Author and journalist Prashant Jha to discuss ‘Battles of Nepali Nationalism’
Prashant Jha, associate editor of the Hindustan Times, will speak on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in Rm. 202 of Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave) as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.
The South Asian Studies Council at Yale will co-sponsor his talk, “Battles of Nepali Nationalism — A Tale of Kathmandu’s Constitution, Tarai’s Resistance and Indian Diplomacy.” This event is free and open to the public.
Jha’s book, “Battles of the New Republic — A Contemporary History of Nepal,” tells of his experience as a Nepali of Indian origin living through war and peace in his country. His work documents the rise of identity politics, the constitutional process, and India’s engagement in Nepal.
A champion of women, children, and marginalized peoples, Jha has written stories about child labor in Myanmar, educational opportunities for women, and free speech protests at some of India’s top universities.
Jha has also written for the New Yorker, The Hindu, Himal Southasian magazine, Katmandu Post, the Nepali Times, and the International Crisis Group.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was created in 1971 by an endowment from Nelson Poynter. The fellowship strives to enhance the educational experience by bringing outstanding journalists to campus. Other Poynter Fellows have included, Brandon Stanton, April Ryan, and Joan Biskupic.