2 min read

Various districts across the country severely affected as monsoon shows no sign of abating

At least 17 people have been killed and at least a dozen have been injured or reported missing

4 min read

Samajbadi Party Nepal, explained

A former prime minister joins hands with Upendra Yadav’s party— what it means for identity politics today

4 min read

A Journey Through the Maoist Heartland

Rolpa and Rukum 13 years after the war

6 min read

The anti-reservation brigade

The reduction of quotas in civil service represents yet another backlash against inclusion.

9 min read

“If principles sneak into poetry, then the creative work gets reduced to propaganda…”

Uttam Kunwar in conversation with Mohan Koirala

5 min read

Letter to foreign frens

Let the development bubble burst

3 min read

Why districts continue to be relevant in federal Nepal

The persistence of the administrative unit shows how decentralization is not going as smoothly as planned

9 min read

China-Nepal railway: fantasy or reality?

The world’s toughest rail route, from Kerung in Tibet to Kathmandu, is struggling to get off the ground amid growing fears of debt, earthquakes and benefits bypassing local communities

7 min read

In search of home – reading Nepali literature in translation

A part of a changing literary landscape, Muna Gurung’s translation of Nepali poetry provokes several questions on belonging.

2 min read

I won’t climb Everest: a graphic travel journal (part one)

This story first appeared on Global Voices on June 20, 2019. It is republished here under Creative Commons license BY-NC-ND 2.0.

8 min read

A Ghost Settlement in Gorkha

Non-Resident Nepali Association wasted NPR 350 million on houses no one wants to live in

6 min read

India eyes regional ambitions through energy trade Belt and Road

Energy trade through India’s northeast to its neighbouring countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar – could be an important route to connectivity in the region, and a boost for renewable energy

5 min read

The Guthi Act amendment bill may end the Guthi system altogether

A fundamental misinterpretation of the societal purpose Guthis serve lies at the heart of current developments

11 min read

Criminalization of cow-slaughter is a tool of caste terror

Even in a supposedly secular era, the Nepali state continues to uphold upper-caste Hindu values

5 min read

How the Maoist strife has reignited in Nepal, explained

An arrogant government and stubborn rebels, both communists, are leading Nepal to another civil war

5 min read

Api Nampa Conservation Area has been a colossal failure

Despite its breathtaking landscape, the conservation area has not been able to attract tourists

5 min read

How Patriarchy Denies Nepali Girls the Chance to be Born

Landmark study finds 117 boys are born for every 100 girls

3 min read

Youth’s death in police shooting reminiscent of the Maoist insurgency

“He did not have any political sense at all. He was a happy go lucky boy,” said one of his high school teachers

4 min read

When it comes to civil liberties, KP Oli is starting to look like the tyrants he once fought

The government attempts to pass laws to weaken human rights and press freedom

8 min read

“Siddhicharan encouraged me to write, Rimal to become modern and Devkota to become disciplined…”

A 1962 interview with widely celebrated writer Gobinda Bahadur Malla ‘Gothale’

5 min read

Manisha Koirala’s life lessons from surviving cancer

“Healed” lacks the self-knowledge and introspection that characterizes a good memoir

4 min read

Foundations of transitional justice mechanisms in the country may be destroyed with reversal of historic Supreme Court verdict

Hearing of the “review petition” will take place on May 16. Victims worry that mass amnesty may be granted to perpetrators.

7 min read

Communities call for the construction of the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor to be paused

Lamjung residents demand accountability from the government and European Union funders

5 min read

How Nepal’s forensics infrastructure lets perpetrators get away with crimes

Lack of laws and guidelines mean that many criminal cases are grossly mishandled

4 min read

Both economic and non-economic factors need to be considered if Nijgadh airport is to be feasible

Development and environmental preservation are not antithetical goals

6 min read

Lying to survive: Dalits in urban life

To keep discriminating without openly acknowledging the discrimination is the central feature of casteist beliefs in the city

3 min read

Police arrests poet for alleged support of Biplab

Over 300 have been arrested since the government labeled the Maoist Group a criminal outfit earlier this year

5 min read

Building back riskier

Victims of the 2015 earthquake in Dolakha have rebuilt their homes in areas where they could be decimated any day

4 min read

Caste Apartheid in the Judiciary

An exclusionary justice system cannot deliver justice for all citizens

8 min read

“I’ve been writing a memoir…” – Bhupi Sherchan

A vignette of poet Bhupi Sherchan’s life

7 min read

To rejuvenate life in the Middle Hills, we need innovative farming

A soil scientist’s reflections from three and a half years of agricultural research

7 min read

Nepali Diaspora in Thailand struggles to get citizenship

Statelessness is amongst the many problems plaguing the immigrant community

8 min read

From the ashes of People’s War

Despite its immense bravado, the radical Maoist group led by Biplab might find it difficult to achieve its aims

21 min read

Anatomy of a police investigation: have authorities in Nepal’s Bardiya district passed a murder off as suicide?

14 year old Pramila Tharu’s death remains shrouded in mystery

7 min read

The long and arduous journey to winning a Supreme Court case as a same-sex married couple

The story of how one couple navigated the Nepali bureaucracy to pursue recognition

5 min read

What does the Environmental Impact Assessment report say about the feasibility of the Nijgadh Airport project?

Forests capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide in the plant biomass as well as in soils. Cutting down the Nijgadh forest will significantly increase the carbon emission into the atmosphere.

3 min read

The diversity of Nepal’s women’s movement must be recognized

Portraying Nepali women as a homogeneous group obscures the diverse forms of discrimination they face

2 min read

Join the Record’s Freelancer Network

Let’s work together.

5 min read

Life after Disappearance

The Little School engages with questions of truth, justice, and the ways in which we remember

6 min read

Nijgadh Airport to be Catastrophic for Nepal’s Tiger and Elephant Populations

Conservationists believe that the habitat degradation will have an adverse impact on large mammals

4 min read

We toiled day and night to rebuild our house after the earthquake, and K.P. Oli took all the credit

On April 24, 2016, exactly a year after the 2015 earthquake, Prime Minister K.P. Shama Oli launched the reconstruction campaign by laying the foundation stone for the house of Sarita Tamang in Chautara, Sindhupalchok. Sarita Tamang talks about the media spectacle that surrounded Oli laying the foundation stone, and the subsequent absence of government support during the actual construction work

11 min read

“A lot has changed but Nepal’s security dilemma has remained unchanged since the 18th Century”

An Interview with Former Army chief Gaurav Rana about Nepal’s Challenges in Diplomacy

4 min read

Journalism for and by Women: The Record’s Reading List

The Record is a feminist publication. We have stories by women, about women, for all women. Let’s take a peek into our archives, and more recent stories about women’s representation, gender based violence, equal citizenship, solidarity, and much more. Violence Against Women in Nepal is Intensifying by Sushila Karki The government has allocated significant amount […]

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After Years of Media Trial, a Stunning Verdict in the Tikapur Case

11 have been sentenced to life in prison while the Tharu community in Tikapur continues to pay the price for the horrors of 2015

2 min read

Why we are launching a membership program

Independent journalism requires readers’ support

5 min read

Fear of what happens next in transitional justice divides the victims

Transitional justice mechanisms expire on February 9 without finishing their job

7 min read

‘Literature should serve the entire world, not just one’s country’

A 1962 interview with the revolutionary poet Siddhicharan Shrestha

10 min read

The Rajakot massacre, 16 years on

The wounds of impunity remain fresh

6 min read

How Nepal managed to increase its tiger population

Coordinated efforts among police, community members, and conservationists have been fruitful

6 min read

Speaking good English does not make you intelligent

A reflection on the hegemony of the language that is robbing us of fluency in our mother-tongues

1 min read

The top 10 most-read in the Record this year

Most read stories from 2018

5 min read

Racism at an American College leaves Nepali student’s future uncertain

Officials at Colby-Sawyer have refused to address their mistreatment of 21 year old Supragya Rijal

5 min read

On “Seeing” Dalit Lives

Dalit: A Quest for Dignity raises important questions about photography and politics

9 min read

How visibility is changing the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in Nepal

Society acknowledges but does not accept

3 min read

Madarasa in Kathmandu is an example of religious coexistence

The school is committed to providing quality education for Muslims and non-Muslims alike

2 min read

The Record’s word of the year 2018

The ultimate revenge of the hill bureaucrats

4 min read

On Budhi Gandaki, Nepal should say no to India and China

The project has become a geopolitical ping pong

4 min read

The best thing the KP Oli administration has done for workers’ protection so far

But it remains to be seen if it will be implemented properly

5 min read

“While a communist party has emerged victorious, the working class continues to suffer”: Biplab

The underground Maoist politician talks about his plans for another revolution

17 min read

The old weight of caste

Throughout Nepali history, the brutality of the caste system has stunted social transformation

8 min read

Youngsters battle severe emotional and psychological stressors

Changing the culture of silence surrounding mental illness could save lives

3 min read

We were sexually harassed by a Tribhuvan University professor

A #metoo story about abuse of power in the University

3 min read

A new beginning

Rohingya refugees in Nepal strive for a better future

6 min read

#Metoo and Nepal’s patriarchy problem

Bringing attention to the everyday abuse faced by women

9 min read

‘I could not be liberated,’ Bal Krishna Sama’s life, work and philosophy in his own words

An interview from 1962 reveals the inner workings of the celebrated writer’s mind

4 min read

Reading under the candlelight

A glimpse into the history of women’s education

4 min read

Subterranean Blues

Short doc about the precarious existence of well diggers in Kathmandu valley

5 min read

Women for women

A photo story on the history of women’s rights activism

2 min read

A victory for the democrats

The Rana regime ends and King Tribhuvan promises a Constituent Assembly

3 min read

On the 100th day of Bangladeshi Photographer’s imprisonment, eminent figures appeal for his immediate release

The letter was addressed to Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina

31 min read

An interview with Padma Ratna Tuladhar

In 1996 Padma Ratna Tuladhar spoke about his background, on the need for linguistic inclusion, the prevalent political culture and foreign aid in Nepal

4 min read

NhuDanYaa Bhintuna, Padma Baa!

In loving memory of Padma Ratna Tuladhar

2 min read

A regime on the verge of collapse

As the Rana regime nears its downfall, Nepal gets its first constitution

14 min read

“It’s difficult to govern a place if you don’t understand its ecology”

Tsewang Lama discusses life and governance in Humla.

5 min read

Eight steps to rapidly and radically improve public schools in Nepal

The public education system is in crisis, and concrete steps can be taken to make things better

5 min read

A tenacious and perceptive witness

Sam Cowan’s new book offers deep insights into modern Nepali history

2 min read

Women of the People

New photo collection brings light to women’s participation in political struggles

6 min read

Portrait of a city in flux

1990’s Kathmandu comes alive in Shradha Ghale’s debut novel

5 min read

“Mann maryo, the spirit died.”

Saraswoti Nepali, recipient of this year’s Darnal Award, in conversation with Gyanu Adhikari

2 min read

A growing resistance

Juddha faces resistance from the Rana family, the Nepali dissenters, and the British India

2 min read

The First World War and its aftermath

The British affirm Nepal’s independence, and dissent starts to find voices

6 min read

Press Council colludes with the government to subvert free press

Several incidents show that journalists are not free to do their work

3 min read

The failures of neoliberalism

Mallika Shakya’s new book explains the “death” of the Nepali garment industry

8 min read

Bunu Dhungana is fed up with patriarchal culture

Her photographs confront the culture of silence that surrounds women

3 min read

The Acharya dance

All Photos by Prasiit Sthapit

5 min read

Reckoning with the Past

An exhibition documents victims’ narratives from the armed conflict

2 min read

Bir to Chandra

Reforms, some for the sake of the British Empire, others for the Nepali people

11 min read

‘I don’t have faith in this thing called God,’ Conversation with Parijat from 1963

Parijat on literature, marriage and faith

3 min read

Why the federal states have not been able to deliver, explained

 The state governments have been frustrated due to lack of cooperation  from the federal government. Almost seven months after the Chief Ministers of states were sworn into office, they gathered for a special meeting in Pokhara last month to discuss the challenges they have faced in the transition to federalism. They came to the conclusion that […]

3 min read

Man v wild

The space between human and wildlife is shrinking

4 min read

Constitution continues to be controversial

3 years on, Madhesis mourn the promulgation of the statute

3 min read

The problem with Nepal’s porn ban

Having failed at punishing rapists, the government polices sexuality

2 min read

Jung takes control

A sketch of his life to understand his character, strategies, and ambitions

18 min read

The death of a journalist

A trial in Dailekh and its lessons for transitional justice in Nepal

2 min read

The downfall of Bhimsen Thapa

Who will rule the country now?

14 min read

The hunt for Nirmala Panta’s killer

The rape and murder of a young girl stuns Nepal

2 min read

Five incidents from the Anglo-Nepal war

Gorkhalis put up a tough fight but a change in British strategy brings about a decisive turn of events

11 min read

Keeping open Nepal’s road to China

A photo essay on the Rasuwagadhi road and why landslides are cutting it more often