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Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Kamal Dev Bhattarai is a Kathmandu-based journalist and writer

Kamal Dev Bhattarai is a Kathmandu-based journalist and writer. He writes in international media about Nepal’s foreign policy, mainly focusing on India and China. In the last five years, he has been rigorously following Nepal’s policy toward India and China, and vice versa. He was New Delhi Bureau Chief for Kantipur Media Group, Nepal’s largest media house, from 2016-2018. As a senior political correspondent of The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times, he closely followed Nepal’s peace and constitution drafting process. He has written a book about Nepal’s peace and constitution drafting process, titled Transition: From 12-Point Understanding to Constitution Promulgation. He teaches journalism and mass communication in colleges and is involved in media research.
Posts by Kamal Dev Bhattarai
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January 01, 2020

A Rock and a Hard Place: Nepal’s 2019 Diplomacy in Review

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Over the past year, Nepal has been in a tight spot as it seeks to balance between major powers.
December 28, 2019

Is Nepal’s New Airport Dream an Environmental Nightmare?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Nepal’s Supreme Court halted the construction of a new international airport as it considers a protest from environmental groups.

October 03, 2019

Amid China-US Rivalry, India Maintains Low Profile in Nepal 

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
With Xi Jinping expected to visit Nepal soon, Kathmandu is caught between the BRI and the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy.

May 09, 2019

Nepal Inching Toward China

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Warnings of a debt trap aside, there is consensus in Nepal on the benefits to be had from the Belt and Road Initiative.

May 07, 2019

Why Nepal Is Keenly Watching India Elections

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The stakes for Nepal are high as India votes.
March 13, 2019

Are the Maoists Rising Again in Nepal?

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
13 years after the civil war ended, a splinter Maoist group is waging a new campaign of violence.

March 01, 2019

High-Profile Helicopter Crash Draws Attention to Nepal’s Aviation Safety Problems

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
If Kathmandu wants to attract more tourists, it needs to take serious steps to improve its aviation safety record.
December 21, 2018

Nepal Finally Looks Beyond India and China

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The Oli government is taking long-overdue steps to broaden Nepal's foreign policy horizons.

December 06, 2018

The Rape Case That Shook Nepal

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Five months on, the justice for Nirmala campaign is still going strong – but still unheard by the government.

October 31, 2018

#MeToo: Nepal’s Women Speak Up

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
After taking India by storm, the #MeToo movement has come to Nepal. Can it bring change?

September 13, 2018

The Limits of Nepal’s China Outreach

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Nepal and China finalized the protocol of their Transit and Transport deal. What will that mean in practice?
June 22, 2018

Nepal-China: Reality Sets In

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
As relations with India turn cordial, Nepal slows down the implementation of past agreements with China.

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