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India Low On Press Freedom

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By P. Kharel In an editorial last fortnight, The New York Times commented on what it called “India’s battered press” in reference to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) naming NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika together with a private company associated with the prominent TV news channel …

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Behind Phase Poll Tales

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By P. Kharel It is a cliché in a minuscule section of the Nepali elite to describe the recent local polls (first phase) as “historic” in that the previous time such an exercise took place was in 1997. And who are to be blamed? Maoists, Nepali Congress and the CPN …

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Nepal-India ‘Sameness’

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By P. Kharel There are some sections in Nepal and India withexaggerated emphasis that the two countries share “sameness” in numerous respects, including the “roti aurbeti” (bread and daughter) ties. Culture, language and religionform part of this “sameness” between the two contiguous neighbours. In many ways, indeed, these are established …

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Foreign Policy: Out of Step

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By P. Kharel Will the 16-member Foreign Policy Review Task Force, formed in April, produce within the mandated time of four months a report that brings about qualitative changes in the days ahead?It all depends on how clear and specific the report will be and, more importantly, how the governments …

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Non-glorious Organs of Society

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By P. Kharel In Nepal, INGOs and their minions among NGOs script for everything peopleshould do!Although their declared purpose is to serve the needy, many of them work as intruders, overstaying their welcome and operating with far less transparency than what they recommend the local institutions and people. Identity and …

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Desperate Dalai, Sensitive Situation

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By P. Kharel When China last month made a strong criticism of the Dalai Lama’s second trip to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, India tried making the issue light saying that the “spiritual visitor has devotees in the region”. The politics involved in the visit is inherent in Beijing’s claim …

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Return To Nationalism

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By P. Kharel Even as Permanent Residency and Diversity Visa are becoming the name of a new anthem attracting Nepalis for greener pastures overseas, a slow and steady development is that a “nationalist” tag is no longer a derogatory description but a badge of honour. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, even prior …

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Denial Does Not Halt History

By P. Kharel Of all the people, Kamal Thapa, the deputy prime minister looking after Local Development Ministry, is going saying that the forthcoming local elections were being held for the first time “in 20 years”. It is actually the second time in two decades. Remember the February 2006 municipality …

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Undiplomatically Yours

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By P. Kharel If anything, the significance of the Eminent Persons Group’s third meeting in Kathmandu earlier this fortnight reiterated the desire/compulsion on part of the two neighbouring countries to discuss the issue of reviewing and revising—or as an extremely remote possibility of even replacing—the 1950 Nepal-India Treaty of Peace …

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