Nepal | September 20, 2020

Cabals and Cartels: Book launched in socially-distanced event

“Cabals and Cartels are the bane of prosperity and democratic stability”

THT Online
Share Now:

KATHMANDU: Rajib Upadhya, a formal journalist and longtime development professional, has come out with a book that argues that the cabals and the cartels, the dark underbelly of the transitioning Nepal, will hollow out every prospect for the change that we are still pining for if they are left to their devices.

The book was launched amidst a few journalists in a socially-distanced setting, today.

The launch was followed by a panel discussion among the writer, economists Biswo Poudel, Hima Bista, and senior journalist Kishore Nepal.

Speaking at the launch, Kishore Nepal said, “Rajib Upadhya’s book is a vivid portrait of contemporary Nepal. Many books are written about Nepal in English, but most of them are of touristy type. In Cabals and Cartels, Rajib digs deep into the painful realities of the nation.”

“A gripping tapestry of interwoven events that characterises Nepal’s transformation from a multiparty monarchy fighting against  insurgency and poverty to a secular republic fighting against poverty,” one of the panelists Biswo Poudel said, describing the book as as engrossing memoir of a skilled raconteur. He further said the writer has  incisively observed “the local elites responsible for these epochal events in his capacity as an employee at the World Bank” and supplemented “his observations with the deep and precise understanding of the local political context.”

Another panelist, Hima Bista, who is a development professional said that “Cabals and Cartels is an outstanding narrative of political and economic transitions. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinth of international aid, its vices and virtues especially during and after the conflict.”

Upadhya, while sharing his own experiences, said that he wanted to expose his readers to the grave risks that the cabals and the cartels pose to democratic stability and equitable prosperity.

“I felt I needed to present the evidence as to how they distort the priorities of our state and market institutions and distract us from our national goals. I wanted to make the case as to why extricating ourselves of the cabals and cartels is so central to Nepali society liberating itself from the past.”

Dr Devendra Raj Pandey has said that the book is an “absorbing tale of Nepal’s trials and tribulations in a challenging period is remarkable both for the depth of analysis and the breadth of its coverage.”

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 1204 new cases, 1447 recoveries, 11 fatalities recorded on Saturday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 904,706 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method have been carried wherei Read More...

K-pop superstars BTS celebrate S Korea's inaugural Youth Day sharing message of success

KATHMANDU: South Korea has celebrated its first nation Youth Day with the messages of success delivered by K-pop juggernaut BTS at the country's presidential office on September 19. Standing at podiums before South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the seven members spoke in turns about persevering f Read More...

Exes Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt get flirty re-enacting a raunchy scene

KATHMANDU: Former Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, who united for a live reading of a film got flirty while re-enacting a steamy scene. According to IANS, the couple, who got divorced in 2005, had united for a live reading of the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High along with Read More...

New deterrent provisions on the cards

Punishment for acid attack perpetrators seen as too less KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 19 Acid attack victim Muskan Khatun’s plea to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has moved the PM to bring stringent laws to curb such attacks. Khatun told THT she was happy the PM had agreed to bring stringent laws to Read More...

Late Nketiah strike gives Arsenal 2-1 win over West Ham

LONDON: A late goal from substitute Eddie Nketiah gave Arsenal a 2-1 home win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday after Michail Antonio's first-half strike for the visitors had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's 50th goal for the Gunners. West Ham were more organised Read More...

Curfew in Sarlahi to thwart communal clash

RAUTAHAT, SEPTEMBER 19 Sarlahi District Administration Office has imposed curfew in district headquarters Malangawa for 18 hours starting from 01:30pm today. The curfew will remain in place till 08:00am tomorrow. The DAO clamped the curfew after a clash broke out between people of two communit Read More...

Restoration of historical Ranipokhari almost completed

This is an example of how archaeologically important sites should be built KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 19 After nearly five-and-a-halfyears of desiccation followed by the 2015 earthquakes that destroyed the Balgopaleshwor temple in the middle of the pond, the authorities are very close to completing re Read More...

Protest seeking MP Chaudhary’s release

RAJBIRAJ, SEPTEMBER 19 A demonstration was staged in Saptari today demanding the release of the jailed member of the Parliament Resham Chaudhary. The protestors also sought for amendment in the Constitution. Speaking at the protest meeting today jointly organised by Janata Socialist Party and Read More...