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New Nepal
The Fault Lines

First Edition

May 2010 | 180 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book analyses the tumultuous situation in post-republic Nepal, with spot diagnosis of the major issues facing the country such as federal structure, security sector reform, armed movement in the terai, and religious clashes that have wide implications for India and China.

While there is no disagreement over the issue of state restructuring itself, New Nepal: The Fault Lines deals with possible spin-offs of the failure to address the questions of identity, ethnicity, language, religion, region, and culture in "New Nepal". Security sector governance, the structure of the political system and the relations between various organs of the state are yet to be determined while the law and order situation, supply of daily essentials, and immediate economic relief to the rural hinterlands is already testing the patience of the people. Political parties are once again resorting to the same old addiction of forming and dismantling governments, knowing well that this will be disastrous to the nascent democracy. The writing of the new Constitution will only be a small step towards producing a stable country.

The book will be of immense interest to academics in the fields of politics, international relations, and South Asian studies, and international think tanks, research institutions, and diplomatic communities interested in studies on Nepal and South Asia.

 
Foreword Tan Tai Yong
 
Preface
 
People's Movement II and its Aftermath
 
Interim Constitution and Repeated Amendments
 
Maoist Triumph
 
The Fault lines
 
Language as a Potential Source of Conflict
 
Secularism: Onset of Religious Conflict?
 
Security Sector Governance and Future of Nepal Army
 
Lack of Political Culture and Legitimacy
 
Role of UNMIN
 
Rejuvenating the Economy
 
India and Nepal: Partners in Progress
 
Nepal-China Relations: Giving an Economic Thrust
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix: Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Government of Nepal and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
 
Index

This is a good book for anyone interested in Nepalese politics. Nischal Nath Pandey has carefully considered all aspects that one needs to understand while learning about a country, like the political culture of a society…the reader would get a sound knowledge of the political situation in Nepal from this book.

India Quarterly
Volume 67, No 4, 2011

The book focuses on the contemporary Nepali politics, and explores, in the last two chapters, Nepal`s relations with her two immediate neighbours-India and China… It will give the readers a deeper understanding of the country`s history and historical factors, leading to the turning of an over two centuries old monarchical state into a republic, barely six weeks after the Constituent Assembly election in April 2008. It will be of immense interest to academics in the fields of politics, international relations, and South Asian studies, and international think tanks, research institutions, and diplomatic communities interested in studies on Nepal and South Asia.

The Himalayan Times

Nischal Nath Pandey, provides in depth research into the gut political, social and economic issues facing Nepal and points to their considerable gravity in the continuing search for political normalcy in the intricately pluralistic state. As a study of the `New Nepal`, the book is frank, factual, lucid, concise, and, to the general reader`s relief, free of specialist jargon. Accordingly, it makes for easy reading and by virtue of these `pluses` would prove an invaluable tool in South Asia`s efforts at ushering democratic polities in the truest sense.

The Island Online

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