While declaring the September 15 as the international day of democracy, the United Nations stated that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of the people.” As democracy is about consulting, caring and comforting people, the job of any government is to protect people, improve their quality of life in larger freedom giving a sense of ownership in governance.
NEW YORK – In the classic game of “chicken,” two drivers race directly toward each other, and the first to swerve is the “loser.” If neither swerves, both will probably die. In the past, such scenarios have been studied to assess the risks posed by great-power rivalries. In the case of the Cuban missile crisis, for example, Soviet and American leaders were confronted with the choice of losing face or risking a catastrophic collision. The question, always, is whether a compromise can be found that spares both parties their lives and their credibility.
I am Shikhar Gurung, a Nepali-American. I was born into a pleasant community in New Jersey, USA. I play volleyball for my school, Millburn High School in nice furnished indoor gyms that smell like sweat. During my recent stay in Sipaphokhare, a village in Sindhupalchowk, I played volleyball with kids on a court that was made of dirt and had the occasional intruding goat.
The Silk Road came into being in the second security BCE as a result of silk trade. After thousands of years, trade between countries and regions along this route has been flourishing. Now, it has become a major path of trade, as well as cultural and friendly exchanges between the East and the West. It is not only a heritage of the past, but also a great initiative to create the future. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about the same.
In his recent op-ed in Republica, Jivesh Jha wrote that Nepal’s constitution is one of the most progressive documents in the world (see “Our constitution is one of the most progressive documents,” Sept 18). He went on mentioning the progressive provisions of the constitution but ignored its regressive and flawed aspects.
Political economy and interdependence refer to bonding relationships where parties mutually rely on each other, adapting to better management of harmony, togetherness and autonomy. This requires letting go co-dependence, ego and extreme independence. However, socio-cultural environmental norms teach us to be strong, never to be weak or reveal weaknesses to others or depend on others. Growing up in such a socio-cultural setting might keep us disconnected from developments and trends occurring elsewhere.
NEW YORK – Over the past 25 years, nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty, while both malnutrition and the risk of death from air pollution have decreased. Taken together, these achievements are nothing short of a miracle. But two global trends now threaten to slow the momentum in reducing poverty.