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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

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

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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

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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

10 min read

The Rajakot massacre, 16 years on

The wounds of impunity remain fresh

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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

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‘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

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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

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

Parijat on literature, marriage and faith

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The death of a journalist

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

14 min read

The hunt for Nirmala Panta’s killer

The rape and murder of a young girl stuns Nepal

13 min read

Nepal-China railway will not change geopolitics in South Asia

An interview with China expert Andrew Nathan on China and its neighborhood

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The machinery of brutality

Remembering the Royal Nepal Army’s actions in wartime

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The revolutionary and the lawyer

The Maoists grapple with demands to hold them accountable for the violence of the conflict

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A Maoist dream deferred

They appear weak, but the Maoists aligned with ‘Biplab’ haven’t given up

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A history of magazines in Nepal

Editor’s note: This is a translation by Niranjan Kunwar of an article from Uttam Kunwar’s anthology, Anubhav ra Anubhuti (Experience and Sensations), first published by Rupayan Press, Kathmandu, in 1981. This essay was first published in the literary magazine Ruprekha in 1976. Just like modern education, magazines started very late in Nepal; the developmental trajectories [...]
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Comrades at war

Badal and Biplab turn against each other

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Untouchable stories of touchable vaginas

The history of sexual exploitation of Dalit women

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Pampering the army

Excesses in military spending

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Fast Track brings fear of displacement to Khokana

As the Army sets up camp, locals are tense about what costs they will have to bear

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A voice from the past speaking to the present

Why Devkota’s English essays are still relevant

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The mountain people of northern Humla

Navigating Nepali citizenship, Tibetan heritage, and a dependence on China

12 min read

The cost of British recruitment on Nepali youth

What happens to the Nepali youth who try to get into the British Gurkha, and fail

9 min read

Ambitious pride projects threaten Khokana heritage

In a Newa village south of Lalitpur Municipality, a community grapples with the prospect of monumental change.

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A Life in Nepali History

Remembering Fr. Stiller, who chose to dedicate his life to Nepal and to the study of Nepali history

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Bangladeshi parties compete to show support for the Rohingya refugees

Even though hosting the refugees is estimated to cost Bangladesh $2 billion every year

22 min read

Why did the British not colonize Nepal?

One of the key questions regarding the historical development of the Nepali state pertains to its independence. Even as “native princely states” of the subcontinent—such as those of the Marathas and the Sikhs, with whom the Gorkhalis were in close contact with, and had even attempted a possible alliance to overthrow the incipient East India [...]
24 min read

A secret Nepal file and the battle for information

Filling a gap in the diplomatic history of Nepal from the Cold War days.

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Breaking Nepal blames white writers for Nepal’s ills and here’s why it’s completely wrong

The judgment of events past—the conquest of Gorkhali empire two centuries ago for example—still divides Nepalis. For the critics, the legacy of the conquests are far more indicting than just the brutalities of the battles, evident in the two centuries of state formation, from an extractive agrarian bureaucracy to a communal legal code. Social forces […]

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Rebel with a cause

Lessons on living fearlessly from the writer Sulochana Manandhar Dhital

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Cheated and silenced, the voters in the Terai will go to the polls with a heavy heart

The stage has been set for Nepal’s second phase of local elections in three provinces on June 28, with polling in Province 2 deferred to September 18 amid protests by Madhes-based parties demanding an amendment to the new constitution. That the elections are happening at all after two decades suggests there is overwhelming public desire […]

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The success of sustainable agriculture in Nepal depends on finding a balance between the traditional and the industrial

In the modern scheme, nothing quite compares to the way villages in Nepal grow food. In contrast to the world’s present agricultural landscape of mass monoculture—GPS-directed tractors on thousand-hectare swaths of GMO corn, soybeans, canola, rice—Nepal can feel like a saving grace. Steep, complex geography and the late acceptance of Western influences have kept much […]

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Against all temptations of authoritarianism

Memorialization and politics in Germany seventy-two years after the Second World War.

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The dark side of Nepal’s national parks

As the elites profit from natural resources, the poor and marginalized pay the price of conservation with evictions, fines, and jail sentences

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The Dalit at the gate

The Maoist war molded Kapileshwar Sardar, a leader unthinkable a generation ago. But he is still denied the national stage.

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Maleth: a mourning village, a dead industrial estate

Amid poverty and unemployment, the village reels after police forces killed five Madhesi protesters earlier this month.

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Days and nights in Nepalgunj

Life, politics, and identity in an underappreciated border city

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Corruption in world football and the fall of Ganesh Thapa

A chronicle of how corruption sabotaged football in Nepal.

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The cult of innovation

In his plan for a National Innovation Center, Mahabir Pun seems to have overlooked something crucial: what it takes to innovate

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Deceived all the way

Local agents, governments, and major multinational corporations are all complicit in the exploitation of migrant workers

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Nepal’s botched truth and reconciliation program

A decade has passed since the end of the civil war, but Nepal’s truth and reconciliation program is still suffering from a lack of political will

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Trouble in Tikapur

Violence sparked by the “fast track” constitution still divides the Tharus and Pahadis

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A declaration of independence

Yug Pathak’s play Yuma makes a radical case for women’s liberation

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The water bringers

On Nepal’s largest island, Tharu local governance has allowed traditional irrigation practices to survive

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Nepal’s petrol black market: super citizens and an information blackout

In addition to widespread smuggling, there were significant official imports of petrol during the blockade, but officials aren’t saying where it went

10 min read

Mutual Regards | Dohori Namaste

America and Nepal seen through each others’ eyes

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The curious case of the Mustang incident

In 1960 a Nepali officer was shot by Chinese soldiers along the border, causing a heated diplomatic dispute. Decades later, the details of the case are still contentious

51 min read

The Indian checkposts, Lipu Lekh, and Kalapani

A resolution to the disputed territory along Nepal’s northern boundary will come only when India and China agree to demarcate their border

49 min read

Four Nepali short stories

Introduced and translated by Theodore Riccardi, Jr.

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Women have no nationality

Why I burned my country’s new constitution

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The heart of the matter

The effects of two centuries of exploitation in the Tamang heartland are inhibiting its recovery from the earthquake

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A fertile land the victim of neglect

News from 1953 about the turmoil in Nepal’s Terai still resonates today

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Bullied every time

In the inner chambers of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly, “upper caste” lawmakers chop off and distort previously agreed provisions for Dalits

22 min read

Who will guard the guards themselves?

What the earthquake revealed about the state of civil-military relations in Nepal

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No longer at ease

Laprak was heavily damaged during the earthquake; its fate now hangs in the balance

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In the aftermath

Personal reflections on the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and possible lessons for Nepal

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The maharaja and the monarch

Two visits to the United Kingdom in different eras

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The maharaja and the monarch

Two visits to the United Kingdom in different eras

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Kathmandu Your Kathmandu

Thomas Bell kicks off our new Classics series with an introduction to Kamal P. Malla’s timeless essay

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The wrong side of the thin blue line

In secular Nepal, non-Hindus regularly face police harassment

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People are animals, too

The human brain is special, just not that special

31 min read

Writers, readers, and the sharing of consciousness

Five Nepali novels where readers will find articulations of minority, gendered and regional perspectives that have only rarely been found in this genre of Nepali literature before

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Prisoners of war

New research looks into Chinese treatment of Indian Army Gorkha prisoners during the 1962 Sino-Indian War

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Prisoner of the state

An afternoon with writer-activist CK Raut during his trial at the Special Court

43 min read

Development or destruction?

In a cautionary letter to Baburam Bhattarai, Mary Des Chene urges the self-declared Marxist to abandon the neoliberal path that will turn Nepal into wasteland

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The high cost of low-wage labor

Nepal’s labor migration defies easy analysis. Migrant men and women are profoundly changing society, but at what cost?

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Raid into Tibet

New research reveals high-level tensions in Kathmandu after the 1964 Khampa raid against the Chinese