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The ambitions of SNV and others behind the GHT—to bring wealth to the poor and peace to the embattled—may sound borderline quixotic. But a long trail can certainly break down one rather stubborn barrier: that which exists between two people. Who knows whether the route could accomplish anything more for a country struggling to be reborn. Nepalis have good reason to be hopeful—the end of the war, the unprecedented inclusiveness of the new government. But darker portents loom. The 19,000 Maoist fighters could all too easily become an active force again, especially with their wartime commander, Dahal, having left the unity government. Poverty and discrimination, the root causes of the conflict, have not yet been significantly reduced, according to an August report from the UN. And even if the government succeeds in drafting a new constitution by next spring, that doesn’t guarantee a stable future. Nepal has had six new constitutions in the past 60 years.

So when I asked Phurba if he thought Nepal’s future would be better, there was only one way he could answer.

“Maybe,” he said. “I think so.”

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