Book: A People War / लडाईंमा जनता

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Images of Nepal conflict 1996-2006

people-in-war.gifEvery war has its iconic picture. Somewhere in this book is the photograph that will be remembered as the symbol of the conflict in Nepal between 1996 to 2006. This book is the story of those years in pictures.

The best way to report on a conflict is not to cover the war, but the people caught up in it. These photographs capture the anguish, pain and suffering, but also the innate Nepali ability to survive against all odds, to help others despite adversity, and to show humanity when there is inhumanity all around.

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Journalists and photographers from across the country were asked to submit pictures, and a 3-member international committee short listed them from 2,561 images. The hardest part was to select the final 179 pictures in this book. We hope they will help the cause of non-violence, help us close this cruel chapter in Nepal’s history, and bring peace, prosperity and justice to all Nepalis. -Kunda Dixit

Children in Motipur of Kailali play in the ruins of a police station destroyed by Maoists.
Photo: Amrit Gurung

This picture of a unit of Maoist guerrillas was in possession of a rebel fighter captured by the security forces.

The cradle of the Maoist revolution, Thawang in Rolpa.
Photo: Kiyoko Ogura

Tulsi Basnet’s husband, police inspector, was killed by a roadside Maoist bomb in Syangja (left). The widow of a policeman (right).
Photos: Prakash Mathema (L)/Dhruba Ale (R)

Band brothers from the Maoist Special Task Force.
Photo: Damber K Shrestha

A Maoist Guerilla (Left). Three generations of women in Mugu (Right).
Photos: Durga Lal KC (L)/Mohan Mainali (R)

A woman finds her husband among dozens of policemen killed in a Maoist raid in Naumule in Dailekh. Photo: Chandra Shekhar Karki

A grandmother of a soldier, killed in the Maoist attack, grieves at Pashupati.
Photo: Narendra Shrestha

A woman washes blood from the steps of her shuttered shop the day after the Maoist attack on Beni.
Photo: Thomas Bell

The wrek of a milk tanker set on fire by Maoists.
Photo: Kiran Panday

The army airlifts commandos to Dang.
Photo: Chandra Shekhar Karki

Children near Mugling inspect and army armoured vehicle that was bombed.
Photo: Narendra Shrestha

An aerial attack by the army in Thokarpa of Sindhupalchok.
Photo: Kiyoko Ogura

Sadhuram Devkota (Prashant): coordinator of the Maoist Kathmandu unit was said to have committed sucide after three months in detention at the army’s Brigade in Balaju.
Photo: Ravi Manandhar

The massacre of 19 rebels and civilians by the army in doramba lead to the collapse of the second ceasefire in August 2003.
Photo: CPN (Maoist)

Bodies of police and army personnel killedduring the battle of Beni.
Photo: Gopal Chitrakar

Decomposed body of a policeman killed during a Maoist raid being removed from the village of Gam in Rolpa.
Photo: Narendra Shrestha

A man meets his nephew at a Maoist gathering in Ramechhap.
Photo: Mukunda Bogati

Soldiers in action in western Nepal. Photo: Dhruba Ale

An anti-Maoist vigilante in Rupandehi and his bodyguard pose with shotguns (Left). Debi Sunar, the mother of Maina, on learning that she was dead (Right). Photos: Dipak Gyawali (L) / Muna Sharma (R)

The army helicopter lands on the street of Panauti. Photo: Bikas Karki

Soldiers guard a telecommunication tower at Bahundanda in Lamjung. Photo: Kul Chandra Neupane

This passenger was among 36 killed when the Maoists bombed a bus in Madi, Chitwan. Photo: Kumar Shrestha

A bomb crater, booby trapped by Maoists, on Mahendra highway near Butwal. Photo: Dipendra Baduwal

The Churpa Bridge in Dailekh that was bombed and damaged by the Maoist. Photo: Rabi Tuladhar

Four government vehicles were torched on Bagmati Bridge. Photo: Rajesh Gurung

A student protester at Tribhuban University in Kirtipur successfully saves a deputy inspector of Police. Photo: Sundar Shrestha

The bodies of King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya, and Prince Nirajan are cremated at Pashupati. Photo: Kishor Rajbhandari

A street child runs down the road in Kathmandu carrying Nepali Congress flag. Photo: Sundra Shrestha

A boy clambers up a goal post outside the army base in Tansen. Photo: Rajesh KC

179 pictures of Nepal conflict 1996-2006
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Book published in Nepal by Publication Nepalaya Pvt. Ltd.
All pictures courtesy nepa-laya.


  1. Rajendra Prasad shrestha said,

    May 8, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Really, Pictures are very nice and heart toucable. I really shocked

  2. dr ajay risal said,

    May 8, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    thanks for bringing the truth in front of our eyes so clear n so deadly, my eyes sank in tears n heart cried as after so much loss also , the gain we got is not being conceptualised n we r going to loose again, may almighty bring good view to our so-called leaders’ mind, pls rajeshji, make them arosen n awaken by any means u get.,….

  3. Kathmandu said,

    May 9, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    thanks for bringing the truth in front of our eyes so clear n so deadly, my eyes sank in tears n heart cried as after so much loss also , the gain we got is not being conceptualised n we r going to loose again, may almighty bring good view to our so-called leaders™ mind, pls rajeshji, make them arosen n awaken by any means u get.,¦.

  4. Raju, Kathmandu said,

    May 9, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you all very much for such a wonderful task. The images are painful to see but they are the best means to get peace back to the nation, hope all the political leaders will change their minds and bring back peace someday..

    love and prayer¦

  5. s.n.pandey kuwait said,

    May 10, 2007 at 1:05 am

    k bhanu yar ma ta yasto photos hara pachi khana khanai pani man china.
    narayan pandey

  6. Jeni Jain,Nepal said,

    May 10, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Very hear touching photographs. It brings tears in my eyes. Let it won’t be happen again.Let people live in peace and our motherland won’t suffer from this pain again. Please learn from this photographs war is not the right solution.

  7. Sanjiv Thapa/baghdad,Iraq said,

    May 11, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Everyhwere in the world war is on top & human beings r dying like animals so I would like to request all to spread love & stop war,terrorism & killing people.Wake up with love,spend yr each day by spreading love & sleep dreaming of love just think about love love love & love then only ………………to be continued..

  8. Sanjiv Thapa/Baghdad said,

    May 11, 2007 at 11:00 am

    The pictures r heart touchy & shows the reality that happened in Nepla.This type of incident was created by politicians so all those politicians who r trying to destryoy Nepal should be encountered together at one place.

  9. santosh k.c/Lalitpur said,

    May 11, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Very heart touching & unbelieveable photos .My sincere thanks to the photographer that we the citizens of nepal even didnt know about the real incidents took place during the war period .But now with these photos we get all summary as well.

  10. dhangadhi said,

    May 15, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Yogendra bom,Dhangadhi

    Those picture really the heart touching which rewinds the bitter experience.It also teaches that war only invites social,economic,political hindrances.I so pray god for peace,-for peace.

  11. gyanu bhratpur said,

    May 17, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    ramro tara yasto din kunai din kunai des ma naaus aasha yahi 6 hamro

  12. shabbo/winnona/usa said,

    May 25, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    aafno desh ra janata ko bikas ko lagi aafno pranhuti dina tayar manis maile aahile samma yo naya nepal ma dekhina ti manis bhaideyeko bhaye yo mero purkha ko desh nepal bikash ko muukh ma parisikyo .
    yaha ka neta haru pani sabai kurdhi ko lagi ladirekeka cha jau ko hi ta tiniharu lai samjhau ki aafno desh nai sabai thok ho yo nepalijanata ko lagi
    jannani janma bhumi swarga dapi gariashi

  13. tsurain ojha pokhara said,

    May 26, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    it’s very upset to see such pictures of the 12 year conflict in nepal. hope this situation may not come again

  14. irala said,

    May 26, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    dherai mehanat sath yo photo haru liyera janatamajh puraunubhayako ma tapai sabai bishesh kunda diksith sir lai lots of thanks. asha rakhaun aba pheri yesh prakar ko photo haru herana naparos . jay buddha

  15. Anjan said,

    May 30, 2007 at 11:21 am

    this is anjan from Perth, Australia
    Those pictures nearly made me cry. All I can do is to pray for the prosperity of my beautiful country and look forward to the days when I can again proudly say I am from NEPAL.

  16. prahlad devkota /kathmandu said,

    June 2, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    that time is about to pass now .we can now hope for a peaceful nepal……….these photos reminded me of those worst days of our nation
    we are assured now that the sitution will not never repeat again in the future .still we all youths have to be conscious and alert about the things that is happening on the politics and lead a scuscessful constution assembly so that our future generations can live a peaceful and blissful life.

  17. robin karki said,

    June 8, 2007 at 11:44 am

    i’ve seen the photos…..
    the photos were very heart touching and made me serious…..
    so thanks to all the photo graphers they collected. but it makes me happier because the present situation of our nation is more pleasent.
    finally, thanks a lot to photographer and keep it up……

  18. Anil\Hong Kong said,

    June 11, 2007 at 8:09 am

    I am glade,Press become critical that moment but you all able to Click(making Itihas) speciall
    Rajesh K.C> Dai\\\\
    Once again,Dherai dherai Dhanyabadh:

    Anil K.C.

    Pokhara\Lake side
    Hk\Shanghai China

  19. Devendra Shrestha/ktm said,

    June 13, 2007 at 8:19 am

    thanks for nice pictures of maoist burtiality. I humbly pray to got for not to view such seens.

  20. Mahesh Guragain said,

    June 14, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    A great collection but its a very sentimental for all-Army, Maoists and peopal at large.
    Mahesh Guragain
    Thumbedin, Taplejung

  21. Binod Thapa (Damside,Pokhara) said,

    June 14, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Well done for the great Pictures. It hurts so much to see all this happening last 9 years. Now the time for us be unit one and build our Nepal peaceaful.

  22. ilam, ilam said,

    June 27, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    yi tasbir fheri nakhichiyos

  23. ashim lohani/miyagi,japan said,

    July 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    great jod, touch my heart. thanks alot

  24. Arunesh said,

    July 20, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Amazing photographs. Reflects the hard reality. You guys have done a great job.

  25. Raju said,

    July 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Worse past in Nepal

  26. Ganesh Raj Bhandari,Dhading said,

    August 18, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Dear Mr. Jajesh,
    Very Nice Picture, and heart touching ………………………

  27. Salikram Nepal,thamel said,

    August 24, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    thanks, its a great job.recalls back the conflit that kill more than 12000 nepalis.We will never forget them.These pictures remind the tragic moments.I would pray the god it never repeat it again.Hope we will have a long lasting peace.
    Salikram Nepal

  28. Deepesh Poudel/ Missouri said,

    September 2, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Rajesh Ji,

    I was so shocked to see the pictures that reflect the condition of Nepali mothers, childrens, soldiers and everyone during the 10 year conflict.
    Many many thanks for publishing those heart-touching photos to the website so that everyone can see how the situation was, and be united in order not to repeat the situation. Let peace prevail in our motherland forever.

  29. chetan kandel, Basundhara,3, Kathmandu Nepal said,

    September 4, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Samaya sangai sangaleka tapaika tasbir haru mutu chune chan, EE kahali lagda tasbir bata kehi sikchan ta nepal ka neta haru le.. aba desh bigarne haina des banaune bela aayeko cha.. tapaiko sandesh le pani ehi bhancha.. aba arko choti ko tapaiko photo haru.. ladainma Janata haina.. bikash ma Janata bhanne hos.. Bikas ma ramairaheka Nepali Janata ko Tasbir Tapain Sangalnu hola.. tyo bikas ko lagi Prerana Banne cha. Thank You. Rajes Ji.

  30. naresh nepal said,

    September 19, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    many many thankyou for u rajesh

  31. kashi gauli,helsinki,finland said,

    October 3, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    oh!this heart touching pictures made me so sad.we hope not to have in our motherland like such war….now just remove the tears from your and lets hope for ever lasting peace and progress

  32. robin karki said,

    October 16, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    the photoes were actually very nice to see and they were heart hurted too.but i am thankful to those who captured such images..

  33. robin karki said,

    October 16, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    oh great! i can’t stay without giving thanks to the photographer who captured such imaged..all of them are equally important.but the goal post where the boy is hanging is near my house that’s why it gave the remembrance of my childhood near where i used to play with my pals.

  34. Dinesh/Maneshwara, Sindhupalchok said,

    December 10, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Hridayabidarak tasbirharu.

  35. rajat dhewaju,pokhara said,

    January 24, 2008 at 10:35 am

    the photos are shocking .it is very sad tobear such disaster in our peace loving country.ihope that it would not happen in future.

  36. rajat dhewaju,pokhara said,

    January 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    what u r doing is a good job ,rajes ji.keepit up

  37. sudeep/usa said,

    February 11, 2008 at 8:48 am

    it is not nice picture. lot of people were died. i never want to see this again.
    we need Nepal peace.
    do good things only. Let all people make Nepal peace.

  38. Rishi Ram Panth/Kathmandu said,

    February 26, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Lots of people lost their family and relatives within long people war in Nepal. It is very sad to bear it. Lots of thanks to photographer and Rajesh ji.

  39. Saurav said,

    March 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    This pic speak everything and nothing too. I hope we should never have to look this pic again and around the world too and mind blowing job by photographer and salute all to the people of this pic

  40. suresh/Buchanan,liberia said,

    May 7, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Rajesh ji
    This is your mindblowing creature. It makes people aware about our Future, Nepalese future. i hope again and again people should not have to sufer form war, torture and any kind of regime. you are the great in your profession keep it up.

  41. balrampokharel/nepal said,

    May 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    good job

  42. ind said,

    May 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    i am very sorry to mention my comments
    you may say it a disrespect to the people who has sacrified their blood in fighting for the country
    but i want to be at a neutral point
    photos above are heart taouching and shocking
    now i request all of my nepali people not to judge in accordance to the the photos
    i once again say that we can’t forget the past brutal of8-10 yrs
    we remember every body who has died for nation rebel or soldier or civillians
    may be most of we have lost one member of the family
    so please we now have to move in a direction to develove peace and tranquility among nepali people
    and to led the country in a right way with harmony
    from mahakali to mechi we all ar enepali
    lets put our hand together
    should not have any reveng intention to any one now
    thank u
    for the author of this book
    hope my message reach every nepalese door

  43. shamir gurung Ashford said,

    June 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    yo Nepal ra NEpali ko tito satya ho….. Yo ghatana haru feri kahelai nadohoroyos….. NEPAL sadai amar rahos….

    JAI NEPAL…….

  44. sudha bhandari, meryland usa said,

    June 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    naya nepal ma yasto picture hernu naparos

  45. sanfrancisco said,

    July 30, 2008 at 1:27 am

    you have done a great job sharing these photos, but i really feel so sad after looking at these photos…

  46. dubai said,

    June 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    very hard to believe the peoples sorrow in the war. loss of life n infrastructure. may peace prevail in Nepal.

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