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Nepal’s Democracy Under Siege by Political Elite, by Ganga Thapa (kp 23/06/2024)

What about Nepal’s democracy? Political parties, elections, federalism, secularism and social inclusion, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 03/06/2024)

Democracy in Distress?, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 20/05/2024)

Democracy Needs Healthy Countervailing Power, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 18/05/2024)

Election Key To Democratic Politics, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/04/2024)

Populism and Nepal’s democracy, by Sushil Thapa (ae 23/04/2024)

Loktantra Day being marked today (kh 23/04/2024)

Corruption and Moral Bases of Democracy, by Mohan Nepali (rep 29/02/2024)

How strong is internal democracy within political parties? (rep 19/02/2024) [It is in a pitiful state!], How democratic are our parties (ae 19/02/2024)

What puts Nepal’s democracy in peril?, by Sushil Thapa (ae 12/02/2024)

Democracy Day to be marked for three days (kh 09/02/2024) [King Tribhuvan promised democracy in 1951, but paved the way for royal autocracy in the following years, which was perfected by his son Mahendra. Today, party politicians are obstructing the implementation of democracy. There is nothing to celebrate! Democracy is not the imitation of royal power and arrogance by party politicians!]

Why Nepal needs deliberative democracy : Deliberative democracy could strengthen federalism at grassroots level by bringing people really closer to the decision making, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 21/01/2024)

Democracy And Civic Consciousness, by Bibhav Pokhrel (rn 19/01/2024)

The ills of pending electoral reforms : Democratising Nepal’s political parties has been a Sisyphean endeavour, by Achyut Wagle (kp 16/01/2024)

Civic Maturity For Participatory Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 16/12/2023)

Discipline Key To Democratic Culture, by Tulasi Acharya (rn 06/12/2023)

Tiktok ban: What does it mean for the future of democracy in Nepal?, by Pragya Neupane (rep 03/12/2023)

Inner-party Democracy Ends Mass Alienation, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 11/11/2023)

Democracy : A multifaceted reality in Nepal, by Saadesh Mani Pokharel (ae 16/10/2023)

Civic Participation Cures Democratic Deficit, by Mukti Rijal (rn 12/10/2023)

Not playing their part : There is a lack of effort in clearing the now three-week-long House obstruction (kp 18/08/2023) [KP Oli has repeatedly proved that he is the biggest anti-democrat among all the little democratic so-called top politicians in the country!]

Parliamentarism in the swamps : A handful of top leaders of major parties decide every national issue in closed-door meetings, by Achyut Wagle (kp 15/08/2023) [This is what the so-called political leaders mean by democracy!]

Internal democracy: Anti-dote to tyranny (ae 04/08/2023)

Democracy as arithmetic : From the centre to the provinces, political parties have turned democracy into a mindless race for power (kp 03/08/2023)

Civic Competence Fortifies Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/07/2023)

Have we achieved democratic freedom we fought for?, by Prabidhik KC (rep 13/07/2023)

Faulty Economic Policies Subvert Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 24/06/2023)

Democracy in Disarray, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 19/06/2023)

Why Democracy Lacks Trust And Respect, by Rameshwar Baral (rn 16/06/2023)

Deepen Democracy To Curate It, by Mukti Rijal (rn 08/06/2023)

emocracy suffers when democratic actors fail to deliver : Political parties’ failure to uphold democratic values and their inability to ensure dividends of democracy to the people had emboldened King Gyanendra to take absolute power in hands in 2005 (nlt 24/04/2023) [Without any doubt, the political parties and especially their top politicians stand out as completely anti-democratic failures, but the authoritarian monarchy was even worse, something the younger generation, however, has not experienced itself!]

Deliberative Public Key To Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 22/04/2023)

Democracy in retreat : Top leaders of old parties lack public trust despite their successes in electoral arithmetic, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 17/04/2023)

‘A fixed House calendar will check the executive’s arbitrariness’, interview with Madhav Poudel (kp 10/04/2023)

A global community stands up for democracy : Despite all that the democratic countries of the world have accomplished, there remain serious challenges, Dean R Thompson (kp 30/03/2023)

How to support Nepal’s local democracy?, by Kushal Pokharel (ae 28/02/2023)

Wonder how democratic values were consolidated in ancient times? Look back to Vedas and scriptures, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 25/02/2023)

March to democracy : The country’s experiment with democracy has been a mixed-bag of some progress and signature failures (kp 20/02/2023)

Democracy And Right To Equal Opportunity, by Nanda Lal Tiwari (rn 19/02/2023)

Govt requests Prez for clemency to MP Chaudhary (rep), National Democracy Day to be celebrated for three days (rep 17/02/2023) [Nepal is ruled by an oligarchy of male Khas Arya, especially male Bahun. This has not changed much in the last 72 years! The promises made by the monarchy in 1951 were not serious and the same applies to the statements made by today's oligarchy!]

Nepal's democracy constraints: Parties, leaders be accountable, by Ganesh Mandal (ht 16/02/2023)

Our metamorphosis to kakistocracy : To make matters worse, we now have a newly formed Parliament with no opposition, by Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp 15/01/2023), Nepal’s illiberal democracy : A government with unconditional backing perpetuates its kleptocracy and kakistocracy, by Rabin Giri (nt 20/01/2023)

epal’s parliament becomes opposition-less : In the parliamentary system, the role of an opposition party is considered crucial to follow the principle of check and balance. But Nepal’s parliament, on Tuesday, approved the opposition-less government (nlt 10/01/2023) [A victory from the point of view of the old, long-failed political guard, but a heavy defeat for democracy!], Main opposition concept comes into question : Congress leaders say the party has lost moral ground to claim opposition role after giving confidence vote to Dahal, by Anil Giri (kp 11/01/2023), Plot thickens as Nepali Congress gives Dahal vote of confidence : Speculations rife of Deuba striking some kind of tacit agreement with prime minister, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 11/01/2023), No opposition party in parliament!, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 11/01/2023)

Leadership Integrity Vital For Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 17/12/2022)

Democracy beyond elections : Without adequate representation, marginalised communities in Nepal are less likely to have their issues addressed, by Narayan Adhikari and Nicholas Budny (kp 17/11/2022)

Our parties desperately need reform (ae 20/10/2022)

Balance Between Civic Rights And Duties, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 15/10/2022)

3-party dictatorship : Nepal’s break-up and make-up electoral politics undermines democracy (nt 14/10/2022)

Nepali elections are becoming a battle of same old faces : Lack of internal democracy in political parties is mainly to be blamed, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 11/10/2022) [Maybe not yet a failing state, but definitely a failing democracy!], Continuity over change : The new roster of tried and tested electoral candidates does not inspire much confidence (kp 11/10/2022)

Democratic breakdown : The chase for power has made each individual wielding authority turn against democratic institutions (kp 23/09/2022)

Insulating sentiments from hurt : We must learn to become more tolerant and inclusive to strengthen our democracy, by Avasna Pandey (kp 12/09/2022)

The Rules Of Democratic Game, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 27/08/2022)

Politics and courage : Their contribution to democracy is so great that we are expected to remember the past and be content, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/08/2022)

NC President Deuba calls meeting of party leaders to discuss seat allocation (kh 08/08/2022) [Democracy looks different!], Deuba asks Thakur to join ruling alliance, govt (rep 08/08/2022) [Surely all parties should join together in an electoral alliance. Then the often failed top politicians would agree on a single common candidate for each constituency and voters would no longer have to worry about whom to vote for. Wouldn't that be flawless democracy?], First meeting of Seat Allocation Task Force of ruling alliance being held (rn 08/08/2022) [This is anti-democracy: the choice must be made by the people and not by the party leaders!]

Is Nepal losing democracy?, by Ganga Bahadur Thapa (kh 31/07/2022)

Budget debate in Nepal is about MPs seeking more for their constituencies : Parliamentarians often forget their main job—making laws. They consider themselves development workers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/06/2022)

Battle of narratives : Political parties, basking in their complacency, didn't bother to check the rear-view mirror, preferring to just look ahead, by Avasna Pandey (kp 06/06/2022)

Electoral Democracy and Clientelism in South Asia, by Matrika Poudyal (kp 30/05/2022)

Building Public Faith to Build Our Democracy, by Milan Jung Katuwal (rep 20/05/2022)

Achievements And Missed Opportunities, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 26/04/2022)

Democracy or kakistocracy? Democratic values undermined, institutions heavily politicized, meritocracy completely neglected, rampant corruption and nepotism unabated. Nepal, many believe, is heading toward a democratic kakistocracy (nlt 24/04/2022)

Let's learn our lessons from events in Ukraine: Dr Bhattarai (rep 31/03/2022)

Ways to commit to democracy : Nepal needs an essential internal effort to drive reforms that are well overdue, by Blair Glencorse and Narayan Adhikari (kp 17/03/2022)

Value Premises Of Democratic Regime, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/02/2022)

Gone Wrong, In System Or In Actors?, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 23/02/2022)

Nepal’s democracy revolutions, and achievements and failures : As the country celebrates democracy, observers see some gains, some hollow promises, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/02/2022)

Incarnation Of Free Spirit, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 19/02/2022), Putting People At The Centre, by Ballav Dahal (rn 19/02/2022), Judicial Independence For Democracy, by Liladhar Upadhyaya (rn 19/02/2022), An Era Of Freedom And Openness, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 19/02/2022), A Moment For Reflection, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 19/02/2022)

Deliberative democracy: Engaging citizens in political process, by Simone Galimberti (ht 04/02/2022)

Intraparty Democracy at Stake in Nepal, by Arpan Gelal (rep 27/01/2022)

In Defense of Democratic Institutions, by Ambika Prasad Joshi (rep 16/12/2021)

Is democracy too expensive for Nepal? Heavy election expenses deter women candidates from running for office in the 2022 elections, by Laxmi Basnet (nt 10/12/2021)

Democracy Slides Globally, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/12/2021) [In Nepal, the state of the already weakly implemented democracy has deteriorated considerably in recent years!]

Declining democratic practices : Whether it is party politics or national politics, democratic norms seem to be waning, by Kushal Pokharel (kp 02/12/2021)

Why is democracy failing to deliver?, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (rep 27/11/2021)

Democratic Recession in Nepal, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 20/11/2021)

emocracy in Nepal: The Long Game, by Rajeev Kunwar (kh 02/11/2021)

As key institutions fail to perform, regressive agenda at play : The more democratic institutions weaken, the powerful the right wing forces become, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/11/2021)

Mediators Of Democracy’s Contradictions, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 30/10/2021)

Rule through ordinance threat to democracy, observers say : Finding himself in a tight spot, Deuba mulls withdrawing some bills that have passed a House and proroguing Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/10/2021)

Ordinance relating to Political Parties will be withdrawn today: Prachanda (kh) [An ordinance for which the HoR session was specially terminated so that the parties could split is now to be withdrawn. This approach sounds neither democratic nor constitutional, even though the Political Party Act also contains various undemocratic passages. In its present form, it underpins party rule, not people's rule!]

Hand-picking leadership in sister wings, parties undermine democracy : Political observers say appointing the leadership—be it  in the mother parties or in the sister wings—reflects  the dwindling democratic practice among the parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/09/2021)

Democracy Needs Enlightened Citizens, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 11/09/2021)

Why parliamentary transparency matters : Parliamentary record-keeping in our case has been somewhat superficial, by Shraddha Pokharel (kp 07/09/2021)

Take it easy  : Dissent and debate are quintessential elements of democracy (kp 07/09/2021)

Rabindra Mishra: Nepal’s Trump. Like Trump, Mishra seeks to harness the grievances of Nepal’s privileged class whose traditional sources of authority are being challenged by the new republican, federal, decentralized, and secular structure, by Bishal Thapa (ae 19/08/2021)

Most parties fare poorly on internal democracy : Parties have been postponing their conventions under various pretexts. Observers say this must end, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/08/2021)

Nepal’s Endless Democratic Transition, by Chandra D Bhatta (rn 13/08/2021)

Prospect Of Democratic Stability, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 31/07/2021)

Democratic Competence Key To Political Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/07/2021)

Is Nepal still a democratic state?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 19/06/2021)

Oli’s attempts to rule by dicta : Since coming to power, Prime Minister Oli has attempted numerous times — via ordinances — to bypass the legislation and vest the powers to make laws within himself, by Robin Sharma (rec 16/06/2021)

International condemnation for HoR dissolution (ht 12/06/2021) [see statement by IBARI (10/06/2021)]

PM Oli likely to expand cabinet today, induct 10 JSP leaders from Thakur-Mahato group (kh 24/05/2021)

Three decades of movements, uprisings, putsches and constitutions: Did they promote democracy?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 01/05/2021)

What good is Nepali democracy?, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (ae 08/04/2021) [A criticism of Nepal's democracy, but the problem is more with the parties and politicians.]

Making our democracy work : The thing to do is rein  in political corruption  and depoliticise public institutions, by Naresh Koirala (kp 15/03/2021)

Elusive Democratic Stability : The domination of personality conflict in Nepali party politics demonstrates the return of old politics of authoritarianism that devalues participatory impulses and the spirit of democracy in their inner life, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 13/03/2021)

The court verdict is a temporary respite : The pyrrhic victory of democracy has restored judicial supremacy in place of Parliament’s sovereignty, by CK Lal (kp 03/03/2021)

To reclaim democracy, citizens hold Tundikhel march : Brihat Nagarik Andolan vows to fight to protect the country from falling into an abyss, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/02/2021)

Nepal’s democracy challenges : Analysts say the major impediment to democratic process in the country is a lack  of political culture among leaders and their failure to put people first, by Anil Giri (kp 19/02/2021)

Our troubled democracy : Unless the bleeding of democracy stops, the resto-ration of the House alone is not going to save it, by Naresh Koirala (kp 24/01/2021)

Attacking the system, one step at a time : Oli administration’s actions are against constitutional  provisions and pose a threat to democratic  principles and norms, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 04/12/2020)

Watching The Watchdogs Of Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 28/11/2020)

लोकतन्त्रको फजिहत ! : नयाँ पुस्ताले पुरानो पुस्ताका नेतालाई विस्थापित गर्ने पद्धतिको विकास नेपालमा किन हुन सकेन ? [Embarrassment of democracy!: Why the system of displacing the leaders of the old generation by the new generation could not be developed in Nepal?], by Ghanashyam Bhatta (ap 19/11/2020)

असान्दर्भिक बन्दै राजनीतिक दलहरू : दलभन्दा नेताले प्राथमिकता पाउनु दलीय औचित्य कमजोर हुनु हो, जुन लोकतन्त्रका लागि सह्य होइन [Political parties becoming irrelevant : To give priority to a leader over a party is to weaken the party's legitimacy, which is not tolerable for democracy], by Ram Gurung (ka 19/11/2020)

लोकतन्त्र भर्सेज भोकतन्त्र , by Bhesraj Ghimire (ap 22/10/2020)

Democracy Needs Civic Competence, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 17/10/2020)

A Moment For Social Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/10/2020)

Welcome ordinance : The tendency on the part of the govt to bypass the parliament to bring new laws is unbecoming of a democratic norms (ht 28/09/2020)

Consolidating Constitutional Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/09/2020)

Profit-making army and Nepal’s democracy, by Bishal Thapa (ae 21/08/2020)

A story of two halves: Democracy may have already lasted longer than the Panchayat rule did, but accountability remains a fiction, by Deepak Thapa (kp 28/05/2020)

The Oli administration needs to change its attitude: The government must try to make its activities as transparent as possible, and invest in emboldening institutions rather than individuals (kp 14/04/2020)

Nepal’s political parties rarely encourage public participation in lawmaking: Citizens’ engagement in the formulation of laws not only ensures transparency but also enhances the quality of legislation, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2020)

Shifting Democratic Form, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/03/2020)

Celebrating Democracy 2020, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/02/2020)

Oli administration is ignoring a key component of democracy during lawmaking: The government over the last two years introduced several bills without holding consultations with the concerned parties, thereby inviting criticism and controversy, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/02/2020)

Restoring democracy back to the default: Prime Minister Oli opened too many battlefronts, now he may be succumbing to his own ambitions, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 20/01/2020)

State Consolidation Priority, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 14/01/2020)

The sugarcane episode is part of a much bigger trend—the decline of democracy: Policies, disguised as legitimate efforts to serve the public interest, are designed to serve financial interests, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 06/01/2020)

Tendency to undermine Parliament detrimental to democracy, analysts say: As party leaders feud over Speaker, there’re concerns about the crucial bill session bearing the brunt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/12/2019)

Why democracy fails: In existing scenario, people will continuew to be oppressed, political machinery will continue to be oiled and election will be won but democracy will lose, by Sandesh Paudyal (rep 05/10/2019)

Decline of democracy, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp 30/09/2019)

The de-democratisation of Nepal: The Prime Minister's speech on Constitution Day highlighted several challenges to Nepal's democratic transition, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 23/09/2019)

Party-Based Democracy In A Muddle, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 27/08/2019)

Time for reconciliation: Oli must now learn to partner with the well-wishers of democracy with whom he's wasted time, fighting, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 12/08/2019)

Virtues Of Participatory Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 18/06/2019)

In Nepal, democracy is a sham:. No independent and impactful movement exists at present  which could challenge the government against its increasingly undemocratic demeanour, by Achyut Wagle (kp 11/06/2019)

Elitism And Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 28/05/2019)

Reorienting democracy: When mindset is ethnic or caste-controlled, people cannot stand in favor of broader national cause, by Jivesh Jha (rep 28/04/2019)

Democracy within ruling and opposition parties is waning, lawmakers say: NCP leaders say their chairman rarely listens to anyone, while Nepali Congress lawmakers say the party president functions in a unilateral style, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/04/2019), A democratic nightmare: A sure way of killing democratic culture is by jettisoning collective decision-making (kp 11/04/2019)

Towards authoritarianism: When all powers flow to the prime minister, it will undermine the achievements of democracy (kp 20/03/2019)

Democracy will thrive: There is a long way to go before Nepal becomes a meaningful democracy but the future of democracy is bright in Nepal, by Surya P Subedi (rep 24/02/2019)

Democracy: Roots or Fruits?, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/02/2019)

Talking democracy, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 22/02/2019)

Democracy for the people (rep 20/02/2019)

Sixty-ninth Anniversary Of Democracy Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 20/02/2019)

Democratic Dynamism, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 19/02/2019)

Watch your democracy: If the stalwarts of Nepali democracy are not vigilant, authoritarian forces will likely suspend our democracy once again, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 20/12/2018)

Shifting Democratic Values, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 11/12/2018)

Testing times for democracy: While in opposition communists make nationalism their sole agenda. When they lead the government they tend to attack democracy and lean toward authoritarianism, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp 28/11/2018)

Sustaining democracy: Regardless of great changes, if mentality, mindset, practices and behavior of our leaders remain the same our democracy will be in trouble, by Bhojraj Pokharel (rep 18/11/2018)

The power of parties: Democracy is moving from the notion of ‘we the people’ to ‘who are the people', by Chandra D Bhatta (kp 12/10/2018)

At minister’s call, House panel changes decision: Minister Banskota challenges parliamentary practice of honouring directives, pressing a House committee to change its decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/10/2018) [This government's misunderstanding of democracy and separation of powers is quite obvious!]

For Better Democratic Future, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 04/09/2018)

Civic Participation in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 31/05/2018)

Loktantrik leadership: Leaders must learn to engage in self-criticism instead of blaming their counterparts, by Chandra Upadhyay (kp 09/03/2018)

Constitutional Bodies in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 08/03/2018)

The Spirit Of Political Inquiry, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 06/03/2018)

Civil Society and Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/03/2018)

Renewal of Public Sphere, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 27/02/2018)

Democracy as a way of life: Democratic schools must be established to cultivate skills for a new federal Nepal, by Tom Robertson (30/01/2018)

Civic Education in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 18/01/2018)

Trickle-down democracy: EC needs to improve voting procedures so all citizens can vote and electoral outcomes better represent them, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 17/01/2018)

Elite decadence: When democracy becomes a licence for loot and plunder with weak checks and balances, it is a recipe for “democratic anarchy", by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp 16/01/2018)

Democratic deficit: Nepal’s politics is rendered precariously fluid by petty interests of a handful of influential party leaders, by Achyut Wagle (kp 22/11/2017)

Deuba: Fear Slogan Won’t Work, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 24/10/2017)

Local remedies: Giving both executive and judicial rights to elected local representatives goes against democratic principles, by Mukti Rijal (rep 15/10/2017)

Who teaches us democracy? Obfuscation and hand-wringing will not help as we prepare to face the world, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 22/09/2017)

Democracy And Political Stability, by Angur Baba Joshi (rn 19/09/2017)

Democracy & Sustainable Development Goals, by Madhavji Shrestha (rn 16/09/2017)

Democracy Slips Into Elective Despotism, by Mukti Rijal (rn 14/09/2017)

Democracy as a way of life: Schools have the potential to give citizens the power of self-direction. by Tom Robertson (kp 11/09/2017)

Four regime types: Nepal’s path to full democracy could be protracted unless the current crop of corrupt, feckless and feudal leaders are ousted, by Naresh Koirala (kp 02/08/2017)

Civic Education And Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 13/07/2017)

Democracy, revitalized: I do not see any significant deviation from universally agreed norms of democracy and human rights in Nepal’s constitution, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep 12/07/2017) [??]

Partyfull Panchayat: The parliament should immediately correct this constitution-defying apartheid law and allow all parties to use their party symbols as electoral symbols, by Ujwal Thapa (rep 15/04/2017)

Re-advent of democracy: Promises to keep, by Jeewan Shrestha (ht 13/04/2017)

‘Judiciary should be overseen by legislature’ (kp 09/04/2017) [NC General Secretary demands removal of separation of powers!!!], Undemocratic democracy: Proof of how far we have fallen is a senior leader demanding that the judiciary should be kept under parliament, by Dinkar Nepal (nt 14/04/2017)

Udayapur youths miffed at not being able to vote: They are not in the voters' list as DEO stopped registering names (ht 30/03/2017) [???]

Refining Electoral Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 26/03/2017)

Relevant as ever: No society can grow in a climate of political repression, economic exploitation, deprivation and social exclusion, by Shekhar Koirala (rep 14/03/2017)

Nepal’s Elusive Democracy, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 25/02/2017)

Revitalising Democracy Through Election, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 24/02/2017)

Consolidating Democracy Further, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 15/02/2017)

Local Polls For Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 14/02/2017)

Interface Between State And Citizens, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 12/02/2017)

CSOs in a loktantrik Nepal: A democratic polity should look for ways to further allow Nepali citizens to fully enjoy their fundamental right to organise, by Pratyoush Onta and Avash Bhandari (kp 10/02/2017)

Act In Spirit Of Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 17/01/2017)

Democratising Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/10/2016)

Citizen democracy: I believe Nepal can learn a thing or two from Finland and start adopting direct democracy, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 24/10/2016)

October octaves: The day Deuba was ousted by the king marked a dark point in our quest for democracy, by Gopal Man Shrestha (kp 23/10/2016)

Path to de-democratisation: Enlarging constituencies without reforms in parties is likely to weaken political representation of marginalised groups; The current Nepali bureaucracy is set up in such a way that any political party, other than the NC and the UML, cannot extract services from it , by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 28/09/2016)

Far from it: The use of parliamentary whips too often makes the vibrant role expected of lawmakers increasingly irrelevant (ht 16/08/2016) [Especially the use of such whips while voting on the new constitution was in violation of the interim constitution and the inclusive conception of the constituent assembly!]

Decay of democracy: History keeps coming full circle, and is repeated as a farce (nt 13/05/2016)

Democracy in peril: Nepal is witnessing a systematic erosion of democratic values at the hands of the leaders who are democratically elected, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp 08/05/2016)

Vox populi: Our cities will never go green until and unless we revamp the country’s deeply flawed ‘representative democracy’, by Manish Pokharel and Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 28/04/2016)

Is democracy indispensible? Representation and other rights that in our context are abstract ideals can wait; Rule of law and good governance cannot, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (rep 06/04/2016))

Democracy In Nepal: Political Leadership Has Failed The Test, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/02/2016)

Democracy In Delivery, by P. Kharel (rn 15/02/2016)

System upgrade: Nepali citizens are tired of fake democracy that does not benefit the common people, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 31/01/2016)

Democracy and the demographic shift: The movement of Nepal’s population within the country is having a profound impact on its politics, by Sarthak Mani Sharma (nt 20/11/2015)

Democracy goes digital: The internet should be used for holding discussions on proposed legislations, including the draft constitution, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 12/07/2015)

Is democracy in retreat? The answer cannot be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, though recent trends have not been friendly to democracy, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 11/06/2015)

Democracy in crisis: Political parties are not interested in carrying out reforms that can promote inclusion and unleash growth, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 18/03/2015)

Governing Elite And Democracy In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn 26/02/2015)

Modernising democracy: Nepal requires a strong, stable federal government with a directly-elected PM or President, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp 01/02/2015)

Nurturing democracy: Only competent and honest representatives can safeguard democratic norms, resulting in healthy politics and a stable government, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 06/01/2015)

Democratic State Building: Participatory Institutions Important, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/01/2015)

Documents / Websites

What about Nepal’s democracy? Political parties, elections, federalism, secularism and social inclusion, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 03/06/2024)

Democracy and constitutional crisis in Nepal, by Karl-Heinz Krämer. Nepal Observer 71, 20 August 2021

Is Nepal still a democratic state?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 19/06/2021)

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