Election Boycott Campaign and the Role of the Red Youths
Rishi Raj Baral
With the beginning of the second phase of election-boycott campaign, National Youth People's Volunteer, an youth organization of CPN-Maoist, has launched the nationwide anti- election campaign. It was started from Jhapa, the easternmost district of Nepal which lies in Tarai region. After the Jhapa rally, Red-t Shirts and the youths volunteers have become an issue of political concern and curiosity. It has produced a new type of stirring among the politicians as well as in the public sector. For some one, it has become a source of spirit and inspiration and for some others, it has become an issue of restlessness. The nationwide march-past of youth volunteers indicates the impending political situation of Nepal. We all know youths from the former People´s Liberation Army (PLA), former Young Communist League (YCL) and the “disqualified militants” are united in the National Youth People's Volunteer (NYPV).
At that time, when the People’s Volunteer Bureau was established, different types of questions and comments had been done by the national-international sectors. After the breakthrough with the Prachand-Baburam clique, the revolutionaries reorganized and named it as the National Youth People's Volunteer (NYPV). Since then, this youth organization has become the hot issue on the medias as well as in the political sectors. Many national-international organizations, NGOs and agencies like “International Crisis Group” and the studies and analysis agency of India, “Institute For Defense Studies and Analyses” (IDSA) have shown keen interest in this youth organization.
In this short article there is no possibility of mentioning the comments of above mentioned agencies. Some of the websites particularly the supporters of revolutionary Marxism has focused the formation of NYPV as the pleasant moment for the followers of MLM, and anti-people websites and columnist has reacted it as the formation of a new terrorist wing. Restructuring the party as the CPN-Maoist was itself a historical event and it was not unnatural that the new formation of youths–NYPV to be the issue of new concern. The Seventh National Congress of CPN-Maoist made clear its party line as “People's Revolt on the Foundation of People's War”. Afterward, Central Committee meeting held in Pokhara valley passed the resolution to boycott the upcoming 2nd CA election actively and vigorously. Then providing the additional responsibility to the NYPV, party putout the total plan and program for the election boycott campaign.
It shaped a great challenge for the followers of parliamentary system. Now the reactionaries of old and new types are making noise that “Baidhya faction has no strength to foil the election” and in the mean time they have announced that “there is the possibility of army deploy in the election”. In fact, they want to cover up their frightened mentality. The nationwide march-past rally of the National Youth People's Volunteer has produced a tremor within the reactionary camp.
Here I would like to present the short history of National Youth People's Volunteer. Prachand-Baburam clique spoiled the revolutionary legacy of the Young Communist League, which had played a tremendous role in the past. They used the youths as the tools for the corruption and smuggling. The revolutionary legacy of YCL was turned in to the activities of hooligan gang. Then the revolutionary faction within UCPN (Maoist) forced party leaders to reorganize the youth force. After that it was named as the People´s Volunteer Bureau. At that time it was headed by comrade Biplav, member of the Standing Committee. Though it was formed to launch “people’s revolt”, the People’s Volunteer Bureau remained inactive allegedly due to unwillingness of Prachand and his followers. That's why, it could not succeed to move forward, as it was hoped. After the restructuring of the CPN-Maoist, it took new direction as the National Youth People's Volunteer. Now Comrade Biplav, secretary of the CPN-Maoist is leading this youth organization as the bureau in charge, and comrade Udaya Bahadur Chalaune “Deepak” then PLA Vice-Division Commander of 3rd Division is the chairman of this youth organization.
Now it is no more an organization of corrupted hooligans, it is the organization of the revolutionary youths, who are dedicated to the revolutionary transformation of the Nepalese society. It has got its identity as the people's volunteers in real sense. As it has mentioned in its document : “National Youth People's Volunteer, affiliated with the CPN-Maoist, is the organization of those revolutionary youths, who are struggling on the side of oppressed people and the national sovereignty.”
NYPV played and plying the vital role to seize the land occupied by the landlords from the poor peasants. NYPV has launched Mechi-Mahakali awaking campaign for the safeguard of the national sovereignty and integrity. It has condemned all unequal and unfair treaties between India and Nepal and has demanded to be annulled. NYPV always denounces Indian hegemony and stands against the American imperialism and Indian expansionism. So that, this youth organization is objectionable for the foreign reactionary forces. Not only this, Prachand the betrayer of Nepalese revolution and his followers also abominate this organisation, because of its anti-corruption, and anti-revisionist ideological stand. In many places the followers of Prachand and government supported vigilantes jointly have done physical attack upon the members of NYPV.
We all know that the CA election is not being held to write people’s constitution, rather it is based on the design of taking the country towards Sikkimisation. Decision of CA election is not based on the interest and opinion of the Nepalese people. This is a designed agenda directed by the American imperialism and Indian expansionism against the revolutionary transformation of the Nepalese society. And it is the matter of irony that the four party syndicate is working as their tools. That's why, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist has decided to boycott this so-called second CA election actively and vigorously. CPN-Maoist has called the masses of the people to make the boycott movement effective and a grand success. In this course, youths of the people's volunteers have stood in the forefront. As the scale of election boycott campaign further increases, as the Party intensifies the anti-election campaign, the four party alliance government will come out in its full strength to suppress the election boycott campaign. Then there will result a clear cut polarization between the political forces. No doubt, there will be a strong confrontation between the patriotic-progressive forces and the reactionary forces. At that very moment, the role of NYPV will be extremely momentous.
We have the right to boycott election as others have the right to take part in it. Currently the reactionary government is scheming the psychological terror that they are going to deploy the army in the election. We all know former king Gyanendra also had declared general election at that time. And we know it too that the revolutionaries have gained the experience of how to foil this type of elections. We have the leading team of matured and revolutionary leaders and we have the organization of youths like NVPV, where most of the former PLA commanders and cadres are united. They are prepared to complete their course of sacrifice in any time and action.
The main thing is the ideological question, which leads the oppressed people in the correct direction. We have a glorious history in this regard. When we waged the People's War, we had just a small team of people's volunteers, but later on, we had seven division of PLA. Similarly, in the beginning we had only one home made gun and later on, we gained the experience of modern rocket launcher. As Comrade Mao has mentioned that the decisive factor is the party line. Yes, the decisive factor is the revolutionary line, revolutionary spirit and the will power, not the number.
To fight for the safeguard of the national sovereignty and to achieve the goal of New Democratic Revolution is our motto. We know the government forces along with all types of revisionists and opportunists, including UCPN (Maoist), will come out against our mission and we are fully ensured that we can overcome all these obstacles. As Comrade Mao has mentioned in his article “The Orientation of the Youth Movement”, “Young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning.” Yes, The National Youth People's Volunteer means the organization of the revolutionary youths, who are ready to face each and every challenge loaded by the reactionary forces, inside the country and abroad. History has taught us how to fight against reactionaries and the opportunists.
CPN-Maoist has put out the issue of “High Level Consensus”. This must be taken with seriously. Not to take this issue seriously means to call for a new confrontation. In fact, election without national consensus means declaration of war on the people. Second phase of election boycott campaign is going to be concluded and no doubt, the third and final stage will take a new step–a new leap. Then it will not be the matter of surprise that the colour of Red t- Shirts will be changed into the “Green Shirts”. The youths of the National Youth People's Volunteer, are waiting for their commander's direction. It must be kept in mind that it is not the period of 1996, now it is 2013.
September 10, 2013 000