My Republica

Devendra Gautam

The contributor for Republica.

Connectivity for what?

Published On: April 6, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Of late, initiatives aimed at increasing connectivity with our dear neighbor are going on in full swing. As per media reports, work is on to develop a broad-gauge rail link connecting Jayanagar of India with Janakpur of Nepal. There are also plans to connect Biratnagar with Jogbani, Jalpaiguri with Kakarbhitta, Nautanwa with Bhairawa, Nepalgunj with the bordering Indian territory and Kathmandu with Raxaul via rail links.

Travel’s travails

Published On: March 16, 2019 01:55 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Going round young and fragile mountains, I have wondered if it’s possible to shorten our journeys and provide people some relief

Remaining sane, at all costs

Published On: February 23, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

The best way of maintaining sanity, yours truly has found out, is to mind your own business and live life stress-free

Musings on artworks

Published On: February 3, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

We have no dearth of tragic events, but they have not yet formed the basis for famous works of art

Failing leader

Published On: December 4, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

The poster boy of national progress and prosperity is losing his sheen, with his freshly-hung pictures looking down mockingly

Some festive musings

Published On: November 11, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

There are instances of Nepali leaders signing controversial deal for petty political gains and successive generations of Nepalis paying a heavy price in return

A troublesome Tika

Published On: October 30, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Historically, palaces have been a shelter for elements hatching intrigues and conspiracies. Has the republican palace, like the royal palace, also turned into one such hub?

Biography of stinging nettle

Published On: October 16, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Why write about humans only? How about those plants, those mountains, rivers, stars, pebbles, rocks, oceans, how about all living and non-living things?

What is this junket for?

Published On: September 27, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

In an unjust world order, where small countries are finding it hard to survive, what can Nepal expect from the UN?

Hope and fear

Published On: August 29, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Let’s hope BIMSTEC will help create a world order that is more just for smaller yet more easily manageable countries like Nepal

Fellow Nepalis, return home

Published On: August 19, 2018 01:20 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

In the western hills in the 80s, it was not uncommon for mothers to find their young sons missing some ‘ominous’ mornings.

Your lordship, our freedom

Published On: July 7, 2018 04:10 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Yours truly probably has this problem that prevents him from looking beyond the immediate and into the future. Pity is, no expert can diagnose this problem of not being able to see the big picture and offer a cure. Hope powers that be will continue to forgive him for this shortsightedness and let him live on and do what he loves the most—writing tuffs like this one—with full knowledge that he is alive to this day because those powers have not yet decided that he should stop writing things that are in bad taste, once and for all.

This monkey menace

Published On: June 23, 2018 12:50 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

This monkey menace is quite serious. Once in a while, you get to read reports about people from many villages across Nepal picketing local police posts to demand security from the menacing monkeys. What’s more, these days, controlling monkey menace has become an election agenda.

Melamchi risks

Published On: October 24, 2017 08:30 PM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Bringing the expected 510 MLD of water into the valley after the completion of Melamchi Phase I and II will be next to impossible.

So close to Big Brother

Published On: September 25, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Is this government minister our very own minister or some anonymous, self-appointed spokesperson for the Ministry of Micromanagement?

Contested waters

Published On: September 17, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

A few weeks ago at Devnagar, Nagarjun municipality, there was a community meeting over a hot-button issue. Can you guess what the issue was? Water.

Reclaiming our destiny

Published On: September 3, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

New Delhi’s active interest and involvement in all our political transformations further weakens Nepal and ends up progressively increasing Indian clout here.

Deuba’s Delhi brief

Published On: August 23, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

The onus is on countries like Nepal which share borders with both India and China to step up efforts to deescalate.

Reclaim your country

Published On: August 5, 2017 01:03 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Who would not want to live and work in a beautiful country like Nepal? Who would not want to live in a society that is more tolerant?

In fool’s paradise

Published On: July 25, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Devendra Gautam

Please do not tell me smaller countries are in no position to protect themselves and to look after their own interests.