From The Nepali Press
Dristi, 14 December
FROM ISSUE #226 (17 DEC 2004 - 23 DEC 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The ideological dispute between Unity Centre-Masal and its Maoist comrades is shaping into a violent showdown. There was a time when the two communist parties shared an amicable relationship. But after the Maoists attacked Mohan Bikram the Janamorcha Party has started to mobilise a nationwide protest against the Maoists. The rebels have crossed the limits of unjustifiable acts, bringing themselves down to the level of Adolf Hitler. Last week, they tortured a Janamorcha activist by nailing wood onto his chest and drilling into his bones. As usual, the Maoists accused the Janamorcha members of spying on their activities, beating up their activists and seizing their arms. In retaliation, Janamorcha activists have started to mobilise the masses against the rebels in Baglung. Their inspiration mainly comes from the courageous women of Dullu in Dailekh. The anti-Maoist movements in Dailekh and Baglung have been a serious blow to the rebels. This brave action by Janamorcha is an important lesson that large political parties should also inculcate. All these parties have done is give lectures against the rebels even when their workers were killed, abducted and brutalised. They did not have the guts to face up and retaliate or even genuinely mourn their killed comrades. On the other hand, a small party like Unity Centre-Masal has retaliated bravely to protect its party and defend their workers. This campaign by small parties must have shamed the leaders of major political parties and given them an inferiority complex. When are they going to start retaliating against the Maoists? It will need physical presence but more importantly, it has to be a protracted political and ideological war. No regime can be forever protected by guns. The Maoists are aware that even the most powerful regime has bowed down to the power of people. Maoists might have the idea that the campaign against them by both the people and Janamorcha was instigated by some groups with vested interests. But everyone knows that the protest campaigns were the result of their injustices against ordinary civilians. The Maoists can afford to ignore the people's voice if they want to go underground forever and live in the jungles. But if they want to lead the people in a civilised and law-abiding country, they have to give up their violent, anarchical and anti-people ways.