Maoist Comrades, Catch Your Ears and Say Sorry

Maoists protest alleged arms import

Say sorry comrades: Based on their poor and false intelligence, Maoists created havoc in Kathmandu traffic today by blocking vehicles and burning tires on the roads. This photo was taken this afternoon in Kalanki, Kathmandu.Pic by Subash Chandra Bista via Kantipur

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle’s Web Log

It’s official: That was one of the worst intelligence failures of CPN (Maoist). Comrades miserably failed in guessing about what really was inside the Nepal Army vehicles coming to Dhading from India via Birjung. Because of their childish speculations, improper reactions and subsequent hue and cry, thousands of Nepalis had to face difficulties because there were no enough public vehicles available on the streets of Kathmandu. Many people were blocked in various highways because of sudden and irresponsible strike called by the rebels. Today’s was the classic case of kaag le kaan lagyo bhandai ma kan chhamna chhadera kaag ko pachadi daudane.

I am eagerly waiting to see Barsaman Pun aka Ananta dismissed from his post and demoted a level. [Pun, if you don’t know already, is the Maoist party’s central regional in-charge and deputy commander of PLA in the region. He is the one who claimed that four Mine Protected Vehicles, 20 mini trucks, 2 trucks and five jeeps were carrying arms and ammunitions.] He should be punished for creating unnecessary havoc, creating publicity stunt and demonstrating unethical attitude while his party is negotiating peace with the government. Pun is not alone in this stunt and those who are responsible should be punished as well. Maoist leadership should publicly apologize for this fiasco. Pun reminded me former Secretary of State Colin Powell (one of my favorite personalities) who infamously organized a power point presentation in the UN arguing that Saddam Hussein was actually pursuing nuclear ambitions to hit America.

The alarming thing is that even after the independent Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (CMC) has verified that the army vehicles were not carrying arms and ammunition, Pun and other leaders of Maoist party are emphasizing on their false intel and repeating that the government lied. I really don’t think the government has lied in this case. Yes, the way it handled the situation was questionable but I don’t think folks in the government are preparing a war with Maoists. What would have happened had it publicized about these army vehicles in advance? Who would have abducted those empty vehicles? There is no harm in letting people know about the activities of army. SPA will be wiped off from the government if they are thinking fighting. Maoists don’t have to disrupt the traffic, people will come in their defense if this government, at this situation, starts the war or launches preparations for fighting.

This incident reaffirms the belief that the peace process is incredibly fragile and needs to be handled with extreme care. The government, we know, is too slow in the process but Maoists should also stop overreacting. Calm down comrades, calm down and focus your mind in creating favorable atmosphere so that internally displaced people can return their home without fear. Oh..yea, meanshile, you can also send some comrades abroad to take training on gathering intel which will help you avoid embarrassment like you faced today in future.

Here are the glimpses of the leads related to incident:

Government-imported arms entered Nepal via Birgunj: Maoists

KATHMANDU, Sept 13 – The Maoists have claimed that a huge cache of arms and ammunitions, imported by the government, entered Nepal on Tuesday. According to Maoist central member Barshaman Pun alias Ananta, four Mine Protected Vehicles, 20 mini trucks, 2 trucks and five jeeps carrying arms and ammunitions from India entered Nepal via Birgunj and arrived at the Nepal Army barracks at Gajuri, Dhading district, on the Prithivi Highway at 9 pm Tuesday.

It’s not clear, however, whether the arms and ammunitions are the same as those reported to have landed at Ahamedabad of Gujarat, India, on a Ukrainian airliner, recently. Ananta, who reached Gajuri “soon after learning about the incident”, informed that Maoist cadres and supporters have gathered in front of the NA’s Gajuri barracks so as to prevent the weapons from reaching Katmandu. He also informed that his party has called for a nationwide chakkajam (traffic halt) today (Wednesday) in protest of the import of weapons by the government.

“This is a serious violation of the Ceasefire Code of Conduct by the government,” Ananta told ekantipur over the phone this morning. “We demand a UN or any other reliable international body inspects the Gajuri barracks,” he added, “We will not let the weapons reach Katmandu.” (source)

Army vehicles brought in to dispatch UN troops: Govt, India says reports baseless

KATHMANDU, Sept 13 – The government on Wednesday slammed the allegations of arms import from India as “baseless”, and clarified that the vehicles had been brought in to transport Nepali soldiers as UN peacekeeping forces to Lebanon. The government also said it was unfortunate that strikes founded on baseless rumours had taken place and urged the Maoists and other concerned parties stop such activities. Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula made the comments at the Wednesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives. “The talks of weapons entering Nepal are just rumours,” Sitaula said.

According to a government decision, 33 army vehicles had been brought in to help dispatch the 850 peacekeeping troops being deployed on the UN’s request, informed Sitaula adding that the vehicles had been in the process of getting a paint-job. The home minister also requested the Maoists not to harbour any suspicions regarding the army vehicles on their way to peacekeeping duties adding that protests and strikes would only serve to complicate matters.

Stating that the government remains steadfast towards upholding its commitments, Sitaula said, “The government cannot imagine going back to war.” Previously, members of the parliament Raghuji Panta, Mahendra Poudel, Lilamani Pokharel, among others, had demanded activities of the HoR be halted to let either the home minister or the defence minister present clarification regarding the “alleged arms import.”

Baseless reports: India

Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (IMEA) refuted the Maoists claim that a big consignment of weapons entered Nepal from India on Tuesday. In response to a query on news reports in Nepal about trucks allegedly carrying arms from India to Nepal, the Official Spokesperson of IMEA clarified that the reports were baseless. “The news reports are baseless and there is no truth in them,” said Navtej Sarna, the spokesperson of the IMEA.

Earlier, this morning, the Maoist rebels claimed that a huge cache of arms and ammunitions, imported by the government, entered Nepal on Tuesday. According to Maoist central regional in-charge and deputy commander Barshaman Pun alias Ananta, four Mine Protected Vehicles, 20 mini trucks, 2 trucks and five jeeps carrying arms and ammunitions from India entered Nepal via Birgunj and arrived at the Nepal Army barracks at Gajuri, Dhading district, on the Prithivi Highway at 9 pm Tuesday. The Maoists also called for a strike outside the valley against what it calls “massive import of arms cache” by the Nepal Army from the country’s eastern frontier. (source)

Nepal Army vehicles not carrying arms: Ceasefire Monitoring Committee

The Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (CMC) has said that the army vehicles that arrived in Gajuri from Birgunj Tuesday evening were not carrying arms and ammunition. Talking to Nepalnews after carrying out a preliminary investigation in Gajuri, Tara Nath Dahal, one of the members of the CMC said no arms were found in the army vehicles. He also added that the CMC is continuing its investigation.

A team of the monitoring committee had reached Gajuri this morning after the Maoists claimed that arms and ammunitions had arrived in Gajuri, Dhading at 9 p.m. Tuesday. When contacted by Nepalnews, the Directorate of Public Relations of the NA also stated that no arms have been imported. The Maoists have claimed that the government imported arms in four armoured carriers, 20 mini trucks, 2 trucks and five jeeps. It was reported last week that a large amount of arms and ammunitions landed at Ahamedabad of Gujarat, India, on a Ukrainian airliner. (source)

Maoists announce strikes against “arms import”, govt denies allegation

KATHMANDU, Sept 13 – The Maoists Wednesday called for a strike outside the valley against what it calls “massive import of arms cache” by the Nepal Army (NA) from the country’s eastern frontier. Labelling the alleged weapons inflow in the face of the on-going peace talks “a direct violation” of the cease fire code of conduct, the Maoists have halted all traffic in various Highways through out the country since this morning.

[By the end of the evening, Maoists have called off the strike, reports a UWB blogger.]

The Maoist camp meanwhile has said that the CPN-M is “investigating” the allegations. Maoist Spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara said, “We are currently trying to find the facts behind the allegations,” adding that if the NA has indeed imported the arms cache, it will not be allowed to enter the capital. (source)

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90 thoughts on “Maoist Comrades, Catch Your Ears and Say Sorry

  1. iskra or Mark R.-you present an oversimplistic view of a class struggle whereby the underprivelleged and marginalized attempt by violent or other means to overthrow the systems that makes them underpriveleged and marginalized-as is their right. No intelligent blogger here is denying this or is against this.

    The point is that the Maoists have already managed to do this-notice the spate of laws that are being passed by the Parliament. They are at the verge of joining the interim government and talks are underway for an election to the CA whereby if they do represent the people they can frame a new constitution to their liking. So when their revolution is moving along without the violence and misery that usually comes along with it why are they resorting to killings, extortions, public disturbances when there is a better alternate way for their demands to be fulfilled. What does this show about the Maoists? I can understand the violence they had to resort to when no one was listening to them and they had to force their issues by any means possible-but what is their excuse now?

  2. Kirat, the problem is no one trusts the maoists. There is not going to be an election to CA or we are going to be a communist state. This is only my view though.

  3. I think the Maoists will disarm and/or merge in part with the NA when certain conditions are met and guarantees are in place.This is, as Kirat says correctly, as it should be. The Maoists should recognize that they have accomplished a great deal and that this has help-ed bring about an historic opportunity.

    It just takes a little time,more serious work, the holding of elections for the CA, the effective presence of UN moderators.. Yes, the Maoists ( who are, sad to say, not disciplined at the base level) will blow off some steam, but soon the situation will exist for real peace and progress and that will fade away.

    The situation has cooled off tremendously, hasn’t it? Isn’t this a great achievemnet? And the King is displaced from power ( although , I suspect, not at all incapable of recouping). The violence, so terrible for a decade, now is sporadic and not endemic. This is a big step forward.

    All should recognize it and hope that it yields a progressive and democratic Nepal, free of the monarchy and ready to enter the twenty-first century and take its place among the most prgressive of developing nations.

    Mark R.

  4. Mark R or Iskra,

    You’re way way behind in the process buddy. We have discussed all those issues you raise till death several months ago if not a year or so ago. Let’s stick to the fluid situation of the present and not delve into history which has been discuseed until you can call it overkill. People with the best of intentions can and have ended up being the biggest bast!@#s.
    The maoists at present (and this is the time that matters) have been heard by everyone and have the political platform they sought for all their agendas, so now it is time to prove that they also have the commitment and the support of the people without the use of arms and threats and coercions. For this they need to take part in elections by giving up arms. This is where we stand. The past seems to be forgotten by all, especially the maoists themselves.

  5. iskra-the problem is that the Maoists instead of gaining more trust from the general public are eroding it with their presenst extortion and other violent acts. Its so unnecessary in the present context and it’s actually leading to a situation where the hated royalists may find a way back in.

  6. Kirat,
    I guess the maoists are loved then and would be more so if they stop their negative activities. You sound like that the maoists are more loved than the royalists and the King.

  7. iskra2-careful what I sound like might only be what you want to hear! I am afraid Maoists philosopy in this day and age is unacceptable to me just like the idea of an active monarch. I do appreciate and support the underprivelleged and marginalised fighting for their rights-but I am beginning to think even this has been just an excuse of the ‘Maoist’leaders to grab power. Once they do I think everyone in Nepal but themselves and their cronies will be marginalized and underprivelleged. You have hear of Pol Pot I presume.

  8. So tell me Kirat,

    How does a maoist gain trust, and if you equate a maoist with the likes of Pol Pot, what good would it do to set arms down? Would’nt that be dangerous for a maoist to do?

  9. iskra2-c’mon, are we the people supposed to win their trust or are they supposed to win ours? Are Maoists bigger then the people? Anyway forcing people to feed them when the same people have very little to eat themselves, extorting money from people, smashing up cars when they without warning call for a bandh (how are people supposed to know there is a bandh?), murdering anyone who dares raise a voice against them sure is a great way to encourage trust. Get my drift?

  10. Kirat,
    so your problems with regard to maoists would be solved if arms were layed down and all the negatives you mention were abandoned?

  11. Kirat,

    there is no need explaining to maoists that they need to gain trust of the people. They would have needed the people if they were planning for a free and fair election (if election at all). Look, they do not need the people nor their support becuase they are trying to overpower the state through arms.

    And Iskra2, “How does a maoist gain trust, and if you equate a maoist with the likes of Pol Pot, what good would it do to set arms down? Would’nt that be dangerous for a maoist to do?”

    Well this is what you get for involving in terrorist acts, for murdering innocent people, for extorting innocent civilians and simply for being the biggest pain in the as* for the last decade and more.

  12. B,

    You write;
    “Well this is what you get for involving in terrorist acts, for murdering innocent people, for extorting innocent civilians and simply for being the biggest pain in the as* for the last decade and more.”
    So that takes me back to my question – Why would a maoist lay down arms knowing this and knowing that the fate is what you mention?

  13. iskra2, they don’t even have to lay their down guns right now-just not use it against the people. Let them lay down their weapons before joining the interim govt and before the elections to the CA after they are happy with the terms of laying down their guns under the auspicies of a UN brokered deal. Right now they just sound like old KG talking about democracy while being a practicing dictator.

  14. What are the guarantees that maoists cadres will not be targetted? As you have already discarded the maoist philosophy, how do we keep your attention on the final destination? It could be a case of hati ayo phussa. We are dealing with an incompetent SPA, they are only behaving themselves because of the CPNM with arms. They have shown nothing but incompetence and corruption and false promises throughout, only when cornered they cower like mice to the beat of the red army. Once the cadres give up arms, who will fight for the opressed, who will listen, what will make people listen? I’m afraid only threats of physical harm work in this country, arguments and debates are taken in from one ear and taken out the other. This is the sick state of our corrupt nation in all walks of life.

  15. Iskra2. Why do you need arms? The people during april movement did show everyone that even peaceful movement could be successful did not they? If people are with the maosits then, there is nothing to be worried about is there? After all, even the king could not stop the king, so what guts do these SPA have? If the SPA can not be trusted by Maoists, then neither can the maoists be trusted by the SPA? What guarantees are there that the maoists will not pick up arms agains should the election result is not in their favor?

  16. iskra2-like I have said no need to lay down arms until you people are satisfied with the arms management terms. Just don’t use it against the very people you claim to represent. You guys are doing that. If you don’t trust the SPA that’s fine-harass them then. Why are you harassing ordinary Nepali people? And please give me a break you guys are fighting for your brand of politics not for the oppressed people. Why even the king claimed to be fighting for the oppressed people. Action speaks louder than a thousand slogans-and that’s where you guys fall flat on your faces. The only difference between your leaders and the SPA leaders is that your leaders have a loyal army.

  17. Kirat,

    The party has been working for the people. How do you expect us to do all good deeds when we are supposed to have been underground for years and in terrorists lists? Yet we tried. If we are in government then you will see good work. Leaders are leaders I agree, they have to make messages that get through to the people. There is no use trying to explain in a scientific way to an uneducated public.

  18. iskra2, to quote you ‘There is no use trying to explain in a scientific way to an uneducated public.’ So this is the faith you have in the people!

    Hey nobody is expecting any good deeds from you lot-the request is don’t do any bad deeds!

  19. iskra2-wake up call by firing at them and beating them up? We Nepali people are a very poor lot. Like I said forget about ‘good deeds’ we’ve had enough of these promises just stop indulging in the bad deeds.

  20. Kirat,

    You think Nepali people can understand your level of talk? Then why do we have leaders like Girija and Madhav in the lead?

  21. I don’t know if you are a Kirat or not, but if you are I am sure you will agree that the maoist party has done a lot for your group in a very short time – this is what I mean by our people being asleep for over 200 years and needing a wake up call.

  22. iskra2-I am surpised at the level of faith you show in the people what with you being a Maoist. Is it not the fault yours and mine too that we have leaders like GPK and others? Have a chat with a poor Nepali, she/he may not understand concepts of socialism, communism, capitalism etc. But she/he sure can make out what is right and what is wrong. Your use of the gun against security forces is fine but against unarmed people? Every Nepali except you lot know that is wrong.

  23. iskra2-I am a Bantawa. Prey tell me what you lot have done for us except send us to our deaths on the promises you have made?

  24. Struggles cannot go without some mistakes. But not all people who were not army or police were innocent. It is unfortunate that arms had to be used, but they had to be used. The amount of people killed in the struggle barring our own cadres and the government security are not many compared to many other revolutions in the world. We have achieved much with very little casualties of war.

  25. iskra2-if you really believe in doing good for the people of Nepal please try and understand what your leaders are doing. Every time you call a strike who suffers? Have you seen the faces of the poor Nepali labourers on the street during a bandh? That look on his face that says-my family is going hungry today too. Fine go ahead believe in your Maoists philosophy but have courage to stand by it’s principles too.

  26. Kirat,
    We have liberated the minds of your people. How about you what have you done for your own people?

    I see those faces each and everyday whether there is bandh or not. This is what we seek to change.

  27. iskra2-you have achieved very little at such a great cost. However your party has now an opportunity to achieve a lot at very little cost. The royalists are down, a ceasefire is on and the army is confined to the barracks. A great oppurtunity beckons your party to change the history of this country and it’s people forever. Don’t lose sight of that by getting lost in the maze of petty power politics your party in now indulging in. And try to be a little realistic too.

  28. iskra2-I find that very patronizing! You have liberated the minds of the Kirati people? By giving us guns and preaching Maoist philosophy? Give me a break. Do you even know the history of the Kirati people? Our culture and civilization can be traced back more than 2000 yrs ago.

  29. iskra2-again becareful of hearing only what you want. I abhor Maoism. What you heard from me was a belief in honesty and integrity. And I can tell you that your people at present are lacking in both-just like the way Mao and Stalin lost their ways-because they weren’t honest and didn’t have enough integrity.

  30. iskra2-thanks for the coversation. Go to go. Anyway remember to stay true to yourself. You guys are really straying from your professed intentions of helping the poor Nepali people.

  31. A little. I know you follow Mundham and are mentioned even in the book Mahabharat. But you are amongst the many other groups we struggle for. It is more for you to know than me, our job is to free the opressed whoever they are, history is more a measuring scale of opression and not so much of concern otherwise.

  32. thats right iskra-2,maybe maoist embraced our movement becasue both were rebellious against this classy rulers. but then our revolution was way before maoist came in nepalese picture, n this is different revolution than maoists whcih poeple try to ignore or no nothing about…….

  33. thats right iskra-2,maybe maoist embraced our movement becasue both were rebellious against this classy rulers. but then our revolution was way before maoist came in nepalese picture, n this is different revolution than maoists whcih poeple try to ignore or know nothing about…….

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