Author – Sagar S.J.B. Rana
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 450
Publisher – Rupa Publications
‘If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.’
-Toni Morrison (Novelist)
‘Singha Durbar’ illustrates the history of the beautiful and troubled land of Nepal. The land has the fascinating, high and lush peaks of the Himalayas. The book narrates the history of the land of Prince Siddharth who later renounced his status to lead an ascetic life and founded Buddhism and came to be known as Gautam Buddha.
The book is written by a descendant of the Rana clan. The period is among one of the most vital parts in the history of the country. The author presented a detailed material regarding the pre-Rana history in Nepal and also the Rana regime founded by Jung Bahadur.
The Rana regime in Nepal began with Maharaj Jung Bahadur Rana in the mid-nineteenth century and ruled the kingdom for slightly over a century which comes to a close in 1951. They ensured that Nepal remains isolated from the winds of change coming from India for democracy and complete freedom for a whole century. The year 1940 is crucial in this regard when the anti-feudal movement began which resulted in the toppling the Rana regime in 1951.
The author painstakingly researched for years to bring this book and it is evidently seen when you read and come across the details and not every book can present with such barefaced and forthright. This is a wonderful book for history readers and all those who are interested in knowing one of the episodes of history which covered more than a century of Nepal. The book also is an excellent read for historians and students. This book is as detailed as it needs to be and as brief that it won’t take ages to read and apprehend the ‘Rise and Fall of the Rana Regime of Nepal’.
Sagar S.J.B. Rana was born in 1938 in Baber Mahal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal. He holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. A descendent of the Rana family, he and his brother were also actively involved in the Nepali Congress party, the principal democratic force that opposed the politically active monarchy. He was a member of the Central Working Committee and the Head of Department of International Affairs of the Nepali Congress in the critical years, 2003-2006. He is the founder chairman of the Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal. He is currently the Vice President of Nepal Art Council.
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