ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Baburam Bhattarai: For a 'New Nepal'

Baburam Bhattarai is senior standing committee member of the politburo of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). In the April 2008 constituent assembly election, he was elected from the Gorkha constituency-2 by an overwhelming margin. In this interview, Bhattarai stresses the need for the people to exert pressure from below, articulates the CPN(M)'s vision of a "new Nepal" and the road to that goal, and foregrounds the need for "land to the tiller" and cooperatives in the transformation of Nepali agriculture. The interview, conducted in Nepal on May 3 by Stephen Mikesell and Mary Des Chene, was originally for WORT-FM community radio, Madison, Wisconsin, United States, portions of which were broadcast on May 4.

Constituent Assembly and the Revolutionary Left in Nepal

As the elections to the constituent assembly draw near, the question in Nepal seems not to be whether there will be a democratic republic, but rather what kind of democratic republic it will be. "Bourgeois democrats" would want to preserve the country's capitalistic character, while the "revolutionary left" will make every effort to give it a transitional character to bring socialism on to the nation's agenda. "The reformist left" will vacillate between the two courses but predominantly forge alliances with the "bourgeois democrats".
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