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In Black and white

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

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

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

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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Behind Phase Poll Tales

By P. Kharel It is a cliché in a minuscule section of the Nepali elite to describe the recent local polls (first phase) as “historic” in that the previous time such an exercise took place was in 1997. And who are to be blamed? Maoists, Nepali Congress and the CPN …

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Nepal-India ‘Sameness’

By P. Kharel There are some sections in Nepal and India withexaggerated emphasis that the two countries share “sameness” in numerous respects, including the “roti aurbeti” (bread and daughter) ties. Culture, language and religionform part of this “sameness” between the two contiguous neighbours. In many ways, indeed, these are established …

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Foreign Policy: Out of Step

By P. Kharel Will the 16-member Foreign Policy Review Task Force, formed in April, produce within the mandated time of four months a report that brings about qualitative changes in the days ahead?It all depends on how clear and specific the report will be and, more importantly, how the governments …

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Non-glorious Organs of Society

By P. Kharel In Nepal, INGOs and their minions among NGOs script for everything peopleshould do!Although their declared purpose is to serve the needy, many of them work as intruders, overstaying their welcome and operating with far less transparency than what they recommend the local institutions and people. Identity and …

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Desperate Dalai, Sensitive Situation

By P. Kharel When China last month made a strong criticism of the Dalai Lama’s second trip to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, India tried making the issue light saying that the “spiritual visitor has devotees in the region”. The politics involved in the visit is inherent in Beijing’s claim …

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Return To Nationalism

By P. Kharel Even as Permanent Residency and Diversity Visa are becoming the name of a new anthem attracting Nepalis for greener pastures overseas, a slow and steady development is that a “nationalist” tag is no longer a derogatory description but a badge of honour. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, even prior …

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