Digging out of the rubble: National reconstruction in Nepal requires a constitution and local elections

From The Times of India (30 April, 2015)

Nepal was about getting ready for political normalisation and economic revival after two decades of conflict and political chaos when the Great Earthquake of 2015 struck.

There has been a diversion, with the focus now on the urgent task of rescue and recovery, targeted at the devastated . . . → Read More: Digging out of the rubble: National reconstruction in Nepal requires a constitution and local elections

Nepal and the Nordics

From The Kathmandu Post (24 April, 2015)

Last week, in a Kathmandu daily, three Nordic Ambassadors sought to share lessons from Denmark, Norway, and Finland in order to help Nepal graduate from ‘least developed’ to ‘developing country’ status. Their suggestions focussed on resources and services, particularly hydropower, public school education, and agricultural development. All three . . . → Read More: Nepal and the Nordics

Shape and sensibility

From The Kathmandu Post (10 April, 2015)

Our peopling and polity are such that we can leapfrog, even if two-and-half centuries late

Everything will not get resolved with the writing of a new constitution but at least, the societal suspension of the past two decades will be over and we the people can concentrate on . . . → Read More: Shape and sensibility

‘पोस्ट–माओवादी’ युगको पर्खाइ

सेतोपाटी: नेपालको डिजिटल पत्रिका (२६ चैत्र, २०७१) बाट

पुष्पकमल दाहाल र बाबुराम भट्टराईको तीनदिने बन्द लाद्ने कोशिश, समर्थनमा आफ्नै क्याडर समेत सडकमा नउत्रिंदा पहिलो दिनमै फिर्ता भयो। माओवादी खुला समाजमा आएदेखि आम जनताले देखाएको सदासयता दुई नेताले निरन्तर बेवास्ता र नजरअन्दाज गरे, र भौतिक कारबाहीको त्रास तथा बौद्धिक जगतको अनुत्तरदायी भावको भरमा द्वन्द्वकालको अन्त्यदेखि आजसम्म . . . → Read More: ‘पोस्ट–माओवादी’ युगको पर्खाइ

Creating the nepali past

From The Nepali Times (27 March, 2015)

Prof Theodore Riccardi presents historical material to enrich our lives.

Nepal has evolved, sadly, as a country where history and archaeology are far down in everyone’s priority. Throughout his career, the Indologist and pioneer Himalayanist Theodore Riccardi has sought to highlight aspects of Nepal’s past in the expectation . . . → Read More: Creating the nepali past

The accountability of Sushil Koirala

From The Kathmandu Post (27 March, 2015)

Dr Govinda KC (alive) and Nanda Prasad Adhikari (dead) speak for the weak and desolate

The Teaching Hospital at Maharajganj is presently dealing with two fasts-unto-death, one which has already seen its tragic and terrifying finale and another that is ongoing. Nanda Prasad Adhikari died 187 days ago . . . → Read More: The accountability of Sushil Koirala

Crafting a constitution for Nepal

From The Hindu (19 March, 2015)

In Nepal, there are hurdles to the constitution drafting that have to be resolved urgently if the radical leftists and the royalist right are not to blow away hard-won freedoms. As a player in Nepal politics, the best support India can provide is by staying outside the convention of . . . → Read More: Crafting a constitution for Nepal

सबके हक में नेपाल की स्थिरता

हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्सको हिन्दी संस्करण (१५ मार्च, २०१५) बाट

इस महीने की शुरुआत में नई दिल्ली की अपनी यात्रा के दौरान नेपाल के पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री और माओवादी विचारक बाबुराम भट्टराई ने भारत के सत्ता-वर्ग के आगे जो कुछ कहा,  उसे देख-सुनकर कोई भी अचरज में पड़ जाएगा कि यह ‘वैकल्पिक राजनीति’ के एक उपासक की अति-विवेकपूर्ण . . . → Read More: सबके हक में नेपाल की स्थिरता

He does protest too much

From The Kathmandu Post (13 March, 2015)

Baburam Bhattarai spent his time in New Delhi pooh-poohing the choice of Nepal’s electorate

One wonders whether it is ultra-sophisticated analysis by the votary of ‘alternative politics’ or the fatally flawed reasoning of a politician in decline that had former prime minister and Maoist ideologue Baburam Bhattarai making . . . → Read More: He does protest too much

A tribute to Bhagirath Bhaiya

From The Kathmandu Post (27 February, 2015)

The reconstruction of a 17th Century temple in Patan is more than an exercise in architectural preservation

In 1669, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered the destruction of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Over across the expanse of the north Ganga plains, up in the Himalayan midhills, this act of desecration . . . → Read More: A tribute to Bhagirath Bhaiya