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Living Martyrs: The Lives and Works of Tanka Prasad and Rewanta Kumari Acharya

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Living Martyrs
James F. Fisher
2018, pp. xxvi + 420
ISBN: 978 9937 597 40 1
US$ 43/-

Fisher’s book is an attempt to capture the lives and stories of perhaps one of the most important and also most underplayed characters in the history of modern Nepal. Tanka Prasad Acharya and his wife Rewanta Kumari Acharya … [Fisher] is wary of homogenizing meta-narratives, which tend to engulf the multiplicity and heterogeneity of the life-worlds inhabited by individuals in our multicultural universe … An excellent example of Geertzian ‘cases and interpretations’. A must read for anyone with any interest in Nepali society and politics.

— Soyesh Lakhey
HIMALAYA, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
James F. Fisher is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Carleton College, in Northfield, MN. After two years (1962-1964) as a member of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In following years he studied Magars in Dolpo, Sherpas in Khumbu (while participating in the construction of Lukla airport), political history associated with Tanka Prasad Acharya, and globalization.

Trans-Himalayan Traders: Economy, Society, and Culture in Northwest Nepal was published in 1986, followed in 2017 by his ‘44 years later’ book, Trans-Himalayan Traders Transformed. He published Sherpas: Reflections on Change in Himalayan Nepal in 1990; Living Martyrs in 1997 (second edition, 2018) and Jyunda Sahidharu in 2000. These were followed by Globalization in Nepal: Theory and Practice (the Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture) in 2011, and At Home in the World: Globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal, in 2013. He is currently studying the Sherpa diaspora.

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