Sunday, April 28, 2013

नेपाली सेनाद्वारा लडाकू समायोजनको खाका सार्वजनिक

नयाँ महानिर्देशनालयको नेतृत्वमा उपरथी रामकृष्ण अधिकारी
१५ बैशाख, काठमाडौं । नेपाली सेनाले लडाकूहरुको समायोजनबाट बन्ने महानिर्देशनालयको खाका सार्वजनिक गरेको छ । सैनिक मुख्यालय जंगी अड्डामा पत्र कार सम्मेलन गरी युद्धकार्य निर्देशनालयका उपरथी हरिबहादुर बस्नेतले दिनुभएको जानकारीअनुसार महानिर्देशनालयको नेतृत्व उपरथी रामकृष्ण अधिकारीले गर्नुहुने भएको छ ।

Dahal visits India with bittersweet legacy

Dahal with his wife, Sita and general secretary Post Bahadur Bogati at TIA. Former PLA chief Nanda Kishor Pun 'Pasang' seen in the background.  (Photo: Bijay Gajmer)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Are Maoists a parliamentary party?

"Chhori, don´t say lal salam. Say namaste," Jiban Lama, former PLA commander of Lalitpur, told his daughter outside the textile factory at Hetauda, the venue of the UCPN (Maoist) general convention. The daughter was raising her right hand in a lal salam greeting to his father´s comrades.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Maoist, UML leaders call for introspection among communists

KATHMANDU, April 22: It was a rare sight for the crowd gathered inside the Rastriya Sabha Griha at Exhibition Road on Monday as two noted communist leaders not only criticized other parties for their weaknesses but also criticized their own parties with a number of anecdotes and evidence.

UCPN (Maoist)´s chief of the international bureau Ram Karki and CPN-UML Central Committee member Ghanashyam Bhusal while addressing the gathering organized on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of establishment of communist party in Nepal, dissected several aspects on why communist parties mushroomed in the country but failed to make sustained efforts in uplifting the people from the real downtrodden communities.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

घर, गोठ र खोर एउटै

चन्डीभन्ज्याङ (चितवन), वैशाख ८ - सानो झुप्रो । त्यही झुप्रोमा कुखुरा, मान्छे, सुँगुर र बाख्रा अटेका छन् । त्यतिमात्र होइन, बारीमा फलेको थोरै मकै र दाउरा पनि त्यही झुप्रोमा अटेको छ । वर्षा हुँदा भने आकाशबाट बर्सिने पानी बाहिर जाँदैन ।
घरभित्र छिर्दा आहाल नै जम्छ । त्यसैले चन्द्रबहादुर घर्तीको परिवारसमक्ष रुझेर रात काट्नुको विकल्प हुँदैन । सानैमा आमा-बुबा गुमाएर टुहुरो बनेका उनी ससुरालीले दिएको सानो टहरोमा बस्दै आएका छन् । वरिपरि सुँगुर, बाख्रा र कुखुरा राखेर परिवारले खाना पकाएर खाने गरेका छन् । उनको चार जनाको परिवार त्यही झुप्रोमा अटेको छ । खेतबारी नहुँदा जंगली कन्दमूलको भरमा परिवारले सास अल्झाउँदै आएको छ ।

Saturday, April 20, 2013

China's concern with federalism is disintegration risk: Dahal

photo courtacy: Shiv Khakurel
UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday. Dahal had been invited for a week-long visit to China by the Chinese Communist Party. Purna Basnet of Republica had an exclusive talk with Dahal shortly after the meeting with President Xi. Excerpts:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Baidya under fire over proposed CC nominations

Dissidents hand over protest letter to party chief
KATHMANDU, April 19: CPN-Maoist cadres have expressed serious objection to names proposed by the party leaders as central committee members even before the names were made public.
Stating that the proposal is against the mandate of the generation convention, dissident party members said the party leaders have utterly failed to correct themselves even after the split from the UCPN (Maoist).

A poor Nepal can't further one-China policy: Dahal

BEIJING, April 19: Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered a suggestion to Nepal with emphasis to start work on its economic prosperity after completing the twin tasks of constitution writing and the peace process.
President Xi expressed his commitment to providing all kinds of economic support to Nepal, saying Nepal"s economic progress has a direct impact on Tibet"s security concerns. He expressed his commitment and offered the suggestions during a meeting with UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is currently on a week-long China visit.

Dahal leaves for China fueling speculations back home

KATHMANDU, April 14: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday flew off on a week long visit to China fuelling speculations back home as the visit coincides with the recent leadership change in the northern neighboring country.
Dahal´s visit is the first by a Nepali leader following the change of leadership in China.

Why Maoist parties have jumbo CCs?

KATHMANDU, April 18: The general conventions of the two Maoist parties -- Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led UCPN (Maoist) and Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist -- had concluded with decisions to go for slim central committees (CC), arguing that these would run more smoothly. But in the end, both the Maoist parties have formed jumbo CCs, in clear disregard of the mandates given them by the general conventions.

While the UCPN (Maoist) has decided to form a 399-member CC and it already has 236 members now, the CPN-Maoist is going for a CC of 151 members, of which it already has 144.

CPN-Maoist forms jumbo CC


KATHMANDU, April 16: Following the footsteps of its mother party UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist has finally formed a jumbo central committee (CC) four months after the general convention.

A CC meeting held at the party office on Monday formed a 151-member CC with 101 new faces. The general convention of the party held in January had formed a 43-member CC mandating the body to nominate additional eight members.

Monday, April 8, 2013

No place for picnics

By Freny Manecksha
Kashmiri women tell their stories of the conflict.

'Perhaps some day I might end up as a poet after all'

By Salima Hashmi
The daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the Subcontinent's iconic bard, discovers letters exchanged by her mother and father.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gulf between Baidya-led alliance and big four widens

KATHMANDU, April 5: The gulf between Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist alliance on one hand and the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the United Democratic Madhesi Front on the other is likely to widen further as the former seeks positive signals on its preconditions and these appear unacceptable to the later. The Dahal and Baidya alliances sticking to their positions not only amplifies the polarization between the two Maoist-led alliances as between pro-election and anti-election, there is also seen the possibility of confrontation.

Postcard from Hetauda

I look back where we were headed, and look where I am now! Did the dreams of the martyrs, the injured and our comrades really come true? I constantly ask myself,” says Prabina Gole a.k.a. Namuna, of Lalitpur, turning her eyes away from her comrades’ photos.

Commune at point of life or death

Members of the Ajammari Commune at Thabang, Rolpa district.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Following the deviation of Maoist leaders from their ideals and their ostentatious lifestyle, most Maoist communes have seen dissolution.
The remaining one commune is also at the point of life or death.

Of the four communes run in the Maoist heartland, only the Ajammari Commune at Thabang, Rolpa is still running. The others-- Jaljala Commune at Jelbang, Rolpa; Balidan Commune, Rukum; and Juni Commune, Jajarkot are defunct.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dahal facing rough ride inside party

KATHMANDU, April 3: UCPN(Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is now confronted by a most serious crisis since the party split, after failing to face up to a series of rejections from rival factions under Vice-chairmen duo Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha and also from his own internal factions, over the organizational setup in the wake of the Hetauda general convention.

Dalit family resolved to keep Naumati band alive

ILAM, April 3: Till a few years back, the playing of the classical naumati baja was a regular sound for the locals of Barbote VDC, as it used to herald someone getting married or a mother giving birth recently.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Baidya-led Maoists reject talks offer

A meeting of 33-party alliance. (Photo: Dipesh Shrestha)
KATHMANDU, April 1: A meeting of the 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist on Sunday rejected the government´s offer for talks.