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China

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I envision a China that is a multi-party democracy, that is federal, with Tibet having its own state level parliament, with human rights, so Tibetans have religious freedom. I envision a China where the Chinese Communist Party is still the largest party in the country within a multi-party framework. I envision the multi-party framework not to be like the one in India or America, but one where parties are state funded.

You are not trying to reclaim the Tibet of the 1950s. Tibet is not going to be a separate country. And the religious leader is not also going to be the political leader. The political leader has to be popularly elected.

And I do envision a unification of Taiwan and China, like East and West Germany. But that will not happen as long as China remains a one party state.

How long before China is no longer a one party state? I don't know. What will bring about the transformation? I think the country's rapid economic growth - something the Global South as a whole can lear…

Media Can Distort Democracy

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As we work to shape a new Nepal, restructure the state and usher in a new era, there has to be talk on making sure the media does not end up distorting democracy. There has been a lot of talk of restructuring the public sector, the state, not enough talk of the private sector media should it get concentrated in a few hands, or might fall prey to MNC inroads.

Even in the most established democracies, corporations are not allowed to give unlimited contributions to those running for office. It only makes sense to not allow corporations to have all the say in the information the public ends up feeding upon.

Democracy is one person, one vote, not one rupee, one vote.

A balance has to be struck. The business innovations that the private sector brings have to be appreciated. But then efforts have to be made to make sure the media does not end up in a few corporate hands.

An entity like the BBC ends up looking good. The public pays for it.

In the case of Nepal, letting a thounsand flowers bloom in…

Google Books: Nepal

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Google Books: Nepal
Agricultural research in Nepal: Resource Allocation, Structure, and Incentives - Page 57
by Ram P. Yadav - 1987Consequences of deforestation for women's time allocation, agricultural production, and nutrition... - Page 72
by Shubh K. Kumar and David Hotchkiss - 1988South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and... - Page 75
by Ramesh (EDT) Thakur, Oddny (EDT) Wiggen - History - 2004 - 460 pagesDevelopment Cooperation in Practice: The United Nations Volunteers in Nepal - Page 49
by Joel Rehnstrom - Science - 2000 - 160 pagesSustainable Development of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basins - Page 114
by Asit K. (EDT) Biswas, Juha I. (EDT) Uitto - Business & Economics - 2001 - 202 pagesPlanet geography
by Stephen Codrington - 2005Broadening Asia's Security Discourse and Agenda: Political, Social, and Environmental Perspectives - Page 208
edited by Ramesh Chandra Thakur, Edward Newman - Political Science - 2004 - 440 p…