It has long been known that political parties use their student wings in all kinds of undesirable ways. Students become frontline soldiers in disruptive activities like bandas and chakkajams. The able-bodied youth politicians are seen more as musclemen to be deployed for dirty political ends, than potential leaders who can replace the aging crop. Their questionable activities, even if illegal, are conveniently overlooked. For most of last one week, there was not a word of condemnation from senior Nepali Congress leaders against the brazen attempt by its student wing, Nepal Student Union (NSU), to subvert the rule of law and disturb public harmony. NSU members had hit the streets demanding the release, without investigation, of three of its senior members who were arrested on March 3 with illegal weapons. Shamelessly, they were demanding that top police personnel, including SSP Ramesh Kharel, be punished for daring to touch their cadres. To make their case, raucous demonstrations were organized outside the public campuses in Kathmandu, disturbing traffic and throwing normal life off-kilter.
“I hope Nepal will prove itself by successfully leading the region as the Chair of the bloc,” said Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on his return to the country after leading the Nepali delegation to the The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Myanmar. It could indeed be a harbinger of a new beginning for Nepal nationally, regionally as well as in the global arena. While expressing happiness that Nepal has gotten the opportunity to enhance its role in the region, Prime Minister Koirala also underlined the challenges as we prepare to chair both BIMSTEC and the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC). “The summit has not only transferred the role of BIMSTEC leadership
Nepal has adopted Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (SDAN), 2003. The agenda is developed with support from the UNDP and WWF. It is a major policy tool for all development plans, policies, and strategies. Specifically, the Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (2003), and the Sustainable Community Development Program (Nepal Capacity 21) guide periodic plans and strategies of Nepal. Although Nepal does not have clear national sustainable development strategy, these plans and policies are considered as the national sustainable development strategy principles of Nepal (UNDSD/DESA, 2009).
SDAN, 2003 has envisioned the over-arching goal of Sustainable Development (SD) in Nepal for 15 years (2016/17). It is a development process and mechanism that will help to reduce poverty and provide citizens and successive generations with not just basic means of livelihood but also the broadest of opportunities in the social, economic, political, cultural and ecological aspects of their lives. Indeed, it provides basic framework and guidelines to select and classify sustainable development indicators. Nepal aspires to improve quality of life and sustainability by promoting sustainable development practices in 15 years through the effective implementation of development programs and projects. It has targets for each indicator and objective, but there is no budget framework. However, community-based monitoring and evaluation was formed as part of all development projects to accelerate all formal policy making processes (DSD/DESA, 2009). The agenda has given the important role to the local people in policy formulation, project design and execution, monitoring, and evaluation.
With Russian troops occupying Ukrainian territory and the Chinese Navy inhabiting Philippine territorial waters in the South China Sea, the world is now entering a dangerous time warp.
In geopolitical terms, Russia and China are reenacting the norms of the nineteenth-century, when states competed by amassing hard power in a system of unbridled nationalism and rigid state sovereignty. Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be trying to reassemble the nineteenth-century map of Czarist Russia by holding on to Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and other parts of the old empire at all costs.