Reminiscences and Reflections
Author: Himalaya Shumsher
Publisher: Himalaya Shumsher
Price: Rs 400 (paperback), Rs 600 (Hardcover)
KATHMANDU: Most of the current generation know Himalaya Shumsher as the first governor of the Nepal Rastra bank and as the finance secretary only, but
his book Reminiscences and
Reflections tells us how he had also been instrumental in anti-Rana movements and brokering peace during the Maoist insurgency.
Tracing back the history, the book mentions the missing pieces of history like how the first Rana-Congress government was formed, which is barely mentioned in contemporary Nepali history.
The book that goes back to the Rana regime and how the country was ruled by the Rana oligarchy is something all the people should read and compare with the current republican leaders to understand how not to rule the country.
Reminiscences and Reflections is not only about Himalaya Shumsher’s involvement in democratic movement against his own clan but also about the state of affairs from before 1951 to the current days.
The book is also a testament of Nepal as a country moving nowhere since 1950, even after the Constituent Assembly election in 2008.
Going through the book,
one will strongly feel, that even after the changing of many different regimes in the last six decades, Nepal has still been left back in the 50s’.
Reminiscences and Reflections apart from giving historical glimpses, also gives the author’s view of the country’s political and economic history of more than seven decades.
The author describes how King Mahendra’s regime started the instable bureaucracy in
the country which is still practised today by the incumbent government.
The last chapter of the 12-chapter book has included the author’s relations and impressions of some of the leaders like Subarna Shumshere, Matrika Prasad Koirala, Ganesh Man Singh and Sardar Bhim Bahadur Pande, apart from the text of the first budget of the country. Had he included more leaders , the readers would have benefitted.
The book — a translated version of author’s Nepali version of his memories — is also an example why a generation that has lived through different regimes should pen down their experience to enrich the next generation, not only to describe how they lived and struggled to make the country proud of them but for also for the documentation of the facts. With no culture of documentation, the current google generation is left with no choice but to depend on one-sided version of history which is dangerous as the next generation might end up with no pride in their country and its past leaders, who struggled to give us a better future.