Interview with D-D Commander ‘Vivek’

We disagree with the tendency that is going to dissolve People’s Liberation Army :Mep Bahadur Kunwar, “Vivek”

(Mep Bdr. Kunwar “Com. Vivek”  is  a Divisional Deputy Commander in the 6thDivision of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) camp; which is located in Surkhet district, Mid-WesternNepal. He is one of the prominent commanders of PLA in Nepal. Journalist Janmadev Jaishi has taken interview with him while PLA is being regrouping.)

Is People’s Liberation Army satisfied with this running process of regrouping ?

The most prominent issue of this period is to carry the peace process into a logical end. That includes the most important issue of the integration of army. However, what we are realizing now is quite reverse than what we had thought in the beginning of the peace process. The policy and the plan that is being implemented these days is promoting status quo in place of peace and transformation of the state.

Actually people want guarantee of state restructuring aiming to advance for the transformation that includes the right of all the oppressed, marginalized and the excluded regions, castes, ethnicity, women, dalits, madhesis and minorities like Muslims and others. Peace process will be stable only after the proper address to the aforementioned agendas that empowers the people and the nation. If the political parties can not address the people, they will pile up the problems into a high mountain that will certainly create complexity. Being acquainted with all these activities and scenario made from the side of the government and the heads of the big political parties, we, the thousands of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) commanders and the soldiers are not satisfied at all.

Is the inner struggle of UCPN-Maoist influencing PLA and its process of fusion?

What we are thinking is that the main leadership of the party is not taking the process seriously and responsibly. The inner struggle that is being run inside the party is about the integration of the army, returning land and the restructuring of the sate for progress. Therefore, we the PLA commanders and the soldiers are taking all these issues very seriously. We are measuring all the running activities and the process within the criteria of the aim, goal and the objectives that were put forwarded when the PLA was established. What we are questioning is that how the social contradictions, that were ripen into a decade long People’s War (PW) and the People’s Movement-II, are being carried into a logical end. Certainly, we the commanders and the soldiers have difference of opinion. But, what I have understood is that the aim of establishing PLA has not yet been fulfilled. Keeping this issue in the center, I am listening from some of our commanders and the leader that they are talking about the socialist revolution. A question still exists if the People’s New Democratic Revolution (PNDR) has been completed in the context of Nepal? It means there is no more need of the PLA, whole timer cadres, any struggle and the support of the people! If so, the contradiction has been solved and there are no more feudalistic, land lords, comprador capitalists, bureaucratic capitalism and bourgeois and, on the other hand, poor, homeless and landless peasants and the workers?

What is reality, then?

The struggle against feudalism, imperialism and their puppets is being intense in these days. It is left to be finalized. The opinion of socialist revolution in the context of  Nepal does not match with the contradiction and class analysis that prevails in today’s Nepal. This opinion has disrespected the sacrifice, dedication and devotion of PLA. The heads and the followers of reciting socialist revolution have diverted the real issue towards the aimless direction. The reality known to all is that the agendas of federalism, state restructuring, secularism, inclusive, proportionate representative and the election of the Constituent Assembly (CA), (now sovereign CA exists), are the achievements that were gained through PW and the decisive role of the PLA.

What our disagreement is that the PLA has been disarmed, it is being made dress-less and being recruited as the fresh recruiters. Isn’t it a condemnable? The tendency that dishonours, minimizes and tries to make the PLA like clown  in the plays is not acceptable for all of us.

But, broad sheet papers and big electronic media are propagating that pleasing environment is being created  in the cantonment sites while regrouping is running. How is ground reality?

We are in the critical turn of the history. The question is not to be happy and unhappy. We are directly involving in the domestic contradictions, party contradictions, and we are scrutinizing all the issues connecting them with the fate and future of the nation and the people. We are worried- where we are being driven to?  The version that is exposed through the papers and the electronic media is according to their own class and class opinion which they are being indoctrinated. It is very true within UCPN-Maoist party and other political parties and the intellectuals as well.

PLA soldiers and commanders are being clear while passing through the process these days. Process of regrouping is going to be ended. The main leadership of the party has told a lie to PLA since four years. PLA, at last, is being dissolved.

Source :Redstar Nepal 

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2 Responses to “Interview with D-D Commander ‘Vivek’”

  1. kumar sarkar says:

    I think the issue of democratic revolution growing over to the socialist revolution is being muddled up once again, and this has been so over several decades in the international communist movement. I would like to quote here that famous extract from Lenin:

    On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the October Revolution in 1921, Lenin wrote:

    “Both the anarchists and the petty-bourgeois democrats (i.e., the Mensheviks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries, who are the Russian counterparts of that international social type) have talked and are still talking an incredible lot of nonsense about the relation between the bourgeois-democratic revolution and the socialist (that is, proletarian) revolution. The last four years have proved to the hilt that our interpretation of Marxism on this point, and our estimate of the experience of former revolutions were correct. We have consummated the bourgeois-democratic revolution as nobody had done before. We are advancing towards the socialist revolution consciously, firmly and unswervingly, knowing that it is not separated from the bourgeois-democratic revolution by a Chinese Wall, and knowing too that (in the last analysis) struggle alone will determine how far we shall advance, what part of this immense and lofty task we shall accomplish, and to what extent we shall succeed in consolidating our victories. Time will show. But we see even now that a tremendous amount — tremendous for this ruined, exhausted and backward country — has already been done towards the socialist transformation of society”

    And again,

    ““But in order to consolidate the achievements of the bourgeois-democratic revolution for the peoples of Russia, we were obliged to go farther; and we did go farther. We solved the problems of the bourgeois-democratic revolution in passing, as a “by-product” of our main and genuinely proletarian – revolutionary, socialist activities. We have always said that reforms are a by-product of the revolutionary class struggle. We said — and proved it by deeds — that bourgeois-democratic reforms are a by-product of the proletarian, i.e., of the socialist revolution. Incidentally, the Kautskys, Hilferdings, Martovs, Chernovs, Hillquits, Longuets, MacDonalds, Turatis and other heroes of “Two and-a-Half” Marxism were incapable of understanding this relation between the bourgeois-democratic and the proletarian-socialist revolutions. The first develops into the second. The second, in passing, solves the problems of the first. The second consolidates the work of the first. Struggle, and struggle alone, decides how far the second succeeds in outgrowing the first.”

    (Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
    Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1966
    Vol. 33, pp. 51-59.)

  2. kumar sarkar says:

    We need to ponder over, once again, certain basic issues:
    a. Nature and limitations of democratic revolution under global imperialism
    b. Democratic revolution only as a prelude to socialism
    c. Role of intermediate groups and strata in semi-feudal countries: these groups are not like the petit-bourgeoisie in Europe, who stand between the two polarised classes, bourgeoisie and working class. In semi-feudal societies, these grioups and strata are a halfway house between caste-based feudalism and capitalism. These groups are to be neutralised or won over to the side of the proletariat; otherwise, these are source of degeneration and reversals.

    Dahal and Bhattarai belong to these groups. Dahal’s latest talk about socialism (I have not seen the interview)seems a hypocritical diversion and needs to be weighed against returning land to the landlords, dissolving the PLA and signing unequal treaty like BIPPA with comprador India.

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