Author: Narayan Subedi
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“100 days in Maoist captivity” is a memoir of a school teacher based in Rolpa – the epicenter of Nepal’s 10 year long Maoist conflict.
Narayan Subedi, a teacher and a social activist was inclined to the left movement, but when the revolution went into violent conflict, he backed out. For him killing was not a way to win a political battle. The Maoist rebels tried to lure him, but he stood to his non-violent principles.
He was abducted from his home and taken into the rebel custody and accused of being a spy. It was after several days that Subedi realizes he was a hostage. During the 100 days in Maoist captivity, he was transferred to many detention sites. Every time he was relocated to a new place, he would be weary of his survival until he reached the next detention house. He felt death followed him at every step. Living through this uncertainty, he decided to write his story. The only reason behind this he says, ‘Even if I die, my words will live to reflect the dark moments of my life.’ He survived and when released from detention, he had a diary with him. ‘This is a window to what general citizens faced during the decade long conflict,’ Subedi says. ‘May no one have to endure such situation again.’ He added. Subedi in his book has also talked about zeal and humanity of the Maoist combatants who held him hostage and acted as sentry to him. Filled with the backdrop of Rolpa and conflict, this book is believed to be a literary documentation of the conflict period.
This is the first independent book written on Maoist Conflict of Nepal by a person from the Maoist hinterland.