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Himalayan People's War : Nepal's Maoist Rebellion

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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 GellnerThe 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.show more

Product details

  • Book | 336 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253217423
  • 9780253217424
  • 1,437,416

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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.""show more

About Michael Hutt

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

Table of contents

Introduction: Monarchy, Democracy, and Maoism in Nepal Michael HuttPart I. The Political ContextRadicalism and the Emergence of the Maoists Deepak ThapaThe Maoist Movement: An Evolutionary Perspective Sudheer SharmaThe Nepali State and the Maoist Insurgency, 1996-2001 Krishna HachhethuPart II. The Maoists and the PeopleThe Path to Jan Sarkar in Dolakha District: Towards an Ethnography of the Maoist Movement Sara Shneiderman and Mark TurinEthnic Demands within Maoism: Questions of Magar Territorial Autonomy, Nationality, and Class Marie Lecomte-TilouineDemocracy and Duplicity: The Maoists and their Interlocutors in Nepal Pratyoush OntaGender Dimensions of the People's War: Some Reflections on the Experiences of Rural Women Mandira Sharma and Dinesh PrasainPart III. Geopolitical and Comparative PerspectivesHigh Expectations, Deep Disappointment: Politics, State, and Society in Nepal after 1990 Joanna Pfaff-CzarneckaA Himalayan Red Herring? Maoist Revolution in the Shadow of the Legacy Raj Saubhagya ShahMaoism in Nepal: Towards a Comparative Perspective Philippe RamirezPart IV. AfterwordsThe Emergency and Nepal's Political Future Hari RokaLiving between the Maoists and the Army in Rural Nepal Judith PettigrewPart V. AppendixesA. The Forty-point Demand of the United People's Front (February 1996)B. Full Text of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Beuba's Message to the Nation (27 November 2001)C. Full Text of King Gyanendra's Address to the Nation (4 October 2002)show more

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