What if… voters got to reject candidates?

Even though the Supreme Court ordered the implementation of ‘none of the above’ option in elections way back in 2014, political parties are yet to accept it, largely out of fear of rejection of their candidates

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… we didn’t need the National Assembly?

Influential political leaders want to be MPs as non-parliamentarians cannot become ministers for more than six months

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… Kathmandu had more open spaces?

The focus needs to be on creating multipurpose open spaces like football grounds and parks that can be used all-year-round | Photo: Pratik Rayamajhi/ApEx

Cilla Khatry

What if… (local) elections cannot be held on time?

Even though the constitution has given an additional six months in which to hold local elections after the term of the local bodies ends, it is mum on the political vacuum that could emerge thereafter | Photos: Pratik Rayamajhi/ApEx

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… the 1923 Nepal-Britain treaty was not signed?

The Prime Minister of Nepal and the British Envoy Lieutenant Colonel W. F. T. O’Connor in the Prime Minister’s Palace during the ceremony which marked the ratification of the Treaty between Great Britain and Nepal

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… there was a referendum on Hindu state?

In a public opinion poll conducted earlier this year by Sharecast Initiative Nepal, a NGO, 51.7 percent respondents said Nepal should be declared a Hindu state

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… the domestic help industry were regulated?

Apart from the fact that a lot of issues would either disappear or there would be sensible ways to fix them, the government’s involvement would also make domestic workers feel validated and valued

Cilla Khatry

What if… the MCC compact is not endorsed?

Even though bilateral relations may not suffer drastically over the compact’s failure, such an outcome will still have sizable consequences | Photo: MCC

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

What if… sanitary pads were made free?

What if sanitary pads were made free? Would more women use them? Or are there other factors that come between accessibility and use? | Photos: Pratik Rayamajhi

Priyanjali Karn

What if… the 2015 constitution had been delayed?

In the desperate post-earthquake days, all major parties had to compromise on their agendas to give the country a way out. But they failed to have Madhesi parties on board | Photo: RSS

Pratik Ghimire

What if… the constitution had been delayed?

While Kathmandu and many mountainous communities celebrated the constitution—which had been seven years in the making at a cost of around $5 billion—parts of Tarai-Madhes marked it as a ‘black day’ | Photo: RSS

Pratik Ghimire

What if… we could drastically reduce our waste?

If Kathmandu were to reduce consumption and segregate waste, Banchare Danda, an under-construction landfill site in Nuwakot, won’t go the Sisdol-way

Cilla Khatry

What if… there were no Tootle or Pathao?

If Kathmandu didn’t offer ride-sharing services, many, especially women without their own vehicles, wouldn’t be able to work odd hours that various competitive jobs sometimes ask for, further tipping the scale in men’s favor

Cilla Khatry

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