The urgency of climate change has not been lost in Nepal. This monsoon season is predicted to bring record breaking rainfalls which ultimately lead to floods and landslides within the country. Areas such as Melamchi and Butwal have already witnessed devastating floods which has led to destruction, death and displacement of numerous individuals.

The effects of climate change in Nepal are not limited to heavy rainfall as due to an increase in temperature, the mountains synonymous with Nepal are naked and without snow. As a consequence of these effects and more, climate change as a topic is garnering increasing attention…


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There is an old Chinese proverb that goes “the mountains are high, and the king is far away” alluding to the distant lands that posed governance and administrative issues to the monarch.

It is a pity that a similar maxim does not exist in Nepal as it is poised to claim the same relevance in the country. Nepal’s mountains are very high — some of the highest in the world in fact — and whilst the King was removed after the People’s Movement in 2006, the succeeding governments are facing great difficulties promoting development in far-away districts.

There is a…


I have no shame in admitting my previous ignorance and naivety about environmentalism and climate change. I was never a climate change denier, but I never co-opted thoughts and views relating to environmentalism into my political thinking. At this point, my only conclusion pertaining to this topic was: climate change = bad. Deep, I know.

I vaguely remember the Extinction Rebellion protests that manifested in London a couple of years ago and my reaction to it was that “they’re doing a bit much aren’t they”. The protests and those involved were vilified on social and traditional media as being nuisances…


Remnants of the past: Caricatures depicting an armed personnel protecting the King and Queen. A minister and another military personnel are visible at the back. Picture taken in Nagma, Jumla.

Living in Kathmandu gives a false representation of Nepal.

As someone who spent most of my formative years in the UK, I became used to the luxuries of the first world as I emerged into adulthood. Thus, to my pleasant surprise, I found my move to Kathmandu last year did not discomfort me at all. I was still able to order food through the comfort of my home, even during periods of national economic disruptions caused by the pandemic, and have purchases delivered to me within an hour or so. I was able to shop at some of the same…


An Introduction to the Issue

Democratic elections are occasionally determined by extremely tight races where the cliché maxim “every vote counts” finds significant relevance. The world watched in November 2000 as the US Democratic candidate Al Gore conceded the presidential elections to Republican rival George W. Bush by the smallest of margins. When the dust cleared, Bush had won the state of Florida by a mere 537 votes allowing him to surpass the 270 electoral votes and win his first term of presidency. In a state with a population of around 15 million (in 2000), only 537 votes separated the…


Path dependency is a much discussed phenomena in the world of politics — referring to choices made by entities which have been influenced by previous experiences and decisions [1]. Decision makers are predisposed towards certain choices as they are influenced by the past and generally do not consider the current situation. In other words, history matters.

For example, the nation of Russia has been historically invaded from their western front. The French Invasion of Russia in 1812 led by Napoleon and Operation Barbarossa led by Hitler during the Second World War left a sense of vulnerability along their western front…

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