Posts By George Varughese

In The News

Civic Complacency in Political Accountability Holds Nepal Back

January 22, 2014

The November 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in Nepal revealed very strong anti-incumbency sentiments among the voting public. So too did the 2008 CA elections, when Nepali voters turned to the newly above-ground Maoists (CPN-M), rejecting the more “seasoned” parties…

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Notes from the Field

Using Better Evidence to Reform Nepal’s Hydropower Policy

December 11, 2013

Using evidence for planning and evaluation of policies and development interventions considerably enhances the capacity of organizations working for socioeconomic change of state and society, and their change interventions…

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Nepal Holds Elections: Now on to the Constitution

November 20, 2013

This week, Nepal once again showed the world that its people believe in a peaceful, democratic means to select those who govern them. On a cold election-day morning on November 19, an estimated 70 percent of Nepalis went to the polls – hundreds lined up well before stations had even opened…

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Debating Amnesty and Reconciliation in Nepal

June 12, 2013

The last several weeks have witnessed the unfolding of an unfortunate chain of events in Nepal with regard to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The commitment to form a TRC was part of the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord, which ended a decade-long conflict between State and Maoist forces.

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New Idea of Politics Needed For a Stable Nepal

May 1, 2013

Nepal has been in a state of transition since 1950. In the ensuing years, a relatively brief, decade-long romance with democracy ended in three decades of single-party, autocratic rule. Since the restoration of multiparty, democratic politics just over 20 years ago, we have had 20 prime ministers…

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Stateless in New Nepal: Inclusion without Citizenship is Impossible

May 23, 2012

Last week, Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) members drafted citizenship provisions in the country’s long-awaited constitution, causing much consternation and almost guaranteeing that approximately 2.1 million persons out of an estimated population of nearly 30 million will remain stateless. The specific draft provision that is deeply problematic and regressive refers to how a child may obtain citizenship by descent in the new Nepal: a child would be granted Nepali citizenship if both mother and father prove they are Nepali citizens.

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New Book Examines Global Democratization

June 22, 2011

The idea of “rule by the people” or democracy is widely accepted as a good and desirable thing these days. Almost half of all governments worldwide are considered democratic in one way or another. But the many paradoxes and problems that afflict democratic experiments…

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Notes from the Field

The UK Turns High-Level Attention to Nepal’s Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

June 22, 2011

On June 12, the UK’s Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, arrived in Kathmandu on a three-day visit to share her experiences in combating violence against women and to learn how Nepal is tackling the issue.

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Nepal Averts Constitutional Crisis: Hope for Democratic Future Kept Alive

June 2, 2010

Around midnight on May 28, 2010, Nepali lawmakers took a stunning last-minute emergency action that served to keep hopes for a democratic constitutional republic and a stable nation alive in Nepal: by an overwhelming majority the Eighth Amendment Bill to the interim constitution to extend the Constituent Assembly’s tenure by one year was passed. Of […]

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Afghanistan in 2008: A Survey of the Afghan People

October 29, 2008

Afghanistan has been through increasingly difficult times in the 12 months since The Asia Foundation conducted its last survey of Afghan public opinion in the summer of 2007. Amidst slow but steady gains in vital basic amenities and services and some successes in reconstruction efforts across the country, the conflict resulted in significantly higher civilian […]

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