Lost in Transition: Rebuilding Nepal from the Maoist mayhem and mega earthquake

Kul Chandra Gautam

What holds Nepal's economy back? And what would it take to unleash its development potential? This book tries to address these issues from the perspective of a Nepali development professional with extensive experience in international development. The author offers a candid critique of what ails Nepal's politics and economy, and how to rebuild the country from the ruins of the prolonged Maoist mayhem and the mega earthquake of 2015. He calls for an end to Nepal's seemingly endless political transition and shifting the nation's focus to economic development and social progress.

ISBN (Paperback) 9789937909013
Pages 442
Language English
Edition Second
Genre Non-fiction (Political Science / Commentary & Opinion)
Publication Date 12 Dec 2015

The book is a valuable gift for Nepal's younger generation, as the author shares his inspiring vision for rebuilding a just and prosperous future.

Chandni Joshi

Former Regional Director , UNIFEM

The author brings an observer's sharp eyes and an analyst's close grasp to subjects desperately in need of close scrutiny.

Prof. Kedar Bhakta Mathema

Former Ambassador , Academic

Everybody interested in contemporary Nepal should read it.

Prof. Chaitanya Mishra


Kul Gautam’s book was like a crash course for a newcomer expat like me.

Renaud Meyer

Country Director , UNDP

Gautam’s book comes as an alternative narrative to the dominant radical narrative on contemporary Nepal.

Hari Sharma

Political scientist

Kul Chandra Gautam

Kul Chandra Gautam

Kul Chandra Gautam is a former deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is a distinguished diplomat and development professional who currently serves on the boards of several national and international organizations, charitable foundations and public-private partnerships. Gautam previously served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal on International Affairs and the Peace Process. He is active in Nepal's civil society in promoting human rights, socio-economic development, democracy and good governance. Internationally, he continues to be active in advocacy of the UN's sustainable development goals, particularly in the areas of child rights, global health, basic educaton and human development.