Maoists Leadership Wants To Halt Forced Donations. Will Cadres Follow?

Maoist Donation...Batsyayana Cartoon

Box: DONATION
Guerilla: Don’t worry, he is giving it voluntarily.

Cartoon by Batsyayana. To buy his book – collection of cartoons- please click on the Paypal logo on left bar. Read about the book here.

Finally, under pressure from the parliamentary forces, Maoist supremo Prachanda and his party’s central committee have decided to halt running their Peoples’ Government in villages and taking forced donations. But the Chairman has made it clear that the party will keep accepting voluntary donations to feed the People’s Liberation Army. Well, party and comrades never said before that they were taking forceful donations. They always talked about voluntary donations. So we wonder what kind of donations the party will stop ‘accepting’. Continue reading Maoists Leadership Wants To Halt Forced Donations. Will Cadres Follow?

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Nepali Village Story: Army Killed His Brother, Maoists Destroyed His Office

Pabitra Poudel of Duragaun village Ramechhap

At least four boys from my neighborhood in Duragaun whom I know very well have died in the conflict and my meeting with a family member of one of those boys was emotionally dominated. This is the story of Tanka Poudel, my childhood buddy, who at the age of 23 died as a Maoist soldier and his elder brother Pabitra (pic by Wagle) who is equally hated by both the Army and Maoists these days.

By Dinesh Wagle in Duragaun (Ramechhap)
Wagle Street Journal

Pabitra Poudel, 36, is no new face to me. I had known this man from Duragaun village from my childhood. I still remember his father taking one of my loose teeth out forcefully with his homemade equipment. That was terrible, I still feel the pain, but was damn necessary as new tooth had started coming out from the same place. Two teeth coming out from the same place would have made my look even more horrible, I know. Pabitra’s brother Tanka Poudel was a year younger than myself and I vividly I remember playing dandibiewos with him and other pals in the village. This evening, I was meeting Pabitra nearly after seven years and many things have changed in his life. His job is under threat and his brother Tanka is no more. He died nearly four years ago as a Maoist solider in a ‘clash’ with the government soldiers. Continue reading Nepali Village Story: Army Killed His Brother, Maoists Destroyed His Office