Nepali Democracy needs an Active Citizenship

By Prof. Dev Raj Dahal _ Active citizenship is a condition for a vibrant democracy. Citizenship, as a political character, is linked with the public good. Better ethical capital means less chance of misuse of inhuman ethnic, class, caste, gender, or tribal determinism. Without active citizenship, Nepalis will be clientalised to families, lineage groups, friends and leaders. They cannot combat misery and fatalism by transforming passive people into active Nepali citizen.

India Should Rethink its Foreign Policy With Nepal

By Brigadier Arun Bajpai (Retd.) _ It is time for India to understand and make up its mind on KP Oli's game plan. Oli wants to play a game and make both India and China competitors in wooing Nepal. India should make it clear to Nepal that it is not going to become a competitor along with China. If Nepal wants to sit on China's lap, it is most welcome to do so. If Nepal thinks that Pakistan will come rushing to its help, so be it! India could not care less. If Nepal wants to regulate the borders then so be it! But then, no Nepali will be allowed to work in India without a work permit.

नेपालमा भारतको रणनीति : वास्तविक खेल

दीपक गजुरेल — धारा १२६, १५६ र अहिले धारा २७९ नराखिनु पर्थ्यो नेपालको संविधानमा । भारतको इच्छा, चाहना तथा जोडबल यही हो । यो प्रावधान किन र कसरी अवरोध हो नेपाल सिध्याउने खेलमा भन्ने जान्न चाहनेले दक्षिण एशियाको विगत ७० वर्षको इतिहास तथा प्रक्रियाको मिहिन अध्ययन गर्नु पर्ला । टाढा जाने हो भने, अफ्रिकी महादेशमा बर्गेल्ती उदाहरण छन् । दिल्लीको निर्देशन र ‘लजिष्टिक्स’ सहयोगका बलमा, उनीहरूकै आदेश अनि खर्चमा नेपालमा पटक–पटक सत्ता परिवर्तन गरिएको पृष्ठभूमिमा यो मुलुक उसैको स्वामित्वमा दिन धक मान्ने छैनन् हाम्राले । यति कुरा, सार्वजनिक रूपमा उपलब्ध जानकारी, सूचना र तथ्यले प्रमाणित गरिसकेका छन् ।

संविधान पुनर्लेखन : गाँठी नियत यो हो

दीपक गजुरेल, सहप्राध्यापक — हैन भने, सन् १८१७ को सम्झौताको आडमा गरिएको सन् १९७३ को त्रिपक्षीय गान्तोक सम्झौता र त्यसको भयानक परिणाम जस्तो स्थिति भोग्नु पर्ने खतरा छ नेपालका लागि । भूगोल र इतिहासमा धेरै टाढा जानु पदैन । हाम्रै छिमेकमा सन् १९७४–७५ को प्रमाण साक्षी छ, कसरी ‘जनताका निर्वाचित प्रतिनिधि’ ले राष्ट्र नै बेचिदिन्छन् । यी सम्पूर्ण क्रान्ति, आन्दोलन, परिवर्तन, नयाँ नेपाल, अधिकार, समावेशीकरण, प्रक्रिया मार्फत नेपाललाई ‘संरक्षित राज्य’ मा परिणत गर्ने दिल्लीको चाहना सामू रहेको समस्या, अवरोध हट्नुको साटो ज्यूँका त्यूँ रह्यो । साउथ ब्लकले नचाहेकै प्रावधान नयाँ संविधानमा पनि सर्लक्कै आयो ।

दक्षिण एशियामा चीनको बढ्दो प्रभाव : भारत पछि हट्यो !

युवराज घिमिरे — बढ्दो रुपमा आफ्नो प्रभाव गुमाउँदै गएको भारतबारे छिमेकमा अनेक अड्कलबाजी हुनेछन् । साथै त्यही अनुपातमा यसलाई दक्षिण एसियामा चीनको प्रभाव बढेको रुपमा पनि हेरिने छ । भारतको एकल प्रभाव क्षेत्रमा सम्भवत दक्षिण एसियाका कुनै पनि मुलुक नरहने सम्भावनालाई वेवास्ता गर्न नमिल्ने निष्कर्शमा भने भारत अब पुगिसकेको देखिन्छ ।

Deficient Culture of Political Inquiry

By Professor Dev Raj Dahal _ An irony grips the heart of Nepali politics. Political liberalisation has allowed its citizens to develop a critical sense of political inquiry about public issues prompting them to demand that leaders address their needs for safety, wellbeing and dignity. But eternal political flux has ripped their will and ability to attain them. The promise of Nepali politics is, therefore, oscillating between the aspiration of pre-political, non-political, political and anti-political actors and their varied symbolic identifications with patriotism, prosperity, political stability, socialism, multi-nationalism, revolution, class, feminism, liberalism, good governance, etc. Democracy demands all-inclusive symbols beyond linguistic performance, not the one which suffocates each other actor’s zeal and infects them with undying dementia. An adequate conception of politics entails the creation of a virtuous space for all Nepali citizens to experience good life.

Nepali Congress: Conundrum Of Change

By Maila Baje _You are forced to wonder how different things might have turned out had such wisdom guided Sitaula during the royal takeover of 2005-2006 and its immediate aftermath. … A rightwing drift can be premised on the Nepali Congress’ open espousal of Hinduism. But the party’s DNA does not seem structured that way … Unwittingly perhaps, Sitaula may have delineated one more course of action. If Nepali communists do indeed work only for partisan interests and do not care about national welfare, then the Nepali Congress can simply sit back long enough in the hope of bouncing back. An easy approach – and the one most likely to be taken, too.

भारतलाई नेपालमा चुनौति

दीपक गजुरेल, सहप्राध्यापक, त्रिभूवन विश्वविद्यालय — नेपाली भूमिमा बसेर, नेपालीहरूलाई नै प्रयोग गरेर कुनै बाहिरी शक्तिले भारतलाई तोरीको फूल देखाउन खोज्दैछ । यति कुरा भारतीय शासकहरूले अब चाहिँ बुझेको हुनुपर्छ । नेपाललाई त नेपालीहरू नै प्रयोग गरेर भारतले खरानी बनाइदिइ सक्यो । र खरानीलाई आगोको डर हुँदैन । तिम्रा राष्ट्रिय एकताको प्रतीक माथि तिम्रै जनताद्वारा पिसाब गराइदिन सक्छु । अब बुझ्यौ ?’ त्यस बेलाको सन्देश लुकेको थिएन । यो पृष्ठभूमिमा नेपालका कुनै पनि राजनीतिक दलले भारलाई चुनौति दिएर उसको हैकमलाई नेपालमा कमजोर पारे भन्ने कल्पना मात्र गर्नु पनि हास्यास्पद ठहरिन्छ । राज दरबारको अस्तित्व भारतले नै समाप्त पारिदिएको हो, ‘नेपाली’ मार्फत ।

Denigrated Public Sphere in Nepal

By Prof. Dev Raj Dahal _ The public is the fulcrum of democratic life. Democratic norms, values and institutions are deep-rooted in the public philosophy and flourish with the integrity of citizens. The economists have reduced the public to consumers, sociologists to class, gender and ethnic groups while political scientists to interest groups, lobbies, caucus and political parties. They engage not as a society of strangers, but concerned citizens. The site of public sphere differs from seminar, conference and convention as they are formal with definite agenda, fixed participants, goal and place governed by fractional interest devoid of public access. The crowd or the mass, like an eager robot, operates in a linear way under the directive of top leaders, interest group or geopolitical agency.

China Widens Its Gaze

By Maila Baje _ Chalk one up for cruel candor, if you will. As Beijing widens its gaze, the Nepali media, in playing up US President Donald J. Trump’s otherwise routine congratulatory message to our prime minister, may have given Beijing something more to ponder. The Chinese, for their part, certainly won’t commit too much to the preponderance of the left here without properly sizing up Oli. With one word put in vicious context in one interview, Prime Minister K. P. Oli has provoked the Indian commentariat into probing his means, motive and opportunity.