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Chandra D Bhatta

The author teaches and writes on political economy

The fault lines of civil society

Published On: May 7, 2020 05:05 PM NPT By: Chandra D Bhatta

Debate on civil society has arisen in the midst of Covid-19 crisis and at the height of political conflict in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) which does not need to be elaborated here for the obvious reasons. The debate however, once again, is centered on who the ‘civil society’ in Nepal is. The predominant view with regard to civil society is such that it is an independent sphere having capacity to create counterbalance to the state and market (also with the power of the Church in the Christian West few centuries ago) which, in turn, would work to uphold ‘voices of the voiceless’ and facilitate with appropriate agencies in fulfilling their concerns.

What went wrong with India?

Published On: December 25, 2019 09:41 AM NPT By: Chandra D Bhatta

When Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power with sweeping majority in May 2014 and again in 2019 India was in upbeat. Many thought this is the first time that an Indian is ruling over India after Prithiviraj Chuhan who was ruling parts of India during the 12th century. Chauhan was considered as the last Hindu monarch of pre-Islamic India.

Prisoner’s dilemma

Published On: November 7, 2019 08:57 AM NPT By: Chandra D Bhatta

If Nepal ignores its next-door neighbors, the consequences may be stark. Ignoring the West may also be costly for Nepal’s development endeavors

What ails Nepal-India relations?

Published On: October 20, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Chandra D Bhatta

Are various treaties and agreements signed between Nepal and India responsible? Or is it the hegemonic or paternalistic nature of Indian state and the small state syndrome of Nepal?