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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Pertinent Questions On The ‘Secret’ Agreement

By Maila Baje — Days after former king Gyanendra resurrected the ‘agreement’ in his Democracy Day message to the nation, all heads are still firmly turned to Madhav Kumar Nepal. The second-ranking leader of the erstwhile Seven Party Alliance (SPA) has denied the existence of any such agreement in writing

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Deceit and Betrayal: Are you Smart Enough?

By Deepak Gajurel — Nepal clearly is back to where it was in 2004, in other words, before India sponsored so-called Janaandolan-II of 2062/63. it is high time for the parliamentary parties, especially Nepali Congress and UML, that they accept, officially, that they have betrayed the nation and the Nepali

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जवाफदेहीविहीन अराजक राजनीतिको अन्त्य जरूरी

युवराज घिमिरे — झट्ट हेर्दा माघ ८ को भाखा टरेपछि राजनीतिक सरगर्मी र सक्रियता निकै बढेको छ। शीतलनिवास दरबार फेरि राजनीतिक दलहरूको बैठकको थलो बन्न पुगेको छ। राष्ट्रपति रामवरण यादव र प्रधानमन्त्री सुशील कोइरालाका राजनीतिक लाइनहरू फरक-फरक देखिएका छन्। उपराष्ट्रपति परमानन्द झासमेतले संविधान जारी गर्ने अर्को म्याद तोक्नुपर्ने सार्वजनिक बयान

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1990 Constitution, A Safe Landing Spot?

By Maila Baje — Even as the Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) implore them to return to the negotiating table after the night of the broken chairs, the Maoists and their allies remain agitated. United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN)-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal dismissed Prime

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गैरजिम्मेवार राजनीति

युवराज घिमिरे — ०४७ को संविधानको जति पनि स्वीकार्यता हुने छैन यो संविधानको। किनकि त्यसबेलाको तीन पक्ष (राजा, कांग्रेस र एमाले) मध्ये दुई पक्षको मात्र संविधान हुनेछ यो। राजनीतिमा नयाँ समीकरण, सम्भावना र खतरा देखा पर्न थालेका छन्। तर जवाफदेही र उत्तरदायित्वको राजनीतिको संकेत कहीं देखा परेको छैन। माघ ८

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१२ बुँदे दिल्ली ‘रोडम्याप’को अन्त्‍य र अबको बाटो

युवराज घिमिरे — प्रक्रियाविहीन तरिकाबाट र जनतालाई संलग्न नगराई राजतन्त्र नहटाइएको भए र हचुवा तालमा धर्म निरपेक्ष र संघीयताको घोषणा नगरिएको भए मुलुकको अवस्था धेरै सकारात्मक, स्थायित्वपूर्ण र समृद्धि अनुकूल हुने थियो। भारतले बाह्रबुँदे गराएपछि नेपालमा जन्मेको 'सहमति' को राजनीतिक अभ्यासमा फरक मतलाई निषेध गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने अर्थ लाग्नु हुँदैन। तर

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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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माघ ८ पछि संविधानसभा स्वीकार्य हुनेछैन

युवराज घिमिरे — अहिले संविधान लेखन र शान्ति प्रक्रियाको अनिश्चितताका लागि त्यो नागरिक समाजको द्वैध चरित्र जिम्मेवार छ केही हदसम्म। कुनै पनि हालतमा माघ ८ उता संविधानसभाको अस्तित्व जनताले स्विकार्ने छैनन्, जस्तोसुकै र जसरी भए पनि संविधान ल्याइएको अवस्थामा या कुनै जवाफदेहीबिना अर्को म्याद तोकिएको अवस्थामा। 'जनसेना' नभएको भए हामीलाई

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Finding faith in alien encounters

By Maila Baje There are times when you wonder whether our foreign friends really want us to get a new constitution. British Ambassador Andrew Sparkes’ recent open letter advising the drafters to ensure that religious conversion is enshrined as something approximating a fundamental right is one of those times. The

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Speak up, dear leaders

By Maila Baje By now, it is pretty much clear that if we do indeed get a new constitution by January 22, it will have been merely because of our political class’s fealty to its self-imposed deadline. The document will not be able to appease every constituency, address every grievance,

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Up, down, round and round

By Maila Baje It looks like Ram Chandra Poudel has really had it with Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The Nepali Congress vice-president has almost begun attributing the nation’s precarious plight to the sordid mental faculties of Dahal, or something like that. At a personal level, Poudel probably resents Dahal for having

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‘सहमति’ कि मुठभेडको तयारी ?

मुलुकलाई फेरि मुठभेडतर्फ धकेल्ने खतरा देखिएको छ । एमाओवादी अध्यक्षले ‘कांग्रेस-एमालेले आफूले प्रस्ताव गरेअनुसारको संविधान बन्‍न नदिए त्यसका विरुद्ध जनतालाई जुरुक्कै उठ्न आह्वान गर्ने’ दीपक गजुरेल नयाँ संविधानका मूल विषयहरुमा ‘सहमति’ को प्रयास गरिराखेका ‘प्रमुख’ दलहरुबीच दूरी वढ्दै एक–अर्का विरूद्ध आक्रामक बनेका छन् । अर्कातिर, संविधानसभाबाहिरका दलहरूको चर्कँदो ‘रणनीतिक’ व्यवहारले

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