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Battles of the New Republic


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Prashant Jha is an Associate Editor at Hindustan Times. He has extensively covered Nepal's political transformation over the past decade, and was a political columnist for the country's leading dailies. Born in Kathmandu, he now lives in New Delhi.


Admirably clear and well-told - Jha's limited optimism is nicely judged. * The Economist *
In his authoritative 'Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal', [Jha] follows the country's tumultuous path from the Maoist rebellion to the years just before the earthquake. * New York Review of Books *
No one writes about Nepal more incisively and presciently than Prashant Jha. This is a meticulously researched and deeply passionate book. Generations of readers will turn to it to understand Nepal's fraught transition to democracy. -- Manjushree Thapa
The best way to understand the twists and turns of Nepal's tortuous peace process has long been to follow the articles of Prashant Jha. Now he has woven his critical understanding of all the political actors, his sensitivity to the claims of marginalised groups and his unique access to India's involvement into a beautifully written personal account. -- Ian Martin, former Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of United Nations Mission in Nepal
Prashant Jha is one of India's finest journalists. This is a meticulous, clear-eyed and riveting story of the revolutionary changes in Nepal, told with narrative flair, historical insight and a depth of knowledge rare in the field. It may be the one indispensable book on the subject. But the story of revolution and reaction, high idealism and low politics, universal aspiration and community division, will be of much wider interest. A major achievement. -- Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Nepal's democratic revolution is one of the most remarkable political and social developments of the twenty-first century and there cannot be a better chronicle of this story than Prashant Jha's 'Battles of the New Republic'. -- Siddharth Varadarajan, former editor of The Hindu
This is a highly readable account of recent Nepalese politics by a clear-headed and well-connected journalist. It is especially valuable for its balanced account of India's role and for its information on the informal links between members of the Nepalese political class, which often cut across ideological cleavages. The author also provides an insider's view of the problems faced by those Nepalis whose languages and cultures span the border with India and thus make them suspect in the eyes of the majority hill community. -- John Whelpton, author of 'A History of Nepal'
Jha, one of the most remarkable young journalists from South Asia and undoubtedly a leading voice on Nepal, has made its history comprehensive through his maiden but seminal book, 'Battles of the New Republic'. ... This is a definitive account and should be on the essential list of all enthusiasts of South Asian political history. * Millennium Post *
the definitive inside account of Nepal's current political changes. * *
A book of remarkable detail and comprehensiveness, with both historical and sociological depth ... 'Battles of the New Republic' is both intellectually serious and accessibly written ... [E]ssential reading for anyone who hopes to understand India's messy, fragile and tragic neighbourhood. -- Keshava Guha * *

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