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Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Nepal The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Nepal
David N. Gellner, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and John Welpton
For nearly 240 years (1768-2006) either Shah dynasty or their Rana Prime Minister ruled Nepal in the name of Hundusim; in more recent times Shah kings claimed also to embody national unity in their own person. Since the nineteenth century Nepal has experienced the autocracy of the Ranas, a first experiment with parliamentarianism, guided partyless democracy led by the king.