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?
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.