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 -
Like we are not human enough to deserve rights
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has produced some fair, balanced and accurate reports in the past. This time, somewhere in the process, facts were deliberately distorted or manipulated to favor one side of the divide, rendering the report incomplete, biased, and a mere ritual.
Bikash Sangraula -
Get Madhesh on board, avoid potential insurgency
A too nationalistic percept while dealing with India and taking rigid stance vis-à-vis demands of Madhesh-based parties are dangerous for Nepal’s long-term economic sustainability and protection of its sovereignty.
Bhoj Raj Poudel -
Bhattarai on a lone journey?
Since not all of his old comrades have hinted about joining him, there is a rising fear that Bhattarai's desire to form and lead a new force will merely confine as his much-cherished wish.
Nabin Bibhas -
Indian Blockade - Facts and Fiction
A couple of things are necessary now - a peaceful non- violent movement, an introspection of the Morcha’s demands, an understanding that the Madhesis on the border blocking commodities to Nepal do not represent all Madhesis and nor are they Indians, a separation of India’s intervention from Madhesi demands, and rapid government action to address legitimate demands.
Shiwani Neupane -
To His Excellency Ranjit Rae
Despite practicing democratic norms since time immemorial, India still faces challenges in managing 'diversity'. It was not long ago that it lost its leaders Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi for failing to manage its diversity. How then can India turn a blind eye to its own experiences and expect Nepal to address diversity issues in no time?
Sumit Sharma Sameer -
Politics and Propaganda
India’s ‘advise’ to Nepal seems conceited given that its own constitution, which has been amended more than 120 times, came about with 67 percent lawmakers - much less than Nepali CA members- voting in favor of the document.
Aparajita Acharya -
Thus, Prachanda and Bhattarai part their ways
Dahal-Bhattarai rifts were related to 'power sharing' under the cover of 'ideological differences'. Maoist leaders say that both of them are in the same rank when it comes to individual ambitions.
Nabin Bibhas -
Is India softening its Nepal policy?
Analysts who predicted, or perhaps even hoped, that Oli’s ascension to power would only lead to the hardening of India’s policy on Nepal, must have been disappointed by the decision of Modi, who had stopped answering Koirala’s phone calls, to break the ice with Baluwatar by congratulating its next occupant by phone and inviting him for a visit to India.
BIKASH SANGRAULA -
We have the constitution, but how long will our democracy last?
Study based on data from 135 countries shows that economic growth with moderate inflation and declining income inequality are important economic factors for the stability of democracy. What does the conclusion of this study mean for the stability of democracy in Nepal?
Dhruba Bhandari (PhD) -
New Constitution: Progress amidst geopolitical chaos
The Constitution is not perfect, and yet it has enshrined principles of inclusion, federalism and democracy, all of which should be seen as important achievements in the history of Nepal. I would add here that the benefit of an imperfect but early constitution offers much advantage to Nepal and the Indo-Nepal relationship.
Hemant Ojha -
What are Nepal’s options?
Nepal is faced with two choices – accept once and forever that we are powerless before the Indian Leviathan, or take an unprecedented decision to redefine our trade dependence.
BIKASH SANGRAULA -
Indian blockade in Nepal and apathy of UN
The UN has yet to speak about the blockade enforced by India that has crippled the whole country, affecting operation of even ambulances. The UN has done commendably well in humanitarian aspects in Nepal and played an important part in the peace process. But we must not forget that the UN Charter was adopted 70 years ago to precisely address the kind of problems that Nepal is currently facing at the hands of India.
Prem Dhakal -