Why Cities Matter?

I arrived in Nepalgunj, a rising major metropolis in Western Nepal, from Jumla, a mid-hill district in the same region and my hometown, for the first time in late 1900s to meet my father who worked in one of government offices there. But few years later, in early 2000s, I came to Kathmandu, country’s Capital …

Smart Cities and Nepal

The term ‘smart city’ is not a new concept for Nepalis who live in the country’s urban areas. Most commonly, it has long been used by urban planners while planning solutions for cities’ multiple problems caused due to increasing rural to urban migration and subsequent haphazard urbanisation practices across major towns in the country. However, …

Barriers to Innovative Entrepreneurship in Nepal

It is natural that people from different parts of Nepal, depending upon their backgrounds and levels of understanding, will explain reasons behind country's poor economic performance in different ways. Despite all these differences, in my personal opinion, they agree on one fact - innovation drives economic growth. In fact, in 2015's Enterprising States and Cities …

Money, Campaign Finance and Elections – A Case Study of the US Federal Elections

Here is the abstract of my co-authored paper on "Money, Campaign Finance and Elections – A Case Study of the US Federal Elections" with Ms. Khadija H. Nasirova. The influence of corporations and interest groups on US elections is a much-debated issue. The issue became more pronounced after the 2010 Citizens United V. Federal Election …

Good Political Culture

Political parties’ failure to adjust their ideologies, principles and actions could put the country at risk These days, people are constantly questioning the performance of Nepal’s political parties—be it in terms of maintaining internal cohesion or having enough collaborative efforts with other parties to work towards common national interests. While common Nepalis exhibit this trend …

Innovations in Healthcare Industry in Nepal

Citizens’ good health has positive and significant impacts on economic growth of a nation. Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a 2001 study, found that a one-year advancement in society’s life expectancy increases output by four percent. Though researches afterwards have confirmed varying relationship between health and economic growth across the …

BRIDGING THE GAP – Emerging Technology Increase People’s Access To Finance

January 2017 remained a very important month for smartphone users in Nepal, mainly for two big reasons. First, the iPhone was celebrating its tenth anniversary and the second, Nepal Telecom (NT) was launchingLTE-based 4G services for its postpaid GSM users in Kathmandu and Pokhara effective from day one of this year. When late Apple co-founder …