CPN-Maoist to revive war-era command system


By Kiran Pun
January 29, 2013

People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

After adopting “people’s revolt on the foundation of people’s war” as its political line through its general convention, Mohan Baidya’s CPN-Maoist is planning to revive the insurgency-era organizational structure in the party.

At the central committee meeting of the party which is under way at the party’s head office in Buddha Nagar, leaders are holding discussion to change the existing bureau system into command system. Under the system, power will be centralized in the commands, which will be headed by top leaders.

The meeting which started on January 20 is still continuing with gaps.

“Discussion is underway to set up command system,” Santosh Budha Magar, a central committee member, told Republica. Now there are eight bureaus including six geographical and two non-geographical and these are headed by politburo members.

The Eastern, Central, Western, Madhes, Far-Western and International bureaus were headed by Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma, Hitaman Shakya, Indra Mohan Sigdel, Kul Prasad KC and Dharmendra Banstola, respectively. Likewise, the non-geographical bureaus — publications and publicity, sister wings and fronts — were headed by Pampha Bhusal and Narayan Prasad Sharma, respectively.

Under the bureau system, the state committees are more powerful than the bureaus. There are 14 state committees including geographical and non-geographical state committees. Once command system is implemented the bureaus will be dissolved but state committees will be retained, according to a top leader.

“Discussion is under way to form between three and four commands,” said another central committee member. During the insurgency period, the then CPN (Maoist) had formed various commands, sometimes three, sometimes four and sometimes five in number. The party had formed Eastern, Central and Western Commands with top leaders as heads of the commands. The party had also formed a Valley Command and a Prabas Command [for Nepalis domiciled abroad].



About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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