Fighter Children in Maoist Struggle of Nepal : A Human Right Perspective

The Maoists have managed to find sufficient resources to maintain the various facets of their movement. Fighters have been provided with weapons and ammunition, and the political campaign has been sustained with significant funding. It is not possible to give a full picture of Maoist resource mobilisation but the following sections outline their pattern of operation. The reasons why children participate in the activities of the Maoists are numerous. According to local informants, in many cases they do so with the encouragement of family members, possibly following their own example. However, it is also clearly the case that children are often participating inspite of their parents’ wishes. In such situations, it is claimed, the authority of parents is being undermined and the Maoist activities, particularly the student wing of the movement (Kantikhari), apparently offer a kin-type network in potential competition with the traditional family. The former minor guerrilla fighters, most of them now in their 20s and struggling to find employment and raise their children, have threatened to continue the padlocking until the ruling party begins implementing the agreements reached with them. They demand proper rehabilitation and compensation. Since the end of the civil war, the Maoists have gradually shifted their ideology toward one that embraces democratic values and norms. This development, coupled with the growing watchdog function of civil society, signals sound prospects for democracy in Nepal. The future course of democratisation in Nepal is unclear. But it is evident that the Maoist party’s future successes will be measured against its promise to uplift the lives of the poor and transform the Nepali economy. As the book addresses this crucial issue quite deftly, it is hoped that it would prove to be a source of great information for the reader.

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author detailsM.S. Ishshan, a senior journalist by training and profession, is a double post-graduate in Humanities and Social Sciences, from Agra University. He is a regional media icon, in view of his influence, over the powers that be. He represents several national and regional daily and weakly newspapers, in Western U.P and runs his own media centre, at Etah. Apart, from being a proficient columnist, contributing to dozens of periodicals in English and Hindi, he devotes his leisure time to serious research and writing, with his focus, on Political Science, as a subject. This is his research-based work, on the Constitutional History of India. Now, he has engaged himself, in working on another comprehensive book on Indian Constitution and System of Governance.

Preface, 1. The Rise of the Maoists in Nepal, 2. Nepalese Civil War, 3. The Maoist Movement and Peasant Struggle, 4. Guerrilla Army and Maoist, 5. Maoist Problem in Nepal , 6. Maoist’s Revolutionary Strategies, 7. The Rise of Maoists in Nepali Politics, 8. Maoist and Human Rights in Nepal, Bibliography, Index