Kalpana Jha is a researcher at Martin Chautari, a research foundation based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is the author of The Madhesi Upsurge and the Contested Idea of Nepal. She has authored multiple single and co-authored chapters on Indo-Nepal relations and minority issues in Nepal. She has also written multiple op-ed pieces and commentaries on the Madhesi and women’s issues in Nepal. She is an alumnus as well as former research fellow of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is also the former Regional and Security Intern of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India.