New book by Ambassador K V Rajan and Atul K Thakur explores complexities of India-Nepal relations

Published On: April 19, 2024 04:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 19: Former Indian Foreign Secretary K.V. Rajan, and policy professional Atul K. Thakur have collaborated on a new book titled "Kathmandu Chronicle: Reclaiming India-Nepal Relations."

This insightful work delves into the intricacies of Nepal’s democratic journey, from monarchy to a federal republic, and its shift from a Hindu state to a secular one.

The book covers pivotal events such as the Maoist insurgency, the framing of a new constitution, and Nepal's foreign policy choices, including China's growing influence. It sheds light on historical moments like the IC 814 hijacking and the Palace Massacre, exploring their impact on the India-Nepal 'special relationship.'

Rajan, India's longest-serving Ambassador to Nepal and the book's author, emphasizes the importance of learning from the past while embracing new approaches to foster a cooperative relationship. Thakur, a seasoned Nepal scholar, highlights the book's relevance in navigating present challenges and future prospects in a post-COVID world marked by geopolitical uncertainties.

"Kathmandu Chronicle" aims to encourage both governments and civil societies in India and Nepal to reassess their relationship, leveraging their common ties and innovative strategies for mutual benefit in the years ahead.

This book with new revelations and perspectives on Nepal's turbulent past and future prospects for Nepal and its age-old but complicated ties with India, is set for release on 30 April, 2024.


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