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When it’s all about looking busy

By Maila Baje As the post-Dasain/Tihar political momentum picks up, introspection seems to be the byword on the left center and right alike. Former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have promised that the government will begin showing more life. …

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Another punctured trial balloon

By Maila Baje As trial balloons go, this one wasn’t supposed to come crashing down – at least not so spectacularly. Fully inflated and activated, this blimp had shed traces of tentativeness before it was floated. The sitting Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) member for Kathmandu-7 constituency, Ram Bir Manandhar, …

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Hold the applause – and affronts

By Maila Baje This hasn’t been a good time for India’s geo-strategists appraising their recent ebullience. Consider the latest confluence of events. US President Donald J. Trump turns down an invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, as Japan and China step up cooperation on Beijing’s …

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Rising up from hurt and hubris

By Maila Baje Is Madhav Kumar Nepal’s near-insurrection against K.P. Sharma Oli’s leadership at a time when our prime minister and ruling party chief is abroad an act of cowardice? Or is it a brilliant incursion based on the perfect convergence of time, context and personalities? It’s hard to say. …

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The guinea pigs that went to school

By Maila Baje Even in exasperation, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli excels at enlivening things. “Attempts to make the country a guinea pig to experiment rights and make it a playground for elements with untoward objectives cannot be accepted,” he declared on Constitution Day. The phase of experimentation in …

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India: Friend or foe

When our leaders of the day give big speeches claiming that the 2006 April uprising was a grand victory of the Nepali people against a feudal rule, they even don’t feel any shame. Everybody knows, the 2006 April uprising was solely sponsored by the then Indian establishment. The Indians, on …

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Reshuffle decoy and regional dynamics

By Maila Baje Having left on a high-profile visit to New Delhi indicating that a cabinet reshuffle was imminent, ruling Nepal Communist Party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned home conceding that Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli had the final word on the matter. While Dahal was busy meeting with top …

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Unhappy warriors

By Maila Baje Our brand-new Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has come with a shelf life of five years, if you believe Dr. Baburam Bhattarai. The former Maoist chief ideologue, ever since ditching the once-imposing party to form his Naya Shakti, has kept his ideological fealty very close to his chest. …

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A revolution devoured by its parents?

By Maila Baje Amid the dreariness of daily political narrative, it is refreshing once in a while to proceed along parallelisms no matter how outlandish they might sound. How does a country’s journey from point A to B end up at a lower-case e in light italics? And can we …

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Nepal in the Vajpayee vortex

By Maila Baje With the first waves of tributes to the late Atal Behari Vajpayee now subsiding, it may not be inopportune to reflect on the man through the prism of political developments in Nepal. A steadfast friend of Nepal, Vajpayee was at ease with Nepal’s royalty and its detractors …

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