Description - A Kingdom under Siege by Deepak Thapa
Nepal's Maoist insurgency began on 13 February 1996 when members of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) carried out simultaneous raids on government offices, police posts and private businesses. The violent campaign embroiled the government, the political parties, the king, the police, and the army in conflict against highly motivated guerrilla fighters. By early 2003, the rebels had come to threaten the central institutions of the Nepali state. This book describes how the state's neglect of many of its people combined with political instability and the growth of radical left politics led to a build up of tensions. The insurgency's promise of a more just and equitable society gained favour with many of Nepal's poor and disadvantaged people. The government's failure to tackle the causes of the rebellion and to engage the Maoists' agenda led to thousands of deaths and widespread destruction of infrastructure that peaked in 2001 and 2002. The book concludes that lasting peace depends on building a state that attends equally to of all of Nepal's diverse population groups.
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Author Biography - Deepak Thapa
Deepak Thapa is a journalist and book editor based in Kathmandu. He is the editor of Understanding the Maoist Movement of Nepal (Martin Chautari, 2003). Bandita Sijapati has a Master's degree in international economic policy and economic and political development from Columbia University.