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Revealing clothes and sexual liberation in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/10/2011
“Is there a correlation between revealing clothes and sexual liberation,” asked a friend of mine, all of a sudden, while we were having tea, a week ago. I was stunned by his question.

Maoists in Nepal about to Bury their Infant Live
Prakash Bom - 8/31/2010
Recall the Maoist insurgency that lasted a decade. The arm struggle popularly known to Maoists "People´s War" meant to eradicate feudal establishment, the monarchy to establish "People´s Republic of Nepal." But it thrived with a "Comprehensive Peace Accord 2006", which gave the nation the interim constitution to commission the "Constituent Assembly elections" for drafting a new constitution of Nepal.

Can Democracy Thrive in Nepal Amidst the Maoists?
Prakash Bom - 6/1/2010
It was a sigh of relief when Maoists withdrew their indefinite general strike. To General public who participated in peace rallies nationwide it was worth their effort. But to the incumbent government and to the political parties in the coalition, it has given another form of political choice.

Royalists Yearning for Civil War in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 5/6/2010
The Hindu royalists in Nepal and India are getting more organized against The Federal Democratic Republic Nepal. They are demanding a referendum on the monarchy, secular state and structure of federalism, which is against the decisions of Constituent Assembly.

Myanmar’s return to democracy seems a far cry
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 5/6/2010
The military junta in Myanmar has announced that it would hold general elections later this year. The National League for Democracy (NLD), Myanmar’s main opposition party, lost no time in announcing that it will not participate in the election process. The NLD suspects that the ruling military will rig the election process. The new election law issued by the junta on 17 March 2010 has barred pro-democracy Aung San Suu Kyi from joining a political party and thus running in upcoming elections.

World Bank, Poverty, Aid, NGOs, and Development Paradox in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 4/1/2010
If we turn over the pages of any development books related to Nepal and other developing nations of the region, we are continually confronted by the issues of "poverty," "poverty traps," "incidence of poverty," "poverty line" and what not. Many people in fact use these words as synonyms while most rely on the standards provided by the World Bank or the United Nations organizations.

Economic cannibalism in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/20/2010
Any society after consuming years and years of its precious time ultimately begs one explosive question: How much revolution is too much? I candidly avow that most Nepalese are already beginning to ask this question as they sense that enough is enough. And they are right. A nation cannot subsist only on revolution forever; it needs solidarity amongst its citizens, ample job opportunities, and the rule of law and order to prevail as a functioning nation.

At Last Formation of HLPM in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 1/28/2010
The fundamental concern should have been whether the formation of High Level Political Mechanism would overrule the electoral proceedings of Constituent Assembly given the disposition of political leaderships and politics of main political parties. Nonetheless, if its authority overrides Parliament proceedings then it will obviously undermine the people’s supremacy.

Is India Democratic and Spiritual in Nepal?
Lok Nath Bhusal, Ph.D. candidate - 1/21/2010
Amidst the ongoing strong and strategic protests of the ballot-proof and bullet-proof Maoists on the one hand, and the hallucinated pro-rightist mainstream media supported strategically by Indian and domestic elites, on the other, it would be premature to conclude what is going to happen in Nepal. But a distinctive class-face has featured in Nepal’s political landscape – the Maoists and the anti-Maoists. This divide is not going to give a way out for consensus for ending feudalism what many developed countries gave a huge goodbye long-ago. Then, there would be more acrimony than harmony in Nep...

NRN & Nepali Nationhood
Prakash Bom - 1/3/2010
Nepalis who opposed outright NRN's demand for dual-citizenship provision from the street corners of Kathmandu in their response to general public questionnaires of nepalnews.com and Kantipur surely have no knowledge of NRN's relation with the nation. This is the failure of government authorities to make general public aware of the existence of NRN around the world and their role in nation building process through remittance and investments.

Where would Maoists Lead Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 12/19/2009
As per the rule that Maoists agreed upon, Nepal has elected Constituent Assembly that made fundamental decisions such as abolition of monarchy, declaration of federal republic, drafting of a new constitution, and restructuring of federal states. But, Maoists declaring autonomous federal states prior to the statute has overruled the political coherence.

Maoists’ Multiparty Politics Exhausted Nepal
Prakash Bom - 12/7/2009
Could twelve years Maoist insurgency have brought the historic political changes in Nepal without Maoists joining mainstream politics? Perhaps not with even the bloodshed of the millions of innocent life of poor people as Maoist proletariats! If the underlying objective of Maoist is to bring an overall social change – “cultural revolution” then Maoists cannot impose their political ideas with Maoist party’s unilateral decision.

Does Nepal need a National Unity Government at this point?
Prakash Bom - 11/17/2009
International community has recognized that a national unity government for Nepal is desirable at this point in order to drafting a new constitution and managing Maoist combatants. However, a national unity government does not necessarily mean Maoist or UML or NC led government.

Halt Nepal's Political Unrest Now With Vedic Defence
Dr. Kingsley Brooks and Dr. David Leffler - 10/21/2009
Nepal, the land of Himalayas and Veda, is today facing a great challenge of ever increasing internal violence by various groups of insurgents. How does it stop the political unrest that cripples Nepal's economy and causes other social problems that could lead to more war and terrorism? Achieving economic success while happily living in perpetual peace is not only an intrinsic desire but also a fervent wish of the citizens of Nepal.

Nepal´s Supreme Leaders Wreaking Democracy
Prakash Bom - 10/20/2009
Perhaps it is in the entire history of representative (Parliamentary) democratic system Nepal could be the only one nation, which honors those political leaders who lost people´s electoral mandate from nation´s historic elections of Constituent Assembly upon the daylight of 21st century.

The Attitude of Drafting a New Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 10/12/2009
Drafting of a new constitution ought to be inspired with revolutionary expectations against the establishment of status quo. In spite of the revolution born of diverse and conflicting perspectives the new proposal must redirect the nation for an overall structural change. The new proposal must address, therefore, the "ground-breaking reality" against the status quo. Otherwise, the proposal will fail to render fair constitution to honor civilian rule.

Child labor dilemma in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/12/2009
Nepalese politicians never abstain from talking about making Nepal the most prosperous nation in the world but in reality their ever diminishing ethics are making the mockery of the ordinary Nepalese destiny. For instance, for all the money and attention devoted to the child laborers in Nepal , no one has yet worked out, where they are and what it has done to ameliorate the child laborer syndrome.

Status Quo against New Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 10/10/2009
In my opinion that those who opposed the bill that the Committee for Determining the Judicial System of Constituent Assembly has passed recently for appointing Supreme Court justices by the Parliament need further understanding on the question of check and balance of power in Democracy beyond the status quo or tradition for judicial independence.

What Maoists want in Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 9/28/2009
Who wants change in Nepal, not with the rhetoric to make Nepal Switzerland overnight, but to transform Nepal with the legislations that can deliver good governance and justice? This means the Parliament or the elected representatives of legislative body of the government take comprehensive responsibility to make sure that good governance and justice is delivered.

What Maoists want in Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 9/24/2009
Who wants change in Nepal, not with the rhetoric to make Nepal Switzerland overnight, but to transform Nepal with the legislations that can deliver good governance and justice? This means the Parliament or the elected representatives of legislative body of the government take comprehensive responsibility to make sure that good governance and justice is delivered.

CA Legislators’ Apt to Democracy in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/1/2009
It is an ethical question for the elected representatives in Democracy to enforce with their piece of legislation the true administration of justice which is the firmest pillar of good government all beyond their party-line-politics. This means supporting that bill whichever political party endorses it for the true administration of justice.

Diarrhoeal dilemma in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/31/2009
It sounded like an innocuous question from a foreign TV reporter – “What is the worth of a rural Nepalese life?” Except it came at a time when diarrhoeal epidemic in Jajorkot, Rukum, Bajhang, Baitadi, Rukum, Dailekh, Doti and various other Mid- Western region of the country have been wrecking havoc.

Impunity: A Newfound Identity of Nepal
Amit Pyakurel - 8/21/2009
Impunity, perhaps, could be termed as a national identity of the modern day Nepal, or the ‘New Nepal’ as per the political catchphrase. Incessant instances of crimes and anarchyhave found a new momentum due to this deeply entrenched phenomenon called impunity.

Rising food insecurity in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/7/2009
Hunger kills more people in the world than any other disease. Every day approximately 25000 people die from hunger and hunger related illness. Today, one in nearly seven people does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Furthermore, it has been reported by The Economist that the domestic food prices in about 46 developing countries are higher than 12 months ago and this could easily pave the way for more hunger related problems leading to death.

Nepal Army, Justice & Peace Process of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 7/30/2009
The so-called main democratic political parties such as Nepali Congress, UML and their certain leaders who think along the line of GP Koirala can try to fool Nepali people forget all about how state army violated the human rights, but not the world-community at their expense which are concern about the reluctance of Nepal Army to redefine its mission for justice to support peace process.

Nepal’s Post-Maoist Falters’ Power Politics
Prakash Bom - 6/18/2009
If the status quo Nepali politicians and their counsels could have been realistic with their cognitive and optimistic bias towards Democracy they would have second thought for not to adore a ceremonial president with the executive power of supreme commander of Nepal Army. Instead such a constitutional provision should have been rested on people’s elected Parliament – Constituent Assembly without which consent no executive body of the government can make decision upon emergency or constitutional and political crises.

Nepal’s Post-Maoist Falters’ Power Politics
Prakash Bom - 6/15/2009
If the status quo Nepali politicians and their counsels could have been realistic with their cognitive and optimistic bias towards Democracy they would have second thought for not to adore a ceremonial president with the executive power of supreme commander of Nepal Army. Instead such a constitutional provision should have been rested on people’s elected Parliament – Constituent Assembly without which consent no executive body of the government can make decision upon emergency or constitutional and political crises.

Impasse Reigns Nepal’s New Government
Amit Pyakurel - 6/12/2009
Starting his job at the office PM Madhav Kumar Nepal came up with rather an optimistic note calling for the politics of consensus and cooperation for the way ahead at this difficult time, yet the terms being clichéd abounding in the contemporary politics of the country. But the alliance already seems to be in snag, as indicated by one or the other instances. Instances like the dispute arisen in one of the essential coalition partners, the Forum, and the hard time the parties encountered while distributing the power, signifies an infirmity in the coalition of the twenty two parties with their inherently diverse

Nepal´s First President & his Unconstitutional Approach
Prakash Bom - 5/13/2009
What kind of Parliamentary system is this where the army chief who has disobeyed decisions of people elected civil government on several occasions can defy government order on his discharge by claiming that the president but not the Prime Minister who has constitutional power to lay him off from his duty?

Self-Serving Politics of Political Parties of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/27/2009
Can leaders of major political parties of Nepal transcend themselves from “self-serving” politics at least for this transition period? Obviously, it is a question of conscientious to honestly address the political challenges that nation has been confronted at this stage. Unquestionably, the more the political parties are self-serving their own party interests (agenda and ideology) the less they are committed to people and nation for the rule of law.

The Legacy of “Daura-Suruwal-Topi” Politics of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/24/2009
How a glory of a nation on the tip of the two massive plate tectonics movement can be appraised in the first place with “Daura-Suruwal-Topi” as Nepali-men’s national dress over the geological time with the 21st century’s technology that has almost reached the point for new direction to shape process of natural selection for human evolution!

Nepal in Tug O' War over Consensus Politics
Prakash Bom - 2/23/2009
Of course, the consensus politics cannot overrule the authority of electoral process in multiparty Democracy, particularly electing leaders and representatives, and nominating political appointees in all three branches of government – legislative, executive and judiciary. However, consensus politics can play significant role in decision making process predominantly between governing political party and oppositions under certain historical circumstances, for example in Nepal's volatile peace process and in drafting Nepal's new constitution.

Nepal: Ordinances of Maoist-led Gov a Status Quo Ante Bellum
Prakash Bom - 2/23/2009
Despite Nepal Maoists' repeated rhetoric against "status quo", unless for both soft and hardliner Maoists the norms and principle of democracy are roadblocks, the attempt of Maoist-let government to issue ordinances during Parliament recess without the political consensus of people's elected Constituent Assembly to statute law is the example of 'Status Quo Ante Bellum' that reigned in two hundred fifty years feudal governments' arbitrary government practice prior to Maoist insurgency and historic People's April Uprising. The attempt contradicts Maoists' call for the statute of new constitution to establish "People Oriented Democracy."

Ordinances of Maoist-led Nepal Government a Status Quo Ante Bellum
Prakash Bom - 2/6/2009
Despite Nepal Maoists' repeated rhetoric against "status quo", unless for both soft and hardliner Maoists the norms and principle of democracy are roadblocks, the attempt of Maoist-let government to issue ordinances during Parliament recess without the political consensus of people's elected Constituent Assembly to statute law is the example of 'Status Quo Ante Bellum' that reigned in two hundred fifty years feudal governments' arbitrary government practice prior to Maoist insurgency and historic People's April Uprising. The attempt contradicts Maoists' call for the statute of new constitution to establish "People Oriented Democracy."

People's Elected Nepal Government & Nepal Army Establishment
Prakash Bom - 2/5/2009
Perhaps the people's aspiration for a new Nepal is easy said than edifice without conflicts. However, conflicts are unavoidable despite the common agreement of all. But the outcome depends on how sensibly the parties involved in the conflict take the responsibility. For example, in the case of Nepal Army's attempt to continue recruitment against the spirit of 2006 Peace Accord depends on how people's elected government under the leadership of Maoist can handle the issue and how Nepal Army with its old establishment can coordinate with the new government's commitments to peace and democracy.

The Rule of Law in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 1/28/2009
Nepal has failed historically in complying with the "Rule of Law" in government practices and made itself world renown for its ongoing tradition of impunity all time in all three branches of government. The question is "why Nepal has to be doomed with such traditions that perpetuate party favoritism, ethnic tribalism, religious superior-ism, familial nepotism, gang criminal-ism, and so on that overrule justice?"

What will Nepal Get from Maoists in next One & Half Years?
Prakash Bom - 1/8/2009
What commitments Maoists have or have not fulfilled towards 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord despite the political pressures so far will determine the future of Nepal, if conscientious democratic forces from every corner – politics, media, elites, civil society and intellectuals fail to scrutinize the ground reality and lead the nation as per the aspiration of people for a new democratic Nepal.

Nepal is Ill with the Politics of Conceit
Prakash Bom - 1/8/2009
When twelve years' pseudo-democratic practice under the monarchical setup was suspended for the rule of absolute dictatorship by Gyanendra Shah the top leaders of main political parties were hung-up and shaken for their willingness to confess mistakes. But now what they have become with their confessions in dealing with the new nation is disheartening.

Maoists are Conspiring Democracy in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 12/18/2008
First of all, the international institutions such as UN, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank have to understand whether they are willing to sacrifice democracy with their financial supports for the socio-economic transformation that Maoist led government has prioritized knowing that Maoists have already started blaming multi-party democracy for obstruction.

Nepal's NC Not Favoring Change
Prakash Bom - 12/16/2008
Perhaps Maoist insurgency could have never been merged with "People´s April Uprising" if Maoists had not revealed their fundamental demand for the Constituent Assembly elections to draft a new constitution of Nepal. That is to say, if Maoist insurgency did not have surfaced demands along the people´s aspiration for democracy (but with their people´s war strategy to establish one-party totalitarian communist government system), people could have never given Maoists chance to get simple majority in Constituent Assembly. Is this what PM Prachanda is arguing and accusing NC for not fulfilling people´s aspiration?

Nepal's New Political Leadership
Prakash Bom - 12/3/2008
Despite the media reporting on minister of culture and state restructuring Gopal Kirati´s gold-rush for innovation, once before criticized by the constitutional pundits and CA secretariats for his attempt to rule-out CA jurisdiction, minister Kirati´s recent draft for federal government system resembles pragmatic federalist approach to state restructuring pertaining to nation´s geographical and cultural diversity.

Nepal’s business environment: Stained by political uncertainties
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/16/2008
In the past couple of years, whole world has hailed an improvement in Nepal ’s political performance. But sustained political development is impossible without greater economic stability. Is that in prospect?

Nepal's
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
World has witnessed over a year Nepal Terai's marginalized ethnic and indigenous people's movement for the federal government system to secure their right to self-governance for their different indigenous nationalities, Indian origin Hindu ethnic group known as "Madhesi" and "Dalits" by restructuring the Nepal's unitary state.

Maoist Nepal Better Balance the Power for a Stable Government
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
If Maoist as a major political party in Constituent Assembly of Nepal is going to facilitate drafting of a new constitution of Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, then it should better balance the power in order to form a stable cabinet by electing the first president of Nepal not necessarily for sake of boosting national pride but accomplishing the fundamental objective of Constituent Assembly.

Why do UMDF Madhesi Parties of Nepal Need Affirmative Supplementary Bill?
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
Leaders of almost all political parties' have clearly realized at this difficult transition period that whatever agreement Nepali Congress led SPA interim government signed with United Madhesi Democratic Front prior to Constituent Assembly elections has not only entrapped the government and obstructed the further democratic process but also has threaten the national integrity of Nepal. Therefore, the world has to know who really are these UMDF Madhesis and why they desperately need such an affirmative supplementary bill for the constitutional guarantee for their agreement. It has to be clear...

Unity Gov of 3-Main-Political-Party Alone Can Save Nepal
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
It has been clear at least metaphorically with the protest letter of Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta of Madhesi People's Rights Forum at Constituent Assembly that Madhesi demand for an autonomous one-Madhes-one Province is truly meant to split Nepal vertically whether their agreement with the interim government is implemented by CA for the constitutional guarantee or not.

Reconstruct National Integrity of Nepal with the History of Neolithic Terai
Prakash Bom - 7/6/2008
Geographically, Nepal is made up of three physical regions highlands, hills and plains known as Himalayas, Pahad and Terai. Anthropologically, the aboriginal people of these three regions of Nepal are Tharus, Magars, and Kirats. None the less, all autochthonous people of Nepal are indigenous nationalities. Therefore, Nepal's national integrity must represent its indigenous nationalities' diverse ethnical, cultural and linguistic history. This must be achieved with the drafting of a new constitution and restructuring of state of the federal democratic republic Nepal.

Hidden Memo of 'One Madhes and One Province' Conspiracy
Prakash Bom - 7/6/2008
Definitely, it has not yet been public whether main political parties have ever been doubtful of those Madhesi political parties' agenda, which demand repulsively one Madhes and one province or one autonomous Madhes, what if it is vested with a future format of disintegrating the nation. However, they must have smelled a rat from such a grand ambitious agenda, which can have a scheme of a long-term political strategy to disintegrate the nation.

Cohering UDMF Agreements with the 5th Amendment of the Interim Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 7/6/2008
First of all, no government agreements with any political party or organization or foreign government can bypass the electoral right of people's representatives either in the transitional Constituent Assembly or in the future Parliament of a new democratic Nepal. This is the most hard-earned people's mandate of half a century democratic struggle and sacrifice, which has been finally established by the successful Constituent Assembly elections. The mandate is fundamentally set to keep political leaders, ruling elites and their cadres back on the tacks of competitive electoral democracy against their overbearing arbitrary discussion making feudal tradition in the government.

Can Minister Matrika Yadav's Undemocratic Action be Justified?
Prakash Bom - 7/6/2008
It is off course the action of Minister Yadav for locking up government employee is undemocratic because first off all it violates government's code of conduct and employee's civil liberty and right for justice.

Defending National Integrity of Nepal from Political Impropriety
Prakash Bom - 7/1/2008
Nepal as a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual in its entire history of state formation since the period of Kirat and Lichhivi dynasty prior to this modern republic period its national integrity had never ever been politically trivialized as of the Madhesi political parties' demand for 'one-Madhes-one-province!'

Put An End to SPA Rule with the Constituent Assembly Ballot
Prakash Bom - 6/27/2008
It's been hard for SPA leaderships to acknowledge the fact that their rule of political consensus has come to a logical end with the people's elected representatives of Constituent Assembly. If the main political parties simply fail to make political consensus on issues due to their differences then issues with their different agenda must be brought to the ballot of Constituent Assembly for legislation.

Out of This Political Standoff What Do Nepali People Demand?
Prakash Bom - 6/27/2008
People are fed-up to their nose with the political parties´ dirty politics, particularly of Nepali Congress party. People no longer want dirty politics that creates imprudent and self-contradictory standoffs. Because no matter how the political parties set it up the game for their bargaining chips for the power it has always bred double standard. Their indiscreetness in decision making processes goes against the mandate of people and their own commitments to the competitive electoral democratic practice. It is obvious that the dirty politics causes political standoffs.

Question of Defining National Security Council of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 6/27/2008
First all, in defense of democracy from being violated by the poor and ill minded politics of politicians of Nepal it has to be absolutely clear that neither the government cabinet nor its national security council can overrule the electoral power of people's representatives either in the transitional Constituent Assembly or in the future Parliament. What it means that the government cabinet has no authority to recommend President on behalf of its national security council to impose emergency or move army for the national security without the consensus of vote of the people's representatives....

Out of This Political Standoff What Do Nepali People Demand?
Prakash Bom - 6/18/2008
People are fed-up to their nose with the political parties' dirty politics, particularly of Nepali Congress party. People no longer want dirty politics that creates imprudent and self-contradictory standoffs. Because no matter how the political parties set it up the game for their bargaining chips for the power it has always bred double standard. Their indiscreetness in decision-making processes goes against the mandate of people and their own commitments to the competitive electoral democratic practice. It is obvious that the dirty politics causes political standoffs.

Question of Criteria for the President of Republic Nepal
Prakash Bom - 6/18/2008
Nepal is declared according to the proposal statement an independent, indivisible, inclusive, secular federal democratic republic with the sovereignty and state authority vested in people. What state authority is other than the controlling-electoral-mechanism by the elected people's representatives as per the norms and principle of multi-party democracy? This means neither the constitutional president nor the prime minister and its government cabinet of a political party in majority as per the constitutional provision or a coalition government cabinet without majority can bypass the electora...

An Outlook of Federal Security System of Republic Nepal & Integration of PLA
Prakash Bom - 6/15/2008
People's elected representatives of Constituent Assembly have declared Nepal a secular federal democratic republic. Of course, political consensus of major political parties and their leaderships have led the people's electoral power to arrive to this historic achievement. But without institutionalizing the power of people's electoral mechanism such a declaration could not have been possible for its legitimacy. If it could have been possible, why could not then SPA have declared it before? Therefore, no political consensus alone can thereafter be legitimate without the electoral consensus ...

Nepal: A Revolution sans Revolution
N.P.Upadhyaya - 6/8/2008
Kathmandu: Not even a single person had thought that the now forlorn King Gyanendra would be so much modest, accommodative and reconciliatory in nature. But he exhibited all these qualities, unusual as it may appear peeping back into the days of his direct rule, while meeting a government delegation Monday, June 2, 08, morning which was led by none less than by Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

In Protest of Appointment of the President of Republic Nepal
Prakash Bom - 6/8/2008
Why do elected people's representatives represent in the Parliament or Assembly or Senate in democracy? If the government head, cabinet and political parties dictate the political consensus for the people and nation then what for do we elect people's representatives? Do not think people of modern Nepal are not capable of such simple reasoning therefore the mandate of people to the Constituent Assembly representatives is to play their full role in democratic process. This means they should not let any political consensus bypass their electoral democratic rights without their vote for legisla...

Fingers Crossed at Nepal’s Republican Utopia
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 6/1/2008
Nepal is at the crossroads. The 239-year-old Hindu monarchy has been consigned into the dustbin of history. A constituent assembly meeting on May 28, 2008 in the capital, Kathmandu, overwhelmingly voted to make Nepal "an independent, indivisible, sovereign, and secular and an inclusive democratic republic nation." Thousands of people came out on the streets nationwide to celebrate the declaration of republic. The government announced a two-day public holiday in celebration of the republic.

Nepal Welcomes Democracy
Tanveer Jafri - 6/1/2008
At last 240 years old monarchy has met its end in Nepal, a neighbor country of India. This year, in the month of April there were general elections for constituent assembly in Nepal and the Maoist organization won the power with great majority. The first resolution that this new organized Nepal constituent assembly passed was to end the monarchy and to set up the democracy. On the last April 28, with the passing of resolution of end of monarchy, by the new constituent assembly of Nepal, the flag that represented the monarch's rule in Nepal was removed and in its place the national flag of Nepal was hoisted on the Narayanhiti palace.

Nepal's Republic Declaration & the Ground Reality
Prakash Bom - 6/1/2008
Why have people of Nepal been so passionate about the declaration of secular republic and why have they been so happy about abolishing two-hundred-forty years old institution of monarchy at this point in the history of Nepal? As a matter of fact, Nepal has had never been a nation in its history that has been fully governed by the secular democratic rule of law. As a result, it has been remained primitively backward in all socio-political and economic developments due to its traditional rule of law entirely based on the feudal-Hindu propaganda in the form of beliefs and superstitions.

A Perspective of the New Government of Nepal for Maoists to Lead
Prakash Bom - 5/11/2008
Politically, it is unethical for Maoist leaderships to lead the government prior to abolishing the institution of the feudal monarchy and declaring Nepal a federal democratic republic to set the guideline for drafting the new constitution of a secular state. If they did then they will be re-enforcing the existing feudal Hindu government system and its rule of law. Current government and its legal system are ingeniously intermingled with the feudal Hindu-legal system known as the national law – Mulki-ain and unaccountably governed by the socio-political mindset of the feudal administrative logi...

Closed-List Method of CA Elections of Nepal & Candidate Nomination
Prakash Bom - 5/11/2008
Had SPA – 'Seven-Party Alliance of Nepal', chosen Open-List method of proportional representation electoral system for constituent assembly elections instead of Closed-List, political parties could have been challenged to nominate their candidates more democratically. Since no political parties within and outside of SPA, nor any ethnic organization, nor the civil society members, nor the think-tank intellectuals or electoral experts, nor the mainstream news media took the responsibility to question the 'Blank-candidate' party-list ballots of Closed-List method of PR electoral system the party monopoly over candidate nomination is inevitable.

Maoflation in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 5/11/2008
On the 13th of February 1996, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) launched the Nepalese People’s War, in which about 13,000 Nepalese were killed and many other were fatally maimed. They were so brutal then that they were labeled by the US government as a foreign terrorist organization. Unfortunately, the tag is still lurking in their head but there are signs of the tag being pulled off by the US government in the near future.

Crude revenge of history in Nepal
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 5/2/2008
Monarchism in Himalayan state of Nepal, is possibly experiencing the fall of their centuries old era when King Gyanendra is ready to reconcile with his fate that has been freshly charted out by the verdict of the constituent assembly poll, thus bringing a surprise victory for the Maoists.

Maoists recruiting ‘comrades’ from neighbors
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 5/2/2008
Much before victory of Maoists in Nepal, several hundred members of banned underground communist parties in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka has been recruited by Maoists for orientation and training on staging similar movements in the respective countries. A source confirms Dhaka’s largest and most influential newspaper, Weekly Blitz that since December 2007, secret recruitment of ‘comrades’ by the Nepalese Maoists began in Bangladesh under the guidance some leftist leaders. Such recruits are sent to various parts in Nepal for six-month orientation and training, with the ulterior motive of beg...

The Political Consensus & Logical Sequence of People's Mandate of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 4/29/2008
People have on April Uprising and on the successful CA elections demonstrated the historical people's mandate. Now it is up to the political parties to follow its logical sequence in coordination with their political consensus for creating a new democratic Nepal. Obviously as per the interim constitution and Seven-Party-Alliance consensus the next logical sequence of people's mandate is to set the first-meet of Constituent Assembly electoral for deciding the fate of two hundred fifty years old institution of feudal monarchy. The logical priority of people's mandate is set onto the Constituent ...

A Catch-22 Logic of a Cultural-King of Nepal for Maoists to Ingest
Prakash Bom - 4/29/2008
The dangerous of all about the institution of monarchy of Nepal is the retention of its feudal tradition that sustains on Hindu religion of beliefs and superstitions in the name of culture. It will be rather creating a non-win situation for people against their aspiration after all that two hundred and fifty years´ suffering. In a true sense the monarchy has no culture, which implies role of cultivation for change that its fellow countrymen can adapt to better rational tools for their survival such as freedom, justice and equality. Instead it has always been ambitiously convoluted with its des...

Maoist victory in Nepal leaves alarming signal for South Asia
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/24/2008
Although Nepal is one of the smallest countries in South Asia with endless beauties of nature, the recent developments in Katmandu, which resulted in massive victory of Maoist in the election, thus establishment of another Communist rule in world’s lone Hindu nation is seen as an alarming signal for the South Asians nations as well as Asian countries. Many smell involvement of regional intelligence agencies behind such landslide victory or rather a complete upset in media predictions, while others see Al Qaeda’s hand in bringing the Maoists in power with the ultimate objective of turning Nepal into a safe haven of Islamist and Communist terrorism.

Constituent Assembly Elections Result In A Great Surprise for Maoist Nepal
Prakash Bom - 4/17/2008
Status quo driven main political party - Nepali Congress (NC) and United Marxist Leninist (UML) leaderships and their cadres were confident in winning substantial constituent assembly seats. Similarly, cognitively biased ruling elites, diplomats, intellectuals and main media sitcoms were sure that Maoist would never gain such a landslide victory out of CA elections. Obviously they read their own mind but failed to read the minds of Nepali people, particularly of the young population whose hope at this point lies on the Maoist leaderships. Such a massive wins even to Maoist leaderships have bee...

Out of the wreckage of Nepal’s uncertainty emerges a changed Maoist Party
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 4/12/2008
In my 4th April 2008, Global Politician Article, “Democratic premium in Nepal is getting bigger and wider,” (see http://www.globalpolitician.com/24440-nepal), I had argued that the democratic premium in Nepal is getting wider but to my utmost dismay, many readers accused me of being Pro- Maoist and a defector of democracy without analyzing my article in detail and without reviewing my previous political articles.

Nepal Maoists' Proposal for the Radical Change
Prakash Bom - 4/11/2008
What could be the radical change and how could that be materialized even in socio-political and economic sense for one of the poorest nations of the world in the global economics of the 21st century? If the Communist Party of Nepal Maoist leaderships think for the radical change in terms of capturing the state for their one-party or totalitarian rule, then with due respect it would be a dream for building a castle in the sky even Maoists are cable of capturing the state. The capture might be successful in overthrowing suspended institution of the feudal monarchy but it can by no means transfo...

Democratic premium in Nepal is getting bigger and wider
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 4/6/2008
Even if things are improving slowly, they are, at best, not getting worse for the Nepalese. The chief reason is that the democratic premium in Nepal is getting bigger as the political parties are fighting for their stake in the upcoming Constituent Assembly election, which many doubted would never happen in Nepal.

Mao-less day: A rarity in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 3/30/2008
In Nepal they say it is impossible to have a “Mao-less day”, a day without Maoists intimidation. News headlines in Nepal seldom stray far from Maoists atrocities, verbal abuses, intimidation and their violent physical attacks against the leaders of other parties. And unfortunately for Nepal , Maoist’s intimidation scramble in most places of Nepal is alarming other political parties before the most coveted Constituent Assembly election scheduled for April 10th where the Maoists too are taking part.

Re-Building a Run-down Hindu Feudal Nation
Prakash Bom - 3/29/2008
Nepal as a diverse ethnic society had long been ram-shackled with the feudal Hindu socio-religious values that are dishonorably convoluted and foolishly perverted from its original source – Vedic religion of philosophies. This fact to the feudal authorities such as the institution of the monarchy and the higher caste erudite Hindus still is not even intellectually acceptable in regard to their practice of caste system and religious rite of animal sacrifice. It is true that the more feudal the south Asian society the more superstitious and fanatic the Hindus way of life has thus far become – c...

Flip-flopping Law Enforcement Tradition of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/23/2008
On several occasions international community has called 'Flip-flopping Law Enforcement Tradition of Nepal' the culture of impunity. What elements of society encourage the culture of impunity is the question perhaps nation's ruling elites, responsible judiciary personalities and political leaderships are primarily ignoring it. It seems as if the culture is so deeply embedded in our daily socio-political and economic life that practice of impunity has become our one of the important survival tools. However, nation has failed to realize in every level that the democracy will not fly far with th...

Nepal: Road towards CA Polls yet to be mended
Amit Pyakurel - 3/19/2008
The political sphere in Nepal seems to have taken a great leap forward, following the recently attained agreement between the government and the two chief Madhesi groups. It's a hard-earned triumph, in view of some drastic demands by the Madhesi groups, which had rather shown almost no way-out towards reconciliation. The demands like autonomous Terai with the right to self-determination stroke hard to the government on the contemplation that the demands could disintegrate the nation by inviting revulsion among the citizens of ethnic or regional identities.

Don't Ruin Nepal Elections with the Media Hyperbolism
Prakash Bom - 3/16/2008
Hyperbolism in teens' world does not only imply exaggeration or overstatement of one's idea about what things should be but also emotional over-expectation about what one should become. This is because teens like tall talks. For them to get engaged in serious empirical observation they have to grow up with emotional balance of their interior chemistries. Is this the stage of the most of the mainstream political and media leaderships of Nepal, who are departing from such hyperbolic developments? I would say yes unless news media have reported otherwise - just for their profit.

Nepal: Let the Nation Move Forward with the Unity of Majority
Prakash Bom - 3/13/2008
Neither it is enthusiastic enough nor euphemistic for people to have hope in constituent assembly elections if election campaign starts with out-dated and unnecessary tactics, political propaganda, dirty politics, lack of law and order, and practice of impunity that encourages violence. Failing to campaign CA elections with the objective to accomplish the mandate of people to create a new democratic Nepal will be disenfranchising people from the democratic process. Whatever the political ideology of the contestant political parties or of the participant electorates is in the CA elections sho...

Nepal: Where does Fight for Political Process of Ethnic Identities gone?
Prakash Bom - 3/5/2008
Ethnicity of humanity has genetic, environmental, cultural and linguistic existence in the evolution of human developments. Unlike religious and political propaganda that misrepresent humanity ethnicity has its existential values in relation with the human existence. That is to say, that with the ethnicity humanity has developed to this point in evolution. Since the Middle Ages the politics and religion have tried to homogenize diverse ethnicities and attempted to wipe out their identities from the socio-political and economic developments. This is exactly what happened in two hundred and fifty years' Hindu feudal oligarchic regime.

Dire Electricity Crisis in Nepal : Darkness grows beneath the Everest
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 3/3/2008
Electricity has been playing a game of cat and mouse in Nepal . Out of the 24 hours, it is on only for 16 hours. Nepalese are forced to live without electricity for 8 hours, six days a week – 48 hours per week. Just imagine yourself living without electricity for such a long time in New York , Seoul , London and Sydney , and then realize how much the Nepalese are suffering. Is Nepal returning towards the Stone Age?

Any feudal system in the Government is not acceptable: Upendra Yadav
Prakash Bom - 3/3/2008
The eight-point agreement between SPA government of Nepal and United Madhesi Democratic Front (UMDF) is historic because it has sensibly ascertained the constitutional provision for the federal democratic republic establishment through the electoral mandate of CA elections. Moreover, the agreement has guaranteed the federal republican state on the basis of regional and historical background of ethnicity and linguistics with the right to self-determination. It is needless to make therefore assertion or dissertation about the institution of feudal monarchy at this point in time in the contempora...

Nepalese economy: Plummeting by poly-tricks
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/28/2008
Investors and analysts worldwide have been inquiring after the Maoists truce and their inclusion in the government: When will Nepal bottom out? Is it away or just around the corner? After the Maoists stake in the government, the platform was set but then came the uproar in Terai and the popular indicators suggests that the investors have to wait further.

Superimposition of an Autonomous Madhes for Madhesi Homogeneity
Prakash Bom - 2/26/2008
People's Movement II has clearly defined the power limitation of SPA leaderships, the interim government and the interim Parliament. Declaration of secular democratic state, abolition of the monarchy, establishment of the democratic republic setup, and restructuring of the state are the mandates of People's Movement II given to the above state entities until the accomplishment of CA elections. The primary objective of SPA leaderships and the government is to establish peace and democracy with the successful CA elections that can setup fundamental institutions of democracy. Clearly they have ne...

Nepal must Vow to defend its Nationhood
Prakash Bom - 2/22/2008
The current democratic process is about to slip away with an extremist demand of Madheshi movements. The demand at this climax is not the one as originally sought for an autonomous Terai state with the right to self-governance and right to self-determination under the federal system structures. However, it is the demand that has been convoluted wishfully beyond the norms of federalism that can violate the national integrity. The demand for an 'Autonomous Madheshi Region' literally schemes to separate itself from entire nation as if aliens such as extraterritorial other than Madheshi have ruled...

Nepal: Do UDMF & FRNF Demands Threat CA Elections?
Prakash Bom - 2/18/2008
One of the most crucial challenges that the national CA elections have confronted at this point is from the demands of both United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) and Federal Republic National Front (FRNF). If the crisis is not dealt with mutual understanding for the national unity the demands might turn themselves into violent threats against people's right to vote in CA elections. The principal demands are clear and forward – establishment of federal democratic republic, full proportional representation electoral system for CA elections based on population, and guarantee of federal republ...

Feudal Politics of Propaganda & Democracy in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 2/12/2008
Feudalism was imposed arbitrarily upon humanity with the set of beliefs and practices of the dominant tribe or caste or class of people on hereditary basis in the socio-political and economic evolution of the society. Later in Middle Ages its practice was sustained by religion and its propaganda. That is still exists in South Asian socio-political and economic lives of people dominantly. Even the most versed and educated upper caste ruling elites of South Asia take such propaganda unquestionably as their tradition no matter how it marginalizes other people – women, indigenous, and Dallits (Hindu's lower caste) population – from the socio-political and economic developments.

Nepal’s petroleum policy: Subsidy is its one and only policy
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/5/2008
Nepalese government authorities are having a headache: In the past five years, crude oil prices have roughly tripled in nominal terms—from around US$30 per barrel to around US$90 but at the same time, Nepalese economy has deteriorated, and as a result the authorities are having trouble reconciling ever soaring crude oil demands with its limited resources.

Nepal: Self-Determination or Self-Destruction
Prakash Bom - 2/5/2008
It was unfortunate not only to the people who had been excluded from the socio-political and economic process of two hundred fifty years' ruling establishment but it was also the devastating misfortune to the entire nation. It was in fact dishonor to the humanity. Therefore, the history cannot justify such a systematic feudal exclusion under the false premise of the socio-stratification that people obeyed under the state intimidation. But again it is not humanly rational to fire back with the same bully to snatch the power in democracy. In democracy the bully has self-destructive consequences....

Nepal: No one knows what tomorrow shall beckon
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/30/2008
Summer has hardly begun, and yet Nepal is already enveloped in an impenetrable heat. Most people simply don’t have a clue where the nation is heading, and the few who do are not telling.

The Magnitude of Madheshi Enterprise
Prakash Bom - 1/29/2008
"How many Madheshi political organizations are recently formed, which are so belligerent for their ethnic right to self-determination? How many Madheshi armed groups are actively engaged for the same reason, which are threatening peace and stability in the region? How many underground criminal gangs are rampant in Terai that are taking unnecessary advantage of the movement? How much public life is destroyed and how much it is unsafe and threatened?" are the questions that must be considered by the contemporary Madheshi leaderships seriously who instigate public movements for their moral and le...

The Irrelevance Of Monarchy In Nepalese Elections
Prakash Bom - 1/21/2008
In the parable of primary Upanishad convoys of gods and demons take a long journey in the forest to find their identity or 'Brahman' or God. Upon the hill in a large cave both convoys see together a glow of light shining over an oval shaped emblem of a huge rock in the dusk. Demons decide to take the emblem their identity and settle with their short journey. However, convey of gods could not agree with it. So they decide to keep searching. In their journey they find nothing to identify their 'self' with a tangible object outside of themselves. Their long journey inexorably arrives to a point w...

Koirala's Untangleable Knots
Prakash Bom - 1/18/2008
I had once opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Paramahansa Sadhu upon the Himalayan foothills of Khapada national park in far western Nepal on the liberation of the soul 'unconscious yet programmed neuro-cells ' from Samsara or from the collective consciousness that keep human ignorant. It was autumn, over the blue sky the air was chilling but we were warming up in the glow of afternoon sun with our dialogue and all of a sudden a family of mountain crow drew our attention. We were astonished with the scene that how much a parent-crow was burdened with its grownup baby-crow, which had ne...

Nepal: Federalism, Justice, & Law Enforcement
Prakash Bom - 1/13/2008
The most deplorable social injustice Nepal and Nepali people have ever encountered in human history is the imposition of Hindus' caste system in their everyday life. The system was enforced by the feudal law and its elements are still one of the dominant factors in current judiciary system that is corrupt. The common law "Muluki Ain" – collection of law enforcement procedures to interpret social and economic crimes such as landlord and peasant, inter-caste, and marriage disputes, for example, are still in the law enforcement practice in Nepali justice system. The judiciary system for a long ...

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 1/7/2008
The primary objective of declaring Nepal 'Federal Democratic Republic' as per the mandate proclaimed upon 'People's Movement II' can not just be boiled down to the abolition of the institution of the feudal Hindu monarchy. But the fundamental demand of proclamation is to initiate the process of transformations of its entire establishments. Transformations thus imply restructuring the state that can have all inclusive 'people' representations. Transformations have therefore become necessity without which people's demand for their right to self-governance cannot be fulfilled. Implementation of transformations thus is inevitable.

Federalism & National Integrity in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 1/3/2008
Federalism generally implies federation comprising a member of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central "federal" government. However, in the government level the self-governing status of the component states or regions is constitutionally established and no unilateral decision of the central government can alter it. Primarily, state or regional governments must consist of a unit of partially self-governing local governments in which people have constitutional right to govern their own constituencies. It is the partially self-governing local level of governments that play vital role for the stability, prosperity and national integrity of a federal democratic nation.

Political Consensus & Democracy
Prakash Bom - 12/26/2007
Monarchy that has no secular democratic establishment but has been sustained by the feudal propaganda and superstitions can only make arbitrary political decisions for its power. Such an establishment of a monarchy with its military power by all means tends to go against the will of people and democracy. For example, military coup in Thailand that ousted democratically elected prime minister, who is considered to be brave enough to bring sociopolitical and economic changes in the countryside of Thailand, is getting a blow out of the exit poll. People Power Party that has allies with the self-exiled prime minister is winning the election.

Reporting on Nepali News Media in English
Prakash Bom - 12/21/2007
It has been very difficult for Nepali daily news readers to find out whether the news that is reported on Nepali news media in English is authentic or propaganda. Sometimes the reporting has been misrepresented unintentionally but oftentimes it is done without thorough investigations. It is basically called sloppy reporting. Nepali news media has yet to refine their reporting to achieve the media-integrity or establish the trust with their readers.

CA Elections & Choice of Ballot Modality
Prakash Bom - 12/19/2007
Political propaganda in twenty first century can hardly be a political assertion of a political party no matter how influential it is and how big historical baggage it has carried over a period of time particularly in a country like Nepal which has no democratic establishments for people to lean on. Political propaganda which is utter lie must not be taken for granted no matter how real it appears in the news media. As politicians news media are equally responsible for such propaganda unless news media have guts to study the statements and make critical comments on the issues.

A letter to a Friend on Disagreements in Contemporary Nepali Thinking
Prakash Bom - 12/9/2007
I am sure there are many things regarding religion we disagree. But simply I do not practice religion of faith that is devoid of rational thinking (meaning superstition). The 87% of population of the world may, but I won't (forget about how much majority of Nepali may have been in this regard). I will try to keep my word until I take my last breath.

Political Consensus or Catastrophe
Prakash Bom - 12/6/2007
Nepali Congress could have never reached this far with the democracy had it shouldered itself with the institution of the monarchy based on its principle of national reconciliation. The proposal was originally propounded and constituted in this phrase – "Mine and the monarch's necks are set on the same cutting board" by the prominent South Asian socialist leader and NC founder the honorable late BP Koirla. In fact, this was rather a political tactic more than a principle for NC to follow up with the great expectation that the despotic monarch could include them under the provision of multipart...

Nepal: One step Forward But Two Back
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/3/2007
"As a man sows, so shall he reap," is a biblical lesson that really means something in the politics too, where sustainability critically depends upon the conversion of promises into real and concrete people friendly actions. One party in Nepal, however, knows far better than most what it is to reap the whirlwind.

Nepal: Political Impasse, PM & Resolution
Prakash Bom - 11/30/2007
Political leaderships who often fail to learn from their mistakes that they had repeatedly committed in their struggle for democracy have terribly fell short in creating political culture in their party that can embrace radical change for the nation. This is disgracefully true with 'Nepali Congress Party' leaderships. Consequently, other political party whether leftist or rightist followed less or more the same role model until this current political gridlock.

Do Nepalese Deserve The Leaders They Get?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/27/2007
A country’s foundations are laid down by its leaders. In order to build on these foundations, a country has to first identify such leaders and implicitly work with them and in a more personal term, respect those who have made such contributions to the nations in the past. But unfortunately, Nepal lacks such visionary leaders. Though it doesn’t mean that all of our leaders are worthless, there were some and there are some who have spend their life to build a foundation to achieve their mission.

Nepal: Party Line Politics or Political Dilemma
Prakash Bom - 11/21/2007
Party line politics implies hunger for power and if it is the root cause of political impasse then it is not that difficult to figure it out. But if it is political dilemma then it is a question of misconception. Misconceptions can inevitably mislead the nation. For example, if Maoists are sincerely committed to democracy as per their agreements with the alliance (SPA), then they cannot be ambitious with their ideology of totalitarianism. If they do then that would not only be just fallacy but also utter betrayal of people's aspiration for democracy.

Can Constructive Politics Prevail in Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 11/18/2007
Democratic state of affair for a nation inevitably evolves when people by large disagree with the status quo of the current system of government. This simply means people are economically repressed, ethnically marginalized and socially stratified. Therefore, people have neither democratic rights nor justice. Twelve years conflict has transformed the perception of people with the question "why would otherwise Maoists rebel with arms?" Even those people who oppose Maoists have not denied this perception.

Dirty Politics In Nepal
Prakash Bom - 11/13/2007
It is a question of honesty and seriousness of the political leaderships more than of media that spread dirty politics news. Dirty politics is nothing but a partisan politics publicity stunt. It is either stage managed by a party that is not satisfied the way political developments are heading or media is simply manipulating it to draw the public attention for their publicity.

Hindu Groups Announce 'Guerrilla War' In Nepal
Prakash Bom - 11/6/2007
A new alliance of Hindu groups Monday warned it would unleash a 'guerrilla war' in seven days to press its demand for reinstating a Hindu state in Nepal.

KP Bhattarai Once Again
Prakash Bom - 10/9/2007
You can delude people sometimes but you cannot deceive them all the time – do not think Nepali are living in post-April Uprising and post Maoist insurgency era, Mr. KP Bhattarai. You may never change your mindset as one of the founders of NC but Nepali people have changed radically and we know our aspiration for our nation precisely. Because we have fought for it and we are far ahead of even any political party leaderships.

Hindu Groups Announce 'guerrilla War' In Nepal
Prakash Bom - 10/8/2007
A new alliance of Hindu groups Monday warned it would unleash a 'guerrilla war' in seven days to press its demand for reinstating a Hindu state in Nepal. The warning comes less than a fortnight after unknown perpetrators set off serial blasts that rocked Kathmandu, killing three people and injuring over two dozen.

Army and it's Democratization; a misinterpreted issue in Nepal
Arjun Bishta - 10/8/2007
A major issue which always disturbs this columnist is the new terminology being debated in Nepal, i.e. the "Democratization of the Nepalese Army". I think this issue has always been misinterpreted by Nepalese think tanks. How can a neutral, completely apolitical, transparent and sensitive instrument of the National power be seen with political ideology and blamed for not being democratic? The reality is; the army of a democratic nation should exercise and display democratic transformations and this is what the Nepalese Army is demonstrating now. So, Why to have unnecessary suspicions and pour blames over a true and strong pillar of the Nation; the Army.

"Scanty" Dresses vs. Nepali Cultural Perception
Amit Pyakurel - 9/27/2007
Alongside the flamboyant political discourses, what has been oft-repeated in Nepal's national dailies currently are the arguments over women's revealing attires. Dissenters often argue that this has put our national culture at stake and the practice is unethical and unacceptable to "our" society. Others argue that it's the individual choice for what to wear or not and merely resemble the issue as our changing cultural perception and way of living.

Alliance for Democracy & Human Rights in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/26/2007
The reasoning of some NC central committee members against the Parliamentary verdict for the declaration of a Republic state is a propensity to the status qua. Sincerely, at this national political crises political leaderships must be flexible. Nation cannot afford political obnoxious and public unrest. For the sake of people and their aspiration political leaderships must be able to transcend their stands no matter how democratic they think their stands are.

Murder of royalist leads to riots in south Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/17/2007
KATHMANDU: The murder of a local strongman, alleged to have mafia links and backed by the royal regime, triggered raging riots in southern Nepal on Sunday, with two more people feared killed and dozens of houses, hotels and vehicles attacked by mobs.

Nepal Political 'Elites' Lacking Sensibility
Amit Pyakurel - 9/16/2007
The aftermath discourse about the triple blasts (on September 2nd) in Kathmandu among the political 'elites' have been too occupied by the "all important" political conjectures, which but seems to be underestimating the invaluable human facet relating to this grievous incident. The optimism and worries regarding the proposed CA polls are reasonable. But at the same time there seems a lack of human sensitivity towards the ill-timed loss of lives and irreparable trauma of the victims and their close ones out of this and similar other heinous acts.

Democratic Intervention in Nepal
Arjun Bishta - 9/13/2007
Envisioning of bizarre intrusion over a democratic Government in 21st Century may sense idiocy, but, Nepal instantly needs a real democratic intervention now. Otherwise, who is going to safeguard the survival of this realm, whose identity is endangered? Eight Party coalitions is at the verge of collapse, Maoists still pretense power and hoard proud of their arms caches. Intuition of revolt is congregating among CHURE BHABHARs' hilly people and Indigenous society, cricks of Young Communist league and other Maoists' sister organizations has reached to the apex. Social security situation is alarming and most of the instruments of national power have been crippled.

Intransigent Reactionaries In Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/13/2007
One of the most sensible and intelligent strategies for the successful CA elections that EPA leaderships and the government cabinet can adopt is how to minimize their own tactless and undemocratic practice that give scope for reactionary forces to recoil. First of all, EPA must have firm solidarity for the CA elections so that they all can go together to the poll to achieve the common goal – establishing Federal Democratic Republic. Prior to CA elections EPA leaderships and government cabinet must observe democratic practice strictly to address all intransigent crises.

Nepal Aggrieved by the Recent Act of Terror
Amit Pyakurel - 9/9/2007
It was a gloomy Sunday evening (September 2, 2007), when we were shocked and grieved to witness the inhumanely horrible bomb blasts in the capital Kathmandu, the very heart of the nation, that has, as yet, claimed the lives of two blameless students of a college and a woman, and even those who managed to survive would bear the tragic brunt of this incident for their lifetime as some of them have been seriously injured or handicapped with their limbs or legs cut-off. Though we had seen number of casualties at the time of the insurgency in the past, this is the first of its kind when such an a...

Let Nepal's Hope Be Fulfilled
Amit Pyakurel - 9/2/2007
The political mood turned quite ambivalent regarding the latest announcement by the CPN (Maoist) to initiate campaign to force the government to establish republic by banishing the monarchy before the CA polls. Otherwise, they had threatened to postpone the election, despite the widespread belief that we are already late. Maoists' changed rhetoric created some ripples, though an anxious mood seem to have receded lately, given the Maoists' high-levels restated their "unwavering stand" for the polls by asking their lower ranks to start working to make November 22 a success. Yet, conjectures could emerge as why the Maoists had changed their rhetoric out of the blue?

Will Maoist Vision Become Nepal's Future
Kamala Sarup - 8/31/2007
Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the ruling coalition, including Maoist leader Prachanda, agreed in a meeting on Thursday that elections will be held in November to select an assembly that will be responsible for writing the country's new constitution. Press reports suggest this decision will bring peace and stability to Nepal, but there is little evidence to support such optimism.

Suspending Nepali Monarchy and Constitutional Elections
Prakash Bom - 8/29/2007
We all know the legacy of the institution of the monarchy – "glory to the monarchy and down to the people and their civil liberty and rights." That is why it is called feudal Hindu monarchy, of which principles are mythical and practice is oligarchic. It has ruled us for two and half century under the feudal oligarchic decree of the hierarchy of the Hindu caste system or racial social stratifications. It has obstructed by force people's civil liberty and rights and committed human rights violations for century.

Foreseeing the Face of 'New Nepal'
Amit Pyakurel - 8/27/2007
Besides the optimistic anticipation for a free, fair, and peaceful Constituent Assembly election scheduled to be held in November, a desperate mood looms large among many ordinary Nepalis regarding the ultimate picture of the highly uttered phrase 'New Nepal'. A New Nepal would slowly start emerging only after successful CA election, which would herald the potentials to erode the country's age-old difficulties, though it won't be a magic wand to drain out all such troubles suddenly.

Are the Maoist's trying to prolong their fading legacy in Nepal?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/27/2007
The debate about Constituent Assembly election in Nepal is shifting from the abstract question of will it happen in the scheduled date to the more practical question of will it ever happen. One of the best reasons for Nepalese to be pessimistic about the Constituent Assembly election is that the party that churns out the more in favor of the election- Maoists- has proposed to postpone the Constituent Assembly scheduled earlier for 22nd November.

Nepal: Constituent Assembly Election Hangs On The Razor’s Edge
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/25/2007
Everyone is Nepal is waiting for, and expecting, a Constituent Assembly election. The question is, when it comes, will it be genuine? Attitudes within the political parties after the latest series of Maoists atrocities have raised worries about the fate of the scheduled election.

Obstacles before Nancy Powell, the new US ambassador to Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/15/2007
New US ambassador to Nepal, Nancy J Powell, arrived in Kathmandu Monday afternoon by a Thai Airways plane, and immediately one of my colleague joked in a tea shop, near the pipal bot, in old Baneswore (where we often meet, discuss the latest political gossips, and sip tea together) that American Policy came to Nepal riding on a Thai Airways through the skies of India.

Maoist's Approach and the Constituent Assembly Election
Vikram Singh Basnyat - 8/14/2007
The entire sundry have been examining about Constituent Assembly (CA) election more than ever after the peace talks between the then government and the Maoists. The twelve-point agreement between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoists sponsored by New Delhi and of the CA elections agenda has taken a speedy ride. Nobody can in reality contradict that CA was the Maoists insist, which the SPA came to rescue after signing of the agreement. Election of any form may it be at school, clubs or national, it requires surroundings where all of the right and freedom of the people or participants i...

Heavy Floods Languishing Many South Asian Lives
Amit Pyakurel - 8/8/2007
Many lives in the South Asian region have recently been heavily languished due to the upsurge of flood provoked by insistent monsoon rainfall and melting down of snow from the nearby mountains. The water has flown overwhelmingly into huge portions of Nepal, Indian, and Bangladesh, into the nooks and corners of the ordinary livelihoods, leaving many people dead and scores of them homeless. A recent official estimation shows that more than 200 have died in these regions and 20 million people are fated homeless. It's reported that at least 1,400 people have died due to the flooding since June, the overflow described to be the worst to strike these regions since decades.

Prospect of political violence is growing in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/7/2007
Achieving a permanent peace after so much conflict was always bound to be a messy affair, a confusing mix of pragmatism and principle, of recriminations, political maneuvering and hope. But strong ties between the Seven Political Parties and the Maoists, united in their determination to make a deal stick, would certainly help.

Nepal Invites Tourists to Visit its Villages
Kamala Sarup - 7/28/2007
Nepal is an attractive tourist spot for those who appreciate nature and adventure. However, the violence that has afflicted much of the country over the past 10 years has adversely affected tourism. Once political stability is attained, the nation needs to look at ways to expand its tourist potential.

Chameleon Nature of Maoist Strategy In Nepal
Kundan Singh Khatri - 7/24/2007
Flexibility is universally considered a virtue for any organization. Unless of course, that flexibility is adopted for the explicit purpose of treachery. Sadly, the almost uncanny ability of the Nepali Maoists to adapt to ever changing dynamics and remain on top of every situation is solely utilized for deceiving the Nepalese people and the well wishing, but often naive, International Community vis a vis the real and quite inflexible Maoist strategic objective of securing total and unequivocal power.

Nepal Opting For A Rare Transition
Amit Pyakurel - 7/6/2007
A fresh, crucial development in Nepal's politics is that the parliament has amended the constitution enabling it now to legally abolish the institution of monarchy by a two-third majority vote in the House. The amendment was passed on Wednesday, which is also a part of the peace deal made between the seven-party alliance and Maoists last year. The newly enshrined provision is an important development, as now it's possible to do away with the monarchy constitutionally if it's deemed necessary, even before the Constitutional Assembly (CA) polls that are proposed for this coming November. The mon...

Are We Rightly Prepared For the Nepal Polls?
Amit Pyakurel - 7/3/2007
After lots of political hassles, blame games and suspicions, Nepal finally seems to be destined for the Constituent Assembly (CA) election in coming November, regarding the latest decision of the government with a gaudy hope bestowed to the people. Decisions of the government, the hopes given to the people, and ultimately one or the other occurrence that the government and policy makers failed to abide by such hopes, has become a regular phenomenon in Nepali politics. It was then in the pre-Janaandolan II government and also vividly evident in the eight-party government established after the April movement.

Nepal Baffled by Maoist Leader Eying Presidency
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/30/2007
Any reasonable person might have thought, especially in these troubled times, that running a country as proverbially ungovernable as Nepal would have been quite enough for one person after King Gyanendra's earlier fiasco. Not so thought comrade Prachanda.

Nepal's monarchy in dire crisis: Parliament can now end monarchy
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/27/2007
The day began as just another day but when it ended, June 13th, 2007, got itself a coveted place in the annals of the Nepalese history. June 13th, 2007, turned out to be a historic day for Nepal . Nepal welcomed an icon of peace and then passed a bill to end the 240 years old institution of monarchy.

Precarious Politics and Impunity Impeding Nepal's Peace Process
Amit Pyakurel - 6/21/2007
The fervor and hope of people that peaked during the April uprising now slowly seems to be dwindling, given the political instability in the country. Nineteen days of struggle ended with a big public respite, after tyrannical rule of the King ended. Though the end of the movement was termed a "success," the real success still seems to be a far cry. The real hope of the uprising yet seems to be at stake, given the conflicting attitudes of the eight reigning political factions, chaos raised by the newly emerged armed (or "political") groups in nooks and corners of the country, apprehension ove...

U.S. Amb. Moriarty: Strong Pillar for Nepalese Democracy
KC Rajat - 6/18/2007
Nepal is going through another period of turmoil. In the course of establishing peace and democracy and resolving the ongoing crisis, the nation is heading towards elections for a Constituent Assembly. Although the agenda of democratization has been the talk of the town, the Maoists' totalitarian communist philosophy seems to dominate many sectors of the nation. It is obvious that had there not been enormous pressure from the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Mr. James F. Moriarty on the issue of Arms management, Nepal could have already declared itself as a Communist state by now.

Nepal: Young Communist League or Young Criminal League
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/14/2007
The trouble with talking about Maoists so called “Young Communist League” is that so many important questions still have no answers. Nepalese who want peace are trapped and Nepal is unlikely to become peaceful as long as the Young Communist League (YCL) issue remains unsettled. Analyst says there can be no progress on peace until YCL stops its intimidating activities and advocate violence to achieve its political means.

Last Hope for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 6/12/2007
'Last Hope: The Need for Durable Solutions for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal and India,' {available at http://hrw.org/reports/2007/bhutan0507/} is an 86-page report published by the Human Rights Watch. The report draws up a comprehensive plan for the resettlement of the exiled refugees and discusses the possible solutions to this protracted problem.

Nepal: How long will the aftershock last?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/19/2007
As I watched in horror the burning Terai, and the path of communal strife and ethnic polarity, Nepal is taking after a decade of Maoist’s conflict, I wonder if the sectarian violence can be resolved by the fundamental restructuring of constitution only, before it grows into a catastrophe.

The Rise of the Maoists in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/12/2007
When the muddy seeds of the Maoist movement were dispersed in Nepal , in February 1996, no one expected the Maoists to rule the rooster of Nepalese politics in less than a decade. Informal attitude shown towards the Maoists by the Nepalese administration then was propelled furthermore by the widespread belief that radical communism had become a thing of the past except from a few cloudy facades of the world.

Nepal: On The Verge Of Ethnic Division
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/31/2007
“This is a country tarnished by Sati’s curse. Nothing can ever go right in this country”, the saying has become a habit for the Nepalese people. They are fed up with never ending turmoil that has engulfed the nation in recent years.

Will Guns Fall Silent in South Asia? End of civil war in Nepal could serve as model for a troubled region
Paula R. Newberg - 12/18/2006
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s recent announcement that Pakistan is willing to give up its claim to Kashmir under certain conditions has rekindled hopes for a settlement. It also underlines the need for finding peace in Kashmir if South Asia is to break out of the grip of misery. Violent conflict changes the basic equations of governance, and sustained violence makes it all the more difficult to rediscover the norms of positive politics. Following a decade-long insurgency, Nepal is on track for politics of cooperation. If a peace agreement signed by the prime minister and the leader of...

Nepal: Maoist's love affair with the gun continues
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/21/2006
Maoists emerged the victor from a decade old bloody fight for power after the loss of more than 13,000 lives and untold human suffering. They have gained larger political ground after the major breakthrough of 8 November peace accord under the United Nations supervision.

Nepal Peace Talks at the Crossroads
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/7/2006
Lately Nepal has seen a worrying wave of political bickering. For the moment, politicians are working flat-out to meet demand, which has already been forecasted to rise more in the next few weeks. For ordinary Nepalese, of course, all this is good news: it drives political uncertainties away.

Bhutan: Paradise clouded by the ethnic cleansing
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/29/2006
Hidden in the eastern Himalayas between India and China (in the form of the Tibetan Autonomous Region), as big as Switzerland, but frivolously inhabited, Bhutan exudes an immaculate beauty all over the world. Its mountains are gorgeous, the forests are dense, the people are delightful, the air is salubrious, the architecture imposing and art superb. Well, for the sporadic visitor, and the admirers of nature, Bhutan is truly a Shangri  la, a mythical country hidden deep in the mountains, and a heaven away from the heaven.

Maoists Face a Tough Electoral Contest in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/3/2006
Past several years have been of great political instability in Nepal as en masse defections became the order of the day. Once again the nation is standing on the live wire of political uncertainties as the Maoists plan to rake up the political issue to counter all parties in a desperate move to gain its political ground.

The Maoist Program and Nepal's Challenge
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 5/25/2006
The government led by the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoist rebels is trying to bridge the troubled waters of Nepalese politics after the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy resulting from their joint struggle. This is indeed a step towards peace and lasting stability, as the rights of ordinary Nepalese can no longer be held hostage to the monarchy's quest for power.

Stage is set for restoration of Democracy in Nepal
Panna Lal Chowdhury - 5/19/2006
The Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal was in severe political crisis last month. The streets of its capital Kathmandu were flooded with thousands of demonstrators shouting slogans for restoration of democratic system of government in Nepal. Every day the number of demonstrators was increasing. On April 20, 2006, around hundred thousand people came out in the streets of its capital. Even the shoot at sight orders issued by the authorities could not prevent them. As a result three demonstrators died in police firing on that day. Starting from the capital Kathmandu pro-democracy and anti-monarchy protes...

A clash of egos is gulping Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/30/2006
A clash of egos is threatening Nepal’s fragile autonomy and its equally fragile economy. King, Political parties and the Maoists are in angry dispute over the conduct of the Municipal election.

The political parties want the government to terminate the poll, which the government wants to hold at any cost. This has dragged Nepal further into the abyss of political uncertainty as the seven - party strikes and protests against the municipal election and the government’s suppression is slowly but surely crippling life nationwide.

Royal regime has long been dying on its feet
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/26/2006
“Municipal election” is a phrase the Nepalese government uses often these days, but in many parts of the country the two words sit uneasily together. Nowhere is this more so than in Kathmandu, arguably the seismic zone of the Nepalese politics. Democrats in Kathmandu have spent months failing to get their final act together. This week they thought they had done it. Seven party alliances were all set to stage the streets of Kathmandu with their massive road protest against the reigning royal regime.

Maoist insurgency hits Nepalese ailing economy gravely
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/22/2006
Stagflation, deflation and recession have been much on the minds and mouths of economists of late, but many fear that the Nepalese economy may be on the brink of collapse, as the economic costs of people having died, people having displaced from their homes, and people who have been handicapped during the decade old Maoist insurgency has eroded the potential output of the economy, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief economic experts.

Does Nepal Need Outside Interference
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/7/2005
Political forecasting, always a dodgy business, has grown even more difficult in Nepal during the past few weeks. For a start, soothsayers have had to cope over the unpredictable moves of the royal government, the serpentine ploys of the political parties, new-fangled attitudes of the Maoists, and the vagueness of foreign diplomacy.

India and Nepal - The Real Party that Called all the Shots
Dipta Shah - 12/1/2005
The fact that India has been, remains and in all probability will continue to be the greatest external influence on Nepali politics is no revelation. However, the degree to which the South Block has been active in Nepal's politics is as ambiguous as ever. It is natural for the external agenda of any regional power to factor prominently in the domestic politics of neighboring states. In Nepal's context, India is no exception. What Nepalis (and increasingly, Nepal analysts) do take exception of, is the nature of India's influence - whether the manipulation has been positive or negative.

India, Nepal and the Voice of Reason: The United States of America
Dipta Shah - 11/28/2005
Initial indications point out that when India decided to “shove” the Maoists and Nepali Parties together, the US prudently stepped up its moderating capacity thereby reducing the “shove” to a measured “nudge.” Had the US not exerted much needed wisdom on the Indian establishment, the haste in which the South Block proceeded to rectify damage to its image would probably have yielded an unacceptable proposition to ending Nepal’s insurgency – at least from the Palace’s perspective.

Does US Seek To Establish Dictatorship in Nepal?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/13/2005
The momentum that was rapidly building toward a republican set up after the initial media hoopla, is most likely to decease prematurely as the United States has officially yet again renewed its warning against possible “alliance” between Nepal’s major political parties and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists).

Nepal: Shadows Of The Empire
Sanjay Upadhya - 10/28/2005
Keith Bloomfield, the British ambassador in Kathmandu, has been the most consistently vocal skeptic of King Gyanendra's attitude toward democracy. Lately, his own has been called into question. Until last month, His Excellency was critical of the royal government for having presented democracy "as something that has to wait until the Maoists have been dealt with militarily, where there is no room for moderation and compromise."

The Dark Fate of Nepali Children
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/24/2005
Nepal is located at the tassel of South Asian politics and receives very little international attention. Yet the mounting conflict deserves the world's attention, not only because of its intrinsic interest, but also because of the wider, very serious implications it has for the stability of the region.

The Pathetic Reality of Street Children in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/17/2005
Over the past few decades, the standard of living of many urban Nepalese has risen beyond measure, even in the midst of political turmoil. But ironically, at the same time many poor children are struggling for survival out in the streets, sleeping on makeshift cardboard mattresses in main cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dharan, Narayanghat, Butwal, and Biratnagar.

Nepal: South Asia's Worst Managed Country
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/15/2005
Nepal is probably the worst managed country in the whole of South Asia in terms of having to deal with the ever-changing political environment. It’s very much a politics-driven nation. But when you have a social disturbance of the magnitude that has occurred in Nepal, it is virtually impossible to maintain sound political beliefs. That’s because the political players of Nepal are not focused on the main agenda. They say a little bit of everything and end up doing the things they don’t know anything about.

Trafficking in Women, Nepal's Dirtiest Secret
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 9/25/2005
The constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal bans the sale or trafficking of women under Article 20 (1): "Traffic in human beings, slavery, serfdom or forced labour in any form is prohibited. Any contravention of this provision shall be punishable by law."

Nepal's lonely monarch seeks company in villagers and townsmen
Bikash Sangraula - 9/16/2005
Nepal’s sprawling royal palace is one of the loneliest places on earth these days, despite a 10,000-strong security presence. In just over six months after King Gyanendra assumed absolute power, he has lost the confidence of Kathmandu, Nepal’s mainstream political parties, Nepal’s neighbors, and the international community.

Maoist’s Latest Unilateral Truce Heralds A New Era In Nepali Politics
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 9/13/2005
King Gyanendra enjoyed a brief political honeymoon after his rise to absolute power in February. People reacted favorably to his new role. Common Nepalese psyche was soured completely by the political impasse and the maoists violence, so they gave the king, the benefit of doubt to invigorate the nation.

King of Nepal Makes The Right Move
Dr. Khagendra Thapa - 9/13/2005
Ever since the inception of the so-called multiparty government, the party bosses and their relatives and cronies have been looting the nation and its destitute people. The 'Elected Criminals' had disregarded all norms and standards of human decency and kindness. They have sucked the blood of the people. Had these elected criminals such as Girija Koirala done their job and discharged their responsibilities properly and honestly, there would have been no Maoist movement. The country and the people would have never suffered as they are right now. The multiparty followers created such a situation...

Internally Displaced Population Syndrome in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 9/11/2005
These days it seems as though there are two governments running Nepal: the city-based, royal regime, which has yet to win both domestic and international confidence, and the village-based, barbaric Maoists regime, which seems determined to cleanse the royal regime and those they do not like. And sandwiched in between them are the legitimate democratic political parties and the hapless civilians of Nepal.

Nepal: Let's Give Peace A Chance
KC Pralhad - 8/30/2005
For thirty years, I have been in the USA as a fully engaged Nepali. I am not a Diaspora Nepali, someone from a fine family who returns to the Kingdom occasionally, and speaks only to relatives. As a businessperson, importing Nepali goods to the US, I must visit Nepal multiple times each year. My travels allow me access to a broad spectrum of Nepali voices, city and village, rich and poor. After canvassing and interviewing hundreds of hard working business leaders and common people within Nepal, as well as those living in the USA and abroad, and also reading articles and taking views of various...

Politico-Economics Of Royal Takeover In Nepal
Surendra R Devkota, Ph.D. - 8/27/2005
"Democracy is the only viable alternative, and we should make clear that we unequivocally reject the King's imperial ambitions, that the days of an active monarchy are over, and that we support the political parties"
-US Senator Patrick Leahy's statement on Nepal to Congress on July 28, 2005.

As democracy spurs, the monarchs in Nepal get up in arms. This fact is supported by two royal coups in past 50 years. The first royal coup of 1960 orchestrated by the King Mahendra not only lasted for thirty years, but also resulted to a massive incidence of poverty in Nepal. Further impacts on socio...

Nepal: Deepening Uncertainty Amid U.S. Dilemma
Sanjay Upadhya - 8/26/2005
The Maoist insurgency raging in Nepal has posed a unique challenge to the United States: Reverberations of the Cold War-era Red Scare have combined with the imperatives of the ongoing War on Terror. The possibility of the world's first communist takeover since the collapse of the Eastern bloc - and by an organization that the U.S. State Department has designated as terrorist - has produced palpable anxiety.

Nepal: Democracy Of The Beggars
Dr. Raman Raj Misras - 8/23/2005
Beggars beg because they cannot earn. And what the beggars get, they cannot keep for long. So it has been with the advocates and promoters of democracy in Nepal. They have twice in history received their brand of "democracy" by the grace of India. Of course, there has been a heavy geopolitical price to pay for it, whether it be for the Delivered Democracy of the fifties or the Imposed Democracy of the nineties.

Why the US Support for the King of Nepal is Important
Dr. Khagendra Thapa - 8/22/2005
Nepal has been fighting the violent communist insurgents for the last nine years. After two failed attempts to have a negotiated settlement of the dispute between the government and the insurgents, the violence inflicted by the insurgents against the innocent citizens of Nepal has escalated. More than 11,500 lives have been lost as a direct result of the conflict and another 23,000 have committed suicide because they could not bear the pain of loss of relatives and the property owing to the conflict.

RAW is enemy of Bangaladesh, China, Nepal and Pakistan
Dr. Sabitri Chaudhary - 8/21/2005
I..K. Gujral, former prime minister of India and Nepal's friend, was sent off to Russia during the late Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi's era. He was trained under the Russian Communist ideology and was assigned to look after a project called RAW whose objective was to build a strong Indian spy network in Asian and achieve Indian stronghold in the region.

India's Support For Nepali Terrorists
Dr. Bikash Thapa - 8/20/2005
India is fighting a war in Nepal. Other regional players would not accept such a development if it were an open, conventional war, since it would be detrimental to their own security. But it is a shadow war, a war by proxy and threatening to Nepal's territorial integrity and sovereignty. There should be no doubt that the Indian government and establishment is tacitly and overtly helping the Nepalese terroists in their nine-year 'People's War' through acts of omission and commission.



  



  

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