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Manjeet Mishra

The author is a lecturer based in Rajbiraj.

Coalition of the Deserving

Published On: September 5, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

It’s been a year of government consisting of five parties, all of them having their own ambitions and interests. Power sharing, both at the center and provinces, has been managed with relative ease. Even in the local elections, seat-sharing was achieved reasonably well, much to the chagrin of UML, and barring a few exceptions, each partner benefited from it.

A Case of Two Cartoons

Published On: June 11, 2021 01:58 PM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

There is a thin line separating creative provocation from group defamation. All too often we see TV shows or cartoons stir up discord for their libelous content or politicians and celebrities from the majority community open their mouths and emit a torrent of snobbish and racist prejudice.

Confronting a heckler’s veto

Published On: June 19, 2020 03:00 PM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

The unanimous endorsement of a proposal to consider constitutional amendment bill replacing the country’s map in the national emblem to include territories of Kalapani, Lipulek and Limpiyadhura by the sovereign parliament of Nepal is a bold step. How it impacts Nepal-India ties in future is a matter of conjecture. This event also highlighted an unseemly event where a sitting MP from a newly formed Janata Samajwadi Party Sarita Giri, defying her party line, lodged an amendment on the above bill brought by the government stating that the area should be removed from the map as its source and evidence is yet to be revealed, for which she was castigated by her party. Giri is a naturalized citizen after marriage and was born and raised in India.

Age of anger

Published On: June 6, 2020 07:05 PM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

“If you have pissed them off, you have commanded their attention”, seems to be the settled wisdom of our time. Liberal restraint is out of vogue while instigating anger is the new fad. Though somewhat reprehensible tactic and mentally exhausting, it is shrewd. But it has its limitations.

Crises to come

Published On: May 19, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Crises have been a normal feature of human history. Nations have faced natural disasters, political and economic upheavals. The fact that they emerged stronger each time is a tribute to the amazing abilities of human imagination. The differentiator, however between progressive and regressive nations, has been the response each posed depending upon the gravity of the situation.

Dance of democracy

Published On: June 5, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Considering that Nepal only recently adopted secularism, that too without broad consensus across the political spectrum, political discourse is expected to shift to Hindu State

Beginning of new inning

Published On: April 4, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Ineptitude of the subsequent governments had propelled CK Raut to become a prominent leader of Madhes from an insignificant figure

Beyond statement

Published On: February 17, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Dahal’s bid to support another parasitic and decaying communist regime is not based on heartfelt belief of global communist solidarity. It is rather a matter of political expediency

Path of peril

Published On: January 23, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Even though politics of here and now demands repositioning of Nepali Congress, playing to the religious gallery might prove to be irreversible route fraught with perils

Power to people

Published On: December 13, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

The government should stop vacillating and go for devolving powers to provincial and local levels with due urgency

Back to the creed

Published On: September 5, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Why is the government that stormed to power on the plank of political stability and development catering to anti-democratic pathologies of the past?

Tale of hope and fear

Published On: August 1, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

The forceful abduction of Dr KC and the subsequent vandalization of the hospital can be taken as an assault on Satyagraha itself

Chasing China dreams

Published On: July 17, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Though China’s presence in Nepal has been growing, it is highly unlikely that it would go out of the way to ‘help’ Nepal by raising India’s heckles

Dahal’s designs

Published On: June 14, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s salvation lies only in changing Nepal’s power structure. Otherwise the oppressed will remember him as a tyrant

The Modi ripples

Published On: May 24, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Pandering to the masses by playing divisive politics is a cheap way of gaining publicity. Playing victim card forever is no solution to Madhes

Pride and prejudice

Published On: April 4, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Need of the hour is to make our nationalism people-centric and broad-based so that all of us can take its ownership

Remembering Maleth

Published On: March 15, 2018 01:01 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

A year after Maleth tragedy political temperature has cooled down. Sworn ‘enemies’ of the past have now become ‘friends’

Recognizing diversity

Published On: February 21, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Manjeet Mishra

Provincial government in Madhes should not fall into temptation of adopting one language policy for education in the name of cultural conservatism