The men in the ministry

From The Kathmandu Post (28 February, 2014)

Koirala cabinet is unrepresentative in terms of available capacities but it must still deliver on critical areas

The relief that Prime Minister Sushil Koirala was at last able to put together a Cabinet was dampened somewhat by the fact that it was inclusivity-challenged. One does not want ceremonial . . . → Read More: The men in the ministry

The inevitability of South Asia

From The Hindu (27 February, 2014)

While the term South Asia is now commonly accepted, we are nowhere near implementing regionalism on the ground

Using the name of historical India to serve for that of the independent nation state was a monumental decision whose reverberations continue six decades after the British departed the Subcontinent. While . . . → Read More: The inevitability of South Asia

कांग्रेस-एमालेकै मिलिजुली सरकार

कान्तिपुर दैनिक (०७ फागुन, २०७०) बाट

मंसिर ४ मा आम नागरिकले मुलुकलाई झन्डै २ दशकको घातक अन्योललाई अन्त्य गर्न र राजनीतिक सामान्यीकरणका लागि मत हालेका थिए । नेपाली कांग्रेस र नेकपा -एमाले) लाई सालाखाला समानान्तर शक्ति बनाएर सदनमा पठायो- राजकाज चलाउन र लोकतान्त्रिक संविधान बनाउन ।

‘पहिलो गाँसमै ढुंगा’ उक्तिले अनायास उत्पन्न राजनीतिक संकटलाई पर्याप्त . . . → Read More: कांग्रेस-एमालेकै मिलिजुली सरकार

More a cradle than a refuge

From The Kathmandu Post (14 February, 2014)

A linguist’s views on the prehistoric habitation of the Himalaya and the Nepali language need discussion

A reader responded to this writer’s last column (‘Country on Auto-Pilot’, January 31, Page 6) suggesting that it was delusional, with the optimism on national prospects following the November 19 elections completely . . . → Read More: More a cradle than a refuge

Country on autopilot

From The Kathmandu Post (31 January, 2014)

Nepal is transforming as we speak, at breakneck speed. The century of stasis under the Rana regime, the retarded acceleration of the three-decades of Panchayat, all that was to have ended with the emergence of open society in 1990. Instead, we were dragged back towards feudocracy. Thankfully, that . . . → Read More: Country on autopilot

Four Fasting Citizens: Satyagraha & the Cul-de-sac of Accountability

From facebook.com/kanak.m.dixit (21 January, 2014), Edited version

The four individuals on fast-unto-death in Nepal are reacting to the cul-de-sac of accountability the polity finds itself in, responding with self-sacrifice as the only way they think will be effective.

There are four individuals on fast-unto-death in Nepal today, even as the politicians put in responsible places . . . → Read More: Four Fasting Citizens: Satyagraha & the Cul-de-sac of Accountability

Job security in the Gulf

From The Kathmandu Post (17 January, 2014)

A confident democracy should have the resourcefulness to speak to the Gulf countries, to try raise job security and income levels of Nepali migrant workers.

For a country whose economy has been gnawed by nearly two decades of political violence and uncertainty, Nepal has got a bonanza in . . . → Read More: Job security in the Gulf

Nepal and the Age of Accountability

From The Kathmandu Post (03 January, 2014)

The parties are wrong if they think they can get away without seeing justice done on the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikary

Gangamaya and Nanda Prasad Adhikary are in the 72nd day of their fast and they survive with the doctors having placed a sub-clavical tube to pass . . . → Read More: Nepal and the Age of Accountability

Cloud intelligence in Nepal

From The Hindu (27 December, 2013)

With the people having voted with their head and heart, Nepal is back on the track to constitution-writing and a turbulent democracy

The elections on November 19, largely unsoiled, returned Nepal to representative democracy, ending a period of rule by a political syndicate that had severely weakened the polity. . . . → Read More: Cloud intelligence in Nepal

The Mandela reincarnation

From The Kathmandu Post (20 December, 2013)

The passing of Nelson Mandela was greeted with grief in Nepal as it was the world over, accompanied by despair for the absence of a personality of his stature walking our trails and terraces. While the grief is natural, the despair is misplaced. To begin with, it is . . . → Read More: The Mandela reincarnation