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07 Jul 2009 description
report Tufts University

Introduction

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) or CPN (M) launched its "People's War" in 1996.2 At the time, the Maoists were no more than a small fringe party with hardly any weapons, few active members, and a support base limited to small pockets in remote hill areas. Yet, their ten-year armed insurgency transformed them into a powerful political force capable of standing alongside, and even overshadowing, Nepal's major, established parties. The rise of the Maoists in Nepal is impressive by any standard.