Twenty-year-old Amrita Kumari of Murtiya, Saptari, epitomizes the kind of indirect, structural violence on women that is common in Tarai-Madhesh. Last year, her parents had arranged for her to get married to the family of Sagar Mahato of Lalbandi of the same district.
The 14-km Naubise-Nagdhunga stretch can take what seems like an eternity to traverse for the weary passengers trying to enter the national capital by road. Long lines of vehicles, big and small, wind their way down from the chicken-neck of Nagdhunga check-post, waiting for the police inspection at the check-post after which they can roll into Kathmandu Valley.
We welcome the decision of Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center), the two main constituents of the ruling coalition, to once again make a concerted effort at garnering consensus on constitution amendment.
We have in this space repeatedly pointed out the need for common understanding on constitution amendment among at least the four main political forces—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center) and the Madheshi Morcha—that own up post-2006 political changes.
Nepalis often have unrealistic hopes of their parliamentarians. They expect their elected representatives to solve their each and every problem—the long hours of load-shedding, shortage of drinking water, inflation, pollution, poverty, you name it—preferably overnight.
Speaking to Republica recently, Paul Jackson, a British conflict-resolution expert who has closely studied post-conflict societies around the world, including Nepal, pointed out how Nepal’s peace process was a rare success story.
When Nepal Police arrested five national footballers, including the reigning captain Sagar Thapa, in October, 2015, on charges of match-fixing, Nepali football aficionados were disgusted. They saw it as a sign of everything that was wrong with Nepali football back then: it was being managed by a thoroughly corrupt governing body, ANFA, under Ganesh Thapa, player motivation was low, football infrastructure was crumbling, and the national men’s team was suffering one after another humiliating loss.