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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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For Gender Activists’ Attention

BY P. KHAREL A thought-provoking letter by Pooja K.C., carried in the Nepal Samacharpatra daily recently, caught my eyes and attention, with its main theme amply sounded by the heading “violence against women by women”. It is a taboo to pick up this angle especially by women but nevertheless I …

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Now, Leftists’ Time to Act

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BY P. KHAREL Finally, the time of reckoning has arrived for the Left Alliance. With the CPN (UML)-Maoist Centre alliance firmly in power, the Opposition with Nepali Congress at the forefront is set to play spoilsport or laying down its bargaining chips behind the scene. The ruling partners had a …

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Dissecting Delhi’s Diplomacy

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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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RPP, Wake Up to Principles

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BY P. KHAREL In the aftermath of the undignified haste with which the major parties unsheathed their previously undeclared agendas a decade ago, one of the key leaders of the former panchas confided to his close circle of loyalists: “Just because monarchy has ended, it does not mean our politics …

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NC’s Opportunity in Opposition

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BY P. KHAREL By any measure, the closing two months of the year 2017 deep down witnessed the Nepali Congress in a terrible distress. Its cultivation of a penchant for downgrading any prospect of a communist government proved to be the chief cause of its undoing. The decisive defeat suffered …

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onstitutional Test On

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By P. Kharel What content the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nepal! It is in the throes of experiment even a decade after the sweeping political changes and two Constituent Assemblies, which is an undistinguished world record. Witnessed with increasing intensity and regularity, the series of hiccups in implementing …

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First Step to Serious Correction

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BY P. KHAREL So the “loktanrtik” rulers finally bowed to public pressure last week to resume marking Prithvi Jayanti as national unity day after a shocking interruption of a full decade. That the very founder of the nation unified, who unified more than four dozen principalities into a single state …

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