By Hisila Yami (writing under the name Parvati). She is the wife of current Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and is a leading figure of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (née the CPN (Maoist)) in her own right, making many important contributions to the study and practice of women’s liberation. She is also the author of important work People’s War and Women’s Liberation in Nepal.
As part of the lead up to International Women’s Day (March 8th) The Speed of Dreams is posting this important essay written during the now stalled People’s War in Nepal. In it Yami is sobering in her honesty about the historical role of women in revolution. She examines the role of women in the CPN(M)’s peasant-based People’s Liberation Army and also draws conclusions on the defeat and degeneration of past communist revolutions and the role played undefeated patriarchal social relations, within the vanguard party and in wider society. Read the rest of this entry