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Narayan Manandhar

The contributor for Republica.

On Bansbari Leather and Shoe Factory

Published On: February 8, 2024 08:30 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

With the CBI taking Arun Chaudhary, a renowned businessman, and Ajit N. S. Thapa, the then chairman of Bansbari Leather and Shoe Factory (BLSF), into custody related to usurping 10 ropanies of government land belonging to the BLSF, there are lots of mis-information and dis-information campaign going on, particularly, in the social media either to defend the CBI action or to defame Chaudhary.

Nepal’s tryst with Corruption Perceptions

Published On: February 1, 2024 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

The publication of Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2023 marks 20 years of Nepal’s enlistment in global league of corruption perceptions index. Transparency International (TI) started publishing CPI from 1995 onwards, but Nepal got enlisted only from 2004. This is because there were not enough surveys organized for Nepal.

Selling Ncell

Published On: December 15, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

In the shivering winter cold, the decision by Axiata to exit from Nepal has created a heated debate amongst Kathmandu-centric intellectuals (politicians, lawyers, academics, activists and former bureaucrats). However, there is more smoke than fire and/or light in the emotionally charged debate. At the one end of the spectrum, the ultra-nationalistic adrenaline is running high calling how the country is being duped by foreigners and is put on sale. At the other end, pragmatic calls are made not to irritate and disturb foreign direct investment (FDI).

Inside-Outside the Corridors of Power

Published On: December 9, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This phrase aptly applies to Dr. Bhek Bahadur Thapa’s memoire in Nepali Rastra-Pararastra: Ektantradekhi Ganatantrasamma. My English translation will read like Internal-External: From Autocracy to Republicanism.

Illogical logics and raja-badies

Published On: December 2, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

The royalists still believe that monarchy was unceremoniously abolished through street demonstrations and agitations, instigated by foreigners. For them even the Constitution is drafted by foreign hands.

Moral Dilemma and Israel’s Hostage Crisis

Published On: November 23, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

In the text books on negotiation, the standard operating procedure dealing with hostage situations is a straight-forward refusal. One cannot be dictated by kidnapping, blackmailing and held on to a ransom. However, where human lives are involved, in a life and death situation, contingencies may demand a different approach.

Is there an alternative to a two-state solution?

Published On: November 20, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

The military structure of Hamas may be crushed or eliminated but the intractable political problems remain intact.

Israel-Hamas War and Nepal

Published On: October 29, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

More than 260,000 Nepalese currently work in Qatar alone. A slight diplomatic slip with Qatar, which is reported to house Hamas HQ, means a foreign policy and economic disaster in Nepal.

Kingdom Lost or Lost Kingdom?

Published On: October 7, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Having reviewed "Singhadurbar: Rise and Fall of the Rana Regime in Nepal" by Sagar S.J.B. Rana (8 July 2017, Republica), I was eagerly awaiting the companion volume. Upon learning that the book is now available in the market, I visited a local bookstore to get a copy.

The Elephant in the Room

Published On: August 20, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Scanning social media creates the impression that the Nepal Army is treated as a sacred cow—a virtually untouchable and sacrosanct institution. The slightest criticism leads to a barrage of offensive and defensive counter-criticisms, often escalating to personalized attacks that label the critic as anti-national, a foreign spy, or even a traitor.

The legitimacy of having an independent investigation commission

Published On: August 8, 2023 09:45 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

The opposition parties’ demand to have an independent commission – parliamentary or judiciary – to investigate the smuggling of nearly one quintal of gold from the airport has raised a fundamental problem that needs to be resolved in the anti-corruption drive in Nepal, that is, who is responsible for controlling corruption in Nepal?

The Golden Triangle

Published On: July 28, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Reading the news related to the smuggling of nearly one quintal of gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) gives an impression of watching a new sequel of Jatra - a Nepali blockbuster comedy-crime thriller.

The woman power

Published On: July 6, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Everyone must have heard this famous liner: There is a woman behind every successful man. There is also a converse liner: There is a woman behind every corrupt man; often more than one.

Anti-Corruption in Crisis

Published On: June 30, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Normally, it is corruption that is expected to create a crisis in the economy, in the polity and in society. But it is anti-corruption that is creating a crisis in Nepal.

A Fish Rots from its Head

Published On: June 17, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

When it comes to fighting corruption, “establishing or strengthening an anti-corruption agency (ACA)” has become a mantra.

Corruption and Misconceptions

Published On: June 3, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

With the revelation of big scandals like fake refugee and Pashupatinath Jalhari Scams, corruption and its antidote, anti-corruption have become a national pastime or a cliché. Day-in, day-out, the political leaders could be heard expressing their commitments to fight corruption, some going even to an absurd level: When their party comes to power, even dreaming about corruption will be a culpable crime. They make sure that each and every corrupt person will one day have to stand trial in court.

The crux of the matter

Published On: May 24, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

There are two ways to control malaria. One, you can have mosquito nets and mosquito repellants. These are essentially preventive measures. Nets and repellants will help keep away mosquitos and prevent you from catching the disease. Second, the most effective way to control malaria is to attack the breeding grounds of the mosquitos.

In the jungle of corruption

Published On: May 13, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

With the unfolding of high voltage “fake refugee scandal” corruption or rather anti-corruption cacophony is out there in the streets, in the parliament and in the media. In fact, it is the talk of the town.

Reforming Anti-Corruption Legislations

Published On: May 7, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Corruption and anti-corruption are very much in the headlines. Besides media revealing high-profile cases, there are a couple of factors triggering the debate. First, some bills related to corruption and anti-corruption (amending corruption control Act, Procurement Act, the CIAA Act) are underway for amendment in the parliament.

The Byawastha-Awastha Hypothesis

Published On: April 27, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

There is a simmering debate in Nepali politics that in spite of so much change in the political system (byawastha), there is little or no change in the living conditions (awastha) of the masses. This is what I call the Byawastha-Awastha hypothesis.