My Republica

Bishal Thapa



Why corruption endures

April 23, 2019 01:30 AM

Failure to secure justice through the transitional peace process provides the moral justification that sustains corruption in Nepal

Whose Investment Summit?

April 9, 2019 01:25 AM

Nepal Investment Summit 2019, held in Kathmandu on 29-30 March, was so well attended that the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies couldn’t even find a vacant seat in the opening session of the conference.

All hail CK Raut

March 26, 2019 01:25 AM

What CK Raut couldn’t achieve with years of protests and agitation, he secured with the stroke of a pen. Earlier this month, the government signed a peace pact with the Alliance for Independent Madhesh (AIM), a largely peaceful but secessionist movement that seeks to break out an independent Madhes from Nepal. Raut, the coordinator for AIM, signed the peace pact.

Lighting rural future

March 12, 2019 01:30 AM

Nepal must adopt new approaches to rural electrification that delivers electricity and simultaneously improves the prospects for economic growth in the rural areas

Aiding socialist movement

February 12, 2019 03:26 AM

Foreign aid is helping to accelerate Nepal’s transition to a socialist State. By working largely through government systems, foreign aid has magnified the dependency on the State, stunted the maturity of civilian non-State institutions and nullified change agents.

Confessions of a socialist

January 29, 2019 01:30 AM

We march on steadily toward a socialist nation that offers a brighter and better future than anything we have seen before

Fall of private schools

January 15, 2019 01:30 AM

Private schools missed an opportunity to demonstrate that “private” and “school” could go together in socially responsible ways

Legacy of Bhawani Rana

January 1, 2019 00:25 AM

The first female President of Nepal’s largest business organization must somehow find the courage to reverse the decline of the private sector

Reforming Planning Commission

December 18, 2018 01:30 AM

Development planning is a political process. National Planning Commission, as part of that machinery, belongs in the Prime Minister’s Office

Aid is failing Nepal

December 4, 2018 01:30 AM

The delivery mechanisms for development aid are financing the monopoly of the state and crowding out change agents

Why CIAA must close

November 20, 2018 01:30 AM

The Prime Minister must be held directly responsible for all the public sector corruption that occurs and be given the authority to end it

Can “sorry” lead to lasting peace?

October 31, 2018 01:30 AM

Without an admission that violence may not have been necessary, there can be no repentance or apology and, therefore, no reconciliation

Without a Nepal

October 16, 2018 01:30 AM

The State of Nepal is failing even before it has got a chance to get off the ground, it is crumbling under the weight of expectations and aspirations it has itself unleashed

Crisis of imagination

October 2, 2018 01:30 AM

In the 21st digital century, Nepal must do better than imagining that bull shit (manure) will “accelerate financial, industrial and social growth”

Prachanda’s plans

September 18, 2018 01:30 AM

An imaginary set of ideas to help Prachanda, his government and broader political leadership complete the economic part of the unfinished revolution

Illusions of cheap solar

September 4, 2018 01:30 AM

Policy makers must offer a clearer set of regulations on solar for Nepali consumers to benefit from the significant reductions in the costs of solar power being achieved elsewhere

Capitalism for communists

August 21, 2018 01:30 AM

Nepal’s elusive economic transformation will come by opening the economy to encourage new enterprises that can afford to take risks and suffer failures

Hydro is dead

August 7, 2018 01:30 AM

Nepal must shake off its curse of hydro and move to a 21st century energy strategy that is in sync with evolving trends, technological change and regional context

The general’s seduction

July 24, 2018 01:30 AM

The generals who believe that the army should be building national infrastructure should also know that honey-trap seduction is the most basic strategy in any military playbook

Economic revolution

July 10, 2018 01:30 AM

The communist transformation of Nepal enters its final phase with a battle against the concentration of wealth and private sector businesses