Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - History - 358 pages
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Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal is a story of Nepal's transformation from war to peace, monarchy to republic, a Hindu kingdom to a secular state, and a unitary to a potentially federal state.

Part-reportage, part-history, part-analysis, part-memoir, and part-biography of the key characters, the book breaks new ground in political writing from the region. With access to the most powerful leaders in the country as well as diplomats, it gives an unprecedented glimpse into Kathmandu's high politics. But this is coupled with ground-level reportage on the lives of ordinary citizens of the hills and the plains, striving for a democratic, just and equitable society.

It tracks the hard grind of political negotiations at the heart of the instability in Nepal. It traces the rise of a popular rebellion, its integration into the mainstream, and its steady decline. It investigates Nepal's status as a partly-sovereign country, and reveals India's overwhelming role. It examines the angst of having to prove one's loyalties to one's own country, and exposes the Hindu hill upper-caste dominated power structures.

Battles of the New Republic is a story of the deepening of democracy, of the death of a dream, and of that fundamental political dilemma - who exercises power, to what end, and for whose benefit.
 

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Contents

POLITICS OF GRADUAL REVOLUTION
1
POLITICS OF PARTIAL SOVEREIGNTY
67
POLITICS OF INCLUSIVE NATIONALISM
159
POLITICS OF SHANTISAMBIDHAN
275
Postscript
335
Acknowledgements
345
Index
351
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Prashant Jha is an Associate Editor at Hindustan Times. He has extensively covered Nepal's political transformation over the past decade, and was a political columnist for the country's leading dailies. Born in Kathmandu, he now lives in New Delhi.

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