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The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution
by Aditya Adhikari (Goodreads Author)
The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. When Nepal’s Maoists launched their armed rebellion in the nineties, they had limited public support and many argued that their ideology was obsolete. Twelve years later they were in power, and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Verso
(first published January 1st 2014)
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Only real annoyance so far is it doesn't really shed much light on the period between them starting the civil war and them becoming a force who could confront the state. How did they go from having 2 ancient rifles and a tiny force to being able to build their military and confront armed police etc? It's not really explained even though it's emphasised how unimpressive their starting position was. Like there's mention of a couple of villages with long term revolutionary sympathies but that's it. ...more
The Bullet and the Ballot Box by Aditya Adhikari opens new vistas on the Maoist rebellion in Nepal ~ a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval in the landlocked country. The author has argued that the birth of Maoist ideology in Nepal occurred during the rule of King Mahendra Shah, who believed that Nepal was not ready for democracy and seized power through a coup in 1960, "banned all political parties and established what was called the Panchayat system". By ...more
A relatively objective book that recalls the story of the Maoist uprising in Nepal from 1996-2006. The Nepalese Revolution must go down as an important chapter in the Left as it was the world's only organic Communist rebellion launched after the end of the Cold War. It is also the only one to have successfully achieved its political goals of toppling the Nepalese Monarchy. This book showcases the hopes, dreams and bravery of those young men and women who fought in the ranks of the People's ...more
This book is a detailed chronological narrative of the Maoist War in Nepal. Not for the ones already familiar with it, or who lived through it. But it would be a good read for someone who is not that familiar with Nepal's tumultuous plunge into a decade long civil war. It is dispassionate, very objective and the writer has obviously put a lot of research which makes the text authentic-a welcome change. I will give this a 2.5 because I could not find anything new (frankly I was disappointed after ...more
Its about how the revolutionary maoist rebellion altered the course of Nepals history. How King Mahendra sha seized power after throwing a coup in 1960, banned all political parties, established the panchayat system to protect and strengthen the nation, but the Maoists brought the government down in 1996 and the rebellion changed the face of the nation. This is their story.
This was an interesting recounting of politics in Nepal over the last few decades. I find it instructive that the "revolution" settled for an electoral strategy and the concomitant diminishing of genuinely revolutionary aims. The intrigues of centralized politics are allowed to take hold once again...