Former war time enemies, Balananda Sharma, the coordinator of the secretariat overseeing the integration process, and Dhan Bahadur Maaski, Shaktikhor's Division Commander are working together to ensure the successful completion of the retirement and rehabilitation program. The two are currently in Shaktikhor camp overseeing the demobilisation of thousands of ex-Maoist combatants.
Sharma and Maski came face to face in at least two major battles in the mid-western region. After their encounter in Dang's Ghorahi and Bhaluwang, Sharma left for the peace mission to Israel-occupied Golan Heights and the two did not see each another until after the 2006 peace agreement.
"Eight years ago, if I had seen him I would have shot him and the other Maoists. But the situation has changed significantly and I am now helping with their rehabilitation and providing them food and medicine," says Sharma.
Maaski echoes similar sentiments, "If I had met him on the battle field, I would have killed him. Although we shared no personal enmity, we were on opposite sides of the war and that was our duty. But today when we stand together for the purpose of peace it's a very special feeling and even though we sometimes talk about the past, it is done in good spirit. "