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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When Expediency Collides With Propriety

By Maila Baje — Rumbles of realignment on the right and the left have instilled some specificity in the latest response of former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to ex-king Gyanendra Shah’s allusion of a behind-the-scenes political deal in April 2006. The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) leader and

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Nepal Towards A New Full-Fledged Conflict?

By Shashi Tharoor — Away from the glare of global headlines, Nepal is grappling with a constitutional crisis that could once again propel the tourist mecca, sensitively situated between India and China, into full-fledged conflict. From 1996 to 2006, Nepal was wracked by a brutal civil war that pitted a

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Timely Course Correction or Boomerang

By Deepak Gajurel — In the absence of timely corrections, policy of 'controlled destabilization will boomerang, having devastating outcome, so will be the policy of 'non-interference.' Nepali politics took a full circle. Two adversaries used to fight to eliminate the other. With blessing and instructions from without, these rivals turned

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Foreign hand in Nepal Politics

By Yubaraj Ghimire — The Constituent Assembly’s (CA) failure to deliver the constitution by January 22 did not come as a surprise. But the failure this time round has sharply polarized politics. The two major parties in the ruling coalition — the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML — seem determined

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Nepal Politics: Zeal for Destruction

By Deepak Gajurel — At the height of Loktantrik furor, especially during the first Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, for a commoner Nepali it was unsafe, even life threatening, to speak out publicly against the Delhi sponsored 'Loktantrik' roadmap. Realizing the genuine scourge, almost all narcissistic self-proclaimed 'Buddhijibi' preferred to keep

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Constitution Making: Result of Unnatural Alliance

By Pushpa Raj Pradhan — Dissolve the CA. As there is no possibility of writing a constitution acceptable to all, it is better to return to the 1990 constitution.What we saw on Tuesday morning at about 2.30 at the Constituent Assembly is the result of the unholy alliance between the

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Nepal: To be secular or not to be

By Yubaraj Ghimire — The demand for the restoration of Nepal’s Hindu status is gaining ground. Not only the UML but also the Nepali Congress (NC), which heads the coalition with the former, is vertically split on the issue. Religion and caste/ ethnicity have emerged as the major issues and

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Nepal Political Mess: Yet Another Spell of ‘Bloodshed’!

By Deepak Gajurel — Adding fuel to this political quagmire, newly formed, splinting from Baidhya Maoist party, Biplav group of Maoist party has began to speak of yet another spell of ‘gun and barrel’ if its demands of ‘people’s constitution’ is not met by all. The universal truth that ballot

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Nepal: Yet Another Spell of ‘Bloodshed’!

By Deepak Gajurel — The universal truth that ballot and bullet cannot work together seems to be proven by experiments of 8 years’ drama of ‘consensus building’ in Nepal. It’s only the matter of time, and modus operandi to be applied; these two, Maoist and parliamentary parties' coalition, formally break

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Nepal: Letter from UK, message from China

By Yubaraj Ghimire Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is inept when it comes to communication. But over the last few weeks, he has not only lost his temper and reprimanded his cabinet and party, but also offered a refrain at every public platform: “The constitution will be ready at any cost

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Consensus Nepal Politics: A Futile Circus

By Deepak Gajurel — The constitution making process in the country's Constitution Assembly (CA) is stalled with many fierce disagreements among the partners of 12-point Delhi Agreement. The Delhi agreement (brokered by India and signed by insurgent Maoist and seven parliamentary parties) was the takeoff point that led to the

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