State of Nepal
Kanak Mani Dixit & Shastri Ramachandaran (eds)
2002, 2010, pp. viii+312
ISBN: 99933 13 22 X
The more Nepal ‘modernises’ and the more complex its society becomes, the less understood it is in the South Asian neighbourhood and beyond. The life and times of 23 million people in the contemporary period, particularly in the last dozen years of democracy, is paradoxically an increasing area of darkness. This book describes how this uniquely diverse country is grapping with change and continuity, with some of the sharpest minds on Nepal writing on sixteen areas of critical importance. With their individual flair, emphasis and style of presentation, the essayists have contributed to a work that will be read as a standard references on Nepal for some years to come.
Kanak Mani Dixit has edited Himal magazine (both its earlier 'Himalayan' incarnation and the present South Asian version) since 1987. Apart from being the publisher of the first Nepali-language newsmagazine, Himal Khabarpatrika, he is also well known as the author of The Adventures of a Nepali Frog. He is a translator of BP Koirala's Atmabrittanta: Late Life Recollections.
Shastri Ramachandaran is a journalist and writer who has been contributing to the media for over 27 years on a range of national, regional and international subjects. A keen observer of events and developments in South Asia, his areas of special interest in the region are Nepal and Sri Lanka. He is presently Senior Assistant Editor with The Times of India in New Delhi. Earlier, he was the Editor of The Sunday Mail and also worked in leading English dailies such as Indian Express and Deccan Herald. Among the papers and publications to his credit (as co-author) are a monograph on ‘Civil and Human Rights of Agricultural Labourers in Tamil Nadu’ and ‘Media, Conflict and Peace’.