Despite frequent occurrences of the unique series of political changes, the only gain that has hardly happened in Nepal for a long time is ‘expected economic development’. Often, leaders claim that the nation is about to experience exceptional and exemplary transformation.
Nepalis are used to with making and breaking of governments. The young democracy that Nepal introduced in 1950 was nabbed by King Mahendra only after a decade in 1960, imposing a party-less Panchayat system. People revolted and restored democracy after three decades in 1990. But another three decades of democracy after that spawned more than two dozen governments under different political parties.
Nepal is changing fast. The change is evident in socio-economic and political arenas. Some changes are encouraging, others problematic. Dr Ram Sharan Mahat’s new book Trials, Tremors and Hope: The Political Economy of Contemporary Nepal is a comprehensive account and analysis of the major aspects of this change. It provides commentary on political economy of modern Nepal in a historical perspective.
KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Top guns of the major political parties have stressed forging unity among key political parties in the country for economic prosperity and development as they did for the political changes in the past.