The Arun-3 campaign was a milestone in professional activism because it was engineers themselves who went public with what was wrong with the project. In India's Ganga plains, it is engineers like DK Mishra who chose activism against bad flood control projects which have exposed the true cost of bad engineering that has mired Bihar in rural poverty.
By Dipak Gyawali Aug 04, 2020
Interestingly, the most anti-Indian rhetoric is spewed forth by parties that were either the creation of, or based on, Delhi’s munificence. And it is not just the Maoists who are the latest in exhibiting the wrath of the jilted lover: the Madhesh-based parties too are sulking in the corner, unhappy with Hindi imperialism in the Maithili-Awadhi bastion epitomized in the oath-taking flip-flop of Parmananda Jha.
By Dipak Gyawali May 25, 2020
What will happen next? Will Oli and Bidya Bhandari resign? Will Oli fight on even to the extent of splitting off his faction of the never united party? Or will he dissolve the parliament, call for fresh elections that cannot be held anytime soon and impose president's rule in the meanwhile?
By Dipak Gyawali Apr 29, 2020
If one looks at the issue globally, one sees technical innovations hogging the limelight, putting other factors in the shade. It was Nicola Tesla who was really "the man who invented the 20th Century" with his brilliant innovations that gave us universal electricity; however, it was Thomas Edison who really marketed those ideas successfully.
By Dipak Gyawali Aug 23, 2019
Things suddenly heated up about a week before this otherwise maybe even a boringly academic meeting: Pucha secretary Bharat Jangam got a phone call from senior lawyer and Kangress MP Radheshyam Adhikari about a bill creating a new Guthi Authority brought before the Upper House suddenly and surreptitiously.
By Dipak Gyawali Jun 29, 2019
Attempts by today's top rich communist leaders to shield themselves with explanations and statements have ranged from comical to dishonest and bizarrely cut off from reality. Prime Minister Oli and his cabinet spokesperson trying to justify how their party's top secretary acquired official Baluwatar land had property developers rolling with laughter
By Dipak Gyawali May 20, 2019
The Nagarkot Women and Rivers Congress brought together mostly women activists who have earned their spurs battling river-related issues, many from opposing bad dams and mining projects that hurt local communities. As the Nagarkot Statement issued at the end of the Congress puts it, they see themselves as custodians of rivers and freshwater systems which are global commons under threat from extractive profit-driven development.
By Dipak Gyawali Mar 15, 2019
Another autocratic and inadmissible decision by the prime minister soon upon coming to office was to grant anew the license to develop Budhi Gandaki to a Chinese company with a questionable past in Nepal that the parliamentary committee had earlier deemed improper. This is a multipurpose water resource development project that produces not just what are private goods such as much-needed seasonal peaking electricity for the national grid but also public goods (irrigation for an area stretching from east Chitwan to Nawalparasi, flood control, fisheries, navigation, satellite city development and tourism).
By Dipak Gyawali Jan 12, 2019