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Thumbprint Democracy


The last time the king was constitutional in this currently republican Nepal was when the 1990 constitution prevailed in the country. There is obviously an anomaly when the king is publicly recognized as such by a section of the official population in the neighborhood. This surely has to do with …

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The Real & Present Danger of Donald J. Trump: Playboy & President

BY PRABASI NEPALI Donald J. Trump demonstrated his unfitness for the high office of the President of the United States (POTUS) right from the very start, beginning with the primaries of the Republican Party. After one year in office, this has become even more in evidence. But at the same …

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Dissecting Delhi’s Diplomacy


BY P. KHAREL More than a fortnight after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s 25-hour visit “without agenda” and “without invitation” to Kathmandu, people continue to discuss it as “untimely”, considering that the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led coalition cabinet was on its way out and the KP Oli-headed CPN (UML)-Maoist Centre …

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New Delhi’s US-backed “Chinese containment” strategy in the Afro-Indian Ocean

BY ANDREW KORYBKO India’s American-backed anti-Chinese “containment” strategy seeks to have New Delhi establish control over crucial nodes along the Sea Lines Of Communication (SLOC) in the Afro-Indian Ocean, but the country’s plans are being thwarted by China’s ingenuity in crafting asymmetrical workarounds to these future chokepoints. Background Dynamics Make …

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For India, it should be neighbourhood first

BY M. K. NARAYANAN As India’s salience in global matters grows — amply demonstrated recently by the presence of 10 leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at India’s Republic Day celebrations, the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest …

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Governing is negotiating

BY YUBARAJ GHIMIRE The return of K P Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, as prime minister was a foregone conclusion. On Thursday, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli. But the appointment was overshadowed by the refusal of the …

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Is democracy dying?

BY GAUTAM ADHIKARI The masthead of the Washington Post carries an ominous warning these days: “Democracy Dies In Darkness”. Not a simple declaration like “All the News That’s Fit to Print”, which the New York Times carries in its masthead, or this newspaper’s “Let Truth Prevail”. The Post is asking …

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Tibet’s former “village of beggars” prospering

LHASA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — From a beggars’ conclave to a boomtown, Paryu Village in Nagqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, has undergone a complete facelift over the past ten years. Located in northern Tibet, at 4,800 meters above sea level, Paryu has a harsh natural environment. In 1994, 73 people …

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Tourism booming in Tibet during holiday week

LHASA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region received about 216,400 tourists from home and abroad from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, the first four days of the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, up 30.7 percent compared to the same period last year, the regional tourism development …

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Nationalism as Inherent Mindset


BY PROF. DR SHASTRA DUTTA PANT A genuine nationalist need not panicked of any danger. In my opinion, nationalism is an inherent mindset. It works automatically. Anyone can judge himself/herself how much nationalist he/she is. It is by sanskara attached with the antaskaran mind and soul. It contains extra weightage …

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