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 next generation of the royal dynasty were more severe for the citizens in mixed marriages. King Mahendra and his Queen, Ratna, appreciated that ex-pats brought with them skills they could pass on and they were skills Nepal could use. Today I suppose with so many going abroad to study, the received wisdom might well be that ex-pats are no longer a necessary fabric of Nepal’s demography.
By Greta Rana Nov 02, 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
It denies the gender binary and is inclusive, advocating the rights of all possible sexes and in the process of fighting the labels that are demeaning towards females as it was done in the second wave, this phase also re- appropriates and celebrates them.
By Shreya Gyawali 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