It's Economy Stupid! Maoist Comrades Try to Assure the Business Community

Stock market has been crashed and business circle is confused. As the news of Maoist victory in the polls come out, the Maoist leadership is trying hard to assure the business community that they are here for capitalism.

For the CPN Maoist, the victorious party in the April 10 CA polls, the campaign hasn’t ended just yet. The party leadership is in full swing to convince the national forces, business world and the international community- at the same time- that they are not radical communist and there will be no cultural revolution in Nepal. Mao has died a long time ago. It seems that the Prachandapath (the path of Prachanda), an ideology propagated by Chairman Prachanda, tells them to have a very good relationship with ‘expansionist’ India and ‘imperialist’ America. Capitalism, they try to convince, is their mantra too. Prachanda says they are for the economy in which capitalists can have profit. Prachanda also says that there will not be a dictatorship of the proletariat. In his address to the business leaders in Kathmandu today the Maoist Chairman announced that the power will not be used tyrannically, reports Kantipur, but in the welfare of the people and the country. Continue reading It's Economy Stupid! Maoist Comrades Try to Assure the Business Community

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Humiliated By Stunning Defeat in Polls, UML Calls It A Day

Nepali Congress should follow the suit on the first day of the CA and play the constructive role of an opposition thereafter

Seven ministers of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), whose hope to become the largest party, if not with majority, in the CA was shattered last week resigned from the interim government saying that the peoples’ verdict wasn’t telling them to stay in the cabinet. Hmm… that’s okay. We should appreciate UML’s instantaneous decision to quit the government and start the process of reviewing what went wrong. Continue reading Humiliated By Stunning Defeat in Polls, UML Calls It A Day

As Nepal Is Getting Election Results, India Responds-2

A compilation of articles and commentaries in Indian media about CA election results of Nepal. Part two of two (here is part one).

Delhi paved the path for Maoists in Nepal
Arati R. Jerath. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 02:23 IST (Daily News and Analysis- DNA- India)

NEW DELHI: The best-kept secret of the stunning developments in Nepal is the quiet role India played in facilitating the return of the Maoists to mainstream politics.

Away from the arc lights, key Indian diplomats and security experts cajoled, counselled and pressured the Maoists and the established parties to sit across the table and negotiate a roadmap for democracy. Continue reading As Nepal Is Getting Election Results, India Responds-2

As Nepal Is Getting Election Results, India Responds-1

A compilation of articles and commentaries in Indian media about CA election results of Nepal. Part one of two. here is part two

Indian diplomacy faces Kathmandu test
15 Apr, 2008, 0338 hrs IST, Nirmala Ganapathy, TNN (The Economic Times)

NEW DELHI: Maoists have privately assured the UPA government that they will continue to do business with India, but there is a deep sense of unease within the government over the resounding victory of Mr Prachanda’s red brigade in the elections to the constituent assembly.

The government is now unexpectedly faced with a political situation in Nepal where ground realities have changed and the party in the dominant position has had an uncomfortable and earlier hostile relationship with India. Traditional allies, Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal, have been reduced to a minority forcing India to immediately start rethinking its Nepal policy. This is not the scenario that foreign policy mandarins had expected or wanted. And they are now finding themselves in a bind. Continue reading As Nepal Is Getting Election Results, India Responds-1

Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist and the Unexpected Results From PR and FPTP

….because you never know the result of elections in advance!

If there is anything that is making CPN Maoist feel regrettable in the post-poll scenario that must be their pre-poll emphasis on the Proportional Representation (PR) system for the Constituent Assembly elections. On the other side of the political spectrum Nepali Congress must be feeling heavily indebted to the former rebels for Maoist’s insistence on the PR. Both of these parties were at the opposing end regarding PR: NC never fully favored it, Maoists wanted fully PR system. (Finally it was agreed in December that about 60 percent of the total CA seats would be elected through PR and about 40 percent through First Past the Post, FPTP or winner takes it all system. That meant out of total 601 seats, 240 for FPTP, 335 for PR and remaining 26 to be appointed by the PM.) Continue reading Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist and the Unexpected Results From PR and FPTP