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Eyewitness to Contemporary Nepal

Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal by Prashant Jha, London: Hurst Publishers, 2014; pp 288, £17.99.

Over the last decade, Nepal has been going through a mind-boggling transition involving the end of a Maoist insurgency and civil war, the dismantling of a centuries-old monarchy, and a mainstreaming of ideas on inclusive government that would have been unthinkable merely a couple of decades ago. As Prashant Jha points out towards the end of his Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal: even though the contemporary constitution-writing process is often described as drawn-out, in the broader perspective Nepal seems to have sped through political transformations that often take generations to accomplish. Nonetheless—or maybe partly because of this accelerated transformative process—the contemporary political landscape displays a complex mixture of radical change and radical continuity.

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