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Maoist Rebellion Shifts Balance of Power in Rural Nepal

The guerrilla insurgency that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) began against the constitutional monarchy eight years ago has wreaked great damage in this country of Himalayan scenery and epic poverty. More than 8,500 people have died, including more than 1,500 since the end of August, when a cease-fire broke down. The insurgency has also, in parts of rural Nepal, wrought changes in the balance of power between the landed and the landless that multiparty democracy — ushered in with great expectations in the early 1990’s — failed to bring. That dynamic helps explain why a rebellion that many say has become a criminal enterprise as much as a political movement still finds support among the Tharus and other disenfranchised ethnic groups and the country’s low castes. Full Story

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