KP Oli and His Geostrategy

By Maila Baje ¬_ To cut a long story short, where’s the evidence that Oli won’t be a changed man this time around as far as his geostrategic orientation goes? Dahal’s 180-degree flip was softened to an extent by the distance between his two premierships. The relative closeness of Oli’s

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The Looming Uncertainty in Nepal

By Yubaraj Ghimire _ As political uncertainty looms, the army is assuming a visibly pro-active role. The army chief, Rajendra Chhetri, has hosted at least five army chiefs — of Myanmar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and India — besides the US Pacific region’s four-star general in the

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भारतीय विदेश मन्त्री यस बेला किन ?

दीपक गजुरेल / दामोदर कोइराला – भारतीय विदेश मन्त्रीको भ्रमण निरुद्धेश्य किमार्थ होइन । यस भित्र भारतको निहित रणनीतिक उद्धेश्य रहेको छ । त्यसैले चुनाव सकिएर सरकार बन्ने संक्रमणमा रहेको नेपाली राजनीतिमा तरङ्ग नै ल्याउने गरी यो भ्रमण भएको हो भन्नेमा शंका छैन । कूटनीति तथा मर्यादाका विषयमा सधैँ सचेत

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Indian Foreign Minister’s Nepal Visit: Willing The Good Of Whom?

By Maila Baje _ We don’t know who invited her or why she came. Yet from most accounts emanating from her side of the border, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s recent whirlwind visit to Nepal was a success. … The Chinese weren’t terribly eager to shield Oli from Indian

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India challenged in Nepal’s politics

The India-guided so called 'political change' in domestic politics has landed this peaceful Himalayan nation into a hell: politically, socially, morally, economically, religiously, diplomatically, and in all aspects of a nation's life. Nepali politicians, working as puppets for India's interests, are now trapped into the growing conflicts of interests among

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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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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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Indian Blockade: The Questions Keep Piling Up

By Maila Baje — Almost a week after the Indian parliament debated the state of India-Nepal relations, Maila Baje cannot but marvel at both the frivolousness and factiousness with which the issue has cascaded into that country’s internal politics. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, responding to questions raised by

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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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