The Kathmandu Post

Before & after 2072

From The Kathmandu Post (22 May, 2015) If earthquake volunteers become ‘political’, the country may go somewhere Historically, before the analogue era and the digital era, Nepalis mentally marked time in relation to before or after manmade or natural catastrophic events, such as the Kot Massacre, great floods, or great earthquakes. Just as the 1934
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A class-conscious earthquake

From The Kathmandu Post (08 May, 2015) State and society will come together for national reconstruction, others must support Those who miraculously survived the fall from Dharahara tower on April 25 recall a stiff breeze at the top. My brother, hiking on Champadevi Hill to the south, felt the shaking earth and then his heart
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Nepal and the Nordics

From The Kathmandu Post (24 April, 2015) Last week, in a Kathmandu daily, three Nordic Ambassadors sought to share lessons from Denmark, Norway, and Finland in order to help Nepal graduate from ‘least developed’ to ‘developing country’ status. Their suggestions focussed on resources and services, particularly hydropower, public school education, and agricultural development. All three
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Shape and sensibility

From The Kathmandu Post (10 April, 2015) Our peopling and polity are such that we can leapfrog, even if two-and-half centuries late Everything will not get resolved with the writing of a new constitution but at least, the societal suspension of the past two decades will be over and we the people can concentrate on
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The accountability of Sushil Koirala

From The Kathmandu Post (27 March, 2015) Dr Govinda KC (alive) and Nanda Prasad Adhikari (dead) speak for the weak and desolate The Teaching Hospital at Maharajganj is presently dealing with two fasts-unto-death, one which has already seen its tragic and terrifying finale and another that is ongoing. Nanda Prasad Adhikari died 187 days ago
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He does protest too much

From The Kathmandu Post (13 March, 2015) Baburam Bhattarai spent his time in New Delhi pooh-poohing the choice of Nepal’s electorate One wonders whether it is ultra-sophisticated analysis by the votary of ‘alternative politics’ or the fatally flawed reasoning of a politician in decline that had former prime minister and Maoist ideologue Baburam Bhattarai making
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A tribute to Bhagirath Bhaiya

From The Kathmandu Post (27 February, 2015) The reconstruction of a 17th Century temple in Patan is more than an exercise in architectural preservation In 1669, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered the destruction of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Over across the expanse of the north Ganga plains, up in the Himalayan midhills, this act of desecration
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The Kathmandu essayist

From The Kathmandu Post (12 February, 2015) Our reading culture cannot progress in the absence of Kamal Prakash Malla The intellectual polymath Kamal Prakash Malla’s prodigious output of English essays in the 1960s through the 1980s constitutes a neglected national treasure. The professor’s oeuvre is there on the shelves for us to utilise to understand
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By Nepalis, for Nepalis

From The Kathmandu Post (30 January, 2015) The international community must pull back and let the political players arrive at a dignified conclusion The past couple of weeks have witnessed unprecedented divergence between the Nepali state, as represented by the coalition partners Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, and the international community, mainly the Western powers
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Je suis Gangamaya

From The Kathmandu Post (16 January, 2015) You will write the constitution if you understand the needs of conflict victims and the Tarai’s poor Things are coming to a head in the Constituent Assembly (CA) only days before the January 22 deadline, as it is finally allowed to discuss substantive matters after being waylaid all
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