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Precipice On The Far Left

The tide turns against the Maoist insurgents as Nepal mobilises its armed forces

Precipice On The Far Left
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Precipice On The Far Left
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The normally peaceful Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is rumbling again, caught in a fierce and bloody conflict between the state and the Maoist guerrillas. On November 26—precisely 48 hours after the Maoist insurgents unilaterally called off the four-month-old peace initiative and blasted security posts, including an army barrack in west Nepal's Dang district—the government clamped emergency, suspended the fundamental rights and despatched the army in pursuit of the guerrillas.

Scarcely ever has the Nepali state witnessed such a concerted challenge to its authority. In parallel attacks across the country through the week, the Maoists targeted Solu district in the northeast, Jajarkot in the midwest and capital Kathmandu, killing a total of 40 security men. No wonder the retribution was swift. The Maoists lost 200 of their fighters, including some of their top guerrillas, to the army offensive. If this trend continues, the radical left insurgents may not just find themselves in retreat but even face extinction in the large swathe of territory they control.

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