About the Author
Hari Bansh Jha (64) has been Executive Director of a research organisation, Centre for Economic and Technical Studies, in Nepal since 1989. Currently, he is also Visiting Fellow at a Delhi-based noted think-tank, Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Previously, he was Visiting Scholar/Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi (2016-17), Chengdu American Centre for Study Abroad, Sichuan University, China (2013), Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi (2011-12) and Institute of Asian Studies, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany (2011).
He was Professor at Tri-Chandra Campus (Tribhuvan University) in Kathmandu where he taught economics for 23 years between 1976 and 1998. His areas of interest include South Asian affairs, border issues, conflict and peace, international migration, child labour, human trafficking, agriculture, international trade, Dalit, Janajati and Madhesi communities. He has authored/edited 28 books on national and international affairs and contributed articles in leading papers/journals within and outside the country.
About the Book
This book presents a comprehensive picture of the movement in Nepal’s Madhesh region that borders Indian states of Bihar, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The Madheshi, Tharu, Dalit and other Janajati (indigenous) ethnic communities living in this region have been opposing the state for its efforts to perpetuate age-old discriminatory practices towards them. For this, the people launched massive movements in 2007 and 2008. And, in 2015-16, they imposed an economic blockade in opposition to the new constitution that was promulgated on September 20, 2015. However, instead of addressing the demands of the agitating groups, the state conducted the elections of the local, provincial and parliamentary units in 2017 in the process of implementing the constitution. Initially, the Madhesh-based political parties opposed the elections. But later on, they had their own compulsions to participate in the elections. So the Madhesh issues remain unsettled.