A strange paradox
Recent events across the world demonstrate a seemingly strange paradox: the rise of insecurity and fissures in the body politic of major powers around the world.
Saurabh Kaushik -
Madhesi women speaking out
The fact that Madhesi women, with their dual-subalternity, have reached a point where they can see liberation as an immediate issue that is relevant to their lives and not a distant incomprehensible matter is an achievement and a cause of (cautious) optimism for where the Madhes movement is headed.
Abha Lal -
Why Dr KC's demands are genuine
Dr Govinda KC is absolutely correct and needs to be heard urgently: Unless medical education in Nepal can be systematically regulated without political interference, the rule of law in Nepal is meaningless and Nepal risks becoming a failed State.
Gregory G. Maskarinec, PhD -
Why BREXIT, why should we care?
World politics is a free marketplace of ideas, with political event in one part of the globe having potential lessons for the other part of the world. Although an event geopolitically distant from ours, Brexit offers important lessons for Nepal.
Bidhan Dahal -
Education in Nepal has become a Jatra, a complete mess. No matter what the politicians and bureaucrats want us to believe with their many experiments in education, the reality is that education here does not inspire a vision of promising future.
Chandra Mani Bimoli -
What to study?
A few days back, I received a call from a friend who I had not met for a few years. “I wanted your advice on what my daughter could choose after completing her 12th grade,’’ he said. My response to him was that it depends on a range of factors, such as his daughter’s interests, preferred career destinations (Nepal or abroad), her academic track records, family’s financial capacity to pay for tuition and other educational costs, and so on.
Dr Hemant R Ojha -
Inclusive sports and CSR
When working with the issues of inclusion and discrimination, still too few people imagine that sports can be a catalyst to bring that indispensable funding and support needed to create a more inclusive society in Nepal. We should understand that sports can be the biggest platform to bring disability in the mainstream discourse.
Simone Galimberti -
Why is there exclusion in Nepal’s Court?
The practice of parliamentary hearing in Nepal performs very little of significance value because the real essence of hearing is absent in the procedure. It’s so contradictory that an individual that the the parliamentary hearing committee finds as incompetent and doubtful and tags as one with misconduct is decided by the JC as competent, impartial and as someone having sheer pertinacity.
Abhishek Jha -
In defiance of CIAA’s parallel state
Some grave questions confront us at this time: is it appropriate for the CIAA to be made a vehicle for promotion of personal familial interests? Can the Commission be used as a tool for implementing vendettas by its chief, or as a weapon to achieve his ends? How is it that the Commission’s leaders are allowed such rampant impunity while every other institutional or individual authority in the country is bound by at least some norms of accountability and transparency?
Dr. Govinda KC -
FDI in Nepal: A tale of two giants
Despite its current political instability, Nepal is still an attractive destination for certain investors, especially Indian companies due to physical and cultural proximity.
Sajina Rai -
Peace, economic development and prosperity can only be achieved when politicians rise from their deep slumber of personal pursuits and petty gains at the expense of state.
Chandra Sharma Poudyal & Dr Chandra Lal Pandey -
Apology accepted! But does it matter?
The universal declaration of human rights came into existence to protect people from the state or a powerful institution. It’s a legacy of the Second World War, where states were the perpetrators. Nevertheless, the HRW report rightfully provides context and fairness by including violent attacks by protesters on police and termed it, “criminal attacks on defenseless police".
Diwaker Jha -
The Constitution is Not a Magic Elixir
Since federalism is a demand so closely tied to the new Constitution, this is not something both sides seem willing to give up on. Neither, however, do they seem to be able to come up with a mutually satisfactory solution. Nepali politics is adept at stonewalling, and this is something that could potentially continue for the next half century, in the manner of Burma, which is dealing with the exact same promise made of federalism to ethnic minorities, but which never came to fruition.
Sushma Joshi -
Was the Human Rights Watch report biased?
No analysis was done on how the killings in the Terai were triggered by the political action of the Morcha, including its decision to impose a destructive, human rights violating blockade on the entire country. But without this analysis, we are fated to repeat history.
Sushma Joshi -
Freedom to Tweet
Do we want to live in a state that respects the right of an individual to hold political views and express them without fear, and do we feel it as a responsibility to speak up when there is clear indication of shrinking democratic space? I am not certain about the answer but how vocally we support Penner’s freedom provides a good proxy.
Binod Acharya -
Plight of Nurses
The state and other concerned authorities in the medical field should take measures to genuinely appreciate the work of the nurses by taking initiatives to ensure their dignity, provide them adequate financial remuneration and enforce acceptable working hours.
L. D. Maharjan -
More than whether the free speech of a Canadian with uber privileges and multiple media connections was violated by the Nepali state, I think the question is more about how the human rights community is developing in contemporary Nepal.
Sushma Joshi -
Why Lok Man Singh is out of line
As a student of law, I firmly believe that rule by due process and the dignity of the premier judicial institution of the country is essential for social, political and economic progress. Hence, my worry over the CIAA’s flagrant defiance of the 5 January court orders in my case, which also reflected its acts of impunity in earlier cases.
Kanak Mani Dixit -
Fatal Flaws and National Planning Commission
The damages to Kathmandu’s “code compliant” buildings due to last year's earthquake were the consequence of fatal flaws in policy execution by responsible government agencies. Even the National Planning Commission, the government’s highest-level policy advisory body, lacks professionalism and commitment to reform.
Naresh Koirala -