Why democracy fails

October 5, 2019 00:00 am

The concept of democracy is fairly straight-forward: ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people.’ People choose the candidates who they believe are best poised to run the government. Why then is this fairly simple system losing its sheen, not just in Nepal but elsewhere as well? Why are so many “democratic” countries still facing chronic political crisis, rampant corruption, and gross under-development and governance failures?

Decline of democracy

September 30, 2019 02:40 am

While declaring the September 15 as the international day of democracy, the United Nations stated that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of the people.” As democracy is about consulting, caring and comforting people, the job of any government is to protect people, improve their quality of life in larger freedom giving a sense of ownership in governance.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Prime Minister KP Oli on Wednesday said that the government would act ‘like a tigress’ to protect democracy and republicanism which he claimed was coming under threat. For months now, the government has been accusing royalist forces of hatching plots to overthrow the system to restore Nepal as a Hindu kingdom.

When generosity kills

September 10, 2019 01:30 am

Nepal’s young democracy requires Nepalis to demand more from themselves and their government instead of falling victim to the allure of progress that foreign aid promises

Democracies in danger

August 15, 2019 01:00 am

India, the UK, and America are each “model” democracies. In each of these great democracies,  minorities are under attack, as are the conventions that restrain executive power

Media for democracy

August 7, 2019 01:00 am

In a modern democracy, citizens feel empowered when they have adequate access to truthful information without which they cannot take wise decisions

KATHMANDU, August 6: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, said talks mentioning that democracy was in crisis just reflected the psychology to create unnecessary fear among the mass.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Softening his previous stance, Nepal Communist Party Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Saturday said that the party will adopt Janatako Janabad (peoples’ democracy) as its new guiding principle.

ISTANBUL, June 23: Millions of Istanbul residents voted on Sunday in a re-run of a mayoral election that has become a referendum on President Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and a test of Turkey’s ailing democracy.

KATHMANDU, June 21: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota has made it clear the government has no policy to pose challenges to democracy and the free press.

KATHMANDU, June 10: Stating that democracy without economic rights and social justice remains incomplete, Prime Minister KP Oli has said that Nepal's conception of democracy goes beyond formalities such as formation of  political party, take part in electoral process or enjoy freedom of expression.

MOSCOW, June 10: Police detained hundreds of people in Kazakhstan amid unauthorized protests of a presidential election Sunday that opponents alleged was a fake exercise in democracy.

VATICAN CITY, June 9:  Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Sudan following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum last week.

Dance of democracy

June 5, 2019 01:00 am

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

Deviating from democracy

April 30, 2019 00:30 am

Democracy fails when leaders fail to address people’s aspirations, when citizens are fed with false dreams, when leaders live in luxury and people suffer

Reorienting democracy

April 28, 2019 01:30 am

When mindset is ethnic or caste-controlled, people cannot stand in favor of broader national cause

Israel and illiberal democracy

April 23, 2019 00:30 am

Israel’s latest parliamentary election has consolidated the country’s position within a growing bloc of illiberal democracies around the world

Is Democracy Dying?

April 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The word democracy comes from two Greek words ‘demos’ and ‘kratos’ which means common people and strength respectively.

Democracy’s discontents

March 31, 2019 02:05 am

Dichotomy dictates Nepal’s democracy. The mainstream news media is dominated by journalists, who hold an unwavering faith in democracy. However, a large majority of opinionators, freelancers, and wordsmiths hail from political ideologies that are hostile to democracy. The national narratives and political discourses seem to be titling toward favoring authoritarianism. Hence, the unwarranted desire for a ‘soft tyrant’ gets currency among the general public.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has sought the role of National Information Commission to inhibit the dissemination of information capable of damaging democracy.

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Risky tech attraction

March 18, 2019 00:30 am

Technology alone cannot encourage democracy. To some extent, high-quality, responsible journalism can

Reading Nepali minds

March 17, 2019 01:00 am

Nepali national psyche seems to be deceitfully democratic. Many hide behind façade of freedom

KATHMANDU, March 15: Director of Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd, Shova Gyawali highlighted how Nepal’s vibrant media was playing an instrumental role to expose corruption and wrong practices in the country and safeguard democracy.

Democracy will thrive

February 24, 2019 02:00 am

There is a long way to go before Nepal becomes a meaningful democracy but the future of democracy is bright in Nepal

Talking democracy

February 22, 2019 08:20 am

I don’t know if it’s just me or not but the Democracy Day celebrations this past Tuesday were a little underwhelming to say the least.

Democracy for the people

February 20, 2019 07:00 am

The Democracy Day that Nepal celebrates every year on Falgun 7 is becoming a ritual devoid of substance.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: After receiving pressure from various forefronts of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on his new satirical song ‘Lutna sake lut’, popular folk singer Pashupati Sharma removed the song from YouTube on Saturday. Claiming that such ‘unethical’ action of the government is a serious act of undermining freedom of expression, the general public has taken to various platforms to vent their ire against the government move.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The alleged government move to force singer Pashupati Sharma to take down his latest folk song, “Lutna Sakay Loot Kanchha” from YouTube has sparked a debate: is the government trying to curtail freedom of expression and speech by resorting to “reasonable restriction”, a constitutional provision which is subject to a government’s interpretation?

How corruption weakens democracy

January 29, 2019 11:30 am

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.

The Bibeksheel Sajha Party Nepal (BSPN), formed after the merger of Bibeksheel Nepali Party and Sajha Party in July 2017, split last week when Ujwal Thapa filed an application at the Election Commission (EC) to register a new party named Bibeksheel Nepali Dal. What led to the unexpected split? How will Bibeksheel Nepali Dal go ahead in the days to come? Republica’s Thira L Bhusal met with him for a comprehensive response.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli asserted that no political power can subvert the current democratic political system, hinting at former King Gyanendra Shah’s recent activities including visit to Pokhara.

Watch your democracy

December 20, 2018 01:30 am

If the stalwarts of Nepali democracy are not vigilant, authoritarian forces will likely suspend our democracy once again

Testing times for democracy

November 28, 2018 01:30 am

While in opposition communists make nationalism their sole agenda. When they lead the government they tend to attack democracy and lean toward authoritarianism

DHADING, Nov 24: Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the party has mired into factional politics, creating favorable environment for the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to impose despotic rule on the country.

BP Koirala praised at book launch

November 23, 2018 21:49 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has advised republican and communist political parties to come together for national unity, geographical integrity and strengthening democracy in the country.

Sustaining democracy

November 18, 2018 02:00 am

Regardless of great changes, if mentality, mindset, practices and behavior of our leaders remain the same our democracy will be in trouble

Concert of Indo-Pacific democracies

November 15, 2018 00:30 am

Creating a free and open Indo-Pacific is not the job of one country alone.

Freedom Fighter Bajimay dies at 105

November 11, 2018 09:25 am

KHOTANG, Nov 11: Manisundar Bajimaya, who fought all his life to bring democracy and earned himself the recognition of Khotang's freedom fighter died at 105 on Wednesday.

Stop killing messenger

November 4, 2018 00:15 am

NEW YORK – What does it cost to silence a muckraking reporter? In the Philippines, officials needed just $250 in 2011 to buy the services of a journalist-slaying gunman. In Slovakia, Ján Kuciak and his fiancée were killed in February for about $80,000.

In democracy, no one is indispensable

October 11, 2018 02:00 am

Three-time Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam of ruling Nepal Communist Party is desperate to get elected as member of federal parliament one more time.

Defending democracy

October 8, 2018 00:30 am

Democracy, with its roots in the Enlightenment ideals of freedom and reason must be defended

BIRGUNJ, Sept 28: Senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Ram Chandra Poudel, has said constitution should be amended to strengthen democracy.

In Israel, identity over democracy

September 26, 2018 00:30 am

Israel has determined that its Jewish identity is more important than its democracy. This will be bad

Former U.S. President Barack Obama assailed President Donald Trump and Republicans on Friday, urging Democrats to deliver a check on the administration’s “abuses of power” and restore a sense of sanity to politics by voting in November’s elections.

Endangering democracy

July 12, 2018 01:30 am

King Gyanendra did not have to fire a single bullet to oust democratically elected prime minister. He used democratic institutions to swing his weapon to destroy democratic norms

KATHMANDU, July 1: The government’s crackdown on demonstrators at Maitighar Mandala, a roundabout popular for demonstrations given its proximity to Singha Durbar, the government seat, after it was declared a ‘no protest zone’, has sparked fresh criticisms of the KP Oli-led government for ‘curtailing civil liberties’.

Hardly noticed on the world landscape of emerging democracies, lies Nepal. This new republic now has the first government, newly formed this past February, under a secular constitution. It’s route is scattered with the detritus of its becoming a republic, though still a relatively nonviolent path.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Stating that the country had achieved democracy after decades of struggle, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli urged parliamentarians not to cast any doubt on the government’s commitment to safeguard it.

LONDON, June 20: If the U.S.-led campaign to extradite and silence Assange is successful, it will invariably become the blueprint used by powerful governments like the U.S. to silence independent journalists the world over, and bludgeon them into submission.