SILVER LININGS

Guru of Gurukul

A large share of credit for Kathmandu’s vibrant theatre culture goes to director Sunil Pokharel, who is often called the “Pioneer of Modern Nepali Theatre”, and for good reason.

Timothy Aryal, Feb 19 2018

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El Capitano

Here are some of the records Paras Khadka currently holds. He is the only Nepali player to have two centuries in List A matches, and is Nepal’s highest run getter in the format.

Adarsha Dhakal, Feb 19 2018

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The Artivist

“I have always been a deviant,” artist Ashmina Ranjit remembers, “I always had questions against gender inequality at home and beyond.”

Abha Dhital, Feb 19 2018

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A star reborn

At one point during her TEDx talk delivered in Jaipur, actor Manisha Koirala gives out this sagacious advice: “We have a choice—we can either be consumed by our problems, become a victim and be defined by that problem, or we can turn it around into a platform for our growth.

Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga, Feb 19 2018

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Into the bright lights

Deepak Rauniyar always uses the term ‘exploration’ to talk about cinema. For him, the word exploration when attached to cinema implies that it is an art form, not merely a depiction of something.

Sandesh Ghimire, Feb 19 2018

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Bird of fire

With the passing of Dina Bangdel on July 25, 2017 Nepal lost an outstanding art historian specialising in traditional Himalayan and modern and contemporary South Asian art.

Kurchi Dasgupta, Feb 19 2018

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A visionary educationalist

Despite being in his late 70s, Suresh Raj Sharma’s dedication to the improvement of the education sector hasn’t lessened. He still maintains a busy daily schedule for interactions or policy dialogue.

Binod Ghimire, Feb 19 2018

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The start of a chain

When Min Bahadur Gurung, chairman and managing director of Bhat-Bhateni Group, started a small grocery shop in 1984 with an investment of Rs 35000, he never thought it would one day become the biggest retail brand in the country.

BIBEK SUBEDI, Feb 19 2018

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The visionary

Dr Sanduk Ruit comes from Olanchungola in Taplejung district, a remote part of Nepal that has often been a metaphor to describe the rusticity of the country.

Manish Gautam, Feb 19 2018

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An audacious salesman

Binod Chaudhary probably does not need any introduction in Nepal. Better known as the first and the only Nepali to be featured in the Forbes billionaire list, Chaudhary’s bittersweet journey and success story, chronicled in his memoir, has inspired many in Nepal and beyond.

RUPAK D SHARMA, Feb 19 2018

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The good doctor

When Dr KC first began fasting in protest in 2011, he probably did not think that he would be doing so13 more times. Dr KC’s first began fasting in opposition to the rampant abuse of power in the medical education sector.

Manish Gautam, Feb 19 2018

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The game-changer

An ardent critic of the Maoist-led violent movement, KP Sharma Oli has just been elevated to the most powerful seat of power for a second term, ironically on the backing of the CPN (Maoist Centre) on both occasions.

TIKA R PRADHAN, Feb 19 2018

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Civic sense

People’s Movement 2006 owes large part of its success to the civil society movement led by Krishna Pahadi and Devendra Raj Panday.

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Feb 19 2018

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Justice with conviction

In her 11 months as the 25th chief justice of the country, Sushila Karki created two histories—as the first female chief of the Supreme Court and the first justice to face impeachment in Parliament. Karki, known for her bold decisions, built an impeccable image in the judicial sector both as a lawyer and a justice in the apex court.

Binod Ghimire, Feb 19 2018

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Charismatic leader

Who had thought that a communist party with a Naxalite background would make competitive multiparty democratic politics its guiding principle?

TIKA R PRADHAN, Feb 19 2018

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Champion of identity politics

Madhes witnessed three consecutive uprisings between 2007 and 2015 which also saw the remarkable rise of a charismatic Madhesi leader—Upendra Yadav—in national politics.

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Feb 19 2018

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Agents of change

In the last 25 years, Nepal witnessed a huge political change. The establishment of a republican setup following the abolition of a 240-year-old monarchy, secularism, federalism and inclusion are the major historical changes that the country embraced during this period.

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Feb 19 2018

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The Statesman

Girija Prasad Koirala (GPK) was a towering personality who made Nepali politics revolve around him from 1991 until 2010.

ANIL GIRI, Feb 19 2018

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The democratization of the Nepali language

English speakers who learn Nepali discover, and quickly, that there is a marked difference between the language’s spoken and written forms. Those who study Nepali literature also discover, more gradually, that the stories that are told orally are at least as poignant, if not more so, than those that are written.

Manjushree Thapa, Feb 19 2018

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A secure energy future

With the completion of the three tiers of local, provincial and national elections, building a prosperous (sambridha) Nepal is a moral and political obligation for the new governments.

AJAYA DIXIT, Feb 19 2018

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The changing research landscape

What has changed in the social science research landscape since the political change of 1990 that put an end to absolute monarchy in Nepal and ushered in an era of multi-party democracy (with more than a few hiccups)?

Pratyoush Onta, Feb 19 2018

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Idea of inclusion

If one had to identify the central leitmotif of Nepal’s political discourse over the past decade or more, the idea of inclusion would certainly be the one.

Deepak Thapa, Feb 19 2018

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Democratic struggles have just begun

In 1948, Rana Prime Minister Padma Shum Shere Jung Bahadur Rana sought to exercise the “supreme authority” vested to him through the sacred Panja-patras by the Shree Panch Maharajadhirajas of Nepal to promulgate a new constitution and abort an imminent political revolution.

Ajaya Bhadra Khanal, Feb 19 2018

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The legacies of the People’s War

The Maoists find themselves in a paradoxical situation twelve years after they laid down arms. On the one hand, much of their agenda has come to fruition. Their ideas have pervaded the political sphere so extensively that hardly anyone now remembers where they originated.

Aditya Adhikari, Feb 19 2018

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Truth to populist power

Once upon a time, we had the political generation that sought to stabilize and democratize Nepal by bringing down the Rana regime. Subsequent generations have had it easy, and gone soft when it comes to protecting pluralism and representational politics.

Kanak Mani Dixit, Feb 19 2018

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An unequal constitution

We finally framed a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly after four years of debate and discussion on the constitutional issues. Yet for all the toils, we could not do justice to women.

Mohna Ansari, Feb 19 2018

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A Press for the Masses

Today The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur, Nepal’s first private sector broadsheet newspapers, complete 25 years of publication. Born after the 1990 People’s Movement, we have been nurtured well by open political space, a growing and curious middle class and the urban centres that have sprung up across the country—thanks to the ever-expanding highways and motor roads.

Feb 19 2018

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