Politics of Pre-emption?

By Maila Baje - Khadka is the last surviving leader who stepped out of that aircraft on that cold December day with B.P. Koirala seeking national reconciliation in 1976. To many ears, B.P. and Hindu statehood probably don’t seem to go together well. Yet could they be a winning combination

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Nepal Political Mess: It Hasn’t All Been Said Yet

By Maila Baje — However you slice it, the prevailing narrative about an Indian diplomatic triumph says more about the level of New Delhi’s thinking that about the geopolitical predilections of the man. An Indian kiss to the Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress amid the tumultuous battle of perceptions

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Nepal: Tale Of Twists, Turns And Tangles

By Maila Baje — Suddenly, the air has become thick with talk of the imperative of writing a new constitution. If the recent wave of Kathmandu-centric protests launched by Madhesi and ethnic parties does not bring that about, there is another clock ticking.

Nepal Politics: Oh Those Garish Alien Growls

We did try to tame the Tibetans. The Chinese just kept asking us for more, without stopping to ponder their own role in aggravating the situation. By Maila Baje Oh those pesky foreigners. Can’t they just shut up, for a change? It’s been hard enough to ward off snarkiness of

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Indian Blockade: The Questions Keep Piling Up

By Maila Baje — Almost a week after the Indian parliament debated the state of India-Nepal relations, Maila Baje cannot but marvel at both the frivolousness and factiousness with which the issue has cascaded into that country’s internal politics. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, responding to questions raised by

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मृत्यु शैय्यामा पुगिसकेको ‘लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र’

बाबुराम पौडेल — अहिलेको नाकाबन्दीले यो मुलुकका जनतामा मौसमी राष्ट्रवादको पुनर्जागरण गरेको छ । गजव के छ भने २०४५ को नाकाबन्दी गुलियो लाग्नेहरुलाई अहिलेको नाकाबन्दी तीतो लागेको छ । हामी नेपाली जनता राजनितिक दलका स्थाई दास हौ । सामन्ती, केन्द्रीकृत शासनबाट शासित भैरहने र ईमानदारीपूर्वक कर तिरेर देश डुबाउनेहरुका कर्तूत

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The China Ca(na)rd

By Maila Baje — From official pronouncements and public anticipation alike, the substitution of India by China as Nepal’s most important economic partner seems to have acquired national urgency. While the south has long denigrated our assertions of national sovereignty as a brazen display of the ‘China card’, the north

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नेपालीको नियति, आत्मरती र यथार्थ

बाबुराम पौडेल — यसरी शुरु भयो यो मुलुकमा पुराना र नयाँ कलेबरका 'लेन्डूप' हरुको राज । नेपाली राजनीतिका ठूला दलालहरुले तिनका मालिकहरुद्वारा तोकिएको काम यस पटक फत्ते गरेनन् त हामी के गरौँ ?? यो देशको हावा-पानी र माटो सुहाँउदो पञ्चायत व्यबस्था ढालेर देशले गल्तीको शुरुवात गर्यो । अराष्ट्रिय तत्वहरु र

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Really, Is This For Real?

By Maila Baje - While the Indian media has been jumping around that New Delhi’s policies have pushed Kathmandu into Beijing’s arms, official India seems remarkably unperturbed. That a political establishment that until the other day was thanking India for forging the mainstream-Maoist alliance against the monarchy has come around

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