The outcasts

Nepalis at the grassroots for whom grassroots democracy has not delivered

Chandra Kishore

"Give federalism a real chance"

Swiss Ambassador Elisabeth von Capeller Oswald has been in Nepal for over a decade and in that time, has seen the country...

Un-centralising the federal structure

Kathmandu’s rulers have yet to learn the ABC’s of devolving power to provinces

Chandra Kishore

Feudal federalism

Federalism has become an ‘F’ word because Nepal’s politicians are reluctant to devolve power to provinces.

Feudalism to Federalism

Over the past 30 years since the first People’s Movement, we have seen that things start moving in Nepal when local governments...

Power to the periphery

Bal Bir Biswakarma from the village of Lulang at the lap of Mt Dhaulagiri in Central Nepal is a 68-year-old subsistence farmer, descendants...

Sonia Awale

Think nationally, vote locally

When the second wave hit Nepal in May 2021, city hospitals ran out of ICU beds and oxygen, and politicians in Kathmandu appeared helpless,...

Sahina Shrestha

Polls in the time of pandemic

After hemming and hawing about holding local elections, top leaders of the five-party alliance that met on Tuesday finally made some headway.  The good news...

Shristi Karki

Volatile Mix of Politics and Religion

The Election Commission has set local elections for May, with federal elections following early next year. Given the heated debate about federalism...

To beg, borrow or steal?

In 2017, Nepal held its first local election after two decades. A generation of Nepalis had grown up without any experience of...

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