Nepal, land of Buddhism and misty mountains, is not a nation whose history one would expect to be filled with blood. And yet, the struggle to gain and keep control of the mountain kingdom is one marked by a long history of violence and murder. The Bloodstained Throne is a translation of Aba Yasto Kahilyai Nahos, a compilation of historic essays that recount some of the bloody battles for power in a tumultuous period a phase that spanned more than one hundred years.
Published posthumously in Nepali, this tale of the machinations, massacre and bloodletting that rocked Nepal s power centre the royal palace will give you a rare and fascinating glimpse into one of the least-known and most violent power struggles that South Asia has ever seen.
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A historian, scholar and researcher who pioneered writing Nepalese history based on indigenous resources, Baburam Acharya was the first and only historian laureate of Nepal. He is credited with discovering the Nepalese name Sagarmatha for Mt. Everest, the world s tallest mountain. An honorary member of the Royal Nepal Academy, he was awarded the Tribhuvan Award in 1963.
He wrote 14 books (seven published posthumously) and over one hundred research-based pieces and articles on subjects ranging from Nepalese history to Nepal-China relations, and is best known known for the four-part volume of biography of King Prithivnarayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal, and the Aba Yasto Kahilyi Nahos a collection of his essays.
Madhav Acharya, the grandson of Baburam Acharya, served as the Kathmandu-based correspondent of the Kyodo News of Japan for over three decades. He also worked with the state-run Radio Nepal as a broadcaster, RSS, Nepal s national news network, as an executive editor, and edited the now defunct English language newspaper The Motherland.
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