Responding to US Budget Cuts for United Nations

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Mar 20 2017 (IPS) - It is in UN’s long-term interest to gradually reduce its dependence on US funding and undue influence, as proposed by former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Kul Chandra Gautam US President Donald Trump’s first budget proposing a 28 percent cut in foreign aid, including drastic reduction in US funding More...

Impeachment and impunity in Nepal

Impeachment of CIAA chief would be an important symbolic step, but it must not be used to hide or side-step widespread systemic impunity in Nepal’s body politic Nepal has seen many revolutions, agitations, armed insurgencies and peaceful people’s movements in the recent decades. These have led to changes in political systems; generally brought about greater freedom; More...

Vision 2030

The generation that will lead Nepal in 2030 will be driven by pragmatism rather than ideologies of the bygone era that consumed their parents With a new Constitution that embraces inclusive, pluralistic democracy, and a mixed market economy with egalitarian and socialistic aspirations, Nepal seems ready to embark on a path of rapid economic development. More...

Key messages for rebuilding Nepal – from Lost in Transition

The pursuit of a prosperous and equitable society does not follow any fixed formula or linear progress. There are many trials and errors, ups and downs and pragmatic course corrections along the way. In an increasingly globalizing world, there are some tested and proven common economic policies and global norms of democracy, human rights and More...

Key messages for international community – from Lost in Transition

My book: Lost in Transition: Rebuilding Nepal from the Maoist mayhem and mega earthquake, critically dissects the role of the international community during Nepal’s peace process from around 2005 to 2015. In a chapter entitled: “Deception and delusion of the international community” I highlight how many European diplomats, donors and academics as well as senior More...

Nepal’s Earthquake and Resilient Democracy

A year ago on April 25, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal that killed 9,000, left one million homeless, toppled centuries-old cultural monuments, and destroyed public infrastructure. As we reflect on the impact of the earthquake and learn lessons from its response, let us remember a deeply important fact: one of the world’s youngest democratic republics More...

Bloody old wine

It is harder to forgive Bhattarai because he is an intelligent man capable of seeing the world from other people’s perspective. A shrewd politician, Baburam Bhattarai seeks to present himself as abreast of the latest progressive thinking in the world. But like his Bolshevik heroes, there is inconsistency between his words and deeds. Lacking humility, he More...

Checkered history

Besides his old Maoist comrades and some leaders of minor political parties, Baburam Bhattarai’s ‘New Force’ has attracted several respected development professionals, artistes, intellectuals and civic leaders. Many thoughtful young people are attracted and intrigued by the New Force’s development-oriented agenda, but are sitting on the fence before deciding whether to join it. It is More...

Riddled with contradiction

Dr Baburam Bhattarai (BRB) has two contrasting images in Nepali politics and public perception: a) a highly educated and intelligent political leader with a progressive vision for a prosperous Nepal; and b) a dour and dogmatic Maoist ideologue who master-minded a needless civil war that derailed Nepal’s nascent democracy and development. There are elements of More...

Jim Grant – the Joy of Working with a Visionary Leader

When James P Grant was appointed as its third Executive Director in 1980, UNICEF was already a highly respected organization that had won the Nobel Peace Prize and earned great reputation as the world’s premier humanitarian institution to help women and children in times of war and natural disasters. As a development agency, UNICEF was More...