260 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
This book traces the history and politics of the Greater Nepal movement. It looks at major events in modern South Asia, in and around the eastern Himalaya region in particular — colonialism, Independence and Partition, the Chinese aggression in Tibet, formation of Bangladesh and the merger of Sikkim with India, among others — which deeply affected the nature of democratic movements in Nepal.
The volume also studies the role of the monarchy, the demand for Gorkhaland, and the rise of Maoist movements. It also sheds light on political participation encompassing Nepalese functionaries, the many political parties, intellectuals and responsible public figures, and the differential influence that these variegated groups had on the movement. Finally, it reassesses the idea of Greater Nepal and offer a critical commentary on its future.
The volume will of great interest to scholars and researchers of international relations, modern history, sociology and social anthropology, politics, South Asian studies, area studies, especially Nepal and Himalayan studies, as well as policy makers and government think tanks.
1. State Formation and Issues of Greater Nepal In Eastern Himalaya 2. State Formation among the Eastern Himalayan Kingdoms 3. Extension of Gorkharajya and Consolidation of Gorkha Ethnic Identity 4. Ethnic Expansion and Cultural Complexion in Post-1817 5. Social, Cultural and Literary Context of the Greater Nepal 6. Federation of the Himalayan Kingdoms and Thereafter 7. Looking Up for Greater Nepal 8. Prospect of Greater Nepal
This series brings the larger Nepal and the Himalayan region to the centre stage of academic analysis and explores critical questions that confront the region, ranging from society, culture and politics to economy and ecology. The books in the series examine key themes concerning religion, ethnicity, language, identity, history, tradition, community, polity, democracy, as well as emerging issues regarding environment and development of this unique region.