Maoist symbolism on an electricity pole near a highway

by Michael Hoffmann

Post-Doc Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Germany

While studying the impact of the Maoist Revolution on local politics and labour practices of former debt bonded labourers in western Nepal, I came across the party symbol on several electricity poles near the East-West Mahindra Highway. The picture reminds me that the symbolic reworking of landscapes is essential for the Nepalese revolutionaries. It made me think: How will the Maoist Revolution change the lives of local people? Will the Maoists be successful in their project of transforming Nepa



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