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In the past decade, Nepal has undergone arguably one of the boldest political transformations in South Asia. Identity based politics had 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 Nepal’s fragile polity, under stress from various fo ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published 2014 by Aleph
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Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-nepal, for-keeps
A book that will serve to educate anybody willing to learn about Nepal’s history and its facets through its transitional journey into the Democratic Republic. A powerful and passionate book for Nepal that demands it be read.

Here is an excerpt from its Prologue;
This is a story of the politics of gradual revolution, where former rebels attempt to change the mainstream even as the mainstream co-opts and changes them; of partial sovereignty where domestic political actors have to grapple with the r
Vipin Sirigiri
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable book on the contemporary political history of Nepal! The transition of Nepal from a Hindu monarchy to Federal Secular Democratic Republic has been told through extensive interactions with royalists, traditional politicians, Maoists, madhesis, Indian MEA & RAW officials and all possible stakeholders. The narrative has been a total page turner with Jha's own comments providing all possible angles throughout the journey. This could definitely be the Nepali equivalent of 'India after Ga ...more
Ashutosh Dwivedi
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
In his first book as a writer Prashant Jha tries to do justice to the diverse Nepali history and does touch upon all major events but fails to communicate effectively the gravity of some of the defining moments of the Nepali revolution. He fails to provide a context, actual happenings and finally allows his own judgements to cloud the final conclusions he puts forth. A history writer's responsibility is that he provides all sets of opinions and let the reader decide for his own conclusions.
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important book that educates us about Madhes discussion in Nepal. The chapters that share stories and the anecdotal accounts of the author provide an explanation to the Madhesi issue and are primarily interesting and important.
Kshitiz Khanal
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this to anyone seeking to know about contemporary history of Nepal. Documentation is almost objective. Good account of main events.
Erik Champenois
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well-written book on Nepal's recent history, focused on the last decade or so before publication (2014), with additional background reference to post-1950 history (and unfortunately only rare references to more ancient history, but this is not a focus of the book anyways).

Prashant Jha's coverage of this history is full of informative tidbits based on his own journalism and interviews with key figures in current Nepalese politics. The book is thematically structured, covering the history i
Raughley Nuzzi
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prashant Jha's book tells a frustrating story in a remarkable, on-the-ground manner. At first, it took some getting used to that the major political figures were some who Jha got to know personally, but by the time he was invited to sit in the gallery during key eleventh-hour political negotiations, it came as no surprise.

The contemporary history of Nepal is dense and labyrinthine. Some of it feels too esoteric, but the pace and direction from which major changes keep shocking the political syst
Jane Wilson-Howarth
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-abandoned
A well-written account of very complex and confusing politics but this in a heavy-weight read and can be a bit hard to follow at times, especially if you didn't start out knowing some of the key characters already. The frequent use of acronyms also slowed my reading a lot.
I was puzzled why none of the photos had captions - except in the contents list. Seemed v odd to have to leaf back to see who was in what photo.
Rabin Rai
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The author brings you into the world of nepal politics from 1950 till 2014. My first read on Nepal politics and it covered in great detail about the battles to form the federal democratic system of Nepal. I am thankful to the writer for sharing the history of modern Nepal politics. However, it could have been more concise.
Sunil Yadav
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written book..First time I have read history which is written as Hollywood thriller. This book provides detail narrative of Nepal's contemporary history. .. I salute u Prashant ji for this book
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed, but filled with personal stories that add needed flavor
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Nallasivan V.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a tough book to read but it is nevertheless an important book if you want to understand Contemporary Nepal politics. It starts around 2005-06 when widespread popular protests forced the King gave up his position and efforts to draft a new constitution started (a federal-secular democratic-republic constitution for the first time in the history of Nepal).

It is a comprehensive book that covers the various sections of Nepali society from Janjatis (tribes), Maoists and Madhesis (People from
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social
As an expat currently living in Nepal I have pickrd this book hoping that it would allow me to understand recent history of the country. Unfortunately this isn't the right book. The book reads like a report on meetings and backstage negotiations between various political parties, it provides lots of detailed information, but doesn't put them into context.
It the future though it might become a valued resource for an academic study.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent account of Nepal's "quite" recent political history - however very, very, very detailed which makes it a slow and sometimes exhausting read. However, very well documented and exhaustive, useful for anyone who seeks to better understand Nepal from a political point of view.
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