On the way up

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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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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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