Sujeev Shakya

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Messy Nepal

There is confusion, chaos and frustration amid a period of supposedly stable politics

Jul 17, 2018-As the fiscal year ends, people are left with frustration over how money has been poured into sand in the last month. Billons of rupees went into buying goods and services from folks who have either paid their way to the politicians or are controlled by the politicians themselves. This is called Asare Bikas or development in the month of Asar, the last month of the Nepali fiscal year. Nepal, like being the only time zone in the world that has a 45-minute time difference which is a nightmare for fixing global conference calls, takes the cake for being the only country in the world where the fiscal year does not sync with any global calendar. Read more

Recalibrating Nepal’s foreign policy

The government must seriously deliberate on matters of foreign polices to take the country to greater heights

Two important events occurred last fortnight. First, the Prime Minister visited China as the leader of a government that enjoys a two-thirds majority. Second, the eminent Persons Group (EPG) submitted a single joint report recommending alternatives to some of the disputed issues including the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship with India. Yet, despite these achievements, the pertinent question remains: do we understand foreign policy? Read more

नेपालको निजी क्षेत्रकै निजीकरण आवश्यक छ

वाम गठबन्धनको सङ्घीय सरकार गठन भएको सय दिन पूरा भएको छ । सरकारले यस दिन आफूले गरेका केही कामलाई सकारात्मक भनी प्रचार गरिरहेको छ । यसबीच सङ्घीय सरकारको नीति तथा कार्यक्रम पनि सार्वजनिक गरिसकेको छ । यसै आधारमा सरकारले जेठ १५ गते बजेट ल्याउँदै छ । परिवर्तित नेपाली राजनीतिक घटनाक्रमबीच आएको सरकारको नीति तथा कार्यक्रम जनअपेक्षाअनुरूप छ त ? यसको कार्यान्वयन कत्तिको चुनौतीपूर्ण छ ? यिनै विषयवस्तुका साथै हालै मात्र प्रकाशनमा आएको अर्थतन्त्रसम्बन्धी नयाँ पुस्तक ‘अर्थात् अर्थतन्त्र’ पुस्तकबारे पुस्तकका लेखक तथा आर्थिक विश्लेषक नेपाल इकोनोमिक फोरमका अध्यक्ष सुजीव शाक्यसँग आर्थिक अभियान राष्ट्रिय दैनिकका टीपी भुसालले गरेको कुराकानीको सार : Read more

Learning from Rwanda: There is a lot to learn from this African country that never ceases to surprise people

It was five years ago that I visited Rwanda for the first time, and it was full of surprises. The three key lessons I took away from my first trip was that, one, do not be scared to think big. Two, you may not be a rich country but you can still be clean and orderly. Three, you always eye the global stage. Five years later, it is amazing how much this country that is two-third the size of Bhutan and whose population is one-third that of Nepal, has been able to achieve. Read more

संकुचित समाजवाद

जबसम्म गुणस्तर नहुनुलाई समाजवाद हुनुसंँग जोडिन्छ, तबसम्म आर्थिक वृद्धि र विकासको गति तीव्र गर्न गाह्रो हुनेछ ।

नेपालमा समाजवादको ठूलो चर्चा छ । संविधानमा पनि हामीले समाजवादलाई नै अँगाल्यौं । राजनीतिक भाषण, नीतिका कुरामा पनि समाजवादलाई नै अगाडि सार्ने गर्‍यौं । टन्न पैसा बनाएर बसेका व्यापारीहरूले पनि आआफ्नो सिन्डिकेटमार्फत समाजवादको डम्फु बजाउने गर्‍यो । Read more

Environment blues: Tokenism on World Environment Day has created massive environmental challenges

There was a story in this paper on Sunday headlined ‘Kathmandu to plant over 1,500 saplings to observe World Environment Day’. This is another headline that everyone knows pretty well that serves as another deed of tokenism. Today on World Environment Day, it would be good for all the folks who made headlines by planting trees to actually know whether the saplings have actually grown. The city of Kathmandu is full of saplings protected by iron structures with names of banks, companies and organisations proudly attached to them that have never grown into trees. We have ensured that this phenomenon has spread well outside Kathmandu. Like many ceremonies we go through in life each day, planting trees and making speeches on the environment is yet another one. We do it without internalising the need to understand what all this means to our lives. Read more

Lessons from Narayanghat | Sujeev Shakya

The cities that have received government attention and funding have fared worse than cities developed by entrepreneurs.

It is always great to get out of Kathmandu Valley. The Dabali is an open space initiative from Jiwan Kshetry and Indra Dhoj Kshetri with a well-stocked library opened just two months back in Chitwan. Over the weekend, it was wonderful to interact with minds that are not stuck in what has gone wrong but what can be done right as I discussed my book Arthat Arthatantra with the audience. Read more

Modify relations

Nepal-India dealings have transformed from a relation based on hierarchy to one based on friendship

In the recently concluded Regional Policy Dialogue of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Myanmar (BBIN M) Motor Vehicle Agreement held in New Delhi, I had a very simple statement to make as the Nepali partner. India is in the middle of the acronym BBINM and is represented by the letter “I”. But it must not be confined by this “I” and it must not be remain anchored within its internal workings, it must instead keep an “eye” on what is happening in its regional neighbourhood. Read more

बजेट मन्थन

गतवर्ष ७५३ स्थानीय सरकारमध्ये कतिले डोजर किने ? संख्या सुनेर सबै जिल्ल हुन्छन् । नीतिगत रूपमा बजेटलाई हेर्ने नयाँ चस्मा लगाउन एकदम आवश्यक छ ।

यस बजेटले अर्थतन्त्रको नयाँ दिशा दिने संकेत गर्छ कि गर्दैन ? हामी नेपाली सांकेतिक कुरामा धेरै विश्वास राख्छौं । जति फोहोर भए पनि, चोखो पानी छर्किदिए पुग्छ, हामीलाई । ट्राफिक नियम वर्षभरि किन पालना गर्ने, ट्राफिक सप्ताहमा माने पुगिहाल्छ । Read more