Mr. CK Lal is a columnist for the Republica and the Nagarik Dainik newspapers. For over a decade, he has been writing regularly for the Nepali fortnightly newsmagazine Himal Khabarpatrika. He has also contributed to the Himalaya Times, the Kathmandu Post and several other newspapers including Indian publications. In 2006, he was voted the most influential columnist of Nepal. He was an Asia Leadership Fellow in 2008 at the International House of Japan and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 2013. Lal’s current areas of study include the notion of nationality, functioning of the media, democratization of society, and institutionalization of inclusive democracy in multi-ethnic countries.