Dreaming of a Government of Technocrats

September 12, 2021 06:45 am

Even if such a move won’t go far, it is a gamble worth taking because it would give a strong message to the entire nation: at times of crisis, when the leadership of political parties falls short, then other options can be made available.

EC scraps 41 political parties

August 4, 2021 08:43 am

KATHMANDU, August 4: The Election Commission (EC) has scrapped registration of 41 political parties.

Political Space for Youths

April 17, 2021 07:00 am

The political space for youths is going to contract further in South Asia including Nepal until and unless the senior leaders voluntarily give the youths the chance to lead.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: The Election Commission (EC) has urged all political parties to assist in the preparations for the upcoming House of Representatives (HoR) elections scheduled for April 30 and May 10.

That a large section of Nepali people are demanding restoration of monarchy is the indication of how the political parties are failing to govern the country and to institutionalize the federal democratic republic system as per the spirit of the constitution.

Even the most shameless criminals cannot publicly say that Dr KC’s demands are ill-intentioned, irrational and impossible to address.

The constitution has been vindicated

September 19, 2020 08:00 am

It would be a mistake to attribute the mess the ruling party has created, or the misconducts demonstrated by political parties across the spectrum, as the consequence of the constitution.

KATHMANDU, March 10: The joint leadership of two or more chiefs has become a new trend among political parties. Following this latest trend, the newly unified pro-Hindu state Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has decided to appoint three chairpersons.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Six former vice-chancellors of Tribhuvan University have urged the government to appoint the vice-chancellors and boards of trustees of the universities without further delay.

Control corruption

January 27, 2020 10:22 am

Political parties make corruption control their main agenda during election times and it features in their pledges and election manifestoes too. But when these same parties are in power, they somehow happen to abet corruption rather than controlling it. Current government of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has been no different in this regard. While cabinet ministers, even the Prime Minister, reiterate zero-tolerance against corruption in public utterances, their words do not match with actions. Look at some of the high-profile graft scams of the last couple of years.

Let women rise

January 22, 2020 10:07 am

While tendering her resignation from the post of deputy speaker of the House of Representatives on Monday to pave the way for the election of the post of Speaker, Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe made a statement that should make all political parties reflect on why and how they have been failing to ensure adequate representation of women in top political as well as administrative posts. ‘Patriarchy in Nepal is more entrenched than even monarchy.  We could overthrow monarchy, we still need to struggle to overthrow patriarchy,’ she said, in a rather moving resignation speech.

Shivamaya for Speaker

January 17, 2020 08:48 am

It seems that the quota system is not going to go away any day soon as long as our old fogies rule our land from their couches. Our political parties claim to be democratic but its own netas are autocratic losers who favor byaparis and mundrey dons over loyal, hardworking cadres when it comes to distributing tickets to fight elections.

Is the party over?

January 15, 2020 08:36 am

Three decades of politics based on party system following the restoration of democracy in 1990 requires some serious introspection. This is particularly pertinent at a time when a single party or amalgamation leading to a large party formation has actually put the country at an important crossroads. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed following the merger of former CPN (UML) and former Maoist (Center) has a historic opportunity before them.

Lessons from Sri Lanka

December 4, 2019 11:33 am

As a part of an international observation mission, this scribe had the opportunity to observe the election process of recently concluded presidential election of Sri Lanka. Brief observation of the election is compiled here in order to share their experiences and learn lessons from them.

Peace and injustice

November 21, 2019 08:49 am

Thirteen years ago on November 21, Nepal’s political parties made a breakthrough in peaceful resolution of the armed insurgency launched by Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The parliamentary forces, in the face of repression by the direct rule of the King, stood together to extend hands with warring Maoists.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: With the by-elections slated for November 30 approaching fast, the major political parties are busy in closed-door discussions to finalizing their candidates for the 52 seats at stake at the central, provincial and local government levels.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: In an attempt to kick-start the long-stalled transitional justice (TJ) process, leaders of the two major political parties have come to an understanding to revise disputed TJ law, accommodating the concerns of conflict victims, and table a revised bill in parliament shortly after it resumes business.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Top guns of the major political parties have stressed forging unity among key political parties in the country for economic prosperity and development as they did for the political changes in the past.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: There was huge optimism among people that the country was headed on the path of peace and stability after the formation of a new government with a near two-thirds majority in parliament. But such optimism has started to fade as people from different walks of life have started heating up the street again on a routine basis.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Political scientists have suggested the political parties that they revised their principles as per the changed context.

KATHMANDU, August 1: The political parties have suggested the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has scheduled to hold the by-election in the Nepali month of Mangshir (Mid-November to Mid-December) for the vacant posts of locals levels, provincial assembly and House of Representatives.

Changing storytellers

July 8, 2019 01:30 am

Nepali people are tired of self-declared great storytellers of mainstream political parties and actors who are already past their prime

KATHMANDU, June 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday said that it was important for all political parties to be on the same side in matters relating to Nepal’s foreign affairs as he urged for the need of a coherent foreign policy.

Why I tore off the book

June 8, 2019 00:25 am

When bizarre things happen, people in Nepal often tend to say ‘this is Nepal’ meaning that anything can happen here and nothing is impossible. This seems to hold true in many cases. This is Nepal and we still don’t seem to be politically stable. This is Nepal and so many political parties are here. This is Nepal and we still don’t have water from Melamchi.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The ruling Nepal Communist Party leaders are still unable to finalize the work division of the central leaders as they continue to dispute over one-leader-one-position idea.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Civil Society Organizations have urged political parties to fulfill the environment-related promises made during the 2017 parliamentary and provincial elections.

BIRATNAGAR, May 29: Even 11 years after the end of the centuries-old monarchy and establishment of a federal republic order in Nepal, the people in the country seem unsatisfied with the growth and progress made.

Leaders, parties express condolences

February 28, 2019 07:57 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Top politicians, major political parties as well as members of the public took to various platforms on Wednesday to express their condolences over the death of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and six others in a helicopter accident at Phungling of Taplejung while his entourage was returning from Pathibhara temple on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Co-chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday stressed the unity among the political parties to steer the country toward the path of development and prosperity.

Symptoms of decay

January 13, 2019 01:30 am

Political parties, parliamentarians and government ministers feature as the most distrustful institutions in almost all surveys

BHAKTAPUR, Dec 22: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel has underscored the need of unity among all political parties for the social development.

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Expressing disappointment over the failure of transitional justice mechanisms to provide them justice, victims of the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency have demanded a high-level mechanism with ownership by political actors and other stakeholders, to expedite the transitional justice process.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Diplomats from Kosovo, a self-declared independent country in the Balkan region of Europe, have held talks with leaders from various political parties and civil society members in Nepal to make their case for Nepal's recognition of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state.