Twenty five days after it made first official contact with the “terrorist” Maoists in years, the United States today held another face-to-face meeting with the top leadership of the Maoist party.
Visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Evan A. Feigenbaum met Maoist chairman Prachanda in latter’s residence in Naya Bazar today evening. American ambassador Nancy J Powell, who met Prachanda on May 1, accompanied Feigenbaum. Senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai was also present in the meeting that lasted for almost 58 minutes. The Americans arrived at the Prachanda residence at 18:39 in a car with the diplomatic license plate (61 CD 17) that didn’t have the American flag. Maoist leaders had arrived from high level meetings at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwataar at 18:15 to receive the guests. Continue reading American Minister Meets Maoist Chairman
Who should become the Prime Minister of a Maoist led government? The answer which depends on whom you ask in the Maoist party, it appears, has kicked off another round of power struggle within the former rebel organization.
Oh… the power! It changes people, makes people and breaks people. Most people that is, and Maoists are included. It appears that there is a serious power struggle going on within the Maoist party. Baburam Bhattarai versus supporters of Prachanda, the chairman. Today’s op-ed article in Kantipur daily by Bishwodeep Pandey, personal secretary of Baburam Bhattarai, brings the feud to the public. The article, in Nepali, titled “Baburam a New Pushpalal?” refers to the latest verbal attacks against Baburam by some “opportunist elements inside and outside the party.”Click here to read the article in Nepali. Click here to read as it appeared in the newspaper’s page.] Continue reading Feud and Power Struggle Within the Maoist Party
Eye on Maoist: The Koteshwor area of Kathmandu is tense today, just like yesterday, with traffic to and from Bhaktapur completely disrupted by the agitating locals who are protesting the brutal murder of a local resident by the Maoist PLA recently. Tires are being burnt. As I am typing these lines, people in Tinkune are shouting slogans against the Maoist atrocities.
Maoist chairman Prachanda, third from right, leader Baburam Bhattarai, fifth from right, and leader Badal, sixth, eat dinner in Ram Hari Shrestha’s (encircled) home a year ago. Pic courtesy Shrestha family Continue reading After the Dinner, They Ate Him Alive
The first day of the three-week-long blockade of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu called by the Maoists saw very few vehicles playing on the otherwise busies highway of the country. The highway was heavily guarded by the Army. Here is the photo blog that captures some of the moments seen in the highway that links Kathmandu valley to the rest of the country.
By Bikash Karki
(captions on some photos will be added later)
The busiest highway of the country belonged to kids, thanks to the revolutionary rebels. Continue reading Blocking Kathmandu, the Maoists Way
A day after two Maoists leaders in Nepal criticized the Chairman and his deputy, the party expels them branding “”deserters of the revolution and servants of the autocratic monarchy and counter-revolution.”
Yes, it is almost certain that the Comrades are in problem again. And this time it seems pretty serious. After their widely publicized fighting, we recently saw two top rivals- Chairman Prachanda and the second man Dr. Baburam Bhattarai- talking to media from the same room. Now, the new fight has erupted within the party and this time it’s not just the personality clash. Two ‘revolutionaries’ comrades were expelled today from the party barely a day after they made public their differences with the party leadership. Prachanda has expelled two central level leaders Rabindra Shrestha and Mani Thapa (Anukul) branding them “deserters of the revolution and servants of the autocratic monarchy and counter-revolution.” Continue reading Comrades Are In Problem, Again