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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)

Antique silver coins dug out, by Kamal Panthi (kp 28/12/2014)

Remembering the revolution: Bairgania Conference and attacks on Birgunj and Biratnagar were turning points in the revolution against Rana autocracy, by Ram Chandra Pokhrel (kp 21/12/2014)

On British Resident Brian H. Hodgson, by Bipin Adhikari (sp 25/07/2014)

Missing the Gorkha Connection, by Prem Khatry (rn 20/05/2014)

Portrait of Dalhousie: As he directed British policy towards Nepal during a period that marked  the advent of Rana rule, an analysis of the Earl of Dalhousie is relevant, by Bhaskar Koirala (kp 11/04/2014

State still funds Jung Bahadur's shradda, by Pratibha Rawal (rep 14/03/2014)

On The Sleepy Town Of Sagauli, by Ludwig F. Stiller (sp 14/02/2014) [Excerpt from his book'The silent cry']

In the trenches of war: Nepal’s independence came with the blood of thousands of our countrymen spilt in far away places, by Deepak Thapa (kp 13/02/2014)

Bicentennial of a black day: The British government has a responsibility to the Madhes and Madhesis, by C.K. Raut (kp 07/02/2014)

6 years after demolition, Prithivi Narayan Shah's statute reinstated in Gorkha, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 03/02/2014)

Four martyrs remembered, by Chetan Adhikari (kp 30/01/2014), The fab four: Youth were angered when Rana regime started distributing earthquake relief in the form of loans, by Tejeswar Babu Gong (rep 01/02/2014)

Lineage of aristocracy struggling to make ends meet, by Pratibha Rawal (rep 14/01/2014)

Once upona time: Remembering the legacy of the first king of a unified Nepal on the occasion of his birth anniversary, by Yoga Nath Poudel (kp 11/01/2014)

The Pashmina War: The Anglo-Nepal War 1814-1816 was more about trade than territory, by Kunda Dixit (nt 03/01/2014)

Double centennial: The ambition and greed of powerful men write the history of nations and sow suffering for peoples (nt 03/01/2014), More warlike: The British preferred to recruit soldiers from Nepal’s mountain ethnicities rather than from the high castes, by Deepak Aryal (nt 03/01/2014), 100 years of platitudes: The involvement of Nepali soldiers in the First World War has more to it than military gallantry, by Sunir Pandey (nt 03/01/2014)

Documents on the History of Religion and Law of Pre-modern Nepal, by Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, in collaboration with National Archives, Nepal

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