Category: Opinion

BJP’s rise in India and Nepal’s TakeMahesh Paudyal

If honesty counts in politics, rise of Bhratiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in India can mean a change-maker for Nepal. Though India has been consistently consistent in her foreign policy ever since she gained independence in 1948, her policy towards her immediate neighbors have been conditioned, to some extent,  by evolving scenarios and security and strategic complexes. It will therefore, be foolhardy to expect a miraculous shift; still, there are bases that make analysts hope that BJP could take Nepal affairs more seriously and that could benefit both the countries. Many analysts see Modi’s rise at the helm...

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Baburam Bhattarai’s dilemmaSaroj Gautam

Known as a key architect of the Maoist decade-long ‘People’s War’ and also a key actor in the peaceful transition, Dr Baburam Bhattarai has established himself as a popular leftist politician in Nepal. He has demonstrated remarkable success in his journey from an underground leader to the country’s head of executive in 2011. But, the recent trends suggest that his political strength is on the gradual decline. Dr Baburam Bhattarai, being the SLC board first of 1970 and having earned a Ph. D, is a blue-eyed politician for the middle-class intelligentsia. Because of his analytic and visionary statements, Bhattarai...

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New Municipalities: A Decision Without VisionKamal Devkota

In May 2014, Nepal government announced 72 new municipalities, marking a significant urban shift in Nepalese society. With already existing 41, Nepal now has 113 municipalities that host almost one-third of Nepal’s total population. Along with this announcement, government has also formed a Municipal Area Determination and Recommendation Committee (MADRC) under leadership of Professor Keshav Nanda Giri to recommend the Village Development Committees (VDCs) that fulfill the infrastructural criteria to become a municipality. The committee also has the responsibility to manage the disputes related to the boundaries of the municipalities. But there is an irony here. The formation of...

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Rising Against Violence to GirlsMahesh Paudyal

In a historic show of solidarity, thousands of Nepali-speaking people in the Indian state of Manipur took to the street and blocked the national highway 39—state’s most important connection with mainland India—and forced the state to heed their demand. This is one of the rarest cases where the community has forced the state to stoop. The demonstration came as a protest against the rape of a 13 year-old girl Nepali girl by one S. Mapuni aka Tazmapuni, a 65-year old government contractor from Paomai area in Imphal East. During the demonstration last month, the police resorted to indiscriminate gunfire...

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Political parties fail to deliver democratic politics in Nepal Chandra S. Poudyal

Since 1990,  Nepali people have experienced multi-party democracy in the country. But there is still a confusion among the people on what  ‘democracy’ means to them in their daily lives. The experience till date suggests that democracy is only for the political parties, especially for the top leaders of the so callled big parties in the country. Democracy in practice means that those in power can do anything they want and everyone is free to act beyond the law of the country. It is said that no one is above the law but in Nepal this is very rarely...

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Citizens losing control over political decisions in Nepal Dr. Hemant R Ojha

Despite unfolding democratic change in Nepal, political representation in policy decision making has remained extremely limited, and has even worsened.   In Nepal, the current politics surrounding the development of new constitution is fundamentally about defining who exercises public power and how. The first Constituent Assembly (CA), which was elected in 2008, failed to deliver the constitution despite four years of extended tenure. The main reason for this failure was that it could not resolve the political differences among diverse groups on the issue of power sharing, even though the CA itself was fairly inclusive in terms of representation....

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