Views from the Monastery Kitchen

Views from the Monastery Kitchen

Originally published in  KAILASH, A Journal of Himalayan Studies,  Vol IV. 2. 1976

Migrant Labor: A Central Pillar of Nepal’s Grim Economy

Migrant Labor: A Central Pillar of Nepal’s Grim Economy

July 28, 2018 on Asia-Pacific Research They appear a hapless collection of desperate village lads lured by false promises, making their way to a hostile place fraught with peril. A small but significant number perish while working abroad, shipped home…

मानवशास्त्रभन्दा माथि

मानवशास्त्रभन्दा माथि

आश्विन २०, २०७५ काठमाडौँ — सन १९८० ताका नेपालमा तानाशाही शासन थियो । त्यसैले योगमायाको सेरोफेरोका घटनामा चासो राख्नु एउटा खतरा मोल्नु नै थियो । नेपालभरि नै असहमत व्यक्तित्वको रूपमा चिनिएकी पारिजात त्रसित हुनेवाला थिइन् । त्यसैले उनले मलाई लागिपर्न प्रेरित गरिन् । यसैको…

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

August 31, 2018 on Counterpunch.org When I found myself well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats…

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?

January 4, 2019 on Counterpunch.org Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of…

How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?

How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?

January 16, 2019 on Counterpunch.org “Every family has someone outside.” Conversations about Nepal’sdysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million– either way, a sizable slice in a population…