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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.
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)
About the Author
Nishchal Nath Pandey is currently Director of the Kathmandu-based Centre for South Asian Studies. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) where he worked in different capacities for eight years (1998-2006). He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore. He was Advisor to the National Planning Commission of Nepal (1995-97). At present, he is international research committee member of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo.
A well-known strategic analyst of Nepal, Pandey is the author of Nepal's Maoist Movement and Implications for India and China and India's North-Eastern Region: Insurgency, Economic Development and Linkages with South-East Asia. He co-edited Comprehensive Security in South Asia and has edited six other books on Nepal's foreign policy, SAARC and regional cooperation in South Asia and trade facilitation.