Democracy under threat

News Digest (February 1-7, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: In its first Central Committee Meeting after the unification, NCP leaders and members discussed party and national issues such as intra-party factionalism, dispute, and corruption, government’s performance, and MCC—a much-debated national issue that was not on their agenda.[1] NCP co-chairs, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa …

Is Nepal Prepared to Take On the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19?

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The Scare of COVID-19 The Nepal Embassy in Beijing has reported that as of February 2, 2020,[i] 180 Nepali students in the Hubei province of China including 62 from the Wuhan City have applied for immediate evacuation from the province that is currently reeling under the scare of coronavirus.[ii] The …

Babita Marik's son peeps through the bamboo wall. Bamboos are essential part of Mariks' lives.

A New Discourse on Chhaupadi is needed – Destroying the huts is not the Solution

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A plan with proper study of need identification, monitoring, evaluation, and impacts will be effective in helping the women to slowly un-follow this tradition. What is Chhaupadi? Chhaupadi is a tradition followed in western Nepal where menstruating girls and women are banished to live in sheds for four days. Following …

Overambitious Campaign

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With the share of foreign tourists standing at 49 percent, the target of two million is doomed. Visit Nepal Year 2020 targets two million international tourists. However, looking at the decreasing rate of incoming tourists in 2019, the campaign may be at a great disadvantage. The tourist growth was merely …

gender equality

The Tussle for House Speaker

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This article was written on December 12, 2019 Since October 1, after the former Speaker of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned following rape allegations, the post of Speaker remains vacant. The Deputy Speaker, Ms Shiva Maya Tumbahamfe, who is registered in the Election Commission as an NCP member, has been …

Democracy under threat

How social and political divisions are driving the process of democratic erosion

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Cleavages can generate a visceral emotional response; they override people’s concern for democracy and human rights. Prime Minister K P Oli is dragging Nepal towards a path of democratic backsliding. This process is putting a strain on the prospect of economic development. Suffice it to say, the Nepali people are …

Nepal-India-China waterways

Nepal’s Dream to expand its Transit Options

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Nepal being a landlocked country does not have multiple transit options to the sea and depends on its neighboring countries China and India for any waterways transport. In a meeting with Nepal’s Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies and India’s Joint Secretary of the Department of …

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Gender insensitivity and Nepali Congress

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The party elite, and Congress itself, think that women cannot be effective political actors. What constitutes the meaning of politics for women and girls? What are the specific needs and demands of women and girls within the political parties? Are the electoral manifestos and activities of political parties sufficiently addressing …

Sugarcane harvesting

The sugarcane episode is part of a much bigger trend—the decline of democracy

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Policies, disguised as legitimate efforts to serve the public interest, are designed to serve financial interests. The incidents, like the recent one with sugarcane farmers and mill owners, occur every year and throughout Nepal. But this time, sugarcane farmers from Sarlahi made it a point to come to Kathmandu. Among …

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News Digest (November 15-30, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Nepal Communist Party (NCP): On November 20, PM Oli agreed to entrust the executive role of party chairmanship to Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The party seems to have addressed the concerns of senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal who was voicing that no party should have dual leadership. However, the …

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Nepali Congress is in decline because its leaders are corrupt

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Revitalizing the party would threaten the interests of these leaders and dismantle the mechanisms through which they accumulate power and money. For democracy to sustain and strengthen, a robust opposition party and strong democratic alternatives are a must. Given the difficulties faced by new and emerging parties, Nepali Congress stands …

Donor Complicity

Donor Complicity: A troubling Emergence in Nepali Politics

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Donors and multilateral institutions must not continue to ignore corruption to fulfil their own objectives. Nepal currently has unprecedented opportunities for economic development along with establishing practices of good governance. These opportunities include a changing demography, the availability of cheap resources, political stability, federalism, geopolitical competition, and remittance. But this …