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Sarans Pandey

The author is an undergraduate student at Macquarie University, Sydney

Delving into the Adipurush Fiasco

Published On: June 26, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

All one needs to do to become a nationalist is make anti-India, China, US or EU statements on mobile phones imported from either of these countries. But being a nationalist and appearing as one are two different things.

Perpetuating the Sukumbasi Problem

Published On: December 7, 2022 10:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

It is unfortunate that the needless emotional outbursts, whether it be hatred or sympathy, have overshadowed the structural political lapses perpetuating the problem.

Two Faces of Civil Service

Published On: July 1, 2022 02:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

When being honest and diligent doesn’t pay dividends and the inept and the sycophants overtake the rest, then it is not unnatural for there to be a growing temptation to succumb to political powers for the sake of career progression.

What is unconstitutional, what is not?

Published On: February 12, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

When we vehemently protest one unconstitutional action but let others slide, it will only serve to weaken the constitution in the long run. This is what has happened at present.

What is pro-monarchy protest all about?

Published On: December 10, 2020 07:27 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

Because of the government’s inability to provide ‘freedom from’ things like exploitation, corruption and poverty, citizens are thinking about giving up on ‘freedom to’ with hopes that a monarch might at least be able to provide the former.

Will war with Covid-19 make a better state?

Published On: October 19, 2020 05:59 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

Nepal is already at war with the Covid-19 pandemic. Could this scenario be enough to propel us towards adopting a better and more efficient administrative regime?

Nepal should rethink approaches of combating Covid-19

Published On: September 10, 2020 11:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

In 2016, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) contributed to 66 percent of the total deaths in Nepal. For the United States, this number stood at 88 percent and for OECD countries it was 87 percent. It is a feature of the developed world that NCDs be their greatest challenge and a feature of ours that children in remote villages like Jajarkot die every year from communicable diseases such as diarrhea. When our country cannot even at times provide access to adequate amount of Jeevanjal and paracetamol, it would be quite naïve to expect them to deliver a vaccine efficiently and uniformly—if and when that arrives.

What went wrong with Nepali democracy?

Published On: August 28, 2020 11:16 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

Such is the nature of our present education system that the younger generation knows more about the policies of Obamas and Trumps than about their own MPs or the changes they have brought or proposed.

Paradox of republic

Published On: June 18, 2020 08:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

Impartiality has been one of humankind’s longest and the most elusive pursuits. Despite a variety of reforms enacted throughout history, none of them seem to be enough to get us past the finish line. One would assume that a democratic framework, through increased representation, would gradually bridge the divide in society—and it does to a certain extent—but when the pace of progress appears to be sluggish, there is the risk that passive public participation might end up being the same as compliance to an unjust regime.

Perils of nationalism

Published On: May 28, 2020 02:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

When it was decided that the United States would join the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson promised the world would be “made safe for democracy”. Having been reelected in 1916 with the campaign slogan “He kept us out of war”, this decision marked a reversal of the initial position of ‘neutrality’ adopted by America in 1914. But it wasn’t just Wilson who had a change of heart; the entire country witnessed a shift in public opinion. The sinking of the Lusitania, the revelation made by the Zimmermann Telegraph, in culmination with other factors, suggested imminent danger to the sovereignty of United States, and in response, President Wilson issued the declaration of war in 1917.

Costs of pandemic

Published On: March 31, 2020 09:47 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

These are rather peculiar times that we find ourselves in. As the dark clouds of fear and uncertainty hover above, the world desperately lies in wait for that elusive fresh beginning. This is not the first time that a crisis has befallen our planet. As a matter of fact, in all these years of human existence, we have faced and we have overcome horrors far worse than what the current pandemic is shaping up to become. It is estimated that anywhere from one third to half of the population of Europe perished because of the Black Death.

Cycle of discrimination

Published On: March 18, 2020 10:22 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

A year before Parasite, an American biographical comedy-drama directed by Peter Farrelly won the Academy awards for best picture. The movie follows the concert tour by the distinguished African American pianist and a jazz composer, Don Shirley, through the deep south sometime in 1962. To put this date in perspective, this was before Martin’s Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination.

Truth is a process

Published On: February 23, 2020 09:35 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

If the only thing that is constant is change, then where does that leave a concept like ‘truth’ that is assumed by many, to be grounded on immutability?

Reimagining democracy

Published On: December 31, 2019 09:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

When Carl Linnaeus first coined the term Homo Sapiens in the year 1758, modern humans had already shed their seemingly homogenous biological construction to reveal differences that were far too festered for common grouping. The ideological, religious and cultural leanings of different societies all over the world have been shaped with experiences and doctrines that are unique and relevant only to a particular community or a group.

Predicament of police

Published On: November 13, 2019 09:44 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

One harsh reality about the police is that they are probably never going to achieve a hundred percent success when dealing with all the different type of transgressions in the society

Age of misinformation

Published On: October 14, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

The immediacy demanded by social media platforms creates an environment where there’s a proclivity to ‘have a say’ before the issue runs cold

Ensuring accountability

Published On: July 22, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

Human birth comes with inherent affiliations not just to the family that the individual is born into, but also to the society that the child will later be a part of. The aggregation of people living within a certain geographic region creates a web of networks so intertwined that a mere whisper at one end can set off vibrations at another.

Reflections, from foreign land

Published On: December 8, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Sarans Pandey

When the West faces a dead end, they innovate. When we face a dead end, we emigrate. Tragedy is that it turns out to be the smarter choice