Victims should raise their voice and face the offenders with confidence instead of feeling helpless or waiting for others to speak for them. Holi is not only for fun; it's also part of our culture. So, people should not violate the sanctity of this festival.
Shristi Kafle -
Suicide from a seven-storey building
The boy's suicide is not the first of such cases; he's just an addition to the list of numerous students increasingly resorting to such desperate acts these days. Who is to blame? Individuals, parents, society or the ongoing political mess? Seriously, I don't understand what is wrong with teenagers these days. Although I am a teenager, I am not blinded by my own ambition and I am not going to kill myself.
SEEMA ADHIKARI -
Obstetric fistula: Scourge for new mothers
Mangali Maya Manandhar was 16 years old when her world turned upside down. Married off at the age of 15, she went into labor one year later. But something was not right. Her baby did not survive because it was obstructed inside the birth canal for a long time. There was no skilled birth attendant to help her.
Abha Dhital -
Five nostalgic moments in Kathmandu's theaters
Here I revisit five such plays from three different theaters in Kathmandu. Two of the plays from abroad were the part of the 2012 version of Kathmandu International Theater festival performed at Mandala Theater. The other three are from the Nepali artists from three different theater groups.
Jiwan Kshetri -
Moral Solidarity for Mental Health
The need for international moral solidarity is a first step in addressing mental health related suffering in developing countries. Here, I will elaborate why.
Jagannath Lamichhane -
Republicanism and the democratization of political parties
Parties should be conceptualized as open systems, and the supporters should have an opportunity to stand for and select the parties’ flag bearers for national and local elections. It will have far-reaching consequences for Nepali politics and society.
BHUSHAN ARYAL -
Bato ko Cinema
Directed by Kesang Tseten, this 68-minute movie gives a glimpse of how Nepalis cater to the demands of cheap labor market in the Gulf. The film depicts the harsh and real migrant experiences in the Middle East. It is a heart-wrenching tale of the day to day emotional and social struggles of the migrants who are living under sub-human conditions in the alien land.
Abha Dhital -
Indulgence, censorship and idiocy
As such, there is no basis for a grudge against the social media platform. It has brought a staggering billion plus people together in an unprecedented way. It stores people's data and makes it available very liberally. It lets you adjust privacy settings. It may tempt you to join but it never forces you to.
Jiwan Kshetry -
How we fans react under crisis is crucial!!
The year 2014 has already started in a turbulent fashion for us Nepali cricket lovers. From the ambitious hope of qualifying for the One Day Internationals (ODI) World Cup 2015 down to the dreadful feeling of potentially being relegated from Division II cricket, we all fans have gone through a roller coaster of a ride in the past couple of weeks.
Madhav Neupane -
Thailand to Bangladesh: Worrisome trend for democracy in Asia
If history is any guide the rival sides in the snowballing conflicts in Asia, both domestic and international, have much more to lose from the continuing friction and stalemate. While Sino-Japanese rivalry risks upsetting the relatively stable international order, the boiling conflicts in Bangladesh and Thailand risk undermining the democratic institutions in each with lasting implications.
Jiwan Kshetry -
Nepali God in peril
He does not like a ruckus but our corrupt system is threatening to make an attention-seeking political showman out of the saintly doctor who serves as a professor at the teetering Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
The unmarried doctor survives on subsistence, leading the life of a pauper. The only time the genial doctor shows aggression, like a tigress defending her cubs, is when protecting IOM and TUTH. Perhaps his latent parental instinct takes over there, even though TUTH--that he considers his temple worthy to sacrifice his life for--is far from being his baby.
Prem Dhakal -
Foreign Media and cultural hegemony
The social structure of Nepal is basically a vertical one where we’ve the mixed-model of caste and the ‘elite’. It would perhaps be more appropriate to say that we have an emerging class system. This makes Nepal more complex and difficult to understand. That’s why it’s no wonder that foreigners often misread what’s going on in Nepal and just understand things from what they see on the surface.
Arun Budhathoki -
Plight of the Afghan women: why pessimism is not the only way
What is the depth of human suffering? And how do people cope with such circumstances? Which ways of coping with trouble are good and which bad? How effective have been our attempts, if any, to liberate the fellow human beings from such suffering?
Jiwan Kshetry -
Nine reasons why GM crop is not good for Nepal?
Nepal’s great economic resources are its climate, geography and its environment in terms of sustainable exploitation. Agricultural production depends on the interaction between the environment and crop genotype potentiality.
Purushottam Subedi -
The Problem With Perception
I always remember what my lecturer said during a heated lecture on colonialism and identity: we think from the place we’re seated. And now I think he was correct. We view, interpret, and analyse the world from where we stand. This is often, if I am not wrong, is perception. Our perception shapes us, and creates a world, destiny, and even goals for us. It is what defines us, and explain the meaning of life, and even the idea of existence.
Arun Budhathoki -
Turning education a great leveler
The fire played a great leveler among the children although their families were deeply divided in terms of financial status. This divide is generally caused by a wedge called English language.
Babu Ram Neupane -