Stories By 'MAHENDRA P LAMA'
Despite the distance, Visakhapatnam offers lower end-to-end cost for Nepali traders
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The first meeting of the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961 was a landmark global gathering. This event guided and determined the foreign policy discourse and directions of international relations of a majority of the developing countries for at least the next four decades.
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Theoretically, in a region like South Asia, any trans-border interaction could take the form of cooperation, assistance, competition and rivalry. Depending upon the nature of domestic polity and the foreign policy orientation of interacting countries, if there is cooperation between two nations, then their goals are shared.
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The term ‘development’ is generic. The sweeping idea and uniform operationalisation of development encompasses geographies to communities, classes to castes, genders to cultures and the environment to the polity. Development has so many different connotations for so many layers and varieties of individuals, communities, geographies and institutions.
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Issues of gender equality and disparity differ significantly when it comes to the mountain region and the plains land. In the highlands, given the geographical conditions of rugged steep terrain, heavy rainfall etc.,
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When I am in a class room with students from many countries, I ask two students from Nepal and India about where India and Nepal meet as two sovereign countries.
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