New Spotlight Magazine
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Nepali politics went through major upheavals during the period. The change first ushered in a multi-party parliamentary democracy in a constitutional monarchy, in 1990. After a brief period of direct royal rule in the early 2000s, the 240-year-old kingdom turned into a republic. These changes made little difference to average Nepalis. Politics pushed the development agenda aside. Violence used to push political agendas pushed the country to the brink. Geo-political realities went largely ignored – in a country sandwiched between rising, rival and nuclear powers, each with a billion-plus people.
Founded in 1991 as a Monthly by former diplomat Madhav Kumar Rimal, the publication increased to fortnightly in 1992. Political scientist and civil society activist Ananda Aditya served as the executive editor for about three years together with Professor Dev Raj Dahal and Professor Dr. Madan Dahal as contributors. Ram Babu Shah also worked as associate editor. With a motive to provide objective and impartial scenario of Nepal's contemporary issues to the global community about Nepal, New Spotlight has its own website www.spotlightnepal.com, which is updated daily.
In June 1993, the magazine turned into weekly and journalist Sushil Sharma worked as executive editor, staying until 1996. During 1993–1995, journalist Binod Bhattarai also worked as a senior editor. Ashutosh Tiwari served as a copy editor. Manjushree Thapa was also a columnist. Journalist Mohan Mainali, Bhagirath Yogi, Navin Singh Khadka, Sanjaya Dhakal and Thakur Amagai also contributed in different periods.
After shutting down Spotlight by founding editor Rimal in 2008, Keshab Poudel registered New Spotlight as a fortnightly magazine to give continuity to Spotlight's publication. With support from a group of professional journalists, New Spotlight has been publishing as an independent magazine with an alternative perspective Poudel as both editor and publisher. New Spotlight is under A category judged by Press Council Nepal. New Spotlight is a non-profit making organisation with no corporate interest.
Columnists include water resources expert and political commentator Dipak Gyawali, former governor of central bank Dr. Tilak Rawal, former finance minister Madhukar Sumsher Rana, constitutional expert Dr. Surya Dhungel, Dr. Bipin Adhikari, Dr. Kishore Uprety, Associate professor Ganesh Dutta Bhatta Medical doctor Dr. Buddha Basnyat, environmentalists Batu Krishna Upreti and Dr. Aruna Uprety, Development activist Mohan Das Manandhar, senior journalists Dhruba Hari Adhikary, Yubaraj Ghimire and Sushil Sharma. Water resource expert Dr. Ananda Bahadur Thapa is a regular contributor and S. B. Pun contributes to New Spotlight.
Political commentators Professor Dr. Lok Raj Baral, Dev Raj Dahal have been contributing occasionally.
Abijit Sharma, who has been writing on foreign affairs and political issue, joined New Spotlight as Associate Editor. Abhisekha Adhikary, Shardha Gyawali, Shreya Gyawali and Aditi Aryal also write on various social issues.
With 36 pages and new columnists Prolific writer Hemang Dixit, renowned writer Greeta Rana, Development expert Dr. Prabin Manandhar has been contributing to New Spotlight. At a time when Nepal is dominated by media dominated by corporate interest, New Spotlight has been coming out with only professional magazine with objective and impartial motives. We care opinions more than the advertisement. As a non-profit making entity, it is serving the people rather than interest of particular group or ideology. Our motto we write what you speak. New Spotlight is categorized as A Category Magazine of Nepal by Press Council Nepal.
- "New SpotLight News Magazine Nepal". Spotlightnepal.Com. Retrieved 19 May 2013.