Of Roads, Rails and Transit
The agreements signed during Nepalese PM Oli’s visit to India have provided a renewed focus to trade and connectivity issues in the region. Taken in light of the intensifying efforts at institutionalising the BBIN initiatives aimed at sub-regional connectivity, these agreements are a sign of things moving forward in the right direction.
Saurabh Kaushik -
Building space for working moms
Family support, gender sensitive working environment, responsible care homes and trained nannies could be big relief to moms-to-be of this and coming generation.
Sabina Thapa -
Transit deal with China and jittery Indian response
The biggest achievement for Nepal from the transit agreement, subject to construction of necessary infrastructure, is that the possibility of a fourth Indian blockade has been ended in a stroke ending the status of being India-locked.
Prem Dhakal -
Will Biplab deliver?
Much talks, less work is what the Maoist movement turned out to be. Biplab has to show, not tell. He will not enjoy the benefit of doubt that the Maoists enjoyed when they entered the peace process.
Nabin Bibhas -
Water: At What Cost?
The Right to Water and Sanitation is recognized as a constitutional right in Nepal since 2015. There is now a dedicated Ministry of Water and Sanitation. As we celebrate these milestones, there is a need to collectively reflect on how the right to water and sanitation can be made real.
Tripti Rai -
Southerly ahead of Oli’s China visit
But the southerly blowing at a time when Oli is packing his luggage for China visit is set to have repercussions for the people, for it seems to be blowing precisely to rock Oli’s flight across the Himalayas to the northern neighbor.
Prem Dhakal -
Water, power, and way ahead
Although compromise is the key to tomorrow’s cooperation, signing anything that India puts on the table will be downright suicidal. Nepal's poor ability to present its argument clearly, or negotiate has led to unresolved issues at and around the borders. The same inability, if persists, will extend up to the foundations of tomorrow, and will hurt Nepal in the long run.
Saroj Koirala -
The suffocation of federalism that we are experiencing now is the result of the attempts by the major political parties and their main leaders to implement federalism as per their own understanding, convenience and interests.
Dr. Pitambar Sharma -
Is Prachanda's revival possible?
Is UCPN (M)'s revival possible when its well-known ideologues Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya have abandoned it?
Nabin Bibhas -
The burden of reconstruction
Though meeting immediate needs of the earthquake victims can be justified from the humanitarian aspect, outright grants and low-interest loans would only make things worse in the present and the future.
Dinesh Karki -
Rearranging the conflict lines
The bulk 'identity' of crosscutting issues in language, territory, culture and different historical experience has the variants within its modality. The identity quest of politically constructed ethnic concern is equally important to the territorial 'Madhes' where both demand 'right' in the new constitution. What guided the 'Madhes' to be a sole isolated group in the new constitution seems demarcation. In fact, federal demarcation is not the concerned issue of Madhes only, if it is analyzed on the identity line. This is the expression of new conflict line that could be anticipated where the near future may invite heinous activities related to federal design of other identity based groups.
Pitambar Bhandari -
Winter of discontent
Delays in post-quake reconstruction have already incurred heavy costs to the disaster-affected, who, after surviving the monsoon season, are now exposed to severe health hazards from cold. About a dozen quake victims have already succumbed to cold for lack of warm clothes and shelter.
Dr Roshan Bhakta Bhandari -
Lost in Transition
The donors saw firsthand the huge humanitarian crisis caused by disruption of essential supplies, especially fuel, across the India-Nepal border that greatly hampered health, education and other basic services for millions of people, and directly impacted many donor supported post-earthquake relief and reconstruction activities. But they did not dare to denounce India’s callous unilateral action or directly appeal to it to lift its blockade even on humanitarian grounds, not to speak of the violation of the letter and spirit of many international treaties and conventions by India against a hapless landlocked neighbour.
Kul Chandra Gautam -
Why CIAA should stop shooting the messenger right now
A body like CIAA should be mulling over this question right now: why is Nepal regressing further down the depth of poverty and corruption? If bodies like CIAA and state organs like judiciary were doing their job, we wouldn't be in this bottomless pit we are now in.
Jiwan Kshetry -
Lone Seeker Many Masters: Ramblings and Reflections
Nepal today is witnessing a clash of egos more than anything else. The clash is not only among the political leaders. Even countries like Nepal and India seem to have egos of their own. Arun Swami’s heart has often cried because of that. All he can do is write letters to mighty and powerful and beg unto them. And that makes him the most lovable of Swamis, at least in Nepal.
Pradip Giri -
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
The best thing our generation could do for those who come after us is to make relations between India and Nepal staid, normal and not at all special.
Sagun Prasad Sharma -
Time to reshape Nepal's foreign policy
Learning lessons from history and current problems, Nepal must now maintain an equidistant relations with both her immediate neighbors. The much talked about cross-border roti-beti ties with the southern neighbor could be emphasized by the South-inclined policymakers and pundits. Yes, the people-to-people link must be respected and further strengthened. However, it should not weaken Nepal’s sovereignty and dignity.
Surendra Regmi -
A flimsy case against a report!
Like every report, HRW report certainly has some shortcomings. But the point is it broke categorical silence of so-called human rights organizations on civilian deaths in Madhesh.
Mukesh Jha & Chandan Goopta -
Act prudently to end blockade
The concerns aired by Nepal’s Deputy PM and Foreign Minister may not even be reflected in the final adoption of the UPR document despite Nepal drawing world’s attention on its cross-border stand-off with India. It also equally mirrors our failures in resolving domestic issues and maintaining harmony and cordial relationships without resorting to hasty escalation at the international level.
Kedar Neupane -