Maoist Army: Get over the Hangover dudes!
Nepal’s Maoist Party central committee has been discussing Prime Minister Prachanda’s proposal of calling the present state as merely a “transitional republic” and work toward establishing the “people’s new republic”.
Just a few days ago in New York, Chairman Prachanda had promised that he’d persuade even the opposition Nepali Congress – a “bourgeois” party for the Maoists – to join the government. This shows that Prachanda realizes how crucial public opinion would be for the stability of Maoist-led five-party coalition government.
Prachanda even asked everyone for collective effort against the “reactionary forces who are intent upon disintegrating the Nepali nation”. Seeking support by scaring the public of national disintegration has been a cliché in the Nepali politics.
On the other hand, former PM and Nepali Congress chief G. P. Koirala, who after stepping down had said that he didn’t feel like complaining against anyone, has accused Prachanda of heading toward a “despotic communist regime”.
Similarly, several Terai armed groups have been holding a meeting in an undisclosed location in Northern India to fight against the “Gorkha-hegemony” collectively.
The immediate concern for the Prachanda-Government is to engage the dissidents into meaningful dialogue. The government’s call to the armed-groups for the talks is certainly welcome, but not enough.
In such conditions, the Maoist Party resolution of heading toward their “people’s new democracy” would only strengthen suspicion among the opposition as well as the Nepal Army. At a time when the integration or rehabilitation of around 20,000 Maoist Army has not been yet resolved, any attempt of “radicalising” the politics would not only be against public interest, but against the Maoists themselves.