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The Nepali Revolution and International Relations

Following the June 1, 2001 murder of king Birendra and the royal family, the US intervened militarily in Nepal. At first India closely coordinated with the US strategy for the military defeat of the Maoist-led People's War in Nepal, and China acquiesced. But starting in the spring of 2004 both India and China came to reject the US anathema of the Nepali Maoists as "terrorists" and accept them as legitimate actors on the international stage. With the "12-point agreement" in November 2005, the success of the April 2006 urban insurrection, the comprehensive peace agreement in the fall of 2006, and the Maoists entering the government in early April 2007, US intervention in Nepal has, for the time, been thwarted.

The Beginnings of a New Democratic Nepal?

Significant developments in the last year have changed Nepal's political landscape. But a trek through the district of Rolpa in the Magarat region reveals the more profound shifts that are underway: a transformation, only a few years old, but one that is led by and for the people, promising thereby, to fundamentally alter the quality of their lives and by implication, the polity and society too.

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