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October 2017

The Tough Fight Against Corruption

The Tough Fight Against Corruption

The fight against corruption is getting tougher in Nepal. Several cases of corruption have been exposed by the media this year so far but three 'high-profile' cases stand out. The first one, the one . . . Read more »


September 2017

The Dangers of Doklam Dispute

The Dangers of Doklam Dispute

Although Nepal has made it clear that it will stay neutral in this latest India-China standoff, and that it wants this issue resolved peacefully, we have to prepare ourselves for a war between our . . . Read more »


August 2017

Provincial and Federal Elections : Meeting the Constitutional Deadline

Provincial and Federal Elections : Meeting the Constitutional Deadline

Will Nepal be able to hold all three levels of elections - local, provincial and federal - within January 21, 2018, as mandated by the new constitution promulgated in September 2015? This is one of . . . Read more »


July 2017

Cash for Killers from State Coffers

Cash for Killers from State Coffers

While the decision to postpone the polls in Province 2 was totally uncalled-for, to say the least, it could still be justified to some extent given Rastriya Janata Party Nepal's threat to disrupt the . . . Read more »


June 2017

Polls Apart
Bizarre Electoral Alliances

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px">Polls Apart<br /> <strong>Bizarre Electoral Alliances</strong></span></p>

In almost all democracies across the world (except for those with a two-party system), political parties forge pre-election alliances, which occur when two or more political parties agree not to . . . Read more »


May 2017

Merger of Madhesi parties
Too Little, Too Late

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>Merger of Madhesi parties<br /> Too Little, Too Late</strong></span></p>

Madhesi unity has always been a desirable goal but the unity never materializes for reasons no one knows. Nor has there been any research to bring to light the forces that have caused disunity. The . . . Read more »


April 2017

Nepal Police 
and 
Nepali Politicians

<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px"><strong>Nepal Police&nbsp;<br /> and&nbsp;<br /> Nepali Politicians</strong></span></p>

Politicisation of the police force has always been the case, before as well as after the restoration of democracy in 1990. If policing becomes politicised and the police are seen as partisan, the . . . Read more »


March 2017

Local polls on May 14
Easier said than done

<p><strong><span style="font-size:16px">Local polls on May 14</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px">Easier said than done</span></strong></p>

The biggest hurdle is, however, the politicians' intent to hold the elections. Among the major political parties, only the CPN-UML seems to be ready to hold the polls at the earliest as 'public mood' . . . Read more »


Feb 2017

The Amendment or Election Question

 The Amendment or Election Question

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has two daunting but urgent tasks ahead. First is amending the constitution so as to address the demands of the Madhes-based parties. And second is holding local . . . Read more »


Jan 2017

Is Federalism Failing even before its Implementation?

Is Federalism Failing even before its Implementation?

A decade after the country formally embarked on the path of federalism, 15 months after the constitution officially recognized the federal model, a year after the economic blockade that left deep . . . Read more »


December 2016

Constitution Amendment : A Hard Nut to Crack

Constitution Amendment : A Hard Nut to Crack

The government has finally registered a Bill in the Legislature-Parliament to amend the constitution for a second time, as demanded by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF). However, nobody – . . . Read more »


November 2016

Goodbye, Mr Lokman!

Goodbye, Mr Lokman!

CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki is a peculiar character. It is not easy to understand him. He ignores the Supreme Court (SC) and its notices served on him as if the apex court means nothing to him. . . . Read more »


October 2016

Lokman’s Last Chance

Lokman’s Last Chance

The announcement by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to accelerate the probe into the alleged corruption in the distribution of salaries and allowances to the Maoist . . . Read more »


September 2016

Three Elections by Next Year!

Three Elections by Next Year!

Can Nepal hold three elections – local, provincial and federal – within the next 16 months or by December 2017 as envisaged in the new constitution? This is one of the biggest questions facing . . . Read more »


August 2016

Prachanda's 2nd Innings

Prachanda's 2nd Innings

Faced with a no-confidence motion just after nine months in power, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigned on July 24. The CPN (Maoist Centre), a key partner in the Oli-led alliance, had pulled the rug . . . Read more »


July 2016

Questions Raised By Kabul Tragedy

Questions Raised By Kabul Tragedy

If the past 15 years are anything to go by, it would be wise to expect such attacks in the future as well. Because what the West calls terrorism is in fact patriotism for the brainwashed Taliban . . . Read more »


June 2016

Lords of Impunity

Lords of Impunity

The controversial nine-point deal sealed between the ruling CPN-UML and the UCPN-Maoist [now CPN (Maoist Centre)] has shattered thousands of conflict-victims’ hope for justice. To be blunt, it has . . . Read more »


May 2016

Anomalies of Ambassador Appointment

Anomalies of Ambassador Appointment

These are tough times to be representing the country abroad. Although Nepal now has a constitution, and hence the decade-long political transition has formally ended, disagreements over the new . . . Read more »


April 2016

Daunting Days Ahead for Deuba

Daunting Days Ahead for Deuba

A long-cherished dream came true for Sher Bahadur Deuba when he was elected the 8th President of the Nepali Congress (NC) by the party’s 13th General Convention held in the capital on March 3-7. . . . Read more »


March 2016

A Life Lived in Politics

A Life Lived in Politics

Death doesn’t make an announcement before it comes; it is often sudden and unexpected. But a death as unexpected and sudden as that of Sushil Koirala is rare, especially when one considers who he . . . Read more »


February 2016

Futile Four Months

Futile Four Months

After four months of its promulgation, the new constitution was amended on Jan 30 in an effort to end the current impasse caused by the Madheshi parties’ protests. This amendment has tried to . . . Read more »


January 2016

What Does India Want?

What Does India Want?

What does India want from Nepal? This is the question on everyone’s lips – from the meetings attended by the Prime Minister to private dinner tables, to coffee and tea shops. The other question . . . Read more »


December 2015

The Blockade : Illusion and Reality

The Blockade : Illusion and Reality

It’s been more than two months since supply management was thrown out of gear in Nepal under the pretext of the Madhes agitation. This has completely exposed Nepal government’s management . . . Read more »


November 2015

Oli, Oil and the Alternative

Oli, Oil and the Alternative

The country has moved ahead on the constitutional front since Oli’s appointment as the new chief executive. Key constitutional positions have been filled and we have recently got a new President, a . . . Read more »


October 2015

Hard Part Over, Now the Harder Part

Hard Part Over, Now the Harder Part

Terai makes up just about 17 percent of Nepal’s total area, but nearly half the country’s population lives there. The violence seen in the restive regions of the Terai has been very disturbing, . . . Read more »


September 2015

A Pandora’s Box of Sixes and Sevens

A Pandora’s Box of Sixes and Sevens

The issue of federalism has left Nepal at sixes and sevens. It has proved to be the Pandora’s Box for the country. . . . Read more »


August 2015

Constitution, Questions, the Four Faces and You

Constitution, Questions, the Four Faces and You

Going by the number of articles kept in the constitution draft, one would assume that it’s a perfect and inclusive document, addressing the aspirations of all Nepalis. But that’s not the case. . . . Read more »


July 2015

Court Vs Constituent Assembly

This tussle between the judiciary and the legislative bodies has spread to other crucial institutions of the state as well, polarizing opinion down the political corridors and Nepali society as a whole. . . . Read more »


May 2015

Oli’s Climb, Prachanda’s Fall

By the magnitude of his ‘flexibility’ shown in recent days including the withdrawal of the three-day Nepal bandh after the first day and taking the constitution writing process forward, it would appear that Prachanda has greater things in store for the New . . . Read more »


April 2015

Redundancy: Six Hundred and One

The matter of graver concern is: this CA is increasingly appearing to be dysfunctional to such an extent that it perhaps will never be able to write a functional constitution which would embody all three desired ingredients of federalism, republicanism and . . . Read more »


March 2015

A Medley of Destructive Demagogues

Dahal at present is in his chosen position but like of a 'big, powerful rat in a trap' depicted in a fable. The rat that is neither ready to give up nor able to free itself from the trap, but moves berserk dragging the trap along, causing more damage to the surroundings, which sometimes can scare away even the . . . Read more »


February 2015

Black Drama and Red Courtship

No political argument perhaps can defend this act of meaningless and purposeless violence in the venue that was meant to institutionalise Nepal's democracy by writing ‘the’ new . . . Read more »


January 2015

Catch-22 of January 22

Nepali People's best guess about the worst outcome on country’s constitution writing process is turning out to be true. No constitution, not even the first draft of any form, is likely to be issued by January 22, 2015, the date promised under a sort of political consensus to promulgate a . . . Read more »


December 2014

Derailing Democracy

Throughout Nepal's seven decade long modern political history, the biggest problem to institutionalize democracy has been sheer absence of democratic essence among the political actors - political parties and politicians, both. . . . Read more »


November 2014

Democracy Vs Minority Diktats

If the ongoing irresponsible behaviour of some of the key political players of the country doesn't come to a halt, it is certain that the Constituent Assembly-Two (CA-II) will also not be able to deliver a new democratic constitution for the 'federal new . . . Read more »


October 2014

Games To Delay The Constitution

As it happened to be, the much-awaited all-party political conference or round table conference – to use a more popular phrase- which was supposed to see a dialogue take place among the three major parties represented in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and the parties outside . . . Read more »


September 2014

Vibes and Visages of Modi Visit

One of the most notable ripple effect of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official Nepal visit in the first week of August could be India’s invitation to Nepal to discuss on Power Trade Agreement (PTA) between the two countries. . . . Read more »


Leave Corruption Alone

Leave Corruption Alone

By Madan Lamsal

Recently, a South Korean court sentenced the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics to five years in prison, pronouncing him guilty of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached in connection with the same case of . . . read more »