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The next step

Nepalis were disillusioned with the candidates on offer, not with democracy. That is the main take-home for the political parties. – It was an election that had to happen and it did. No one said it was going to be perfect, no one expected it to be completely free of violence and intimidation, but it […]


A state of lawlessness

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 11 July, 2009 After traversing Nepal for more than two months, passing 40 districts, braving highway blockades, curfews and indefinite bandas we were stopped dead in our tracks outside Pokhara. There was no way we could get past a barricade of rocks, logs and the burnt out hulk of a […]


State of statelessness

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 01 May, 2009 We like to think that the most neglected and underdeveloped part of Nepal is the Karnali. But the eastern Tarai deos not fare much better. In just about every development parameter that you care to name, these districts between Bara and Morang lag behind the rest of […]


Obstacle course

First posted on Nepalitimes.com on 28 April, 2009 After braving knife-wielding protesters on highways, removing trees felled by activists to block roads and defying bandas for the past three weeks we thought we could take on anything the New Nepal had to offer. We weren’t prepared for what Gaighat had in store for us. After […]



 

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