A Maoist revolution has been raging in Nepal since 1996. In 1999, Li Onesto became the first foreign journalist to travel deep into the guerrilla zones. Allowed unprecedented access, she interviewed political leaders, guerrilla fighters, villagers in areas under Maoist control, and relatives of those killed by government forces.
Millions in Nepal now live in areas under guerrilla control. Peasants are running grass-roots institutions, exercising what they call 'people's power'. Li Onesto describes these transformations -- the establishment of new governing committees and courts, the confiscation and re-division of land, new cultural and social practices, and the emergence of a new outlook.
Increasingly, the UK and US have directly intervened to provide political and military support to the counter-insurgency efforts of the Nepalese regime. Onesto analyzes this in the context of the broader international situation and the 'war on terrorism'.
As a correspondent for the Revolutionary Worker newspaper, Li Onesto was the first foreign journalist to travel deep into the guerrilla zones of Nepal in 1999. Her interview with Prachanda, the head of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has been circulated internationally - translated into Nepali, Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, German, Pashtun (in Afghanistan), and Chinese. Onesto's photography show, "The People's War in Nepal: Faces from a Hidden War" has been on display in several cities in the U.S. and she continues to study, write and lecture about the developing situation in Nepal.
Acknowledgements Map Preface:1996-2004: Eight Years of People's War in Nepal Introduction 1. Meeting the People's Army 2. Villages of Resistance 3. The Raid on Bethan 4. Rifles and a Vision 5. Revolutionary Work in the City 6. General Strike in Kathmandu Carrying the Story Forward: The Problem of Disinformation 7. Land in the Middle 8. Hope of the Hopeless in Gorkha 9. Preparing the Ground in the West 10. Learning Warfare by Waging Warfare in the West Carrying the Story Forward: Revolutionary Policies 11. People's Power in Rolpa 12. Guns, Drums, and Keyboards 13. Teachers in a School of War Carrying the Story Forward: Children in the War Zone 14. Martyrs of Rolpa 15. Families of Martyrs: Turning Grief into Strength Carrying the Story Forward: The Rising Death Toll 16. Women Warriors 17. New Women, New People's Power Carrying the Story Forward: The Fight for Women Leaders 18. Magar Liberation 19. Preparing for War in Rukum 20. Starting and Sustaining People's War in Rukum 21. Camping with the People's Army 22. Red Salute in the West Notes References Index