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A Participant Takes Stock

Nepal Votes for Peace by Bhojraj Pokharel and Shrishti Rana, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2013; pp xiii + 266, Rs 450, paperback.

The book under review targets an audience interested in South Asian politics. Written in the style of a political memoir, Nepal Votes for Peace is an account of a tumultuous period in Nepal’s history, which culminated in 2008 with the country voting for the formation of its first Constituent Assembly. Bhojraj Pokharel, one of the authors, had an important role in this period as Nepal’s Election Commissioner.

Nepal Votes for Peace begins with a brief historical background of Nepal and its key political processes. It introduces the readers to significant episodes in Nepal’s transition from a traditional centralised unitary state to a modern federal state—or new Nepal. It goes on to a brief account of the Constituent Assembly elections and describes the historic meeting of the country’s Parliament, which “ended with an instruction to the King to vacate the Royal Palace within the next fifteen days.”

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