The video is of the first five minutes of a two hour “cultural program” put on by the Cultural Section of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) — whose flag is repeatedly shown. It took place at Chunwang in the liberated base area of Rukum/Rolpa in the fall of 2005, and for an audience that included the leading figures of the politburo of the CPN(M). The video begins with a minute of silence in honor of the fighters martyred in the revolutionary war that began on February 12, 1996. The performers and audience then sing “The Internationale.”
John Mage is an Officer and Director of the Monthly Review Foundation. The video was sent to Monthly Review without credits to its creators or performers, to whom we send our appreciative thanks.