The Kathmandu Post

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Truth to populist power

From The Kathmandu Post (19 February, 2018) A civil society shaped by Panchayat era ethos must develop clarity and courage on the path to implementing the new Constitution Feb 19, 2018-Once upon a time, we had the political generation that sought to stabilize and democratize Nepal by bringing down the Rana regime. Subsequent generations have
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Hopelessness to hope

From The Kathmandu Post (25 September, 2015) The run of challenges has sapped the national spirit, but tomorrow will dawn if we shun cynicism Nothing can describe the hopelessness of the past couple of decades than the death by hunger strike of Nanda Prasad Adhikari, exactly a year ago. And the continuing battle of his
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How we got here

From The Kathmandu Post (11 September, 2015) It is best to push back the date of constitution promulgation to build maximum ownership of the document It was not preordained that matters would go so wrong in the second Constituent Assembly (CA), with such deadly results as 34 citizens dead and counting. Nepal is not like
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Edge of the precipice

From The Kathmandu Post (28 August, 2015) Emerging from the ongoing political polarisation requires picking up one of two options on federal demarcation The Maoists conducted what they said was class warfare. While they were opportunistic to take such recourse in a democratic, parliamentary state barely five years after it was achieved, at least the
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Feeling for Province Two

From The Kathmandu Post (14 August, 2015) The primary concern with the proposed band-aid federalism is how it will hurt the poor of the Tarai-Madhes Unexpectedly, the flashpoint of the federal agenda appeared not in the hotbed of identity-related tension elsewhere in the hills and the plains, but in the mid-western region which has been
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Our syndicate raj

From The Kathmandu Post (31 July, 2015) The ills of governance result from the unaccountability in our electoral politics Where else would you go westward 160 km on a winding hill highway in order to travel east, for four decades on end, and never think of the costs and consequences? Nepal, of course. This derives
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Dust to dust

From The Kathmandu Post (17 July, 2015) The sense of smell is our partner through times of disaster and normalcy It is the pungent, organic smell of family and clan history that hits the nostrils as one sifts through the earthquake rubble of old dwellings, whether in Bungamati, Chapagaun or the inner city of Bhaktapur.
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A sub-optimal draft

From The Kathmandu Post (03 June, 2015) The 601 CA members must arise to correct the draft constitution so that it reflects the values of the times After nearly seven years of trying, through one and then a second constituent assembly, one would have expected a constitutional draft a bit more progressive, injected with Nepali
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Our worldly heritage

From The Kathmandu Post (19 June, 2015) Kathmandu Valley represents one of the most culturally accomplished urban civilisations in the planet, and we need reminding of this at a time when the bahas have crumbled around us and the temples and chaityas are cracked. Unlike so many other great places, here, we have had continuity
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Local or national government

From The Kathmandu Post (05 June, 2015) Let us get to the bottom of why some favour cheating the citizenry of participatory local democracy India’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not have to let go as prime minister in favour of a national unity government when an earthquake struck Gujarat in 2001. Begum Khaleda Zia did
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