KATHMANDU, June 27: Newly appointed Minister for Urban Development, Metmani Chaudhary, has directed employees at the ministry and other subordinate bodies to perform and deliver in accordance with the Constitution and the relevant laws.

The fact that politically unaffiliated dynamic young candidates like Balen Shah and Harkaraj Sampang Rai were elected as the mayors of two big cities of Nepal shows a new local political movement has arrived in Nepal as well. This type of political movement is known as Flatpack Democracy - a small-scale revolution that is bringing real change to local politics. Citizens are reclaiming their respective cities from political parties.

The elements of a functional democracy must include the following: separation of power, independent judiciary, direct or indirect participation of the people, rule of law, transparency of the government officials, safeguard of fundamental rights, free and fair elections, to name a few. I challenge any of our contemporary political leaders to say if even half of these parameters have been met in Nepal.

DANG, May 9: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the current coalition was forged among political parties that are in favor of democracy and transformation.

MAKWANPUR, May 2: CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli has said local level elections should be conducted effectively to keep parliamentary democracy intact.

Living a hypocritical way of life is oxymoronically comfortable, but the sad reality is that, doing so, we are marching toward a society characterized by ‘individual brilliance and collective failure’.

Local Election, National Importance

February 22, 2022 06:30 am

Democracy seems to delight people only as long as they feel they are getting fast, fair and free services from the local bodies.

Intraparty Democracy at Stake in Nepal

January 27, 2022 06:30 am

This escalating ideological crisis within the political parties, lack of vision and clear action plan, disregard to the democratic norms in the selection of party leadership, sidelining the issues of inclusion as envisioned by the Constitution of Nepal, leaves ample grounds for suspicion on the ability and intention of political parties to institutionalize the nascent republican system of governance in Nepal.

A Cyber-Libertarian View on Monarchy

January 26, 2022 06:30 am

What will happen if the AI governance setup of the future feels a monarchy in a democratic setup is preferable to the anarchy created by dysfunctional democracy?

There are a host of issues before the election commission and the state to address as a challenge in order to strengthen and defend the electoral democracy, fostering more inclusive and participatory elections.

Hope is all we have. Let’s hope 2022 will be a productive year in Nepal’s journey to peace and prosperity. Let’s hope we all will let our hopes, not our hurts, shape 2022.

In Defense of Democratic Institutions

December 16, 2021 10:50 am

When the judiciary, constitutional and regulatory bodies are turned into epicentres of corruption, run by nominees notorious for their malpractices or nominated through unconstitutional processes, there is nothing which makes us optimistic about a democratic polity.

Why is democracy failing to deliver?

November 28, 2021 06:30 am

Democracy, "of the people, by the people, and for the people” cannot tolerate political nexus with foreign agents, syndicate, nepotism, intolerance, oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, commissions, corruptions and lawlessness including exemption from punishment to bigwigs and politicians suspected to be liable for criminal offences, which signify mockery of Federal Democracy, and Legislative, Executive and Judiciary as becoming dysfunctional – a recipe for the next democratic revolution.

DEUKHURI, Nov 4: CPN-UML leader Shankar Pokhrel has said that the dispute of judges of the Supreme Court and launching the agitation is the game to weaken democracy.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Former Chief Justice (CJ) Kalyan Shrestha has said that the democracy of Nepal has evolved into a company. He made the comment while speaking at a book release program on Wednesday.

TUNIS, July 26: Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament, a move his foes labelled a coup that should be opposed on the street.

No, Mr Prime Minister!

June 26, 2021 13:09 pm

KP Oli’s tendencies are wholly and growingly anti-democratic. He seems to hold no conception that an MP’s power to vote in parliament is derived from the trust from the sovereign people, and not from the party’s chairman.

Faltering Intraparty Democracy

May 25, 2021 12:38 pm

The deepening crisis of intraparty democracy brushes off the achievement of democratic values and legal standards and creates a feeding ground for brutal and egregious dictators. We are, in a true sense, living under a dictatorship.

Erosion of elections

March 5, 2021 08:00 am

The idea of elections has changed from an eagerly awaited event to an occurrence that could be good or bad but necessary for the continuance of the present political system.

Polish democracy in the crosshairs

February 23, 2021 08:10 am

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the abolition of censorship, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Poland’s civil society is again defending its hard-won democracy from a state determined to do away with it.

The Internet versus democracy

January 24, 2021 08:00 am

In a decade punctuated by the global financial crisis, the COVID-19 crisis, a racial-justice crisis, an inequality crisis, and now a political crisis, we have only paid lip service to lofty democratic ideals.

Messing up the system

January 22, 2021 08:00 am

When a government elected with an overwhelming majority dissolves the House due to the failure and inability to manage intra party wrangling and discord, it could become a bane for democracy.

The eternal promise of the Arab Spring

January 20, 2021 08:38 am

For any regime, gradual change is surely preferable to the prospect of an abrupt upheaval that threatens to replace those in power with a power vacuum.

The Arab spring ten years later

December 21, 2020 07:52 am

As 2021 begins, the geopolitical terrain in the Arab world will continue to shift. The outcome will depend on whether or when the goal of democracy mobilizes Arab populations once again.

What is pro-monarchy protest all about?

December 10, 2020 07:27 am

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.

Musings on democracy

October 22, 2020 06:10 am

The fact that I, a foreigner, can write this article and it is published is an example of how democratic norms have been rooted in the fabric of Nepali society.

What went wrong with Nepali democracy?

August 28, 2020 11:16 am

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.

The legacy of Madan Bhandari

June 30, 2020 13:00 pm

Madan Bhandari is one politician of the Left on whom there has been significant discussion in the mainstream polity of Nepal. And yet, one feels that the narrative is inadequate. Despite all that has been written and said, the very fact that that he led a communist party makes academicians and writers hesitate to properly locate his contributions in Nepal’s 70 years of democratic struggle.

Hong Kong is China’s matter

June 28, 2020 12:13 pm

Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. Surrounded by the South China Sea on all sides except the north, which neighbours the Guangdong city of Shenzhen, Hong Kong has a free market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system.  It is said that Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping, a unique place where the East meets the West and old meets new. So living in Hong Kong will be an amazing experience, everybody loves this cosmopolitan city. There is a moderately large population of Nepali people in Hong Kong.

Is COVID-19 killing democracy?

May 17, 2020 14:30 pm

BRUSSELS – The economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis occupy almost everyone’s thoughts and conversations. And for good reason: the European Union, for one, is headed toward the worst recession in its history, with the economy expected to shrink by 7-12% this year. But far less is being said about the danger the pandemic poses to democracy, even though the signals are similarly ominous.

KATHMANDU, April 27: Three political parties -- Nepali Congress, People's Socialist Party, Nepal, and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-- represented in the federal parliament have demanded legal action against those involved in the 'kidnapping' of lawmaker Dr. Surendra Yadav.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged all to be aware of the protection of everyone's rights as the democracy ensures rights to all.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The 70th National Democracy Day is being observed across the country by organizing various programs today.

Corruption weakens democracy

February 10, 2020 09:24 am

During the Gettysburg Address in 1863, Abraham Lincoln stated that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” He must have thought democracy to be the best political system in the world. Albert Camus, a French philosopher trusted democracy to be the protection of the minority. For Harry Fosdick, democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. If Lincoln, Camus, and Fosdick were alive today, they would probably be extremely disappointed to learn that democracy is in an acute crisis as it has failed to deliver on its promises.

Shame on us

January 22, 2020 17:39 pm

The heart of the democracy is cracked open, parched and sun-dried. And its soul has been encroached as the public land in the Kathmandu Valley.

Israel’s Democracy Fatigue

January 21, 2020 08:35 am

JERUSALEM – If any Western country is suffering from democratic dysfunction, it is Israel. With the country’s political leaders having again failed to form a government following the most recent parliamentary election in September, voters will head back to the polls in March 2020 for the third time in less than a year. Yet, given Israel’s inflamed, polarized politics and its highly proportional electoral system, what else can one expect from this next national vote except more deadlock?

CHITWAN, Jan 11: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said democracy would be strengthened in the presence of free media.

Reimagining democracy

December 31, 2019 09:00 am

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.

MOSCOW, Dec 22: Voters in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan are choosing a new parliament in an election that presents no genuine opposition.

Can Hong Kong avoid tragedy?

December 1, 2019 11:45 am

HONG KONG – Nearly six months after they began, the protests in our city have reached fever pitch. On one particularly devastating day earlier this month, police fired more than 1,500 rounds of tear gas, a police officer shot a demonstrator at point-blank range while being attacked, and protesters immolated a man who disagreed with them. More than 4,000 people have been arrested, infrastructure has been destroyed, and the economy has sunk into recession. And for what?

Why end global media crisis?

November 11, 2019 10:10 am

Democratic governments should recognize attacks on press freedom and use measures to pressure perpetrators to uphold freedom of expression

Why media must be free

November 5, 2019 01:30 am

Media deserve talk. In modern democratic dialogue, it has been customary to frequently debate over media quality, performance and related issues. Media freedom, media diversity and media equality are closely related terms in vogue. These three elements, when enhanced, add to the strength and quality of one another; they become the cornerstones not only of advanced media performance but also of a full-fledged democracy. As integral elements, they identify a democratic society in its true form. However, misunderstanding these elements will result in their misuse, with dire consequences beyond measurement.

The true worth of a picture

October 26, 2019 00:30 am

Who will speak for this country and boost its image internationally? Who will stand for accountability, transparency and democracy?

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.