Standing Committee of CPN (Maoist) Meets
Standing Committee of the Politburo of CPN (Maoist), the highest policy-making body of the party, has recently met to take stock of the situation after the declaration of nationwide emergency & deployment of the royal army by the old reactionary state, and passed important resolutions. The meeting has adopted "A Brief Resolution on the Current Situation" presented by Chairman Prachanda, which makes succinct evaluation of the current international and national situation and provides concrete guidelines for the future course of action by the revolutionary forces. Commenting on the international situation particularly the recent developments in South Asia, the resolution says: "it is now crystal clear that the brutal aggression in Afghanistan was, objectively and ultimately, a part of the grotesque strategy of US imperialism to establish a strong military base there for carrying out its plunder and hegemony in South Asia. Western imperialism under the cover of war against terrorism, is blatantly moving ahead in its ‘master plan’ to ruthlessly crush the right of rebellion practiced by the oppressed masses of South Asia. Caught in the quagmire of hatred, anger and rebellion of the masses, the ruling classes of all the countries of this region are playing the dirty game of ensuring their own survival against the masses by dancing to the tunes of imperialism in abject subservience." Highlighting the significance of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology and party to lead the struggle against the imperialism and reaction, the resolution further adds: "Experience has once again proved the scientific truth to the world that except for the proletarian leadership and the strategy of people’s war no other method can ensure and effective resistance against imperialism and its reactionary lackeys or bring about people’s liberation. Current developments in the twenty-first century have all the more validated the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist assertion that religious fundamentalism or narrow nationalism can in no way galvanize the immense potentialities of rebellion inherent in the masses against imperialist rubbers."
Making an objective analysis of the national situation after the declaration of the so-called emergency, the resolution says: "immediately after the declaration of the emergency the Deuba ‘government’, a mere courtier of the Gyanendra clique, attempted to ‘prove’ the strength of its state and army by trampling its fascist boots upon the rights of information of the people and unleashing its one sided, false, vested and aggressive propaganda war and through large-scale arrests, massacre and terror in urban and more accessible areas. However, in no time the ivory towers of its propaganda war started crumbling under the onslaught of power of truth. The false propaganda of passing the massacre of innocent and unarmed masses as terrorists being killed in an encounter with the Maoists, started getting exposed. Meanwhile the general military and non-military activities of the people have amply demonstrated that in the actual practice of the war the reactionary army has been forced into a defensive state. In spite of its strategy of encirclement and annihilation in particular areas, the royal army is getting demoralized against the heroism and war efficiency of the People Liberation Army (PLA). There are enough signs of the this so-called emergency turning in to a real death-knell of the reactionary state caught in the vortex of severe economic crisis. Now, the reality of the attempt of the murder Gyanendra clique to impose its autocratic rule through emergency in the country by practicing repression and conspiracy even against the parliamentarists, is slowly downing on the parliamentarist political groups. The memorandum of the parliamentarists, the talk of "broad democratic unity" and the intensifying factionalism even within the Nepali Congress Party, are the manifestations of this contradictions… .The sequence of events testifies that the situation of special equilibrium between the forces of revolution and counter-revolution still prevails." Drawing the immediate tactical line from this, the resolution states: "In this situation, basing on the Maoist principle of correct identification and handling of contradictions we should make the Gyanendra clique and its emergency as our target of attack. As per the changed condition, we should attempt to have direct or indirect, overt and covert interaction, joint action, understanding, tactical unity or whatever is possible, with all the political groups, individuals, or organizations, both inside and outside parliament, that have a minimum of contradiction with the emergency and the Gyanendra clique."
Accordingly, the standing committee of the party has chalked out a set of military and non-military programme of actions and advanced the following immediate slogans:
United Revolutionary People’s Council launches Programme of action
United revolutionary people’s council (URPC) the revolutionary united front led by CPN (Maoist) and an embryonic Central People’s Government Organising Committee, has announced a two –month long programme of action culminating in a two-day Nepal Bandh (General shut-down) on February 22 and 23 to mobilize the masses against the so-called emergency and the royal military dictatorship. In an appeal issued by Com. Baburam Bhattarai, Convenor of URPC, and titled "Wage United Struggle Against the Royal Military Dictatorship", the URPC has exhorted all the patriotic, democratic and letist forces to fight unitedly against the military dictatorship headed by hated Gyanendra. The appeal distributed in hundreds of thousands all over the country makes an objective analysis of the current situation and says: "In the context of the specific political balance of power at present and the possibility of external imperialist and exopansionist military intervention, we, with full sense of responsibility, deem it imerative to build a broad democratic national unity to smash this fascist and anti-national royal military dictatorship and institutionalize the republican form of state in the country. Because it has once again been proved that so long as this fake ‘monarchy’ and the royal army under its command remain in the country it is impossible to safeguard the fundamental and political rights of the people and the true sovereignty and independence of the country. Hence it has become an immediate political task to institutionalize the republic and to draw a new constitution by the elected representatives of the people. For this, it is quintessential to have different kinds of dialogues, understandings, tactical unity or united front or whatever is feasible, among different forces on the basis of immediate common minimum programmes and slogans and launch struggle, unitedly or separately, against this so-called emergency, black ordinance and deployment of the royal army. On behalf of URPC, we make an earnest appeal to all for the sme".
To mobilize every section of the masses for the purpose, the following immediate slogans have been advanced.
The two-month long programme of action launched by the URPC is as follows:
Also, February 13 would be observed with special programmes as the 7th anniversary of the initiation of the great People’s War, and martyrs memorial programmes would be organized from February 26 to March 5. Royal army indulges in Cowardly Massacre Two months into the so-called emergency and the military take-over, the reactionary royal army is hard put to show any sign of ‘success’ against the revolutionary people’s war (PW). Rather it has been forced to retreat to the district headquarters in the face of stiff resistance by the heroic fighters of the PLA, and has taken recourse to indiscriminate killing of unarmed masses to prove its virility to its imperialist and expansionist masters. Contrary to the daily dose of misleading propaganda through the royal army controlled media (all the newspapers are dictated to publish only the version of the royal army!), the reactionary mercenaries have been butchering unarmed masses and noncombatant political activists mostly in and around district headquarters and the plain (Terai) areas to fulfill their daily quotas of human casualties. Any close analysis of the pattern of killings by these butchers during the past Two months would substantiate that these cowards closeted in the heavily fortified barracks in the district headquarters or urban areas do ventures out in a strength of not less than 3 to 5 hundred in numbers, only in day time, to nearby areas of 2-3 hours walking distance, herd in the masses at random, pick up a few for annihilation and return back to the barracks before the sun sets in. this is the pattern of their so-called ‘search and destroy operation’. The fact that most of these massacres have taken place in the Terai districts of Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Dhanusha etc. and in and around the district headquarters of Gorkha, Dailekh, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Lamjung and others, amply proves this. It may be recalled that after the initial attempts at firing or bombing from helicopters turned into a total farce, this new techniqueof cowardly massacre has been restored to by these reactionary butchers. Since the independent media and human rights organizations are strictly barred from visiting and verifying these massacre sites, such horrendous war crimes have not been sufficiently exposed. It may be noteworthy that a reporter from the pro-establishment paper Kantipur was recently arrested for reporting one of such heinous crimes by the royal army in Parbat district. Similarly a report by the parliamentary opposition party UML has corroborated the killing of six ruling Nepali Congress Party activists by the royal army in Rolpa district. Here it won’t be out of context to advice the amnesty international, which has made a hue and cry over the punishment meted out by the revolutionary forces to some govern,ment informers directly involved in this crimes, to monitor this war crimes by the royal army and report to the international community. Meanwhile the PLA and the people’s militias have carried out the numbers of successful ambushes and military actions in Gorkha, Lamjung, Myagdi, Dailekh, Sindhupalchok and other areas and effectively thwarted the attempts of the royal army to invade the revolutionary base areas. Rather a number of daring raids by the PLA over the royal army outposts guarding the telecommunication towers and other installations have forced the reactionary army to retreat to the district headquarters or large urban areas.
Tottering Regime Desperately Seeks External Shoring up
The proclamation of the emergency and imposition of royal military dictatorship seems to have added to the problems of the old reactionary state headed by Gyanendra-Deuba clique rather than solving it. After having diverted the major chunks of the national budget to military pursuits, the old state is fast heading towards total economic bankruptcy. As a result the economy is reported to have registered the lowest growth in the last ten years, and the tottering regime has desperately sought soaring up by the imperialists and expansionists masters, besides imposing additional taxes on the people through an economic ordinance. The first ever Nepal visit by the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, on January 18-19 was primarily in response to this, apart from the global geo-strategic calculations of the master himself. That the much hyped visit was centered around the challenges post by the revolutionary PW was evident from the utterances of Colin Powell before he touched the soil of Nepal. He minced no words in expressing whole hearted support to old regime and pontificating the urgent need to exorcise the expectre of inpending communist revolution, which they fondly brand as ‘terrorism’. He also pledged all economic and military support against the revolution. This was, of course, on expected lines. What was unexpected, however, was Colin Powell’s advice to the old regime not to prolong the emergency and to guard against the violations of human rights. Nevertheless the very fact that the US secretary of state deemed it necessary to meet with the top military brass of Nepal eloquently speaks of the primacy of the military aspects of the visit. Though no formal announcement has been made so far, it is reliably learnt that the US will provide substancial economic and military aids including 10 ultra modern helicopters, to fight against the revolutionary PW in Nepal. Whether the old regime fast crumbling under its own weight can survive through imperialism shoring up is yet to be seen.
CCOMPOSA CALLS FOR UNITED ACTION
The recently formed co-ordination committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) has taken a number of important decisions to fight unitedly against reactionary ruling classes of this region. Among this, a campaign against the imposition of emergency in Nepal and promulgation of POTO and banning of revolutionary parties and organisattions in India is to be launched throughout the region. For this, following common slogans have been advanced:
1. Down with
emergency in Nepal !
2. Lift the ban on CPI (M-L) (PW), MCC and other organizations in India !
3. Advance people’s war to establish base areas !
4. Down with US imperialism and Indian expansionism !
5. Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!