On the way up

Bhutan-Nepal bhai-bhai?

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #867 (14 July 2017 – 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
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Salute to the people

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #865 (30 June 2017- 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
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Landlocked mindset

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #863 (16 June 2017 – 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
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Who will lead the charge?

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #861 (2 June 2017 – 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
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Say something, or say nothing

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #859 (19 May 2017 – 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
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Exit, the crusader

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #857 (5 May 2017 – 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
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Desperation for translation

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #855(21 April 2017 – 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
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The place of Nepali

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #853 (7 April 2017 -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
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Post-development era

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #851 (24 March 2017 -30 March 2017) The donor downturn in Nepal comes as ‘development’ re-orients towards self-generated ‘progress’ Swiss Ambassador Jörg Frieden, launching the Nepali translation of Toni Hagen’s work Decentralisation and Development (Bikendrikaran ra Bikas, Himal Books, BS 2073) on Tuesday (see photo), remarked that international donors had lately
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Untie the knot

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #849 (10 March 2017 -16 March 2017) Every day of delayed reconstruction of built heritage is another blow against Kathmandu Valley’s living culture When the earthquake hit on 25 April 2015, besides people’s homesteads, many temples, stupas and other ‘built heritage’ fell or were weakened. This was the result of poor
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