Stories By 'Deepak Thapa'
When I saw a news report with the title, ‘Employment for the husband to look after son’, I had hoped against hope that it would somehow not be limited only to snide swipes on the waste of public resources.
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Corruption is a fact of life the world over. Even Denmark and New Zealand, which have jostled for the distinction of being the cleanest country for the past four years in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
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Writing just days after the 75th anniversary of D-Day, one cannot help but draw parallels between Hitler’s strategy in that war and what is going on in our country. Not so much about the totalitarianism that marked Nazi Germany, even if KP Sharma Oli has aptly demonstrated pretensions of a wannabe führer.
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A few weeks ago, the Saturday edition of this paper had a cover story entitled ‘Discarding age-old taboos, more Nepalis are eating pork’. I was immediately drawn by the title, not least because the meat of the pig happens to be a favourite, but also because of the somewhat unusual subject.
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In a recent interview I conducted with writer Manjushree Thapa, she made the rather interesting observation that the ‘first Constituent Assembly was the single-most intelligent body of governance Nepal has ever had…’ Readers would be forgiven for wondering about the basis for such an assertion.
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Two government decisions that came close on the heels of each other have hogged the headlines for some days now. The first was the agreement with CK Raut to end his proto-secessionist movement, and the second was the proscription on the Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab’-led Communist Party of Nepal.
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