Over the last sixty-eight years it has been seen that democratisation of society is a difficult process in the history of any nation. Untouchability, chauppadi and witch incidents are fairly common reports in our papers. Is it because we are a closed society that has never been conquered by external forces? What is the quality within us which has made it possible to exist as a Society or as a Nation?
By Hemang Dixit Feb 09, 2019
Communication in the country has improved. True, those persons able to make liberal down payments and use hire purchase facilities in Nepal are able to utilise modern day facilities enjoyed elsewhere in the world. Whilst the number of traffic accidents and the number of deaths on the roads have increased tremendously, there is no denying the fact that the mobility of the people has increased by leaps and bounds.
By Hemang Dixit Jan 26, 2019
The commercial banks in Nepal had announced that they would be willing to pay up to 13% on fixed deposits. The spread i.e. the difference they charge for loans and the interest that they give for deposits should not large. The reality is that all banks are run by humans and have also failed in different parts of the world.
By Hemang Dixit Jan 12, 2019
A nation is a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity, or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. ... It is a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity, and particular interests.
By Hemang Dixit Dec 22, 2018
The reality is that we Nepalis are the underdogs who have been suffering down the ages. The bare mountains that comprise a major part of our country are not conducive to support all of us. We Nepalis have been a nation of migrants – the Lahures and Bahadurs. Now it is mostly Kanchas who are being exploited. A lot of the Nepalis lost their lives fighting against the British from the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh till 1816 and the Treaty of Sugauli.
By Hemang Dixit Dec 08, 2018
The funds being allotted by the centre has been stated by the provinces as not being enough for functioning. Be that as it may, but the fact remains that the funds allotted to the provincial governments for the first quarter of the financial year has not been utilised. Karnali Province could just spend 0.62% of what was allotted to it. The maximum utilisation was by Province 3 which spent 4.7% of the money budgeted for it. Hopefully they will not copy what has been a national trend in our country i.e. to spend 70% of the budget during the last two months of the financial year!
By Hemang Dixit Nov 23, 2018
The award of this year’s Madan Puraskar for the biography of Yogmaya, written by Nilam Karki Niharika is epoch-making. After all the Bhojpur born Yogmaya Neupane and her family were frustrated with the existing customs of the then existing Nepali society. They even went to India but returned soon after. Yogmaya was a fighter against the ills of those times. She raised her voice against child marriage, be it amongst minors or of a minor girl with an elderly man, sati and caste observations. These included paternal dominance of women plus also against the diktats of Brahmin priests.
By Hemang Dixit Nov 02, 2018
The reality is that even with the issuance of PAN numbers it is a very minuscule percentage of the population that pays tax. The figure is around 4-7% and it is on this that the burden falls on. The rates are raised on them again and again. The obvious remedy is to increase the coverage for raising taxes.
By Hemang Dixit Oct 12, 2018
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical & Economic Cooperation - BIMSTEC came to be formed also as long ago as 1997. Initially consisting of four countries, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand a fifth Myanmar was added the following year and BIMSTEC formed. Bhutan and Nepal became members later. The secretariat of this organisation is in Bangladesh in comparison to that of SAARC which is in Kathmandu.
By Hemang Dixit Sep 22, 2018
One hopes that this situation will now change. Some who had gone to distant lands to work have come back with the realisation that if they worked as hard as they were forced to toil in distant lands, they would earn enough for their needs. It is these countrymen who we have help to be able to stand on their own feet. They are taking innovative steps, such as doing agriculture with minimal water or growing new varieties of fruits and vegetables. Sometime ago a vernacular daily gave news of the move to get each household of Nepal to plant or two lime trees in their compound so as to ensure a year round supply of the fruit and to reduce imports from elsewhere.
By Hemang Dixit Sep 07, 2018
In Europe there is awareness about recycling of plastics. The Guardian reported recently that the figure of recycling of plastic in Norway was as high as 95%. Norway recycles each used plastic bottle twelve times. Germany claims to do a lot of recycling too and claims that its efforts are more successful than that of the Scandinavians
By Hemang Dixit Aug 18, 2018
The India that we know now, did not exist though there were references to Bharat Barsha! There are records stating that when Bir Shumsher sent the four yearly delegations with gifts to China, the Emperor at Peking sent back in return tea plants with suggestions to propagate its plantation in different parts of the country and to brew its leaves for a drink that was very beneficial to health.
By Hemang Dixit Aug 03, 2018
During this ongoing period, the enthusiastic Mayor of Kathmandu invited the China Railway 25 Bureau Group, of state owned China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) to repeat a feasibility study, to be completed in six months time. The Mayor’s hope is for the project to be completed during his tenure!
By Hemang Dixit Jul 21, 2018
There is no doubt that the first visit of NaMo as the Indian PM, when he disembarked from his vehicle to mix with people on the road had generated great enthusiasm and immense bonhomie for him amongst the Nepalis. The ‘unofficial’ blockade of Nepal that took place at end of 2015 and subjected the Nepali people to great hardships made his popularity amongst Nepalis to plummet downwards and reach a nadir.
By Hemang Dixit Jun 15, 2018
What is disheartening is the sharp rise in the number of kidney failure cases. Many require dialysis for life or even kidney transplants. Many such Nepalis have worked in the Gulf. Perhaps a number of them, fortunate not to die there in work or traffic accidents, come back with kidney damage as a result of the extreme heat and very limited daily water intake in the extreme hot conditions of the Middle East.
By Hemang Dixit May 25, 2018
The trafficking of girls to the ‘Red Light’ areas of various Indian cities has been going on for ages. It was because of poverty and illiteracy that our Nepali girls ended up in such dire straits. Sadly this is a grave world-wide problem against which not much has been done. What must be appreciated is the attempt by the Government media -Nepal Radio and Television to publicise this fact so that innocent Nepali girls are not hoodwinked and sold to the many ‘Madams’, possibly even of Nepali origin continuing in the oldest profession of sex workers.
By Hemang Dixit May 04, 2018
Plastics became a popular item of use from 1950 onwards. I recently saw a clip in Facebook about plastics which I dutifully shared hoping to create some awareness about what we are dealing with. This knowledge, courtesy the Science Advance Journal states that there is currently about 8.3 billion tons of plastic existing in the world.
By Hemang Dixit Apr 22, 2018
The PM has commented publicly to the persons responsible for this report not to take the Nepalis for granted pointing out the fact that what has been done in the conduction of the elections is as per the provisions laid down in the recently passed Constitution of Nepal.
By Hemang Dixit Apr 06, 2018