Peak Tourism

From The Nepali Times (22-28 April, 2016)

High-end hilltop hideaways present the best way to rebuild tourism in earthquake-hit areas

Nepal’s mountain tourism has been in decline in the past decade due to the rapid spread of jeep tracks, and in the past year because of the earthquake. But trekking could be revived with a . . . → Read More: Peak Tourism

BIMSTEC, BCIM, BBIN – & ‘BCIN’

From The Nepali Times (08-14 April, 2016)

A fresh look at the map will show how Bangladesh-China-India-Nepal could now be connected

The acronyms that have invaded the diplomatic and Track Two discourse hold the promise of converting ‘connectivity’ from a goal to reality. BIMSTEC, BCIM and BBIN represent efforts to link the northeastern quadrant of . . . → Read More: BIMSTEC, BCIM, BBIN – & ‘BCIN’

Unintended Trans-Himalayan Consequences

From The Nepali Times (25-31 March, 2016)

Did New Delhi ever imagine that its coercive strategy would backfire this badly?

It was the five-month blockade by India that provided Nepal’s political class with the daring to sign the deal in Beijing on Monday. Without the public opinion created as a result of that thoughtless adventurism, . . . → Read More: Unintended Trans-Himalayan Consequences

Rajman and Hodgson

From The Republica Daily (23 March, 2016)

Kanak Mani Dixit & Shamik Mishra

As Nepal turns the corner from conflict, transition, sociopolitical polarization, earthquake and blockade, to revive our spirit we must reach back into history to come up with inspiring personalities. As Prime Minister KP Oli breaks new ground in the Kathmandu-Beijing relationship, for . . . → Read More: Rajman and Hodgson

The rationalism of regionalism

From turningpoints.bdnews24.com ( 02 March, 2016)

Kanak Mani Dixit studies the history of regional cooperation in South Asia, or the lack of it, and suggests ways to forge more substantive links.

Bangladesh and its people perhaps own SAARC’s concept and organisation more than the other societies of Southasia. The idea of regional cooperation, originally . . . → Read More: The rationalism of regionalism

नेपाल निर्माणको घडी

नागरिक दैनिक (फागुन ०८, २०७२) बाट

आदिकालदेखि नै नेपालवासीको समय–चिन्तन प्राकृतिक विपत् वा अन्य ठूला घटनासँग गाँसिँदै आयो। आधुनिक क्यालेन्डरको आगमनपूर्व पुर्खाले महाभूकम्प, राज्यारोहण वा कोत पर्व जस्तो घटनालाई लिएर त्यसको ‘अघि’ र ‘पछि’ को समय छुट्याए। भारतले लगाएको पाँचमहिने आर्थिक नाकाबन्दी एक छिमेकले अर्को माथि गर्ने ठूलो हस्तक्षेप थियो; जसले अर्थतन्त्र, विकास–निर्माणदेखि पुनर्निर्माण, अन्तरसामुदायिक . . . → Read More: नेपाल निर्माणको घडी

Limits to Indian exceptionalism

From The Hindu (February 19, 2016)

Without doubt, the most damaging episode in the relationship between the Indian republic and modern Nepal was the five-month economic blockade that devastated the latter’s economy, hit post-earthquake reconstruction, and created a humanitarian crisis through the autumn and deep winter.

During Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s state visit . . . → Read More: Limits to Indian exceptionalism

गंगामाया अधिकारी गंगालाल अस्पतालमा भर्ना

हिमाल खबरपत्रिका (फागुन ०५, २०७२) बाट

वीर अस्पतालमा उपचाररत गंगामाया अधिकारीको स्वास्थ्यमा अकस्मात खतरा देखिएपछि चिकित्सक र अधिकारकर्मीको पहलमा उनलाई आज मध्याह्न गंगालाल अस्पतालमा सारिएको छ। १७ महिनाअघि यस्तै स्वास्थ्य अवस्थामा अन्यत्र सार्न कसैले पहल नगर्नु गंगामायाका श्रीमान नन्दप्रसाद अधिकारीको ज्यान जानुको एउटा कारण थियो। गंगामायाको स्वास्थ्यअवस्था बिग्रंदै गएका बेला मानवअधिकार र जवाफदेहीसँग जोडिएको यो . . . → Read More: गंगामाया अधिकारी गंगालाल अस्पतालमा भर्ना

Deciding to de-escalate

From The Nepali Times (25-31 December, 2015)

A win-win can only happen with a halt to Indian micro- and macro-management Much recrimination has roiled the waters of the Sirsiya stream dividing Raxaul and Birganj between September-December 2015, punctuated by three statements from New Delhi’s Ministry of External Affairs. The latest note of 21 December indicates . . . → Read More: Deciding to de-escalate

Gujral doctrine for Modi darbar

From The Hindu (18 November, 2015) Narendra Modi’s personalised, authoritarian conduct of foreign affairs leaves both India and its neighbours short-changed

India is a humongous economic and geopolitical presence in South Asia. Yet, since Independence, it has maintained certain humility, in the knowledge that it houses some of the world’s largest pockets of poverty. It . . . → Read More: Gujral doctrine for Modi darbar

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