Dreams Never DieBy The Rising Nepal
The Nepali month of Shrawan has coincided with the memorial days of two great figures of Nepal's democratic and left movements. This week the country marked 39th memorial day of BP Koirala and 43rd memorial day of Pushpa Lal Shrestha. BP Koirala, the founding leader of Nepali Congress, is also remembered as the first elected Prime Minister of the country. Pushpa Lal established the Nepal Communist Party and translated Marx's Communist Manifesto into the Nepali
No One Is Safe In Climate CrisisBy The Rising Nepal
When Nasheed Mohammed, former President of the Maldives, argued during climate negotiations that climate catastrophe is not restricted to developing countries, leaders from the advanced nations hardly believed his words. But as events of extreme weather in Western Europe wrought havoc, resulting in deaths of hundreds due to floods in Germany alone it becomes crystal clear that no one in this planet will remain safe if climate crisis is not addressed.
Safety Of JournalistsBy The Rising Nepal
Global phenomena and the growing human curiosities have dramatically increased journalists’ responsibilities. Because they are expected to cover each and every happening, they are sometimes bound to put their life in peril. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) considers journalism as one of the most dangerous occupations where journalists face wide-ranging threats. This is so true. An Indian photojournalist working for Reuters, Danish Siddiqui,
Why Public Institutions FailBy The Rising Nepal
Public institutions constitute the vital ingredients of the state in a democratic polity. These institutions are conceptualised and created by the state with a view to enhancing effective governance, accountability, promoting development and ultimately attaining the wellbeing of the nation. The functioning of the public institutions determines the effectiveness and efficacy of the government to secure justice to the people. Public institutions include all the institutions created and aided by the...
Tourism To Bounce Back After PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
Tourism is not limited to a business, an academic course, or a philosophy but it is a comprehensive phenomenon of humanism. More specifically, tourism is fundamentally an essence of humanism. It analyses human wants and behaviours. People need happiness from enjoyment, respect, adventure, travel, of course from good food, shelter, and company. Therefore, tourism is the business, the academic discipline, or the philosophy of travelling to foster absolute humanism.
MPs Switch CampsBy The Rising Nepal
It is said that there are no permanent friends or permanent foes in politics, only permanent interests. Alliances form and break up and then re-form again; so do government coalitions. The latest episode to oust Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from his office is a case in point. When Oli, in an obvious act of overreach, dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR) for the second time on May 22, a coalition took shape with the participation of Nepali Congress, CPN- Maoist Centre, Upendra Yadav-led Janata...
Time To Show Exemplary LeadershipBy The Rising Nepal
According to the British historian Sir Anthony Seldon, an author of over 30 books, which include autobiographies of several British prime ministers, the most successful prime ministers like Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill had loyal teams of aides, advisers and private secretaries which they retained throughout their tenure, and who helped them to work effectively with other MPs and civil servants. Seldon, in his lectures, says that a leader is only remembered for one or two...
The Right Is Winning Culture WarBy The Rising Nepal
Early last week, it looked like the England football team had lost to Italy but scored against Downing Street. As the abuse of England’s black footballers poured forth on Sunday and Monday and public outrage mounted, senior Tories had to shimmy away fro
Job AdaptationBy The Rising Nepal
As stated in the Current Macroeconomic and Financial Situation of Nepal, published by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the number of Nepalis seeking approval for foreign employment has reduced by 60.3 per cent in the past ten months. Before the onset of pandemic, about 1500 to 2000 Nepalis left for foreign employment in a day. In contrast, now the prospect of foreign employment has dwindled starkly. In Nepal, it has been an-age old trend among the youth to seek work abroad. The allure of financial stability...
SC Prompts Oli’s DownfallBy The Rising Nepal
In its precedent-setting July 12 judgment, the Supreme Court (SC) reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives and compelled the President to appoint a different prime minister. The apex court's ruling has brought the 'derailed constitution' back on trac
Giving Momentum To Vaccination DriveBy The Rising Nepal
The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 began in Nepal on January 27. Since then, over 2.50 million people have received the first shot, which represents over 8.33 per cent of the total population. And 1.12 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. At first, frontline workers, including healthcare workers, security personnel and janitorial staff, got the shot. Then, the elderly over 55 and 65 were prioritised. The government has planned to vaccinate 72 per cent of the popu
UK’s Handling Of COVID-19 FlawedBy The Rising Nepal
Boris Johnson's U.K. government has been controversial for its catastrophic handling of COVID-19. Pursuing an approach built on populism and short-termism, the decision making and mismanagement of the pandemic by Downing Street has led to over 130,000 deaths.
In The Name Of Nation-FirstBy The Rising Nepal
For good or otherwise, nation-first approach reigns supreme in the conduct of a functioning sovereign country. When the crunch comes, this gets manifested overtly or covertly. This might mean distorting existing international norms and the very principles previously so vociferously proclaimed as the ultimate tenet of truly representative liberal governance. In the world of espionage, double dealing and double cross can be trained on anyone by the unlikeliest of individual or institution.
Embracing The Essence Of DemocracyBy The Rising Nepal
Once again we have come across an unfortunate experience of political instability which gravely influences the fate of Nepali democracy. The near two-thirds majority holding government has set in the west showing its gloomy face in the dusk. This time rather reluctant leader of Nepali Congress (NC) happened to get to the office of premiership with the verdict of venerable Supreme Court. This has triggered a number of interpretations of the incident itself and the possible consequences thereof.
Taxes Beat PhilanthropyBy The Rising Nepal
Since the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has gone sour, they are breaking up. First, they said they will keep running their eponymous foundation together, but now they are not so sure anymore. What they do with their lives, is their private affair – and so is what they do with their money. They claim to be promoting the public good. How they define it, is another private affair. Their foundation made grants worth $5 billion in 2019. Things it supports include vaccinations, renewable energy...
Court Steps In To Save ParliamentBy The Rising Nepal
Before leaving his official residence at Baluwatar, former prime minister KP Sharma Oli accused the Supreme Court (SC) of dismissing him from premiership. Using his oratory skill, he said: “I have janaadesh (people’s mandate) to govern the country but I have to leave office owing to the court’s parmadesh (mandamus).” Prima facie, his remark appears true but it glosses over many opposite truths that have roiled the contemporary Nepali politics for the last couple of years. The Hous
Lessons From COVID-19 PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
As of the time of writing this article, there were more than 189,165,624 COVID-19 cases globally and 4,074,457 deaths in 220 countries and territories. These are very likely the tip of the iceberg, given limited testing and an unfortunate stage to hide cases to avoid wage and job losses.
Know The StatesmenBy The Rising Nepal
Looking at activities of political leaders in Nepal after the advent of the multiparty democracy, we can mainly categorise them into two types. The first set of leaders can be named as politicians. They are active but shrewd. They know how to woo voters in the elections. As they are highly ambitious, they can manipulate the existing systems for their own benefits. By birth, they are skilled at making theatrical presentations. Their performances and rhetorical speeches make people forget their past...
The Anatomy Of AuthoritarianismBy The Rising Nepal
In any society less mobilised, modernised and democratised by political parties, civil society and cultural industries, the unflinching social foundation of caste, class and gender pyramid and patronage determine its political and social life. It poses difficulty for leadership to manage the modern polity which has lost its old authority while the modern one is less disposed to escape from deep political quagmire. Authoritarian leaders are the product of pushy and rigid c