There is a fascinating full transcript of Nepali Maoist leader Prachanda's interview with the BBC, that really is worth reading. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4707482.stm
As over 13000 have died so far in the war, and due to the experience of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, I think some caution is understandable! However the Maoist rebels have recently built a working relationship with the constitutional opposition parties. And their determination not to disrupt the tourist industry suggests that they do not share the ideas of economic and cultural autarchy that led to disaster in Cambodia.
There was a good article in Socialist Worker last year from Dave Seddon, but things have moved on quite a bit since it was written: