Indigenous Communities Can Counter Naxals and Protect Forests in India

October 15, 2020

On the night of July 11, Naxalites blew up 12 buildings in the forest department’s field office-cum-quarters in the Berkela forest area of Pashchimi Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, India. Naxalites are Maoists who have fought a bloody insurgency against the Indian state in some rural and forest...

Nepal: Changing Fortunes?

February 07, 2014

The quest for political stability in Nepal has begun. Nepal’s first Constituent Assembly (CA) was elected in April 2008. The assembly was one of the principal outcomes of the People’s Movement of 2006 and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2007, the latter of which brought an end to the...

Closing the Gaps: Nepal’s Marginalized Communities

January 12, 2014

Nepal’s constitution-making process has received limited participation from women and ethnic minorities. With a voter turnout of 70%, a new sense of optimism has emerged following Nepal’s November 19 elections — an exercise in reconciliation and democracy that held the potential...

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...