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The allure of monumentalism : Elected versions of tinpot tyrants are erecting structures of self-aggrandisement across the country called view towers!, by CK Lal (kp 10/04/2024)

Neither side lost, both sides won : New angle on the old question of who won the Sino-Nepal war of 1791, by Axel Michaels (nt 01/03/2024)

No tiger for breakfast : The Ranas used tiger hunting to appease and renew their friendship with the British in India, by Abhi Subedi (kp 04/02/2024)

Remembering The Nation's Unifier, by Buddhi Narayan Shrestha (rn 12/01/2024), Nepal’s geopolitical challenges and Prithvi Narayan Shah’s teachings, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 12/01/2024)

The men behind the 1923 treaty : The treaty was partly Britain's acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by Nepali men during World War I, by Deepak Thapa (kp 28/12/2023), Nepal-UK Friendship Treaty Of 1923: A Historic Milestone : The Friendship Treaty of 1923 unequivocally reiterates that very fact in the form of a formal bilateral legal instrument, by Bharat Raj Paudyal (sp 29/12/2023)

Letters from the Western Front : More than 200 years after they were written, battlefield correspondence fill gaps in the history of the Anglo-Nepal War, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 15/12/2023)

Jung Bahadur Became More Powerful After Alau Battle, by Gautam Banerjee (rn 29/09/2023)

Turmoil And Power Shift In Gorkha Kingdom, by Gautam Banerjee (rn 25/08/2023)

Archeological ruins found at Nawalparasi’s Bardagoriya (rep 16/06/2023)

‘Greater Nepal’ map in Mayor Shah’s office stirs debate : Law experts term the decision ‘childish’ and against the country’s constitution and national interest, by Anil Giri (kp 09/06/2023) [To claim territory that was once conquered for a very short time during the military conquests of the Shah monarchy a good 200 years ago is simply idiotic! This politician is responsible for some good initiatives, but much of it is not well thought out, possibly a consequence of a lack of political experience!]

When elephants from Nepal went to China : In 1792, Nepal dispatched a tribute embassy to the Qing court. Among the many tributes provided by Nepal were two elephants: Xunyuanxiang and Furouxiang, by Raunab Singh Khatri and Aneka Rebecca Rajbhandari (kp 15/04/2023)

Enigma of Prithvi Narayan Shah : The uncertainty that the political interpretations have created about the king carries a burden of ambivalence, by Abhi Subedi (kp 15/01/2023)

Nepal-China relations: Era of confrontations from 1788 to 1855 : Direct confrontations with Tibet and indirect confrontations with China later came to influence and define Nepal-China relations. History is built on several foundations, by Laxmi Basnyat (nlt 24/09/2022)

Martyr's Week Begins: Martyr Shukraraj Shastri Remembered (rn 24/01/2022), Tribute To Martyrs, by Parmeshwar Devkota (30/01/2022)

Prithivi Jayanti and National Unity Day: Unity in Diversity, by Shankar Man Singh (rep 11/01/2022), That iconic portrait of Prithvi Narayan Shah, by Pranaya Shamsher JB Rana (rec 11/01/2022)

Why Nepalis should unite to commemorate King Prithvi Narayan Shah : The primary motive for King Prithvi to launch the battle for Nepal's unification was to save the country from the threat of annexation by the powerful British East India Company which was looking to subjugate Nepal, by Prem Singh Basnyat (nlt 09/01/2022) [Prithvi Narayan has historical significance as the unifier of Nepal. Without him, Nepal would probably be a part of India today. For this, he deserves respect and recognition. That he did this for this reason alone and not for the pursuit of power and wealth is a myth. At that time, he conquered the numerous small states militarily, partly brutally, and forced the non-inclusive Hindu state on the people. Thus the original reasons for the today's social malaise were laid. These negative aspects must be thought of as well!], A Tribute To Nation's Unifier, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 09/01/2022), Prithvi Narayan Shah, an Astute Strategist, by Surendra Singh Rawal (rep 10/01/2022)

Looking back at the 1923 Nepal-Britain Treaty : It was 98 years ago this week that Nepal signed a treaty with British India that established its independent status, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 24/12/2021)

From Nalapani to Kalapani : The last of a 5-part series on the rise and fall of the Gorkha Empire west of the Mahakali more than two centuries ago, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 12/11/2021)

Where Nepal’s banner once waved : From Nalapani to Kalapani - Part 4, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 29/10/2021)

The start of the Anglo-Gorkha war : From Nalapani to Kalapani Part 3, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 22/10/2021)

The Gorkhali defeat at Kangra : From Nalapani to Kalapani Part 2, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 08/10/2021)

Beginning of the end of the Gorkha Empire : From Nalapani to Kalapani Part 1, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 01/10/2021)

Thakalis in Nepal-Tibet War: Selfless service to one's land, by Bishwo Gauchan (ht 31/08/2021)

Sindhuligadhi War Museum, a must-visit for history enthusiasts, by Sabina Karki (kh 21/08/2021)

Three must-know facts about Bhakti Thapa, the new Nepali luminary, by Birat Anupam (kh 04/07/2021)

Clearing Fallacies About PN Shah, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/01/2021) [This article is a prime example of the view of the elite that has dominated and controlled Nepal since Prithvinarayan's conquests: What about experiences of those sections of the population who have since been marginalised and excluded? Deprived of their traditional culture, languages and way of life? Who have been imposed laws, ways of thinking and living based on Hindu state thinking? Who do not find themselves included at all in Nepal's national identity? Yes, Prithvinarayan Shah unified Nepal and thus secured its place in history, but that does not change the fact that his action was a conquest that primarily served to satisfy his own power and economic interests. No conquest in the history of mankind has been done with the noble foresight in the exclusive interest of his "subjects" to which Prithvinarayan has been so fondly attributed!]

Diary of a Nepali soldier in France : Writings and a khukri of an unknown World War I Gurkha soldier surface in Germany after 107 years, by Shree Bhakta Khanal (nt 04/12/2020)

Inside story of Nepal’s Rana dynasty : The lockdown is a good time to catch up with two books on the Ranas written by Ranas, by Kunda Dixit (nt 11/09/2020) [book review]

How patriotic was Bada Kaji Amar Singh Thapa?, by Prem Singh Basnyat (ht 22/08/2020)

The war Nepal won: Nepali soldiers had already proved their mettle during the Sepoy Mutiny (1857) and World War I (1914-18). Big powers of the day looked up to Nepal with awe, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 23/03/2020)

162 coins believed to be 200 years old found in Dharan's Bijayapurdanda: Stakeholders urge the Department of Archeology to study the coins and conserve the historically important area, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 22/03/2020)

Nepal-UK defense ties: Nepal-Britain defense diplomacy goes back to 1744 along with Captain Kinloch’s Expedition. It stands on the foundation of faith and mutual honor, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 18/02/2020)

No lovelier spot than Kakani: The plot was gifted to the British envoy by the Ranas in the 19th century as a country retreat, by Lisa Choegyal (nt 31/01/2020)

Tracing the roots of Nepal’s China policy: During Prithvi Narayan’s time, Nepal’s policy on Britain was shaped by suspicion and fear. But relation with China was shaped by two seemingly contrasting factors: fear and hope, by Sujit Mainali (rep 27/01/2020)

Documenting historical forts: English troops led by Captain Kinloch entered Nepal only after Jaya Prakash Malla requested the East India Company for the support for protection from Gorkha invasion, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 01/12/2019)

Conflict with the north: The 1791 war China resulted in loss of many things for Nepal, including Nepal’s suzerainty-like control over Lhasa and other Tibetan areas. With loss of Lhasa, Nepal lost its economic lifeline, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 02/10/2019)

Forgotten in Kathmandu: Indian freedom fighter Begum Hazrat Mahal and her son Birjis Qadr were exiled in Kathmandu for decades. But there's no recorded history and no one really knows about their lives in Nepal, by Prawash Gautam (kp 24/09/2019)

The battle of Sindhuli: One reason why East India Company declared war against Nepal in 1814 was this sense of retribution from their defeat in Sindhuli, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 18/08/2019)

Visitors at Gorkha Museum on the rise, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 01/08/2019)

War changed everything: After Nepal ratified Sugauli Treaty following the war with British India, Nepal’s politics, history and economy changed. Here is how, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 20/07/2019)

100 years after Amritsar: British Gurkha riflemen were involved in the Jalianwala Bagh massacre of 13 April 1919 in which 380 peaceful protesters were killed, by David Seddon (nt 12/04/2019)

What really happened: Mathbar Singh’s manuscript explains Shah’s entry into Bhaktapur where he grew up, by Sanyukta Shrestha (kp 18/01/2019)

Sword ‘used in Anglo-Nepal war’ found in Samanpur, by Prabhat Kumar Jha(ht 30/12/2018)

Patronage of publics: Various efforts to cultivate intellectual life in Nepal in the post-Rana period were patronised by the ‘feudal wealth’ of members of the Rana oligarchy themselves, by Pratyoush Onta (kp 03/11/2018)

Chandra Shumsher in Britain, by P Kharel (rep 15/10/2018)

The forgotten children: Story of those born to Newar traders in Lhasa reveal what the Nepali state thought about the ‘Nepali’ identity, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 15/06/2018)

Autobiography of Jogi: British government was not in favor of Pushkar Shah leading the China mission. They thought British interests would not be served with Shah as Nepal’s PM, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 15/04/2018)

The Master from Masangalli: How one man’s love for teaching led him to defy the Rana Regime to operate a two-room school out of his own home, by Prawash Gautam (kp 31/03/2018)

Jung Bahadur’s Love for British guns, by Sanyukta Shrestha (kp 20/01/2018)

Happy Tyrant Prithvi’s Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 11/01/2018), Prithvi Narayan Shah’s role in national unification can’t be ignored (ht 11/01/2018), Founder of modern Nepal: Prithvi Narayan hailed as the unifier (kp 12/01/2018) [For most parts of the country, it was usurpation, not integration! Most population groups are still not equal! Current Nepal deserves her existence as an independent state to Prithvi Narayan, though we must be aware that he did not do it for the country but for himself!], Prithvi Narayan Shah: A National Hero Forever, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 14/01/2018), Cult of a king: If yardstick of nationalism is continuously held up against Prithvinarayan Shah he will always come up short, especially in the face of historical data and research, by Binayak Sundas (rep 16/01/2018)

History revisited: Exploitation of the country’s people and its riches truly took place during the continuous 105 years of Rana rule, by Mukesh Khanal (rep 03/07/2017)

Servants of the Maharajah of Nepal, by Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga (kp 18/04/2017)

Archiving poetic history: We do not know enough about the character of Jung Bahadur, especially his diplomatic handling, by Abhi Subedi (kp 16/04/2017)

Foreign Policy Vacillation Under Rana Regime, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 11/04/2017)

Jung Bahadur's Foreign Policy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 07/03/2017)

Prithvi Narayan Shah And Moral Relativism, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 13/01/2017) [irrational and one-sided views by someone from the 'Khas-Arya national minorities'!]

Glorious (and not-so-glorious) history: Nepali history-writing has erased the contribution of Kumaonis and Garhwalis in building the brave Gurkha myth, by Deepak Thapa (kp 12/01/2017)

The Anglo-Nepal War: Impact On Foreign Policy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 13/12/2016)

The Beginning of the End of Jung Bahadur: Sri 3 Jung Bahadur Rana, supreme ruler of Nepal, is at the zenith  of his career. But he feels like an inconsequential gnat, by Dipesh Risal (kp 20/11/2016)

Unification Era Diplomacy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 04/10/2016)

Centuries-old portraitures at Siddhartha Art Gallery, by Alisha Sijapati (kp 20/05/2016)

Call for research on ‘reformer’ Yogmaya (ht 16/05/2016)

Jang’s nostalgia: King Mahendra had said he did not believe communism would come to Nepal by riding a car, by Abhi Subedi (kp 01/05/2016)

The English patients: When Jang Bahadur started Durbar High School in 1854 the curriculum was highly influenced by the British model, by Jenisha Upreti (rep 15/03/2016)

Less of a hero: Prithvi Narayan Shah and his successors were only interested in expanding their empire, by Bal Gopal Shrestha (kp 28/02/2016)

Drawing lines: Unless Nepal’s international boundaries are well defined it will be exploited by its neigbours, by Ranadhoj Limbu (kp 17/01/2016)

Pervasive Celebration Of Anniversary Of Prithvi Shah, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 13/01/2016), Prithvi’s legacy: Even with the infamy attached to historical figures civilized societies preserve their past, by Dila Datt Pant (rep 14/01/2016)

PN Shah’s Birth Anniversary: Emulate Dibya-updesh, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/01/2016)

License to thrill: Without the 1923 treaty of peace and friendship with the British it would have been hard to establish Nepal's sovereignty abroad, by Biswas Baral (rep 31/12/2015)

Gurkhas at Gallipoli, by David Seddon (nt 10/07/2015)

Gurks vs Turks: This is the first installment of a series of flashbacks of the involvement of Gurkhas in the First World War, by David Seddon (nt 24/04/2015)

Status of Madhes Before Unification: Debunking Some Heresies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 11/01/2015)

Prithvi Narayan Shah: Monster Of Injustice, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 11/01/2015), Forgetting the unforgettable: Prithvi Narayan’s contributions, by Bijay Aryal (ht 13/01/2015)

Postcard from the House of Gorkha, by Nirjana Sharma (rep 09/01/2015)

Paltan Ghar and the history of Nepal: There was clearly a foreign influence in the design and detailing of the building (ht 03/01/2015)

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