Calling for a Public Debate on CSOs
The solution suggested by many, i.e. delegitimizing and killing off NGOs through regulatory mechanisms, harks back to the days of the Partyless Panchayat System, when the right to organize and associate freely was overridden by the state’s preoccupation with control, coordination, and uniformity.
Avash Bhandari -
Nepal facing disaster in the recovery from earthquakes
The disaster in earthquake recovery is as visible in the politics of power around the national disaster recovery institutions and aid-funded programs, as in local places where the earthquake victims continue to struggle for rebuilding houses and regain a normal life, for nearly two years now.
Dr Hemant R Ojha -
Horrible to cleaner air quality in Nepal
The science of air pollution is loud and clear – air pollution is causing an adverse impact on human health, food and water security, climate, economy and national development goals around the world. Scientists have built a strong evidence-based case that cannot be ignored anymore. We all must act now to reduce harmful impact of air pollution in Nepal and elsewhere. We can.
Dr. Maheswar Rupakheti -
Fidel Castro’s legacy
Castro proved that socialism itself is not an inept and bankrupt idea, and kept on knocking at the doors of the capitalist countries to ruminate on their missteps during their colonial rule and to redress them by extending true helping hands – not those contaminated by greed, profit motives, and undue interferences – to the needy countries.
Sanjaya Gajurel -
The problem of not cutting trees
A forest is a renewable crop, and just like agriculture, one could harvest old trees and then nurture new seedlings to come in the forest floor and grow into a mature forest again (of course subject to environmental limits which can be established through some methods of assessments and planning). But why doesn’t this simple wisdom prevail in Nepal’s forest governance and management circles?
Dr Hemant R Ojha -
From Mecca to Baijanathpur
The year 2016 belongs to one Nepali cricketer in particular – Sandeep Lamichhane. The year saw him grow from a boy to a man. His magical leg-spin bowling during the U19 World Cup was praised by some of the greats of world cricket, even drawing comparison to the spin-legend Shane Warne.
Sujan Adhikari -
Walking over the roads!
Well-designed sidewalks inter-networked with market areas, retails, or any other stations could reduce the number of pedestrian crosswalks and function to separate vehicular and pedestrian pathways. Unfortunately, in our context, pedestrian sidewalks are not incorporated into primary objectives during road and transportation planning.
Apil K.C./Upendra Sapkota -
Challenges of being a woman
Coincidentally, the President, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice are all women currently. However, having women heading the top state posts does not mean the end of patriarchal values and structural discrimination against women. There still lies a long battle ahead to bring real change in the lives of the ordinary women in Nepal.
Mohna Ansari -
Nepali Cricket: Challenges and Potential
The CAN’s membership has been suspended; the court case regarding the dispute between the CAN and National Sports Council (NSC) is still on hold; there is no proper domestic cricketing structure; and, the infrastructures and stadiums are in desperate shape. The ICC is keeping its close eye on how things will unfold, and could permanently cancel CAN’s membership anytime. Despite all these unfavorable circumstances, there are still enormous potential and possibilities.
Madhav Neupane -
Recipe to reform education sector
Academic expert with high ethical standards and courage, not the PM, should be the chancellor of universities in Nepal.
Kosh P Neupane -
Acting local, thinking global
Relying on energy infrastructures that are solely profit-driven or require huge investments or are extremely polluting has left one in four Nepalis starving for energy and has left Nepal ranking 74th (out of 80 countries) in the Energy Development Index.
Sneha Pandey -
The #IWalkFreely survey amassed over 1000 responses and an overwhelming 92% of the participants reported they had been harassed on the streets in one form or another. More bleak still, 98% of all women participants stated they had been harassed making this an indisputably gender based issue.
Asmita Gauchan -
How, in today’s time, is it possible for a ‘Head' of a constitutional body to try tricks used by petty criminals like absconding, avoiding a summon by the court and not letting the notice be pasted at the home address to confuse the process in legal technicalities, and still be seen by our ‘Leaders’ as morally suited for the most powerful post in the country?
Dinkar Nepal -
Questions raised by Col Lama’s Trial
How efficient can we consider the trial when all the evidences and witnesses are in Nepal and speak the local language? Was the case lost due to such complexities or due to its merit itself?
Barun Ghimire -
Where are the anti-corruption crusaders?
Please come to public and say at least something; you need not even take sides on the struggle. If you find this whole movement and the discourse irrelevant to the cause of good governance, please say that. Even if you think the movement is needless or counterproductive, say that; we are committed democrats and we won't pounce upon you like the other side. If you think our movement has a huge potential but has been unable to gain momentum because of some factor, point to it and we'll try our best to rectify it. If you think a stronger CIAA under Karki is the only route to corruption-free Nepal, then accumulate strength and say that; and join the cause to undo the damage done to the credibility of Karki by our movement.
Jiwan Kshetry -
Producing meat healthy way
Ceremonial monitoring of slaughterhouses and meat shops by government authorities are not likely to produce tangible results except mere fanfare and cheap publicity. Clean and healthy meat production depends upon ensuring certain minimum infrastructural requirements in slaughterhouses and meat shops.
Dr.Kedar Karki -
Infrastructural needs for Nepal’s radiotherapy services
The rise in the number of radiation facilities, particularly megavoltage radiotherapy facility, can provide most effective and smooth service to patients only if basic and additional infrastructures for quality radiotherapy services are put into place.
Suresh Poudel -
Occupy Baluwatar 2.0
The recent rape of a differently abled woman and the response of the healthcare services, judiciary system and police investigation simply reinforce the dismal status of Nepal’s state mechanisms where gender, social class, disability, caste and ethnicity and economic background determine an individual’s access to and delivery of services and justice.
Dr. Lhamo Sherpa and Mukesh Jha -