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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Delhi Pushing Kathmandu into Beijing’s Arms!

By Maila Baje — Back in the days when republicanism was a cause even its most ardent advocates considered a practical impossibility to achieve in their lifetimes, Maila Baje often pondered a scenario: What would happen if a post-monarchy government led by the Nepali Congress found itself embroiled in political

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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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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 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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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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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: The Grand Game of Triangulation

By Maila Baje — In retrospect, the sudden influx of Maoists into Kathmandu Valley in the week before the Narayanhity Massacre made much more sense. The second constituent assembly elections finally produced the results that were supposed to have emerged in 2008. Notice how everything is running in reverse? Since

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विगतका गल्ती सच्याऊ

युवराज घिमिरे — त्यो ०६३ वैशाख ११ गतेको घोषणा (राजा ज्ञानेन्द्र शाह) जेठ ४ को प्रतिनिधिसभाका निर्णय र अनि ०६५ जेठ १५ को संविधानसभाको पहिलो निर्णय पुनरावलोकन 'समीक्षा तथा 'करेक्सन' बिना सम्भव छैन। फागुन ७ गतेको सन्देशमा पूर्वराजा ज्ञानेन्द्र शाहले राजनीतिक दलहरूलाई एउटा अवसर दिए, उनकै विरोधका नाममा भए पनि

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Party-King Secrete Agreement: Is India Listening?

By Deepak Gajurel — In April 2006, when the Nepal representative of the United Nations was denied to mediate between the King and the parties, Indian Prime Minister had sent his special envoy, Dr. Karan Singh, officially, to meet the King and the party leaders, and presumably to negotiate between

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दल-राजा सम्झौता: राष्ट्रघात नहोस्

दीपक गजुरेल — 'सन् १९७५ र एक्काईसौं शताब्दीको दोस्रो दशकमा आनका तान भिन्नता आइसकेको देख्न नसक्नु अल्लारेपन हो। र यही प्रवृत्ति हाम्रा 'लोकतन्त्रवादी' को निर्देशकमा पनि देखियो, जसले नेपाललाई गलत 'कोर्स' मा हिँडाउने उरन्ठेउलो कदम चाल्यो। मैले चाहे नेपालमा जहिलेसुकै जेसुकै गर्न सक्छु भन्ने अब खोक्रो बन्दै गएको दम्भको नीतिअन्तर्गत

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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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