but released them because, he says, the People’s Liberation Army’s fight isn’t with America. His statement couldn’t be independently verified, although the U.S. government has sent military aid and advisers to the Royal Nepalese Army.

Many of the rebels we talked with say they’ve been in combat several times, including a 25-year-old woman who goes by the party name “Sapana,” which means Dream.

“I was in the first line in an attack to capture an FM radio station in Tansen,” she says. “It was guarded by an army barracks and one of the soldiers threw a grenade at me. I could see it coming and I moved back but pieces of shrapnel still hit my leg.”

Sapana says four or five other rebels were also injured, but they made it back to their lines and were able to get treatment. She pulls up her fatigues and shows me the scar on her shin.

A gun in front of many maoist guerilla

Another rebel, 29-year-old Bishan Dhami, says he’s been with the Maoists four years and has seen combat nearly a dozen times.

I ask him if he’s tired of the war. His answer is an immediate “no.”

“Not until we defeat the monarchists, which we have labeled terrorists,” he says.

That’s a label associated with the Maoists as well. The U.S. State Department includes the Maoists on its “Country Reports on Terrorism” list, because, it says, of the rebels’ policies of attacks on civilians, land confiscation and extortion.

At the end of the “drilling,” the rebels make an exit as inconspicuous as their entrance, proceeding, weapons in hand, in single-file lines back into the woods.
They’ll wait there, say their commanders, until they’re needed — either as a show of force, or, if peace talks fail, to actually fight again.

[UWB: This article originally appeared in Yahoo’s Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. Here is the original article. Reproduced here with permission from Sites.]

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76 thoughts on “Meet the Rebels: Maoist Guerilla of Nepal”

  1. While this blog site is busy bloggin on Kevin Sites shooting of staged props of Maoists… on the other side.. we have Maoists already bombing and abducting politicians once again… and in the meantime, unaware to this Kevin Sites fan, India is already beginning its propaganda through the web.. BEWARE y’all.. of this vile propaganda…
    check this out…
    http://internationalreporter.com/news/read.php?id=1491

    Budha was born in Orissa, not Nepal
    MIL, May 22, 2006. Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

    Buddhists have the canonical instructions to visit four places with reverence. The birth place of Buddha is the first amongst them. But due to Brahminical conspiracy, the world is so misguided that the birth place of Buddha has wrongly been taken to be in the Tarai region of Nepal.

    And, therefore the real Kapilavastu known presently as Kapileswara near Bhubaneswar in Orissa (India) is seldom visited by the present generation Buddhists.

    If history is re-written, the place that has assumed the name of Kapilavastu in the Tarai region of Nepal shall lose its wrong identity as Buddha’s birthplace.

    Cunningham, in his “Ancient Geography of India”, has strongly argued that Rumindei from where the Tarai inscription was allegedly discovered, is neither related to the name ‘Kapilavastu’ nor ‘Kapila’ even as noted historian Dr.Smith emphasizes that the place was never known as Rumindei. According to him, it was a forged name given to the place by archaeologist Fuhrer.

    On the other hand, Calcutta University’s former professor Pandit Vinayak Mishra has made it clear that the ‘Sankhya school of thought propounded by the great sage Kapila was not prevalent in ancient Nepal and hence Kapilavastu named after that great sage cannot be accepted as a place belonging to that country.

    The village Kapileswar near Bhubaneswar was inhabited by the Sakyas one of who was the Great sage Kapila whose philosophy became famous as ‘Sankhya’ in consonance with the name of his clan.

    The present Kapileswar is a synonym of Kapilavastu. This Kapileswar is definitely the birthplace of Buddha, as is evidenced from the Stone Inscription discovered from there maintains Pt.Mishra.

    The late lamented scholar Chakradhara Mohapatra of Ex-State Narasingpur had taken the first step in re-writing history in regard to Buddha’s birthplace.

    The eminent publishing house ‘Grantha Mandira’ of Cuttack first published his convincing work christened as ‘The Real Birthplace of Buddha’ in 1977. In this very brilliant work he has given conclusive evidence of Kapileswara being the place of Buddha’s birth.

    The present author shall try to supplement Mohapatra’s work with further evidence. But he shall first highlight what Mohapatra has said and what impact it has on the critics and academics.

    Mohapatra had been working on the project for decades when he ventured to bring out a synopsis of his findings in 1968-69.After examining the contents thereof the Hindustan Standard wrote on 4.6.1970,

    “The scholars have reason to be thankful to him for opening up a fascinating vista of research on a subject of worldwide interest. Requires courage to throw such a gauntlet.”

    The Indian Express highlighted on 18.6.1970 Mohapatra’s new theory but felt that after so many years of accepting the Nepalese Tarai as the region of Buddha’s birth, the world may find it “a little difficult to believe in the new theory.”

    The Amrit Bazar Patrika in its edition of 28.6.1970 announced that Mohapatra’s finding may be “factually valid”. But what would be its “implication for Buddhism and Indian history?” it posed.

    The Hindustan Times wrote on 18.6.1970 that Mohapatra has “concluded” after many years of research that “Buddha’s birthplace was not, as is generally accepted, in the Tarai region of Nepal, but at Kapileswara village near Bhubaneswar.”

    Eminent academic Dr. Prana Krshna Parija declared, “From the evidence put forth by Sri Mohapatra regarding the birth place of Buddha, I am quite sure that Buddha was born in the Kapileswara village of Bhubaneswar”.

    But the most forceful comment came from Prof. A. L. Basham, author of “The Wonder That Was India” and Professor of Asian Civilisations in the Australian National University, when, from Canberra on 1.5.1972,he drafted the preface to Mohapatra’s work. I am inclined to quote the ‘preface’.

    ” It is good that from time to time the evidence on which long established historical truths are based should be reviewed and reassessed, and Mr. C. D. Mohapatra has done just this in his very interesting study of the birthplace of the Buddha.

    It has long been taken for granted that Kapilavastu, the chief city of the Sakyas, and Lumbini, the actual birth place of the teacher, were situated in the Nepalese Tarai.

    The main basis of this belief is the inscribed pillar of Rummindei, recording the visit of the emperor Asoka, to the place where Buddha was born. It was little known that the same fact in similar words and script existed at Orissa.

    “This Orissan inscription poses serious problems. It is too facile a solution to dismiss it out of hand as a forgery. If it is a forgery, it is hardly likely that it is a modern one, because no attempt has been made to imitate the tarai inscription closely and the Orissan one is evidently the work of a carver less skilled and precise in his workmanship than the mason who carved the letters of the Tarai inscription.

    The Orissan inscription, if it is a forgery, must be an early one and it is certainly not a direct imitation of the other. We may not be wholly convinced by Mr. Mohapatra’s valiant attempt to show that the Orissan inscription is a genuine record of the birth place of Buddha, but the facts which he presents are striking and important, and it is very good that students of ancient Indian history should be made to realise by unconventional studies such as this that even the most widely accepted historical facts are not sacrosanct.

    “Students of early Indian history should read this book carefully, as far as possible putting all prejudice out of their minds. If they agree with Mr.Mohapatra’s conclusion, they should say so, without fearing to support a new and unpopular theory.

    If they disagree, they should carefully examine the evidence and decide why they disagree. And, they should remember that the consensus of learned opinion is no proof.

    Since the days of Sir Alexandar Cunningham almost every student of ancient India has believed that the Buddha’s birth place was near the site of the Rummindei pillar.But, this in itself proofs nothing. There was a time when the consensus of learned opinion strongly maintained that the Sun revolved round the world”.

    As the popular belief that the Sun revolved round the world has changed so also the belief that Buddha was born in the Nepalese Tarai region shall change. Because, Orissa was the original home of Lord Buddha.

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  2. luck says:

    May 22nd, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    I totally disagree with sudeep and agree with sharma.santosh. Maoists should not be given chance to lead the government. Everybody knows they are terrorists. And they were the main trouble for Nepal for the last decade.

    they were trouble
    but are coming towards mainframe
    so we should not suspect them rather encourage them
    i am also against their terrorist activities and am associated to a leading party in Nepal but that dont mean that we should hate them
    we cant deny their existance for the progressive works happening these days
    that would be foolishness

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  3. ck2,

    As far as I remember that I had already made u clear that neither I am type of person to be brainwashed nor I am affiliated to any organization.To make more clear to persons like u,I would like add that what I really feel concerned is about establishing a true & democratic society in its really term.I know its not easy and sounds lil ideal but yet is possible.
    >>..

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  4. >
    The way u have tried to criticize Maoists & blame on me of having some affiliation with, is nothing other than ur blind way of criticizm.
    I would have rather welcomed u if u had tried to come forward with comments on points I put.

    Unfortunate is u either acting blindly or benefited by it.
    Whatever,I know its easy to make understand those who hasnt & wills to.But its not possible to who unwills.

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  5. I would support anybody & any organization that honestly wants to establish a true democratic society in its real term.

    About the extorsions by Maoists:
    Yes its true that they are collecting donations,somewhere from people who heartfully donate them while in other areas as tax to their so called Parrallel Govt. as they r claiming of running.
    Remember that No one wills to pay tax to any Govt.

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  6. >>
    Its Law that enforces its citizens to pay tax to its Govt. under the authority of State.&henceforth tax is utilized for diff. activities of Govt.

    Likewise, Maoists are also claiming of their Parrallel Govt. and r taking tax from people & businesses to run their own Govt.( including PLA which protects their govt.).

    So theres no Q of asking legality of their taking tax as SPA Govt. also takes.

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  7. >>

    Its very true People are in big trouble to pay tax to two separate Govts.All want this thing to be solved with utmost urgency.
    And I think solution is: When an Interim Govt. including Maoists will be formed,then their Parrallel Govt. will itself be of no meaning.

    So,for this to happen Peace Talks should succeed.Its a great deal because its related with decade long conflict & Nepal’s future.

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  8. Guys,
    I feel ashamed to go through comments here.Are u the same guys supporting Peoples Movement conducted by SPA & Maoists jointly ??
    What an immature & childish comments u guys r delivering?

    Some claiming Maoists r terrorists,others advicing to finish them militarily..?To my surprise,Even LAYMAN joined.
    Thanks to KIRAT & SUDEEP to remain in track.
    Do u think its problem to be solved militarily?

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  9. >
    If so then whats need of Peace Talks?Y not asking with US for equiping our Army with sophisticated weapons & start operations against them as some guys sugested here..
    What a shame!

    Contrary to u guys, its solely a political problem that can be & must be solved through political means.Be clear.If anyone is still in confusion,to remind u of Vietnam that Nepal will be another if tried militarily.

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  10. Who do think Maoists are??
    Did they come from Mars..Or,they r step childs of Nepal?
    No.Thats not.Afteral they are all Nepali & whatever they have been doing is for us. We nepali wont accept any extrimist imperialist idea of military solutiön to this problem just for sake of dirty interests of IMPERIALISTIC FORCES.
    Only solution is through political means that is already approved by Nepali People.

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  11. Hence the only solution lies:

    On making the forth coming dialogue between SPA Govt. and Maoists a big success.And then creating a truely prosperours democratic society with multiparty system through free and fair election to CA.Maoists arms will be managed by integration of PLA & NA into New National Nepali Army.

    Long Live Democratic Republic of Nepal !

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  12. Gauhle,
    I joined because we are losing time for economic development. If we want to give all powers to Maoists and they start ruling our country, what will happen ?

    First of all, they will be killing all educated people and they also kill all who have some money. They start kiliing polticians who do not agree with them. Then what remains of Nepal ?

    It is a great opportunity now for the Maoists to show that they are responsible people. We do not want to let our country to be like Cambodia in Pol Pot’s time. If they do not surrender arms, say one year from now even before the CA elections, then I think we can not give them more time and opportunity to come to the mainstream politics.That’s why I volunteer myself to take arms against them.

    Look at India and China, how fast they are progressing right now. One at the rate of 11 percent a year and other 9 percent. We are in between these countries and our people have to suffer at the hands of Maoists, security forces and the politicians also. Because they failed to lead the country for twelve years of so called democracy. Then how many years more, the poor Nepalese have to suffer ? So for the final combat, we have to take the arms to “finish” the Maoists also, if our problem will not be solved by the Maoists by coming to the mainstream politics this time. Neplese people have given too much concessions to maoists. People can not tolerate more and are loosing patience. I am convinced that the majority of Nepalese people do not want Nepal to be ruled by the Maoists in a Pol Pol style. You understood gauhle ?

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  13. Gauhle,
    I have presented my arguments many a times but it was you who begun your name calling and abusing of not only me but other friends of the blog as well. Since you are just so blinded and in awe of the maoists no matter how many press reports, bloggers, people, TV reports, army reports and even the government, parliament and ministers have said that they have been extorting, recruiting and threatening, you refuse to accept that it is wrong. Now we have them extorting our private banks where people have kept their hard earned money and they have broken the ceasefire in my view by blowing a bomb and abducting a Congresssman.
    How can one not see you in the same light as the maoists then? And more importantly how can anyone argue on behalf of what is turning out to be a large gang of thigs with weapons and exploited children warriors?

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  14. scoop,

    one can easily make reference also to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the Bolsheviks in Russia. Fearing the power of the soon to be convened German Parliament the Nazis burnt down Parliament a day before it was to be in session and claimed direct and forced control of Parliamentary parties where the Nazi party was still a small group.

    Throughout the 19th century, Russian reformers demanded the setting up of a democratically elected Constituent Assembly. After Czar Nicholas II abdicated on 1st March, 1917, the new provisional government announced it would introduce a Constituent Assembly. A total of 703 candidates were elected to the Constituent Assembly in November, 1917. This included socialist revolutionaries, Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, and Constitutional Democratic Party. The position of the Bolshevik was not better. They were bitterly disappointed with the result as they had hoped it would legitimize what they proclaimed as the October Revolution. Thus, when the constituent assembly rejected Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik programmes, he announced its dissolution asserting that the October revolution stands higher than the formal rights of the constituent assembly, and its attempt to disregard the class struggle and civil war would be a betrayal of the proletariat’s cause, and the adoption of the bourgeois standpoint. Soon afterwards all opposition political groups were banned in Russia. The October revolution was not the revolution of the Russian masses; it was the forceful takeover of the interim regime by the Bolsheviks.

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  15. Scoop,
    We can learn some lessons from the history of the revolutions of the world over. But Nepal is a particular case in point and we have to solve our problems from the lessons of our own history.So its enuff of history.

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  16. Concerned Nepali,

    History teaches us a lot. I hope we can learn from it. Especially when parties like the maoists are trying to ape “history from the world over” as our friend layman put it. Our parties have borrowed alot of the political thought from the world therefore it is fitting that examples of history of the world is also heeded. And let history in this case not repeat itself.

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  17. “We have to solve our problems from the lessons of our own history.” Nepal’s history of regime change is not very encouraging. With few exceptions, revolutions are stolen away from the ones who do the fighting and dying by hidden figures who appear only after the battle is won and seize power. There is no way to predict what form of government a Maoist victory will bring, but it won’t be what the peasant soldiers have been promised.

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  18. gauhle,
    with your post i guess..i think everyone guesses that you support communsm,and if u r not ..then also it smells a lil’ like that….yeh thanx for not supporting the US to come up here n make the military well equipped to eliminate so called “teroristr”[now no more]…its true…they’ll make everything go upside down here….see, what they have done to iraq..afghanstan…..blah blah…ppl’ from country like Nepal and many more has suffered and certainly will until the US foreign policy completely eliminated…..there’ll be war until the philosophy that holds one race supoerior and one race inferior…and until the rights are not granted to us all equally….me say war…there’ll be war….until there’ll be no longer first class citizen n’ second class citizen of any nation not only nepal, but in any nation……maoists really suck sumtimes but what they are trying to do is not bad indeed…but the path they have taken is bad…and the US military shouldn’t be given chance to enter our country and try to reinforce the national army of nepal…if they come here..they’ll turn everything upside down…lets say…things will go even more worst…this situation we have gained after a long time …..we’ll miss even this ina blink….so lets support the slogan of anti US and its foreign policy…..

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  19. The U.S. has no business in Nepal and we are on our own to solve this and we must solve it or we will become like Sikkim and have an Indian flag over Singha Durbar. The Nepal Army can deal with the Maoist forces with a unified people supporting them. Divided we fall.

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  20. By the way, an “anti-US” stance will accomplish nothing useful. That’s a tired old Maoist slogan. Nepal needs all the foreign donor support we can get.

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  21. Why the hell will the U.S, want to enter — Nepal of all the places??? I think when people are trying to give good advice we should welcome it, and not talk of U.S. coming in etc., which is all rubbish propoganda. Let’s face it the maoists have their usual line of propoganda –

    1. feudal elements meaning anyone who opposes them

    2. Imperialist foreigners – means especially the biggest democracies in the world like the U.S. and India who oppose their fascist views and also anyone else who opposes them in the future could be Cuba and China also – if these nations oppose them they will be termed influenced by agents of imperialists who are selling out to the blah blah blah.

    3. Equalty – an impossible idea never achieved in the entire world and entire history of the world, but great for propoganda, in the same line as saying I wish wishes were horses, I wish people never fell ill, I wish people stayed young and never died, I wish we all had food to eat always etc.. and I personally wish Tigers were vegetarian.

    4. And their greatest trump card – We are doing it for the people —– unless ofcourse people start to question their methods and philosophy, then immediately they are not the “people” they are agents of blah blah blah.

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  22. So, according to the US State Dept., “land confiscations” are “terrorist.”

    Right.

    And having the largest stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in the world — and being the only country to actually use nuclear weapons (on civilian cities at that) — none of that matter, huh?

    Feudalism is horrible, capitalism hardly an improvement.

    It is the system that the king represented (and the “R”NA defended) that is at issue, ultimately. Not the form that particular system takes.

    Constituent assembly!

    Who is afraid of what the assembled with constitute?

    Who is afraid of the people?

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