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Way for New Political Equation

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BY P. KHAREL With the unification of two major communist parties into Nepal Communist Party on May 17, Nepali politics will not be the same. Fear and desperation in the non-communist quarters could find non-leftist groups compelled to attempt at a political polarisation of new equation to check the communist …

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RPP’s Blurred Identity

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BY P. KHAREL Rastriya Prajatantra Party and its variants are a far cry from what they were until the start of last winter. So marginalised have they been that their form and force can hardly be found recognisable this spring. The power they pursued with such lust is lost for …

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Public Schools in the air

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BY P. KHAREL Rana Prime Minister Dev Shumsher, who launched Gorkhapatra, the country’s first newspaper, then a weekly, is credited with opening some schools more enthusiastically than his predecessors. This led to his successors to follow suit in their own way. Each decade thereafter saw the number of schools significantly …

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Candid Call on How They Fall

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By P. Kharel By now, the national consensus is that the 1951 democratic revolution, inspired by King Tribhuvan and steered by Matrika Prasad Koirala, of Nepali Congress, remains unique for the true bearings of democratic changes inspired more by serving the nation than by catering to individual and group interests. …

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In the Shadow of Bullycracy

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BY P. KHAREL How long this sorry spectacle of state affairs, pray! Nepalis are experiencing distorted democracy because of self-serving leaders and cronies, shadowed by hangars-on keen on making money the quickest way by getting catapulted to positions of power and privilege without the required qualifications but only expression of …

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Dalai Lama’s Dilemma

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BY P. KHAREL In an acknowledgement of China’s sensitivity to the Dalai Lama’s political activity in the guise of religious pilgrimage and world peace, India’s Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha the other week issued a directive to its top officials that it was “not dersirable” for them to attend events organised …

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In Defeat, Congress Confesses

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BY P. KHAREL This time the Congress leadership anticipated and proved correct in having to face sharp criticisms of its style of functioning. Speaker after speaker in the recent meeting of the Central Committee detailed the digression their president Sher Bahadur Deuba and his coterie took, resulting in the party’s …

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Comeback Calling for Congress

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BY P. KHAREL Dislodged from power with the prospect of having to cool its heels in the opposition benches for the next five years, if not necessarily more, Nepali Congress faces trying times. It needs to be strengthened while ensuring a measure of resilience to confront and cope with the …

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South Asia’s Worst

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BY P. KHAREL Shocks after shocks never cease to chase us Nepalis. We never seem to have enough. The executive branch of government has since many decades been reduced to a pack of incompetent and more often than not corrupt while agents of the people have all but succeeded in …

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Behind the Abbassi visit

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BY P. KHAREL Almost a fortnight after Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi paid a visit to Nepal basically to offer congratulations to his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Oli, the event continues figuring in conversations in the capital city’s political and diplomatic circuits. The last exclusively bilateral visit by a Pakistani …

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