When Popularity Becomes a Problem on the World’s Summit

June 10, 2019

Is Mount Everest the ultimate successful branded product, made in Asia, but benefiting from all the political and marketing genius of the imperial West? Once upon a time, Mount Everest throned at the top of the Himalayas, the highest point on earth, as a symbol of the unattainable, a place where...

Finding a Solution to the Himalayan Water Crisis

October 11, 2017

Engineers have proposed a solution to melting Himalayan glaciers that are suffering the severe consequences of global warming.    Pollution and overuse have left the Himalayan waters depleted and in unsanitary condition. For those who are reliant on the glaciers, access to clean water is...

Nepal: The Long Road Ahead

January 05, 2014

Political and social reforms in Nepal are likely to bring initial insecurity.  Background The year 2006 marked the end of the decade-long civil war in Nepal and the abolition of the monarchy. In the April 2008 elections, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) emerged as the largest party...

Himalayan Blunders

September 11, 2013

Development in the Himalayan region must be managed carefully. The recent floods in the Himalayas were ferocious and deadly. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand....