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Tangling anew with tilts and tugs

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By Maila Baje The geo-strategic narrative that was gradually building in the run-up to our elections has begun to boom across the neighborhood and beyond. If the Chinese are as thrilled about the leftist sweep in our federal and provincial polls as we are being told they are, they certainly …

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Watch your words – for all the tomorrows

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By Maila Baje A suddenly salient feature of our politics today is the post-Dasain transformation in its language. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s campaign rhetoric is reminiscent of the pre-1990 era wherein anything the communists said or did was tantamount to a conspiracy against the Nepali Congress and democracy (which …

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Could this be what the Dalai Lama meant?

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BY MAILA BAJE The outrage that continues over the Dalai Lama’s recent assertion that Lord Buddha was born in India is understandable. If the Ocean of Wisdom who draws every drop from the Enlightened One’s eternal waters doesn’t have his facts straight on this one, might the Almighty even deign …

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Dreaming up others’ dreams

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BY MAILA BAJE Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is consumed with purveying dreams these days – except they are not his own. At one public function, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) vowed to fulfill the dream of the late strongman of the Nepali Congress, Girija …

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Abundant gratitude, in life and death

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By Maila Baje In death, Kirti Nidhi Bista has been appropriately eulogized for his indefatigable defense of the nation’s interests and for his spotless persona as a public figure. Bista’s first term as premier (1969-1970) is remembered for his decision to remove Indian military checkposts and liaison office as part …

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A spectacle worth seeing

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By Maila Baje If you are still struggling to recover from the sheer suddenness of the leftist alliance forged over Dasain, the spectacle across the political spectrum since should help to cheer you up. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has advised the Nepali Congress to …

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Finding a place between haughtiness and hopelessness

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By Maila Baje Maoist Center chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s taunts and gibes to the Nepali Congress seem to be troubling quite a few prominent members of our senior ruling party. The leftist alliance so suddenly sprung upon the nation amid the Dasain festivities has given an opportunity to the Nepali …

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The ins and outs of it, here and there

By Maila Baje Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and his Naya Shakti barely lasted a week in the new left alliance. If anything, that record gives some respectability to Pashupati Shamsher Rana’s desire to reunite his faction of the Rastriya Prajantra Party (RPP) with Kamal Thapa’s group, merely two months after breaking …

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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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