Gorkhapatra Must Have Strong Online Presence: ExpertsBy Aashish Mishra
In his 2007 book "Print is Dead," author Jeff Gomez states, "whether, in the form of getting news online, reading a blog or contributing to a wiki, the general population is shifting away from print consumption [and] heading instead to increasingly digital lives." Looking around, his words seem to have described reality perfectly. More and more people are getting
Why people flee cities during crises?By Aashish Mishra
A meeting of the Chief District Officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur held on Monday afternoon decided to impose a week-long prohibitory order in Kathmandu Valley from Thursday. This decision was made public a few hours later and immediately, people started scrambling to buy bus and air tickets. By the time the Cabinet decided to extend the order to 15 days in the evening, thousands had already gathered at major bus stops like Kalanki, Gongabu and Koteshwor, eager to leave the capital before...
The Distorted CensusesBy Aashish Mishra
The 12th national census of Nepal is scheduled to begin on June 8 this year. At the risk of romanticising something statistical and bureaucratic, the census has been the one constant of an otherwise tumultuous and unstable Nepali history. Since the first census, or headcount as it was known back then, 110 years ago, two autocratic regimes – Rana and the Panchayat – have fallen, democracy has been twice seized – by King Mahendra in 1960 and King Gyanendra in 2005, two people’s movements have...
Rato Machhindranath Jatra to be held with safety protocolsBy Aashish Mishra
Ending the long uncertainty surrounding the fate of Nepal’s longest chariot festival, the stakeholders have decided to go ahead with the procession of Rato Machhindranath around the historic settlements of Patan. A meeting of the related Guthis, Jyapu Samaj, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Guthi Sansthan and the Chief District Officer of Lalitpur on Tuesday decided to hold the 1,600-year-old Jatra with all the required safety precautions in place.
Football Needs A RevolutionBy Aashish Mishra
AT the beginning of this week, 12 of the biggest football clubs of Europe, and arguably the world, announced that they were “gift to the fans” a new competition – the European Super League (ESL). The league, they promised, would be “better” because it would have no stakes. The 12 founding members would never lose their spot in the league, that is, they would never be relegated regardless of performance.
Concerns over Kathmandu’s changing cityscapeBy Aashish Mishra
When Avigail Levy came to Kathmandu after 34 years in 2019, she was disheartened. The 59-year-old Israeli who had last come to the Nepali capital in 1985 to study Tantrism and Buddhism was dismayed by how the city had changed for the worse.
Techie Nepal on mission to impart STEM education to rural studentsBy Aashish Mishra
Krinjal Foundation in collaboration with Media Vision Nepal and support from the Embassy of the United States of America in Nepal is on a mission to help students of rural areas obtain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and learn digital skills through the initiative Techie Nepal.
Public handwashing stations lie in neglected stateBy Aashish Mishra
In March last year, with the threat of COVID-19 increasing in the country, the government and health experts were urging people to wash their hands with soap and water whenever they came into contact with other people and surfaces. However, when out on the roads, it feels that this was easier said than done as people have to look for stone spouts or go into shops to find water.
The Other Horse FestivalBy Aashish Mishra
The contrast between the horse festivals of Kathmandu and Lalitpur could not be greater. While the festival is marked by the army in the grandest of manners with demonstrations in Kathmandu, a single Guthi and a small group of Guthiyars conduct a quiet celebration in Lalitpur. While skilled horsemen ride their exquisitely trained stallions, performing extravagant stunts and acrobats in Tudikhel, a lone steed calmly roams around the ancient settlements of Patan – ridden not by a soldier but by an...
Nepalis mark New Year forgetting COVID-19 fearBy Aashish Mishra
Last year, Nepalis began the year 2077 under the shadow of a raging coronavirus outbreak and a nationwide lockdown. This year, the outbreak is still there but the lockdown is not, giving revellers a chance to celebrate the arrival of 2078.