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Item Code: NAP656
Author: Mahesh C. Regmi
Publisher: Adroit Publishers, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788187392279
Pages: 314
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 540 gm
About The Book

The volume, Nepal: An Historical Miscellany contains materials on different aspects of Nepal's social and economic history, as well as the religious and cultural life of the Nepali people. It is divided into six parts as follows: Law and Administration, Caste and Social Life, Land and Agriculture, Forest and Environment, Women's Problems, and Religion and Culture. The emphasis is on the nineteenth century, although a few items belong to the late eighteenth and early twentieth century. The reader is requested to bear it in mind that is not a finished study within a definite conceptual framework but only a discrete compilation of primary and secondary materials which, I believe, will be useful for scholars of different disciplines and interests, thus partially liberating Nepali historiography from the confines of political intrigues wars and diplomatic relations.

About The Author

Mahesh Chandra Regmi (b. December 1929) has been described as "a truly unique phenomenon in the intellectual and scholarly community of Nepal". In the opinion of the British scholar, the publication of a work by Regmi, Nepal's formost scholarly", is "invarialbly and event of great significance for students of Nepal. In 1977, Mahesh Regmi received the Ramon Magsaysay award for Journalism, literature and Creative Communication Arts" in recognition of his chronicling of Nepal's past and present, enabling his people to discover their origins and delineating national options. Mahesh Regmi also received the POLSAN (Political Science Association of Nepal) in 1998. "In deep appreciation of the pioneer role played in promoting research in political economy and honorable contribution made in the field of the economic history of Nepal related to Land Tenure and Journalism especially issue and event documentation." He has so far published about 14 titles, including Land Tenure and Taxation in Nepal (4 vols, 1963 -68), A Study in Nepali Economic History, 1768 -1846 (1971), Londownership in Nepal (1976), Thatched Huts and Stucco Palaces: Peasents and Landlords in 19th Century Nepal (1979), The State and Economic Surplus (1984), Kings and Political Leaders of the Gorkhali Empire, 1768-1814 (1995), Imperial Gorkha, An Accont of Gorkhali Rule in Kumaun, 1791 -1815 (1999).

Preface

This volume, Nepal: An Historical Miscellany, contains materials on different aspects of Nepal's social and economic history, as well as the religious and cultural life of the Nepali people. It is divided into six parts as follows: Law and Administration, Caste and Social Life, Land and Agriculture, Women's Problems, Forests and the Environment and Religion and Culture. The emphasis is on the nineteenth century, although a few items belong to the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The sources used in the compilation include selected laws from the Muluki Ain (Legal Code), first promulagated in 1854 after the establishment of Rana rule, and its subsequent editions, as well as official notifications and proclamations, regulations, administrative orders, etc. transcribed from the records in the possession of Records Office (Lagat Phant) of the Department of Land Revenue in the Ministry of Finance, and the library was partially destroyed by fire in 1972. The Lagat Phant records have similarly been a victim of carelessness, fire accidents and the depredations of rain water, rats and termites. The makes the materials I have been able to transcribe from those places even more important.

The reader is requested to bear it in mind that this is not a finished study within a definit conceptual framework but only a discrete compilation of primary and secondary materials which, I believe, will be useful for scholars of different materials which, I believe will be useful for scholars of different disciplines and interests, thus partially liberating Nepali historiography from the confines of political intrigues, wars and diplomatice relations.

Contents

Content Page No
Preface VII
An Explantory Note XI
Part I: Law and Adminsitration  
1. The Muluki Ain 3
2. Commercial Law in 19th Century Nepal 5
3. Administrative Revenues in Early 19th Century 10
4. Administrative Regulations 24
5. Transportation of Electrical Equipment from Bhimphedi, 1911 34
Part II: Caste and Social Life  
6. Untouchablity 39
7. The Jaisi Caste 48
8. The Dharmadhikar 61
9. On Disciplinary Matters, 1955 106
10. Bondage and Slavery 131
Part III: Land and Agriculture  
11. Land Tenure and Taxation in Nepal 159
12. Nepal's Land Reform 174
13. Farming Practices 185
Part IV: Women's Problems  
14. Abolition of the Sati System 193
15. Property Rights of Women 206
16. The Patar Community 216
Part V: Forest and the Environment  
17. Forest and the Environment 221
18. Sanitation in Kathmandu 238
19. Segeration of Lepers, 1855 243
Part VI: Religion and Culture  
20. The Temple of Changu Narayan 247
21. Rituals in Nepali Life 253
22. The Guthi System 268
23. Kathmandu City and the Guthi System Today 291
Glossary 297
Biblography 305
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