Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022
Outlook.com
nepal

Precipice On The Far Left

The tide turns against the Maoist insurgents as Nepal mobilises its armed forces

Precipice On The Far Left
AP
Precipice On The Far Left
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Scarcely ever has the Nepali state witnessed such a concerted challenge to its authority. In parallel attacks across the country through the week, the Maoists targeted Solu district in the northeast, Jajarkot in the midwest and capital Kathmandu, killing a total of 40 security men. No wonder the retribution was swift. The Maoists lost 200 of their fighters, including some of their top guerrillas, to the army offensive. If this trend continues, the radical left insurgents may not just find themselves in retreat but even face extinction in the large swathe of territory they control.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's reaction to the Maoist attacks resembled the response of former Indian PM P.V. Narasimha Rao to the destruction of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. Just as Rao went bellicose after the Hindutva brigade betrayed his confidence, Deuba too adopted stern measures as soon as the three rounds of negotiations between the government and the Maoists collapsed and the guerrillas returned to their bush war. Deuba declared: "This is an act of perfidy. It's the government's legitimate duty to defeat terrorism and ensure safety of the citizens."

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.