How Buddhism formed the crux of political relations between ancient Nepal and Tibet
My translation of a chapter from anthropologist Dor Bahadur Bista’s historical fiction ‘Sotala’
An essay-review of Dalit: A Quest for Dignity, and how caste has been central to the imagination of the Nepali state
In 1800, a monk who called himself Swami Nirgunanda arrived in Banaras. His name was Rana Bahadur Shah, king of Nepal, and he was ready to give the kingdom away.
In 1950, a bunch of Nepali revolutionaries decided to smuggle in guns from Burma to overthrow the Ranas. This is their story.
Among all the princely states in South Asia, Nepal had the unique distinction of being ‘independent’ under British colonialism. Why?