Nepali Times

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Fasten seat belts

From The Nepali Times (8-14 December, 2017) Brace yourselves for a ride into uncharted constitutional territory Nepal’s descent into Hades in the democratic era began in 1995 when the fringe party that was the CPN-Maoist lifted arms against a democratic system that was barely five years old. This downward spiralling continued through a series of
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Leave the politics to us

From The Nepali Times (24-30 November, 2017) Incoming ambassadors and donor agency heads have an opportunity to learn from the past To repeat an anecdote from an earlier column, in a southern African country some years ago, a friend was told excitedly by a Danish diplomat: “I am applying for Nepal as my next posting.”
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Still silently crying

From The Nepali Times (10-16 November, 2017) People without faith in the state migrate for survival, the new Constitution must change that Ludwig Stiller SJ wrote in The Silent Cry (Sahayogi, 1976) on how Nepalis were pauparised in the aftermath of empire-building attempts following unification. The people were taxed beyond survival and sustainability, and so
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Lhotshampa, Rohingya

From The Nepali Times (27 Oct-2 Nov, 2017) Burma’s pernicious populism and a preoccupied world abandon the Rohingya The Rohingya tragedy should resonate much more in Nepal than elsewhere in South Asia, because its genesis is nearly identical to the tragedy of Bhutan’s Lhotshampa. The main difference is one of scale, as Bhutan too carried
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Who teaches us democracy?

From The Nepali Times (22-28 September, 2017) Obfuscation and hand-wringing will not help as we prepare to face the world While at the United Nations Secretariat two-and-a-half decades ago, my work station was the press officer’s desk some steps down to the left from the main podium from where the world leaders speak. If I
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Day of the Carpetbagger

From The Nepali Times (8-14 September, 2017) Gangamaya’s hunger strike for justice is tied directly to Nepal’s economic progress Let me put it this way, so as to try and yank the reader’s head from the sand: the fight for justice of hunger striker Gangamaya Adhikari with reference to the 2004 murder of her son,
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Kasthamandap and Mary

From The Nepali Times (25-31 August, 2017) Slusser was deeply apprehensive about the impact of the 2015 earthquake on the Valley’s heritage Within two months, we have experienced the departure of art historians Eduard Sekler, Sukrasagar Shrestha, Dina Bangdel — and now Mary Slusser, author of the monumental two-volume Nepal Mandala, a gentle authority of Nepal’s art
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Different regionalisms

From The Nepali Times (11-17 August, 2017) It is important to get SAARC back on its feet, without denying the importance of the sub-regional BIMSTEC There was once a multi-headed, consensual priesthood named SAARC which started out with seven priests and later added an eighth. It tumbled along for 30 years, not achieving great fame
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Missing a creative curator

From The Nepali Times (28 July-3 August, 2017) We must complete the projects and plans that Dina Bangdel had for Nepal There would not be many Nepalis worldwide who could give a professional tour of the Louvre’s collection of European art from the Medieval to the Renaissance to Impressionism, Modernism and Late Modernism. But there
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