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.
Role of UNMIN
Role of UNMIN
Attention devoted to the role of foreign powers in the domestics of Nepal is not just an academic or policy fad. In the last few years, Nepal has become a South Asian center for global interlace of divergent policy strategies of major powers. A small land-locked country nestled in the Himalayas but in a critical geo-strategic location in between the emerging global giants of the 21st century should have been aware of its importance in today's world and its leaders could have been more sensitive to the contours of national security. Although we complain that foreign diplomats by-pass protocol and meet the prime minister or ministers on their own, our institutions could have played more forceful roles not only in ...