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Maoists on air



Locals in Rukum, Salyan and Jajarkot are tuning into the 'people's radio station', launched by the Maoists. On air everyday from 6-8PM, the program begins with an innocuous "This is the people's radio, regional broadcast centre, 95.1 MHz. Greetings to our listeners." After 10 minutes of Maoist songs, the news bulletin starts with an overview of Maoist activities around the country. The army and the police are labeled "royal plunderers", and their casualties are described with lively enthusiasm. The report section usually focuses on the future of the 'people's war', justifies Prachanda breaking the ceasefire and discusses the failure of some Maoist missions. The people are not the only ones listening. The state security forces never miss a single roadcast. A senior army officer says the program helps the army glean information about Maoist activity, although the whereabouts of the station itself remains a mystery. The locals, however, confess the main draw are the catchy songs of the revolution.


LATEST ISSUE
638
(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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