My Republica

CK Lal

The contributor for Republica.

The Long Decade

Published On: April 29, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Lenin once exclaimed: There are decades when nothing happens and then there are weeks when decades happen. Such were the weeks of spring in May 2008 that everything had looked possible

The palanquin press

Published On: April 15, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The justice system has had a checkered past in Nepal. The chieftain of Gorkha is publicly celebrated for administering victors’ justice to the vanquished. For over hundred years, the word of not just one ruler but the entire Rana clan was the law. There was a brief interregnum in the 1950s when judges and lawyers imported from India tried to establish a semblance of rule of law. However, darkness soon enveloped as not just the speech but even wishes of Shah Kings became tantamount to supreme law.

Genealogy of xenophobia

Published On: April 1, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

In a country burdened by ethno-nationalism, self-destructive jingoism and hubristic self-importance, the politics of prosperity is merely a façade to decorate existing power structure

The Maoist cul-de-sac

Published On: March 18, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Chand has very little to lose and everything to gain by creating mayhem. The NCP has everything to lose and nothing to gain by ignoring him forever

Art and identity

Published On: March 4, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

In difficult times of identity crisis and loss of dignity, uselessness of art comes quite handy. Arts help endure whatever the outcome and conserve energy for another struggle

Fantasy of prosperity

Published On: February 18, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Constraints of social disharmony, contested constitution and institutions plagued by centuries of nepotism and favoritism will not allow Nepal to be Singapore or Switzerland anytime soon

Alleyway to Beijing

Published On: February 4, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Centralization of all authority in Baluwatar continues unchallenged. Federalism is slowly being turned into a farce. Fundamental freedoms are being curtailed in insidious ways

Twelve years on

Published On: January 21, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Decades had happened in the first few weeks of 2007, it will most definitely happen again. History doesn’t repeat itself only as tragedy and farce, sometimes it does push the society forward

Culture of learning

Published On: December 24, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The illusion of being informed is so strong that even the educated have lost the ability to differentiate between misinformation, disinformation and ‘genuine’ fake news

Hail Comrade Chairman!

Published On: December 10, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

With the mass intelligentsia ready to pounce upon his critics, Oli is confident that he can cut the media and intelligentsia down to size

Geopolitics of religion

Published On: November 26, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The risk of proselytizing Christians is perhaps a ruse to cover secularist versus Hindutva geopolitical contestations between Beijing and New Delhi

The indefeasible struggle

Published On: November 12, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

When Padma Ratna Tuladhar passed away, a powerful symbol of struggle for dignity of historically humiliated communities of Nepal suddenly disappeared from the scene

Unrequited ambitions

Published On: October 29, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The contrast with circumspect statements emanating from politicos of the Kathmandu School is impossible to miss

A Dashain diversion

Published On: October 8, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Stories of history and society from perspective of Dalits, Janjatis and Madhesis remain to be written. Until then, only way to get their version is to listen to their woes firsthand

Dry tears

Published On: September 24, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The reason Chieftain Oli triumphed over all main players was simple: He wanted to be Prime Minister and was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that goal

The autumn thunder

Published On: September 10, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

It’s too early to declare the divisive statute dead, but its dysfunction was visible from the day of its promulgation

Of mimic men

Published On: August 27, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

In a country that has relied on production and export of unskilled manpower for its sustenance, mimic man is an ideal. Naipaul is believed without being read in Nepal

All that glitter

Published On: August 13, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Life of Nepalis in Hong Kong revolves around work, which is unstable and unpredictable in the ‘contract culture’ of the globalizing economy

Trembling in trepidation

Published On: July 30, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

No matter how powerful a government, it can’t withstand stethoscopes pointed at its head from multiple directions

Wages of conformity

Published On: July 16, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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