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In Black and white

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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Waking Up Nepal

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By P. Kharel Noted scribe Pradeep Nepal, who is also a politician of “progressive” brand, is known for his sharp and generally candid comments. He wrote in the Gorkhapatra daily in May 2017 seeking Nepalis to write own history instead of depending upon foreign nationals who wrote our history under …

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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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