Nepal is going through the most tumultuous period in its history. The writing of the new Constitution will only be a small step towards producing a stable country. While there is no disagreement over the issue of state restructuring itself, challenging spin-offs stemming from a failure to address questions of identity, ethnicity, language, religion, region and culture are emerging as clear fault lines of ‘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 law and order, 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 old addiction of forming and dismantling governments, knowing well that this will be disastrous the nascent democracy. A chaotic Nepal will also be a headache for both India and China. This book reflects the nature of the enormous challenges before Nepal and the exceptionally important discussion on how to resolve these problems and move ahead.

India and Nepal: Partners in Progress

India and Nepal: Partners in Progress

India and Nepal: Partners in progress

India and Nepal have age-old relations bound by shared culture, religion, matrimonial ties, economic and political closeness, and a common destiny. The open border between the two has long been a hallmark of the unique relationship. Despite the asymmetry in size, the two countries and people have nurtured unshakable links since the time of Ram–Sita and Gautam Buddha. The Treaty of 1950 and the open border are both symbols of close relationship that prevails between the two, although there are demands to reconsider both these features in the changed political context. More than 7 million1 ethnic Nepalese live and work in India and the Indian Army has at least 46 Gurkha battalions.2 Nepal is ...

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