Nepali Maoists Deny Ongoing Links with Indian Counterparts, Who Continue Insurgency

Nepali Maoists Deny Ongoing Links with Indian Counterparts, Who Continue Insurgency

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal's Maoist movement has no operational links with the leftist insurgents in India who also call themselves Maoists, the former guerilla army's second-in-command said, dismissing the possibility of any future assistance for their political brethren to the south.

"Political revolution is fixed within a border and we do not export it," Commander Ananta said in an interview with World Politics Review earlier this month at Maoist party headquarters here. "The people of an independent country must decide themselves."

The Maoists' landslide victory in last month's general elections raised some concerns that leftist insurgents across the border in India would be emboldened in their long-term bid to topple the Indian government. Both movements have claimed to be fighting a "people's war" to address massive class-based inequalities.

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