Baha Occasional Papers 5
Masculinity and Mimicry: Ranas and Gurkhas
by Sanjeev Uprety
2011, pp. 48
ISBN: 978 9937 8421 7 4
This paper studies the construction of the masculinity of Gurkha soldiers in British representations and compares such constructions with representations of the masculinities of the two most powerful and influential Rana prime ministers, Jung Bahadur Rana and his 20th-century successor Chandra Shumsher Rana. It also argues that the pre-modern oriental masculinity of Jung Bahadur and the imperial, anglicised masculinity of Chandra Shumsher were defined against the effeminacy of the Indians as well as the Shah Kings of Nepal. In addition, it also examines Perceval Landon’s two-volume account of Nepal’s history-written under the patronage of Chandra Shumsher and first published in 1928-which describes, among other things, the contrasting masculinities of Jung Bahadur and Chandra Shumsher Rana.
Sanjeev Uprety has been teaching at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, for the last 22 years. He has master’s degrees from Tribhuvan University and SUNY-Binghamton, New York, and a PhD from Brown University.
He is the writer of the best-selling Nepali novel, Ghanchakkar. His articles on Nepali literature, art and theatre have been published in various national and international journals. In addition, he has been writing regularly on political themes following the 2006 people’s movement of Nepal. His recent book Siddhanta Ka Kura interprets contemporary western theories in relation to Nepali literary texts and socio-political contexts. He has also acted in Gurukul Theatre productions such as Nyayapremi and Sapana Ko Sabiti. He is currently working on a novella titled Hans ko Katha.