Nepal Needs More Transparency in Political Finance

By Siromani Dhungana UWB Political parties in Nepal should recognize the value of transparency in the political process and the importance of providing citizens with information on funds raised and spent in the election to influence their votes. It is clear that money counts in elections where there are needy voters and greedy politicians. PoliticiansContinue reading “Nepal Needs More Transparency in Political Finance”

Dear Comrade Prachanda….think before using the word ‘democracy’

Before calling Baburam a democrat, Prachanda should answer the following questions: By Siromani Dhungana UWB Speaking at the seventh General Convention of the UCPN (Maoist) in Hetauda on February 2, comrade Prachanda, after encouraging his followers against main opposition Nepali Congress, posed a close-ended question to his cadres: “Is Baburamjee against peace and constitution? Is he an undemocraticContinue reading “Dear Comrade Prachanda….think before using the word ‘democracy’”

Five Reasons Why Nepal is No More a Democracy

Existing political events strongly suggest that Nepal is on its way to being ruled by an autocratic political system. Leader of this new system, Mustang-rider Dr. Baburam Bhattarai (or Dr-sab as some people call him) has accelerated speed of his vehicle to lead the country into an autocratic system where the Maoist party will have its say onContinue reading “Five Reasons Why Nepal is No More a Democracy”

American Diplomatic Cable: Fear of Royal Coup when Nepal Was About to Limit King’s Power in 2006

2006-05-18 11:49 C O N F I D E N T I A L KATHMANDU 001267 SIPDIS SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/18/2016 TAGS: PGOV PTER MASS NP SUBJECT: POWER PLAY TO WATER DOWN PROCLAMATION FAILS REF: A. KATHMANDU 1262 ¶B. NEW DELHI 3433 Classified By: Ambassador James F. Moriarty, Reasons, 1.4 (b/d). Summary ——- ¶1.Continue reading “American Diplomatic Cable: Fear of Royal Coup when Nepal Was About to Limit King’s Power in 2006”

Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months

For the record: The Legislature-parliament (which is the non-constituent making part of the Constituent Assembly that also works as parliament) today extended the term of the CA by another three months. This extension comes a day after Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai was elected the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal. But these two developments are unrelated.Continue reading “Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months”

Kashmir and Indian Democracy

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal A Nepali perspective on a South Asian problem: “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India,” declared Arundhati Roy in New Delhi last week. “It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.” By saying so the Booker-prize winning author of The God of SmallContinue reading “Kashmir and Indian Democracy”

Sushil Koirala at the Helm of Nepali Congres: The Road Ahead

What does the strong showing of Sushil Koirala panel mean for the Nepali Congress and the broader national politics? By Akhilesh Upadhyay The much delayed Nepali Congress General Convention is finally done with. For now, the battle for succession is over. It is another Koirala. Acting President Sushil Koirala, 71, has consolidated his hold onContinue reading “Sushil Koirala at the Helm of Nepali Congres: The Road Ahead”