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Bureaucracy & Corruption In Nepal, Kantipur FM Commentaries

Kantipur FM Commentary: Wild Nepal I

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In a country where the connected and the powerful make sure that the law applies only to the poor, how can we trust what the government says?

A reproduction of the March 12 (1998) Kantipur FM episode of the Malboro Music Network program in which I talked about an issue surrounding wild life contraband.

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Kantipur FM Commentaries

Kantipur FM Commentary: Height of Mount Everest and That of Rudeness

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reproduction of a commentary on Nepalese beauty pageant contestants that I made in 1998 on the radio show I used to host on Kantipur FM. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: Height of Mount Everest and That of Rudeness

Bureaucracy & Corruption In Nepal, Kantipur FM Commentaries

Kantipur FM Commentary: Something (is) Rotten in The City of Kathmandu

Reading Time: 9 minutes The two rivers in Kathmandu, Bishnumati and Bagmati, are heavily polluted by raw sewage, among other things. How did it come be and why is that still the case? My commentary on Kantipur FM programs the week of March 23-26, 1998. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: Something (is) Rotten in The City of Kathmandu

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: Education And Change

Reading Time: 4 minutes To improve a system, just introducing a change is, of course, insufficient. The nature of the change and how it’s implemented is as equally important, if not more important. But that, I argue in this Kantipur FM commentary, is missed by those steering the transformation of our education system in Nepal. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: Education And Change

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: School Fees And Social Status II

Reading Time: 3 minutes The wolf of educational institutions in Kathmandu fleece parents. The parents willingly oblige and pay up because of the culture of associating high school fees with social status. Folks, a win-win situation like no other, what’s the problem?! . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: School Fees And Social Status II

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: School Fees And Social Status I

Reading Time: 3 minutes In this show, i talked about the scam some private educational institutions in Nepal engage in. To make a lot of profits, they charge really high fees, which families lap up as social status symbol.

Sadly, the more expensive the school, the more the bragging rights of the parents! . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: School Fees And Social Status I

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: The Business of Education I

Jayjeev preparing Raithane school students for some basketball drills and a game! (Click here for more photos.)

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Reproduction of the February 2, 1998 episode of the Kantipur FM, Marlboro Music Network radio show, in which I talk about how private schools could be a really profitable business. They are able to fleece families of their students.

One of the ways they do that is by logging multiple charges for the same service, describing it using difficult-to-decipher acronyms and/or terms.

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Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: SLC — An Exercise in Futility and Unreliability

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the March 29, 1998 episode of the Kantipur FM, Marlboro Music Network radio show, I talk about the peculiarities of SLC by comparing my class’ end-of-year examination results to that of SLC to show why it is an exercise in futility and unreliability. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: SLC — An Exercise in Futility and Unreliability

In & Around Kathmandu, Kantipur FM Commentaries

Kantipur FM Commentary: What’s in a Name?

Reading Time: 5 minutes My commentary on my Kantipur FM radio show about names — names of peoples, names of schools etc. — in the late nineties. A name, it turns out, is associated with image and status! . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: What’s in a Name?

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Migrant Laborer

Kantipur FM Commentary: The Price Unskilled Laborers Pay…

Reading Time: 3 minutes The plight of Nepalese migrant workers as discovered in 1998 and commented on in my radio show I used to host on Kantipur FM. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: The Price Unskilled Laborers Pay…