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In Black and white

Political Predators

By P. Kharel In Nepal, individual interests inspire laws more than anything else. This came under sharp criticism when the proposal for giving pensions and other facilities to former parliamentarians came up for discussion the other week. This came shortly after a new law was passed, under which those convicted …

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Far From The Beautified & The Beatified

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By P. Kharel Twenty years have passed, and how the West deals with an issue of the so-called “iconic” and the “good” recurs with presentations bordering on the farcical. On August 31, 1997, the former Princess of Wales, Diana, divorced from the British heir to the throne, was killed in …

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Far From Neighbourly

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By P. Kharel India rejects neighbouring Nepal’s 2015 Constitution using its fronts fed, financed and clothed for years. In the course of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s unnecessarily extended five-day “state visit” to India last fortnight, Indian External Affairs Secretary S. Jaishankar, ignoring diplomatic nicety befitting conduct with an independent …

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India’s Independence And After

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By P. Kharel As India marked its 70 years of independence August 15, one particular event kept recurring fresh in this scribe’s mind. Perhaps no single event in the Republic of India has inspired so many books and written works as has the infamous Emergency rule that Indira Gandhi imposed …

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Rot Digs In Too Deep

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By P. Kharel In an incriminating report presented by a probe committee on August 8, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are found involved in activity that spawn human trafficking in Gulf countries. An on-site report of the sub-committee formed by the International Relations and Labour Committee of the …

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Dubious Deal Doesn’t Deliver

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By P. Kharel Pushpa Kamal Dahal, in his abrupt second innings as prime minister, was doomed to fail by the course he took to secure power. Eventually, he proved to be a pathetic cropper. This was amply indicated by the manner in which his own Maoist Centre members, at their …

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And, Now Executive Presidency!

By P. Kharel Once again, the issue of executive president has been tossed up by the very man who had kept it in the back burner while he became prime minister twice. Maoist Centre’s supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal reintroduced the subject shortly after he had to quit the prime ministerial …

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In Despair, Dahal Confesses

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By P. Kharel Known for having made a reputation of saying one thing and doing something else, Maoist Centre’s chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal the other week lamented the losses his party suffered in the first two of the three-phase local elections. His party just about managed to take the third …

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Lessons from Darjeeling

By P. Kharel Ten political parties in the Darjeeling region of India’s West Bengal state last month joined hands to set forth their common agenda: Darjeeling first and foremost. Protests erupted in the wake of the Banerjee state government that decreed that Bengali language be made compulsory at schools. At …

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Media activity & party polity

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By P. Kharel News media are a regular diet for the general public. As potent sources of effective and speedy dissemination of information, the news media can be effective vehicles for individuals and institutions to reach large masses with messages they wish delivered speedily, supported by credibility. There are more …

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