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(en) Nepal: an antiauthoritarian report - Ke Garne? What to do? A new approach to the situation in Nepal

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 6 Dec 2003 13:21:39 +0100 (CET)

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[Note: "Ke garne" means "What to do?" in Nepali.]
Corporate takeovers are mean and nasty. They are wars. But people
don't get too concerned because there are no civilian casualties.
However, takeovers of nation-states are drowned in blood. The unwitting
footsoldiers of either side massacre each other in a desperate bid for power.
What we have in Nepal is a leftist statist project trying to take over the
existing government, for the spoils of statehood.
A leftist statist movement, such as this one based on the ideology of
Maoism, operate on the basis of its image among the people. Its image
is all-important to its success or failure.

However, the image of a leftist statist movement begins to tarnish the
day it is hatched. It has a limited lifespan, until it degenerates into
being perceived as a mafioso conspiracy just as bad as -- if not worse
than -- the existing mafioso conspiracy that we call the government.

Nepal has reached this point. People constantly told me that neither the
government nor the Maoists would benefit the people by being in
power. A rickshaw driver pointed out to me the cooincidence -- or is it?
-- that the leaders of both the Maoists and the government have roots
in Ghorka district. (Ghorka is the seat of the nationalization of Nepal
under the current government.)

Another sign is the outbreak of local people's militias, not encouraged
or supported but the government, to defend against both the
government and the Maoists.

This is also a turning point in the conflict. It marks the entry of a third
power, a very menacing power to both of the other parties involved: the
power of the people.

The government has begun to try to co-opt this third power, by trying to
absorb the people's militias into its own fold. Prime Minister Thapa of
His Majesty's Government of Nepal has proposed developing more of
these militias, but to defend solely against the Maoists. However, this
will not always fly, if the people perceive the government and the
Maoists as equal threats.

However, public opinion may have swung significantly in the last year.
It is at the point where it is near-unanimous among people from all
walks of life in Nepal, that neither the government nor the Maoists are
an acceptable answer. However, a weaker but noticeable strain in
public opinion is that the government is the lesser of the two evils,
accompanied by a nostalgia for the days before the war tore apart the

People who have never threw in their lot with the Maoists, yet who do
not believe in the government's lies, have tried to continue doing their
independent work -- whether it's their own survival or the improvement
of their society's well-being.

But this has been getting harder and harder, as the polarization of the
warring factions continues. The nation is in a downward spiral, because
both of the warring parties are entering a phase of desperation. They
will both try anything to survive, and their tactics are getting more and
more bloody.

But it is not the blood of the leaders of either side which is spilt. It is
the blood of their hapless recruits, who joined the respective armies for
a multitude of reasons, from naive idealism to poverty.

So, ke garne? What is to be done?

Judging by their actions, it is clear that neither the government nor the
Maoists have the people's well-being at the forefront of their agendas.
At first take, it seems that a true people's power would be preferable.

But what would it lead to? Would the emergence of a true people's
power cause the wrath of both parties to come down on it and lead to a
worse bloodbath than ever, a Krondstadt, a Paris Commune?

This is a fundamental question that we must answer.

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