Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - History - 322 pages
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"This is a readable and high-quality book. It provides more information and insight on the most successful Marxist rebellion in South Asia's history than has previously been found within one set of covers." --David Gellner

The eruption of a violent Maoist insurgency in Nepal in the late 1990s was met with bewilderment even among many who claimed to know the country well. The so-called "people's war" was launched in 1996 by the Communist Party of Nepal to overthrow the political establishment, including the monarchy. Tactics have included killing members of rival parties as well as attacks on police stations, banks, and power installations. The indiscriminate nature of the government's military response has been widely criticized. In 2001, Nepal's political situation came to the attention of Western news media with the murders of members of the royal family. This book provides historical, social, and political background on the movement and related events in this ongoing struggle. The contributors examine the war's origins and antecedents, provide ethnographic accounts from rural and urban perspectives, and draw comparisons with other Maoist movements elsewhere in the world. Includes full text of key documents by the rebels and government.

 

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Contents

Monarchy Democracy and Maoism in Nepal
1
THE POLITICAL CONTEXT
21
An Evolutionary Perspective
38
The Nepali State and the Maoist Insurgency 19962001
58
THE MAOISTS AND THE PEOPLE
79
Questions of Magar
112
The Maoists and their Interlocutors
136
Some Reflections
152
A Himalayan Red Herring? Maoist Revolution in the Shadow
192
Towards a Comparative Perspective
225
AFTERWORDS
243
Living between the Maoists and the Army in Rural Nepal
261
PartV APPENDIXES
285
Bibliography
293
Index
313
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PERSPECTIVES
166

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About the author (2004)

Michael Hutt is Reader in Nepali and Himalayan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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