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Author: Ashok K Mehta
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129108178
Very little is known about Nepal except for its beautiful mountains. Still less is known about its people, their poverty and underdevelopment and its fallout – the Maoist uprising. Even less has been heard about the Royal Nepal Army – RNA, till the Maoists pulled it out from its barracks. Reluctantly, RNA transformed from a ceremonial, mainly UN peacekeeping Force into a field army, struggling to find the will and wherewithal to meet the challenge posted by the Maoists. The RNA is the creation of the feudal Rana and Shah rulers to whom it swears allegiance. After the February 1,2005, Royal coup, the King has placed center stage, the RNA, the symbol of his moral, political, and divine powers, all rolled into one. The Maoist war is about rolling back the feudal order, establishing a multiparty democratic republic with a reformed RNA under civilian control.
The challenge for the RNA is in containing, regaining eighty percent of land under Maoist control and winning back the people swayed by the Maoist cause. With democratic institutions snuffed out, this is a tall order. The Maoists are unlikely to take Katmandu because their power to intimidate and terrorize is far greater than their finite military capacity. In the ongoing war, a stalemate has not been reached.
This book tells you not only the story of the Maoist uprising, but also for the first time, why the RNA was not used sooner to counter the Maoists.
India’s Security Concerns
The Maoist Movement
The Royal Nepal Army