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About The Book
This is the revised and enlarged version of the author s Ph.D. Dissertation which was first published in 1973. The present edition has been prompted by the wide acceptability and encouraging reception the first edition received internationally among the students and academic community engaged in the study of Nepal. The first edition was extensively reviewed in media and academic journals of international repute, and introduced as a text/reference book at the level of graduate level studies in Political Science and International Relations in many colleges and universities.
The revised edition presents an objective and critical assessment of the historical roots, objectives & determinants, and the evolution of Nepal s foreign policy for the past nearly seventy years (1951-2016). A close nexus that exists between Nepal s domestic politics and its foreign policy has been sharply brought out in this book. It includes relevant documents and data sheets to throw light on the significant landmarks in Nepal s conduct of its external affairs.
About The Author
The author of the book Professor S.D. Muni is an internationally acknowledged scholar of Nepalese and South Asian affairs. After completing his Ph.D, he has taught and conducted research at the University of Rajasthan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University and National University of Singapore for forty years. Author and Editor of more than two dozen books and monographs, Professor Muni contributed about 200 papers and articles to reputed research Journals and popular magazines in India and abroad. He has had extensive international academic assignments including in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden and Singapore.
Professor Muni gathered diplomatic experience by serving as India s Ambassador and Special Envoy in SE Asian countries. He was bestowed with Sri Lanka s highest national award for a foreigner, the Sri Lanka Ratna in 2005, by the then President of Sri Lanka. He is very widely known for his support for Nepal s struggle for an inclusive democratic and republican polity. The Venkateshwara University of Tirupati (A.P. India) gave him a Life Time Achievement Award in 2014. Presently he is Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Honorary Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India.