Nepal: The Communist Conspiracy

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October 2, 2005: India is facing a growing Maoist movement of its own, but because the current Indian government is a coalition containing some Communists, it is impossible to fully support the Nepalese in their fight against Maoists. There's a lack of unity in the Indian government when it comes to dealing with the Maoists. The Indian Communists consider the Maoists as too extreme even by Communist standards, but feel a need for unity with such a leftist organization. The Indian Communists also exploit the anti-royalist attitudes among many Indians to mobilize opposition to the king of Nepal and his efforts to fight the Maoists himself (without the ineffective assistance of elected politicians.) This lack of unity in dealing with the Maoists is forcing Nepal to turn to China (where Maoism first appeared in the 1960s, but is now forbidden).

September 26, 2005: The courts jailed three army officers for torturing a civilian. While the government tries to police the activities of its troops, the Maoists look they other way when their fighters cross the line.

September 26, 2005: Maoists continue to kidnap civilians and force them to undergo brainwashing sessions, which aim to turn some of the captives into Maoist activists, or gunmen. During the few days of captivity, the Maoists can often identify those who are strongly opposed to them, and kill these opponents before they become a problem. The Maoists do not consider such abductions to be breaking their unilateral truce.

September 24, 2005: Despite the Maoist truce, troops clashed with rebels and left eight of them dead. Five other Maoists were captured, along with weapons, equipment and documents.

 

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