Knowing Cha DhokaBy Aashish Mishra
Many of us in the Kathmandu Valley have seen Cha Dhoka of Patan or at least heard of it. If you are a resident of Patan, then you have almost certainly passed through this monument. This is not a hidden or overlooked structure in a back alley somewhere. No, it stands prominently in one of the busiest streets of the city. We, no doubt, know of it, but do we know about it? The great white gate standing in Kotlachhi with its three passages, tw
Tackle Human TraffickingBy Aashish Mishra
Human trafficking is mainly understood as the buying and selling of people and while that is not wrong, it does not cover the entire scope of the crime. As defined by the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, human trafficking, in its entirety, includes the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat, use of force or coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power or a position of vulnerability or of giving...
At least three people killed, three injuredBy Aashish Mishra
At least three people were killed and three others injured by monsoon-triggered disasters on Saturday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Authority informed in its daily update that the three killed were residents of Chauhan, Hupsekot Rural Municipality–4, Nawalpur. They were members of local Hasta Bahadur Pulami’s family who were swept away by a landslide on Friday. Their dead bodies were discovered on Saturday.
Media CodificationBy Aashish Mishra
The codification of meanings of objects in any form of communication is known as semiotics. Semiotics is a study of how meaning is created and how meaning is communicated. Our actions and thoughts are governed by a complex set of cultural messages and conventions and dependent on our ability to interpret them instinctively and instantly. These messages are known as signs, which can be text, audio or video.
Patan’s ‘journey of lights’ limited to symbolism this yearBy Aashish Mishra
If it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday would have been a festive day in Patan. Hundreds would have marched around the city with candles, rice and other items of religious offering, accompanied by musical bands and merrymakers dressed as colourful characters. Patanites would have celebrated the day – the third day of the dark fortnight of Shrawan – as Mataya. But this year, because of the health risks posed by the coronavirus and the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic hitting...
Twitter’s Identity PerspectiveBy Aashish Mishra
Hardly any of us are unfamiliar with Twitter. Many also know of its impact on people’s psyche and behaviour. But do we know that it also impacts our identity? Sounds far-fetched but Twitter has an “identity perspective” that shapes and moulds how we and others perceive us. The first way Twitter impacts our identity is by making us
Night-shift workers feel the pinch of vehicle restrictionsBy Aashish Mishra
It was 8 o’clock in the evening and Krishna Chhetri was getting dressed for office. His shift starts at 10 pm but he was hurrying to leave because he has to walk five kilometres from his home in Sorakhutte, Kathmandu to his workplace in Chuchchepati, something that takes him around an hour and five minutes.
Sonika works to break mistrust toward women entrepreneursBy Aashish Mishra
Public transportation is a personal affair for Sonika Manandhar. She remembers riding her father’s small blue three-wheeler, colloquially known as Bikram Tempo, as a child in the 1990s and experiencing an almost other-worldly joy.
Internet GovernanceBy Aashish Mishra
THE internet is a system connecting networks around the world using TCP/IP. This is a vast array of networks and with its relevance growing day by day, concerns over whether and how to regulate it seem to be rising. Today, internet governance has become a burning issue. However, one thing we must be mindful of is that governance does not mean control and it most certainly does not mean exclusive government. Internet governance needs a multistakeholder approach calling for the involvement of various...
Ethnocentrism & ColonialismBy Aashish Mishra
Ethnocentrism is the process of judging a culture based on how it compares to one's own cultural norms. Rather narcissistically, ethnocentrism is the view that one's own group is the centre of everything. Ethnocentrism is especially prominent in matters of language, culture and religion. These ethnic distinctions and sub-divisions serve to define each ethnicity's unique cultural identity and thus, ethnocentrism. An example can be found in food habits.