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 …

Democracy under threat

Democracy under Threat

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On September 24, the ruling party of Nepal, the Nepal Communist Party signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Communist Party. This agreement is the first such agreement signed between the parties signifying a cementing of “sisterly relations”[1] with one another. The agreement was signed between Madhav …

GoN Institutional Mechanisms for GESI

News Digest (September 1-6, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: In a bid to overcome public criticism and frustration the ruling party announced a nation-wide mass meeting to strengthen its position.[1] Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal stressed the need to act swiftly in every sector to prevent pessimism among the public and warned that public impatience …

On a path of de-democratization

News Analysis – May 2019

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Summary As international strategic interests make inroads, Nepal is at a decisive point where it needs to revisit its national interests and manage external pressures. While the Indo-Pacific strategy is backed by India and Japan, China is asserting itself aggressively by pursuing economic and security interests. The United States generated …

Women working to plant saplings in Rupani VDC of Nepal. These women get Rs 2 per sapling planted and they plant around 500 to 600 saplings a day. This has made them economically empowered. When women are economically empowered, they empower their family. Women get voice from economic freedom. When they do not have this work, they find work as labourers.

Distributive Budget, Populism, and Crony Capitalism

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The main opposition Nepali Congress has remarked that budgets presented by provincial governments were distributive in nature and gave continuity to programmes and policies of the past years.[1] Earlier, critics claimed that the budget of the federal government did not address the economic reality of the country and would not …

Oli in Janakpur

Time for Reconciliation

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Oli must now learn to partner with the well-wishers of democracy with whom he’s wasted time, fighting. Party insiders say Prime Minister KP Oli is softening and has adopted a more conciliatory tone after experiencing a series of recoils. He was forced to withdraw bills that sought to curtail fundamental …

Tools of Impunity and Political Control

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The recent appointments of five justices to the Supreme Court and 18 judges to the High Court display the extent to which our ‘democratic’ system has broken down. The media narrated how the government, the chief justice and the leader of the opposition colluded, resulting in the appointments of loyal …

Democracy and Federalism

News Digest June 8-14, 2019

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Ruling Party Policy, Programmes, and Budget Members of the National Assembly expressed doubt over effective implementation of the budget. The members in the discussion at the Assembly claimed that budget was estimated without any homework.[1] Likewise, Financial Comptroller General Office reported that the government spent only 46.22 percent of budget …

Children play and pose for photograph.

They are citizens too

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Nepali mothers should be able to pass citizenship on to their children via their name. The idea of citizenship has never been the same, even during the early Roman period. Aristotle, the most prominent philosopher of all time, has written in his book entitled Politics Book III, “Whoever is entitled …

On a path of de-democratization

On a path of de-democratization

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While the anti-corruption drive appears to have picked up some speed in recent months, governance practices and policy making processes appear to indicate a process of de-democratization. The Supreme Court’s verdict capital gains tax during the transfer of Ncell’s ownership has been lauded by Nepali people, but the complicity in …