People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 17

April 29, 2007

Nepal Invites Yechury For Democracy Day


CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and MP, Sitaram Yechury, has been invited by prime minister of Nepal to participate in the first anniversary celebrations of restoration of democracy in the country. As part of these celebrations, Nepal is observing April 24, 2007 as Democracy Day.


During his two-day visit to Nepal, Yechury is scheduled to hold discussions with Madhav Kumar Nepal, general secretary of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), Prachanda, chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists), and other top political leaders of Nepal and of the interim government.


In a rare gesture, Yechury would be taken to the Demobilisation Camp of Maoists in Jutepani village to see first-hand the ongoing process of demobilisation. This camp was established following the agreement reached between Maoists and the interim government. The United Nations is overseeing the demobilisation of Maoists.


Yechury is the first Indian senior-ranking politician to visit Nepal after the interim government took over the reins of the country.


It may be recalled that the Nepal Solidarity Committee,  under the chairmanship of nonagenarian Marxist Harkishan Singh Surjeet  and active role of Yechury,  extended crucial support  to the Nepali people’s struggle for restoration of democracy in their country. The committees inputs and interventions at crucial times strengthened the Nepali people’s struggle.


The Nepal parliament, immediately after its restoration, had also passed a resolution acknowledging this contribution to the successful restoration of democracy in Nepal.