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Arun Budhathoki

Arun Budhathoki

Arun Budhathoki is a Nepalese journalist, poet, and writer. He tweets at @arunbudhathoki.

Arun Budhathoki is a Nepalese poet, writer, and journalist. His articles have appeared in Vice, Asia Times, Digital Trends, SCMP Post, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Strangers Guide, Asia Times, The Huffington Post, Nikkie Asian Review, The Globe and Mail, TRT World, The New Arab, and others. He has also contributed to Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, BBC Radio 4, and Toronto Life as a fixer/reporter. Arun is interested in investigative, narrative, and multimedia journalism.
Posts by Arun Budhathoki
July 28, 2021

Nepal’s Cautious Approach to the Tibetan Question

By Arun Budhathoki and Bindesh Dahal
The presence of Tibetan refugees on its soil makes Nepal vulnerable to Chinese pressure.

July 15, 2021

Nepal’s Democracy Enters Another Challenging Phase

By Arun Budhathoki
The recent Supreme Court order reinstating parliament has put the constitution back on track.
June 28, 2021

Nepal’s Mountain Tourism Industry Is Struggling for Breath

By Arun Budhathoki
As COVID-19 cases sweep through Nepal’s mountain villages and base camps, expeditions have been called off, hitting the mountaineering and trekking industry hard.

June 15, 2021

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?

By Bindesh Dahal and Arun Budhathoki
As Oli steers his party to the right to woo India's ruling BJP, China is courting Nepal's left wing.

May 26, 2021

Nepal’s President Announces Fresh Elections Amid Continuing Political Upheaval

By Arun Budhathoki
The decision comes amid regional geopolitical churn and a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. How Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli navigates both will determine his future.

May 10, 2021

Nepal Restructures Its Army

By Arun Budhathoki
As China-India rivalry in the Himalaya heats up, Nepal’s armed forces must be ready for contingencies.
April 19, 2021

Nepal’s Political Travails Continue Amid Twists

By Arun Budhathoki
Much remains uncertain about Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s future. But he could spring yet another surprise.

April 13, 2021

Nepal’s Burn Violence Survivors Await New Law

By Arun Budhathoki
While victims of acid attacks are supported by the Nepal government, oil burn survivors have nowhere to go.

March 12, 2021

Qatar Police Recruit Nepali Citizens, Leaving Kathmandu Out of the Loop

By Arun Budhathoki
There is an urgent need for Nepal to sign a formal agreement with Qatar in order to safeguard the interests of its workers in that country.

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