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The tiger and the farmer

In his memoir The Soul of the Rhino, the pioneer conservationist Hemanta Mishra describes his first sighting of rhinos in the wild: “Ugly and vicious, yet…they radiated an undeniable appeal.

The lives of others

The iconic Nepali writer from Darjeeling, Indra Bahadur Rai, passed away at the age of 91 a few days ago. He leaves behind an enormous literary legacy encompassing both fiction and non-fiction.

Trekkers, seekers and entrepreneurs

Generations of tourists have been drawn to Nepal since it opened its doors in the 1950s. Those from Europe and America came seeking what they imagined had been lost in the West.

Small fish and scapegoats

In January 2015, the police arrested Rajkumar Praja, a 31-year-old Chepang from Korak VDC, Chitwan, for killing over a dozen rhinos and smuggling two rhino horns. He was arrested by Interpol in Malaysia and extradited to Nepal.

The great divide

Why were discussions about relief and rebuilding being conducted in a language that was so removed from the lived experience of the most affected people? What kinds of solutions will emerge from a discussion that excludes its main subject right from the starting point?

A model from yesterday

The Norwegian missionary engineer Odd Hoftun arrived in Nepal in 1958 on a brief assignment, but went on to spend more than three decades in this country, pursuing his vision of development with determination and faith.

Misguided priorities

The govt’s argument that the ‘relief phase’ is now over and all focus should be on rebuilding is flawed

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