Nepal: Earth Tremors Fading, Monsoon Looming

Nepal: Earth Tremors Fading, Monsoon Looming

JUNE 8, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. Kathmandu is gradually repopulating with residents like Anil who left soon after April’s earthquake. He explains that he returned to the capital from Chitwan (in south Nepal, bordering India). “I went for 20 days with…

Nepal’s Democracy Landmark (a Constitution) Leads to Instability

Nepal’s Democracy Landmark (a Constitution) Leads to Instability

OCTOBER 26, 2015 on Counterpunch.org. To set the framework for its infant democracy, to recognize its rich pluralist character, and to enshrine its secular ideals Nepal had finally awarded itself a new constitution. Barely five months after earthquakes struck Kathmandu…

Democracy in Nepal Passes a Second Test

Democracy in Nepal Passes a Second Test

JULY 7, 2017 on Counterpunch.org. A Nepalese policeman helps a woman to cast her vote during the legislative elections in Thimi, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Millions of people were voting in southern Nepal on Thursday in the final…

One Happy Man: a Nepal Case Study

One Happy Man: a Nepal Case Study

MAY 10, 2016 on Counterpunch.org. Only occasionally, in contrast to anecdotes from Kathmandu’s fashion conscious upper class occupied with their tech and music trends and the city’s new eateries, and avoiding dismal stories of government incompetence and rising poverty and…

China or India: Does Nepal Have a Realistic Choice?

China or India: Does Nepal Have a Realistic Choice?

JUNE 17, 2016 on Counterpunch.org. I was crossing the airstrip to a small aircraft that would take me to Nepal’s interior. We had left the disarray of the departure hall in Kathmandu airport with its melee of early morning hopefuls…

Becoming a Democracy: the Example of Nepal

Becoming a Democracy: the Example of Nepal

June 29, 2018  on Counterpunch.org. Hardly noticed on the world landscape of emerging democracies, lies Nepal. This new republic now has the first government, newly formed this past February, under a secular constitution. It’s a route is scattered with the…