On the way up

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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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Bhutan-Nepal bhai-bhai?

From The Nepali Times (14-20 July, 2017) Thimphu and Kathmandu must begin exchanging notes for the sake of Himalayan stability The Himalayan chain is on a geopolitical boil, with eruptions occurring in many places, and other parts ripe and ready. China and India are in confrontation on multiple fronts and levels, and the rancour is
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Salute to the people

From The Nepali Times (30 June- 6 July, 2017) These elections were proof that the public got wise to the attempt to pit plains people against hill people Again and again, Nepal’s citizens save the day. When politicians turn craven, civil society loses humanitarian spine, and academia fails to stand up for reason and democracy,
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Landlocked mindset

From The Nepali Times (16-22 June, 2017) Nepal should wake up to the reality that it has rights and responsibilities regarding the high seas The Law of the Sea is vital for Nepal as a country land-locked, because it enshrines the right of transit, as well as confirms rights over the resources and possibilities of
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Who will lead the charge?

From The Nepali Times (2-8 June, 2017) The man who was to have led the campaign for the restitution of Nepal’s looted statuary is no more Sukra Sagar Shrestha was a wise man who spoke little but carried a large heart, and the archaeologist’s zeal. He was a cultural activist who prized rigour. His ancestral
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Say something, or say nothing

From The Nepali Times (19-25 May, 2017) Comparing three press releases of Kathmandu-based embassies this week Press releases are used by embassies in a considered manner to express nuance that the spoken word may not be able to carry. Hence, we must read them as trying to get across an intended meaning, which allows us
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Exit, the crusader

From The Nepali Times (5-11 May, 2017) Sushila Karki is forced out of the Supreme Court, not in disgrace but in a blaze of glory For weighing the value of one lone woman to the Nepali nation, you just have to reach back half a year ago, when the national prospects looked so bleak. Lokman
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Desperation for translation

From The Nepali Times (21-27 April, 2017) The world does not understand Nepal, and Nepalis do not understand the world. We need translations both ways. There is one factor that makes the Supreme Court of Nepal, much in the news lately under the stewardship of Chief Justice Sushila Karki, different from every other highest court
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The place of Nepali

From The Nepali Times (7-13 April, 2017) We must accept the fact that the emplacement of Nepali as the state language and lingua franca of the country has resulted in weakening of the numerous tongues of this diverse land. But one question to ponder is what language would have taken over if not Nepali, under
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