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Home ministry instructs district authorities to closely monitor religious conversions : Security agencies and semi-government agencies have regularly reported to the home ministry and local administration offices about ‘rampant’ forced conversion (kp 13/04/2024)

Realm of Lung Ta: Where every breeze carries a message of peace, by Kunga Hyolmo (kh 07/02/2024)

The intriguing world of Kumari “The Living Goddess” : Dispelling the mystery, by Kunga Hyolmo (kh 25/01/2024)

Maintain Religious Tolerance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 26/12/2023), Respect Religious Sentiments Of All, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 31/12/2023)

Caste system and religious conversion in Nepal, by Sushant Nepali (rep 21/08/2023)

Mindfulness : The Only Path Shown By Buddha, by R. Manandhar (rn 02/06/2023)

Sadhus at Shivaratri seek Wi-Fi solace : Most ascetics who’ve renounced material world see internet as integral to their lives, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/02/2023) [So much for the sadhus' anti-materialism and renunciation of the world! Sounds extremely strange! It is time that the devotees looked at these men more soberly!]

A personal Ramadan : By reading the Quran and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims build a personal connection with Allah and reinforce their faith, by Prajita Gupta (rec 03/05/2022)

Nepal losing its Hindu adherents, by Mim Bahadur Pariyar (ae 12/12/2021)

Hey Bhagwan : Politicising religion in Nepal has the potential to create major social and religious conflicts, by Naresh Koirala (kp 09/12/2021)

Vice Of Proselytism, by Bini Dahal (rn 03/12/2021)

Valley’s meditation retreat centres are seeing a surge in youth participation : The majority of participants at retreat centres used to be the elderly and foreigners. But now these centres are seeing an increasing number of young Nepalis, by Pinki Sris Rana (kp 02/10/2021)

Writing plays on Buddhist themes : Buddhism is a grand positive, poetic and secular mantra that creates a passage for the quest for peace and sanity, by Abhi Subedi (kp28/03/2021)

Religious Services Switching Online Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, by Renuka Dhakal ()rn 22/11/2020)

Is religion still an effective political mobilization tool in Nepal?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 24/07/2020)

Reforming religious institutions: It is strange that people who have renounced the material world acquire assets beyond imagination, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 14/07/2020)

Nepal’s Muslims face stigma after COVID-19 tests: Members of the minority bear ostracisation after contact tracing shows spread in the community, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 08/05/2020)

Buddhism as a connector: Forgetting the religious aspect, Buddhism can still be used as a cultural tool to connect Nepal to the world, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 05/05/2020)

Gautam Buddha: The epitome of humanity and knowledge sharing, by Rajendra K. Shrestha (kh 01/05/2020)

For Nepalis, this year’s Ramadan is something they’ve never experienced before: Unlike previous years, Nepali Muslim communities are observing the holy month of Ramadan without communal celebrations—praying and eating at home, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 29/04/2020)

Islamic congregation begins in Saptari (ht 16/02/2020)

Interfaith dialogue: For religious tolerance, by Narendra Pande (ht 10/02/2020)

Conversion check: Although Nepali law prohibits conversion and such activities are punishable by law, conversion is happening and some are even advocating in its favor, by Umesh Bhattarai (rep 30/12/2019)

The goddess is not allowed to menstruate: How I got to meet a living goddess and what it taught me about tolerance, by Gina Bachmann (kp 16/11/2019)

A perspective on Hinduism: Good to know one’s religion, by Manish Khadka (kp 21/10/2019)

Worshipping Shakti, The Supreme Mother, by Prem Khatry (rn 12/10/2019)

Nepali communities that do not cremate say they have no space in Kathmandu to bury their dead: Once the Shleshmantak forest was a free-for-all graveyard, but now there has been a government ban on burials within the Pashupati area, by Alisha Sijapati (kp 22/09/2019)

What’s in your future? Open up your palms (and your wallet) to find out: Thousands of people come to Pashupatinath Temple to worship Lord Shiva, and then find solace from one of the dozens of palm readers standing by to tell them everything about themselves, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/09/2019)

Bhattarai urges Dalits to renounce Hinduism (rep 06/09/2019)

When sick, Gairigaun locals go to church instead of hospital, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 24/08/2019)

3 foreign tourists arrested for proselytizing (rep 25/07/2019)

Fleeing persecution, Ahmadi Muslims find safe haven in Nepal The Ahmadi sect of Islam is often at odds with other mainstream Muslims  for its belief in a later messiah, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 30/05/2019)

Feasting and fasting: During the month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours  but, once the sun is down, feasts await them, by Alisha Sijapati (kp 22/05/2019)

Family ostracised for practising different faith, by Pushpa Raj Khatiwada (ht 16/05/2019)

The scourge of cults: Personality cults are dangerous. And even more so for democracies, by Naresh Koirala (kp 12/05/2019)

The role of religion in education: Religions should help individuals achieve spiritual heights; they must not be allowed to impede an individual’s growth, by Pramod Mishra (kp 09/05/2019)

The moment of truth: Dalits see converting to Christianity as an escape from the caste system, by Rajani Maharjan (kp 03/03/2019) [Probably this is one of the most important reasons why a number of male Tagadharis call for a return to Hindu state: They want to keep the Dalits under suppression and exclusion!]

Zealous guys: Some Hindu groups see Valentine’s Day as an invasion of the west and a big threat, by Pramod Mishra (kp 14/02/2019)

Tikapur Municipality sans Muslim graveyard, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 10/02/2019)

Exploring the world of Shiva: I saw people at peace in a meditation in the midst of the madness, which seems symbolic of Nepal’s part in the world, by Katia Sussman (rep 09/02/2019)

What Ails the Culture of Respect?, by Prem Khatry (rn 27/11/2018)

Govt keeping tab on foreigners visiting Nepal (ht 26/11/2018)

Nepali Christians’ 11th forum opens (kp 20/11/2018)

Shrouded in obscurity: The living gods of Nepal, by Rakshya Khadka (rep 26/10/2018)

Krishnanagar under curfew after unrest: The town has remained tense since Friday evening after some unidentified persons hurled stones at the procession while mov-ing around Durga idols, by Manoj Paudel (kp 22/10/2018) [Hindu-Muslim tensions!], Curfew re-imposed in Krishnanagar, by Manoj Paudel (kp 23/10/2018), Normal life resumes after district panel lifts Krishnanagar curfew (kp 24/10/2018)

Living and dying: Some issues to ponder, by Hemang Dixit (ht 06/08/2018)

The religious roots of Chhaupadi, by Pushpa Raj Joshi and Arun Bam (rep 17/07/72018)

Two deported on proselytisation charge, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 10/07/2018)

Not so black and white: What religion an individual follows merely has any relationship with their economic development, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 04/07/2018)

Maoists promoted nature worship, which facilitates conversion, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 18/05/2018) [??? The high caste Hindu fanatics should better touch their own noses and explain why they have mistreated the poor Dalits as untouchables for centuries!!], Elderly Hindus 'surprised' over growing Christian influence, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 13/06/2017) [Don't make the male Maoist Bahuns responsible for the mistakes of the genaral male Bahuns!]

Buddha Remembered In Lumbini, by Prem Khatry (rn 08/05/2018) [see part II (15/05/2018)

Targets of ‘zealous’ Christian missionaries speak up, by Devendra Basnet (rep 07/05/2018)

Be your own light: Buddha’s motive was not to create a mass of followers and establish a new philosophy. He just wanted people to come out of suffering, by Arun Poudel (rep 30/04/2018)

Indefinite curfew imposed in Gulariya Municipality in Bardiya (ht 02/10/2017), Gulariya under curfew after clash (kp 03/10/2017), Life returns to normalcy in Lalpur (kp 04/10/2017)

SWC probing NGOs for forceful religious conversion, by Chhabi Lal Tiwari (rep 17/09/2017)

From terror to tolerance: Efforts promoting interfaith harmony should be sustained, even as basic human rights should be upheld, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 15/09/2017)

Of faith and indoctrination: Nationalists, evangelists alike need to understand that the 21st century has room for all but the ones who force belief on others, by Pramod Mishra (kp 31/08/2017)

The golden age of the gospel: A secular Nepal sees a surge in conversions to Christianity by evangelical groups, by Om Astha Rai (nt 25/08/2017) [includes the article Fake secularism, by Dambar Chemjong], Preaching on high: A Christian evangelical group is converting Buddhists in holy Himalayan valleys, by Brot Coburn (nt 25/08/2017)

Nepal’s battle for souls: Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become Christians, by Pete Pattison (kp 19/08/2017)

Peace and compassion: Unfortunately today, most people are doing the opposite of what Buddha taught, by Prakash Bhattarai (kp 10/05/2017)

Oli’s follies: His words and actions have been unfair to some groups of Nepalis, including the Christians, by Ramesh Khatry (kp 27/04/2017)

The male pantheon: Though we have few highly revered goddesses, they are subordinate, not as mighty as their male partners, by Anjali Subedi (rep 01/03/2017)

Stronger nuns: Novice nuns in Nepal find themselves on an equal footing with monks in education and even kung fu, by Qiu Tian (nt 13/01/2017)

Cross in the land of the khukuri: It is unfair to doubt the patriotism of Christians, as they love this country just like other Nepalis, by David Kainee (kp 25/12/2016)

Christians demand X-Mas holiday (kp 17/12/2016), Christmas celebrations: Bells, carols; Govt: Public holiday Sunday (kp 25/12/2016)

Matehiya clash: Religious leaders call for restraint (kp 14/12/2016)

Christian population shoots up under secular state, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 09/12/2016)

Mixed-religion families prone to frictions, by Devendra Basnet (rep 17/11/2016) [Extremely fictitious!]

Clinging to creed: A diverse country cannot live in peace and harmony by making one religion constitutionally superior to another, by Pramod Mishra (kp 10/11/2016)

Faith in miracles results in loss of life: Mental torture of 'possessed' alleged, by Devendra Basnet (rep 09/11/2016) [??]

Prez stresses need for establishing Vedic ideals (kp 21/10/2016)

Rival churches in Dang in scramble for followers, by Devendra Basnet (rep 01/09/2016)

Churches collecting 10 pc in God's name, by Devendra Basnet (rep 26/08/2016)

The cross they bear: Those concerned about religious conversion in Nepal should analyse properly why it is happening, by Uddhab Pyakurel (kp 11/08/2016)

Badis in Kailali turning to Christianity for variety of reasons, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 07/04/2016)

Korean movement gains political foothold in Nepal: South Korea’s Unification Church is affiliated to a Nepali political party that has a minister in the cabinet, by Seulki Lee (nt 01/04/2016)

Gift of Gita: The Gita is more than an ancient Hindu  scripture; it is the philosophy of life, by Byanjana Sharma (kp 13/03/2016)

Secularism in context: True freedom of religion is not neutrality to religions but equal treatment of all religions, by Robin Sharma (rep 01/03/2016)

Christian bodies spent millions on poor in Dang, by Devendra Basnet (rep 25/02/2016)

First contact: The Chepang people of Chitwan and their conversion to Christianity; Ostracised by elites and fed up by the government’s inaction, this impoverished community perhaps found themselves easily influenced by Christ’s stories relayed by people who brought them food and clothes, by Niranjan Kunwar (kp 02/01/2016)

Makwanpur folks turning Christian out of poverty, by Upendra Yadav (rep 09/08/2015)

Christianity spreads wings in midwest districts, by Bishwamani Pokharel and Devendra Basnet (rep 01/08/2015)

Speaking Of Faiths, Relief And Hunger, by Prem Khatry (rn 30/06/2015)

The saffron and the black: Religion in South Asia is understood as a ritualistic exercise, rather than an ethical search for meaning, by Pramod Mishra (kp 16/04/2015)

“First Nepali, then Catholic”: This Easter, Nepal’s Catholics fast for spiritual renewal, by Cynthia Choo and Stéphane Huët (nt 03/04/2015)

Gods and Gomas: Our politics is no different from god's politics; our self-centered "gods" only think of themselves, not of the 27 million Gomas, by Neelam Adhikari (rep 09/02/2015)

More than dozen hurt in Muslim settlement clash (kp 01/02/2015)

Christian by choice: Nepal’s democracy cannot be divorced from respect of human conscience and the freedom of opinion, by Jagdish Adhikari (kp 14/01/2015)

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