Thursday, May 08, 2008

Nepal Maoists must concentrate on continuing the class struggle'

K. Srinivas Reddy in Hindu - 5th May 2008
It is possible only when they do not become part of governmentBe wary of the possibility of coups, assassinationsThey would be powerless to effect radical changes in ConstitutionHYDERABAD: In a shift from their earlier stand on the Nepalesedevelopments, Indian Maoists maintain that the current situation inthe neighbouring country provides immense possibilities for carryingforward the revolutionary programme by relying on the masses andcarrying out the class struggle, while utilising the State.However, such a scenario will be possible only when the Maoistleadership in Nepal does not become part of the government butconcentrates on continuing the class struggle, says Azad, Maoistspokesman in India.In a statement on Wednesday, the CPI (Maoist) Central Committeedescribed the electoral victory of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)as "a verdict against feudal monarchy, Indian expansionism and U.S.imperialism. " Cautioning them "not to become dizzy with success" andto be wary of the possibility of coups and assassinations, thecommittee said the real test would begin once the CPN took over thereins of power.The Maoist party was of the firm view that radical restructuring ofthe system would not be possible without militant mobilisation ofmasses. Such systemic changes could not be brought about throughState decrees and laws.With the Nepal Maoists lacking a majority in the ConstituentAssembly, they would be powerless to effect radical changes in theConstitution.There were only two alternatives — either to compromise and adjustwith reactionary forces or to mobilise people and intensify strugglethrough all means, including armed insurrection. The CPN should befully prepared to confront coup attempts, assassinations, artificialscarcity of goods through economic blockades and sabotage by inimicalforces that included India and the U.S, the Maoist party said.While sending their "fraternal revolutionary greetings,' IndianMaoists reminded the CPN leaders that very limited gains could beachieved by a government which came to power through elections."Survival of such a regime depends on taking a conciliatory stand onseveral crucial matters. Hence to overestimate the prospects ofradical restructuring of the society or economy by a Maoistgovernment would be illusory," the statement said.

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