Dispatches From the People's War in Nepal

Dispatches From the People's War in Nepal

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'This unique, intimate look into the People's War in Nepal provides 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 'In her dispatches from the ongoing revolutionary war in Nepal, where she was the first, and longest-staying, foreign journalist to report from the Maoist-held areas, Li Onesto keeps up the committed, conscientious revolutionary journalism of John Reed, George Orwell, and Agnes Smedley...Probably the best, if not the only, account of how the Maoists built their organization, and of how they operate and govern.' Stephen Mikesell, author of Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings 1989-1995 'This lively, exciting and enlightening presentation of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal will help people to understand the real state of affairs behind the "People's War".' Padma Ratna Tuladhar, facilitator in the peace talks in Nepal 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. This book is the result of her journey. Illustrated with photographs, it provides an invaluable analysis of the social and economic conditions that have fuelled the revolution and profiles some of the key people involved. 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'.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 24mm | 521.64g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 black & white photos
  • 0745323413
  • 9780745323411

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.show more

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This unique, intimate look into the People's War in Nepal provides 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. Based on the author's reportage and interviews in guerrilla-controlled areas in 1999, Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal helps to explain why, five years later, the insurgency has acquired control over most of the Nepali countryside. Li Onesto's examination of the guerrilla army, the roles of women and national minorities in the People's War, and the conduct of general strikes in the capital of Kathmandu shed much light on the current struggle underway for the future of the Himalayan nation. -- Gary Leupp, professor of history at Tufts University and Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program In her dispatches from the ongoing revolutionary war in Nepal, where she was the first, and longest-staying, foreign journalist to report from the Maoist-held areas, Li Onesto keeps up the committed, conscientious revolutionary journalism of John Reed, George Orwell, and Agnes Smedley. Building around the narratives of guerilla soldiers and their families, of group leaders, farmers, local officials, teachers, and artists, she provides an intimate and sympathetic view of the early stages of the People's War while giving a sense of the arduous nature of fighting a war in the Himalayas. Hers is probably the best, if not only, account of how the Maoists built their organization and movement, and of how they operate and govern. She is especially sensitive to the voices and experiences of women in the guerilla columns, who have tended to be invisible in such accounts. Included here are new chapters in which the story is updated, taking into account international intervention and future prospects for the struggle. -- Stephen Mikesell, author of Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings 1989-1995 This lively, exciting and enlightening presentation of the true portrait of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal will help people to understand the real state of affairs behind the 'People's War' waged by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to liberate the Nepalese people from all kinds of exploitation and repression. The most important value of this book lies in its serious analysis of several human features of the Maoist Revolution with on-the-spot descriptive facility. I agree with the writer to say that 'the Maoist Revolution in Nepal is causing surprise with its success and re-raising the question of the relevance of Communist revolution to today's turbulent world.' -- 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)show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Map Preface:1996-2004: Eight Years of People's War in Nepal Introduction Chapter 1 Meeting the People's Army Chapter 2 Villages of Resistance Chapter 3 The Raid on Bethan Chapter 4 Rifles and a Vision Chapter 5 Revolutionary Work in the City Chapter 6 General Strike in Kathmandu Carrying the Story Forward: The Problem of Disinformation Chapter 7 Land in the Middle Chapter 8 Hope of the Hopeless in Gorkha Chapter 9 Preparing the Ground in the West Chapter 10 Learning Warfare by Waging Warfare in the West Carrying the Story Forward: Revolutionary Policies Chapter 11 People's Power in Rolpa Chapter 12 Guns, Drums, and Keyboards Chapter 13 Teachers in a School of War Carrying the Story Forward: Children in the War Zone Chapter 14 Martyrs of Rolpa Chapter 15 Families of Martyrs: Turning Grief into Strength Carrying the Story Forward: The Rising Death Toll Chapter 16 Women Warriors Chapter 17 New Women, New People's Power Carrying the Story Forward: The Fight for Women Leaders Chapter 18 Magar Liberation Chapter 19 Preparing for War in Rukum Chapter 20 Starting and Sustaining People's War in Rukum Chapter 21 Camping with the People's Army Chapter 22 Red Salute in the West Notes References Indexshow more

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