The fifteenth BRICS summit, the first in-person gathering since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2019, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from August 22nd to 24th. This summit was part of a series initiated in 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. It gained more global attention than previous summits, occurring amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and escalating geopolitical tensions between the USA and China.
On August 23, 2023, reports emerged of a plane crash in the Tver Region of Russia; the plane was carrying the Private Military Company (PMC) Wagner’s Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and his close aide Dmitry Utkin. The death of Prigozhin has sent ripples across the group and its loyalists and could have a long-term impact concerning its relationship with the Russian state.
The 20th century witnessed numerous terrible religious and ethnic conflicts that inflicted suffering and turmoil on various regions around the world. These conflicts often stemmed from deep-seated historical grievances, religious and cultural differences, unequal access to resources, and political struggles. Nepal, too, teeters on the brink of such potential conflicts, threatening the harmony that has long graced the nation.
These last few weeks, I had opportunities to interact with a variety of entrepreneurs—taxi drivers, pharmacists, retail store owners, streetside vegetable vendors, automobile mechanics, non-profit organization directors, and for-profit organization directors. One consistent theme that emerged out of these interactions was that Nepal does not have a supportive climate to be an entrepreneur.
In the land of the Himalayas, where the majestic peaks have long symbolized the heights of human potential, Nepal finds itself at a perilous juncture. It's a nation yearning for change, crying out against corruption that has tainted our very identity on the global stage.
One solution could be adjusting our foreign policy based on our larger interest that incorporates remittance-sending countries, including our development partners, by replacing our non-aligned foreign policy. This policy stems from the Cold War era and needs adjustment according to the present time, context, and situation.
September 16, 2023 10:00 AM NPT
By: Basu Gautam
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), peace, and environmental sustainability together make up a potent trifecta of interrelated ideas that are the path to a better future. These ideas aren't separate domains; rather, they're the facets of a complex gem that captures the spirit of a peaceful community.