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11 min read

One hat to rule them all: the dhaka topi and the subjugation of minority cultures in Nepal

While nationalists celebrate the hat as a symbol of a ‘unified’ Nepal, Madhesis and other marginalised groups regard it as a symbol of oppression and forced assimilation

12 min read

The Ncell shell game: Did foreign firms fund Nepali investors’ giant profits?

A series of clandestine, if legal, deals between numerous offshore companies has netted millions in profits to a handful of Nepali investors

59 min read

The Gorkha War and its aftermath

A comprehensive analysis of the Kalapani issue

15 min read

Considering the Nepal-China border

Nepal’s leaders should pay greater attention to developing coherent and effective policies for the northern border

9 min read

How a mighty Rana met his match and learnt a hard lesson

For some reason, he must have thought that the Star was not eye-catching enough, and this article centres on his efforts to, as he saw it, put things right

23 min read

Baber Shumshere’s relentless quest

Chandra tries to control a growing demand for more Awards led by his son Baber but reveals an acute sensitivity to the position of the monarch and steps in to help an errant son-in-law in serious trouble with the British in India.

18 min read

Ranas and Gongs

Part 1: Recruiting haggles, Chandra, the game-changer, and getting a “K” for Bhim

13 min read

Why Kathmandu’s land prices continue to skyrocket

Nepal’s moneyed classes, aided by unscrupulous banks and an irresponsible government, have turned land into a quickly tradeable commodity

15 min read

Castles in the air

Buyers of units in high-rises and colonies continue to get ripped off by developers because the authorities have turned a blind eye to the sector’s problems

35 min read

A worried monarch

Sam Cowan returns with fresh insights on the drafting of the Nepal’s 1959 constitution, the subsequent general election, and a new witness to King Mahendra’s coup d’état.

17 min read

Reinventing the toilet

Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that’s waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone. Lina Zeldovich travels to Madagascar to witness the start of a lavatorial revolution.

29 min read

Antisystemic Movements, Yesterday and Today

Immanuel Wallerstien was an influential sociologist best known for his analysis of capitalism as an integrated “world-system.” He argued that the capitalist system relied on the exploitation of countries in the global south by countries in the global north, and his unique body of work linking nations, political economies, markets, households, and identity groups had […]

13 min read

How an Aboriginal approach to mental health is helping farmers deal with drought

Psychological tools developed with Aboriginal people can also support Australian farmers whose land is suffering the effects of climate change.

17 min read

How Jumla became a land of apples

Jumla’s apple future arose from the convergence of three historical changes in the 50s: the Green Revolution, Nepal’s national development project, and the new era of development aid.

12 min read

Oversold, overhyped, evidence-free development

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

17 min read

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.

8 min read

A Ghost Settlement in Gorkha

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

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

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