Against this sombre backdrop, the Nepal chapter of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and its Delhi-based secretariat met in Kathmandu on 1st February to take stock of climate action in Nepal as well as more generally. The picture is not pretty.
By Dipak Gyawali Feb 10, 2021
Despite enjoying a practically two-third majority in parliament, despite a comatose opposition Kangress, and despite a constitution cobbled by themselves in their favour barely five years ago, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks tore apart the two parties, erstwhile UML and Cash Maoists, allegedly united to sweep the elections three years back
By Dipak Gyawali Dec 23, 2020
The slogan of the Monarchists used to be "Raja aau desh bachau!" which is now "Raja lyau desh bachau!" The shift from "aau" to "lyau" is significant: it is no longer "O, King! Come save the country!" but "You incompetent party neo-feudals! You better bring the monarchy back to save the country!"
By Dipak Gyawali Dec 07, 2020
As these lines are being written, news has just come in that Joe Biden has squeaked through to the presidency winning what matters, i.e. majority electoral college votes, ironically on the day of the 103rd Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
By Dipak Gyawali Nov 08, 2020
The history behind the ganja ban, its antecedents and consequences are stories in themselves. A traditional and widespread herb, it has been freely available in South Asian societies for medical, religious and recreational uses since time immemorial.
By Dipak Gyawali Oct 07, 2020
This is where Covid science as currently practiced completely fails me and all who may come into contact with me. First, lockdown, i.e. converting my home into a hospital ICU and me and family members as its patients work only for the upper and upper-middle class and only for the isolation period, which itself is difficult to maintain.
By Dipak Gyawali Sep 02, 2020
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