Thinking global, living local: Voices in a globalized world

  • Enabling Children with Special Needs at CHEERS

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    The little boy who is suffering from both blindness and autism seemed upset and was crying in the arms of the caretaker. He had just been admitted to the Enabling Centre of  Children’s Hospital for Eye, ENT and Rehabilitation Services(CHEERS) in Bhaktapur, Nepal, that day for rehabilitation services which would […]

  • Ani Choying Drolma: Breaking stereotypes

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    Gifted with a soulful voice, Ani Choying Drolma widely known as the Singing Nun travels the world, performing live shows of modern spiritual songs. These are mainly Buddhist chants, prayers and inspirational songs about compassion, hope and sharing in Nepali and Tibetan languages. It helps her raise funds for her […]

  • Collective Democracy

    Nepal’s Complex Democracy: Re-thinking the Separation of Powers

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    The article responds to the Secrets of Transformation multimedia series, a joint project of Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Deutsche Welle.  Nepal’s November 2013 parliamentary elections set a national precedent for democratic governance. Ironically, with the right people in charge and support from the population, temporary restrictions on separation of powers may serve […]

  • Commercial sex work in the guise of entertainment

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    Signboards with  names like Jhakkas tequila with Dance or  Moonlight Cabin Restaurant or  Welcome Massage dot the crowded streets of  Thamel,  Purano Baneshwor, Gaushala and other localities in  Kathmandu. A little more than a decade ago commercial sex work and prostitution began to thrive behind the thin veil of cabin restaurants, dance bars and massage parlours in Kathmandu catering […]