A Couple of Articles on the Time Mag

Can Nepal’s Rebels Help Rebuild

The Maoists see themselves as the agents of democracy in Nepal, stifled by the objections of reactionary, status-quo forces, while many in the Congress, let alone in factions aligned still to the ancient régime of the monarchy, doubt the radical guerrillas’ commitment to any political scenario where they may not retain complete control. Despite a compromise thrashed out at the end of last year, which set elections for this April, observers expect conflict to be inevitable.

By Ishaan Tharoor

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Maoism Around the Campfire

After hours of driving through southern Nepal, the Maoist cantonment proves remarkably easy to find. Red pennants adorn trees and street lamps along miles of dirt road that winds through rice paddies and fields of yellow mustard, ending by a sprawl of ramshackle enclosures and wood huts. There’s little sign of military menace as goats and pigs loll around on grass knolls — that’s before we near the sandbags of an outer bunker where a young woman in fatigues, who appears to be of school-going age, turns her machine gun in our direction and fixes us with a steely gaze.

By Ishaan Tharoor

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Check this out as well:

A Photo Essay: IN Nepal, an Uneasy Peace

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