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    ‘Phaltu sarkar’: In Meghalaya, the ban on coal mining could cost the Congress heavily (part 2)

‘Phaltu sarkar’: In Meghalaya, the ban on coal mining could cost the Congress heavily (part 2)

In the second part of his essay on coal mining in the Jantia Hills in Meghalaya, Arunabh Saikia discusses the impact of the current stalemate and how the BJP’s promise to lift the mining ban may woo local voters away from Congress in the upcoming elections. 

From environment to elections
The most common reading of the National Green Tribunal order of […]

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    ‘Phaltu sarkar’: In Meghalaya, the ban on coal mining could cost the Congress heavily (Part 1)

‘Phaltu sarkar’: In Meghalaya, the ban on coal mining could cost the Congress heavily (Part 1)

Coal miners and traders in the Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, are banking on the BJP to end the three-year-long impasse. Arunabh Saikia explores the implications for Congress in the first of this two part article.

It may have been almost four years ago but most people in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills remember the exact date the National Green Tribunal banned rat-hole mining of coal in […]

Liberal democracies, don’t give up on the Maldives 

If the Yameen government survives the current political crisis unscathed, it would set a dangerous precedent, only encouraging authoritarian-minded leaders in other nations to reveal their true selves when the timing is ripe for them. Arafat Kabir traces why the Maldives is in this situation, China’s strategic response to the crises and what other democracies need to do now. 

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What next for Pakistan’s Board of Investment and FDI?

As Pakistan strives to attract more FDI, the Board of Investment must continue to learn from the examples of international best practices for FDI policy making and implementation. Dr Ahmad Ghouri examines Pakistan’s 2013-17 FDI Strategy and analyses where the BOI needs improvement.
Last year marked the closing of the 2013-17 FDI Strategy, formulated and implemented by the Board of […]

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    Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

In Pakistan, some 15,000 youngsters turn 18 each day and will be eligible to vote in this year’s election. What lies ahead for  South Asia’s second youngest country and its booming youth population? Hina Shaikh gives a detailed overview, the challenges and opportunities. 

A much-delayed decline in fertility levels has resulted in Pakistan becoming the second youngest country in South Asia, with nearly two-thirds of its 207.8 […]

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    Revisiting Nepal’s year of elections: Less success than meets the eye?

Revisiting Nepal’s year of elections: Less success than meets the eye?

While Nepal’s elections were widely hailed as a major success, it would be a mistake to ignore many underlying issues that question the integrity and effectiveness of the recent elections, writes Nimesh Dhungana.

2017 may well go down in Nepal’s history as a year of elections. In the summer of 2017, Nepali voters participated in the local elections to choose […]

February 6th, 2018|Politics|1 Comment|
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    Nepal’s house of cards: are women included or co-opted in politics? 

Nepal’s house of cards: are women included or co-opted in politics? 

The recently concluded local elections in Nepal resulted in 40.9 per cent of female representation at the local level. Sangita Thebe Limbu writes about the power dynamics, lived experiences of women, gender quotas and women’s political engagement.

The 2017 local elections in Nepal have been hailed as a historic moment for gender equality and political inclusion with 40 per cent of female representation achieved at the local governance level. The principle of proportional inclusion of women enshrined in the […]

Indian labourers, the invisible class of Bhutan  

Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level. 

Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices.  But what is their impact on Bhutanese society?  Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?

On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]

Running hot and cold: Bhutan-India-China relations

What will the new year bring for the three countries? Even though the Doklam issue was solved peacefully, its occurrence shows that a frozen conflict can run hot now and again. Looking ahead, the new year may bring new challenges, a continued status quo, and/or new opportunities writes Sarina Theys.

The summer of 2017 was marked by a frozen border dispute that turned […]

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    What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

As Nepal successfully conducted historic local and parliamentary elections in 2017, considered as the end to the decade-long transition period, there are high hopes of improved democratic governance in the new, decentralised federal set up. Sudeep Uprety notes that it is a matter of serious concern for women as only a small number of female candidates won the direct elections.

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