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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

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

Mara Malagodi

Oxford University Press

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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