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Forget Kathmandu-An Elegy for Democracy

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In this best selling study of the tangled politics of Nepal, Manjushree Thapa examines what has gone wrong with her country over the years and why. Starting with an account of the June 2001 massacre at the Narayanhiti royal palace and its aftermath, she goes back in time to trace the history of Nepal's monarchy since unification in the 18th century and of the struggle in the 20th century for genuine democracy. She ends with a record of her trek into Maoist-held territories in west Nepal where, in an environment of poverty and human rights abuse, twelve and thirteen year olds have taken to the gun.

Forget Kathmandu is an unprecedented unflinching look at Nepal's past and present, and easily among the finest works of non fiction from contemporary South Asia.

Author:Manjushree Thapa
ISBN : 9780143103042