Maoists in Nepal and India: Tactical Alliances and Ideological Differences

Nihar R Nayak is Research Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • May 2008

    Links between Nepalese Maoists and Indian Maoists started in 1995 and have grown subsequently. During the initial stages of their collaboration, the Nepalese Maoists sought strategic and material support from their Indian counterparts. Later, differences emerged over the introduction of 'prachandapath'. However, links continued at the ideological level, confined to debate and discussions on the nature of revolution and State. The decision of Nepalese Maoists to join democratic forces in an alliance and participate in mainstream politics in November 2005 was criticized by the Indian Maoists. This article argues that in spite of their differences, these outfits may come together in the future, irrespective of the success or failure of the Nepalese Maoists to secure their hold on power after the upcoming elections.