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Nabraj Lama

The author is a research scholar with a primary focus on Himalayan Studies, international relations, political economy, and Indigenism. He is affiliated with the Himalayan Strategic Institute.

Strengthening Indigenous Rights: Key to Peace and Prosperity in Nepal's Federal Era

Published On: July 15, 2024 08:55 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

The end of the Cold War marked a paradigm shift in the global perception of conflict, moving away from ideological clashes to ethnic and cultural divisions. This shift is prominently reflected in countries like Nepal, where the mosaic of ethnic groups and indigenous communities highlights potential sources of conflict under the pressures of modern state governance.

Unavoidable Realism of Nepal’s Geopolitical Strategy

Published On: May 20, 2024 08:45 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Nepal's geographical fate is not merely a footnote in its national narrative but the central theme of its existence. Positioned strategically between the burgeoning giants of China and India, and playing a role in the strategic interests of the United States, Nepal finds itself at the crossroads of significant geopolitical currents.

Nepal's 1923 Treaty with British India: A Centennial Reflection on Diplomatic Resilience and Sovereignty

Published On: December 16, 2023 08:35 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

The valor displayed by Nepali Gurkha regiments during World War I turned out to be a watershed moment in this regard, garnering admiration and respect from the British military and political leadership. Their courage on the war front redefined Nepal’s international image, transitioning from a former adversary to a valued ally. The Ranas, with their sagacious diplomatic insight, capitalized on this shift in perception, initiating discussions that set the stage for the historic drafting of the 1923 Treaty.

India's Role in South Asia: Pathways to Regional Prosperity and Peace

Published On: October 30, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

The roadmap for India's success in the region isn't inscribed in just its domestic achievements but in how it facilitates a collective rise.

The Unequal Balance of Power: Kathmandu's Dual Standard on Rule Enforcement

Published On: October 19, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

In the heart of Nepal lies its bustling capital, Kathmandu. Amidst its ancient temples and vibrant bazaars, a recent surge of events has sparked a nationwide debate, bringing to light the unsettling question: Are rules only designed for those with less power? As countless citizens come forward with stories and evidence that seem to imply a biased system, the narrative is becoming hard to ignore.

Between the Giants: Nepal’s Geopolitical Significance for US Interests in South Asia

Published On: October 5, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Strategically positioned between the rising powerhouses of China and India, Nepal actively asserts its distinct and pivotal geo-political role in the South Asian landscape. While it may be dwarfed in terms of size and global influence by its colossal neighbors, Nepal's geopolitical significance, particularly in the context of U.S. strategic interests, is anything but small.

Erosion of Professional Ethics

Published On: September 19, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

In the grand chessboard of politics, are the people still paramount, or have they become mere pawns in a larger power play?

The Question of Legacy

Published On: August 11, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

In every society, each generation is handed a torch from the preceding one, a torch that carries the essence of its legacy, values, hopes, and aspirations. It serves as an emblem of past accomplishments, present challenges, and future ambitions. However, what happens when this torch appears to be tainted, its flame flickering uncertainly under the burden of systemic corruption, unchecked misuse of power, and widespread disregard for public trust?

The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Nepalese Politics: From Power Games to National Progress

Published On: July 12, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Politics, a term that has unfortunately grown controversial due to its association with manipulation, deception, and competition, has been commonly misinterpreted and misused in many parts of the world.

Forging a Stronger Nepal - India Relationship: Overcoming Past Miscalculations

Published On: June 28, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

India and Nepal share a long history of friendship, cooperation, and cultural exchange. However, events like the 2015 blockade have significantly strained the relationship between the two nations. India's miscalculations in its approach towards Nepal have played a crucial role in causing these tensions.

Unraveling the Tapestry: The Nuanced Relations between Nepal and India

Published On: June 23, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

The historical relationship between Nepal and India forms a dynamic tapestry, interwoven with vibrant threads of shared cultural, religious, and ecological ties. Nestled in the cradle of the Himalayas, these two nations have fostered a deep-rooted bond that transcends mere geographic proximity. Despite this profound interconnectedness, they have faced a spectrum of contentious issues that have occasionally marred their relations, underlining the complexity and intricacy of this unique Indo-Nepalese bond.

Intersection of Politics and Professions: Nepal's Paradoxical Scenario

Published On: June 8, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Social media is currently abuzz with news that the Democratic Professors' Association of Nepal is gearing up for its 5th National Convention. However, the convention has been abruptly transformed into a special meeting at the eleventh hour. The Association has chosen Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa, the General Secretary of the Nepali Congress, as the chief guest for the event.

Charting a New Path: PM Dahal's Imperative Agenda for his India visit

Published On: May 29, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal embarks on an official visit to India in the midst of a bustling South Asian diplomacy landscape. This diplomatic engagement signifies more than just routine diplomatic proceedings. Rather, it stands as a golden opportunity to deepen the shared history, culture, and friendship that India and Nepal have nurtured over centuries.

Balancing Act: Nepal's Delicate Dance with China and India

Published On: May 20, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Nepal is strategically located between the emerging Asian giants: China and India. It has maintained cordial people-to-people relations with both countries. Nepal's geostrategic position not only attracts the attention of Asian rivals India and China but also the interest of global powers.

KARNALI – HUMLA: From Prosperity to Inferiority

Published On: July 19, 2022 06:45 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Was Karnali always like this - poor, deprived, and backward? The answer is ‘No’. The Karnali Kingdom was prosperous and cultured until the 18th century from the 9th century. This can be sensed through the region's folk songs and stories which have been transferred from generation to generation and are still in existence in the oral form. Humla, in particular, was a prosperous land as early as two generations ago.

Why Nepalis Hate India and How That Can Change

Published On: June 4, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Politicians, especially those from the communist parties of Nepal, have always fed the general public with anti-Indian sentiments. From the first communist Prime Minister Manmohan Adhikari to the Maoist Supremo Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', and KP Sharma Oli, all have raised and fueled anti-Indian sentiments to get to power and popularity.

Be our role models

Published On: May 26, 2018 12:01 AM NPT By: Nabraj Lama

Nisha Adhikari, a famous Nepali actress, recently gave birth to her first child in the US. Social media was full of congratulation notes to Nisha Adhikari and her husband Sharad Vesawkar, the Nepali cricketer. My congratulations to them as well.