Stories By 'Deepak Thapa'

Iron will

Deepak Thapa, Apr 05 2018

By the end of 1992, Laloo Prasad Yadav had been at the helm of the Indian state of Bihar for nearly three years and was riding high.
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Bidya Devi Bhandari was re-elected President of Nepal a few days ago, and while making the announcement of her re-election, the Election Commission also mentioned that she hails from the Khas Arya community.
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Soon after the new fiscal year begins in mid-July, the accountant at our office hands out our statements of accounts with the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and the Citizens’ Investment Trust Fund (CITF), the two government entities that allow working Nepalis to save money periodically in return for a tax exemption.
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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.
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Even as news about the first meetings of the provincial assemblies dominated the headlines, two unrelated but interlinked cases had our heads spinning.
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The other day, my attention was caught by the headline in the Indian Express that said: ‘India among least inclusive in G20 economies’.
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