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Gaudy games in the premier league

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By Maila Baje Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been assuring us to the point of utter boredom that elections will be held at any cost to safeguard the political achievements of the past decade. The opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) likes hearing that, but only when Dahal …

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Nepal first, last and always

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By Maila Baje Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in early November gave much impetus to our assemblage of ‘Nepal Firsters’. The unapologetic internalism infusing Trump’s inaugural address last week is bound to have its influences and implications here. Khadga Prasad Oli, former prime minister and chairman …

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Qualified hope for moral incumbency

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By Maila Baje From the sheer timeline, it would appear that the judiciary was waiting for the executive to prove before the legislature its commitment to pull the country back from the precipice of impending calamity. A three-person bench of the Supreme Court removed Lok Man Singh Karki as head …

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Outrage of ineptitude

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By Maila Baje “In what capacity do the Chinese keep meeting with former king Gyanendra Shah?” That pointed question by Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi at a cabinet meeting last week encapsulated the collective mind-set of today’s rule class. Stress, anger, trauma, anxiety, fear and much more psychosomatic were strung …

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Keep amending it to keep it alive

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By Maila Baje Call it the Dahal Doctrine. Think what you will about the controversy surrounding the latest proposal to amend the Constitution, but change is progress. We now have it on good authority of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal that amending the basic law is the beginning of its …

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Running on the right track?

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By Maila Baje Whatever the reasons behind the precipitous unification of Nepal’s two major rightwing parties last week, one thing is pretty clear. The development is not part of the wave of rightwing populism blowing across the West and elsewhere. So let’s start by not rushing to anoint our version …

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Decade of desultory dominion

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By Maila Baje It’s not hard to see why an intense sense of public despondency overshadows the 10-year anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed between the interim government led by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the erstwhile Maoist rebels. In all fairness, the CPA did succeed in …

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(Who) Won China policy

By Maila Baje Whatever we may think about Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s 100 days in office, the Chinese don’t seem terribly impressed. Still, that alone should be cause for celebration for our top Maoist, if you consider the circumstances that led to his ascension. Had the K.P. Oli government …

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Flashback: What else is new?

Time for something new

By Maila Baje Surely, it wasn’t supposed to be like this. The coordinator of our nascent New Force is struggling hard to defend his patriotic credentials. A riled Dr. Baburam Bhattarai told an audience the other day that his genetic code was so pulsating with pure-bred nationalism that it needed …

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Trilateral omission

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By Maila Baje Darn it, they couldn’t let our exhilaration last a little longer. When news broke of the surprise trilateral meeting between the leaders of Nepal, China and India on the sidelines of the Goa BRICS summit, it really felt, well, good, to say the least. Finally, our two …

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