Biswas Baral has been associated with Republica national daily as a journalist since 2011. He oversees the op-ed pages of Republica and writes and reports on Nepal's foreign affairs. He is a regular contributor to The Wire (India).
Our political leaders are unjustly chastised for selling the false dream of turning Nepal into another ‘Singapore’ or ‘Switzerland’. What Nepalis who criticize them don’t understand is that lasting peace and prosperity cannot be had overnight. It takes years of hard work and dedication of the political class. Perhaps few other leaders understand this as well as the communist duo of KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Thus, in their new joint election manifesto, they promise to get Nepal enlisted among the most prosperous countries in the world by 2099.
Everybody in Nepal is a master of the creative art of copying. And why wouldn't they be? We like to teach this not-so-subtle art to our children young, and our schools also make sure they learn the needful. As any tireless parents of a school-going child would attest, the homework teachers give to these children, barely six or seven, is actually meant for them.
Never a patient reader, I cannot sit in a place with a book for more than half hour, tops. On a typical Saturday I am home, invariably laboring through a godforsaken book, the same book I would have plodded through for better part of a fortnight. I start out at the little tea table and chair out on the porch.
I still remember the names of those buses by heart. One year was particularly memorable in my night-bus odyssey, the year of the famous race for Bhadrapur between our cream-colored ‘Pashupati Travels’ and the dark-green ‘Welcome Travels’.
Sher Bahadur Deuba is back to his noble best. When he first became prime minister in 1995 Deuba had cobbled together, for the realization of his old dream of decentralized development of the country, the biggest cabinet in Nepal’s democratic history: there were 48 enlightened souls in all.
I struggle to come up the name of another person who even remotely resembles Dr Govinda KC. He has repeatedly put his life on the line for the betterment of his society. But haven’t there been others before him who too wagered their lives for similar causes? Yes there have been some. Yet these people failed to get half the attention that has been lavished on Dr KC. I think this is mainly because of two reasons: one, there are very few people with Dr KC’s impeccable moral and professional credentials and two, Dr KC has been waging his hunger strike in an age of rapid development of Nepali media.