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Deconstruction before reconstruction

It was never only about the constitution only, but about getting to power, controlling state resources, and taking all the credit.


Mixed signals

We have to make a constitution that is right for us, not one that fits the rightist agenda in the neighbourhood. Twice during an India-Nepal think tank conclave in New Delhi’s Habitat Centre this week the power went off. It was proof of just how inured Nepalis and Indians have become to power cuts that […]


Life is smiling

At 73, Ambar Gurung is frail. He needs help to walk. But there is a twinkle in his eyes, his heart still beats with the same deep love for the Nepali nation that stirred us all once with the song, ‚ÄėNaulakha tara‚Äô and most recently with the country‚Äôs new national anthem. Here in Nepalganj this […]


A state of lawlessness

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 11 July, 2009 After traversing Nepal for more than two months, passing 40 districts, braving highway blockades, curfews and indefinite bandas we were stopped dead in our tracks outside Pokhara. There was no way we could get past a barricade of rocks, logs and the burnt out hulk of a […]


Abnormal normality

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 08 May, 2009 Hours after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal submitted his resignation to President Ram Baran Yadav in Kathmandu on 4 May, highway blockades that had closed the country for two weeks were suddenly lifted. The Tharus called off their banda of the Tarai, the Limbuwans suspended their agitation […]


Obstacle course

First posted on Nepalitimes.com on 28 April, 2009 After braving knife-wielding protesters on highways, removing trees felled by activists to block roads and defying bandas for the past three weeks we thought we could take on anything the New Nepal had to offer. We weren’t prepared for what Gaighat had in store for us. After […]



 

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