From The Nepali Press
Maoist in Europe
Nepal Samacharpatra, 5 April
FROM ISSUE #199 (04 JUNE 2004 - 10 JUNE 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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At the same time that Crown Prince Paras and Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey were seeking support in Austria and France for the royal government, the Maoists were lobbying in Europe with the help of Indian journalist Ananda Swaroop Verma. The New Delhi- based publisher of the paper Teesri Dunia, who also published Baburam Bhattarai's Monarchy versus Democracy: The Epic Fight in Nepal last year, has been in Europe for the last month speaking at pro-Maoist gatherings in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The theme of the trip, organised by London-based leftist group World Peoples Resistance Movement, was \'Revolution in Nepal: A new world is possible'. In his presentation, Verma said that while the US, UK and India were helping the royal government, the Nepali people widely support the Maoists. Verma who is also general secretary of the All-India Farm Workers Union, criticised the Indian government for helping to oppress the (Nepali) people for the past 30 years instead of working to transform the society. "The communist rebels have started conducting activities to correct the weaknesses in society, removed the tradition of untouchablity and liberated women. Campaigns to provide education to all have been conducted along with the development of schools. The PLA has been helping villagers by providing medicine," Verma claimed.