Review

Review of Sujeev Shakya's 'Unleashing Nepal'
Madhukar SJB Rana
One is especially delighted to be mentioned five times in the 295 pages of Sujeev Shakya's book that has undergone an updated version since its first edition of 2009. Actually, what is remarkable -- and refreshingly so-- is the author's frequent reference to the views of local writers and authorities rather than, as is so often the case with Nepalese intellectuals, 'showing off', as it were, by profuse reference to foreigners while blatantly ignoring local knowledge and experience. In doing the unconventional, Sujeev has given his exposē a uniquely national flavour to make the read more delightfully alive and realistically grounded.

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Review of Sujeev Shakya's 'Unleashing Nepal: Past, Present and Future of Economy.'
Surath Giri
If one observes the contemporary political economic scenario of Nepal, especially the last 2 decades covering the eventful period of Jana Aandolan I , civil war, royal coup, Jana Aandolan II, comprehensive peace agreement and constitution assembly, they could confidently say Nepalese are fond of hoping for the best and dashing for it and are very familiar with having their hopes thwarted and coping with the worst. If the person digs further into Nepalese history, they can see it has been the same way since the beginning. Despite of being a free nation for centuries unlike its neighbors who suffered the shackles of colonialism and having the potential to be a nother Asian tiger , Nepal has been marred by abject poverty and lagging incomprehensibly behind in case of economic development. The primary reason? Economy of the country has never been an issue; neither to the rulers not to the citizens.The claim can also be justified by the fact that though we have numerous treatise on political, sociological and historical development of Nepal, Shakya's Unleashing Nepal:Past, Present and Future of the Economy is among the few books if any that looks at the country from a predominantly economic point of view.

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Unleashing Nepal In Little Angels' School
Kathmandu Post
Why is Nepal lagging in economic development? This question has several answers, and the topic of discussion at a programme held in the auditorium of Little Angel's School on Sunday. Sujeev Shakya, author of Unleashing Nepal, discussed the past, present and the future of the economy of Nepal with the plus-two and Bachelor level students at the school.

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The Dreamer with His Glass Half Full
Sujeev Shakya in New Business Age
"A mind once stretched by a new idea can never return to its original dimensions." Sujeev Shakya quotes this sentence from Olive Holmes and begins to talk about the business of chasing dreams. He never seems to tire talking about new things, big things and "stretching" thoughts. Perhaps, this trait of dreaming is the main factor that enavled him to achieve enduring feats in the past twenty years.

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Liberating Nepal... In depressing times like these, Shakya offers a number of reasons to remain optimistic
Written by Chandan Sapkota
Trying to grasp the multitude of problems that our economy faces is nearly an impossible task. The roots of these problems are all intricately linked, leading to multiple constraints on growth. In order to track the sources of these constraints, it might be helpful to go back to the time when Prithivi Narayan Shah spearheaded the unification campaign and look at how political, social, and economic lives were designed to facilitate the status-quo.

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New books explaining Nepal's condition
Written by Shashi PBB Malla
Lately a few books have been published that have direct or indirect bearing on the situation in Nepal. Most claim to be analytical.
The first, Ali Riaz and Subho Basu: "Paradise Lost? State Failure in Nepal," published in the USA and New Delhi in 2010 purports to examine state-society relationships and attempts to demonstrate that the nature of the state, the lack of connection between the state and society and "rupture of the ideological hegemony of the ruling class" have created a situation where existing frameworks are getting disjointed and the state is rapidly disintegrating. The authors, university professors in the States, analyze the roles of ethnicity, identity, and deprivation in fomenting discontent, and the rise of the Maoists as a political force. The book attempts to place these domestic developments in the context of Nepal's geo-political importance and the post 9/11 global world.

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Nepal: The stakes and mistakes
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
With its new found freedom and democracy, Nepal stands on the crossroad, weighing which way to go. The Indian way, where democracy rules or the China way, where the state controls lives of people? Till recently Nepal was considered by Indians as 'our own' but the growing anti-India sentiments for sins done, not done have made us wonder if China is behind it all, in its expansionist zeal to envelope the Himalayan nation into its fold.

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Possibilities Unlimited
Unleashing Nepal in The Himalayan Times
Understanding a nation's economics is difficult, and when it gets horribly tangled with the politics of the country, it becomes almost impossible to unravel the mess. Unless of course if you have Sujeev Shakya patiently detangling and explaining the intricacies and why's of everything - why onions cost so very much to why we have to queue in serpentine lines for hours for a measly two litres of petrol and why being such a water rich country we have to bear 16 hours of loadshedding during certain months.

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What 'Unleashing Nepal' unleashed for me
Madhurima Bhadra
First I am a Nepali, and then I am a multi-caste/ethnic woman. I have had access to resources and opportunities that were denied to generations that came before me and also those who were not born into homes like mine. I have been away from Nepal for the past 3 years pursuing higher education with aspirations to improve things back home. Speaking mostly for myself and maybe some of my generation, I would say that I am at a crossroads.

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Unleashing a New Nepal
Written by Deana Zabaldo
I'm feeling downright optimistic about Nepal-for a change. I love the country and its people, so it has been heart-rending to witness the pervasive violence, economic deterioration, and political collapses of the past decade. With 42% unemployment, power outages up to 18 hours per day, a paralyzing fatalism, and politicians given more to platitudes than productivity, it can be hard to envision the light of a brighter future here. Until Monday.

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Unleashing Nepal in Boss Magazine
With comments from Gurucharan Das, Ashraf Ghani and Catrin Froehlich
A bold new text provides insights to the answers for age old questions. How can Nepal become prosperous? What form of government will best suit a tiny country that is more racially and ethnically diverse than some continents? Why have the political achievements of Nepal not been followed by the promised economic successes? Sujeev Shakya's narration is clearly an attempt to identify our inherent problems and should, no doubt, serve as a warning to our constitution makers to not repeat past mistakes.

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Nepal
By Ally Betker
Nepali citizens need to change the way they think about their country, author and Boston Univeristy alumnus Sujeev Shakya said at the College of Arts and Sciences Friday. Shakya's book, "Unleashing Nepal: The Past, Present and Future of the Economy," released on October 12, examines Nepal's tumultuous economic history and its potential for the future. Shakya, a BU alumnus, is a writer for the weekly newspaper The Nepali Times, business executive for Beed Management and chair of the Nepal Economic Forum.

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At the Launch of Unleashing Nepal
Remarks by Mr. Prabhakar Rana
What the book is all about, Kulchandraji has explained to you in detail. And the very fact that Sujeev very kindly asked me to say a few words tonight is not that I am an economist, I am not an author, infact I have always said that I did not even study Commerce to be a businessman. But I have had the pleasure of working with Sujeev and many like him. And it has been the greatest pleasure in my life that all those with whom I have had the privilege of working have succeeded so well in their chosen field.

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At the Launch of Sujeev Shakya's Book: Unleashing Nepal
Remarks by Kul Chandra Gautam
Sujeev Shakya is a dreamer; but a dreamer with his feet on the ground. In this book Unleashing Nepal, he unleashes a torrent of ideas, big and small, which cumulatively could change the face of Nepal within a generation.

We have heard before many leaders speak about how they wanted to transform Nepal into a Switzerland or a Singapore. These days many leaders speak about building an even more shining New Nepal, that would be not only economically prosperous but politically inclusive and socially egalitarian.

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We were never trained to think global
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.

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Remedying the Ills of the Past
Aditya Adhikari
Nepal is a country where for much of its history—particularly the past two decades—the business and analysis of politics has dominated everything else, including the economy. This has significantly hindered not only the process of economic growth and the major task of lifting the population out of poverty, but also the production of well-informed and accessible accounts of how and why Nepal's economy has performed dismally and what can be done to remedy the existing state of affairs.

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Nepali economy 101
By Subel Bhandari (Republica)
Nepal has almost no good and untedious books on Nepali economy and business. Either they are extremely boring and monotonous, or too academic for normal readers. Many times, they are just too trivial to be cared for. And other times, the literature on economy are scattered in unfathomable government websites, donor reports, or some journals that nobody's ever heard of. Sujeev Shakya, a no-new name in Nepali business and media, attempts a shot at looking at the Nepali economy in an interesting way with historical perspectives and cultural ideas.

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Unleashing Nepal
ARTHA BEED
Since the first column appeared in this paper eight years ago, the Beed has been harping on the paucity of people writing with a common sense perspective on issues of business and the economy. Perhaps Nepali readers prefer political commentary and the lack of demand for good economic analysis does not prompt people to take writing on business and the economy seriously. Perhaps my fellow page-mate Ashutosh Tiwari and I will always remain on the endangered species list.

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Introduction by Ashraf Ghani
Sujeev has for many years been a strong proponent of the idea that Nepal must join and compete in the globalized economy, and this book provides yet another clear call for stakeholders in Nepal, both inside and outside the country, to make this a reality.



Beed Management Nepal Economic Forum Arthabeed Sujeev Shakya