•      Wed Dec 7 2022

A Book on ‘National Security’ launched

Kathmandu. ‘National Security and the State: A Focus on Nepal’, authored by Brigadier General (Retd) Keshar Bahadur Bhandari was released in Kathmandu today.

Published by nepa~laya, the book aims to inform readers on the security sensitivities of Nepal and the state of preparedness towards them. Bhandari, credited for drafting the first ever national security policy document of Nepal while at the National Security Council Secretariat, discusses the concept of National Security Policy and critically examines the security challenges of Nepal.

Speaking at the launch, Chancellor of Gandaki University, Prof. Dr. Ganesh Gurung highlighted the merit of the book in relevance to the current problems plaguing government institutions. Gurung, also an academic supervisor to the author said he was delighted to know that the book had finally taken a shape.

On the occasion, media person Bhusan Dahal interacted with the author on Nepal’s contemporary security issues.

During the interaction, replying to Mr. Dahal’s questions on sensitive position of Nepal in the current geopolitics, the author said, “There exists a distinct demarcation between security policies for state-nations and, nation-states. Only if we properly navigate both internal and international geopolitical challenges, we can hope to protect our own national presence, especially as a buffer between India-China.” Furthermore, author Bhandari also highlighted the lack of enthusiasm of government bodies on the need of a comprehensive national security policy.

A member and a vocal proponent of reforms within the National Security Council (NSC), first enshrined in the Constitution of 1990, Brigadier General (retd.) Keshar Bahadur Bhandari is a Defense & Security Analyst. He was Military Advisor at the UN mission in Afghanistan & Pakistan.

During the launch event, Lieutenant General (retd.) Balananda Sharma congratulated the author and publication nepa~laya for publishing the book. He said the book is an excellent resource material for readers across all sections of the society; particularly to politicians, government executives, media and scholars of security and international relations.

A dedicated chapter in book also dwells on the Nepal Army encompassing the Army’s role, characteristics, organization and several other aspects to help the readers to be informed on the relevance of the army as an institution.

‘National Security and the State: A Focus on Nepal’ is priced at NPR 995 for the Nepalese market and is available at all leading bookstores of the country. The e-book copy can also be purchased through thuprai.com. The book will be available worldwide on Amazon .