My Republica

Jivesh Jha

The contributor for Republica.

Stories from Terai courts

Published On: April 1, 2021 06:55 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Though we have the most comprehensive constitution, we lack comprehensive legislation to deal with the bizarre loan deeds. Money lending has emerged as a profitable business in Terai. There is no law on record that obliges the moneylenders to justify their source of income.

Five years after the constitution, where do we stand?

Published On: September 15, 2020 10:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

The federal democratic republican constitution of Nepal is turning five this Asoj 3 (September 19). The document, in principle, addresses the needs and aspirations of the citizens who are united together for the purpose of resisting external intervention, upholding rule of law and preservation of sovereignty and integrity.

Follow the laws

Published On: August 11, 2020 08:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

It's an undeniable fact that no country, however powerful or developed, has been able to develop total protection mechanism against disasters. The natural calamities like earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, epidemic, flood, or snowfall have been claiming the lives across the world. Still, a state can adopt every possible measure to minimize the loss.  But international cooperation, coordination and collaboration is crucial in disaster risk reduction and management.

Madhesis are angry, worried and misinformed about the citizenship law

Published On: June 30, 2020 08:15 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Madheshis are angry and worried that the state might deny citizenship to their spouses because a parliamentary committee has endorsed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.  They are angry also because they have been misinformed by politicians and NGO activists about what is there in the Bill.   Lies, propaganda and misinterpretation could breed hate and tear the social fabric, if they are not told the truth on time.

When it comes to territorial integrity, Madheshis have no ifs and buts

Published On: June 2, 2020 01:40 PM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Though Madheshi leaders are putting various conditions to vote for getting the new map, that includes Nepali territories of Limpiyadhura-Lipulekh-Kalapani (LLK) region of Nepal in it, endorsed through the parliament, here in Tarai Madhesh there is a huge resurgence of public support in favour of the government on this particular issue.

Open letter to Sarita Giri

Published On: May 25, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Dear Sarita Giri, recently you said that Nepal should have consulted India before publishing the new map showing Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani of Nepal. You seem to think Nepal’s sovereignty—internally (at domestic level) and externally (at international stages)—is subject to approval or disapproval by neighbouring countries. What a pity!

Justice during Covid-19

Published On: May 17, 2020 12:20 PM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

As a part of preventive measure taken in response to COVID-19 outbreak, judicatures across the globe have announced the closure of non-urgent proceedings. Superior courts issued scores of orders, some of which were intended to remind the state of its welfare functions, while the others were related to the release of inmates and juvenile delinquents.

The will to fight

Published On: April 13, 2020 08:42 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

“A law is the resolution of the whole people for the whole people, touching a matter that concerns all,” says Rousseau. If we endeavor to link this theory with the current approach of the state, we will come to learn how far the people have succeeded to advance general will in the battle against COVID-19.

Dissecting citizenship debate

Published On: December 26, 2019 09:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Is it wrong for a sovereign state to bar the foreign woman from holding vital government offices? Pakistan and Afghanistan bars a non-Muslim from holding the Office of President

Free education by law

Published On: November 25, 2019 08:29 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Parliament of Nepal enacted Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act in 2018 to implement Article 31 of the constitution. With this, the country has upheld right to education as an enforceable sacrosanct human right. Unlike erstwhile constitutions, the 2015 charter casts an obligation on the state to ensure free education up to the secondary level (from grade nine to 12) and compulsory and free basic education for up to grade eight.

In defense of the constitution

Published On: October 24, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

In response to my September 18 article “Our constitution is one of the most progressive documents,” Praveen Kumar Yadav wrote that Nepal’s constitution is a regressive document (see “Far from progressive,” Republica, Sept 29). He mentioned some “conflicting issues” of the constitution and questioned: If the national charter was so progressive, as I depicted, why would then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala promise to amend it?

Stop this cruelty

Published On: October 5, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

In most Nepali societies, the animals, brought up with love and care, are very often sacrificed as a token of submission to the command of the almighty. The trend of submission to God and sacrificing our ill wills has turned into a show of wealth. So they buy the highest-priced goats and show off in society as well as on social media with pride.

Our constitution is one of the most progressive documents

Published On: September 18, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

The Constitution of Nepal—like other constitutions of the world—will also evolve over the time

Claim your products

Published On: September 1, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

In lack of specific Geographical Indication law, Nepal could even lose its sovereign rights over the products which have their origin in Nepal

Road to green republic

Published On: July 23, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Nepal has the right to claim compensation from Indian government or the industries located across the border for contributing to rising pollution in Nepal

Toward green democracy

Published On: June 4, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Nepal’s constitution is the first national charter in the world to enshrine the provisions to advance the cause of green democracy. We need to communicate this message clearly

Reorienting democracy

Published On: April 28, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

When mindset is ethnic or caste-controlled, people cannot stand in favor of broader national cause

Give job, more than law

Published On: March 31, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

“A man willing to work, and unable to find a work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun,” says Thomas Carlyle, a British historian and novelist.

Betraying Madhes

Published On: February 20, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

Madhesi leaders don’t care about real needs of Madhesi people. They don’t serve people and they have no compunction that they are not serving

Tell the truth

Published On: January 20, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Jivesh Jha

We should critique the constitution on legitimate grounds. But disseminating false information about it is unprofessional and unscholarly