A Nepali Army helicopter ferried two containers Friday (11 Jan) from Tulsipur, Dang to Rolpa from where the Maoist party started the armed struggle against Nepali regime a decade ago. Maoist’s weapons will be stored in the containers that were brought to Tulsipur from Birjung via road. Containers were dropped at Maoist’s Fifth Division Headquarters in Dahaban. A team of former Gurkha soldiers that was recently hired by the government as per the understanding with Maoist is expected to arrive here today. Bibek, the co-commander of the division said the process of arms management will start after the team arrives. Pics and details by Sudarsan Rijal via Kantipur
Maioists are all set to join the government. Now is the time to deal with JTMM
By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
It seems joining a government is far more complex and involves to many procedures and formalities than launching a revolutionary movement. Take the case of CPN Maoist for example. Ten years ago they sent a group to Singha Durbar with a paper containing 40 points of demand. The then prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba didn’t meet them and were barred from entering the country’s central administrative premise. They started insurgency attacking police posts in remote Rolpa district and other areas with handmade guns and lathis.
After the success of the historic peoples’ uprising in April, Maoists are engaged in direct talks with the ruling Seven Party Alliance and the government and, to the relief of Nepali people, both sides have achieved a lot of progress. We saw the lavish signing ceremony for the comprehensive peace agreement, formulation of interim constitution, allocation of seats in the interim parliament etc. Maoists recently made public their foreign policy and yesterday they disclosed a list of names that will represent their party in the interim legislature. They have claimed that the list is inclusive and represents Nepal just like they have been advocating for. Soon they will announce names for the interim cabinet. Maoists are all set to join the government, historic government I should say. We are creating and experiencing too many histories this season.
Many people have been saying that Maoists are getting that many seats in the interim legislature without taking part in democratic elections. Yes but I see no reason in complaining like that. This is a totally different situation and this is all happening to hold the most important election (of constituent assembly) within a few months.
Bargaining for several positions and numbers are going on and will continue in near future but everyone seems satisfied and happy. There is one disappointing part though: Terai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha. The break away faction of the CPN Maoist in Terai region is demanding autonomy for the area and is continuing violent activities. It has called Terai banda today and normal life is disrupted in certain key areas of Terai like Janakpur. To demand autonomy in Terai region at this point and in this manner is no different from demanding the secession. I see some kind of conspiracy against the state of Nepal in TJMM activities. Yes, I agree the state of Nepal must address the issues related to Terai but all the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists must be united to deal with this snake called TJMM.