My Republica

Mahabir Paudyal



We have won

December 11, 2017 00:34 AM

These are the celebration times in Nepal, not because everyone is assured of much needed economic development that political parties have promised, and not because Left Alliance has swept federal parliament and provincial assembly elections (the constituent parties of this alliance have been tried, tested and found wanting for the last 20 years).

In memoriam

November 22, 2017 01:30 AM

When I heard about his passing on November 11, I was not only shocked. I was also troubled that I had failed to meet him again, as I had promised

Only sound and fury

November 13, 2017 01:28 AM

It reeks of hypocrisy when Deuba and his followers say source of threat on democracy lies only in communist camp

Faults of Madhes narrative

November 4, 2017 00:25 AM

When we talk about sufferings of the hills, why can’t we also talk about the pains of Madhes?

Reviving public education

October 18, 2017 01:30 AM

From education minister to education secretary to educationists to teachers, no one wants to enroll their children in public schools if they have option of private schools.

Destroying public education

October 10, 2017 01:30 AM

Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha and his henchmen are responsible for what experts call ‘coordinated murder’ of our public education system. History will not forgive them easily.

Yes, they can

September 20, 2017 00:31 AM

Our major donors should ensure that the funds they contribute to Nepal’s development do not end up in pockets of corrupt politicians

Misreading Nepal

September 12, 2017 01:30 AM

Nepalis know that they cannot afford to be anti-India but when they witness open Indian meddling they won’t stay quiet either.

With 20 percent weight for ‘geography’, all three regions would have benefitted

September 7, 2017 01:00 AM

The Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) recently presented its final report to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. While Madhes-based parties have criticized the report for under-representing Madhes, others argue that it does the opposite: over-represent Madhes and under-represent hills and mountains.

Nepal is doomed if the corrupt are allowed to contest elections

August 31, 2017 00:30 AM

Member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee and Nepali Congress Central Committee member Dhan Raj Gurung is a strong voice against corruption. But lawmakers from his own party are looking to amend electoral laws to allow even corruption-convicts to contest elections. What does Gurung make of this? Here are excerpts of his interview with Mahabir Paudyal.

Why amendment failed

August 29, 2017 01:30 AM

A constitution amendment bill needs to be judged on whether it is welcomed by domestic constituencies, not on whether it gives ‘face saver’ to outsiders.

We sensed Tarai floods three days in advance

August 17, 2017 00:15 AM

When Republica met Rajendra Sharma, Chief of Flood Forecasting Section at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, in his office, he was monitoring water flow in our major rivers on various computer screens. He could not take a break lest he missed an important alert. But if we have such a sophisticated system to monitor floods, what explains such widespread death and destruction witnessed in the past few days in the Tarai? The senior hydrologist shared his insights with Mahabir Paudyal.

Comedy of amendment

July 26, 2017 01:30 AM

The claim that only Nepali constitution has rigid provisions on federal boundary changes is a big lie. The problem is that we tend to cite only Indian constitution.

Doklam dispute should make us serious about protecting our land at tri-junctions

July 20, 2017 15:30 PM

Cartographer and scholar on border issues Buddhi Narayan Shrestha brings with him 27 years of experience working in the government’s Department of Survey and 21 years of experience in private land-surveying. Republica’s Mahabir Paudyal caught up with the veteran expert on Nepal’s borders to get his views on the current standoff over Doklam tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan. Are there similar tri-junctions between India, China and Nepal? If yes, how can Nepal forestall a Doklam-like situation?

Politics of hubris

July 5, 2017 00:35 AM

We have a number of politicians who think election is all about money and muscle, and this ails Nepali politics

Our pro-Madhesi credentials will be proven by poll results in Province 2

June 22, 2017 05:00 AM

Going into the second round of local election, the protesting Rastriya Janata Party Nepal has been trying to portray CPN-UML as an ‘anti-Madhesi’ party, and the main barrier to constitution amendment. But is the party really anti-Madhesi? What has contributed to this image of UML in Tarai-Madhes? And what is UML’s electoral strategy for the second and third rounds of local election? UML General Secretary Ishwar Pokhrel shared his views with Mahabir Paudyal.

Madhes will rise

June 22, 2017 00:15 AM

When there are elected local governments in other regions, Madhesis in Province 2 will feel bad about being denied a chance to elect their own

Return to pragmatism

June 12, 2017 01:30 AM

It is hard to believe Upendra Yadav once went to ex-Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, bowl in hand, exhorting him to support the blockade.

RJPN is a stranded ship that has lost its compass

June 8, 2017 04:30 AM

Even as the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) sticks to the demand of constitution amendment before it agrees to take part in the second phase of local election, Upendra Yadav’s Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) not only participated in the first phase but is also campaigning for the second phase. This decision has come under withering criticism of the RJPN and some Madhesi intellectuals. But what made Yadav, until recently one of the staunchest hardliners on constitution amendment, suddenly agree to be part of local election even without the desired amendments? Republica’s Mahabir Paudyal tries to find out in this interview.

Changing tunes

June 1, 2017 00:15 AM

Delhi-wallas are right that misinformation, miscommunication and misunderstanding have aggravated Nepal-India tensions