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
Every good governance initiative it took was stymied by vested interests that control his party, its satraps and the government from the outside. The much-needed crackdowns on transport cartels (called “syndicates”) as well as the organized smuggling of gold at Tribhuban International Airport were called off as was the attempt to clean up the NGO sector of its “business by other means” activities by introducing a code-of-conduct.
By Dipak Gyawali Dec 08, 2018
Civilizations and their values are certainly encountering one another, some violently and others in a more accommodating manner. This Dussain is a good time to reflect, in between inevitable gastronomic stupors, on this globally pervasive fact as well as the confused state of the Old World Order so that we can chart our own courses to a better future. May Durga Bhawani enlighten us all.
By Dipak Gyawali Oct 12, 2018
Two big shifts – military and economic – are now defining the current change that is re-shaping the old post-WW-II international order which will make the 21st Century very different from the second half of the 20th Century. In one sense, one has to now go back to reading Rosa Luxemburg to understand the political economy behind 2+2 Dialogue or other similar moves against Iran or Russia or China.
By Dipak Gyawali Sep 07, 2018
Another Nepali adage says paap dhuri bata karaunchha (or sins get heralded from rooftops). The sins of the party and its neo-feudal bosses, who were beneficiaries of all these most un-socialist, un-Marxist or un-Maoist shenanigans, have been exposed, taking with them not just their reputation but that of their senior ministers, journalists and PONGO chieftains, journalists and women's rights activists.
By Dipak Gyawali Aug 03, 2018
In the process they used Marx's writings selectively to justify their political program. The title of Desai's book Marx's Revenge comes from the last sentence in it, where he says the collapse of the Berlin Wall was Marx's revenge on the Leninists.
By Dipak Gyawali Jul 01, 2018
All this happened despite the fact that all outstanding projects promised by Modi-1 and Modi-2 are pending or badly behind schedule, and despite no relief forthcoming to Nepal on many Nepal-India issues including border inundation, demonetization loot and harassment of travelers.
By Dipak Gyawali May 25, 2018
Behind Nepal’s hydro-pathology lie a few conceptual and managerial malignancies that prevent genuine Nepali power developers from bringing to full force their capabilities and helping the country produce jobs for its youth though industrialization
By Dipak Gyawali Feb 18, 2018
Why have you accepted “alien and imported” (to use the words of your founder the late PM KP Bhattarai) secularism of atheistic communists as well as republicanism and unworkable federalism, forgetting the “flower garden” nationalism of Prithvi Narayan Shah on which this nation was founded?
By Dipak Gyawali Jan 21, 2018
This new parliament need not slink in shame with such questions, more so since the winning coalition led by KP Oli has managed this feat less on Left ideology and more on raw nationalism, surpassing the traditional nationalists such as the re-incarnated RPP of the erstwhile Panchas
By Dipak Gyawali Dec 23, 2017
Loktantra of today is no longer a democracy where a person with public service in mind can apply: it is popularly described as loot-tantra of three Ds that are the primary hallmark of candidates from all major (and minor) political parties – Don, Dalal and Dampati (musclemen, shady business fixers and husband-wife teams, not counting nephews, nieces and in-laws).
By Dipak Gyawali Nov 26, 2017
The current Loktantrick dispensation has completely trampled on these sacred principles on which this nation was founded. Since 1990, Kangress and EhMaLey, despite paying lip-service to their stated political ideology of democratic socialism and Marxism respectively, have completely given up on economic self-reliance
By Dipak Gyawali Aug 27, 2017
Tinkering around trying to reform the entrenched kleptocratic machinery we have been bequeathed, especially by the political adventurism of 2006, is futile as proven by the Ranju Darshanas, Rabindra Mishras and Kishor Thapas in the recent hustings and by Devendra Raj Pandey a generation ago with his now aborted Lok Dal
By Dipak Gyawali Jul 23, 2017