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Ambivalence denied: The making of Rastriya Itihas in Panchayat era textbooks

  • Onta, P.
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Many observers have noted that during the reign of the Panchayat system (1962-1990), the Nepali language, Hinduism and monarchy constituted the triumvirate of official Nepali national culture. This characterisation leaves out one important theme - that of Nepali national history written in a very particular template - from the corpus f Panchayat-sponsored Nepali nation culture. The ground work for the making of this national historical narrative would become central to the Panchayat ere state-produced Nepali nationalism in Nepal was laid out during the first half of the twentieth century in British India by a small group of variously expatriated Nepalis. While the Rana rulers of Nepal and their intellectual bards did not build a historical genealogy for the Nepali nation, in a different political context, the Nepali proto middle-class actors in British India did exactly that via the self-conscious fostering of the Nepali language and the writing of the bir (brave) history of the Nepali nation.


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    Contributions to Nepalese Studies, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu, Nepal. Volume 23, Number 1, January 1996: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/contributions/pdf/CNAS_23_01_13.pdf. Digital Himalaya: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/contributions/index.php?selection=23_1
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