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THE ANTI-CLIMAX

#742 ( 23-29 January )
The obstacle to framing a new constitution is not just federalism. Pushpa Kamal Dahal also needs to ensure he has immunity from prosecution for war crimes and embezzlement of state funds meant for his guerrillas.

The people matter

#741 ( 16-22 January 2015 )
The take-home message from the Himalmedia Public Opinion Survey 2015 is that you can’t fool all the people all the time

Unnatural disaster

#740 ( 9-15 January 2015 )
Earthquakes don’t kill people, weak houses and bad planning do

Taskless force

#739 ( 2-8 January 2015 )
If it’s the top leaders who decide everything in secret, what is the point having a Dialogue Committee, a Task Force or even an elected Constituent Assembly?

Mixed signals

#738 ( 26 Dec 2014 -1 Jan 2015 )
We have to make a constitution that is right for us, not one that fits the rightist agenda of a governing party in the neighbourhood

One month to go

#737 ( 19-25 December 2014 )
Politicians agree to agree, sending a sense of cautious optimism about the constitution, but they need to settle their power struggle first

Decentralised plunder

#736 ( 12-18 December 2014 )
The rent from Nepal’s rent-seeking state just went up

Superstructure bottleneck

#735 ( 5-11 December 2014 )
Investment in infrastructure is not enough, we have to invest in the structural problem of governance

Let’s get back to work

#734 ( 28 November-4 December 2014 )
Stop haggling over power-sharing, and let the people’s representatives find a way out of the constitution deadlock

SAARC’S raison d’être

#733 ( 21-27 November 2014 )
If the South Asian Summit helps us to finally start thinking regionally and acting locally, it will be a start

The second coming

#732 ( 14-20 November 2014 )
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has demonstrated his soft spot for Nepal, but for our future stability we cannot turn the clock back

Watching the watchdog

#731 ( 7- 13 November 2014 )
Just because an elected government displays unaccountability, it doesn’t mean that all the authority to prosecute alleged thieves is handed over to an unelected entity like the CIAA

Better safe than sorry

#730 ( 31 Oct - 6 Nov 2014 )
To clean up Kathmandu airport we first have to clean up Nepal’s politics

Post-mortem of a tragedy

#729 ( 24 - 30 October 2014 )
We know that our preparedness was disastrous, the question is how do we reduce the chances of needless casualties in future blizzards

Neither chicken nor duck

#728 ( 17-23 October 2014 )
What does the fee Indian cars need to pay to enter Nepal have to do with the price of tea in China?

Demography and democracy

#727 ( 10-16 October 2014 )
Federalism is looking fraught, it may be wiser to address exclusion in the new constitution but leave state restructuring for later

Death of justice

#726 ( 26 Sep - 2 Oct 2014 )
If the perpetrators and the state showed even the slightest sign of remorse for wartime atrocities, survivors may be willing to forgive. But they will never forget

Politics in a vacuume

#725 ( 19-25 September 2014 )
When identity, respect, recognition of injustices past are mixed with politics, it is best to tread carefully

Muddle-through economics

#724 ( 12-18 September 2014 )
Our politicians ignore the economy, and especially price rises, at their own peril

Among believers

#723 ( 5-11 September 2014 )
We should protect the right to religious freedom in the new constitution
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