My Republica

CK Lal



Wages of conformity

July 16, 2018 01:30 AM

Shackles of conformism are so comforting that it takes real courage to break out of its shiny chains. Exodus abroad is an escape, not liberty

When nothing happens

July 2, 2018 01:30 AM

Global trend is only part of the story behind the reemergence of Oliological phenomenon in Nepali politics. There are local factors behind the continuing allure of authoritarianism in the country

The contrived consensus

June 18, 2018 01:30 AM

Through relentless misinformation, public opinion has been manipulated to purvey the belief that nationalism is higher value than democratic practices or even humanitarian concerns

Three years after

June 4, 2018 00:15 AM

With unconditional surrender of Upendra Yadav and likely capitulation of Mahanth Thakur, it will take Madhesis a while to reorient, reassemble and reorganize

Significance of symbolism

May 21, 2018 01:30 AM

There is nothing Maithil or Madhesi about the Kurta-Suruwal ensemble the Premier-duo donned, but it blended so well with the Mughal-Rajput architecture in the background

On churning water

May 7, 2018 01:30 AM

Censorship is harmful to society in all its forms, but self-censorship is perhaps more injurious as it spreads into the body politic in subtle and insidious ways without anyone taking notice

Algebra of authoritarianism

April 23, 2018 00:30 AM

It’s too early to pass a definitive judgment, but Premier Oli has a lot going for him

Developmental divertissements

April 9, 2018 00:46 AM

If the level of the civic culture is measured by the way human waste is handled, none of Nepal’s settlements is fit to be called an urban center

Post-truth sovereignty

March 31, 2018 00:07 AM

It takes some genius to come up with a neologism as meaningless as covfefe and then turn it into the topic of mainstream discourse. In that sense, only a dotard could have dug out that forgotten epithet to portray the alt-right progenitor of political absurdities. Far away from the Trumpian world, covfefe captured the essence of the year gone by in Nepal too. It was a year of Brechtian hullabaloo with a twist of Shakespearean inevitabilities of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Lest we ignore

March 26, 2018 01:30 AM

Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit

An authoritarian template

March 12, 2018 01:30 AM

With a two-third majority, Chief Ministers on their knees in every state and constitutional protection, Singh Durbar is ready for Oli soliloquy. Go grab a garland, here cometh another strongman

Rusting of resistance

February 26, 2018 01:30 AM

Madhesh has lost another round to the PEON, but struggle for dignity, equality, autonomy and identity is invariably a long one

The malfunctioning state

February 12, 2018 01:30 AM

Monarchs boasted of divine mandate. Elected oligarchs talk about electoral mandate, once elected people’s representatives lose no time in assuming persona of petty potentates

Olier than thou!

January 29, 2018 01:30 AM

Once Maoists have been confined in the hills, Madhesbadis too were of little use for protectors and promoters of Indian interests

The selective vanity

January 15, 2018 00:40 AM

With pride in things that it had no role in building and prejudice against Madhesis, Janjatis and Dalits, constitutionally-created ‘Khas-Aryas’ prefer to wallow in cesspool of its own excretion

Post-truth sovereignty

January 1, 2018 00:50 AM

The question that will continue to vex most observers in 2018 is still the same: What makes Nepal tick despite all its absurdities?

A Covfefe year

December 18, 2017 01:00 AM

The Year of absurdities in Nepal began in January with the-then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal tabling the constitutional amendment bill.

The money trail

December 4, 2017 01:30 AM

In economies where informal sector dominates and political protection is a profitable racket, return on investment in politics is invariably more lucrative than any other business or industry

Phials of blood

November 20, 2017 01:30 AM

How would the Madhesi activists who agitated for constitutional change vote in a poll being held to ensure the inviolability of the same statute?

Resilience under stress

November 6, 2017 01:30 AM

Perhaps India is awaiting the first real revolution of 21st century and the fascistic regime of religious fanatics is only preparing the ground for inevitable resistance by the masses?