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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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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Is It Adjournment Or Abandonment On The Right?

By Maila Baje — Where does the unification effort between the two factions of the right-of-center Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) stand today? RPP chairman Pashupati Shamsher Rana insists that the amalgamation announcement set for August 9 could not take place because of the parties’ failure to agree on ‘balance of

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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 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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Right? Wrong? It Depends

By Maila Baje — Didn’t Oli’s old party – the MaLe – send legislators to the partyless assembly with the express purpose of exposing the inequities of the palace-led Panchayat system? Didn’t Oli’s current party – the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist – come out in critical support of the

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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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नयाँ संविधानले जन्माएका आशा र आशंका

युवराज घिमिरे — अहिले व्यवस्थापन या संस्थापनभित्रको हरेक महत्वपूर्ण व्यक्ति फरक मत राख्दा 'ब्ल्याकमेल' को सिकार भएको अनुभूति गर्दैछ। त्यो डरमा महत्वपूर्ण पद र भूमिकामा रहेकाहरूले समेत सत्य बोल्न नसक्ने तथा राष्ट्रहितमा र पदीय दायित्वअनुरूप आफूलाई अभिव्यक्त गर्न नसक्ने परिस्थिति छ। जनादेशको भन्दा विदेशी शक्तिहरूबाट सञ्चालित हुँदै आएका राजनीतिक पात्रहरूबाट

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Birgunj Statue Demolition: It’s Understandable

By Maila Baje — In all honesty, I can’t say it doesn’t hurt. But it wasn’t entirely unexpected. The mob that demolished my statue at Birgunj may or may not be representative of the popular mood. But it certainly had a different notion of history and accountability. I used to

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हिन्दुराष्ट्र, गैरहिन्दुलाई पनि आवश्यक

ध्रुवहरि अधिकारी — जसरी राष्ट्रपति ओबामाले इसाई धर्मग्रन्थ बाइबलमा हात राखी शपथ लिंदैमा अमेरिकामा बस्ने अन्य धर्मावलम्बीको अधिकार कुण्ठित भएको छैन त्यसैगरी नेपाल हिन्दुराष्ट्र/राजतन्त्र रहँदा अन्य धर्मका अनुयायीको हक-भोग खोसिएको थिएन। अहिले पनि संविधानको प्रस्तावनामा 'हिन्दुराष्ट्र' लेखिंदैमा त्यो हक हरण हुने होइन। यथार्थमा संरक्षित रहन्छ । लाटा-सोझा नेपालीलाई ललाई-फकाई, आर्थिक

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Nepali Maoists Protégé: Int’l Community

By Maila Baje — All in all, within his first 100 days in office, Dahal had met with the leaders of China, India and the United States, the three principal drivers of the country’s destiny. Civil society leaders sung paeans to the purity of the Maoists’ pursuit of violence in

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Reverse the Past Anti-Nation Activities

By Deepak Gajurel — Constituent Assembly (CA) chairman the other day publicly said 'if consensus is not reached soon, the coming days are dangerous.' 'Nepal is heading towards another conflict', if our demands are not met, thundered the top opposition coalition boss. Similar lines of prediction or sort are being

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