A Case of Two Cartoons

June 11, 2021 13:58 pm

There is a thin line separating creative provocation from group defamation. All too often we see TV shows or cartoons stir up discord for their libelous content or politicians and celebrities from the majority community open their mouths and emit a torrent of snobbish and racist prejudice.

Even though the concept of secularism is accepted in our politics, the Nepali society is deeply religious and Nepalis guard their religious rights as well as religious identities. Therefore the contexts of other countries like the American or European secularism may not be fit here in Nepal because of its diversity.

We expect justice: Deuba

May 27, 2021 14:56 pm

KATHMANDU, May 27: President of Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that the prime minister and the president have violated the constitution.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Amid the widening intraparty rift within the ruling CPN-UML, Gorkarna Bista, an member of the dissolved parliament and a key leader of the party, has said that he will make honest efforts until the last hour to resurrect the party as it was on May 16, 2018 and save party unity.

KATHMANDU, May 27: The Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed concerns over the KP Oli-led government, accusing it of trying to ban all political activities under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Lawmakers of the recently-dissolved House of Representatives (HoR), who were elected from the Nepali Congress (NC), Maoist Center, CPN-UML’s Nepal faction, Janata Samajbadi Party’s Yadav faction and Rastirya Janmorcha, are busy collecting their signatures as the opposition alliance is preparing to knock the Supreme Court (SC)’s door against President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s move to dissolve parliament.

It has been exactly 68 days since the Supreme Court paved a way for CPN-UML and the Maoist (Center) to go about their ways. Subsequent effort to review the decision was refused by the Court. The Madhav Kumar Nepal-faction of CPN-UML threatened to resign en masse so that Nepali Congress, the Maoist (Center) and JSP would form a coalition government. Last-minute deals between PM KP Sharma Oli and Nepal prevented the party from splitting, and the CPN-UML government has survived a threat created by its own misdoings.

The Macron Factor

April 19, 2021 08:44 am

STANFORD – In French President Emmanuel Macron, the United States has the best ally it could hope for in the Élysée Palace. In fact, Macron may now be the only US allied leader with a genuine liberal-internationalist worldview to match that of US President Joe Biden.

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.

The Political Imbroglio

April 1, 2021 07:35 am

The on-going political imbroglio has been created by the lack of trust and mutual doubt and suspicion amongst the four major players. As none of the four holds a simple majority, they have to join hands with the other to form the next coalition government.

Pandey accuses Oli of misusing state power and resources to fulfill vested interests

KATHMANDU, March 20: With the central committee meeting of the ruling CPN-UML on Saturday deciding to seek clarifications from four of key rival faction leaders, many within the UML and outside the UML have started asking a question: Is the ruling CPN-UML on the verge of split?

KATHMANDU, Mar 20: The CPN-UML is holding a parliamentary party (PP) meeting and the central committee (CC) meeting on Saturday.

First three meetings of reinstated parliament did not get any significant business

The board also comprises dissident senior leaders Nepal and Khanal

KATHMANDU, March 16: Today’s meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) lasted for only about seven minutes and concluded after endorsing a condolence motion.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be achieved before 2030.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that he will make another entry into Singha Durbar, the government seat, after 20 months, winning a two-thirds majority in the next general election.

KATHMANDU, March 13: In an attempt to forge consensus on building a coalition for a new government, the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist Center) and Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) held a meeting on Saturday afternoon.

If NCP Double is to split along UML and Maoist Centre what will happen to those MPs crisscrossing between Oli and Dahal-Nepal camps?

KATHMANDU, March 7: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who reached the federal parliament building in New Baneshwar, Kathmandu, to attend the first meeting of the reinstated House of Representatives, has left the parliament building with the parliament meeting yet to start.

KATHMANDU, March 7: Amid various speculations and curiosity about the seating arrangements of the two rival factions of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in the first meeting of the seventh session of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon amid the intense intraparty row, the Parliament Secretariat said that lawmakers of both the factions – one led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the other led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal --  will be seated on the seating rows designated for the ruling side.

PM Oli is likely to face a no-confidence motion in the House session

KATHMANDU, March 4: The Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Thursday informed the parliament secretariat of their decision to have ousted leaders including the parliamentary party leader and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, deputy leader Subash Nembang, and Whip Shanta Chaudhary,  among others.

Nepal needs new radicalism to thrive in the new Digital Age. Platform thinking creates intersections between local policy-making, democracy, urban activism, and digital living.

Healing political hopelessness in Nepal

February 5, 2021 08:00 am

Healing the mass pessimism requires political forces to adopt policies that provide sustainable solutions to everyday problems of people.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Former King Gyanendra Shah has said that it was already late to analyze whether the current national politics is honest, nation-centered and pro-people.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: A faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) close to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has staged a rally in Kathmandu in an attempt to express their solidarity with PM Oli and his decision to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR).

Dictators, beware

January 9, 2021 07:00 am

Nepali people have brought down the dictators through revolutions. Remember 2007.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel has accused leaders of the rival faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal, of splitting the party.

Chinese delegation meets PM Oli

December 28, 2020 10:20 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: The Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli held a meeting with a delegation led by the Vice Minister of Chinese Communist Party International Department at Baluwatar on Sunday night.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24:  A sister organization of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has continued its protest against parliament dissolution by Prime Minister KP Ol

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Responding to the recent issuance of ordinance by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers, the Executive Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the government move is ill-intentional.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5:  Secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) held on Saturday afternoon has decided to take separate proposals presented earlier by chairmen duo KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal to the Standing Committee meeting scheduled for Sunday for further discussions.

Rely on youth

November 27, 2020 07:38 am

Enabled by youth, local forums can help generate a new sense of civic engagement focused on achieving the Agenda 2030.

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.

The story of full, half and empty glass

September 19, 2020 08:45 am

It is time for true nationalists to form a united front to not only implement the constitution but also to augment it with the unfinished agenda of federalism.

The buck stops with Putin

September 18, 2020 19:00 pm

Putin created a system that places him at its center. In Russia, that is where all responsibility is to be found.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: A prominent American scholar of international relations John J. Mearsheimer has suggested Nepal to stay neutral and have a good relation with both India and China for its security and stability as the relations between these two regional powers is souring over territorial disputes in Galwan Valley and other territory in Line of Actual Control (LAC) in recent months.

A 29-year-old mother of two children, one of whom was born just nine days before at TUTH, from Bahrabise Municipality-9, Ramche, died of coronavirus complications at Dhulikhel Hospital on Saturday, May the 16th.

Worst is yet to come

April 30, 2020 16:21 pm

Until April 20, when the government issued two infamous ordinances to change the existing laws regarding political parties and the constitutional council, before the alleged “abduction” of a lawmaker to break a fringe party apart became public, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli still had something to fall back on. Because he has had a critical kidney transplant surgery recently, there was some sympathy for him. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the world, was overshadowing the issues of government accountability. There was a space for him to rethink the way he is governing.

KATHMANDU, April 30 : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has offered to make the party's senior leader Bam Dev Gautam the new prime minister and Madhav Kumar Nepal the chairman in order to settle the intra-party disputes within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

What is the next wave?

April 30, 2020 08:25 am

When we lose control of a situation, we tend to make hasty decisions that can cast a lasting shadow on our legacy. I have an innate belief that human beings, in general, act on good intentions, and that, nobody purposely jeopardises their state of being even if they are acting in self interest. But I have failed to understand why our government has not relinquished its selfish behaviour for the good of the country even during these difficult times.

Nepal Police in federalism

April 19, 2020 15:03 pm

Governments the world over are struggling to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, most using stringent measures such as the enforcement of lockdowns and shelter-in-place as their first resort. As such, maintaining public safety, enforcing lockdowns, and assisting health providers during such crises is a responsibility almost automatically and immediately shouldered by law enforcement agencies. It is therefore pertinent to soberly consider government policy towards the preparation of such agencies to respond effectively, which implies establishment and strengthening of appropriate legal/regulatory frameworks, strategic leadership capacity, and intergovernmental coordination ahead of crises.

What we gained, what we lost

April 16, 2020 09:40 am

It was early in the afternoon of April 9 30 years ago, when the news reached Washington that King Birendra had agreed to replace Panchayat with multi-party democracy, the long-held demand of democracy activists in the country. Prior to the King’s surrender of absolute authority, tens of thousands of demonstrators had converged in Durbar Marg in front of the royal palace. Nearby, in front of the Annapurna Hotel, some demonstrators climbed on the statue of King Mahendra, to hang a shoe garland. The military personnel standing nearby had earlier warned that they would shoot anyone engaging in such mischief and, surely, they shot a number of demonstrators while climbing the statue. In the evolving mêlée, the military fired on the crowd randomly, killing some 150 demonstrators.

Governing lawfully in crisis

March 26, 2020 08:03 am

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop worldwide, causing unprecedented disruption and demanding swift and significant government action. The pandemic is requiring governments to take extraordinary measures: Massively scaling up public health capabilities, pre-empting catastrophic economic consequences, and invoking emergency measures to restrict—even track—movement and enable control over private domains. The global crisis, which is anticipated to continue for many months, is already transforming social and economic life and altering the practice of politics and government.

True Price of Carbon

March 14, 2020 09:18 am

NEW YORK – At the center of many policy challenges is a contest between “realists” and “radicals.” That’s true of the ongoing Democratic primary race in the United States, for example, and it has long defined the climate-change debate. Will incremental policies such as a modest carbon price save us from disaster, or does climate change call for a more revolutionary approach?

DANG, Mar 4: Former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who got a clean chit form the district court of Kathmandu in a case of attempted rape on February 17, is apparently having a great time in Dang these days. His remains busy every day in meetings with his supporters and voters. They garland and try to cheer him up in every way possible. However, Mahara wears a sad look on his face. While addressing the crowd, he often chokes up. He had reached his constituency in Dang as soon as he was released from jail. He is in Dang since February 24.

KAVREPALANCHOWK, Feb 16: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has urged the schoolteachers not to knock at the doors of politicians and people's representatives for getting promotion and transferred at their convenient schools.