Category Archives: Nepal

Woman Rebel: new documentary about Nepalese Maoist woman guerrilla

This is a trailer for the movie “Woman Rebel“, a documentary about “Silu” a battalion commander in the Nepalese Maoist’s People’s Liberation Army. It will air on HBO tonight August 18 at 8pm and again August 26 at 11:45am. Check out the synopsis on HBO’s website.

Choosing the Maoists: Conversations with young, female revolutionaries in Nepal

The following article is from

KATHMANDU, May 13: In the aftermath of the Maoist-called ´indefinite´ strike which ended up lasting for the entirety of six days, many contentious issues with regards to the roots of the party´s supports were raised. While the party leadership, namely the Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claimed that the urban population of Kathmandu was branding the supporters a variety of things, and while the media itself indeed played a role in this portrayal; the supporters in the streets did not comprise of solely uneducated and rural masses that flooded into Kathmandu for the strike.

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Prachanda: On the end of the general strike and next moves

The following article is from

KATHMANDU, May 8:  A day after the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) called off its six-day general strike, the party´s chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal [Prachanda], said the ball is now in the court of the ruling parties and his party would watch their move and take its decisions accordingly.

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Nepal at a standstill for third day of Maoist-led indefinite general strike

The following article is from The Red Star, a newspaper of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist):Kathmandu, May 04 – The nationwide general political strike has entered into third consecutive day called by the Unified CPN (Maoist). The normal life throughout the nation has come to a complete halt.

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Nepal: Maoists rally for May Day, call indefinite general strike to topple gov’t

The following article is from the Associated Press:

KATMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of former communist rebels and their supporters rallied in the capital Saturday demanding Nepal’s coalition government be disbanded and replaced by a Maoist-led government.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal refused to resign and instead called on the Maoists to resolve the Himalayan country’s political crisis through dialogue.

In response, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced to cheering supporters they would launch an indefinite general strike from Sunday.

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Nepal’s Maoists announce indefinite general strike

The following article is from Asian Tribune:

Kosh R. Koirala Reporting from Nepal
Kathmandu, 27 April. (

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) has announced indefinite general strikes starting May 2 to topple the current Madhav Kumar Nepal-led government.

The former rebel party said it would stage a mass rally in the capital city Kathmandu on May 1 and go for indefinite general strikes from the next day if the prime minister did not step down.

The party has threatened to shut down vehicular movement, industries, businesses and academic institutions and bring the Himalayan nation to a complete halt starting May 2.

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May First: High Noon in Nepal

This eyewitness reporting by Jed Brandt  first appeared on Jed Brandt’s blog:

“You must come to Kathmandu with shroud cloth wrapped around your heads and flour in your bags. It will be our last battle. If we succeed, we survive, else it will be the end of our party.”

— General Secretary Badal of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

APRIL 21 — There are moments when Kathmandu does not feel like a city on the edge of revolution.

People go about all the normal business of life. Venders sell vegetables, nail-clippers and bootleg Bollywood from the dirt, cramping the already crowded streets. Uniformed school kids tumble out of schools with neat ties in the hot weather. Municipal police loiter at the intersections while traffic ignores them, their armed counter-parts patrol in platoons through the city with wood-stocked rifles and dust-masks as they have for years. New slogans are painted over the old, almost all in Maoist red. Daily blackouts and dry-season water shortages are the normal daily of Nepal’s primitive infrastructure, not the sign of crisis. Revolutions don’t happen outside of life, like an asteroid from space – but from right up the middle, out of the people themselves. 

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