The past decade has been an eventful one for Nepal. It has featured thwarted attempts at democracy, a royal massacre and a coup, and finally, almost incredibly, Maoist guerrillas coming over ground, winning a popular mandate to form a government and decisively ending the centuries old institution of monarchy.
At this historic juncture in Nepal, when many fundamental questions on economic rights are being asked by an ever more assertive citizenry, acclaimed columnist and business maven Sujeev Shakya’s Unleashing Nepal examines the chequered history of the Nepali economy—from the time of unification, through decades of autocracy, foreign aid dependence, the ‘conflictonomics’ of the Maoist guerrilla war and a remittance economy driven by the labour of diasporic Nepalis.
Sujeev Shakya, known for his Arthabeed columns in the Nepali Times, is a businessman and entrepreneur. Currently heading Beed Management, his new book, Unleashing Nepal: Past, Present and the Future of the Economy, speaks about Nepal's economic history and the challenges in development. He also writes about his vision for a new Nepal. Amish Raj Mulmi spoke to him about the key economic problems that beset Nepal, and the solutions for them.