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“A writer should not be confined by style or theory”– Madhav Prasad Ghimire

Uttam Kunwar’s 1963 conversation with the Rashtrakavi

19 min read

Can vapes save the world from smoking?

E-cigarettes were invented by business, not medicine. But as more smokers make the switch, some health experts believe we’ve finally hit on something that could stub out smoking for good.

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Oversold, overhyped, evidence-free development

Nijgadh is not about environment vs. development, it’s the economics that makes no sense at all.

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The Week in Politics

What happened, what does it mean, why does it matter.

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How going hungry affects children for their whole lives

Food poverty is on the rise in rich countries. And evidence suggests the impact can last for years afterwards.

3 min read

7 things to know about controversial Federal Civil Service Bill

Changes that the proposed bill will have on civil service

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The Record Quiz

Test your knowledge of current affairs in Nepali politics

3 min read

Tharu women and political participation

Less than 0.2 percent of our elected local reps are Tharu women. Read the first in an occasional series on women and political participation.

4 min read

“National property” of just a few

As long as Nepal’s policymaking is elitist and exclusionary, it cannot claim to be for all of us.

3 min read

UN climate change report: land clearing and farming contribute a third of the world’s greenhouse gases

Report finds that there is no way to keep global warming under 2℃ without significant reductions in land sector emissions

5 min read

Chernobyl and DDC’s “radioactive” milk

How a nuclear disaster halfway across the world became a device in 1980s Nepali politics

4 min read

The week in politics

What happened, what does it mean, why does it
matter

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Old spaces, new norms

The second in the AxV exhibition series hosted by Kaalo 101

6 min read

How to write about queer issues: Some lessons for journalists

What not to write when a trans woman is murdered

4 min read

Letter from Thabang

The place that was formerly known as the “Maoist Mecca” is now a Biplab stronghold

4 min read

How BJP is proposing to change Jammu & Kashmir and what that means

The government is using a legal technicality to remove the autonomy that was otherwise given to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

3 min read

Betraying ourselves

The Nepalization of our diverse languages is erasing our memory and links to our landscape, and disrupting the continuity between our past and the present.

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Catch up to the week in politics with The Record: what happened, what does it mean, why does it matter

Bhattarai new tourism minister; NCP power struggles continue Yogesh Bhattarai, one of the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s most dynamic leaders, is the new Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation. The cabinet position had been vacant since Rabindra Adhikari, the minister, died in a chopper crash in Taplejung on February 27 at the age of […]

7 min read

Nepal’s rape culture has gone online – and our laws are dismal

The Electronic Transaction Act is not enough to combat non-consensual dissemination of intimate images

10 min read

“I only get a fleeting sense of satisfaction from my creation.” – Ramesh Bikal

A conversation with the first recipient of the Madan Puraskar literary prize.

4 min read

What it memes to be Nepali

How a Facebook group called “Subtle Nepali Traits” is helping young people define what it is to be Nepali

6 min read

On the South American Road

A man, a backpack, 15 months on a motorbike

4 min read

Resist hierarchy, “ladies”

Language used by Nepali men to refer to professional women and female counterparts is often infantilizing and show lack of respect.

2 min read

Bills watch

The government is proposing sweeping legislative changes that curtail constitutional rights and consolidate power. Here’s a refresher on what is at stake.

1 min read

Nijgadh International

Nijgadh airport is a massive project, which, if built, will cost more than any single infrastructure project in Nepal so far. 1,476 households of Tangia Basti- already officially landless- will need to be relocated. The prosperity the project promises is still abstract for many, meanwhile, 2.4 million trees will need to be felled over 8,045 […]

6 min read

Toilet trauma

The government’s frantic plan to ensure that no one poops in public anymore uses possibly unconstitutional means that victimise the poorest.

4 min read

The strange and compelling worlds of Dhruba Chandra Gautam

“My writing is like a playground where I want readers to interpret their own meanings, find their own understanding in my words.”

4 min read

Thank you for your contribution!

Its time we acknowledged the unsung heroes of Nepal

5 min read

Life in limbo for the residents of Tangia Basti

In the middle of Nijgadh forest is a fertile 1,000 hectare plain where approximately 7,000 people live. Most of the residents of Tangia Basti are Tamangs, but there are also Magars, Dalits, Bramhins, and Chettris. All moved here as part of a government tree planting project in the 1970s. Each family was offered 1 hectare […]

1 min read

Sediments | Resisting Anonymity

A virtual exhibition showcasing up-and-coming Nepali artists exploring their history and identity through arts.

4 min read

Nijgadh Airport: What is proposed and why environmental analysts are so worried

The proposed airport in Nijgadh, which would be Nepal’s second international airport, gets a lot of flak from environmentalists. The Record explains what is at stake.

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

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“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

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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