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Poll Campaign Most Foul

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By P. Kharel By any measure, the campaigning in the latest general elections under the two-year old crippled constitution registered the worst in form, content and style in Nepal’s history since 1959. The code of conduct issued and publicised by the Election Commission was reduced to shreds in a mockery …

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Choice: ‘Quislings & authoritarians’

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BY P. KHAREL By this day next week we should be able to gauge what happened to which party where, how and how, with the final phase of the two-stage elections to parliament and provincial councils scheduled to be completed next Thursday. The issue is not the holding of the …

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In Pursuit Of Publicity Trips

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BY P. KHAREL In a clearly a transparent leak to the press by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s office in connection with President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s visit to a meet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week, Deuba was stung by the head of state’s rebuff to the suggestion …

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Anarchy in Bureaucracy

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  By P. Kharel Bureaucracy in Nepal has always been the subject of public criticism. Thing have aggravated for from bad to worse since the early 1990s after the restoration of multiparty polity to the present “loktantrik” times introduced since the spring of 2006. According to press reports last week, …

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Merchants of Electoral Mandate

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By P. Kharel In the 1960 election campaign, John F. Kennedy was criticised as being a millionaire without empathy for the welfare of others, and hence not fit to become the president of the United States. Kennedy, however, managed to breast past the race to the Oval Office. Things have …

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‘Social Service’ & INGOs

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By P. Kharel UML’s senior leader Bam Dev Gautam recently stood against the right to “reject” because “NGOs could play” against Nepalis. What is to be acknowledged is the growing dissatisfaction over the way rich Western nations fund and field agencies in the garb of non-governmental organisations mobilised to foment …

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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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