Nepal Maoists Showing Muscle

The news or article item below is part of my Nepal Revolution Reports, to be a series of postings from Kathamandu to my external blog Stefandav – Revolution of the Mind (this link will take you to the entries tagged Nepal + Maoism).

I am holed up in an old apartment outside Beijing trying to get permission to haul my crap overland to Kathmandu. I did find some old knicknacks here and decided to name one "Baby Nepal".

Below are the latest news items I have bookmarked:

Nepal Maoists’ CA Members Told to Exhibit Restraint

March 29 – PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal prior to his departure to Norway and Finland Saturday, March 28, 2009, requested the United Maoists’ Party CA members to exhibit restrained behavior during the Winter Session of the Constituent Assembly while he will be out of the country for a week.. "The Ordinances brought in by the government are in favor of the people, I do not think that the CA proceedings will be halted due to those Ordinances", hoped the PM. "The government had earlier brought in three Ordinances related to inclusiveness, disappeared people and updating the voter list…I do not see differences over the issues as such, the government stands firm in favor of the people" added the Prime Minister.. "My main agenda would be to discuss the prospects of Wind Energy and Hydro Energy in Norway" "I asked our CA members to act in a mannered way and exhibit utmost restrained behavior", said the Prime Minister. The namesake Winter Session of the constituent assembly is to begin today March 29, 2009.

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UML Leaders Threaten to Quit Nepal Government

March 28 – Annoyed UML leaders threaten to quit Nepal government TGW One of the major coalition partners of the Maoists’-led government, the Nepal Communist Party United Marxist Leninists, UML, has summarily threatened to quit the government. The UML submitted a memorandum to the Chairman of the Maoists party and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday late evening, March 27, 2009, in Baluatar demanding immediate acceptance of the Maoists’ past commitments and also to stop criminal activities being carried out by the Maoists’ cadres. The UML statement came a day after a UML cadre in Butwal, Rupandehi district was brutally killed after succumbing to bullet injuries.

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New land revolution in offing: Nepal PM Dahal

March 28 – New land revolution in offing: Nepal PM Dahal TGW Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that with the institution of monarchy uprooted, the Maoists’ will now focus in the Land Revolution. "The Government is totally committed to end the feudal ownership in the cultivable lands…we will soon launch a scientific land reform wherein the poor farmers will have their ownership in the lands." "Revolution in the land sector and scientific agriculture can change the face of the nation", opined the Communist prime minister of Nepal. "Unless the workers, farmers and the downtrodden can feel the change, the newly established republican order cannot be institutionalized". The Prime Minister made these remarks at the opening of the High Level Land Reform Commission in Kathmandu, March 27, 2009. "We are already in the course of building a new Nepal but we have a long way to go to build the New Nepal that we have dreamt of", he added.

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Apex Court Decision Aids Reactionary Elements: Nepal FM Bhattarai

March 27 – "The Supreme Court’s decision is a conspiracy to stop the forward-looking activities of the government and in essence aimed at supporting the reactionary forces", said Dr. Bhattarai talking to journalists in Simra of Bara District, March 26, 2009. Dr. Bhattarai hinting that the Supreme Court has made an undemocratic decision further said "all the organs of the State are yet to be democratized (Lokatantrik)." "Including the government officials and administration, there are remnants of feudalism every where, the Supreme Court’s decision is the fresh move of the reactionaries". "We will soon wipe out the remnants of feudal elements from the State Organs", Dr. Bhattarai added.

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Nepal: Cabinet Expanded, Dalit and Tharu Ministers Inducted

March 26 – Nepal: Cabinet expanded, Dalit and Tharu ministers inducted TGW Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expanded his cabinet with the induction two ministers in the government. Mahendra Paswan-representing the Madhesi-Dalit community will head the ministry of Land Reform and Ram Charan Chaudhary, representing the Tharu Community will be leading the Ministry of Women, Children and Social welfare. Both Paswan and Chaudhary are the Maoists’ central committee members and the Consistent Assembly Ministers as well.

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