Friday, July 11, 2008

Nepal Maoists’ Muslim affiliate

Here is some interesting information. In Nepal, there is a Muslim Mukti Morcha (MMM), which is “a mass people’s organization affiliated to to the party of the Maoist Revolutionaries”.

According to a report circulated by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), CPN-M Chairman Prachanda addressed a gathering of the MMM on Wednesday.

Excerpts from the report:

The Nepal Maoists, who played a key role in abolishing the 240-year-old Hindu monarchy and turning the country into a secular state, have vowed to ensure special rights to the minority Muslim community in the Himalayan nation.

"It is not enough to provide equal rights to the Muslims but they should be given special rights as compensation for having been suppressed," Prachanda said.

His support for special rights for the Muslims is seen as an attempt to mobilise the muslim community, which mainly resides in the Terai-plains bordering India and unleash potential for Revolution. Also the aim is to show to oppressed Muslim masses the world over that only Maoist-led people's revolution is key to liberation and new life!
Declaring Nepal a secular nation was one of the 40-point demands put forth by the Maoists in 1996 when they started the peoples war in the country.

Prachanda, who is poised to lead the new government in Nepal, promised to form a `Muslim Commission' for the welfare of the minority community and develop historically important pilgrimage sites of the community as tourist destinations.

MMM leader Mohammad Kasim Miya asked the Terai-based Madhesi leaders not to categorize Muslims as Madhesis, alleging that the regional parties of the plains were trying to deny Muslims their rights.

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