Red Salute to the Immortal Martyrs of the People's War!

Every revolution is nurtured by the blood of martyrs. The New Democratic revolution in Nepal is no exception to this. Though hundreds of martyrs have laid down
their lives in the altar of this revolution since the inception of the Communist Party of Nepal in 1949, a new wave of heroic sacrifice & martyrdom was unleashed
after the initiation of the people's war in the country on February 13, 1996 (i.e. 1 Falgun 2052 B.S.) under the leadership of CPN (Maoist). Within three months of
this qualitative leap in the revolutionary process and the communist movement in Nepal, more than two and a half dozen revolutionary fighters have attained
martyrdom while facing the repressive armed apparatus of the reactionary state. And the number in the list of martyrs continues to grow every passing day. We,
therefore, pay our revolutionary homage and red salute to the immortal martyrs of the people's war and resolve to march forward along the revolutionary path
charted by them

The indiscriminate killing in fake encounters, mass scale arrests, inhuman torture in police custody, widespread arson and looting of properties of the people resorted
to by the reactionary state after the initiation of the people's war knows no bounds. It is difficult to ascertain the exact number of those martyred, as dozens of young
fighters arrested by the police in different parts of the country are reported missing. Of the two and a half dozen confirmed to have been killed by the police in fake
encounters or indiscriminate shooting at the masses in the first three months (i.e. till mid-May), most have been local activists of different class and mass
organisations, some were Party members and some belonged to the general masses. Among the Party members were Com. Chop Bahadur Dangi (Rolpa), Com.
Gehendra Giri (Rolpa), Com. Lahar Singh Pun (Rolpa), Com. Jayadhan Thapa (Rolpa) Com. Jokh Bahadur Pun (Rukum) and Com. Masta Bahadur Bista
(Rukum). We pay our special revolutionary tributes to our fallen comrades !

February 13 marked a watershed in the history of the communist movement as well as the history of the entire social development in Nepal The historic initiation of
the people's war on this day not only dealt a fatal blow to the basically revisionist and reformist past of the Party and marked a great qualitative leap in the forms of
both organization and struggle, but also ushered in a new era of democratic revolution in all spheres of the society - i.e. economic, political, social and cultural
through violent means With the clarion call of 'it is right to rebel', the Party on that day led the masses all over the country to rebel against the reactionary state and
direct their ire against the ruling feudal, comprador and bureaucratic capitalist classes so as to smash the existing semi-feudal and semi-colonial state and build a
people's New Democratic state. In a preplanned clandestine move, selected targets of police out-posts, state-owned agricultural development bank office, factory of
a multi-national company, brewery of a comprador bourgeois and premises of a local feudal-usurer were systematically attacked and properties seized thereof as a
symbol of rebellion and to herald the initiation of the people's war on that day. Together with these, hundreds of thousands of revolutionary leaflets and posters were
distributed throughout the country to spread the political message of the historic rebellion among the general masses of the people the same day. The reactionaries
were caught totally unaware of all this and they were just appalled and dumbfounded at first. Only after several days did they seem to have realised the severe
tremors in their 'heaven' of class exploitation and plunder, and they let loose their brute state force against the revolutionaries and the masses in a state of mad frenzy.
Thus the precious blood shed by our valiant martyrs was the inevitable price the revolutionary process had to pay to make a historic rupture and break-through in the
destabilisation of the old state and with the old form of our organisation and struggle.

The initiation of the people's war on February 13 was the result of the objective necessity of Nepalese society, since long in crisis, and the conscious subjective
preparations of the Maoist communist revolutionaries. The present Nepalese state created about two hundred years ago and presided over by a small clique of
moribund feudal, comprador and bureaucratic capitalist classes is beset with such irreconcilable contradictions that all reformist efforts to introduce patchworks in the
politico-cultural superstructure as well as the economic base have failed to check its gradual slide towards total collapse. Consequently, the country has now slid
down to the position of the second poorest country in the world; economic inequality with the richest 10 percent gobbling up 46.5 percent of the national income is
one of the gravest in the world; 71 percent of the population is forced to live below the absolute poverty line, 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas in
primitive conditions and 81 percent of the workforce is engaged in backward agriculture; 10 percent of the labour force is fully unemployed and another 60 percent
is under-employed; nearly about one third of the total labour force is forced to emigrate to India and other countries for petty menial jobs and some for mercenary
services in Indian and British armies; domination of foreign imperialist and expansionist powers in all spheres is ever increasing with more than two-thirds of the
so-called development budget of the country relying on foreign loans; and so on and so forth. In other words, the objective conditions of the country demands
beyond any doubt a total restructuring of the existing semi-feudal and semi-colonial relations and state and their replacement by New Democratic relations and state.
But the subjective preparations by the Communist revolutionaries for this purpose was lagging far behind all these years. The Communist movement, long plagued
with revisionism and reformism, almost from the outset lacked among other things a correct Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideological orientation and a revolutionary
political line of bringing about New Democratic revolution through protracted people's war till the decade of the 1980s. Only at the Unity Congress held in
December 1991 of the reconstituted C. P.N. (Unity Centre), which was later rechristened as C.P.N. (Maoist), was this ideological and political question finally
sorted out with the adoption of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as the ideological guide of the Party and the path of protracted people's war with the strategy of
encircling the city from the countryside and in which guerilla war will have a strategic role as the only path of New Democratic revolution in the country. After a fierce
and victorious two-line struggle for nearly two and a half years against a rightist liquidationist clique opposing this ideological orientation and political line, which was
finally expelled from the Party in May 1994, the Party ultimately decided at the historic third plenum held in March 1995 to go ahead with the initiation of the
people's war and chalked out the strategy and tactics of the people's war in the country keeping in mind the specificities of Nepal. A year of general preparations
since then and the intense preparations since the CC meeting of September 1995 had preceded the ultimate initiation of the people's war on February 13, 1996.
Thus, February 13 marks a historic and decisive victory of the revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoist line over the various brands of revisionism and neo-revisionism
plaguing the Nepalese communist movement for long, and in that sense, the supreme sacrifice made by the heroic martyrs in this phase of the revolution deserves a
permanent place in the annals of proletarian revolution.

As the Party has unequivocally declared in the "Plan for the Historic Initiation of the People's War", this people's war is aimed at creating a New Democratic state,
then marching towards socialism and then finally towards communism through a continuous series of cultural revolutions under the dictatorship of the proletariat, and
thus it is an integral part and parcel of world proletarian revolution. Hence once it is started, it will follow the objective law of development of people's war through
its different strategic stages and take different twists and turns, but it will never stop until it has attained its final goal, i.e. a classless society of universal communism,
as so brilliantly espoused by Mao in his theory of continuing the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat. Thus many many more of our proletarian class
brothers and sisters will have to make the supreme sacrifice of their lives to keep this fire of revolution burning till all remnants of class society are burnt to ashes and
we reach the goal of communism, because, as Mao again so aptly said, either none will reach or all of us will reach the goal of communism.

The proletarian revolution has both immense challenges and opportunities in the present day world. Whereas world imperialism, with U.S. imperialism currently at the
forefront is, on the one hand, dreaming of crushing all the proletarian class and national liberation movements with the might of its vast overt and covert war arsenals,
on the other hand, it is beset with irreconcilable contradictions within itself and is falling into newer and deeper crisis everyday. However mighty it may appear at the
surface, it is ultimately a paper tiger, because the system of global exploitation and oppression it is based upon cannot be reproduced indefinitely and it has to
collapse someday. Against this, the proletarian class in general and those in the oppressed countries in particular are gradually recovering after their last loss in China
and, particularly with the decade of 1980s, they are rising in the offensive against imperialism and domestic reaction in different parts of the world with the invincible
weapon of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in their hands. The Maoist communist revolutionaries from Peru and Philippines to India (Andhra Pradesh and Bihar) are
posing a formidable challenge to world imperialism and all reactionaries and lighting the path of proletarian revolution The Revolutionary Internationalist Movement
(RIM) is preparing a good ground for the ultimate coming together of genuine communist revolutionaries the world over. It is in this context that the initiation of the
people's war in Nepal marks the opening of a new front against world imperialism and reaction, and this front in the land of world famous Gorkha warriors and
highest mountain peaks (Himalayas) should hammer additional nails into the coffin of imperialism and reaction. We definitely are in a long arduous warpath, as the
enemy is formidable, but we are in for inevitable victory, for our cause is righteous and just. The best homage to our martyrs, therefore, would be the persistent
pursuit of the path of proletarian revolution until final victory is achieved, and that, we resolve with all determination and courage, we will.

Eternal Glory to the Immortal Martyrs!

Long Live the People's War!

Long Live Marxism - Leninism - Maoism!