Tag Archives: Maoist Thought

Reasons to Support China

The following videos are from the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)‘s celebration of China’s National Day, part of their Hands Off China campaign. These videos feature Harpal Brar of the CPGB-ML and Taimur Rahman of Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party – Pakistan (CMKP).

[Note: more videos from this meeting have been put online since I first posted this article, and I have added them here.]

The following three videos are of Comrade Harpal Brar’s talk:

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 1 - Reasons to support China

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 2 - China’s Internationalism

Harpal Brar of CPGB-ML: Part 3 - Lessons in Struggle

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We are being encircled by the reactionaries: Interview with Comrade Basanta

The following interview is from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)’s paper, The Red Star:

We are being encircled by the reactionaries

– Indramohan Sigdel ‘Basanta’,

Central Committee Member, CPN (Maoist)

The CPN (Maoist) is now at the stage of peaceful revolution. Revolution in itself is meant to politically overthrow the enemy from state power. How can you recognize your enemy at this peaceful stage?

Generally speaking, the revolution is meant to violently overthrow the class enemy from the state power. However, one must not one-sidedly understand that the revolution necessarily takes a violent form all through its course. The form of struggle is determined not by the subjective wish of the struggling forces but of course by the objective condition and the balance of forces at the given period. At a certain juncture and certain condition, the revolution can develop in a peaceful way. Our participation in the two negotiations in the past and the present peace process are examples of peaceful development of revolution. Nevertheless, it is wrong to categorically separate revolution as two distinct stages, the violent or peaceful, as your question points to. Continue reading

Conversation with a Maoist Revolutionary: Baburam Bhattarai to speak in Washington DC

Dr. Bhattarai speaks at a mass rally in Nepal

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies Presents:

Title: Conversation with a Maoist Revolutionary

In the Sigur Center’s Lecture Series on Subnational Asia

Speaker: Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Minister of Finance, Nepal

Baburam Bhattarai is Nepal’s Finance Minister. He was the second in command and chief ideologue of the Maoist guerillas, who led a decade-long armed uprising against the state and the monarchy.  Dr. Bhattarai was instrumental in bringing his party to a successful peace process. Dr. Bhattarai is a senior member of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist’s Secretariat, the highest governing body of the party. After just one month in the Finance Ministry, he has released an ambitious 2009 budget aimed at poverty alleviation.  He is the author of The Nature of Underdevelopment and Regional Structure of Nepal: A Marxist Analysis (2003), Politico-Economic Rationale of People’s War in Nepal (1998) and Nepal’s Principles of Revolution. Bhattarai received his B.A. in Architecture from Chandigarh (India) in 1977 and completed his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) in 1986.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time: 11:30 – 12:45 pm

Place: Lindner Family Commons, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

RSVP: Please RSVP with your name, organization/GW affiliation, and e-mail to gsigur@gwu.edu by Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

Prachanda: We are for a People’s Republic of Nepal

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and its People’s Liberation Army waged a ten year people’s war that deposed the Nepali monarchy. Now the CPN-Maoist is in the lead of a popularly elected revolutionary coaltion government charged with drafting a new constitution for the Himilayan country. Their leader, Prachanda, was elected to the post of Prime Minister. Now the Central Committe of the CPN-Maoist is meeting to discuss these questions. The following article is from Nepal CA Portal. Please see also my post, Towards a People’s Republic of Nepal? along with my other posts on Nepal.

We’re for people’s republic: PM


CPN-Maoist Chairman and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that a federal democratic republic is his party’s transitional objective and its long-term goal is to go for a people’s republic, according to a member of the party’s central committee.

In a political paper presented at the party’s central committee today, Dahal said a people’s republic is suitable for Nepal’s geo-politics, adding, his party would not accept parliamentary democracy as practiced in Nepal. Continue reading

The Guerrilla is Like a Poet

Jose Maria Sison presiding over the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought, 1993

Jose Maria Sison presiding over the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought, 1993

I’ve highlighted some revolutionary art and culture before. I’ve posted Rage Against the Machine’s acapella perfomance at the RNC protest this September, and the Sendoro Luminoso inspired video for the song Bombtrack. I’ve highlighted the music of Julian Conrado of the FARC-EP. Yesterday I posted an article about the outstanding Palestinian writer and PFLP martyr, Ghassan Kanafani. Today I want to highlight the beautiful poetry and songs of the Filipino revolutionary leader, Jose Maria Sison.

Comrade Sison reconstituted the Communist Party of the Philippines in 1968 based on Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and founded the New People’s Army. He is the author of numerous important books and articles, including Philippine Society and Revolution, written under the war-name of ‘Amado Guerrero’. Today Sison lives in exile in The Netherlands and is the Chief Political Consultant to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

This is a music video of Jose Maria Sison’s lyric poem, “The Guerrilla is Like a Poet”. In the video it switches form English to Tagalog halfway through. You can also hear Sison himself sing the poem by clicking here. The words of the poem are in English in full below.

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Towards a People’s Republic of Nepal?

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led a ten year people’s war that deposed the Nepali monarchy. Now the CPN-Maoist is in the lead of a popularly elected revolutionary coaltion government charged with drafting a new constitution for the country. The following article, concerning questions of what form the government of the New Nepal will take, is form the Nepal Constituent Assembly Portal. To clearly understand exactly what Comrade Gaurav is talking about, it may be helpful to read this along with Mao Zedong’s “The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party” and “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship“. 

‘Nepal Maoist committed to Peoples’ Republic ‘

Comrade Gaurav (left) with Filipino revolutonary leader Jose Maria Sison in the The Netherlands, 9/23/08

Comrade Gaurav (left) with Filipino revolutonary leader Jose Maria Sison in the The Netherlands, 9/23/08

The Nepal-Maoists’ International Bureau Chief Mr. C.P. Gajurel alias Gaurav speaking at a journalist interaction program in the capital on Wednesday have made it clear to all and sundry that the Maoists are totally committed to writing a constitution that will be based on a Peoples’ Republican Framework.

“We will at any cost draft a Peoples’ Republican Constitution”, said Gajurel who had a short stint in the Europe recently.

“The System of Federal Democratic Republic is the continuation of the status quo…we are looking for a different system…our final target is to declare Nepal a peoples’ republic”.

“Our decade long revolt was meant for that and we are totally committed to reach the said target”.

“Democracy and Parliament- are only a dilemma…let us not confuse ourselves anymore, a parliamentary system of democracy has failed in the world entire”.

“We are very clear that the entire Nepali population will support our party in our endeavor”.

Mr. Gajurel made these remarks at the Reporters Club in Kathmandu.

Black Like Mao

Mao’s China, along with the Cuban Revolution and African Nationalism, internationalized the black revolution in profound ways. Mao gave black radicals a non-Western model of Marxism that placed greater emphasis on local conditions and historical circumstances than canonical texts.

A friend sent me this article by Robin D. G. Kelley and Betsy Esche, “Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution” (PDF) from Souls Vol. 1 #4. It is about the influence that the Chinese Revolution and the thought of Mao Zedong had on radical African American activists, including figures like W. E. B. Du Bois, Harry Haywood, Robert Williams, the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, Huey P. Newton, General Baker, Nelson Perry, Amiri Baraka and others. Continue reading

NDFP Negotiating panel meets CPN-Maoist’s Comrade Gaurav

The following is from the Philippine Revolution Web Central:

NDFP Negotiating panel meets Comrade Gaurav

Ruth de Leon
Executive Director
International Information Office
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
September 24, 2008

The NDFP Negotiating Panel represented by Luis Jalandoni, Chairperson, and Fidel Agcaoili, Member, with Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, met with Chandra Prakash Gajurel (popularly known as Comrade Gaurav), and an assistant, on 23 September 2008 in The Netherlands. Continue reading

Prachanda speaks in NYC: Audio of “A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal”

This is from the Hegemonik blog:

“A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal” – an MP3 recording of a talk by Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, aka Prachanda, presented by the India China Institute of New School University.

These MP3 recordings include remarks by Professor Andrew Arato, the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory at New School University; remarks by Kul Chandra Gautam, advisor to the Nepal Democracy and Development Initiative at the India China Institute; as well as a Q&A between PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the audience.

These MP3 audio clips are presented by Hegemonik. They have been edited for length. As the program was both in English and Nepali (without translation equipment), clips have had Nepali language conversation excised. An unedited version is available upon request to the author.

Prachanda’s address to the United Nations

Prachanda led a ten year long people’s war as the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Supreme Commander of People’s Liberation Army. After deposing the King and establishing a revolutionary coalition government, he was recently elected to the post of Prime Minister. The following is a transcript of Prachanda’s Sept. 26th address to the UN General Assembly, posted here from Democracy and Class Struggle. Please see also the other articles on Nepal here on the ML blog.

Mr. President,
Mr. General Secretary,
Distinguished Delegates

1.At the outset, allow me to congratulate you on your election as the President of this Assembly and to assure you of my delegation’s full cooperation in discharging your responsibilities. I also thank the UN Secretary General for his comprehensive report on the work of the UN and his positive reference to the situation obtaining in Nepal.

Mr. President,

2. It is indeed a historic opportunity for me to address this august Assembly as the first Prime Minister of Nepal of the newest republic of the world. As I stand here in front of the global leadership, I think of the long struggle that I and my party waged with single mindedness for the liberation of the common man from the clutches of the age-old suppression, deprivation, marginalization and outright negligence of the then existing polity. My fellow countrymen and women, toiling in the mountains and valleys, working day and night in the low lands and the urban areas and yet unable to ensure even the simple necessities of life for his or her family had a hope and expectation that one day they would lead a decent life with equal rights and opportunities and be recognized as respectful citizens of the country. We are at this significant turning point in the political history of Nepal. Continue reading