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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The return of communes

Not since the 1960s has the left talked about establishing communes as models of development. This was done in China, but not in the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. Now there are reports from The Red Star, that communes have been set up by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and they are still operating today. This is from The Red Star:

During the period of the People's War, the communes were established in the central base areas of the western Nepal. They were/are the models of the People's Communes. They are the embryo of socialism and communism. These communes are still surviving in a live condition. The policy and the programmes declared by the republican government are helping them. These communes are the best achievements of a decade long People's War. They are the protection, experiment and the development of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and Prachanda Path." Juni People's Commune, Ajammari People's Commune, Jaljala People's Commune and Balidan People's Commune are the model communes developed in the central base area.
Jaljala commune
It is named after a famous mountain in Rolpa. This commune is situated in a small area of Jelwang Village Development Committee of Rolpa district. The commune has 25 families with more than 125 members. It was established in 2058 BS. (2002). The sources of the commune are the cooperative shop, mules for carrying load, hotels opened in the small bazaars of the district, domestic industries and agricultural productions.
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