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Jang Bahadur in Europe:
The First Nepalese Mission to the West

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Jang Bahadur in Europe:
The First Nepalese Mission to the West
By John Whelpton
Introduction by Rishikesh Shaha

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On 25 May 1850 Jang Bahadur Kunwar Rana, Prime Minister of Nepal and Ambassador to the Court of Queen Victoria, landed at Southampton. ‘It seemed as if we were in a dream, or as if this was the heaven where virtuous men are said to go after death,’ was how one of Jang’s party described his first reaction. This courtier’s account of the whole episode has been translated into English for the first time and is presented alongside the British and French press reports of their visitors’ progress ‘lavishing diamonds and gold, enshrined in a halo of oriental mystery.’ Jang Bahadur in Europe also looks at the background to the mission, including the changing pattern of Nepal’s relations with British India from 1769 to 1850, and Jang’s own rise to power amidst the intrigue and violence of the 1840s. The second edition of the book, released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of permanent diplomatic relations between Nepal and Britain, includes the English-language account of the visit written, with help from a ghost-writer, by Moti Lal Singh, the Nepali crossing sweeper taken into Jang’s employment after a chance encounter in London.

Table of Contents.
Preface to the First (1983) Edition — vii
Introduction ( by Rishikesh Shaha) — 1
1. The Background to the 1850 Mission and to the Belait-Yatra — 51
2. The Belait-Yatra: Translation and Commentary — 131
3. The Visit as Reported in the European Press — 195
Extracts from the British Press — 195
Extracts from the French Press — 256
Appendix — 275
I. The Kot Massacre: Alternative Versions — 275
II. Shersingh Rana’s Mero Landan Rajtilak Yatra — 280

Bibliography — 283

Index — 293
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About the author
John Whelpton taught English in Birgunj and Kathmandu at the Shri Thakur Ram and Amrit Science campuses of Tribhuvan University from 1972 to 1974 and has since returned regularly to Nepal for research on history and politics. His other publications include Kings, Soldiers and Priests (Manohar, 1990), A History of Nepal (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and (with David Gellner and
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka) Nationalism and Ethnicity in Nepal (Vajra Books, 2008). He lives with his wife and daughter in Hong Kong, where he now teaches Latin and is a research associate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.




 

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