Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Publication date: 
2017
Accord issue: 
Issue 26
Author: 

Jhalak Subedi describes how the Maoists have sought assimilation into Nepal’s democratic political mainstream whilst also seeking to defend their principles. This somewhat contradictory approach has bought inevitable trade-offs, including internal splits and bargaining over power sharing. Subedi explains that the Maoists have faced accusations of abandoning their revolutionary roots, including their commitment to inclusion, as they have integrated into the political mainstream. The Maoists insist, however, that they are simply playing a longer and more pragmatic political game in order to realise their agenda.