सार्कलाई नेपाली मोड

हिमाल खबरपत्रिका (०७ मंसीर, २०७१) बाट

काठमाडौंले आफ्नो भू–राजनीतिक अवस्थितिको राम्रो उपयोग गरे सार्कलाई एउटा गतिशील क्षेत्रीय समूहमा रूपान्तरण गर्न सक्छ।

बहुआयामिक सामाजिक–राजनीतिक ध्रुवीकरणका बीच दोस्रो पटक संविधान लेख्न खोजिरहेको नेपालले १०–११ मंसीरमा दक्षिण एशियाली क्षेत्रीय सहयोग संगठन (सार्क) को १८औं शिखर बैठक आयोजना गर्दैछ। सार्कको तेस्रो शिखर सम्मेलनको तयारी उत्कर्षमा पुगेको बेला काठमाडौंमा नागरिक . . . → Read More: सार्कलाई नेपाली मोड

दक्षिण एशिया की भुला दी गई बेगम

हिन्दुस्तान टाइम्सको हिन्दी संस्करण (२३ नोवेम्वर, २०१४) बाट

काठमांडू घाटी में एक ऐसा ‘आइकन’ मौजूद है,  जिसका इस उपमहाद्वीप के वे तमाम देश इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं,  जो कभी ब्रिटिश साम्राज्य के उपनिवेश थे,  क्योंकि इस आइकन का रिश्ता उनके साझा अतीत से है। दक्षिण एशियाई संकीर्ण नजरिये के कारण इस हस्ती की स्मृतियों का . . . → Read More: दक्षिण एशिया की भुला दी गई बेगम

Pride and prejudice at SAARC

From The Nepali Times (21 November, 2014)

Kathmandu can use its geopolitical positioning to upgrade SAARC into a dynamic regional grouping

The upcoming SAARC Summit, the third in Nepal after 1987 and 2002, is happening as Kathmandu suffers deep socio-political polarisations as it tries a second time to write the constitution. The national civil society . . . → Read More: Pride and prejudice at SAARC

The Begum of South Asia

From The Kathmandu Post (21 November, 2014)

Recalling Kathmandu Valley’s historical links with the rest of South Asia

There is an icon available in Kathmandu Valley that all of the colonised Subcontinent could utilise as its connection to a shared past. It is in the nature of South Asian regionalism that the memory of this . . . → Read More: The Begum of South Asia

Undeclared capital of Saarc

From The Kathmandu Post (07 November, 2014)

Kathmandu is uniquely situated to help define regionalism in South Asia, but we need to focus

The Saarc organisation is itself a bit like its 18th Summit happening in Kathmandu in a couple of weeks—outside everyone’s attention until we are forced to pay heed. Not really anyone’s priority . . . → Read More: Undeclared capital of Saarc

The road to ultra-populism

From The Hindu (03 November, 2014)

The making and the public screening of “Haidar” as a mainstream film was unexpected for observers of the contemporary Indian polity, at this time of a surge in Hindutva-spiked nationalism. Top-line cinematographers, stars, lyricists and promoters participated in a production that questioned New Delhi’s record in the Kashmir . . . → Read More: The road to ultra-populism

Bhaskar’s tunnel

From The Kathmandu Post (23 October, 2014)

The time may have arrived when the professional diaspora can contribute to Nepal’s economic growth

As you drive westward from the California t own of Concord on Highway 24 towards Oakland and San Francisco, the road enters a tunnel that takes traffic under the Berkeley Hills. This tunnel . . . → Read More: Bhaskar’s tunnel

पहाडिया–मधेशी नागरिक सभाको खाँचो

हिमाल खबरपत्रिका (२६ असोज, २०७१) बाट

स्वतन्त्र नागरिकहरूको छलफलबाट प्रदेश निर्धारणको एउटा त्यस्तो फर्मूला खोज्नु आवश्यक छ, जसबाट मधेशी समुदायका लागि पहिचानको गौरवसँगै अर्थ–सामाजिक समृद्धि सुनिश्चित गर्न सकोस् ।

संविधान लेखन प्रक्रियाका लागि संघीयताको परिभाषा प्रमुख तगारोको रूपमा तेर्सिएको हो । अनि त्यसभित्र छ– मैदानी भागको मात्र प्रान्त वा प्रदेशको सन्दर्भ ।

संविधान सभाका दुई . . . → Read More: पहाडिया–मधेशी नागरिक सभाको खाँचो

A Madhesi-Pahadiya conclave

From The Kathmandu Post (10 October, 2014)

Citizens must discuss ensuring pride-of-identity along with socio-economic progress for Madhesi people

As constitution writing comes to a head, the biggest stumbling block has been the definition of federalism and within that, the demand for a plains-only province or provinces. With the two largest parties in the Constituent . . . → Read More: A Madhesi-Pahadiya conclave

Nanda Prasad, in memory

From The Kathmandu Post (26 September, 2014)

We may run but we cannot hide from the values that Nanda Prasad Adhikari was trying to teach us

Early afternoon on Monday, when visiting Nanda Prasad and Gangamaya Adhikari in the company of human rights activists , government officials and medical personnel involved in a last ditch . . . → Read More: Nanda Prasad, in memory