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Constitutional Nationalism and Legal ExclusionEquality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007)$
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Mara Malagodi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082910.001.0001

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The Making of the Nepali Nation

The Making of the Nepali Nation

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(p.54) 3 The Making of the Nepali Nation
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Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion
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Mara Malagodi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082910.003.0003

This chapter examines the dynamics of the political transformations that occurred in Nepal until 1990 to elucidate the institutionalization of the nation in ethno-cultural terms in the 1990 Constitution. It discusses the role of law in reinforcing and fixing a cogent Nepali national identity, focusing on the developments of the Nepali state and how its national identity has been construed vis-à-vis the internal socio-cultural diversity of the polity. The state has used nationalism as its primary tool to legitimize its power in different stages of Nepal's historical developments. The various legal enactments played a key role in disseminating and strengthening Nepal's three defining narratives: the Shah monarchy, Hinduism, and the Nepali language. The chapter describes the development and interplay over time of two important political categories: the South Asian concept of Hindu kingship and the transplanted European concept of the modern nation-state.

Keywords:   Nepal, institutionalization, Constitution, national identity, nationalism, monarchy, kingship, Hinduism, nation-state, socio-cultural diversity

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