The Court Calls The ShotsBy Ritu Raj Subedi
As Nepali politics is losing its autonomy, the court comes in the scene to set its direction, thanks to fractious politicians devoid of common vision and goals to consolidate federal republic and put the country on robust path of development. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our health and economic vulnerabilities but the ongoing political crisis threatens to upend the entire constitutional project vaunted as the most viable means to ensure lasting stability and overcome structural injustice facing...
COVID-19’s Lesson Regulate Nepal-India Open BorderBy Ritu Raj Subedi
It seems renowned philosopher George Santayana’s oft-quoted adage - ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ – is meant for us, as we are reeling from the devastation of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020 when the coronavirus first caught the country off guard, the world knew little about its genetic qualities. There was no medicine or vaccine to kill the virus or prevent its transmission. But one thing was clear. The virus did not directly arrive here...
Anti-COVID-19 Cooperation Can China’s Move Fill Regional Void?By Ritu Raj Subedi
SOUTH Asia has become the latest hotspot of COVID-19’s second wave, infecting and killing thousands of people on a daily basis. It has exposed and paralysed their dilapidated health systems. Scores of people have succumbed to virus in lack of basic medical facilities such as oxygen and ventilators. Pandemics know no borders and nationalities. This saying aptly applies to India and Nepal that share open and unregulated border, and are currently worst-hit by the new variant of the coronavirus. As...
A Reflection On GorkhapatraBy Ritu Raj Subedi
At the turn of the 20th century on May 6, 1901, Gorkhapatra, the country's first newspaper, was born. The new century was awaiting the landmark political, economic and technological transformation. Many nations had started an independence struggle and war against their colonial rulers. Then, Nepal was under the clutches of autocratic Rana rule. Most Nepalis were not aware of what was happening around the world. The n
Fickle Comrades Bicker Over NCP DayBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Unlike the previous year, the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was not much enthusiastic this time. A host of communist parties, including CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre, have been marking April 22 as the founding day of NCP though some other left organisations observe September 15 as its birthday. Interestingly, Nepali Left lack consensus as to on which date the NCP was born. This shows their inherently fissiparous nature, precluding them from providing a united...
2077 BS: Annus HorribilisBy Ritu Raj Subedi
THE year 2077 B.S. turned out to be an annus horribilis for the country’s health, economic and political realms. Three Ps – pandemic, pollution and political chaos – pestered and pained the people. The three Ps that emerged last year continue to buffet us to date. The COVID-19 pandemic had already begun to panic Nepalis before they greeted the year 2077.
Help Nepal stretch three points leadBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Help Nepal Sports Club defeated Nepal Police Club to climb at top of the 5th RBB NVA Cup National Club League Championship on Monday. Help Nepal overcame Police in a straight three set of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-20 to take the pole position in the men’s category. Help Nepal garnered 12 points from four wins at the league.
Left Movement In Downward Spiral?By Ritu Raj Subedi
Nepali communist movement now stands at a crossroads of complex crisis. After witnessing an unprecedented success, it is now in a downward spiral. Nepal has always been a fertile land for the rise of the left movement that has waxed and waned over the decades.
The Tragic End Of NCPBy Ritu Raj Subedi
We may call it a brutal joke on Nepali communist movement. South Asia’s largest communist force - Nepal Communist Party (NCP) created through the merger of erstwhile NCP-UML and NCP-Maoist Centre in May 2018 - broke in two literally at the stroke of a pen of two judges of the Supreme Court (SC).
Nation Awaits Political CliffhangerBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Nepal’s political crisis, triggered by the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR), is heading to its denouement.