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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

12 min read

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

10 min read

The Rajakot massacre, 16 years on

The wounds of impunity remain fresh

9 min read

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

Society acknowledges but does not accept

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

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

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

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.

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