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Nepal Plans to Lower Age at Marriage
June 30, 2022

Nepal Plans to Lower Age at Marriage

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The minimum age was set higher to ensure that girls finish school, become independent and make informed choices. Will the proposed change reverse the gains achieved?

India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations at 75: Full of Contradictions
June 23, 2022

India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations at 75: Full of Contradictions

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The two countries share strong cultural, religious, political, and economic ties. The same issues can pull them apart.
Nepal Backs Away From US State Partnership Program
June 22, 2022

Nepal Backs Away From US State Partnership Program

By P.K. Balachandran
Suspicious about the military content and wary of antagonizing China, Nepal rejects a U.S. disaster mitigation program.   

Nepal Is Caught Between the US and China on Tibetan Refugee Issue
June 09, 2022

Nepal Is Caught Between the US and China on Tibetan Refugee Issue

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
A recent visit by an American official to Tibetan refugee camps in Kathmandu appears to have not gone down well with Beijing.

What’s the Status of the Much-Discussed China-Nepal Railway?
June 08, 2022

What’s the Status of the Much-Discussed China-Nepal Railway?

By Biswas Baral
Six years after the project burst into the public discourse, little concrete progress has been made.

Modi Visits the Buddha’s Birthplace in Nepal
May 27, 2022

Modi Visits the Buddha’s Birthplace in Nepal

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Indian prime minister’s religious diplomacy could make Nepal a pawn in India’s domestic politics, even make it appear complicit in BJP’s communal politics.

What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?
May 25, 2022

What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?

By Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak
The choice to visit Lumbini for Buddha's birthday was carefully crafted both religiously and geopolitically.
A Long Way to Go for Gender Equality in Nepali Politics
May 12, 2022

A Long Way to Go for Gender Equality in Nepali Politics

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties.

Is Nepal Going the Way of Sri Lanka?
April 28, 2022

Is Nepal Going the Way of Sri Lanka?

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Although Nepal’s economic health is worrying, tourism is picking up and foreign remittances are poised to increase.

As Nepal Turns to the Indo-Pacific, China Worries
April 14, 2022

As Nepal Turns to the Indo-Pacific, China Worries

By Shrey Khanna and Aarthi Ratnam
Nepal has shifted more toward India and the United States under the Deuba government, sparking concern from Beijing.

5 Years of Local Governance in Nepal
April 13, 2022

5 Years of Local Governance in Nepal

By Biswas Baral
Nepal is heading into its second round of local elections under its 2015 constitution. How have local governments fared in their inaugural session?
Deuba’s India Visit Arrests Drift in India-Nepal Relations
April 08, 2022

Deuba’s India Visit Arrests Drift in India-Nepal Relations

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Varanasi leg of the Nepali PM’s visit to India was aimed at taking the wind off the sails of both Hindu nationalists and the main opposition back home.

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