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But how real is our new reality?

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By Maila Baje In retrospect, that Dasain picture spoke a thousand and one words. Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ observed tika festivities after a hiatus of 22 years but left it to son, Prakash, to publicize the affair via social media. Our estimation, before the …

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Between self-congratulation and smugness

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By Maila Baje The Dashain-Tihar interregnum will no doubt produce sustained streams of self-congratulation over the positivity powering the national psyche in the aftermath of the staggered local elections. The three-phase polling for village and municipal entities, conducted by two governments representing the same ruling coalition, was a significant achievement. …

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Don’t let them make you feel small, Comrade

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By Maila Baje Revolutionary Maoist chairman Mohan Baidya has firmly ruled out the possibility of his party’s merger with the once-formidable mother party, citing lack of ideological affinity with its supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Baidya seemed too indignant to stop there. “Let Dahal and his Maoist Centre merge with the …

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Some things seem like they are just made to last

By Maila Baje The fell as scattered across the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) factions just can’t stop twirling to their own tunes. Here we have the Chinese doubting the depth of our commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative and the Indians deliberating how far we have slipped out of …

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Sell-out or buy-in?

By Maila Baje Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba probably expected the ‘sell-out’ slur well before he delivered his constitutional amendment assurance at the joint news conference with his host, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi the other day. If not the constitution, our premier’s critics would have found something else to …

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Coalition of convenience for the quarry?

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By Maila Baje Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre candidate RenuDahal’s election as mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City has left the country pondering the potentials and pitfalls of what presents itself as an alliance between the Nepali Congress and Maoist party over the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML). Dahal razor-thin …

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Get back to where you once belonged…

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By Maila Baje If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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Dreary dance of the bit players

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By Maila Baje It took less than a year for skeptics of the viability of a reunited Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) to exude a vigorous sense of vindication. Senior leader Pashupati Shamsher Rana has taken strong exception to party chairman Kamal Thapa’s decision to appoint 42 central committee members “without …

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Tibet sanguinity in the Sikkim missive?

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By Maila Baje If the Indians seem to be shrugging off China’s latest threat to support Sikkim’s independence against the backdrop of growing tensions on their Himalayan frontier, they have good reason. Admittedly, the former Himalayan kingdom was incorporated into the Indian union through a series of highly underhanded maneuvers. …

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MB-Sher Bahadur Deuba

By Maila Baje With Sher Bahadur Deuba set to embark on his fourth term as prime minister, it might be enlightening to review the Nepali Congress luminary’s chequered political history for pointers to the future. During his first term as head of government in 1995-96, Deuba projected himself as a …

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