Contents: Preface. 1. Democracy: the theoretical perspectives. 2. Geo-political heritage. 3. Imperatives of democracy and 1950-51 revolution. 4. Post-revolutionary democratic transferences : King Tribhuvan Era. 5. Democratic transferences : King Mahendra's Regnum. 6. The Panchayat System. 7. King Birendra's Phase. 8. The 1990 Democracy Movement. 9. The post-movement political developments. 10. Coalition politics and beyond. 11. Anatomy of the Maoist's insurgency. Bibliography. Index.
"Following the spread of democracy across large parts of the world during mid 1980s and early 1990s, research on democratization process has significantly increased. The study of the process of transition from authoritarianism to democracy emphasizes the importance of democratic transferences in the framework of state consolidation, national integration and the concept of individual and group rights. This book seeks to restore Nepal's political experience to its proper place in the current discourse on third wave of democracies, Nepal's struggle for democracy has a long history of six decades as its people carried on two decisive movements in the process against Rana Autocracy in 1950s and the partyless Panchayat System in 1990s. The struggle has yet not been completed. Infact, the people's movement of 1990 ultimately restored multiparty democracy in the country, but popular aspiration, expectation and grievances thwarted the institutionalization of the newly restored democratic dispensation. Resultantly, the launching of people's war in Feb. 1996 by the Communist Party of Nepal and its escalation followed by the collapse of democratic governance and declaration of emergency in Nov. 2001 and the direct rule of the King Gyanendra (Feb. 2005) have posed a greater threat to democracy than ever before. Hence, the author dwelves deep in various phases of Nepal's democratic struggle as these have been equally important in understanding of its political development. The struggle that has been launched after the royal take over has yet to reach its came because democracy has to crossover many handles before it can be fully realized.
The events of the first half of the year 2006 are suggestive that now struggle for democracy seems to have been moving towards its final culmination to determine upon the supremacy of popular sovereignty and restructuring of the state under a nominal monarchy and multy-party parliamentary democracy dully legitimized by the people's mandate.
In surveying these recent events, the author's purpose is to demonstrate that Nepal represent a distinct third wave of democracy and realistically assessing the relationship between state and society and role of conflict and violence. Providing an entirely fresh perspective on Nepal's tumultuous and fledgling path to democracy. This well written work is timely, and thought provoking contribution which will hopefully be welcomed by all those who have an interest in contemporary Nepal." (jacket)