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  Maoists on the march
by Saagar

Part 1)
So far no tourists have been killed or hurt by either maoists or the Nepal armed forces. The maoists this summer (04) issued warnings that they may attack "foreign targets" in Nepal. Aid programs are closed down in rebel-held or "affected" areas by maoist command and foreigners' own fears.
The maoists have a five-tier list of nationalities that is used when taking political action against aid projects or other visitors. The upper tiers are less desireable nations that supply the Nepal Army with arms etc., and the lower tiers the more benign nationalities - in the eyes of the maoists.
Maoists' frequent calls for strikes and blockages close down parts of the country, and throws any transportation schedule off for days. The situation for the population, business, and general governance in rural areas and most outlying districts is just horrendous.
The population in the 2/3rd of the country now under nominal rebel control are subject to pressures both from the state's armed forces and the maoists. The state cannot hold the territory for any prolonged time as they are too thin on the ground. The maoists are not capable of properly governing the areas they control by terror and guns - without any other means than collectivization and forced labour. The civil population is squeezed between the maoists and the state in similar fashion to that of the Shining Path situation in Peru some 15 years back. Neither the state nor the maoists have anything to offer the civil population but lies and false hopes at this point. The army refuses humanitarian aid to large parts of the west, and the maoists blockade very poor and starvation-prone areas for their own political ends.
The tragedy is that neither part in this war is interested in negotiating. With the revamping of government this summer (04) a more democratic cabinet was established, but in reality they are toothless. The army and the palace retains all effective state power in Nepal, while the bureucracy is as ineffectual as ever.

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  • Updated Aug 18, 2004
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