Revolutionary Communists: Your Guess Is As Good (Or Bad) As Mine

Maila Baje — Against the subdued backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the eruption of the Cultural Revolution up north, efforts at unifying our half a dozen groups still professing fealty to the Great Helmsman gained traction over the weekend. Paradoxically, however, the provisional steps toward unity came after the

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Nepal Politics: A Circus by Indian Stooges

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla — Baburam Bhattarai’s recent visit to New Delhi has brought various truths to the foreground. He was known to have a soft heart for Indian interests and now he has proved it again. To put pressure on the ruling coalition to promote ‘consensus politics’ in the

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Despite claims to contrary, BRB returns empty-handed

By M.R. Josse — This sequel to last week's column, which appeared while Maoist functionary Baburam Bhattarai (BRB)'s much-ballyhooed mission to India was in progress, is penned after his return. At the outset, let's examine what he achieved. First and foremost, he was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with

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The Royal Republic

By Maila Baje — So let’s get this straight. Former king Gyanendra, in his Democracy Day message, publicly exhorts the political leadership to earnestly fulfill the agreements they had reached with him before he restored parliament in April 2006. The political establishment is up in arms. But the fists are

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A Polity Owned by Puppets, Guided by Aliens

By Deepak Gajurel — A quarter of Nepalis accuse India of interfering in Nepal's internal affairs which Indians repeatedly deny. Nay, our southern good neighbor is not doing that! Rather Nepali politicians are to be blamed for dragging in foreign powers as their masters. A cursory review of the past

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Nepal Politics: Kabuki Theater Of Ex-Premiers

By Maila Baje — The Chinese are far from neutral in Nepal. They only appear to be the most polite ones in public – and that’s putting things charitably. Buying off the Maoists had worked in the past. Let’s not focus too much on where the money came from. Khanal

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