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The People's War in Nepal (Left Perspectives)

Arjun Karki (Editor) David Seddon (Editor)
Synopsis In February 1996, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) launched a''people's War' basing their strategy on the writings and experience of Maotse-Tung, but also drawing on more recent experiences in ?Asia and Latin America (notably that of the ''Shining Path movement in Peru) . Although subject to aggressive police operations in the early years, the rebels were able to establish themselves in the mid-west of Nepal and began to extend the scope, control and influence of the movement across the country during the latter part of the 1990s. The conflict escalated dramatically following the declaration of a State of Emergency by the government in November 2001, the more extensive deployment of the Nepalese Army and operations o a larger scale by the maoists. The government of Nepal called on a number of foreign governments for support and received substantial commitments (including military assistance) from the US and UK governments in particular, as well as from India and, to a lesser extent China. Particularly in the aftermatah of 11 September 2001, the US and the UK governments saw their involvement in Nepal as part of the"war against terrorism. As the conflict continued throughout 2002, the impact on all aspects of Nepali economy and society increased, while the inability of the elected government to deal with the insurgency led to the intervention of the recently installed King Gyanendra, in October, and his appointment of an interim government. This book aims to provide readers with an introduction to the People's War in Nepal and brings together a unique collection of documents, including statements and analyses by the maoist leadership as well as critical essays by various political analysts and activists on the left in Nepal. It reveals the thinking behind the strategy of the Maoists, it underlines the importance of gender, ethnicity and caste as well as class in the armed struggle being waged against neo-feudalism and imperialism' it charts the evolution of the People's War, it provides a range of commentaries on the Maoist movement and the insurgency by members of other leftist groups (some of them sympathetic and some of them highly critical) and it offers some possible alternatives for radical change. The editors would refer to themselves as radical intellectuals and political activists who share a strong commitment to bringing the Maoists and other sections of the left together in political debate with a view to establishing common ground and developing a viable rpogramme of political, social and economic transformation in Nepal in the interests of the mass of ordinary Nepalis.
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About the authors

Arjun Karki

Dr. Arjun Karki is a former student activist. Deeply involved in development politics as an activist and as the President of a well-known NGO, Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), Dr. Karki is also a prominent intellectual. His PhD thesis (awarded in summer 2002 by the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia), on The Politics of poverty and movements from below in Nepal, included a detailed analysis of the kamaiya bonded labourers, of the land rights movements and of the Maoist insurgency. He has been active in the human rights movement and in efforts to promote debates on the current conflict.

David Seddon

Dr. David Seddon is Professor of Development Studies and former Managing Director of the Overseas Development Group (ODG) at the University of East Anglia (UK). He is a member of the Socialist alliance, a new political groupig on the left in Britain. He has worked in epal for more than 25 years as a rural/social development researcher and as consultant to numerous projects. He is author (or co-author) of several books on Nepal, including "The struggle for Basic Needs in Nepal, "Peasants and Workers in Nepal, "Nepal in Crisis, " Nepal " A State of Poverty, and , recently, "Pokhara: The Biography of a Town and"The New Lahures: Foreign Labour Migration and the Remittance Economy of Nepal, as well as many articles in academic and professional journals.

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Title The People's War in Nepal (Left Perspectives)
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 818739238X, 9788187392385
length xxi+494p., Tables; Notes; Figures; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.