BBC: “Nepal ‘Maoist’ leader Prachanda opens ‘guerrilla trail'”
Former Nepalese Maoist insurgency leader Prachanda has launched a new tourist trail and guide book, giving walkers the chance to see routes and hideouts used by the guerrillas.
The trek – which lasts up to four weeks – stretches across several districts of central and western Nepal.
The aim is to attract more tourists to the impoverished Himalayan nation.
About 16,000 people died in the 10-year war, before a 2006 peace deal and elections won by the Maoists in 2008.
The civil war culminated in the king relinquishing his absolute powers and being forced to give up his throne in June of that year.
Prachanda derived his inspiration from Peru’s Shining Path rebels and dreamt of setting up a communist republic to address the plight of the rural poor and bring an end to Nepal’s ceaseless political bickering.
The former agriculture student and teacher went on to be prime minister of his country from 18 August 2008 to 25 May 2009. He remains chairman of the main “Maoist” (sic) party in Nepal. Continue reading