The logic behind the mobile citizenship camps is hard to understand. Apparently, the goal, on the eve of the three sets of elections planned for the next year and a half, is to ensure that no legitimate citizens of Nepal are deprived of their right to vote.
One of the most pressing problems the residents of Kathmandu Valley have been facing for decades has been power shortage. With the onset of winter the load shedding hours would increase, putting the businesses, educational institutions and individual households in deep trouble.
Against all predictions, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. Hillary Rodham Clinton came short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
The citizenship provisions of the new constitution have remained contested in Nepal. While there had been voices for equality in citizenship provisions from several quarters, the major political parties had stood on the same page as far as certain restrictions on naturalized citizens were concerned.
Nepali leaders are not reviled in media sphere for nothing. They are criticized for working more for petty personal interests than for the larger good of the common people and the country. They are also accused of draining the state resources to enrich themselves and their cronies.
It has been more than a year since the new constitution was promulgated by the Constituent Assembly on September 20, 2015. Since, the Madhesh-based parties have been protesting the document, demanding amendments to address some of their aspirations.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is in Nepal for a three-day state visit. It is rather unfortunate that it took 18 years for an Indian president to visit one of its closest neighbors. The last head of state from India to visit Nepal was President K R Narayanan in 1998.
There could be no better way to dilute the anti-India sentiments in Nepal than to expedite the old India-funded projects. One of big criticisms of India in Nepal has been that it is big on promises but short on delivery.
Perhaps the only consolation Nepal can derive from this year’s World Bank Doing Business index is that it is apparently easier to do business in Nepal—with its legion of problems, both political and economic—than in Narenda Modi’s business-minded India whose economy is galloping along at around seven percent a year.