Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion

Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion

by Michael J Hutt (Editor)


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Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion by Michael J Hutt

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253345226
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

The Contributorsvii
Map of Nepalxi
Introduction: Monarchy, Democracy and Maoism in Nepal1
Part IThe Political Context
Radicalism and the Emergence of the Maoists21
The Maoist Movement: An Evolutionary Perspective38
The Nepali State and the Maoist Insurgency, 1996-200158
Part IIThe Maoists and the People
The Path to Jan Sarkar in Dolakha District: Towards an Ethnography of the Maoist Movement79
Ethnic Demands within Maoism: Questions of Magar Territorial Autonomy, Nationality and Class112
Democracy and Duplicity: The Maoists and their Interlocutors in Nepal136
Gender Dimensions of the People's War: Some Reflections on the Experiences of Rural Women152
Part IIIGeopolitical and Comparative Perspectives
High Expectations, Deep Disappointment: Politics, State and Society in Nepal after 1990166
A Himalayan Red Herring? Maoist Revolution in the Shadow of the Legacy Raj192
Maoism in Nepal: Towards a Comparative Perspective225
Part IVAfterwords
The Emergency and Nepal's Political Future243
Living between the Maoists and the Army in Rural Nepal261
Part VAppendixes
AThe Forty-point Demand of the United People's Front (February 1996)285
BFull Text of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's Message to the Nation (27 November 2001)288
CFull Text of King Gyanendra's Address to the Nation (4 October 2002)290

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