The elections were originally supposed to be held on one day. They were split into two rounds following threats of a boycott from the Madhesi, a minority group living along the border with India. The first round was held in mid-May in three of Nepal’s …

Nepal defers local elections to June 23

Posted on: Monday, May 29, 2017

But the government is silent on two key demands of the Madhesi parties, namely the amendments in the new constitution to make it more Madehes-friendly and inclusive, and increasing the numbers of local level units in the plains known as Terai or Madhes.

Instead, Sita: Warrior of Mithila narrates the origins of the adopted daughter of King Janak and maps her rise from an orphan to a skilled warrior who becomes the prime minister of her father’s kingdom. Amish has spoken about the multi-linear narrative …

As he comes out with the second book in the series, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, we catch up with the man who did the impossible – Amish (he doesn’t use Tripathi, his caste surname). He says it wasn’t that difficult, as our understanding of the Ramayana is …

The agenda setters

Posted on: Monday, May 29, 2017

Finally, the Madhes was able to set the agenda of federalism in 2007. The idea of federalism was first mooted by a Madhesi leader in the 1980s even though it had been vaguely raised in the late 1950s. However, it attracted little attention of the Kathmandu …

But very few could throw knives at the source of a sound. Sita was one of those very few. — Sita: Warrior of Mithila. This is not the demure, suffering Sita we know. Amish’s new book re-imagines the heroine of our mythology as an abandoned wildling …

Think again

Posted on: Sunday, May 28, 2017

In this scenario, it is not hard to surmise that the Madhesi parties that embrace local election will have greater public support in Tarai-Madhes, since all Nepalis, Madhesis or Pahades, share the same common dream of easy availability of vital government …

Nepal: Dahal Steps Down

Posted on: Sunday, May 28, 2017

He displayed extreme patience and understanding of both the Madhesi groups and the main opposition- the arrogant UML in pushing through the elections and also set the ball rolling on the constitutional amendments. Dahal has come a long way from his …

This is not the demure, suffering Sita we know. Amish’s new book re-imagines the heroine of our mythology as an abandoned wildling protected by a vulture, adopted by the ruler of Mithila, and then going on to become the lethal warrior, defender and Prime …

The Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU), located in this historic city in north Bihar, is housed in a 19th century palatial building complex, constructed by the zamindars of Darbhanga Raj, and the initiative has been appreciated by the governor of the …

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About Mithila

Mithila is an ancient cultural region of South Nepal and North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi Rivers are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila. The Ramayana records a dynastic marriage between Prince Rama of Ayodhya and Sita, the daughter of Raja Janak of Mithila. The town of Janakpur, in the northern Nepali section of Mithila, is believed to be Janak's old capital.