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In short what is failing in Nepal is not due to its people. It it is the political parties who are not able to change themselves.

 
 
Kathmandu’s almost all elitist debates over Nepal-India relations hastily raise a question of whether this relationship served any of Nepal’s interests. Or they invariably focus on how the Indian foreign policy infringed upon Nepal’s vital interests, independence and even sovereignty. It is only natural that Indian foreign policy and diplomatic operations serve Indian interests. If Nepal wishes to protect its interests, it must have its own policies and strategies.  
 

During the festival season, you happen to meet people from an array of backgrounds. Socialization becomes a major industry. 

 

Therefore, from President Bidhya Bhandari to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and from the main opposition leader, K.P. Oli, to disgruntled Madhesi groups, everyone discussed internal politics with President Mukherjee and indicated their readiness to amend the constitution. However, there is no clear understanding among parties on the amendments.

 

Lokman Singh Karki is under suspension, and the politicains are once more huddling in backroom deals to find a 'package' agreement. The more important question is what to do with the CIAA whose original purpose was to add oversight to control corruption. An agency designed to curb graft has been used by successive governments for political vendetta. Karki is just the latest and most ruthless example. It may be better to scrap the CIAA since it is so prone to abuse for political vendetta.  

 

Nepali culture places a premium on fresh flowers for garlands, and floral offerings to deities at temples. However, gifting imported ornamental flowers wrapped in plastic has become an epidemic. There isn’t a conference inauguration, or a welcome or departure ceremony at Kathmandu airport when dignitaries don’t have bouquets forced upon them.

 

Frenzied resolutions without public consultations and depreciating the value of structures and heritages are undoubtedly meant to erect many heritages in the form of an octagonal temple-odd man out in the majestic Bhaktapur city.

 

A week after the 157 UML-Maoist MPs filed an impeachment motion against the CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki, the NC is still dilly-dallying. The motion will not go through without its vote, so the NC is bargaining hard to name Karki’s successor. There has also been intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic lobbying to seek a ‘package deal’ on impeachment that will include an agreement on contentious amendments to the constitution.

 

Is Nepal losing the traditional wisdom of Tibetan healing? What kind of challenges do doctors practicing Tibetan medicine face? How will Nepal help preserve this ancient method of healing? These were among the questions discussed during an international symposium on healing practices in the Himalaya in Marpha recently.

 
In 2014, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal twice within a gap of six months, and after a gap of 17 years by any Indian prime minister, he seemed to be introspective. This was a departure from the way senior bureaucrats handling the relationship between the two countries conducted themselves.  
 


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