We are squeezed between China and India, not just graphically but even in our reasoning and ideology. To the north, in China, with President Xi Jinping’s high-level purges, the anti-corruption drive is taking a distinct top-down course
After multiple failed attempts to “repeal and replace” the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), US President Donald Trump’s administration now hopes to achieve its first legislative victory with a massive tax giveaway that it has wrapped in the language of “tax reform.
In a democracy, the right to vote is the most privileged form of power vested in the people. Not only does it give people the opportunity to choose their representatives, it also puts them and their representatives into the virtuous cycle of responsibility and accountability. According to Nepali laws, an individual must be 18 to be eligible to vote, while the constitution guarantees citizenship 16. This means that even after holding a citizenship, a 16-year-old youth is deprived of voting rights for two years. In this article, we highlight this contradiction and stress that anyone who holds a citizenship must be given the right to vote.
Just the thought of chhaupadi makes us shudder. I am sure you know of women in western Nepal—in Doti, Accham, Bajura, Kailali, Dailekh, Bajhang, Baitadi and Dadeldhura districts—are forced to live in small, cold, damp and unhygienic sheds in the woods, or in animal sheds or mud huts that are completely separate from the house, for five days every month when they are menstruating