A selective list of longer writings by CK Lal

In English

1999. Illusions of grandeur: The story of the Lumbini Master Plan. Studies in Nepali History and Society 4(2): 365-381.

2000. Continuing confusion in Nepal. Seminar 494: 38-42.

2001. A society on test. Frontline 18(13), 23 June.

2001. Nepal's Maobaadi. Himal Southasian 14(11). Reprinted in 2003 in Understanding the Maoist Movement of Nepal. Deepak Thapa, ed., pp. 135-148. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari.

2001. Nepal's quest for modernity. South Asian Survey 8(2): 249-260.

2002. Cultural flows across a blurred boundary. In State of Nepal. Kanak Mani Dixit and Shastri Ramachandaran, eds., 100-118. Lalitpur: Himal Books.

2004. Media demystifying borders: Journalist sitting on the doorframe. In Media Crossing Borders. Rita Manchanda, ed., pp. 35-41. Kathmandu: South Asian Forum for Human Rights.

2006. Relevance of the middle path: rediscovering Gandhi for all Southasia. Himal Southasian 18(4): 17-21.

2006. The complexities of border conflicts in South Asia. South Asian Survey 13(2): 253-263.

2007. Nepal: Treacherous past, tortuous future. Forum (Dhaka) 2(1), Jan.

2007. Imagining South Asia in a unipolar world. In Reconstructing South Asia: An Agenda. Adluri Subramanyam Raju, ed., pp. 263-272. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House.

2009. Rage and outrage amidst political modernism. Himal Southasian 22(1): 25-28.


In Nepali

सन् १९९८। गोरेटो, गति र गन्तव्य। हिमाल ८(२) : ६-११।

सन् २००१। प्रजातन्त्र, नेपाली मिडिया र जातीय प्रतिनिधित्व। नेपाली मिडियामा दलित तथा जनजाति। प्रत्यूष वन्त र शेखर पराजुली, सं., पृ. १७-२०। काठमाडौँ : एकता बुक्स।

सन् २००९। नेपालीय हुनलाई ...। स्टडिज इन नेपाली हिस्ट्री एण्ड सोसाइटी १४(२) : ३६७-४०४।

सन् २०१०। राष्ट्रियता, मिडिया र राष्ट्रवाद। मिडिया अध्ययन ५ : १०३-११३।

Martin Chautari

Martin Chautari (MC) is a research and policy institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Begun as an informal discussion group in Kathmandu in 1991, MC now focuses on research and policy on democracy, media and education, with cross-cutting themes of gender and social inclusion. Along with the continuing discussion series, publications, open library and a rigorous mentoring program of young researchers are in-built into MC’s work. These all form an intrinsic part of MC’s primary objective: strengthening the social contract between state and citizens by expanding and making inclusive the public sphere with informed dialogue, analytically rigorous research and viable policy choices.

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Chautari Books

Starting from the year 2001, MC began publishing books in the Chautari Book Series. Most of the books have been published in the thematic areas in which MC has worked institutionally. By April 2015, 84 books had been published in this Series, 70 percent of them in the Nepali language.

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Martin Chautari is the editorial home of two journals: the bi-lingual (English and Nepali) semi-annual journal Studies in Nepali History and Society, established in 1996, and published by Mandala Book Point from Kathmandu and the Nepali language annual journal Media Adhyayan [Media Studies], established in 2006, and published by Bhrikuti Academic Publications from Kathmandu.

मिडिया अध्ययन १०

Studies in Nepali History 
and Society (SINHAS)

मिडिया अध्ययन 
[Media Adhyayan]


Archives of Public Documents

Digital copies of public documents related to some specific themes in Nepal will be uploaded here. This is being done to facilitate academic research and public discussions. Read more>>>


 12th February 2016

Discussions at Chautari

Martin Chautari organizes discussions twice a week.

  • Sundays: research seminar series
  • Tuesdays: various topics

Upcoming Discussions

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Policy Papers


Building upon its high degree of credibility as a non-partisan, rooted research centre, Martin Chautari has been publishing policy briefs since 2009. Till date mostly focused on the new constitution writing process, these publications work to inform and communicate complex ideas and present viable policy choices. They further add analytical rigour to otherwise politicized discussion of contentious issues. Simultaneously published in English and Nepali, these policy briefs are an especially useful tool to enable and encourage public dialogue.


Policy Review Brief 13: Proposed Higher Education Policy [Eng]

Research Brief 16 : Decentralization and Autonomy at Tribhuvan University [Eng / Nep]

Research Brief 15: Stakeholders for Universal Connectivity in Nepal [Eng / Nep]


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