Maoists in Nepal are rumored to be on the verge of another split
The UCPN(Maoist) led a people’s war in Nepal. The people’s war ended in 2006 with negotiated settlement with the imperialists and their agents. The New Power that was built was exchanged for a seat at the table with the Old Power. The movement there was a classic case of armed revisionism. This underscores the point that being armed and having a red flag does not make a movement communist. The Maoist movement there has gone through several left splits that advocate a return to the people’s war — even though the revisionists had jailed and disarmed their people’s army. Recently, rumors have been circulating that the movement is on the verge of another split. The media reports:
“The hardline faction of the UCPN (Maoist) party, led by Mohan Baidya has announced that it will organize protest programs until May 27 and then split from the leadership faction after the tenure of the Constituent Assembly expires. The Baidya faction has also condemned the recent agreement signed by major political parties regarding the disputed issues in the new constitution. Leaders from the hardline faction informed the media that they will organize different protest programs across the country from May 23 to May 27.
The hardline faction plans to organize protests in the streets and in the parliament until May 27 and then formally split from the party after the promulgation of the new constitution. The Baidya faction has stated that the new constitution will not meet the demands of the oppressed and marginalized communities. Maoist leaders close to the faction have also decided to ignore the party’s directives during the voting in the CA for the disputed issues in the new constitution.
The Baidya faction has also formed alliance with various ethnic groups and marginalized communities to fight against the Maoist leadership. According to Maoist sources, 75 Maoist CA members out of the total 237 belong to the Baidya faction. The Baidya faction has accused the UCPN chairman, Puspha Kamal Dahal of compromising with other political parties and humiliating the PLA soldiers.”
This underscores the importance of having true revolutionary science, Leading Light Communism, at the helm. This underscores the necessity of drawing the correct conclusions from the past, including the laws that “without a people’s army, the people have nothing” and “one cannot turn a people’s war on and off” and “never surrender.” Real revolutions, Leading Light Communist revolution, is about building New Power, not using armed struggle as a high-stakes reformist struggle to gain concessions from Old Power. Let’s hope a real revolutionary movement arises in Nepal, a Leading Light Communist movement.
1. Katmandu Post http://www.parakhi.com/news/2012/05/17/maoist-hardline-faction-to-split-after-may-27
Hopefully Baidya and others will get the revolutionary train back on its rail and from UMLP to all others will be put back in history’s garbage and revisionists off of party’s leadership
We do not think real revolution will be made by going backward to ML or MLM orthodoxy. While such forces can resist imperialism to various extents, they really are not scientific enough to make communist revolution in this day and age. Those forces that cannot understand something as simple as the balance of forces in the world, global class analysis, will not be advanced enough to navigate the people to end all systematic oppression, to reach communism. This is why we say the only real communists today are Leading Lights.