Maoist Combatants’ Narratives: Partisan Attachment to Post-truce Politics

Acharya, Khagendra, Maoist Combatants' Narratives: Partisan Attachment to Post-truce Politics, Literary Studies (March, 2020).

10 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2020

Date Written: March 1, 2020

Abstract

Ten-year long war in Nepal (February 1996 to November 2006) was the source of nearly six dozen book length nonfictions. Of these writings, around one and half dozen were written by the Maoist combatants who had first-hand experience of the armed encounter with the state force. The writings, however, have yet not drawn ample interest of researchers and thus very limited studies have been carried out. This paper tries to fill the gap through close reading of 15 texts written by the combatants; it provides a summative and analytical reading of the nonfictions that render combatants’ experience during the armed combat. These writings are observed to present various facets related to the war including experience during armed encounter, tribute to the deceased, intra-party conflict and betrayal, experience of the distress, and perception of post-peace politics. It is anticipated that this article will draw further attention to literary representations of the war.

Keywords: Maoist combatants, personal experience, armed encounter, tribute, intra-party conflict, experience of distress, post-peace politics

Suggested Citation

Acharya, Khagendra, Maoist Combatants’ Narratives: Partisan Attachment to Post-truce Politics (March 1, 2020). Acharya, Khagendra, Maoist Combatants' Narratives: Partisan Attachment to Post-truce Politics, Literary Studies (March, 2020). , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3554833 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3554833

Khagendra Acharya (Contact Author)

Kathmandu University ( email )

Dhulikhel Municipality
Nepal

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