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Brexit: key takeaways for ‘naya’ Nepal

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: The outcome of the historic 23 June referendum backing UK’s exit from the EU – 52% to 48% – has had a seismic and global impact. Its ripple effects have been manifested far and wide, with reactions broadly fluctuating between the untrammeled joy, primordial fear and …

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Importance of getting your geopolitical sums right

KATHMANDU: Ripple effects from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fourth scurry to the United States are many – some visible, others not. Included in the former category is that a day following his ‘historic’ address to a joint session of Congress, the US Senate refused to recognise India as a …

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Sino-Indian rivalry in Nepal essentially geopolitical

KATHMANDU: Over the past several months – and particularly in the wake of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s official visit to China in March this year – there has been a steady drumbeat of inflamed rhetoric and propaganda exercised over China’s increased presence/activity in a Nepal steadily but determinedly escaping …

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Arresting developments on geopolitical chessboard

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: In this column’s maiden appearance attention was drawn to the need to recognise that it is imperative to manage the inherent competition for influence and geopolitical advantage between India and China in Nepal before it assumes destabilising proportions. Against that backcloth, it was gratifying that former …

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A sorry, tell-tale anniversary in post-quake Nepal

By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Penning this on the anniversary of Nepal’s devastating quakes of April-May 2015 – estimated to have killed nearly 9,000 people and wrought damage worth $ 7 billion – one is obliged to assert that their most salient collective feature is their damning verdict on the pernicious …

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