My Republica - My Republica - Interview http://admin.myrepublica.com Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:08:07 +0545 en-gb There is no opposition in Nepal http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/44159/there-is-no-opposition-in-nepal.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/44159/there-is-no-opposition-in-nepal.html There is no opposition in Nepal

Political Scientist and co-author of books Political Leadership in Nepal and Local Leadership in Nepal, Hari Sharma, believes there are serious flaws in our political processes, policies and institutions. In an extensive conversation with Republica’s Mahabir Paudyal, he sheds light on various aspects of Nepali polity.

Eight years after the proclamation of the federal democratic republic Nepali politics still seems stagnant. What went wrong?

Politics is a dynamic process. Ideas are generated and institutions are developed. When institutions become redundant, new institutions come up. Three elements keep politics vibrant: institutions, policies and processes. In our case, democratic institutions have not made the kind of progress we would like to see. The institutional development, which we envision as a democratic development, has not taken place.
When we refer to policies, these are policies of the government of the day rather than state policies. Our policies have been ad hoc.

Processes in contemporary Nepal have become victim of convenience. Established processes which are based on rule of law and democratic practice have been greatly undermined in the name of political consensus. Politics becomes dynamic if policies, processes and institutions intermingle and they are in harmonization. That is not the case here. In present day Nepal, policies have become an instrument to rule.


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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:46:11 +0545
The budget will be big liability for the future http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43739/the-budget-will-be-big-liability-for-the-future.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43739/the-budget-will-be-big-liability-for-the-future.html The budget will be big liability for the future

Economist Posh Raj Pandey is former member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and currently the executive chairman of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE).

Nominated by UN chief Ban Ki-moon for UN Panel on Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, Pandey has been actively engaged in international trade and economic issues. Republica's Kuvera Chalise and Mahabir Paudyal talked to the veteran economist about the recent budget and its impact on Nepali economy.

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (Republica) Interview Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:06:54 +0545
Nepal, Cyprus can work together in tourism http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43750/nepal-cyprus-can-work-together-in-tourism.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43750/nepal-cyprus-can-work-together-in-tourism.html Nepal, Cyprus can work together in tourism

Demetrios A Theophylactou is the High Commissioner of Cyprus to India, also accredited to Nepal. Theophylactou is presently in Nepal for enhancing bilateral relationship between Nepal and Cyprus.

Talking to Sujan Dhungana of Republica, Theophylactou said that Nepal and Cyprus have common economic foundations-tourism and culture, and thus, both the countries can work together in these areas to promote bilateral relationship, trade and tourism. Excerpts:

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:57:13 +0545
ANFA to reinstate suspended officials on June 1 http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43349/anfa-to-reinstate-suspended-officials-on-june-1.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/43349/anfa-to-reinstate-suspended-officials-on-june-1.html ANFA to reinstate suspended officials on June 1
Troubled football governing body of the country All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is all set to reinstate four executive committee members it suspended last September on June 1. The decision comes after a written directive from FIFA, the world football governing body and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to reinstate the officials.

The executive committee meeting headed by then ANFA president Ganesh Thapa, who was suspended for 10 years by FIFA last November charging him of misusing position for personal and family gains, had suspended the four ANFA officials - vice presidents Karma Tshering Sherpa, Bijay Narayan Manandhar and Kishor Rai and member Pankaj Bikram Nembang. A big section of the football fraternity believes that the sacking of the officials were personal revenge by then ANFA president Thapa.
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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Mon, 30 May 2016 20:21:52 +0545
Marginalized Indians now envy Nepal’s constitution http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42816/marginalized-indians-now-envy-nepal-s-constitution.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42816/marginalized-indians-now-envy-nepal-s-constitution.html Marginalized Indians now envy Nepal’s constitution

The government of KP Oli decided to recall Nepal's ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, early this month. He was accused of 'non-cooperation' and of 'plotting the fall' of Oli government. Upadhyay, however, disagrees.

In an interview with Republica's Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal, he says it's normal for Nepali ambassadors to change with a change in government.

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (Republica) Interview Sun, 22 May 2016 19:48:36 +0545
We raised voice for the rule of law, good governance and transparency: Karma Tsering Sherpa http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42470/we-raised-voice-for-the-rule-of-law-good-governance-and-transparency-karma-tsering-sherpa.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42470/we-raised-voice-for-the-rule-of-law-good-governance-and-transparency-karma-tsering-sherpa.html We raised voice for the rule of law, good governance and transparency: Karma Tsering Sherpa

Nearly six month after FIFA banned All Nepal Football Association's (ANFA's) long-serving president Ganesh Thapa for 10 years, the apex international football governing body has asked ANFA to reinstate four officials it sacked in September last year. Vice presidents Karma Tsering Sherpa, Bijay Narayan Manandhar and Kishor Rai and member Narendra Bikram Nembang were sacked by ANFA during Thapa's tenure.

However, FIFA has wrote to ANFA asking it to reinstate the sacked official by May 23, hold executive committee meeting including them and get replacement of suspended president Ganesh Thapa through election. A big section of the football fraternity believes that the sacking of the officials were personal revenge by then ANFA president Thapa.

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Mon, 16 May 2016 21:54:07 +0545
Prachanda wanted to become PM and we backed him http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42120/prachanda-wanted-to-become-pm-and-we-backed-him.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/42120/prachanda-wanted-to-become-pm-and-we-backed-him.html Prachanda wanted to become PM and we backed him

Eighteen years have passed since the last local elections. So Prime Minister KP Oli wants to hold local-level elections in the next six months. But Nepali Congress, UCPN (Maoist) and other Madheshi parties don't seem all that keen. Nepali Congress lawmaker Ramesh Lekhak has registered a proposal in the parliament arguing that elections cannot be held on the basis of existing constituencies.

Why so? Mahabir Paudyal and Thira L Bhusal had caught up with him on Wednesday afternoon to discuss this and other recent political developments.

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (Republica) Interview Wed, 11 May 2016 19:35:27 +0545
Over 50 discriminatory clauses in constitution http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41714/over-50-discriminatory-clauses-in-constitution.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41714/over-50-discriminatory-clauses-in-constitution.html Over 50 discriminatory clauses in constitution

The Federal Alliance comprised of Madheshi and Janajati parties recently made its 26-point charter of demands public. A series of protests are planned over the next few months over the 'discriminatory' provisions in the new constitution. What exactly do they have in mind? And how does the Oli government's impending exit affect their programs?

Ashok Rai, parliamentary party leader of the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, a key constituent of the alliance, shared his views with Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal Wednesday morning.

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Wed, 04 May 2016 19:37:03 +0545
There is very good chance of economic growth rebound http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41518/there-is-very-good-chance-of-economic-growth-rebound.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41518/there-is-very-good-chance-of-economic-growth-rebound.html There is very good chance of economic growth rebound

Releasing the World Economic Outlook report, International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently cut Nepal's economic growth target to 0.5 percent for 2015/16, the lowest in the last 14 years. The downward revision has come at a time when the government has been claiming that the economic growth will remain at 2 percent. Asian Development Bank has forecast 1.5 percent growth in the current fiscal year.

Sagar Ghimire of Republica talked with Kalpana Kochhar, Deputy Director in the Asia and Pacific Department of IMF, to know the reasons behind downward revision of Nepal's growth forecast as well as other economic issues of Nepal, at the IMF headquarters in the Washington DC in the second week of April on the sidelines of the 2016 Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Excerpts:

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Sun, 01 May 2016 20:45:14 +0545
Tourists are coming back http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41372/tourists-are-coming-back.html http://admin.myrepublica.com/interview/story/41372/tourists-are-coming-back.html Tourists are coming back

Upaul Majumdar is the General Manager of Soaltee Crown Plaza Kathmandu. He has been involved in tourism sector for the last two decades. With the experienced Majumdar at the helm, the hotel managed to sail through the rough weather in the hospitality industry smoothly.

Kuvera Chalise and Susheel Bhattarai of Republica recently talked to him to know about the challenges of Nepali tourism industry and the way forward. Excerpts:

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no-spam@nagariknews.com (REPUBLICA) Interview Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:08:42 +0545