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Maoist Defeat in Nepal Elections: The Price of a Missed Opportunity | Shyam Shrestha

18 January 2014

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[. . .] The transformation of the Nepali Maoists who entered the peace process in 2006 as revolutionary liberators into the image of being status quoists within merely seven years resulted in their electoral defeat. In a way, a great revolutionary opportunity to transform the country’s regime, economy and society was missed, even as significant steps were taken to achieve a robust regime of rights and political reforms.

The defeat in the second CA elections conveys a message to the Maoists: they must undertake a serious, holistic and honest introspection right away. They have to reconstruct themselves organisationally and ideologically again. The correct path to socialism and revolution cannot be one of adjustment with the status quo.

A defeat in one election, at the same time, is by no means an end for a revolutionary force. It is only an opportunity for self and course correction.

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