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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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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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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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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Crisis in Nepal and Indian Motives

By Yubaraj Ghimire, Shubhajit Roy — Adding to the confusion in Kathmandu, Vice President Parmananda Jha issued a statement in which he accused the state of discriminating against Madhesis. The crisis in Nepal over the new Constitution has deepened with protests in Madhes continuing to block the border with India

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The Karan-Saran Conundrum

By Maila Baje — For long, India profited from a diabolic game of playing on all sides and retaining enough plausible deniability to step in as the redeemer. It can no longer afford that luxury. Perhaps the promulgation of the new Constitution – complete with its infirmities and flaws –

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Nepal Political Quagmire: India Must Tell the Truth

By Yubaraj Ghimire — Nepal has missed the deadline to deliver a constitution four times since May 2010. It is nothing new. But the difference this time is the political leadership’s inability to promptly announce the next date, without owning accountability for the failure. Unlike in the past, politics today

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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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माओवादी, भारत र दक्षिण एसिया

केशवप्रसाद भट्टराई — राजा ज्ञानेन्द्रको राजनीतिक निर्णय सही वा गलत भएर होइन, भारतले आफ्नो दीर्घकालीन रणनीतिक लक्ष्यअनुरूप नै प्रचण्ड र बाबुरामलाई हतियार बनाएर नेपालबाट राजसंस्था हटाएको हो। समग्र राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षा संयन्त्र भत्काएर आफ्ना लागि सत्ता र शक्तिको जोहो गर्दै आएका एमाओवादी अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहालले आफू असुरक्षित रहेकोले राजा वीरेन्द्र र

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भारतको असफल नेपाल नीति

युवराज घिमिरे — शान्ति प्रक्रिया र यो शैलीमा संविधान लेखन अनि परिवर्तनका एजेन्डाको 'रचयिता' भारत रहिआएको छ। तर ऊ असफल भइसकेको छ। नेपाली राजनीति र संविधान निर्माण गतिविधिमा मुख्यतया बाह्रबुँदेपछिको भारत निर्णायक हस्तक्षेपकारी शक्तिका रूपमा देखा पर्दै आएको हो। तत्कालीन भारतीय विदेश सचिव श्याम शरणको अगुवाइमा भएको छबुँदे, त्यसबाट निर्देशित

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