This is the story of the eastern Himalayas where defying chill and frost Buddhist monks in ochre move from one monastery to another. But along the long border with China heavily- armed troops on either side keep a grim vigil. Part travelogue, part political analysis and part economic insight, it incorporates the parallel worlds of Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh…
Former diplomatic editor, The Observer, London
Nirmalya Banerjee has brought alive the people of the eastern Himalayas. Combining journalism with a firm grasp of history he throws a wonderful light on their vibrant Buddhist culture and how it helps them cope with the problems of a political world.
Writer and broadcaster
Usha Mishra Hayes
In her long career as a development expert with the United Nations, Usha Mishra Hayes has worked in some of the most demanding situations across Asia and Africa. Her challenge was to build an overarching social protection system to insulate the economically vulnerable against the stabs of poverty and offer them opportunities to improve their lives.
With a master’s degree in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, she joined the UN team quite early and has been on the long road to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Nepal…
Mishra Hayes has been made a Commander (Thipden) in the Royal Order of Sahametri by the Government of Cambodia for her work on ASEAN social protection. She tweets @UshaMishra.
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