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In the past two decades  many countries transformed and many of those transformations came through the intervention of the diaspora. Nepal has seen villages transformed by Gorkha soldiers and we look forward to the change that the diaspora based in the US will bring.


Local governance in Nepal received a boost during the 1990s when competitive democratic local polls were held, under which the people directly elected around 200,000 representatives. Among them, about 30,000 were women who had contested polls for the first time and passed the litmus test of democracy. The significance of the two local elections—the first in 1991 and the second in 1996—was that political functionaries brimming with enthusiasm and commitment assumed leadership of local governments at the village, town and district levels.


Why did the Maoists, who clamoured for a republic, back a person so intimately linked to the monarchy to head the CIAA, which may turn into the most powerful institution now? Nepal may soon see many top leaders investigated for corruption and jailed. But where will it lead politics?


Nepal’s perennial power crisis demands at least one large storage hydropower plant is a no-brainer.Stored water from such a project can make up for the supply gap mushrooming run-of-river type plants create during the dry season when water levels drop drastically.


In recent weeks, Prachanda embarked on a political mission to Nepal’s two giant and influential neighbours, China and India. Though Prachanda claimed that his visits were a huge success, both China and India seemed more cautious in their pronouncements concering the visits. It is without a doubt that Prachanda and his Maoist party are determinant factors in Nepali politics; and this is precisely the reason why he was invited to both China and India—to understand his and the Maoist party’s stance on the current state of Nepali politics. As Nepal remains engulfed in a precarious state of transition,


Within a fortnight Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has completed his self-claimed successful visits to China and India without deviating from his earlier stand of visiting China first and to India next.

Sometimes kids say the most stupefying things. While talking about her friend, a cousin of mine said, “She is Nepali.” Bewildered, I asked her, “And what are we?” She replied, “We are Sherpa.” My cousin, who was born in Kathmandu in 2002, speaks Nepali at home and is a devotee of Ganesh, should not have to feel less Nepali than her friends. Although I explained to her the difference between ethnicity and nationality, I don’t know how much she understood. I cannot dictate how she feels, as there are certain things that cannot be shaken off no matter how strong the logic.  

The dividing lines between political parties in Nepal have been blurred by their common greed for power


Leadership plays a vital role in nation building. We can find numerous examples where countries have performed miracles because of the charisma of an able leader. But it is quite unfortunate that Nepal, despite being generously blessed by nature, has not been able to provide its citizens a fresh trajectory of hope due to the lack of political commitment. Nepal is at a crossroads where it desperately needs to consolidate the changes made so far and institutionalise democratic transitions. At the same time, Nepal needs to set social and economic goals for rapid economic and social transformation to progress at par with the rest of the world.


Even before a date has been announced for the second Constituent Assembly election, various ideas of electoral alliances have started floating in the air.


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