Nepali Politics & History

Nepali politics and history

Open access publications

‘Drafting the Nepal constitution, 1990’ Asian Survey 31.11 (1991): 1020-1039.

‘Nepal’s uncertain future’, BBC World News website, posted 5 June 2001, (

‘Nepali democracy: a guide to the ruins’. Unpublished seminar paper, 9 June 2003. pdf here

‘Nepal and Bhutan in 2004. Two kings, two futures’ Asian Survey 45.1 (2005): 83-7.

‘Nepal and Bhutan in 2005.  Monarchy and democracy: can they co-exist?’ Asian Survey 46.1 (2006): 120-4.

‘Things that should not be said: censorship and self-censorship in the Nepali press media, 2001-2’ The Journal of Asian Studies 65 (2006): 361-92.

‘Reading Nepali Maoist memoirs’ Studies in Nepali History and Society 17.1 (2012): 107-142. OR

‘The royal palace massacre, conspiracy theories and Nepali street literature’ in Political Change and Public Culture in post-1990 Nepal edited by Hutt and Onta, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 39-55.

‘The changing face of Nepal.’ Current History, April 2020: 141-5.

‘Framing Covid-19 in Nepal’ (SOAS blog)

‘Fifth time lucky? Deuba’s last chance for a legacy in Nepal’. East Asia Forum 11 September 2021


ed. Nepal in the Nineties: Versions of the Past, Visions of the Future. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994.






ed. Himalayan ‘People’s War’: Nepal’s Maoist Rebellion.  London: Christopher Hurst and Co., 2004


Reviewed by John Metz




ed. with Pratyoush Onta. Political Change and Public Culture in post-1990 Nepal. Cambridge University Press, 2017. access the e-book or order print copy here






Other articles and book chapters

‘The blowing of the April wind: writers and democracy in Nepal’ Index on Censorship 19.8 (1990): 5-9.

‘Nepal: the pale dawn of democracy’ Index on Censorship 20.7 (1991): 18-19, 26.

‘Monarchy, Maoism and democracy in Nepal’ Journal of Conflict, Security & Development 1.2 (2000): 93-101.

‘King Gyanendra’s coup and its implications for Nepal’s political future’ The Brown Journal of World Affairs XII.1 (2005): 111-23.

‘A Nepalese triangle: monarchy, Maoists and political parties’ Asian Affairs XXXVIII.1 (March 2007): 12-22

‘Singing the New Nepal’ Nations and Nationalism 18.2 (2012): 306-325.

‘The disappearance and reappearance of Yogmaya: recovering a Nepali revolutionary icon’ Contemporary South Asia 21.4 (2013): 382-397.

‘The last Himalayan monarchies’ in Toffin, Gérard and Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (eds) Facing Globalization in the Himalayas: Belonging and the politics of the self. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2014, pp. 419-43.

‘Ganga Bahadur’s books: landmark proletarian novels and the Nepali communist movement.’ Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 17.3 (2016): 357-374. Accepted text version at