Kings to Comrades takes a unique look at one of the most successful revolutions of the 21st century: the Maoist revolution in Nepal. Nishchal Basnyat incorporates rare interviews with Nepal's Maoist leaders and newly discovered documentary evidence that help us better understand the Maoist war in Nepal and its outcome. In an accessible style, Basnyat explores the causes of the Maoist revolution and the characteristics of the decade-long war. He goes on to analyse the fascinating process by which the rebels were transformed into a political party and ultimately democratised. This book will provide invaluable material for anyone studying Nepal as well as students of communist movements, third-world revolutions and rebel-to-party transformations.
Nishchal Basnyat is Charles Fiske III Harvard Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He writes on Nepalese politics for national and international newspapers.
Introduction Part I 1 Roots of Revolt: The Long-Term Causes of Nepal's Maoist Revolution 2 From Crowns to Comrades: Communist Revolt and the Birth of Mao in Nepal 3 Hammers, Sickles and Guns: The Maoist "People's War" Part II 4 The Royal Miscalculation and the Maoist Transformation 5 King's Gambit: The Sultanistic King and the Success of Revolution Part III 6 Democratic Radicals: The Moderation of Revolutionaries in the Post-Cold War Era 7 From Maoists to Moderates Part IV 8 Shining a New Path: Maoist Moderation and the Evolution of Revolution 9 The Red Ballot Box: Nepal's Constituent Assembly Election and Maoist Victory 10 The India Question: Nepal's Big Brother and the Maoists 11 The Unfinished Revolution Notes Index