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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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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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 New Constitution: Dead on Arrival?

By Maila Baje — The Chinese, of course, could afford to be happier about the outcome because it’s not their porch that’s smoldering. The drivers of the promised change are in full control. They can no longer blame the palace for subverting a people’s quest for full sovereignty. Much has

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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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Aggressive Chinese Moves in South China Sea Conflict

By Joshua Philipp — An announcement by the Chinese regime on June 16 about its island building in the South China Sea is less than meets the eye. While the regime claimed its programs to build new islands in the disputed South China Sea are nearly complete, in fact it’s

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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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