The emergence of P. N. Shah can be taken as a timely historical event. His encounter with the British colonizers was one of the early anti-colonial events in the history of South Asia itself. Any attempt to study his policies and contributions takes the form of a postcolonial discourse. The debate about his being an invader and a colonizer calls for extensive historical-political inquiries. Such inquiries can gain objectivity only if his role is reevaluated through a larger corpus of historical writings. Existing history of Nepal has established the unification as a landmark contribution towards nation building, which had taken shape of anti-colonial resistance and national self-determination. For this contribution, P.N. Shah deserves a space in any attempt of objective historiography.

[Bodhi 2.1 (2008): 136-47.]

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