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Revolution through devolution. It has been 20 years since we won our fight to get the government to allow the public to have its own community radio station in Nepal.

Revolution through devolution

When we finally got the license in May 1997 after four years of struggle, it was a landmark not just for Nepal but the whole of South Asia. We had to work hard to try to convince politicians, the bureaucracy and even the Army that devolving radio to communities would not bring anarchy, but actually help strengthen grassroots democracy and development. Our slogan was ‘Communication for Development’, and that is what Nepal’s radio revolution has achieved, given communities a voice and forced local government to be accountable and responsible. As South Asia’s first independent FM station, Radio Sagarmatha has been a success story, and role model for public service broadcasting. Electing for a better future. A village in Kavre is using Sunday’s election to make up for two lost decades of development Bhim Neupaneaddressing a campaign rally on Monday in Panauti Municipality, where he is standing for mayor.

Electing for a better future

The bucolic village of Kushadevi offers vivid proof of how grassroots democracy can unleash development, and how the prolonged absence of elected local officials can undermine it. Located just over the eastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley, the village has in the past decades emerged as a major source of vegetables, dairy products and manpower for the capital city. Read Also Nationally local, Editorial Resuscitating democracy, Guest Editorial Trial and error democracy, Om Astha Rai Since 1990, Kavre has become a success story for community forestry and a model for how accountability through elections can lift living standards in Nepal’s villages.

“We lost the last 16 years after our VDC councils were dismantled, and what was left was destroyed by the Maoists. Read also: Nepal election: The women who want to bring change. Image copyright EPA The first local elections in nearly 20 years are taking place in Nepal.

Nepal election: The women who want to bring change

Under the new constitution, local bodies have substantial clout - they will draft laws, collect certain taxes and even have some judicial powers. Nearly 20,000 women are standing for election in the first phase on 14 May. Women must fill certain positions in the local administrations and this has driven strong female engagement across Nepal, especially among women under 30.

How Nepal got the electricity flowing. Kathmandu, Nepal—For years, Hemkumari Chaulagain dreamed of getting a good night’s sleep.

How Nepal got the electricity flowing

She didn’t mind rising early to receive predawn deliveries at her small shop in Kathmandu, Nepal. The power of one. Individual Nepalis who have shown through dedication and determination that it is possible to build a better future for this country.

The power of one

Gopen Rai When the stench from the Bagmati started getting too much to bear and the banks of Kathmandu’s sacred river became a garbage dump, many of us just covered our noses, averted our gaze and blamed government. Then, top bureaucrat Leela Mani Paudyal led a citizen’s movement to collect trash every Saturday. Kakistocracy. The Cabinet’s endorsement of the Second Amendment to the Constitution has left no one happy.

Kakistocracy

Not even its chief architect, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, sounds content. Package deal. There has been intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic lobbying to seek a ‘package deal’ on impeachment that will include an agreement on contentious amendments to the constitution Diwakar Chettri A week after the 157 UML-Maoist MPs filed an impeachment motion against the CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki, the NC is still dilly-dallying.

Package deal

The motion will not go through without its vote, so the NC is bargaining hard to name Karki’s successor. There has also been intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic lobbying to seek a ‘package deal’ on impeachment that will include an agreement on contentious amendments to the constitution. Parliament has gone into recess ostensibly for Tihar and Chhath festivals and also because of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s three-day Nepal visit that will begin in Janakpur on 2 November. The lonely struggle against tyranny. Political parties have finally decided to act against Lokman Singh Karki, but only to save their own skins Bhanu Bhattarai In December last year, social and political activists, journalists, lawyers and a few politicians started meeting regularly in Kathmandu to discuss the new parallel power centre that had emerged in Nepal.

The lonely struggle against tyranny

They strategised over coffee about how to deal with the Commission on the Investigation for the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and its chief, Lokman Singh Karki, who seemed to be an unstoppable force threatening the basic tenets of democracy. Read Also. Nepal: The Maoist Dream. The hills are not mere hills now They are red warriors.

Nepal: The Maoist Dream

The Madhes message. The people in the plains want to be a part of Nepal, but they feel alienated by Kathmandu Bikram Rai After backing Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal's prime ministerial bid, Madhesi dissidents are now considering to join the ruling coalition.

The Madhes message

A Maoist’s Burden in Nepal. Photo KATHMANDU, Nepal — Ten summers ago in Nepal, the Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal emerged from hiding just as the decade-long insurgency he had directed was pushing the country’s monarchy to its knees. The rebel chief was picked up by a government helicopter, then whisked to the prime minister’s residence in Kathmandu to begin official peace talks. By that time, after more than 20 years in hiding, he had become a legend, widely known by his nom de guerre, Prachanda, meaning “the fierce one.” Few knew what he looked like. India’s restive Communist circles came to extol and emulate his tactical prowess. But already Prachanda was showing signs of what some considered pragmatism and, others, capitulation.

In November 2006, a few months after his emergence, Prachanda signed a peace agreement with G. Last Wednesday, Prachanda became prime minister a second time. Party time. Nepali politics today is run by a cartel of top leaders who shuffle the deck every once in a while so the same King, Queen, Jack and Joker land on top. In a functioning democracy, elections are a process by which citizens choose the party and politicians they trust most to manage the state machinery efficiently and honestly for the public good.

This mandate is time-bound, and representatives thus chosen have a chance to prove that they are dedicated to serving, and worthy of being re-elected. Justice in transition. War victims lose hope as two former enemies accused of war atrocities are in power together Bhanu Bhattarai Two leaders who will rule Nepal together for the next two years have something in common: they both face charges of wartime atrocities, from opposing sides. Backed by Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (Maoist-Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal is set to become Prime Minister for the second time. Not a yes-man.

A day after Nepal’s new Constitution had been promulgated last year, Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal thundered at a mass meeting in Tundikhel: “India wants me to be a yes-man, but I refuse to be one.” In 2009, when he went from being the Supremo of a guerrilla army to an elected prime minister, Dahal offended India by sacking Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal. Although President Ram Baran Yadav reinstated Katwal, many saw India’s hand behind the move. As a result the Maoists were ousted from power. Dahal never forgot this, and launched a scathing attack on India, accusing it of meddling in Nepal’s internal affairs by unseating him through its puppets. Stuck with these three. Diwakar Chettri Two political leaders who were once ready to kill each other joined hands this week to form a new government.

Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal suddenly switched sides, abandoning Prime Minister KP Oli for Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress. Crazy politics. International community concerned about 9-point pact. Leaders pose for group photo after signing a nine-point agreement between CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist, at the PM residence in Baluwatar on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Journalist arrested in Nepal while covering protest. New York, May 25, 2016--Police in Nepal arrested the journalist Shesh Narayan Jha on Monday while he was photographing a protester splashing paint on the walls of a government complex in Kathmandu, according to the Federation of Nepali Journalists and press reports. An Activist In Nepal Walked Across The Country And Decided To Throw Paint On The Prime Minister's House - BuzzFeed News. WAGES OF SIN. The 9-point Agreement proves just how much the Maoists, especially its leader Comrade Prachanda, are still haunted by the ghosts of their victims.

Kakistocracy. Diwakar Chettri Despite having tried everything from absolute monarchy to absolute anarchy the goal of finding a system of governance that’s accountable to the people seems more distant than ever. Instead, aristocratic privilege and the divine right of petty rajas seems to be back in vogue, including time-honoured concepts of staying ‘above the fray’, so nobody has to work, and being firmly ‘above the law’, so nobody goes to jail. For eternal outliers like your columnist, getting here has been a journey of linguistic discovery, rich in terminology if poor in meaningful change. Nepal’s Destructive Politics. Revenge politics and paranoia are distracting the government of Prime Minister K.P.

Sharma Oli from Nepal’s urgent problems a year after an earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people. Deporting @robpenner. Pic: Robert Penner/Twitter. Meaning of CIAA verdict. Lenin Sues Maoists, Gov’t & UN. A group of former Maoist combatants is demanding action against the Maoist leadership for exploiting them as child soldiers. The Year of Living Off-Balance. “How many times do we need to share our story?” Welcome to the Time Warp. In between disasters. Ex-PM Koirala passes away. Ex-PM, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala passes away. What was it all for? Don’t repeat past mistakes, PM tells EPG. Nepal slips 4 position down in global corruption index. Meet One of Nepal’s Charming Visionaries – The Other Nepal. Wasted. Rivalry in Madhes. Same old paradigm. Year on year.

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New Constitution 2015. May the force be with you. There is Poor Representation…and Then There is Nepal. Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected Nepal's first female president - BBC News. Betrayal of the knowledgeable. MAIL TODAY COMMENT: Normalising ties with Nepal. UDMF to support Koirala in PM election, not to join govt though - The Himalayan Times. Oli reminds Nepali Congress of past agreement, urges Koirala to withdraw candidacy - The Himalayan Times. Madhesis among us. India the big loser in divided Nepal. The Kathmandu Post. Point of no return. Editorial. Twilight of tokenism. Seven provinces remain intact. Federalism: Nepal’s final frontier: The Hindu - Mobile edition. The Kathmandu Post. Dousing the flames in the Far West. Tharus flee villages. Travel Blog by Kunda Dixit. The Kathmandu Post. The Federal Map That Madhesis and Tharus Want - Madhesi Youth.

Nepal: Conflict Alert - International Crisis Group. The Kathmandu Post. A fertile land the victim of neglect. It's governance, stupid. Nepal’s revolution to demolish caste structures is dead. Why is the Madhes calm? "Accepting six-state federal model is suicidal for the indigenous" Federalism deal signed. Bullied every time. CA committee submits report on people’s feedback. Disaster geopolitics. Indigenous People's Feedback On The Draft Constitution. UN Digital Repository in Nepal: View Document.

Protests over draft statute. Plus ça change. My Republica - Native aliens. Burning issues. #citizenshipthroughmothers. Drafting challenges. The country is yours. Parties agree to table final draft today. Women leaders term document ‘patriarchal’ Nepal parties, SC on a collision course over constitution deal. Nepal SC Stays Federalism Deal Reached by Political Parties. For politics’ sake. Nepal’s Slippery Fast-Track. Citizenship from either of Nepali parents. Will Nepal's earthquake bring historic change? - BBC News. Earthquake Prods Nepal Parties to Make Constitution Deal. Dodging questions. Constitution deal inked. The Jagir Culture in Nepali Organization. Fixing the Designed Problems.

My Republica - Collateral damage. Earning back the people’s trust. Diplomatist. Deaf and dangerous. Poles apart.