State of Nepal
Kanak Mani Dixit & Shastri
2002, 2010, pp. viii+312
ISBN: 99933 13 22 X
A country in need of understanding
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 Mailand also worked in leading English dailies such as Indian
Expressand 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’.
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