[Inside: Agitating Business Leaders Meet PM]
This is a brief phone interview with Suresh Ale Magar, a Maoist Member of Parliament. He was a founding member of the Federation of Indigenousness Nationalities and a lecture of English in Tribhuwan University for 17 years. About 3 years ago he was captured by Indian police and extradited to Nepal where he was imprisoned until his release after the April Movement.
All three images including this one are from today’s rally organized by Maoist affiliated workers in Kathmandu. All pics by Wagle
The District Secretary of Kaski told me that the CPN(M) is redefining the “Dictatorship of the Proletariat” to include multiple parties. He also said that for the time being the CPN (M) was in an alliance with the Mainstream parties in order to dictate over royalists, and later the dictatorship would include the bourgeoisie. Is this true? If so, what form does this dictatorship take?
Dictatorship is a relative term. In class society there is always a dictatorship of one class over another. Today, everywhere there is a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie. Because we are following the ideology of Marxism Leninism Maoism we believe in the dictatorship of the proletariat. This is actually something that needs to be done to eliminate dictatorship altogether, because once there are no longer classes, there will no longer be dictatorship. Though we believe in this concept, we don’t want to impose it right now. There is no question of imposing it, because anything we do we must do in cooperation with the other 7 political parties.
The reason I ask is because it seems that you are in an alliance with the mainstream parties in order to dictate over royalists right now. This incident in the woodland hotel looks like an example of this. Now Maoists have denied involvement in that incident recently, so aside from the incident at the woodland hotel….
Who has denied involvement?
Well, it’s hard to tell from the papers. However, I have heard that Mahara has denied Maoist involvement. But, Hisila Yami and Lokendra Bista have accused the Hotel manager of being an exploiter. It also seems that the Maoists in general have said they are “taking action against the guilty.”
That man. He was a rapist. Female workers there told us he was raping them. He was exploiting the workers there as well. Even so, we have admitted that he shouldn’t have been beaten or taken action against in that way. It was actually not our party cadres, but our well wishers who took part in that action, and we have taken action against them.
So this isn’t the way you are dictating over royalists?
The royalists will not be allowed into politics, because they would not let anybody else into politics. How we keep them out depends upon the situation. If they want to do political activities again they will need to reform themselves.
There are many Maoist activities I have seen that could be classified as external to the rule of law. I saw a notorious man in lakeside have black smeared on his face, for instance. Where do Maoist ideology and the rule of law intersect?
These days we have strictly instructed our cadres to do only political activities.
What was the action taken against the people involved in the woodland hotel incident?
They were suspended from the organization they were in, and we have promised to help the government find them. Those people should be in the government’s custody within a couple of hours.
Business Leaders Meet Prime Minister
A day after they hampered normal lives in cities across Nepal by closing down their business and services agitating business leaders today met with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter’s residence at Baluwatar and maintained that they will continue with the present indefinite strike until the eight parties- including the Maoists- hand in a written commitment to safeguard security for business enterprises. The delegates from the business community sought the PM’s attention regarding the failure to implement the repeated government assurances to ensure security for business enterprises. During the meet, PM Koirala stated that the government was committed to safeguard Nepalese industries and business community. According to chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) Chandi Raj Dhakal, the prime minister had also assured the business entrepreneurs that their demands would be discussed during today’s meeting of the eight parties slated for this afternoon. (more)
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