Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
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Issue 26

Lynn Bennett argues that as the Maoist conflict became more intense, social exclusion was increasingly cited as a root cause of the conflict. Efforts to promote inclusion along the lines of caste, ethnicity or regional identity have quickly become politicised and therefore lacked effectiveness. Yet a focus on inclusion through gender has been acceptable and enhanced social mobility. Other aspects of the inclusion agenda risk being lost, however.