| Jun 30, 06 11:57 AM | Comments (0)

Bhutan’s Democratic Puzzle

The exotic, benign image of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan cannot conceal the battle between authoritarian politics and democratic dissent that is shaping its future, says DHARMA ADHIKARI.

| Jun 30, 06 11:48 AM | Comments (0)

"Ownership" through Devolution & Local Empowerment

For Nepalis to become truly sovereign, local empowerment is necessary, argue SURENDRA R DEVKOTA, SANJAYA PARAJULI, and PRAMOD ARYAL. Devolution will develop a feeling of "ownership" in the democratic institutions, and the communities themselves will work to protect them, they write.

| Jun 22, 06 01:15 PM | Comments (0)

Debating Constituent Assembly

The question now is how to form a constituent assembly that is fully representative of the social mosaic that is Nepal, writes DWARIKA N DHUNGEL. A serious public debate on this topic must begin immediately, he argues.

| Jun 20, 06 11:18 PM

Newfound Breathing Space for Media

The Nepali media have found some breathing space after the restoration of democracy, but there are challenges ahead, says a report by the FEDERATION OF NEPALESE JOURNALISTS, the national body of media professionals.

| Jun 20, 06 08:57 PM | Comments (0)

Refugees in Nepal: A UNHCR Assessment

The UNHCR's Global Report 2005, released on World Refugee Day, paints a gloomy picture of refugee management in Nepal. Part of the report claims that the Nepali authorities are not open to the possibility of resettlement to a third country, nor are they cooperating with UNHCR to help refugees with special needs.

| Jun 16, 06 07:24 PM

The Baluwatar Accord

The 8-point agreement between the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists envisons a competitive multiparty polity, UN involvement in the peace process, an interim constitution, national consensus on decision-making, the guarantee of citizen's rights, and the continuation of the ceasefire, among others.

| Jun 12, 06 04:23 PM | Comments (0)

No Room for a New Junga Bahadur

The government must not establish a dangerous precedence of selective justice by firing junior security chiefs and police officers but providing a free pass to the army chief, argues HARI BANSHA DULAL. His advice: Tame the army before another Junga Bahadur or a Mussaraff emerges.

| Jun 9, 06 11:47 PM | Comments (0)

Deactivating Radio Activities

Citing a history of media repression in the country, ARJUN BANJADE argues that in the changed political environment, there is no need for the Maoists to keep their FM radio stations or the army to operate their own frequencies.

| Jun 9, 06 11:42 PM | Comments (0)

“Covering” Nepal, Western-Style

So little credible reporting about events in Nepal actually makes it through the Western wire services, argues BLOGDAI, that a journalist's best "guess" is often considered as good as source-verified holy writ.

| Jun 8, 06 03:52 AM | Comments (1)

Women for an Inclusive Constituent Assembly

In one of the first public debates Kathmandu saw following the historic House of Representative declaration on May 18, activists called for an inclusive Constituent Assembly in which women are given their due place in the decision making process, reports PRABHAT KIRAN KOIRALA

| Jun 4, 06 02:25 PM | Comments (1)

A Chinese Perspective of the Nepali Situation

The recent Nepali history appears to have repeated a good part of China’s recent history, but Nepal will not become red as China did more than 50 years ago, writes JUYAN ZHANG, a Chinese scholar of international affairs.

| Jun 4, 06 02:19 PM | Comments (0)

Towards Illiberal Democracy

Excessive power in the hands of the restored parliament has set the stage for “illiberal democracy,” warns LABA KARKI. He adds: The country’s judiciary must intervene to save the Nepali democracy from abuse and exploitation.

| Jun 4, 06 02:18 PM | Comments (0)

Nepal’s Democratic Upsurge

Previous movements had narrow purpose since they largely aimed at liberalization of the regime, writes DEV RAJ DAHAL, but the current one demanded the structural transformation of the public sphere.

| Jun 4, 06 02:09 PM | Comments (0)

The Royal Surrender

Now it is pointless to talk about the past, writes CHIRANJIBI KAFLE, but the King could have avoided his surrender if he had simply rectified the first royal takeover (October 4, 2002), which was his, not the parties’, doing.

| Jun 4, 06 02:01 PM | Comments (0)

The April Revolution is Over: What Next?

A republican democracy in Nepal seems almost inevitable, writes ANGA R. TIMILSINA. That is, as long as the Maoists, the King, the army and the international community reconcile with the emerging realities.

| Jun 4, 06 01:49 PM | Comments (0)

The Supreme Question

There cannot be any legal concept as the 'supremacy' or 'sovereignty' of the House of Representatives in Nepal, argues BIPIN ADHIKARI, if anything is supreme in a system of the rule of law that this country has, it is the Constitution, the main governing law of the land.

| Jun 4, 06 01:21 PM | Comments (0)

Beyond Monarchical Republic

To end the present environment of political uncertainty, caused by de-facto and de-jure rulers, and a monarchical republican system, the peace deal between the government and the CPN/Maoists should take place and constituent assembly process must start immediately, writes DWARIKA N. DHUNGEL.

| Jun 4, 06 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

Book Review: The Global Divergence of Democracies

The Global Divergence of Democracies was published five years ago just when the Nepali democray began to falter. With a renewed interest in democray-- a more radical one at that-- it may be worthwile to revisit the book which provides a global view of the concept. Review by DHARMA ADHIKARI.

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