Deepak Thapa is the Director of the Social Science Baha, a research organisation based in Kathmandu. He has written extensively on Nepal’s contemporary political developments and is also a columnist with The Kathmandu Post. His book publications include Understanding the Maoist Movement of Nepal (2003) and co-author of A Kingdom under Siege: Nepal’s Maoist Insurgency, 1996–2004 (2005) and Gender and Social Exclusion in Nepal: Update (2013).