Maoists Establish “People´s Volunteers Group”

The UCPN(Maoist) has been incredibly innovative in their development of new and unorthodox Party structures. This reveals a Party that is consistently willing to adapt to a new set of conditions within a given situation and think outside of the manuals of conventional Maoist manuals. For example, a Party structure that is little understood and under-studied has been their re-hauling of the concept of the Young Communist League (YCL), however, an informative study of the organization has been published in the latest issue of The Worker. The Indian Maoists have demonstrated a similar willingness to experiment with new tactics and organization as can be seen from the Urban Strategy document (it is probably of no surprise that some of the most innovative developments have been in relation to the urban question in both semi-colonies and advanced imperialist countries, thus, we can see that the Canadian, Italian and French Maoists have similarly been trying to develop new strategies for revolution in advanced imperialist countries).

The latest new structure to be established by the Nepalese Maoists is a new “combative organization” that is not an urban PLA nor parallels the YCL, and does not receive military training (although I am slightly unclear how it could be a combative organization if it does not receive appropriate military training). Rather, this seems to be an organization that is supposed to serve the people in the development of social projects i.e. focus on social programming (something that I believe has fallen to the wayside unfortunately during the transitional period) and the political work of the Party; mass mobilization and activism around issues like the proposed constitution and national self-defense against Indian expansionism (in this regard it is odd that such an organization has taken so long to be established as calls for a social program by which to promulgate the Maoist-written constitution have been occurring June 2010), and possibly an urban infrastructure that would play some undisclosed role in the people’s revolt. It is interesting to note that this new organization is being headed by the Kiran-faction firebrand (and often regarded as a rising star amongst the younger generation of Nepalese Maoists) Com. Netra Bikram Chand or “Biplav”. This is an interesting new development in the strategy of the Maoists and I would be interested to hearing more about this organization in the months to come.

Maoists to set up ‘people’s volunteers’ (Tek Narayan Bhattarai)

PALPA, March 6: Maoists have stepped up efforts to create yet another combative force called “People´s Volunteers Group” as part of their preparations for “people´s revolt” with the party planning to mobilize some five hundred thousand youths for “people´s service”. According to the leaders of the party, the youths would also be deployed to foil any attempts of reactionaries against the peace process and constitution-drafting.

“We know that the anti-revolutionary and reactionary forces are hand in gloves. So we are setting up a new force to defeat them,” said Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand, who is the coordinator of the new combative organization. “We will be in the service of people through the people´s volunteers — no matter whether or not we are in the government,” said Chand who was in Palpa the other day to set up people´s volunteers in the district. He said the party wants to employ the youths for development works, but added that they will also fight against reactionary forces if need be.

It may be recalled that party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had during cadre training said that the party would form a force of 500 thousand youths as part of preparation for the people´s revolt.    Chand, however, claimed that the volunteers will work for people and will be engaged in the reconstruction of destroyed physical infrastructure and other productive tasks. “It is neither an alternative to the People´s Liberation Army nor a parallel structure of the YCL,” said Chand. “We will not give them any kind of military training. The volunteers will be trained to work for people and implement the party´s programs.”

He said in each camp around two hundred volunteers will receive a two months training. The Maoist party hopes to formally declare the organization on March 19. According to him, there will be two types of volunteers: whole-timers and part-timers. “The whole-timers would work eight hours a day,” he said, “whereas the part-timers would continue in their professions but also take part in party activities.”

The other members of the people´s volunteers group are Shakti Basnet, Ganeshman Pun, Uma Bhujel, Dil Kumari Prajapati and Raju Khadka.

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