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.

Security Sector Governance and Future of Nepal Army

Security Sector Governance and Future of Nepal Army

Security sector governance and future of Nepal army

No other issue is more sensitive and crucial to the stability of Nepal's third experiment with multi-party democracy as the security sector, mainly the army and “its reform,” “improvement,” “governance,” or its “democratization” that is being debated. While it is a truism that the Nepal Army (NA) has been in existence since the unification of the country and fought with distinguished gallantry to thwart British and Tibetan invasions, its inability to tame the Maoist insurgency brought it under the inquiry of the public. Questions were raised over the training, morale, tactical planning, intelligence gathering capability, and moreover the fighting ability of its soldiers as barracks after barracks were overrun by ...

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