Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

A Laboratory For Hyper-Development

Since the 1950s, Nepal has been a laboratory for hyper-development. Bhaktapur was seen as perfect for this because, as the Bhaktapur Town Development Plan reads:

Bhaktapur is regarded as unhygienic, lacking in modern urban attractions and economically backward. At the same time, Bhaktapur is an extraordinary example of an untouched, traditional Newar town with many fine buildings of architectural value and a style of life that is steeped in tradition and has remained almost undisturbed by the forces of cultural interaction and modernization so visible in the other towns of the valley (1979, vii).

     In other words, Bhaktapur was the perfect space for development. In Non-Governmental Organizations in Nepal, Bishwa Maskay defines development

"as a process by which the members of Society develop themselves and their institutions in ways that enhance their ability to mobilize and manage resources to produce sustainable and justly distributed improvements in their quality of life consistent with their own aspirations" (1998, 12 and n39).

    This understanding stems from the United States global politics after World War II. In his 20 January 1949 speech, which initiated the Truman Doctrine and ushered in a new understanding of how world affairs should be managed, Harry Truman announced a worldwide program of development based on the concepts of democratic fair dealing . . . Greater production is the key to prosperity and peace. And the key to greater production is a wider and more vigorous application of modern scientific and technical knowledge.


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2001 Gregory Price Grieve , Site design by GDL Historical Laboratories. .