Dispatches From the People's War in Nepal

Dispatches From the People's War in Nepal

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A Maoist revolution has been raging in Nepal since 1996. In 1999, Li Onesto became the first foreign journalist to travel deep into the guerrilla zones. Allowed unprecedented access, she interviewed political leaders, guerrilla fighters, villagers in areas under Maoist control, and relatives of those killed by government forces.

Millions in Nepal now live in areas under guerrilla control. Peasants are running grass-roots institutions, exercising what they call 'people's power'. Li Onesto describes these transformations -- the establishment of new governing committees and courts, the confiscation and re-division of land, new cultural and social practices, and the emergence of a new outlook.

Increasingly, the UK and US have directly intervened to provide political and military support to the counter-insurgency efforts of the Nepalese regime. Onesto analyzes this in the context of the broader international situation and the 'war on terrorism'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 20mm | 480.82g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745323405
  • 9780745323404
  • 2,222,319

About Li Onesto

As a correspondent for the Revolutionary Worker newspaper, Li Onesto was the first foreign journalist to travel deep into the guerrilla zones of Nepal in 1999. Her interview with Prachanda, the head of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has been circulated internationally - translated into Nepali, Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, German, Pashtun (in Afghanistan), and Chinese. Onesto's photography show, "The People's War in Nepal: Faces from a Hidden War" has been on display in several cities in the U.S. and she continues to study, write and lecture about the developing situation in Nepal.
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Review quote

'This is a lively, exciting and enlightening presentation of the true portrait of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal' -- Padma Ratna Tuladhar, independent left leader, senior human rights leader and one of the facilitators in the peace talks between His Majesty's Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) 'Probably the best, if not only, account of how the Maoists built their organisation and movement, and of how they operate and govern' -- Stephen Mikesell, author of Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings 1989-1995 'Invaluable background to the world's most vigorous Maoist movement, and insight into the theory and practice underlying contemporary Maoism elsewhere in South Asia and globally' -- Gary Leupp, professor of history at Tufts University and Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program
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Table of contents



Preface:1996-2004: Eight Years of People's War in Nepal


1. Meeting the People's Army

2. Villages of Resistance

3. The Raid on Bethan

4. Rifles and a Vision

5. Revolutionary Work in the City

6. General Strike in Kathmandu

Carrying the Story Forward: The Problem of Disinformation

7. Land in the Middle

8. Hope of the Hopeless in Gorkha

9. Preparing the Ground in the West

10. Learning Warfare by Waging Warfare in the West

Carrying the Story Forward: Revolutionary Policies

11. People's Power in Rolpa

12. Guns, Drums, and Keyboards

13. Teachers in a School of War

Carrying the Story Forward: Children in the War Zone

14. Martyrs of Rolpa

15. Families of Martyrs: Turning Grief into Strength

Carrying the Story Forward: The Rising Death Toll

16. Women Warriors

17. New Women, New People's Power

Carrying the Story Forward: The Fight for Women Leaders

18. Magar Liberation

19. Preparing for War in Rukum

20. Starting and Sustaining People's War in Rukum

21. Camping with the People's Army

22. Red Salute in the West



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