Vagrant Humanist

Without a constitution, Nepal’s structure of government and the shape of its related institutions are subject to change.  That said, here is a look at the current structure of Nepal’s government, and a look at “The Big Three” parties in the country: Nepali Congress, The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), and The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

This week’s article is going to be about Nepali politics, but it’s really easy to overemphasize the structure of a government and the makeup of parties, and not do justice to the cultural and political impacts and implications on average people.  So today, here’s a short book recommendation today from Vagrant Humanist: 

The Tutor of History, by Manjushree Thapa is set in a fictional Nepali town during an election, and seems to do an amazing job of showing the complicated dance of people and politics in contemporary Nepal.

Our second post on the history of the modern Nepali state is up, bringing us from the end of the Rana period in the 40’s up to the Maoist Insurgency which ended earlier this decade.  It is a very brief overview, but as always, we hope it is helpful!

An introduction to two (and a half) periods of Nepali history, from the end of the Malla dynasty in Kathmandu valley, to the Shah and Rana periods in the history of the modern state of Nepal.

A very brief overview of three english language newspapers from Nepal, and their respective websites.  If you are interested in staying current on events in Nepal, but don’t know where to start, I hope this can be of some help to you.

The inaugural post for Vagrant Humanist, briefly introducing both our vision and our first focus nation: Nepal. Please consider visiting/bookmarking the site, following us on twitter, and/or subscribing on Tumblr.