Contributions to Nepalese Studies

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, July

A Modern Incarnation of Ayurveda: Hybrid Practice at Naradevi Hospital
Introduction Ayurveda, the venerable South Asian medical tradition, takes on a stunning variety of forms in contemporary Kathmandu. From tantric jharpuke vaidyas blowing mantras to rasa sastra alchemists concocting potent rejuvenating formulas,...
Federalism in Nepal: A Tharu Perspective
Introduction and Historical Context The last half century has been a tumultuous time of political change for Nepal. Since 1951, Nepal has adopted five constitutions, all of which subsequently failed (Kramer). Nepalis have seen civil war ravage their...
Local Governance and Its Capacity Building in Nepal
Background Till the 1960s development theories reflected the view that the central government alone had the capacity to provide public services and implement the large-scale development projects (1). In the 1970s the Integrated Rural Development...
Patan: Reading Urban Form in Cultural Landscape
Ways of reading cities Cities historically have been complex entities both in terms of their physical form and the processes that they support. Cities have been sites of action, innovation and convergence of new ideas and carry immense meaning for...
Sovereign Deficit: Fragmented Polity, Defense Dilemma and the Battle for Civilian Supremacy in Nepal
Ever since the revolutionary overthrow of the monarchical order on April 24, 2006 Nepal has been on an accelerated path of political transformation. The fall of the old regime opened the door for the restoration of the old parliament, peace pact (i)...
Supernatural Power of Body Adornment: Beliefs and Practices among the Newars of Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)
As a result of development in science and technology, people are enjoying a comfortable life. Progress in medical science; provides quick relief from diseases and people entertain longevity, but, most of the people these days are fed-up with the medical...