The China Ca(na)rd

By Maila Baje — From official pronouncements and public anticipation alike, the substitution of India by China as Nepal’s most important economic partner seems to have acquired national urgency. While the south has long denigrated our assertions of national sovereignty as a brazen display of the ‘China card’, the north

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नेपालीको नियति, आत्मरती र यथार्थ

बाबुराम पौडेल — यसरी शुरु भयो यो मुलुकमा पुराना र नयाँ कलेबरका 'लेन्डूप' हरुको राज । नेपाली राजनीतिका ठूला दलालहरुले तिनका मालिकहरुद्वारा तोकिएको काम यस पटक फत्ते गरेनन् त हामी के गरौँ ?? यो देशको हावा-पानी र माटो सुहाँउदो पञ्चायत व्यबस्था ढालेर देशले गल्तीको शुरुवात गर्यो । अराष्ट्रिय तत्वहरु र

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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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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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New Constitution: Failure of 12-Point Agreement

By Maila Baje — We need the new constitution to be promulgated soon to mark the official failure of the experiments spawned by the 12-Point Agreement. Against the multi-pronged attacks the notion of a ‘new’ Nepal has exposed itself to, the ‘old’ nation continues to acquire its own luster. Sure,

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भारतको धर्मनिरपेक्षता र ‘अल्पसंख्यक’

ध्रुबहरि अधिकारी — संविधानमा 'सेक्युलर' शब्द छिरेपछि चाहिं भारत अल्पसंख्यकहरूको लागि अनुकूल नरहेको निष्कर्ष निस्कन्छ। भारत लोकतन्त्र भएपनि इन्दिरा गान्धी सरकारमा रहेका बखत त्यहाँको जनताले एकप्रकारको तानाशाही खेप्नुपरेको तथ्य जग-जाहेर छ।सन् १९७५को जुनदेखि १९७७को आरम्भसम्म (२०३२/३३ साल) तिनले सङ्कटकाल लगाएर शासन चलाएकी थिइन्। त्यही बीचमा, सन् १९७६ मा, संविधान संशोधन

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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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