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Call for Tenders to Run the Country

Call for Tenders to Run the Country

The tender will be automatically null and void if the situation changes because anything beyond human anticipation happens in the . . . Read more »


‘Loot Nepal’: The TV Series

‘Loot Nepal’: The TV Series

There are a lot of complaints making the rounds that, apart from one or two, all the reality TV shows currently being aired in Nepal are not good enough or up to the mark. So, what I’ve been . . . Read more »


Mother, I’m Hungry!

Mother, I’m Hungry!

July 2019   
The dozers of the mayor and the ward chairman have arrived. Up next is development, they say. It’s said each of our MPs and lawmakers got 60 million and 30 million rupees or something like . . . Read more »


A Rich Discussion on the Poor

A Rich Discussion on the Poor

June 2019   
Some people have gobbled up government land in Baluwatar. Others have taken over the capital’s Khulla Manch and Tundikhel. For some time now, the Nepali media has kept itself busy with such petty . . . Read more »


Visit Nepal Year 2020

Visit Nepal Year 2020

May 2019   
They’re saying Nepal will bring in two million foreign tourists in 2020. To be exact, the government has declared 2020 as ‘Visit Nepal Year (VNY)’. It has also appointed a coordinator for the . . . Read more »


NPC’s Wish List

NPC’s Wish List

April 2019   
Of so many commissions in Nepal, NPC stands out the most and so gets wide publicity. For decades, this commission has been formulating plans for the country’s development. It is no secret how much . . . Read more »


Investment Summit in A Risky Economy

Investment Summit in A Risky Economy

March 2019   
The government is once again going to organise a gathering of investors soon in March-April. Many commitments for investment will be made there. MoUs will be signed for sure. Then what? . . . Read more »


A Once-upon A Time Prime Minister

A Once-upon A Time Prime Minister

Once upon a time, there was a Prime Minister of a country. He wanted to see, while he was still alive, what Heaven looked like. So, one day he went there and knocked on the door to Heaven. After . . . Read more »


Whom to Entrust the Nation?

Whom to Entrust the Nation?

Though the prime minister and his ministers have been trying so hard, nothing is moving ahead towards prosperity. Why so? Did the Nepali voters do something wrong by entrusting the nation to . . . Read more »


It's Not Fair

It's Not Fair

The mayor of Biratnagar Metropolis literally crawled for three and a half hours to reach a Chhath Puja spot three kilometres away. The mayor saap went on all fours not only to show his passion for . . . Read more »


The Country Has Everything!

The Country Has Everything!

Do you think only murder, violence, smuggling, black marketeering, impunity, chaos and confusion, unemployment and lying happens in the country? Then you are wrong. There are also governments working . . . Read more »


The 'India pothole' and Nepal

The 'India pothole' and Nepal

The photo of a pothole on a Lalitpur road that looked like the map of India went viral on social media a few weeks back. Then someone added to that photo something resembling the map of Sri Lanka . . . Read more »


Now, The Think Tanks’ Turn

Now, The Think Tanks’ Turn

The ‘Nepal-India Think Tank Summit’ concluded recently in Kathmandu. As the name suggests, a think tank is a tank full of thoughts. But it also means intellectuals. Simply speaking, an . . . Read more »


Success Upon Success

Success Upon Success

The ministers have been working really hard for the country and its people but the people seemingly haven’t got the message. They keep complaining against the government and criticising it perhaps . . . Read more »


The Ministers are on the Job

The Ministers are on the Job

July 2018   
The environment minister is busy inspecting the exhaust pipes of vehicles for excessive smoke emission. The home minister is arresting contractors and holding them in prison. The supplies minister is . . . Read more »


Four Types of Capitalism in Nepal

Four Types of Capitalism in Nepal

June 2018   
Capitalism or in other words, market economy. A system where capital goods are owned by individuals or private companies. A system where the production of goods and services is based on the needs of . . . Read more »


A Visit Worthy of Accolades

A Visit Worthy of Accolades

May 2018   
This time, too, Prime Minister Oli first went to India, not China. Oli couldn't help heading south once he stepped out of Baluwatar the weather seemed as still cold on the north. It's almost certain . . . Read more »


Where's the 'grey paper', Mr Finance Minister?

Where's the 'grey paper', Mr Finance Minister?

April 2018   
The economy was expected to rise after the formation of the new government. But sadly, that's not going to happen. The previous government had said the economic growth rate would be seven percent . . . Read more »


The Taste of Federalism

The Taste of Federalism

March 2018   
The rituals to bring federalism in Nepal are over now. Now, the power to govern has reached the villages in the country where various types of governments have been formed. Earlier, there was only . . . Read more »


Changing Nepal

Changing Nepal

Nepal has changed unbelievably. Those who would think a thousand times before passing even the most casual remark against the courts in the past are openly pointing fingers at the Chief Justice . . . Read more »


Post-Poll Development Dreams

Post-Poll Development Dreams

No matter how, the elections have concluded. Now, it’s almost certain that Nepal's development will take a leap forward. If you don't believe it, take a look at the parties' election manifestoes. . . . Read more »


Laws of The Land

Laws of The Land

There are many who complain that there is nothing in Nepal and that the government here does nothing. But these people don't know that the government has formulated so many laws in Nepal that it . . . Read more »


Time to Protect the Big Bears

Time to Protect the Big Bears

The country has no jobs. Without jobs, there’s no fame or wealth. And when there’s no money to be made, naturally there’s no food. To make some money and to make sure that their families back . . . Read more »


Leave Corruption Alone

Leave Corruption Alone

Recently, a South Korean court sentenced the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics to five years in prison, pronouncing him guilty of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Former South Korean President . . . Read more »


A Country For Sale

A Country For Sale

There is a country in this world which has been on sale for the past few years. As there is not a single buyer who can buy this country in one go, the country is being cut into pieces and sold in . . . Read more »


Nepal in the Throes of Indian GST

Nepal in the Throes of Indian GST

After years of exercise, India finally implemented the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1, this year. That too by amending its constitution in the middle of the night! Those who think that the . . . Read more »


Who Says Nepal is not Progressing?

Who Says Nepal is not Progressing?

July 2017   
People say that most politicians, bureaucrats and cops take bribes in Nepal, and the rich sip imported beer while the poor don't have even enough bread to eat. When you ask them why this is you’re . . . Read more »


Elections and Blessings

Elections and Blessings

June 2017   
On a Tuesday before the recently held first phase local elections, the roads were choked with traffic jams everywhere in the valley. After an enquiry, it was revealed that the jams were caused by the . . . Read more »


Well Then, Congratulations!

Well Then, Congratulations!

May 2017   
According to the World Happiness Report 2017, Nepalis' happiness has increased, compared to last year. The report says – Nepal has jumped from last year's 107th place to 99th place this year on the . . . Read more »


Democracy Getting Stronger

Democracy Getting Stronger

April 2017   
There are some telltale signs that democracy in Nepal is getting stronger. Just a few weeks ago, for example, two political outfits showed their democratic behaviour near Saptari's Rajbiraj, and the . . . Read more »


Top-Down Democracy

Top-Down Democracy

March 2017   
Some people have started trying to stir up a storm in a teacup, claiming that Nepal's democracy is in danger. Sounds quite alarming. But don't worry! Nepal's democracy is not in danger- it's just . . . Read more »


While You Rule the Roost…

While You Rule the Roost…

Feb 2017   
When the issue of who should be appointed the new chairman of the Insurance Board (IB) cropped up in a Cabinet meeting a few weeks ago, the Finance Minister took out a name-list from one of the . . . Read more »


The Rudderless Boat of Federalism

The Rudderless Boat of Federalism

Jan 2017   
Flames of the federalism debate are once again flaming high, reaching as far as Kailali in the far west, passing through Birgunj, Butwal and Surkhet. What began in Gaur and ended in Tikapur comes . . . Read more »


Needed: Trump or Modi

Needed: Trump or Modi

It’s strange but true. The victory of Donald Trump in the recently-held US elections raised a big ruckus in Nepal. This could be perhaps because we Nepalis are more concerned about what happens in . . . Read more »


Development from Destruction

Development from Destruction

The government had back in May declared that Nepal will achieve an economic growth rate of 6.5 per cent this year. Everyone said it was not possible. It would be great if the growth rate which was . . . Read more »


The Mystery of Missing Files

The Mystery of Missing Files

Instead of losing a file or two, let’s lose all the files that exist in the country. Let’s forget all the old files. We will get nowhere by clinging to the past. This should be why even Gangamaya . . . Read more »


Who says Nepalis are Poor?

Who says Nepalis are Poor?

Everybody says that Nepal is a poor country and Nepalis are poor people. Social scientists and development experts cite various data and statistics to prove that. The stories of Nepalis’ poverty . . . Read more »


Parkinson’s Law and Nepal

Parkinson’s Law and Nepal

Come mid-June and there is suddenly a dramatic upsurge in development activities in Nepal. The government becomes generous with its spending. Then the so-called intellectuals start protesting. Yes, . . . Read more »


‘…Baburam’s Butterfly’

‘…Baburam’s Butterfly’

July 2016   
After abandoning Pranchandapath, Dr Baburam Bhattarai kept on mentioning a phrase –Naya Shakti (New Force). Those who were wondering as to what this ‘New Force’ was saw him launch a new . . . Read more »


What a Proactive Government!

 What a Proactive Government!

June 2016   
In Nepal, the government is becoming more and more active over the past few years. Needless to say, such proactiveness becomes more intense when there is a government of the leftists. Government . . . Read more »


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

May 2016   
First of all, may you get to drink as much whiskey, vodka and beer as you want throughout this year! Going by the advertisements seen these days in the Nepali newspapers and the bottles of various . . . Read more »


In Favour of Agentocracy

In Favour of Agentocracy

April 2016   
Time is ever changing. And with the changing times, the economic models of countries have also been changing. There was a time when we saw Hitler’s nationalistic capitalism. Then came Stalin’s . . . Read more »


The Secret Behind Rebuilding Dharahara

The Secret Behind Rebuilding Dharahara

March 2016   
Rumour has it that Kathmandu’s name is going to change. The word Kathmandu was originally derived from Kasthamandap, a Hindu style temple in the city that was destroyed by last year’s earthquake. . . . Read more »


The Best in Nepal

The Best in Nepal

Nepal and Nepalis have been bagging “the best” titles, one after another, in recent times. Only a few months ago, Nepal’s name came under the global spotlight for writing “the world’s best . . . Read more »


The Developing Development Dilemma

The Developing Development Dilemma

Some might think that nothing has happened in Nepal or that Nepalis have seen no progress. But, the reality is not like that. Nepalis have been continuously treading the path of progress. Like in the . . . Read more »


Blockade Blues

Blockade Blues

Finally, the Nepalis have got something they were longing for over the past seven decades – a constitution written by their representatives. Similarly, they have got republicanism and federalism. . . . Read more »


For a Self-reliant Nepali Economy

For a Self-reliant Nepali Economy

Like every dark cloud has a silver lining, India’s blockade against Nepal, too, has a bright side. It has several benefits. One of the several good things that it has brought about is the grand . . . Read more »


Doing Things Differently

Doing Things Differently

Whatever anyone may say, we Nepalis are unique and different from the rest of the world. We love to do things differently. Currently, we are even agitating to prove just this. We are doing what . . . Read more »


My God,Eight Billion!

My God,Eight Billion!

Nepali banks were doing alright. But the new governor had to start his job with a bang and so he did – a Big Bang. He announced: "Within the next two years, all banks are required to raise their . . . Read more »


Mahat’s Munificence

Mahat’s Munificence

It had to come and so it did, gladdening some and saddening others. Those who got something from it were happy. Those who didn’t were not. The budget for many remained a pie in the sky. . . . Read more »


Thank You, Dear Earthquake!

July 2015   
For many years now, the wild seeds of discontent sown by the Europeans flourished in our country. The risk of communal tension raising its ugly head was increasing. But O Dear Earthquake, Exalted Thou Art that you suddenly eased the communal tensions, bringing all our different communities under the same . . . Read more »


The Fight between Man and Nature

June 2015   
There is an unannounced war being waged by humankind against nature. In fact, the history of human civilization is the history of humans constantly triumphing over nature. But the bad part is that nature is not always tolerant. If she feels that enough is enough, she reacts with vengeance and we have natural calamities. . . . Read more »


Zoo Model of Economy

May 2015   
Despite the efforts of seven decades to catch the bus of development, Nepal has not been able to do so. What may be the reasons? Before 1951, Nepal’s economy stood on a single leg only. As a result, the country’s development would limp on the Chandra Shumsher-path or Tribhuvan-path as and when the Palace so wished. . . . Read more »


Corporate Conspiracy Inc.

April 2015   
Nepali audience has become quite used to, to hear about incessant political conspiracy that has thrived as a very lucrative industry here for last couple of decades now. It in fact undermines the inherent capacity of the corporate world to conspire at least at par to their political peers. . . . Read more »


The Lunatic Identity

March 2015   
A way above from commons, Nepali leaders can in fact represent a classic inter-connectedness between love and madness. To the great amusement of Nepali people, the highest ranked leaders of the country exchange pleasantries claiming that every other leader has lost the balance of his mental frame. . . . Read more »


Government’s Milking Tricks

Nepal Government knows well how to milk the people. Whenever it wants to extract more from them, it raises the price of the commodities like milk. As you may know, the milk pouches in Nepali market are not as easily available as do the liquor bottles. . . . Read more »


Hundred Percent City-dwellers

Nepal indeed has become a developed country with more city- dwellers than village-dwellers. This miraculous transformation, virtually overnight, became possible by Nepal's original mantra of development innovated by the Panchayat regime decades ago. Bikasko mool futaune . . . Read more »


Rule of Dogs

I have no intention of passing any derogatory remark on this faithful, trustworthy, friendly and beautiful animal called dog. With due apology to it, allow me to uncover some of present day Nepal's great eco-political mysteries with the help of this metaphor. . . . Read more »


Fundamental Right to Corruption

It is a common understanding in Nepal that everyone in the country is corrupt. Be that bureaucrat or businessman, politician or physician, lawyer or lawmaker, academician or architect, judge or journalist, or any profession or person you name it, is corrupt on . . . Read more »


Sexy Settings

What is most popular these days in Nepal? You may say, it is betting or netting and dating. You may be right to some extent, but I say the most practiced thing is the setting. Let’s look it into more . . . Read more »