Battles Of The New Republic: A Contemporary History Of Nepal

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Author : Prashant Jha

No. of Pages : 360

Book Category : Best Seller,Non Fiction,Elder,Novels,History,Teenagers

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About the Book: Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal In the past decade, Nepal has undergone arguably one of the boldest political transformations in South Asia. Identity-based politics has brought long marginalized social groups into the mainstream and upended the bulwark of Nepali nationalism-the Hindu monarchy. Yet, the process of change has repeatedly broken down, and Nepals fragile polity, under stress from various forces, has continuously fragmented-the first Constituent Assembly failed to draft a Constitution; the Maoists, who sparked the transformation with an armed insurrection, and once represented hope, have been co-opted into the very political culture they once challenged; never-ending political negotiations have chronically paralysed the governance initiatives needed to address Nepals problems; and India, the countrys powerful neighbour, has played an overwhelming role in national politics, choosing to intervene or stay away at crucial junctures. In exhaustively analysing all these issues, Prashant Jha covers extensive territory, in the corridors of power in Kathmandu and New Delhi as well as on the ground in the Tarai, and forges a narrative that is as comprehensive in its overview as it is detailed in chronicling the minutiae of day-to-day politics. An unprecedented account of the re-birth of a nation, Battles of the New Republic celebrates the deepening of democracy, despairs at the death of a dream, and seeks answers to a fundamental political dilemma-who exercises power, to what end, and for whose benefit? About the Author: Prashant Jha Prashant Jha is an Associate Editor with Hindustan Times. He has extensively tracked Nepals political transformation, and was a columnist with the countrys leading dailies. Jha has also been the Nepal correspondent for The Hindu, and a contributing editor with the Himal Southasian magazine, reporting from the region. Born in Kathmandu in 1984, he now lives in New Delhi. This is his first book. Reviews This is a meticulously researched and deeply passionate book. Generations of readers will turn to it to understand Nepals fraught transition to democracy-Manjushree Thapa

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