Battles of the New Republic : A Contemporary History of Nepal

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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

In the past decade, Nepal has undergone arguably one of the boldest political transformations in South Asia. Identitybased politics has brought long marginalised 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 today politics. An unprecedented account of the rebirth 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?

Interesting FactsPerhaps the most important book on Nepal to ever be published, Battles of the New Republic will be required reading for anyone with an interest in Nepali politics and in Indo - Nepal relations.In clinically exposing the extent of Indias interference in Nepali affairs, PrashantJha breaks new ground in journalism in the subcontinent.Prashant Jha also explores the links between the Naxalites of India and the Maoists of Nepal, laying bare the linkages between the two.Battles of the New Republic chronicles the politics of the Tarai region of Nepal in minute detail, perhaps for the first time in the English language.The book focuses unsparingly critical light on the lives and careers of both Baburam Bhattarai and Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, arguably the most vital agents of transformation in modern Nepal.

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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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"No one writes about Nepal more incisively and presciently than Prashant Jha. This is a meticulously researched and deeply passionate book. Generations of readers will turn to it to understand Nepal's fraught transition to democracy." --Manjushree Thapa


"Prashant Jha is one of India's finest journalists. This is a meticulous, clear-eyed and riveting story of the revolutionary changes in Nepal, told with narrative flair, historical insight and a depth of knowledge rare in the field. It may be the one indispensable book on the subject. But the story of revolution and reaction, high idealism and low politics, universal aspiration and community division, will be of much wider interest. A major achievement."--Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi


"Nepal's democratic revolution is one of the most remarkable political and social developments of the twenty-first century and there cannot be a better chronicle of this story than Prashant Jha's Battles of the New Republic." --Siddharth Varadarajan, former editor of The Hindu


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