Himalayan People's War

Himalayan People's War

Nepal's Maoist Rebellion
Edited by Michael Hutt
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvado
Publication date: 10/18/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21742-4
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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 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.

Author Bio

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


“Provides the historical, social, and political background of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal that has led to the violent overthrow of the country's political establishment, including its monarchy. "It provides more information and insight on the most successful Maoist rebellion in South Asia's history than has previously been found within one set of covers." —David Gellner”

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Monarchy, Democracy, and Maoism in Nepal Michael Hutt

Part I. The Political Context

Radicalism and the Emergence of the Maoists Deepak Thapa

The Maoist Movement: An Evolutionary Perspective Sudheer Sharma

The Nepali State and the Maoist Insurgency, 1996-2001 Krishna Hachhethu

Part II. The Maoists and the People

The Path to Jan Sarkar in Dolakha District: Towards an Ethnography of the Maoist Movement Sara Shneiderman and Mark Turin

Ethnic Demands within Maoism: Questions of Magar Territorial Autonomy, Nationality, and Class Marie Lecomte-Tilouine

Democracy and Duplicity: The Maoists and their Interlocutors in Nepal Pratyoush Onta

Gender Dimensions of the People's War: Some Reflections on the Experiences of Rural Women Mandira Sharma and Dinesh Prasain

Part III. Geopolitical and Comparative Perspectives

High Expectations, Deep Disappointment: Politics, State, and Society in Nepal after 1990 Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

A Himalayan Red Herring? Maoist Revolution in the Shadow of the Legacy Raj Saubhagya Shah

Maoism in Nepal: Towards a Comparative Perspective Philippe Ramirez

Part IV. Afterwords

The Emergency and Nepal's Political Future Hari Roka

Living between the Maoists and the Army in Rural Nepal Judith Pettigrew

Part V. Appendixes

A. 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)