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Don’t Delay Delivery Any More

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BY P. KHAREL With the communist combine of Khadga Prasad Oli’s UML and Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Maoist Centre bound for the helm of the state affairs, a quick flashback should be in order for what led to the present which in turn might face in the ensuing times. Governing is …

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BY P. KHAREL “Every man has his price,” said British Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Indeed, individuals often fall for offers they weigh as matching their interest, cooperation, service, dishonesty or perhaps betrayal. As such, its proponents insist, “Nothing is impossible in politics.” In a variation of the same, they reiterate, …

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Perils Of Ignoring Key Issues

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By P. Kharel Is the once peaceful and stable Nepal fated to rulers ignoring pressing issues and those ignored bent on airing their disenchantment through less than peaceful means? Should such situation to continue, political stability and economic prosperity will persist as mere promises never to be fulfilled by the …

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Tide Of Times : Dalai’s Lie Falls Flat

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By P. Kharel In a meet with students in India the other week, Tenzing Gyatso Dalai Lama termed “laughable” any suggestion that Buddha was born in Nepal. His lie backfired and embarrassed his hosts who often in the past promoted similar lines, provoking angry reactions in Nepal. Of late, Indian …

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Sky Doesn’t Fall, But Nation Bleeds

By P. Kharel So the inevitable has happened. The CPN (UML)-Maoist combined has won a majority for the new parliament. Notwithstanding the hue and cry over the “approaching wolf” in the victory of either of the two largest poll combinations, the Left front has carved a majority all its own. …

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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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