My Republica

CK Lal

The contributor for Republica.

When nothing happens

Published On: July 2, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: June 18, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: June 4, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: May 21, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: May 7, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: April 23, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Developmental divertissements

Published On: April 9, 2018 12:46 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Lest we ignore

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

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

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

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

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

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

The malfunctioning state

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

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!

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

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

The selective vanity

Published On: January 15, 2018 12:40 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: January 1, 2018 12:50 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: December 18, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: December 4, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: November 20, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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

Published On: November 6, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: CK Lal

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?

The neocon specter

Published On: October 23, 2017 07:09 AM NPT By: CK Lal

Urbanites of asocial media generation may not know or care anymore that the person who made the emergence of Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist—better known by its acronym UML—possible was a lifelong democrat and one of the Nepali Congress triumvirate of 1980s: Ganeshman Singh.

When dreams sag

Published On: October 9, 2017 12:45 AM NPT By: CK Lal

The surrender of Bhattarai-Dahal duo stole the thunder from the act of Messrs Brijesh Kumar Gupta and Hridayesh Tripathi throwing down their gauntlets into Tinau River