Running In Circles Around Overlapping Spheres

By Maila Baje — When the Indians locked Nepal in that economic stranglehold in 1989-1990 for having bought anti-aircraft guns from China, lost in the story was the fact that Beijing had tempted us with lucrative prices. When the Panchayat system collapsed as a result, the Chinese joined the chorus

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Nepal Politics: Chinese checkers

By Yubaraj Ghimire — Political circles are debating “what will happen” to Nepal’s growing — and meaningful — proximity to China in proportion to its distance with India. Given China’s clear message that its president, Xi Jinping, will visit Nepal in a few months only if there is political stability

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Nepal Politics: Spinning Our Heads In The Shadows

By Maila Baje — Granted, it took nine years for the secret letters the Ranas and the Nehru regime exchanged alongside the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship to come to light. But at least they did. In today’s age of openness and transparency, we don’t know how Nepal really

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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.

Straight Talk About Self-Image And Identity

By Maila Baje — The Indians seem divided over the import of and implications from Oli’s Chinese sojourn. His party rivals, too, have chosen to moderate their positions vis-à-vis the premier. Former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who until a week ago was moping over the monopoly Oli was wielding

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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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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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