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Urgent action needed as delayed rain threatens Nepal's Terai, by Menaka Hamal (rep 05/05/2024)

Madhes-based parties form working alliance (kh 10/03/2024)

Growing Yadav-Raut rivalry unfolds at foundation-laying event : Observers call it ‘vote-bank politics’ (kp 23/01/2024)

Rajendra Mahato to form new political party, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep 28/12/2023) [There can't be enough completely superfluous parties led by failed old politicians!]

Arresting the urban decline in Madhesh : Can federalism and the empowerment of local governments help reverse the movement of population?, by CK Lal (kp 20/12/2023)

Survey shows bleak picture of nutrition in Tarai : Reports high prevalence of an acute form of malnutrition, by Arjun Poudel (kp 14/12/2023)

A traffic jam in Jaleshwar : At least in Madhesh, federalism has little to do with better governance and faster development, by CK Lal (kp 22/11/2023)

Cultural portrait of Birgunj: It is what gives the city its character, by Abhishek Jha (ht 20/09/2023)

The outcasts : Nepalis at the grassroots for whom grassroots democracy has not delivered, by Chandra Kishore (nt 01/09/2023)

Girls’ ratio to boys markedly low in big cities and districts bordering India : Widening gap between their numbers could create gender imbalance in long run, by Arjun Poudel (kp 24/08/2023)

Misguided modernity in Madhesh : Change in consumption patterns is partly attributable to higher income due to remittance, by CK Lal (kp 05/07/2023)

Struggle Of Madhes For Federal Republic, by Amarendra Yadav (rn 26/05/2023)

Lal Commission report: Truth and lies : Shelving a report that could speak of security personnel’s wrongdoing will give rise to impunity, by Dipendra Jha (kp 23/05/2023) [Anything that contradicts the interests of the ruling elite must not be published. People's fundamental right to information is being disregarded. This has been similar with regard to the social and cultural data of the latest population census.]

How language reflects social and racial prejudices against Madhesh, by Sushant Nepali (rep 22/05/2023)

The Hindutva template of hegemony : The controversy over Bhanubhakta’s statue shows the emancipation of the subaltern is a long process, by CK Lal (kp 10/05/2023)

Reading for healing in Tikapur : For provincial and local governments, literature festivals are relatively low-cost promotional events, by CK Lal (kp 12/04/2023)

Bara-2 by-election further polarises Madhesh politics : The ‘working alliance’ formed during Vice President election is disintegrating, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 31/03/2023)

Democratic socialist, Janamat, Nagarik Unmukti agree for working alliance (rn 12/03/2023), Three regional parties join hands. Many see it as an alliance against Yadav : With their 14 seats in the House in total, against the JSP’s 12, the three parties expect to have more bargaining power, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/03/2023)

Wishful longing of Madheshi NRNs : The higher a Madheshi reaches in professional life abroad, the more intense their desire for change at home, by CK Lal (kp 01/03/2023)

Madhesh parties eye presidency as major forces remain at loggerheads : Analysts aren’t much hopeful citing division and discord among regional forces, byNishan Khatiwada (kp 23/02/2023)

Govt requests Prez for clemency to MP Chaudhary (rep 17/02/2023)

Fogbound Tarai : The thick winter fog in the plains is a metaphor for the country’s purposeless politics , by Chandra Kishore )nt 18/02/2023)

Nagarik Unmukti Party MP Arun Kumar Chaudhary arrested (kh 02/02/2023), Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Arun Kumar Chaudhary sent to custody : Kailali District Court had convicted Chaudhary in 2013 on charges of setting a tractor on fire. The party has warned of protests against his arrest (nlt 03/02/2023), Nagarik Unmukti Party lawmaker Arun Chaudhary arrested over 12-year-old arson : Party says it is shocked by the arrest and may withdraw support to government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/02/2023)

Janamat party will decide on ruling coalition support by Sunday: Minister Khan (kh 21/01/2023), RSP and RPP chip away at Madhesh parties’ bargaining power : Parties like Janata Samajbadi and Loktantrik Samajbadi find themselves ignored in power-sharing negotiations, by Nishan Khatiwat (kp 21/01/2023) [No matter which party, it is always primarily about the personal power positions of their leaders, never about the country and its people!]

Madhesh as the flagbearer of federalism has some way to go to cement gains : Madheshi leaders have been most vocal about the need to strengthen provinces and, by extension, federalism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 14/01/2023)

Nagarik Unmukti Party chooses opposition bench in parliament (kh 08/01/2023)

Janamat and Unmukti Party sign 12-point agreement : Agreement includes unity between the two parties (kh 08/01/2023),
Janmat, NUP sign 12-point pact, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/01/2023)

Janamat Party seeks performance details from people’s representatives (kh 03/01/2022)

CK Raut’s oath in ‘Madheshi’ language ruffles feathers : Madheshi Commission writes to Parliament Secretariat seeking a clarification on why some lawmakers were administered the oath in ‘Madheshi’ language, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 24/12/2022) [???]

Can two regional parties stay true to their agenda? Janamat Party and Nagarik Unmukti Party should learn from the failures of big Madhesh parties, experts advise, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 22/12/2022)

Melancholy of the Madheshi intelligentsia : Except Madhesh, all other provinces are patterned after the old regional administrative system, by CK Lal (kp 21/12/2022)

We’ll side with the party that takes ownership of our demands, interview with CK Raut (ae 15/12/2022))

'Janmat Party's victory reflects people's desire for change', interview with CK Raut (ht 13/12/2022)

Janamat Party sending 5 members to HoR (kh 09/12/2022)

UML’s win changes Madhesh calculus : The shape of federal government will have significant bearing on the coalition in Janakpur, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 05/12/2022)

Madheshi Commission cautions against use of invective (kh 05/12/2022)

Maoist and Madhesh-based parties see steep decline in electoral politics : The parties that emerged as major political forces from the 2006 people’s movement are now losing their appeal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/12/2022)

The shifting political tide in Madhes, by Manika Jha (ae 01/12/2022)

In Madhesh, political ground is shifting : Fourteen years after the Madhesh movement, voters have punished its major faces in the recent polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/11/2022), CK Raut’s Janamat Party emerges as a strong regional force : His victory surprised many as his party’s performance during the May local elections had been dismal, Abdhesh Kumar Jha & Santosh Singh (kp 24/11/2022)

‘Hope in short supply in Madhesh this election season’ : Political analyst Tula Narayan Shah on how observers see the political scenario and how are the Madhesh-based parties expected to fare in the upcoming provincial and national elections (interview) (kp 31/10/2022)

What’s wrong with regional parties? Most of them have grown weaker after deviating from their popular agendas, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 22/10/2022)

Division in Madhesh forces darkens their electoral prospects : Two major parties in Madhesh pitted against each other will fare worse this time than in last elections, analysts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 12/10/2022), The loneliness of Madheshi politicos : The story of the struggles, successes and limitations of Madheshi politicians in Nepal, by CK Lal (kp 12/10/2022)

Janantantrik Terai Mukti Morcha merges into RPP (kh 05/10/2022)

Madhesh parties struggle to stay relevant in their heartland : As regional parties drift from core Madhesh issues, big parties try to cash in on growing public frustration, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 01/10/2022) [The responsibility lies equally with their leaders and the machinations of the major parties! The loser will be the Madheshi people.]

Leaders of Madheshi parties making a beeline for the UML : Observers term the election-time defections rank opportunism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 17/09/2022) [Better call it betrayal of the interests of Madheshi people because of selfish motives of their so-called leaders!]

Pathos of collective humiliation in Madhesh : Elections may come, elections may go, but the struggles of Madheshis will have to continue to establish themselves as ‘the People’, by CK Lal (kp 14/09/2022)

Education in Madhes (ht 14/09/2022)

Beset by disputes and splits, Madhesh parties are fighting for relevance in their own base : Janata Samajbadi and Loktantrik Samajbadi are in negotiations with bigger parties eying better prospects in November polls, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 19/08/2022)

Resham Chaudhary won election from hiding. His 5-month-old party claims Tikapur when he is in jail : Tharus who feel they were shortchanged by the state have spoken through the ballot, activists and analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/05/2022)

Voters in Birgunj are perplexed as to who to vote for because of alliance politics : Since the Madhes Movement, the parties that championed it have splintered and ultimately joined hands with the forces they once rebelled against, puzzling voters, Tufan Neupane and Bhusan Yadav (kp 01/05/2022)

In Madhes Province, voters turning away from Madhes-based parties, by Mukesh Pokhrel (rec 20/04/2022)

Government positive to address demands of Janamat Party: Home Minister Khand (rep 15/04/2022) [Election campaign tactics send their regards!]

How remittance is fuelling agricultural risks and unplanned sprawl : In 1989, the urban cover occupied just 221.1 sq km of the Tarai, but this had increased to 930.22 sq km by 2016. Agriculture’s share in the GDP has fallen markedly over a decade, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 14/04/2022)

It is govt responsibility to grant citizenship to people: JSP Chairman Yadav (rep 27/03/2022)

Alienation of Muslims in Madhesh : The ‘othering’ of the most significant minority will probably require more effort from civil society, by CK Lal (kp (kp 16/02/2022)

Janamat Party leaders meet Home Minister Khand (kh 11/02/2022)

anamat Party Chair Raut warns of obstructing elections if farmers’ demands not addressed (kh 09/02/2022)

CK Raut-led Janamat Party obstructs East-West Highway (kh 03/02/2022), CK Raut’s Janamat party postpones highway-centric agitation (kh 04/02/2022)

CK Raut’s cadres attack a doctor in Janakpur (nlt 26/01/2022), CK Raut’s cadres vandalize Mayor’s vehicle in Sarlahi : Janamat Party cadres clash with police in Janakpur (kh 26/012022), Tear gas fired to disperse protestors from disrupting elections (rep 26/01/2022), Madhes Province issues order to book violent Janamat Party cadres (kh 27/01/2022)

CK Raut-led Janamat party announces protest programs (kh 17/01/2022)

Janamat Party stages protest rally in Gaur (ht 15/01/2022)

What is CK Raut up to? After earning opprobrium for being a secessionist for a long time and then receiving praises for joining mainstream politics respecting Nepali sovereignty, CK Raut is again in the headlines. Is he doing politics the right way?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt  05/01/2022)

Police open fire on CK Raut’s party cadres, five injured (kh 02/01/2022) [The police shot at these people just because they were demonstrating? Not even in the case of damage to property would the use of firearms have been appropriate!], At least 16 injured as Janamat Party cadres clash with security personnel in Dhanusa : Eight security personnel and eight party cadres have been injured so far. Authorities are still trying to bring the situation under control, said police (kp 02/01/2021)

Janamat party members vandalise private vehicles on East-West Highway (rep 26/12/2021), [So this is what you call "non-violent", Mr Raut?], CK Raut cadres block highway in Siraha : Vandalize trucks and other vehicles (kh 26/12/2021), Prohibitory order in place in Siraha in view of Janamat Party-led strike (kh 28/12/2021), Prohibition order issued in Siraha till tomorrow: Gathering limited to five people (rep 28/12/2021), Siraha lifts prohibitory order as situation turns into normalcy (kh 29/12/2021), Six parties protest against strike (ht 29/12/2021)

Disillusionment of Madhesi mainstreamers : Madhesis have been hamstrung with conflicting emotions of conformism and confrontation, by CK Lal (kp 10/11/2021)

CK Raut’s party resorts to hooliganism : The party, which renounced plans to continue agitating for ‘free Mades’ to join mainstream politics, has been taking action against people’s representatives and officials, by Manika Jha (ae 28/10/2021)

Hridayesh Tripathi to form a new party (rep 27/08/2021) [Put an end to the moronic factionalism within all the major parties! Every party leader needs his own party! This will provide much needed political stability?!]

Govt signs 6-point deal with Tharuhat/Tharuwan Struggle Committee (kh 01/06/2021) [This agreement will probably not be worth the paper it is printed on either!], Government agrees to take initiatives for the release of Resham Chaudhary and other Tharu leaders : They had been convicted for their involvement in the 2015 Tikapur riots in which nine died. The release has been a long-standing demand of the Janata Samajbadi Party which is in talks to join the government (kp 01/06/2021)

Govt appoints Chairman, officials of President Chure Terai Madhesh Conservation Development Board (kh 02/04/2021) [As usual, all 6 functionaries belong to the traditional hill castes: 5 Brahmins, 1 Chhetri.]

Bomb blast at Lahan’s Land Revenue Office, three injured, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 14/03/2021), Lahan Blast: Pamphlets of Jay Krishna Goit-led Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha recovered from incident site, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 14/03/2021), Tarai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha’s leaflet found in Lahan blast, by Kamalesh Thakur (kh 14/03/2021), Eight injured, two critically, in a blast at a government office in SirahaThe explosion, for which Jaya Krishna Goit-led group has taken responsibility, shows radical forces continue to exist and they should be brought to the talks table, analysts say, by Bharat Jarghamagar and Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/03/2021) [Only a few days ago, PM Oli claimed that there was no militancy left in Nepal, except for the one he had started. That was probably a false statement!]

Next agitation will bring Madhesi parties to size, says Raut (ht 19/01/2021)

Attractive Land For Holiday Makers, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (rn 18/12/2020)

Covid-19 becomes barrier to cross-border marriages, by Bhawani Bhatta and Tripti Shahi (kp 21/11/2020)

मधेसमा राष्ट्रियताको प्रवद्र्धन जरुरी [Promotion of nationality is necessary in Madhes] , by Shyam Prasad Mainali (Rajdhani 09/11/2020)

Protests flare up in Province 2 against citizenship amendment bill: Janata Samajbadi leaders warn of intensifying their protests if the bill is not withdrawn (kp 01/07/2020)

What is CK Raut doing now?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 15/05/2020)

The western Tarai is urbanising rapidly and all at the expense of agricultural land: The rapid expansion of urban areas into arable land can have serious consequences for food security and environmental sustainability, concludes a new study, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/02/2020)

Much ado about nothing: Madhesi parties should shed off their Madhesiness and become part of national politics by joining any of the national parties they consider will have clout to push for Madhesi agenda, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 28/01/2020) [None of the two big national parties ist interested to support this agenda!]

Nepal’s Tarai is over-run by cattle: Shelters are overwhelmed by growing problem of abandoned livestock, by Sonam Lama (nt 24/01/2020)

Thirteen years on, Madhes movements, despite some momentum, remain incomplete: While representation, inclusion and federalism have materialised, their effectiveness and institutionalisation continue to be contested, analysts say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/01/2020)

CK Raut slams Tarai-based parties (ht 21/01/2020)

Leaders yet to return money borrowed from martyrs’ families, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 19/01/2020)

The adoption of multilingualism in Province 2 is significant: Among the changes that are going to have a long-term effect on people’s self-esteem and opportunities is language, by Pramod Mishra (kp 02/01/2020)

Every winter, the poor in Tarai are left to battle the cold alone: Although the authorities provide help, it comes too little too late, say locals, by Nabin Paudel (kp 30/11/2019)

Raut’s party holds mass rally in capital against ‘discrimination’ (rep 24/11/2019)

Naming Province 2, capital: Why the delay? The delay also exhibits the incompetence of the provincial government as the issue of the province’s name and its capital is related to its ‘identity’, for which all the three previous Madhesh Andolans were organised, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht 20/11/2019)

Dahal at odds with govt over Kailali lynchings: By siding with the Tharu people, Dahal has put himself at odds with many of his NCP colleagues who see the Kailali massacre as the most gruesome crime post-Maoist insurgency (rep 09/09/2019)

Looking back in melancholy at the events of September 2015: Madhesis have forgiven but not forgotten, by CK Lal (kp 04/09/2019)

Tharuhat-Tharuwan conference begins (ht 25/08/2019), Tharu community stresses reconciliation but will not give up on its demands: Participants at a conference marking four years of the Tikapur incident said that they would launch a decisive movement for a Tharuhat province, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 26/08/2019), Tharuhat-Tharuwan National Conference concludes (ht 27/08/2019)

A semblance of calm has returned to Tikapur, but the demands of Tharus remain unaddressed: Marking four years since the Tikapur incident, where nine people were killed, a three-day conference hopes to address demands and maintain social harmony, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/08/2019)

Tarai communities more prone to abuse and torture in police custody, report says: Advocacy Forum says marginalised communities and women are more likely to be abused and tortured in detention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/06/2019)[See statement by Advocacy Forum - Nepal]

Govt told to issue citizenship by descent to Birgunj denizen (ht 08/06/2019)

The importance of dialectics, by Tejendra Pherali (kp 22/05/2019)

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal asks government to make Lal report public: Party says it will obstruct House proceedings until the report on Tarai protest is out, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/05/2019)

Developing Madhes: If Prime Minister Oli and Chairman Dahal are truly concerned about Madhesi welfare, they should work to tame Koshi floods and put in place a mechanism to harness Kosi water, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 17/04/2019)

‘Taming secessionists an achievement’ , by Jagdishor Panday (ht 15/04/2019) [There is obviously some misunderstanding, Mr Oli. CK Raut claims that you agreed on a referendum on secession; that's why he formed the 'Referendum Party'!]

No future for Madhes-based parties: CK Raut (ht 14/04/2019)

Beginning of new inning: Ineptitude of the subsequent governments had propelled CK Raut to become a prominent leader of Madhes from an insignificant figure, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 04/04/2019)

Slicing the Madhesi pie: Raut’s Janmat Party is elbowing its way into an already crowded political landscape, by Brahmanand Thakur (kp 03/04/2019)

What next for CK Raut? CK Raut’s party can take up irrigation as main agenda for ending extreme poverty in Madhesh and turning agriculture into the pivot for region’s growth and modernization, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 27/03/2019)

CK Raut launches Janamat Party (rep 19/03/2019), After quitting ‘Free Madhes’ campaign, CK Raut launches a new party: Raut’s Janamat Party vows to continue  struggle for the rights of people, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/03/2019), Hasty deal with Raut: Both contracting parties have interpreted the agreement as per their convenience, by Kushal Pokharel (kp 19/03/2019), Congress demands government to explain ‘jana abhimat’ in its pact with CK Raut, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/03/201)

Raut’s outfit meeting today to ‘chart future course’ (rep 17/03/2019), Raut’s outfit endorses 11-pt agreement signed with govt, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 18/03/2019)

After deal with CK Raut, the guessing game continues: Raut aide hints at a new party, but analysts say  the activist has been co-opted by the establishment, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/03/2019), No question of referendum on sovereignty and national integrity, PM Oli says: Those claiming that the second point of the agreement means referendum  are ‘trying to create rumours among the public’, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/03/2019)

Government scrambles to explain ‘jana abhimat’, a phrase in the agreement signed with CK Raut: After a barrage of questions, home minister tells lawmakers the term is nowhere close to referendum, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/03/2019), Peace overtures: Caution must be exercised over  interpretation of the deal with CK Raut (kp 11/03/2019)

Oli’s aim for political mileage and Raut’s quest for safe landing led to 11-point deal: Pact sends strong message against secessionist politics, but its implementation remains a challenge, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2019), A section in the ruling party objects to most of the points in pact with Raut: Text of agreement is flawed and it may widen intra-party rift, party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/03/2019)

CK Raut quits secessionist fight, joins mainstream politics: In an agreement with the government, Raut commits to honouring  the sovereignty, territorial integrity and dignity of the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/03/2019)

Tikapur residents fear possible unrest over court’s order to imprison 11 people: The authorities, on their part, have beefed up  security in Tikapur to control possible violence, by Ganesh Chaudhary and Arjun Shah (kp 09/03/2019)

Apex court releases CK Raut on general date; probe into him continues, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/03/2019)

Betraying Madhes: Madhesi leaders don’t care about real needs of Madhesi people. They don’t serve people and they have no compunction that they are not serving, by Jivesh Jha (rep 20/02/2019)

Police seize Ram Manohar’s body on the way to funeral: Hundreds of supporters of the Free Madhes movement showed up  for the last rites despite the arrest of scores by the authorities, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/02/2019)

Madhes movement demonstrator appeals to state for treatment, by Santosh Singh (kp 21/01/2019)

Twelve years on: Decades had happened in the first few weeks of 2007, it will most definitely happen again. History doesn’t repeat itself only as tragedy and farce, sometimes it does push the society forward, by CK Lal (rep 21/01/2019)

12 years after Madhes Movement, gains are yet to be institutionalised: Dissatisfaction persists among Madhesis as parties seem to have lost the plot, by Tika Ram Pradhan (kp 20/01/2019)

No end to ‘slavery’ in some Madhes communities: Oppressed people demand right to land and dignified life, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep 29/12/2018)

Winter affects Musahar families in RautahatThe government’s housing programme fails to  deliver new homes to 25 Musahar families, by Shiva Puri (kp 26/12/2018)

11 Janatantrik morcha men give up arms (kp 13/12/2018)

CK Raut remanded to judicial custody, by Shiva Puri (kp 07/12/2018)

Politics, Morality and Madhes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/12/2018)

Government launches Tarai prosperity programme (kp 24/10/2018)

Govt working on amendment to address Madhes demands: Minister (rep 10/10/2018)

Constitution continues to be controversial: 3 years on, Madhesis mourn the promulgation of the statute, by Abha Lal (Record 02/10/2018)

East – West City: Nepal’s Tarai is turning into one endless elongated metropolis, by Mukesh Pokhrel (nt 21/09/2018)

Locals in border areas terrified by Indian Police, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep 02/09/2018)

Prosperity programme: 21 Tarai districts to get Rs 5 million each; The government has allocated Rs2.03 billion to implement the programme which will go tothe local units as a conditional grant (kp 31/08/2018)

Marxism in Madhes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 26/08/2018)

Madhes movement campaigners decry discriminatory relief, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 25/07/2018)

Is no one responsible? A recent NHRC report on the Maleth incident undermines its intensity, by Kalpana Jha (kp 23/07/2018)

PM Oli proposes integrated plan to develop Tarai (kp 21/07/2018)

The contrived consensus: Through relentless misinformation, public opinion has been manipulated to purvey the belief that nationalism is higher value than democratic practices or even humanitarian concerns, by CK Lal (rep 18/06/2018)

The Modi ripples: Pandering to the masses by playing divisive politics is a cheap way of gaining publicity. Playing victim card forever is no solution to Madhes, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 24/05/2018)

Significance of symbolism: There is nothing Maithil or Madhesi about the Kurta-Suruwal ensemble the Premier-duo donned, but it blended so well with the Mughal-Rajput architecture in the background, by CK Lal (rep 21/05/2018)

Connected through borders: Madhes should have used this as an opportunity to reveal its vision on how it seeks to engage with the Indian establishment, by Kalpana Jha (kp 16/05/2018)

Remembering Maleth: A year after Maleth tragedy political temperature has cooled down. Sworn ‘enemies’ of the past have now become ‘friends’, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 15/03/2018)

Social harmony getting stronger in Tarai, caste-based discrimination decreasing, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 04/03/2018)

Paradoxical Madhes: Common Madhesis may demand political rights but fall short in providing social rights to their own, by Pramod Mishra (kp 01/03/2018)

Rusting of resistance: Madhesh has lost another round to the PEON, but struggle for dignity, equality, autonomy and identity is invariably a long one, by CK Lal (rep 26/02/2018)

Dark new world of Madhes: Spineless regional rabble-rousers have been allowed to dictate the fate of the masses, by Atul K. Thakur (kp 21/02/2018)

Special Court acquits 33 people of sedition charges (ht 16/02/2018)

Borrowed words: Those in power and those who seek equality must borrow only good things that help expand their vocabulary - and their horizon, by Pramod Mishra (kp 15/02/2018)

Walking through poverty: The living condition of people in Madhes is no different to how it was some 50 years back. The same straw and mud dwellings and dirt roads pervade the region, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 08/01/2018)

A flood of migration: Floods in the Tarai repeatedly inundate villages, submerging villagers in poverty, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 05/01/2018)

Politics of Government Formation and Trajectory of Violence in Province 2, by Govinda Bhattarai (rn 31/12/2017)

After polls, Madhesi people now want development, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 19/12/2017)

Caste discrimination hampering development in Tarai, says Yadav (ht 17/12/2017)

Terai-Madhes unrest probe commission submits report to govt (rep 16/12/2017)

Building a bridge Why can’t Madhesis and those who look like them, Indians from across the border, visit Pashupatinath without being called names?, by Ram Manohar Sah (rep 16/12/2017)

A lot has healed but scars remain: Two years after a deadly violence in the Tharu heartland, the political landscape has changed dramatically; The raw energy and anger that fuelled the Tharu protests across the mid- and far-western Tarai in 2015 has lessened substantially, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp 04/12/2017), Whither Madhes movement?, by Govinda Bhattarai (rep 05/12/2017)

The democratic treatment: Sooner or later, the commitment of Madhesi intellectuals to achieve equality will be translated into political action; The path that Upendra Yadav and Ashok Rai’s party has shown by forming Janajati-Madhesi alliances and transcending differences in caste, ethnicity and region is the political version of what Madhesi intellectuals have begun to articulate, by Pramod Mishra (kp 28/09/2017)

Connecting the dots: The evolving narrative of exploitation and domination established by the Madhesi uprising is only a part of a much larger national story, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 18/09/2017)

Changing Discourse Of Madhes Politics, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 17 September 2017)

The state of the race: Holding elections without addressing concerns is not sufficient to placate the population in the Tarai (kp11/09/2017), Madhesi rights movement will continue even though RJP-N has entered elections, interview with Tula Narayan Shah, executive director of the Nepal Madhesh Foundation (kp 11/09/2017), The amendment farce: Madhesis feel let down by their parties as they have painted themselves into a corner, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 12/09/2017)

Undeclared borders: The centre has created a cut-off point defined by physical boundaries and devised mechanisms that perpetuate difference, by Kalpana Jha (kp 08/08/2017)

Whither past deals? Ignoring Madhesi grievances will not make them go away; they have to be addressed, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 04/08/2017)

Flood victims: Were Madhesi protests genuine?, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 12/07/2017)

No quick fix: Madhesi leaders do disservice to their constituents when they time and again ask “Are we there, yet?”, by Mukesh Khanal (rep 11/07/2017)

Gorkhaland And Madhes Movements, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 01/07/2017)

Madhes and Nepali Congress: Forgotten roots; BP and his Congress party prevailed in the 1959 general election, winning 72 of 109 seats. Congress won nearly all its seats in Madhes, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 28/06/2017)

Hindu by default: There cannot be Madhesi liberation if it is only for non-cow eating, pious, caste-rule abiding Hindus, by Abha Lal (rep 28/06/2017)

Cheated and silenced, the voters in the Terai will go to the polls with a heavy heart, by Anurag Acharya (The Record 25/06/2017)

olution To Terai Political Dispute Primary Role of Water Resources, by A.B. Thapa (sp 23/06/2017)

Moderating with moderates, by Chandra Kishor (nt 23/06/2017)

The deep south: Janakpur is bustling once again, but there are political issues that need to be resolved, by Deepak Chaudhary (kp 21/06/2017)

The conformist impulse: Why is a section of Madhesi bourgeoisie eager to play on a tilted ground with unreliable rules, partisan linesman, indifferent audience, and unfair umpires?, by CK Lal (rep 05/06/2017)

Sense and sentiments: When intelligentsia, political class and public intellectuals fail to take clear stands, the whole debate flies into abstractions, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 24/05/2017)

Vote counting in hills excites tarai folks, by Ritesh Tripathi (ht 19/05/2017)

Experts against increasing number of local units in Tarai (rep 18/05/2017)

Schools of schisms: The thought seems to be that if difference is unaddressed, it will cease to exist and to shape people’s experiences. That is not so, by Abha Lal (rep 18/05/2017)

Janakpur and Ayodhya: Age-old bonds; It is important to link Janakpur and Ayodhya not only through roads but also through railways, airways and optical fibres, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 17/05/2017)

Seeds of conflict: Discrimination and backwardness in the Madhes have created ripe conditions for unrest, by Deepak Chaudhary (kp 03/05/2017)

Too little, too late: While Madhesi people have faced bullets benefits have accrued mostly to a handful of Madhesi leaders, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 02/05/2017)

Clock ticking: In Birganj the election fever hasn’t caught on and there is still uncertainty about whether it will actually happen, by Sanjeev Sharma (nt 28/04/2017)

Madhes elections, by Manish Jha (nt 28/04/2017)

Who represents the Madhes? Parties that speak and work with people rather than for them can eventually win their hearts and minds, by Pramod Mishra (kp 27/04/2017)

RJP-N misses time to enlist for Phase I vote: New party only informs poll body about the merger of six Madhes-based parties to become RJP-N and demands ‘umbrella’ as its election symbol, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/04/2017)

House resumes as govt backs out: Lawmakers allowed registering amendments to the constitution amendment bill (rep 27/04/2017)

Six Madhes-based parties under one umbrella: Rastriya Janata Party ‘to step up protest’ to press for statute revision; Leaders rule out possibility of participating in polls slated for May 14 (kp 21/04/2017), Six UDMF constituents merge: Form Rastriya Janata Party; FSF-N not to be a part of the new entity (ht 21/04/2017), Six Madhes parties unify as polls loom closer, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 21/04/2017), Coming together: A day after five major parties agreed to go for local elections on 14 May with or without Madhes-based parties, six fringe parties from the Tarai announced unification, by Om Astha Rai (nt 21/04/2017)

UDMF struggles to resist poll aspirants despite boycott stance, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 21/04/2017)

SLMM activists clash with police in Gaur (kp 21/04/2017)

Lekhi’s party merges with Sadbhawana (kp 19/04/2017)

Police file sedition, organised crime charges against Raut (kp 17/04/2017) [?]

Need for black feminism: Madhesi women face double discrimination: one, as Madhesis and, two, as women, by Kalpana Jha (kp 14/04/2017)

Expressions of subalternity: The emergence of Yogi Adityanath in India may imply something dramatically different from what the PEON has been expecting, by CK Lal (rep 11/04/2017)

Over dozen leaders, cadres quit NMSP (ht 05/04/2017)

MJF-D, RJP decide to unify (ht 05/04/2017) [new name will be Nepal Loktantrik Forum and MJF-D Chairman Gachhadar will lead it], Threshold provision triggers merger of fringe parties: MJF-L, Rastriya Janamukti Party, Dalit Janajati Party become Nepal Loktantrik Forum Party, by Binod Ghimire and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/04/2017)

Number of voters in Tarai up by 15.46 pc, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/04/2017) [Nevertheless is the number of registered voters in the Tarai less than in the rest of the country even though the population is higher according to national census!]

Bid to form unified Madhesi party (ht 03/04/2017)

Three central leaders, 17 others quit Sadbhawana Party (ht 31/03/2017)

Madhes protests cost Saptari 11 lives in 19 months: Residents, leaders and activist call for peaceful protests, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 30/03/2017)

Madhesi Parties: A Force To Reckon With, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 30/03/2017)

Sadbhawana cadres, leaders quit (ht 30/03/2017)

Udayapur youths miffed at not being able to vote: They are not in the voters' list as DEO stopped registering names (ht 30/03/2017) [???]

Temporary police posts attract youths in Madhes (ht 30/03/2017)

Gachchhadar's party 'might' join NC (rep 20/03/2017) [???]

Did Terai People Need To Punish Madheshi Leaders?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 15/03/2017)

Madhesh is wasting: If all Madheshi leaders come under a single electoral umbrella, it would give the fight for Madheshi rights new boost and legitimacy, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 09/03/2017)

UML Campaign And Reactive Madhesi Front, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 05/03/2017)

Who is the Madhesi subaltern?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 24/02/2017)

CK Raut’s supporters held (kp 19/02/2017), Marchawar tense as CK Raut’s supporters clash with police, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 20/02/2017), It’s secession, stupid: Madheshi Morcha leaders echo CK Raut on several fronts, with only slight variances in their tone and phraseology, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 20/02/2017) [By the way, what about the social secession that is forced by Kamal Thapa and his RPP? Both the policies of Raut and Thapa are disintegrating and unconstitutional, only that Raut is imprisoned and Thapa is celebrated by mainstream Tagadhari politicians!], Life returns to normal in Rupandehi’s Marchawar (kp 21/02/2017)

Feminism in the margins, a Madhesi perspective: Madhesi women are not a topic of discussion, nor is their contribution acknowledged in the national discourse, by Rita Sah (kp 18/02/2017)

Tharu parties aim for unification, by Madan Chaudhary (rep 18/02/2017)

Local level restructuring: A few tweaks to report is what Morcha seeks; Calls for adding 100 units in Tarai to make recommendations acceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/02/2017)

Ten Years On, Madhes Still In Unrest, by Amarendra Yadav (rn 11/02/2017)

Kuchbadhiya kids deprived of education, by Janak Nepal (kp 10/02/2017)

MLP holds merger talks with like-minded Madhesi parties (kp 07/02/2017)

Morcha denies meetings with secessionist forces (kp 05/02/2017)

‘Free Madhes’ campaigner CK Raut arrested (kp 03/02/2017)

Politics In Terai: Fighting Fallacies And False Consciousness, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 29/01/2017) [?? In defence of non-inclusive male Tagadhari politics!]

Terai Turning Into A Soft Belly?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/01/2017)

10 years of madhes movement: Crucial gains, Madhesi leaders ask for more, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 17/01/2017), Ten years after: The Madhes movement has helped to make Madhesis more confident and assertive, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 18/01/2017), Nine years on, Madhes movement has lost what it gained, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 18/01/2017) [wants to say: ten years on]

Rotary of revolutions: Rudderless due to unawakened masses, Tarai-Madhesh remains almost leaderless even after a decade of the first major upheaval, by CK Lal (rep 16/01/2017)

Hausalpur locals deprived of state facilities (ht 05/01/2017)

Better luck next year: Madhesis will remember 2016 for the endless  political dialogue that yielded little, by Dipendra Jha (kp 03/01/2017)

Southern blues: Kathmandu should be cautious about how splinter ideology is spreading in Tarai due to its continuing negligence of the region, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 30/12/2016)

Federalism is the talk of the town in the Tarai: A year after the blockade, Janakpur seethes silently as Kathmandu debates constitutional amendments, by Kristina Shperlik (nt 30/12/2016)

Life in borderlands: Long accustomed to walking with bowed heads, Madheshis have begun to imitate Bihari swagger, by CK Lal (rep 05/12/2016)

Citizenship and naturalisation: Madhesis do not want provisions that might compromise their relations with people across the border, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (kp 29/11/2016)

CK Raut held with 33 supporters: Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj Yadav says they will be released after detailed investigation (kp 26/11/2016)

Forgotten citizens along the Nepal-India border, by Devendra Basnet (rep 23/11/2016)

Sunsari is hub for Indians seeking Nepali citizenship, by Amar Khadka (rep 15/11/2016)

The divide within: Invisibility of labourers in Kathmandu is compounded by their inability to negotiate with employers directly; The Madhesi migrant population in Kathmandu, heterogeneous as it is, remains outside the public fabric and does not participate in religious, communal or political events, by Dan V. Hirslund (kp 14/11/2016)

Message from Madhesh: A small section of Madheshis have always been in struggle with their government, but they lacked the internal organization and external linkages, by CK Lal (rep 07/11/2016)

Putting Madhes back on the map: High time for engagement, debates and finding a middle ground, by Shreya Paudel (kp 29/10/2016)

A ‘Madhise’ in the US: A Nepali waiter at an Indian restaurant was stunned when I told him I was a Nepali, by Bikash Gupta (kp 26/10/2016)

Madhes agitation: Govt to withdraw cases in 2 phases; Cabinet to wait for final hearing before taking any decision on cases sub judice in courts (kp 16/10/2016)

TMLP, SP intensify unification talks (kp 07/10/2016)

New bill will render Madhesi Commission toothless: Lawyers (ht 07/10/2016)

Country roads: The forever unfinished Postal Highway illustrates the low priority accorded to Madhes so far, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 04/10/2016)

One year on, blockade still fiercely aruged over, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/09/2016)

Political priority: Ordinary Madhesis should be made to feel that the government is doing its bit in addressing their demands, by Shreya Paudel (kp 09/08/2016)

Sorry about that: Madhesi social activists have started a campaign apologising for past discrimination, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 31/07/2016)

Billions in unspent dev budget for Tarai frozen (kp 21/07/2016)

Madhesi conundrum: Will it end soon?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 18/07/2016)

We are sorry: Political movement has failed to address the rampant social discrimination in Madhesh, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 12/07/2016)

Identifying with identity: Calling Madhesis “dhoti” might still be a popular racial slur, but it doesn’t offend Madhesis anymore, by Mukesh Jha (nt 08/07/2016)

In search of honesty: Apology campaign of the Madhesis is important because it shows Nepal a new way to live, by Pramod Mishra (kp 07/07/2016)

TMLP chairman hints at unification of Madhesi parties to boost protest (kp 28/06/2016)

TMLP convention begins in Nawalparasi (kp 21/06/2016), Khas not indigenous, says TMDP Chair Thakur (ht 21/06/2016), Veteran leader Thakur retains TMLP chair, by Narayan Sharma (kp 23/06/2016)

MJF-L eyes way out of govt: Dev (kp 12/06/2016)

TMLP ‘ready’ for its maiden convention (kp 09/06/2016)

Genuine issues: Unless Madhesi leaders address the real problems in the Tarai, people’s faith in them will not be restored, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp 15/05/2016)

Fear and hope in Birgunj, by Subhash Ghimire (10/05/2016)

Interaction held to review Madhes movement (rep 06/05/2016)

MJF-D holding General Convention today (ht 02/05/2016), MJF-L conclave gets under way: Renaming party on the agenda (kp 03/05/2016), Gachhadar retains MJF-L chair (kp 05/05/2016), MJF-L elects 42-strong central committee (kp 06/05/2016)

Citizenship of three persons scrapped: They had acquired the documents by providing fake details (ht 27/04/2016)

TMLP set to hold conclave in June: First general convention since party was formed in 2007 (kp 25/05/2016)

MJF-L’s first convention on May 2-4 (kp 17/04/2016)

Madhes-based parties gear up for general conventions: For many born after 2007 Madhes stir, this will be 1st leadership reshuffle (kp 01/04/2016))

Morcha insists govt drop charges against its leaders, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/03/2016) [??]

Tarai forces draw China’s attention to their agendas (kp 19/03/2016)

Noble ends through noble means: The blockade might have been lifted, but we are nowhere close to addressing real Madhesi grievances, by Rubeena Mahato (nt 18/03/2016), Madhes crisis: Swaraj enquires about progress; Geneva, Indian mission calls for ‘definite timeframe’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 18/03/2016)

Madhesi women in politics: Grooming at the grassroots urged (kp 15/03/2016)

Madhes still viewed as Kathmandu’s colony: Thakur, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 15/03/2016)

Morcha to submit memo to PM today: To launch strikes if demands not met (kp 11/03/2016), What next in the Madhes? Madhesi protesters are ready to go back to the streets again, but only if their leaders behave, by Jiyalal Sah (nt 11/03/2016), Time’s a-wasting If Madhesi and Tharu grievances are not addressed soon, radical forces will move in, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 11/03/2016)

Madhesh and India: The Madhesh issue cast a long shadow over almost all programs Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli attended while in India, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 05/03/2016)

At least 4,000 security personnel drawn back: As protests grew violent in early September, over 12,000 Nepal Police personnel  were deployed in nine ‘highly sensitive’ districts in the eastern and central Tarai, by Manish Gautam (kp 29/02/2016)

So near, yet so far: The question of Madhes lies at the heart of PM Oli’s visit to India; India is still sceptical of Oli, and it would be difficult to overcome this scepticism, given  the fact that Oli’s political strength comes from “nationalistic” people who will find it difficult to become friends with India, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 24/02/2016)

Nepal’s police in Madhesi-hunting spree (AHRC 24/02/2016)

Underground outfit JTJP army commander, two others arrested (ht 22/02/2016)

Birgunj bounces back as border closure ends, by Shankar Acharya (kp 20/02/2016)

Slow and steady: The Madhes movement has succeeded by failing—by not achieving its declared objectives, by Pramod Mishra (kp 18/02/2016)

FSF-Nepal expels two CC members (ht 14/02/2016)

NMSP, NSP, MJF-R to be inducted into UDMF; Gupta-led TMNC left out, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/02/2016), Three more Madhes-centric parties to join UDMF , by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 12/02/2016)

Mahato’s Sadbhawana Party plans new alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 11/02/2016)

The struggle continues: The loss of credibility of moderate Madheshi Morcha forces will create a vacuum in Tarai, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 11/02/2016)

Way down south: Internal divisions in Madhes are being used as a propaganda tool to dismiss its demands, by Kalpana Jha (kp 07/02/2016)

Grand alliance to revitalise protests (kp 01/02/2016)

Help pours in for families of Morang clash victims (kp 28/01/2016)

Transportation resumes after five months (ht 28/01/2016)

Local govt bodies could not hold council meet (kp 25/01/2016)

Whither Madhesi civil society? A redefinition of our democratic polity in a manner that empowers all the communities is required, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp 25/01/2016)

3 killed, 9 injured in Morang police firing, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 22/01/2016), 3 die in Morang at Youth Force function clashes; Fifteen others injured, by Binod Subedi (rep 22/01/2016), Woman among three killed in police firing (ht 22/01/2016), Tarai parties condemn Rangeli incident (ht 22/01/2016)

Reason for hope, by Biswas Baral (rep 15/01/2016), Near a deal: Fearful of anarchy and criminalisation, the Madhesi parties and Kathmandu are coming close to a deal, but will it last?, by Navin Jha (nt 15/01/2016), With us, or against us: Those blindly supporting the tactics of the Madhesi Front are the ones who have harmed the Madhesi people the most, by Rubeena Mahato (nt 15/01/2016)

Displaced police posts reinstated (kp 11/01/2016)

Protests, blockade affect life in Tarai, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 07/01/2016)

Birgunj hardest hit by ongoing Tarai banda, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 05/01/2016)

Sadbhawana Party chief in 2-day observation at Medanta Hospital, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 03/01/2016)

Border school claims years of SSB hassle, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 30/12/2015)

Prez Bhandari’s Janakpur visit sparks protests, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp 17/12/2015)

Thori area thrives amid blockade, by Shankar Acharya (kp 16/12/2015)

Morcha protests on the wane, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp 13/12/2015)

Madhesi parties for ‘tentative deal’ to end standoff: Also want rephrasing of proposal (kp 26/11/2015), SLMM continues to protest in Saptari: Health professionals demonstrate in Rajbiraj against police brutality; Federation of Nepali Journalists condemns police assault on reporters (kp 26/11/2015), Govt to ‘use force’ to keep highways open, by Manish Gautam (kp 26/11/2015)

Constitution amendment: Tarai parties’ nod to forwarding proposals (kp 25/11/2015), Protests for ‘undivided’ Jhapa-Morang-Sunsari, by Madhav Ghimire and Chetan Adhikari (kp 25/11/2015), SLMM cadres continue stir (kp 25/11/2015), ‘Referendum on disputed districts will have consequences’ (kp 25/11/2015), Women rights activists decry violence, embargo (kp 25/11/2015), Be Responsible To End Crisis, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 25/11/2015), Statute clarification campaign to be launched (ht 25/11/2015), Govt mixing nationalism, Madhesi concerns: Bhattarai (ht 25/11/2015), Dahal meets agitating Madhesi leaders (ht 25/11/2015), Blame game: Now that all parties have agreed to revise the constitution, it is time to de-escalate conflict and restart public dialogue, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 25/11/2015), Normalcy returns to Saptari after two days (ht 25/11/2015), All Saptari health facilities closed (ht 25/11/2015), UN Rights body concerned about fresh violence in Tarai districts (ht 25/11/2015)

Three-month-old child dies on way to hospital (kp 24/11/2015), Infant dies after agitators obstruct ambulance, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 24/11/2015), Three-month-old baby dies on way to hospital: Agitators stopped the ambulance carrying sick infant at several places, by Shyam Rai (ht 24/11/2015), Ambulance drivers halt services (kp 24/11/2015), Tensions simmer in eastern Tarai: Govt offices, police post torched in Saptari; Clashes at several places (kp 24/11/2015), Saptari tense; arson, vandalism on rise: Agitators defy curfew, set ablaze government buildings (ht 24/11/2015), Death of 3 persons sparks fierce protests in Saptari, Siraha, by Jitendra Kumar Jha ands Mithilesh Yadav (rep 24/11/2015), Seven NC lawmakers slam Saptari killings (ht 24/11/2015), Hospital disrupted for second day (ht 24/11/2015), Yadav calls for social harmony (kp 24/11/2015), UDMF leaders seek meaningful talks (ht 24/11/2015), Big parties agree to forward amendment bill: UDMF rejects bill (rep 24/11/2015), Parties agree to expedite constitution amendment, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/11/2015), Major parties ready to amend constitution: To seek consent of the agitating parties before tabling proposal in House, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 24/11/2015), NC seeks TMLP support on amendment (kp 24/11/2015), TMDP Chairperson Thakur rejects NC’s proposal: Says no to idea of using a mechanism to settle issue of provincial boundaries (ht 24/11/2015), Jhapa rallies against division (kp 24/11/2015), Khabardari Sabha held in Jhapa (h 24/11/2015t), Far-West ailing for want of life-saving medicines (kp 24/11/2015)

Madhes agitation historical, says Mahato (ht 24/11/2015)

At least 3 killed in Saptari: Over 30 protesters and 25 security personnel injured, by Jitendra Khadga (kp 23/11/2015), Three killed, 25 injured in police firing, by Byas Shankar Upadhyay (ht 23/11/2015), FSFN flays protesters’ killing in Tarai (ht 23/11/2015), NMA condemns police attack (kp 23/11/2015), Zonal hospital shut (ht 23/11/2015), Hundreds of vehicles stuck after shooting (ht 23/11/2015), Shooting in Saptari: Oli govt and Kathmandu’s civil society should urgently reach out to Madhes (kp 23/11/2015), Govt may seek army support if no improvement in 3 days, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 23/11/2015) [This remembers of Gyanendra's and Deuba's procedure in 2001/2!!], Both sides acting more tough as Madhes clashes escalate, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 23/11/2015), End violence (ht 23/11/2015), Six-party meet on Tarai unrest today (ht 23/11/2015), NC asks both sides to aid statute revision (kp 23/11/2015), NC pledges conditional support to the govt, by Ashok Dahal (rep 23/11/2015), Govt decides to quell violence: Central Security Committee headed by home minister mulls over stern measures against violent protests, by Manish Gautam (kp 23/11/2015), Tarai unrest: Schools unsure about morning classes in winter, by Jitendra Sah (kp 23/11/2015)

100 days of Madhes protest: People long for some ‘good news’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 22/11/2015), Tarai protests continue: Protesters, cops injured in Sunsari clash: Ambulance vandalised, by Bedraj Paudel and Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 22/11/2015), Agitation continues unabated (ht), Four Madhesi parties form separate front (kp 22/11/2015), Fringe Madhesi parties form new alliance (ht 22/11/2015)

Creating Nepal’s own Quartet: The current escalation of conflict between the state and Madhes calls for the creation of a credible national dialogue mechanism to facilitate a compromise, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 21/11/2015), Honesty, please: Vested interests played the spoilsport when the government talks team was making headway in negotiations with agitating groups, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 21/11/2015)

#MadhesSpeaks: A social media campaign aims to bring voice of everyday Madhesis to the forefront, by Ayesha Shakya (nt 20/11/2015)

The cost of doing nothing: More the positions harden, more difficult will it be for parties to find a solution (kp 19/11/2015), UDMF border blockade to continue: Agitating Madhesi forces’ talks with ruling parties end inconclusively (ht 19/11/2015), Dahal proposes parliamentary panel to resolve Madhes issue, by Nabin Khatiwada and Ashok Dahal (rep 19/11/2015), Dahal floats new proposal: Emphasises on finding solution in a package to end stalemate, crisis in the Tarai region, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/11/2015), Rally against splitting parts of Morang, Sunsari from Province 1 (ht 19/11/2015), NC stays away from meeting, by Prakash Acharya (ht 19/11/2015)

Morcha urges NC to lead talks, end stalemate: Search on for common ground on federal boundaries (kp 18/11/2015), Talks with agitating Tarai parties today, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 18/11/2015)

Big 3 seek common ground on federalism (kp 17/11/2015), Morcha ‘open’ to new proposal on federalism, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 17/11/2015), Talks with agitating parties tomorrow (ht 17/11/2015), PM Oli, people are dying, end crisis now!, by Subhash Ghimire (rep 17/11/2015), Leaders intensify informal consultations to resolve crisis, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 17/11/2015), Decisive battle: The suffering masses expected something concrete from Prime Minister KP Oli in his address to the nation; He disappointed, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 17/11/2015)

Tarai agitation impacts Dom community hard (ht 16/11/2015)

3 competing proposals fail to end deadlock on demarcation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 16/11/2015), Ruling parties for redrawing borders (kp 16/11/2015), Ruling parties, NC hold dialogue with UDMF (ht 16/11/2015), Nepali Congress to play lead role in resolving agitation (ht 16/11/2015) [The NC also played the lead role in producing the agitation!!], Cost of obduracy: This government can probably still bear the cost of its vacuous patriotism. But the nation will have to pay a heavy price, by C.K. Lal (rep 16/11/2015)

‘Ruling parties’ view of Madhes stir misguided’ (ht 11/11/2015), Ruling parties in quest of ‘acceptable formula’: Prime minister’s scheduled address to the nation postponed to find a way out of crisis (kp 11/11/2015), Prime Minister to address the nation only after Tihar (ht 11/11/2015), Madhesi Morcha: Flexible on boundary issue (kp 11/11/2015), Sitaula rules out redrawing of federal provinces (kp 11/11/2015), Not much light: Govt and agitating parties continue to test the patience of the Nepali people (kp 11/11/2015), Geostrategic disaster: If we are to rescue the constitution, the government must reach a compromise with the Madhesi people, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 11/11/2015), Master of lies: He has been misrepresenting Madheshis with all the nonsense and hate speeches he delivers, by Jivesh Jha (rep 11/11/2015)

NC, UML argue over statute amendment, reconstruction authority bill; Agitating parties continue House obstruction (rep 10/11/2015), Tharus announce fresh stir (kp 10/11/2015), TJSC announces indefinite shutdown (ht 10/11/2015), SLMM gives talks a miss (kp 10/11/2015), Madhesi parties continue House obstruction (ht 10/11/2015), NOC has fuel only for security forces (kp 10/11/2015), Oil monopoly NOC asks consumers queuing up for fuel to return home: Only emergency service vehicles will get the remaining stock of fuel (ht 10/11/2015), Out of stock: Critical shortage of life-saving drugs is pushing Nepal to humanitarian crisis (kp 10/11/2015), British scholars concerned about crisis in Nepal: BNAC has urged the Indian government to ensure that rights of Nepal as a land-locked country are respected (kp 10/11/2015) [see BNAC statement], Breaking the silence: India has its own interest behind the blockade but why  has the international community not spoken about it?, by Jaya Lamichhane (kp 10/11/2015), Govt set to release White Paper ‘shortly’: It will focus on economic impact of banda and blockade, says finance secretary, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/11/2015)

Constitutional challenges: The sentiments of the Madheshi people have been badly hurt; They are thus agitating to ensure their dignity, identity, rights and representation at any cost, by Ganesh Mandal (rep 09/11/2015), Agitating Tarai-based parties return to Parliament (rep 09/11/2015), Morcha obstructs House after its address (kp 09/11/2015), Madhesi parties obstruct House proceedings (ht 09/11/2015), Dialogue with govt today (kp 09/11/2015), Resolve Tarai agitation through dialogue: NHRC (ht 09/11/2015)

Pay attention: Join hands with the Madhesis who are fighting to end ethnic discrimination, by Khushbu Mishra (kp 08/11/2015), Hazardous complacency: Any political gimmick to deny the legimate demands  of the Madhes will push the nation into further chaos, by Bhabes Kumar Labh (kp 08/11/2015), After weeks in streets, SLMM to enter House: To obstruct Parliament; Says border protests will continue (kp 08/11/2015), NC to bridge gap between govt, agitating parties: Madhesi Front decides to complement street protest with their presence in the House, by Prakash Acharya (ht 08/11/2015), Leaders urge supporters to continue Madhes stir: TMLP Chairman Thakur calls on protesters also to completely obstruct border point in Nepalgunj (kp 08/11/2015), Bhattarai-led team urges PM to swiftly resolve Tarai crisis (kp 08/11/2015)

Ruling coalition parties preparing for fruitful dialogue with agitators, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 07/11/2015), Govt ready for negotiated settlement: Gachhadar (ht 07/11/2015), Madhesis are being isolated, says Tripathi (ht 07/11/2015)

Talks with Madhes leaders stuck again after positive turn, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 06/11/2015)

Madhesi leaders welcome redress: But ask government to do more to rebuild trust, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/11/2015), Fewer protesters in streets of Birgunj as curfew relaxed, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 05/11/2015), UDMF cadres clash with police in Birgunj (ht 05/11/2015), Two-wheelers also  restricted in Dhanusa (ht 05/11/2015), Transport operators in Biratnagar defy banda, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 05/11/2015), Rally in Capital calling for end to Tarai crisis (kp 05/11/2015), Pokhara folks reeling under medicine crunch: Sixty per cent of medicine consumed in Nepal comes from India and raw materials for drugs produced here are imported from India (ht 05/11/2015), Big three discuss reconstruction authority, Madhes issues (ht 05/11/2015), Economists urge government to issue white paper, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 05/11/2015), Govt should be sensitive toward growing rift in populace: Civil society leaders, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 05/11/2015), Govt frustratingly slow as public reels under hardships (rep 05/11/2015)

Protesters defy curfew: Morcha cadres use slingshots against police in Birgunj, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 04/11/2015), Clashes continue despite curfew in Birgunj; two hurt in bomb attack (ht 04/11/2015), Birgunj still tense, protestors defy curfew, by Upendra Yadav (rep 04/11/2015), Economy bleeds as Tarai crisis deepens, by Kuvear Chalise (rep 04/11/2015), Enough Is Enough, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 04/11/2015)

Birgunj violence imperils talks: Killing of Indian youth in police firing deepens Tarai crisis, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 03/11/2015), Indian national killed in Birgunj police firing: SLMM retains border after Indian trucks enter Raxaul, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 03/11/2015), Police, demonstrators clash in Birgunj: Indian national killed; indefinite curfew imposed; other border points closed, by Ram Sarraf (ht 03/11/2015), Home: Lack of co-op from India failed to keep border open: Two ministers confirm intervention was a Home Ministry decision (kp 03/11/2015), Telephone talk: India for Nepal’s leaders to resolve crisis without delay (kp 03/11/2015), India closes border points in Sunauli, Rupaidiha: Rerouted trucks stuck in Panitanki (kp 03/11/2015), No relevance of talks now, says UDMF (ht 03/11/2015), Brace for difficult times: UDMF leaders: Say government used force to suppress peaceful agitation (ht 03/11/2015), Govt denies using force on protesters, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 03/11/2015), Art of survival: I thank Narendra Modi for providing Nepal an opportunity to rethink its future, by Motikala Subba Dewan (kp 03/11/2015), Misuse Of Children In Madhes Movement, by Roshan Kumar Jha (rn 03/11/2015), Middle class mirage: Many in Kathmandu were not aware of the events in the Madhes until the blockade hit them, by Bicram Rijal (kp 03/11/2015)

Madhesh update: All that Madheshis want is to see the new constitution amended on the basis of previous agreements, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 02/11/2015), Dialogue team hints at redrawing state borders: Agitating  parties see it as a positive step, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 02/11/2015), Govt ready to amend statute, say negotiators: Say issues of provincial boundaries will be addressed, but need to talk to NC, leaders of agitating parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/11/2015), Govt, UDMF for wider political consensus on delineation (rep 02/11/2015), Talks team told to adopt flexibility (kp 02/11/2015), Show your cards: With elections of key positions done  with, parties should now urgently resolve  the Madhes stalemate (kp 02/11/2015), ‘Tharus could ally with Madhesis’ (kp 02/11/2015), UDMF to intensify agitation (ht 02/11/2015)

NHRC finds security forces’ excesses in Tarai; ‘Agitators misused the right to gather in public place’ (kp 02/11/2015), Both security forces, protesters violated human rights in Tarai, interview with Mohna Ansari, spokesperson of NHRC (kp 02/11/2015), NHRC seeks resolution to Tarai turmoil: Forty-nine people were killed and 729 injured during the Madhes agitation (ht 02/11/2015), Change nature of protest: NHRC to agitators (rep 02/11/2015)

Tarai parties warn of quitting talks: Say they are frustrated at govt ‘indecisiveness’ on their major demands, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 01/11/2015), UDMF threatens to quit talks if no headway (ht 01/11/2015), Listen to the people: Protests could flare up if the government does not amend the faulty federal design and carve two provinces in the Tarai, by Amar Kant Jha (kp 01/11/2015)

Talks futile sans concrete proposal, says Thakur (kp 31/10/2015), Implement past agreements: Thakur (ht 31/10/2015), UDMF to review protest programs Saturday (rep 31/10/2015), UDMF cadres seize petrol from bikes to 'restrict' smuggling, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 31/10/2015), Madhesi labors struggling against threats to earn, by Chandni Hamal (rep 31/10/2015)

Govt gears up for statute revision (kp 30/10/2015), Govt, UDMF talks inconclusive: Decisive negotiations to be held on Sunday (ht 30/10/2015), ‘Govt not serious towards Madhes stir’ (ht 30/10/2015), Talks stall as UDMF wants immediate boundary fix (rep 30/10/2015), Federal map remains sticking point, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/10/2015), Talks sans deal on provinces pointless, says Yadav: Asserts severing ties with India would  affect Nepal’s long-term goals (ht 30/10/2015), Handle with care: Kathmandu’s political elites should reach out to the agititating Madhesi forces and seek an amicable solution as soon as possible, by Tula Narayan Shah (kp 30/10/2015), Messiahs of the Madhes: It's time for the Madhesi people to think about who their real friends are, by Jivesh Jha (nt 30/10/2015), Restraint, resolve and resilience: The movement is no longer about what the Madhes and Madhesis really want, by Rubeena Mahato (nt 30/10/2015), A blockade is a blockade: But how long will it take for Nepalis to transfer the blame from India to our own inept political leadership, by Tsering Dolker Gurung (nt 30/10/2015), Carrot, stick and oil: The Indian Blockade is a reality, but so is the three-month Madhes agitation, by Anurag Acharya (nt 30/10/2015)

Seeking China’s help would invite disaster: Suman (ht 29/10/2015), Madhes protest hits daily wage workers, by Pawan Yadav (kp 29/10/2015), Morcha cadres obstruct Rupaidiha border point: The alliance has objected to the wordings in the government’s letter (kp 29/10/2015), FDA casts doubt on outcome of talks sans NC (ht 29/10/2015)

Govt to reach out to fringe forces to set its stance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 28/10/2015), Protesters, police clash in Biratnagar (kp 28/10/2015), ‘SLMM cadres beat a man to death’, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 28/10/2015), Tarai protestors set man ablaze for carrying petrol, by Amar Khadka (rep 28/10/2015), Passenger buses struggling against odds, by Raju Adhikari (rep 28/10/2015), UDMF intensifies agitation in Rautahat (ht 28/10/2015), Tarai agitation hits daily wage earners hard (ht 28/10/2015), Chitwan milk producers suffer as petroleum crisis deepens (ht 28/10/2015)

First consignment likely this week (kp 27/10/2015), SLMM intensifies protest; dozens of vehicles smashed (kp 27/10/2015), On the brink: That cargo, oil trucks remain stranded due to protests in Tarai is a hard sell (kp 27/10/2015)

Government, UDMF talks inconclusive: Next round of talks on October 29; Two member team formed to implement UDMF conditions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/10/2015), Govt to address a set of Morcha demands (kp 26/10/2015), Morcha resumes protest in Tarai districts (kp 26/10/2015), Demonstration against police ‘brutality’ (ht 26/10/2015), Protesters vandalise dozens of vehicles in Saptari (rep 26/10/2015)

Govt-Madhesi parties formal talks ‘from today’ (kp 25/10/2015), Dozens injured as protesters, police clash (kp 25/10/2015), UDMF cadres set ablaze bike in Birgunj for defying banda (rep 25/10/2015), Two Siraha UDMF leaders arrested (rep 25/10/2015), Two leaders of agitating parties arrested (ht 25/10/2015)

Don’t delay resolution of Tarai-Madhes issues: Prez (rep 20/10/2015), Team formed to hold talks with Madhesi, Tharu forces (ht 20/10/2015), Govt, Madhes parties at cross purposes over talks, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 20/10/2015), UCPN-M Tharu MPs threaten to resign from Parliament (ht 20/10/2015), Lay it on the table: Bhattarai has embarked on a public relations campaign, but his goals are not clear, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 20/10/2015)

Crossing humane boundaries: Further politicization and internationalization of plight of Madheshis have perhaps become inevitable, by CK Lal (rep 19/10/2015), No festive respite from banda: Morcha; But agitating alliance says plans afoot to allow vehicles during Dashain (kp 19/10/2015), UDMF refuses to withdraw protests (ht 19/10/2015), Madhesi agitators target passenger buses on highway, by Mithikesh Yadav (rep 19/10/2015), UDMF demands concrete proposal on demarcation before talks (rep 19/10/2015), Oli-led govt anti-national, says Yadav (ht 19/10/2015), Govt, big parties trying to weaken our protest: Yadav (kp 19/10/2015), ‘Madhes stir losing steam’ (ht 19/10/2015), Human rights situation: NHRC to release report on Tarai (kp 19/10/2015), The issue of Madhes is more political than constitutional, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp 19/10/2015)

Morcha points to govt ‘lack of preps’ for talks: The government has neither announced its talks team nor forwarded the agenda, says Sadbhawana leader (kp 18/10/2015), PM’s invite not enough to create environment for dialogue: UDMF; Front leaders’ perception is that the government’s letter calling for talks smacks of arrogance, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/10/2015), Morcha protesters vandalise industry, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 18/10/2015)

Govt sends written talks invite: Tharu leader Lekhi stresses dialogue among government, three major parties and agitating sides (kp 17/10/2015), President calls on government, parties to resolve Tarai tangle (ht 17/10/2015), Breaking the impasse: It is in our national interest to bring the agitating Madheshi parties on board the new constitution, by Ajit NS Thapa (rep 17/10/2015) [The voting on the constitution was a farce since it was not free!!]

MJF-L leaders quit party: Party district chairman says they resigned en masse after Gachhadar joined government (kp 17/10/2015)

PM Oli urges Madhesi parties for dialogue (kp 16/10/2015), Onus on Oli: If Oli fails, a Dasain respite will just be an interval before a more violent climax in the Tarai, by Om Astha Rai (nt 16/10/2015), Morcha seeks concrete proposal: Madhesi leaders blame government for failing to give a clear roadmap to address their demands (kp 16/10/2015), Hill-origin people march in support of Tarai protest (kp 16/10/2015), Statute still not acceptable to us, says Mahato (ht 16/10/2015), ‘Constitution amendment solution to Tarai problems’ (ht 16/10/2015) [Why, at all, did you promulgate such a non-inclusive constitution in a way that disregarded interim constitution, Supreme Court decisions and earlier agreements?]

Hazardous hypocrisy: To save Nepal from future troubles, the Madhesi and Tharu issue needs to be resolved through negotiation, by Pramod Mishra (kp 15/10/2015), Unfinished business: It is all the more important for major parties to reach out to the Tarai now (kp 15/10/2015), Govt not serious about talks: UDMF (ht 15/10/2015), Rallies backing Madhes stir held (ht 15/10/2015), Reach out: Even if Madheshi parties withdraw strike, the Madheshi youth will not, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 15/10/2015), NMSP, MJF-R feel betrayed by MJF-D (ht 15/10/2015)

Please the plains: Madhesis are as Nepali as anyone else, so the government must address their concerns, by Bhabes Kumar Labh (kp 14/10/2015), Morcha to suspend protests for festivals: But says obstruction at major border points would continue (kp 14/10/2015), UDMF likely to ease protests (ht 14/10/2015), UDMF decides to continue agitating despite rifts within (rep 14/10/2015), Tarai party cadres vent ire at their leaders (kp 14/10/2015)

Protest goes on in Birgunj (kp 13/10/2015), Cart-cycle protest programme (ht 13/10/2015), Sarita Giri quits Nepal Sadbhawana Party (kp 13/10/2015), MJF-L leaders quit party, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 13/10/2015), MJF-D leaders quit party (ht 13/10/2015), UDMF likely to let banks operate for 5-6 days in Tarai (ht 13/10/2015)

MJF-D votes for Oli after eight-point deal (ht 12/10/2015), UDMF cadres burn effigies of Oli, Gachchhadar, by Madan Thakur (rep 12/10/2015), Madhesi parties mull change in tactics (kp 12/10/2015)

Vehicles idle at Rani border point after SLMM protests (kp 11/10/2015), Tharuhat activists put off stir, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 11/10/2015), Pvt sector urges Madhes parties to change format of protests (kp 11/10/2015), UDMF urged to call off Tarai protests (ht 11/10/2015)

Big 3 not serious about Tarai issue: Leaders; Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha wants to federate the Tarai region into two states (kp 10/10/2015), Don’t blame India: It is far easier for the Nepali ruling elite to point an accusing finger at India than negotiate in earnest with its own people, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 10/10/2015), Do not blame India for blockade: Mahato (kp 10/10/2015)

The visible hand: Either stoking anti-India sentiments or playing the China card is not a viable strategy for Nepal, by Santosh Sharma Poudel (kp 09/10/2015)

Madhes drift: We should explore forces that have connected and strained relationship between the Madhes and Pahad, by Bicram Rijal (kp 09/10/2015), North and South: This is an internal Nepali problem that should be resolved through dialogue, not intimidation, protests or a blockade, by Puru Shah (nt 09/10/2015), Barking up the wrong tree: There isn’t much sympathy in the Madhes for the pain Kathmandu is enduring, by Anurag Acharya (nt 09/10/2015), Proposed amendments unacceptable: Yadav (rep 09/10/2015), Mob threatens to set Mahato’s house on fire (ht 09/10/2015), Powerful bomb blast near Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa (ht 09/10/2015), Sit-in continues at Birgunj border (ht 09/10/2015), Sunauli border sees no protest (kp 09/10/2015), Ultra-left whipping up anti-India sentiments, says Yadav (ht 09/10/2015)

SLMM firm on state delineation demand; next meeting on Friday (kp 08/10/2015), Big III, UDMF to continue parleys (ht 08/10/2015), Flexibility required (ht 08/10/2015), Bhattarai advises Tharus, hill people to settle issues (ht 08/10/2015), Morcha cadres hurl stones at police from Indian soil (kp 08/10/2015)

Talks with agitating parties: Morcha seeks concrete govt proposal (kp 07/10/2015), Big 3-UDMF meeting fails to make headway (rep 07/10/2015), Government likely to register constitution amendment bill today (ht 07/10/2015), Blockade to remain till demands met: UDMF, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 07/10/2015), Tharu group disassociates itself from UDMF-called protests (rep 07/10/2015), Prolonged protests trouble Morang folk, by Lilaballav Ghimire (kp 07/10/2015), Millions of schoolchildren in Tarai districts hit by protests, by Nirjana Sharma (rep 07/10/2015), Tarai unrest imperils livelihood of daily wage earners, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 07/10/2015)

Morcha, three-party panels likely to begin formal talks today, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/10/2015), UDMF forms a four-member talks team (ht 05/10/2015), The risk of intractability: Normalcy will be found only during brief interludes if intransigency supersedes sagacity in negotiations with Madheshis and Tharus, by C.K. Lal (rep 05/10/2015), The concerns of the Madhesi parties will be addressed, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp 05/10/2015) [In this case, you should not have promulgated the constitution in this way!!], Boundary issues must be addressed, FDA tells govt, by Ram Kumar Kant (ht 05/10/2015), Blockade not yet over, says Mahato (ht 05/10/2015), Solidarity rally for Madhes agitation (ht 05/10/2015)

Protests continue at Nepal-India border (kp 04/10/2015), NC, UML spat over constitutional issues worry Madhesi leaders (ht 04/10/2015)

Constitution crisis: Unrest, blockade cause loss worth ‘$1b’, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/10/2015), No end in sight: The government was ill-prepared to deal with economic blockades of the sort Nepal is currently living through, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 03/10/2015), Protesters clash with police in Rautahat (ht 03/10/2015), Protester injured in police firing, by Shiva Puri (kp 03/10/2015)

The Madhesi cauldron: Kathmandu’s power wielders have not realised that there has been a tectonic shift in the plains, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (kp 02/10/2015), Before it's too late: Southern Nepal is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, we need to act soon, by Puru Shah (nt 02/10/2015), Fighting our own battles: Madhesis may be culturally close to Indians, but they are Nepalis first, by Jivesh Jha (nt 02/10/2015), It's not about the constitution: The current standoff is more about the feeling of being left out, by Om Astha Rai (nt 02/10/2015), Insult and injury, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 02/10/2015), Thousands form human chain on Hulaki Road: Tharuhat supporters, business people protest against border blockage (kp 02/10/2015), UDMF forms human chain of protest (ht 02/10/2015), Gaur Bairganiya entry point stays shut (ht 02/10/2015), Govt may free protestors if border protests stopped, by Sangeet Sangroula (kp 02/10/2015), Tarai talks: Madhesi leaders of national parties say some of the demands of plains-based groups are genuine and can easily be addressed, by Tufan Neupane (nt 02/10/2015), Informal talks with Mahantha Thakur to continue, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/10/2015)

Unblocking the deadlock: The "unannounced blockade" by India has distracted us from the real issues that plague us as a nation, by Daulat Jha (rep 01/10/2015), UDMF demands roadmap to settle disputes: Major parties want blockade ended first (rep 01/10/2015), Morcha hopeful of solution to Tarai disputes (kp 01/10/2015), Negotiations with UDMF to continue today (ht 01/10/2015), UDMF forces halt to Nepali TV channels in Bara and Parsa, by Ritesh Tripathi and Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 01/10/2015), Curfew order lifted in Birgunj: The situation in the sub-metropolis is yet to be normal as Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha  has continued its protests (kp 01/10/2015), UCPN (M): NC, UML tough stance hindering consensus with Madhes (kp 01/10/2015)

Cycle of exclusion: aws that fail to break the poverty-alienation-statelessness trap are driving much of the anger in the Madhes, by Apoorva Lal (kp 30/09/2015), Talks make no headway, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/09/2015), Talks with Tarai leaders positive (ht 30/09/2015), UML proposes 79 FPTP seats for plains, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 30/09/2015)

Tharu MPs for collaboration with agitating groups to press demands (kp 29/09/2015), Negotiation with dissident parties begins: Three-member government dialogue team meets Madhesi leaders to discuss ways to end stalemate (kp 29/09/2015)), NC Madhes leaders table 4-pt suggestion (kp 29/09/2015))

Tarai unrest: Stones hurled at buses, 36 hurt, by Jitendra Khadka (kp 28/09/2015), 50 vehicles vandalised (ht), Army returns to barracks in Kailali today (kp 28/09/2015)

Two Madhesi fronts forge alliance: Madhesi leaders fear that radical elements might cash in on the ongoing agitation on the ground, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/09/2015)

Madhes parties plan to forge broader alliance (kp 26/09/2015), UDMF, FDA likely to forge working alliance, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/09/2015), Morcha protesters continue obstructing border points (kp 26/09/2015), Banks face cash shortage in Tarai, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/09/2015), Gasoline shortage hits Kanchanpur, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 26/09/2015), Agitators in Tarai block essential supplies (ht 26/09/2015)

Big 3 for conditional Army pullout: Two ruling parties and the opposition UCPN (Maoist) agree to recall Nepal Army to create an environment for talks provided that protests become peaceful, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 25/09/2015), Big III renew call for talks to end protests (ht 25/09/2015), Protesters stage sit-in at major border points (kp 25/09/2015), Eight UDMF leaders held from border, released (ht 25/09/2015), Curfew order continues in Tikapur, Dhangadhi, by Ganesh Chaudhary and Mohan Budhair (kp 25/09/2015), BRB supports demands of Madhes parties (kp 25/09/2015)

Protesters threaten with 24-hr blockade (kp 24/09/2015), Prolonged bandh cripples mid-Tarai (ht 24/09/2015), Tarai protest sees no end, Bardiya folk defy banda (kp 24/09/2015), UDMF to intensify stir, block highways, customs points: Tharus considering a working alliance with Madhesis, indigenous nationalities (ht 24/09/2015), 3-day ultimatum to end strikes, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp 24/09/2015)

Power plays: Inability of the Congress and UML to adopt a democratic decision-making process alienated the Madhesis, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 23/09/2015) [Better say "unwillingness"], Morcha, Tharuhat, Limbuwan demonstrate in several districts (kp 23/09/2015), 30 days of strike, curfew hit Kailali people hard (ht 23/09/2015), Gachhadar to Big 3: Show your cards, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 23/09/2015), Madhesi leaders seek concrete deal, by Prakash Acharya (ht 23/09/2015)

Police open fire in Malangwa after protesters set fire to lawmaker’s house, by Aman Koirala (kp 22/09/2015), Violence continues unabated in Tarai: 12-yr-old among 12 people injured in police firing (kp 22/09/2015), Bomb blast, protest in Kailali (ht 22/09/2015), Vandalism and arson escalate in the plains, by Ram Sarraf and Prabat Kumar Jha(ht 22/09/2015), AHRC urges govt to stop ‘alarming ongoing violence’ in Biratnagar (ht 22/09/2015) [see AHRC statement], Amnesty International urges restraint during protests (kp 22/09/2015) [see AI statement], Banda cripples life in Tarai, by Madhav Ghimire and Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp 22/09/2015), Agitation will continue until Madhes state is guaranteed: SSFN Chair Yadav (kp 22/09/2015), UDMF to intensify agitation (ht 22/09/2015), Rajendra Mahato burns new statute (ht 22/09/2015)

One protester dies, several hurt in Tarai demonstrations (kp 21/09/2015), Madhesi-Tharu alliance on the cards: Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato says they will continue to fight for the rights of Tarai people by  forging alliance with like-minded forces (kp 21/09/2015)

Talk to the Tarai: The new constitution has not been able to address the demands of the Madhesis, by Dipendra Jha (kp 20/09/2015), Bhattarai: More to be done; The Maoist leader says new statute does not address the concerns of Madhesis, Tharus, Muslims and other marginalised groups, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 20/09/2015) [And why did you vote for its promulgation?]

DAO steps up security in Kailali (ht 19/09/2015), Mahato plans to intensify protest in Tarai districts (ht 19/09/2015), Rajendra, Matrika, JP to form alliance, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 19/09/2015), Madheshi lives matter: Innocent civilians in Tarai have been killed but the media attention has been scarce, by Puru Shah (rep 19/09/2015), Govt to provide Rs 1m to Tarai protest dead (rep 19/09/2015), Big 3, MJF-L deal stuck on wording: With the both sides making efforts to seek acceptable words, leaders remain hopeful of consensus (kp 19/09/2015), Big III fail to rope in Gachhadar, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 19/09/2015), Modi’s special envoy urges addressing Madhes demands (rep 19/09/2015), ‘Utilise time before statute promulgation’ (kp 19/09/2015), Try to forge consensus till last moment: Jaishankar, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 19/09/2015)

Morcha warns ‘stern protest’ for Madhes rights (kp 18/09/2015), UDMF decides to keep door for talks open (ht 18/09/2015), Madhesi front to burn new constitution (ht 18/09/2015), Habeas corpus petition over arrest of 5 Morcha leaders annulled, by Madan Thakur (rep 18/09/2015), Big 3 positive on Tharu demands, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 18/09/2015), Big 3 hold talks with Tharu leaders, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 18/09/2015), Big III in bid to rope in Gachhadar (ht 18/09/2015), Demos continue in Tarai districts (kp 18/09/2015), Footnotes from the Far-west: Tikapur has been left with an open scar which will take a long time to heal, by Anurag Acharya (nt 18/09/2015), NHRC condemns Bethari shooting (kp 18/09/2015)

Twilight of tokenism: Gachhedar could have claimed centre-stage through the Third Madhesh Uprising. Perhaps it is fear rather than greed keeping him in bondage, by C.K. Lal (rep 07/09/2015)

Madhesh maligned: The thrust of the draft constitution could have been no different had it been proposed by erstwhile Rana rulers or Panchayat supremacists, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 01/09/2015)

Underground party merges with NSP (ht 25/08/2015)

The roti-beti bette noire: The Madhesi woman is arguably the most talked about individual in Nepali politics; According to men, she has the power to change Nepal’s demography all by herself, by Darshan Karki (kp 08/08/2015)

Mood of the Madhes: If the state continues to ignore the grievances of the Madhesi people, it will do so at its own peril, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp 04/08/2015)

20 hurt as CK Raut loyalists clash with police (ht 30/07/2015)

Demand for single Madhes province obsolete: Experts, by Lilaballav Ghimire (kp 24/07/2015), Yadav warns of Madhes revolt (kp 24/07/2015), Constitution draft regressive: Madhesi leaders (ht 24/07/2015)

Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha to launch struggle for separate state (ht 24/07/2015)

Madhes gets special development package (kp 15/07/2015)

UDMF announces first phase protest (ht 10/07/2015), Madhes Politics Of Farce And Self-affliction, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 10/07/2015)) [an oversimplified analysis!]

Victors take all: Devided along caste liones and ambitions of political personalities that vie for patronage of PEON few Madheshis have resilience to wage street protests, by C.K. Lal (rep 29/06/2015)

Southern gale: No matter what the major political parties do, they cannot stop the rise of Madhesi Young Turks, by Pramod Mishra (kp 25/06/2015)

Madhes will break ties with Capital if past agreements are not implemented: Sonal (ht 25/06/2015)

Leaderless Madhesh: Whatever obstacle comes in the way of Upendra Yadav's new party, much of it will be deserv ed and of his own doing, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 23/06/2015)

TMDP gears up to protest 16-point pact in Tarai districts (ht 18/06/2015)

The neo-regressive Nepalis: The 16-point deal reached between anti-Maoists and the nominal Maoists, is almost a third coup in six years that has all but restored the status quo ante before Madhesh Uprising, by C.K. Lal (rep 12/06/2015)

UDMF expels MJF-D for signing 16-point deal (ht 11/06/2015), Four UDMF constituents object to 16-point pact (ht 12/06/2015), Amresh Singh registers nine-pt note of dissent (ht 12/06/2015), MJF-N, FSPN close to finalising merger deal for new party, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 12/06/2015), MJF-N,FSP-N and KSRP to announce merger tomorrow (ht 14/06/2015), 3 parties to announce merger today: Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal, Federal Socialist Party Nepal and Khas Samabeshi Party merge to form the new Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum (kp 15/06/2015), Three parties merge to become Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 16/06/2015) [It is the fifth strongest party in CA now!], MJF-N, FSP-N, KSRP merge to form fifth largest party in CA (ht 16/06/2015), MPRF-N, FSPN, KINP merge to form FSFN (rep 16/06/2015), ‘Yadav has lost right to fight for Madhes’ (kp 17/06/2015) [and the 16-point-agreement is in the interest of Madheshis??]

CK Raut arrested again (kp 27/05/2015)

Documents / Websites


Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum, Nepal [wikipedia]

Tarai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRD Alliance)

11-point demands of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), as translated by Madhesi Youth

11 Points Demands of United Democratic Madhesi Front for Nepal Government, by Jitendra Sahayogi

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