Deepak Thapa

Deepak Thapa has been a fortnightly columnist with The Kathmandu Post since 2009, writing on a range of topical social and political issues.

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Dumping federalism

The discriminatory immigration rule targeting women only reflects the values of an illiberal, ethnonationalist federal government.

Oli’s legacy of shame

KP Oli put Nepal’s young democracy to the test, and the political class helped him by sticking to their self interests.

Language jingoism

The selective outrage of ruling party leaders on the use of English terms and letters shows their hypocrisy.

Good riddance

Four years of the Trump administration has done enough damage, but the Nepali Trump ploughs on.

Our broken politics

A leopard never changes its spots, and our political leaders have shown a similar inability to change.

The Plague redux

Albert Camus’ novel from 1947 provides a peek into the absurdity of human behaviour and the inherent failure of authority when faced with a disease crisis.

How to spot a genius

Nepotism and favouritism have been the bane of Nepali polity for centuries. It is not going away any time soon.

Distractions of their own making

What Prime Minister KP Oli and his challenger, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, seem to have forgotten is the sorry state Nepal is in, caught between a killer pandemic and a disastrous monsoon.

Is Oli lying or clueless?

Anyone who has heard the prime minister's speeches knows he always attempts to qualify his words with a veneer of what he thinks is science.

Skirting the issue

On paper, Nepal has made some important strides towards gender equality and inclusion. Yet, in reality, the situation is far from perfect.

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