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Nepal's democratic hopes, and Indian and Chinese interests
Nov 07, 2013

Nepal's democratic hopes, and Indian and Chinese interests

While the Chinese have kept us embroiled with their visa tactics in Arunachal, intrusions in Ladakh as part of an unsettled boundary issue, and nuclear plants to Pakistan, they have long endeavoured to seek access and presence south of the Himalayas. They appear to be succeeding in Nepal.

Nepal's Evolving Relations with India and China
Feb 23, 2011

Nepal's Evolving Relations with India and China

We are not in an easy situation in Nepal. The country is in a kind of turmoil. It is like a frozen ice cube that is melting and we do not know how we should refreeze it into the shape we want. The country has lots of energy and is ready with a new agenda for social change and progress. But how do we give it direction so that the sense of nationhood that is strongly taking root is reflected in the new constitution now being drafted by the Constit

Nepal's sluggish economic growth: Causes and cure
Mar 01, 2012

Nepal's sluggish economic growth: Causes and cure

Going by the latest economic status of the countries of the world, it looks like Nepal is joining the league of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a per capita income of $490.

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road
Mar 26, 2012

Nepal's tieup with Chinese corporation: Treading a dangerous road

In a surprising move that could have a far-reaching consequence on foreign policy, Nepal has entered into an agreement with Three Gorges Corporation (TGC) of China for the construction of the 750 MW West Seti Hydro Electricity Project.

Nepal-China relations under the shadow of geopolitics
Apr 05, 2022

Nepal-China relations under the shadow of geopolitics

Nepal's balancing act between the two development and infrastructural projects—the MCC aided by the USA and the BRI promoted by China—can hinder i

Nepal:  Media rights violations and impunity
Feb 01, 2013

Nepal: Media rights violations and impunity

There has been an overall decline in the freedom of press and right to information in Nepal. Although the political actors have long upheld the peoples' right to information, media is faced with harsh situations on ground with political party cadres, especially the Maoists, resorting to violence and other intimidation tactics against the journalists to suppress free press.

Nepal: A delicate balance
Nov 25, 2011

Nepal: A delicate balance

In Nepal, since the signing of the seven-point agreement on November 1, two significant developments have taken shape. First, the integration process of former Maoist combatants has begun in all seven cantonments despite strong reservations.

Nepal: Aftermath of April 25 earthquake
May 29, 2015

Nepal: Aftermath of April 25 earthquake

Nepal is still grieving the loss of life and property caused by the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. The epicentre of the devastating earthquake, measuring 7.9 on Richter scale, was Lamjung, around 77 km northwest of Kathmandu.

Nepal: An uncertain future
Sep 19, 2014

Nepal: An uncertain future

It is almost a year since fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal took place for the formation of a new government and the writing of a new constitution that would, as was expected then, be a breath of fresh air for a country long engulfed in political and social unrest -- and political and constitutional instability afterward.

Nepal: And the race begins...
Sep 28, 2012

Nepal: And the race begins...

In Nepal, another fierce battle for the top executive post has begun, putting the much important issue of Constitution-drafting in the back burner. As usual, the federalism debate has evaporated from the mainstream,

Nepal: Another election for a new Constitution
May 28, 2012

Nepal: Another election for a new Constitution

In Nepal, with the dissolution of Constituent Assembly and legislature parliament, the Baburam Bhattarai government will continue under caretaker status. But a political confrontation is unavoidable in days ahead given the deep divisions among and within the political parties of Nepal.

Nepal: Back to turmoil
May 25, 2012

Nepal: Back to turmoil

With all political options shrinking before the nation's leaders, Nepal has landed in a political mess like never before in its recent history.

Nepal: Bhattarai could mend fences
Oct 14, 2011

Nepal: Bhattarai could mend fences

Nepal's Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai will make an important visit to New Delhi starting October 20. Given the strain in relationship between his own party, the UCPN (Maoist), and India on multiple issues during the tenure of his party President Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda as the premier.

Nepal: Celebrating the bonhomie with China
Aug 07, 2015

Nepal: Celebrating the bonhomie with China

Nepal and China celebrated 1 August as the anniversary day of 60 years of establishment of their diplomatic relations. President Ram Baran Yadav and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 60th anniversary.

Nepal: Dangerous drift
Aug 24, 2005

Nepal: Dangerous drift

A recent study published in an American journal places Nepal at the 37th place in a list of 60 prospective failing states all over the world. The study must have been conducted a few months earlier. Today, Nepal must have moved up in the list.

Nepal: Generate consensus, hold polls, says Delhi
Aug 09, 2013

Nepal: Generate consensus, hold polls, says Delhi

India has been unequivocally telling all the senior leaders of Nepal who visited New Delhi since April this year that they should work together for the long-term peace, stability and development of the country.

Nepal: Hard choices for Prachanda
Mar 19, 2012

Nepal: Hard choices for Prachanda

The United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which heads the present coalition government, is currently faced with the most severe intra-party differences over key issues of national concern.

Nepal: India advocates consensus during President's visit
Dec 28, 2012

Nepal: India advocates consensus during President's visit

Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's India visit last week helped to bring some clarity on New Delhi's current position vis-a-vis the political developments in Nepal. Although the visit came at the height of political tensions back home,

Nepal: India should keep hard options in reserve
Jun 01, 2006

Nepal: India should keep hard options in reserve

The Nepalese revolution is only the latest manifestation of the power of the people in compelling dictatorial forces to yield. In February 1986, the Philippine people had brought down a dictatorship and restored democracy in their dramatic four-day People Power Revolution.

Nepal: India's sensitivity to connectivity with China
Mar 30, 2015

Nepal: India's sensitivity to connectivity with China

Nepal and China have agreed in principle to take up a joint project on infrastructure development of the Nepal-China Economic Belt. The decision was taken at the Foreign Ministers' level meeting held in Beijing recently to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two neighbours.

Nepal: It's elections on November 19
Oct 11, 2013

Nepal: It's elections on November 19

Nepal will hold elections to the second constituent assembly (CA) on November 19, 2013. The first CA polls were held in 2008. The major political parties, currently represented in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC),

Nepal: Maoists plenum fails to resolve differences over future strategy
Dec 10, 2010

Nepal: Maoists plenum fails to resolve differences over future strategy

The United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-M or the Maoists), the single largest party in Nepal's Constituent Assembly, held its much-awaited sixth plenum at Palungtar in Gorkha district on November 21.

Nepal: Mountaineering tourism, 60 years after Everest conquest
Jun 07, 2013

Nepal: Mountaineering tourism, 60 years after Everest conquest

Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa-colleague, Tensing Norgay, set their foot on the summit of Mt. Everest 60 years ago, the desire of the alpinists the world over to scale the world's highest peak has grown vigorously.

Nepal: Mounting pressure on Tibetan refugees
Jul 08, 2011

Nepal: Mounting pressure on Tibetan refugees

As China exerts greater pressure on the Communists-led Government in Nepal to curb all anti-Chinese activities emanating from its soil, those Tibetan refugees wanting to transit Nepal or seeking refugee status are having rough days ahead.

Nepal: Murky road to polls
Feb 22, 2013

Nepal: Murky road to polls

As Nepal sees rising tensions on the political front, New Delhi cannot design temporary solutions which can hardly bring lasting peace in the country.

Nepal: Options shrink, political crisis deepens
Jul 10, 2012

Nepal: Options shrink, political crisis deepens

The road ahead in Nepal's fragile political landscape is becoming much bleaker with increasing power tussle. While Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is insisting that he will hand over power only to an elected government.

Nepal: Peace at Peril ?
Jan 23, 2004

Nepal: Peace at Peril ?

Amid all political and economic impasses Nepal¿s incumbent Government under Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, announced ¿amnesty¿ to the Maoist insurgents on December 18, 2003 and called them to surrender along with their weapons, relatives and friends before February 12, 2004.

Nepal: Peace process back on track
Apr 16, 2012

Nepal: Peace process back on track

After a long spell of mistrust among political actors, the peace process in Nepal has returned to a constructive and progressive stage. This week the Maoist-led government of Dr Baburam Bhattarai ordered the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force to take total charge of Maoist cantonments, the former fighters and their weapons.

Nepal: Power sharing issues with India
May 16, 2014

Nepal: Power sharing issues with India

Among the many areas of cooperation and assistance between India and Nepal, a very important one is that of power. Nepal has a huge potential for generating hydropower but is constrained due to the lack of supporting infrastructure as well as its geography.

Nepal: Preparing for CA polls
Nov 08, 2013

Nepal: Preparing for CA polls

As Nepal is set to go to polls on 19 November, the political scenario in the country is turning increasingly foggy. Technically, the people of Nepal should be looking forward to the polls and the prospect of a new Constitution.

Nepal: Remote possibility for June 21 CA polls
Apr 05, 2013

Nepal: Remote possibility for June 21 CA polls

It is almost certain now that the proposed Constituent Assembly (CA) election in Nepal, slated for June 21, is a remote possibility, given the lack of cooperation from the opposition forces to the Interim Election Council headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Rehmi and the delay caused in finalising election-related processes.

Nepal: Terrorist arrests and cooperation with India
Sep 06, 2013

Nepal: Terrorist arrests and cooperation with India

The recent arrests of some of India's top terrorists along the Indo-Nepal border indicate the vulnerability of the porous border between the two neighbours. More importantly, it reflects on the bilateral cooperation in intelligence-sharing and joint-operations,

Nepal: The big fight!
Jul 27, 2012

Nepal: The big fight!

The tussle for supremacy and one-showmanship between Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Babauram Bhattarai is indicative of the internal weakness of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

Nepal: Trade ties with India recharged
Jan 10, 2014

Nepal: Trade ties with India recharged

The year 2013 ended on a note of strengthened confidence between Nepal and India. On 21-22 December 2013, the Inter-governmental Committee Meeting on Trade, Transit and Cooperation to Control Authorised Trade, between the two countries was held in Kathmandu.

Nepal: What BIMSTEC Summit means for the country
Mar 14, 2014

Nepal: What BIMSTEC Summit means for the country

The south Asian region has been a region of disjointed congruity for decades. Efforts at integrating the countries that make up the region have been in place through a variety of mechanisms such as diplomatic efforts, regional and sub-regional organisations.

Nepal: What does Bhattarai's resignation signify for Maoist party?
Jul 05, 2013

Nepal: What does Bhattarai's resignation signify for Maoist party?

Baburam Bhattarai's resignation from the post of vice-chairman of the Maoist party has brought intra-party rivalry to the fore once again, adding to the worries of the party chairman, Pushpa Kumar Dahal alias Prachanda.

Nepal: What next?
Apr 15, 2011

Nepal: What next?

Has paralysis struck Nepal? Or, would the country be paralysed next month? What awaits the 29-million people of the Himalayan kingdom? These are some of the questions which are being debated among knowledgeable circles and friends of the country.

Nepal: Will the last CA extension deliver the goods?
Dec 05, 2011

Nepal: Will the last CA extension deliver the goods?

Political parties in Nepal should preserve at any cost the newly-found consensus. All other contentious issues must be handed over to an independent body to deal with. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Disappearances Commission should be formed without delay to address the issues of grievances.

Nepal: With CA polls on Nov 19, it is time for all political actors to unite for large cause
Jun 17, 2013

Nepal: With CA polls on Nov 19, it is time for all political actors to unite for large cause

With the elections date to the Nepal Constituent Assembly now being announced, it is time for all political actors to unite for the larger cause. The poll announcement should be the beginning of a new rapprochement between the parties.

Nepalese monarchy, a symbol of national unity still?
Oct 01, 2010

Nepalese monarchy, a symbol of national unity still?

Despite former king Gyanendra's attempts to revive the golden days of monarchy in Nepal, it will not be an easy return given the monarchy's past role in muzzling the voice of democracy.

Nepali parties non-committal: Prof. Baral
Apr 04, 2012

Nepali parties non-committal: Prof. Baral

A well-known political scientist from Nepal, Prof. Lok Raj Baral, says that there is no convergence of ideology in Nepal now. He says that every political group has its own interpretation of liberal values and norms and the central leadership is unable to take its own decision.

Nepal’s Rahughat Hydropower Project and Indian LOCs
May 12, 2023

Nepal’s Rahughat Hydropower Project and Indian LOCs

India's flagship economic diplomacy programme, the grant of Lines of Credit (LOC), has had immense success in expanding the country's development cooperation around the world. In the African region, for instance, countries have found LOCs to be appropriate alternatives to traditional development assistance. LOCs are a popular tool among countries looking to fund their development goals. Closer to home, Nepal has received more than $1 billion in d

Nepal’s response to the Ukrainian Crisis
Mar 23, 2022

Nepal’s response to the Ukrainian Crisis

Is Nepal abandoning its non-aligned policy and siding with the Western bloc as it denounces the Russian invasion?

Net neutrality: A threat to PM Modi's vision?
Apr 18, 2015

Net neutrality: A threat to PM Modi's vision?

Like the Arab Spring, the netizen revolt was against a "perceived" threat to their empowerment. In this case, cheap access to the internet, which ironically is also one of PM Modi's promises to the entire nation.

Net-Zero: India’s opportunity to play its ace
Mar 21, 2022

Net-Zero: India’s opportunity to play its ace

India could rise to the role of a climate leader by assisting the LDCs and SIDs achieve their net-zero commitments.

Networking the Northeast through the 'rail route'
Jan 22, 2014

Networking the Northeast through the 'rail route'

The rail connectivity schemes in the Northeast, if implemented in a timely manner, would possibly achieve what decades of politico-administrative soft power and military hard power struggled to - bring about peace and economic development in a region embroiled in protracted ethnic conflicts.

Never, ever forget those sacrifices
Dec 26, 2013

Never, ever forget those sacrifices

Bangladesh needs full closure of the war crimes aspect of her history and a move away from fundamentalism that threatens it today. Bangladesh has to see the fulfillment of its Shahbag moment. The recent hanging of Mollah, is a process in that closure.