Accession Number:

ADA136623

Title:

Nepal: Quest for Survival.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-05-02

Pagination or Media Count:

117.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines how Nepal has historically resisted external domination and has survived through the politics of accommodation. Emphasis is placed on Nepals relations with its two giant neighbors, India and China. The study includes an historical review of Nepals role and position as a buffer and as an actor in her own right. Three periods following Nepals unification are examined Nepal between the British Indian and Chinese empires, Nepal between newly independent India and newly-Communist China and, Nepal since its determined emergence on the world scene in the early 1950s. While India and China border Nepal, it is India which is of most concern. Growing Nepalese economic dependence upon India far outweighs the political threat of Communist China. Indeed, the dangers of Nepal being assimilated into Greater India are accentuated by such factors as geographical proximity, cultural and religious similarities, and political affinity. To counter this drift, Nepal has asserted herself more dynamically in the international arena. Other means have included accommodation with Nepals powerful neighbors while simultaneously maintaining maximum internal and external autonomy. The thesis concludes with an examination of the three components of Nepals current strategy in her quest for survival. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE