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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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Flashback: A memory frozen in time

By Maila Baje When Shailaja Acharya waved that black flag in front of King Mahendra on Democracy Day 1961, she probably had no inkling of the eternalness of her action. Immediately hauled away by a stunned security detachment, Shailaja plunged into politics with a fastness that sent ripples right into …

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How to swap horses midstream (and not)

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By Maila Baje Having overseen the first round of our high-profile local elections, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is all set to hand over the premiership to SherBahadurDeuba this week. Our Maoist chief says he is bound by a power-sharing deal he struck with the Nepali Congress president last …

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Adore or abhor, it’s OBOR

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By Maila Baje Nepal’s decision to join China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative seems to have elated China to such an extent that Beijing has begun flashing its Nepal card. China has been quite candidly apprehensive of our commitment to a new bilateral partnership and had all but set …

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Thank you, Ms. Pelosi, but…

By Maila Baje Terms like resignation, impeachment and restoration are swirling around us and yet the United States believes it can take a leaf from Nepal’s constitution. Since it’s former US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi who made that remark in Kathmandu the other day, you can take it …

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Redundancy of regionalism or refitting of rivalries?

Leaders of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and MJF-D after the six unified to form Rastriya Janata Party.

By Maila Baje Disregard the embarrassment surrounding the naming of the new political organization created by six Madhes-based parties and consider the bigger picture: the trend toward nationalizing the articulation and engagement of political principles and passions. Upendra Yadav, the originator of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum, morphed his organization …

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Flashback: Freedom, Fluster And Fatalism

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By Maila Baje Viewed from a section of the south, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s northern sojourn was a damp squib. That the Maoists’, like their ideologically disparate forerunners in power, never intended to set off fireworks, was beside the point. Beijing, according to the dominant Indian media storyline, did …

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As bad as new

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By Maila Baje When Naya Shakti chief Dr. BaburamBhattarai the other day decried the government of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as the most corrupt in Nepali history, the reproach said more about the state of affairs the accuser finds himself in. Doubtless, Dahal has descended from his furious …

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Mandating amity, for heaven’s sake

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By Maila Baje Now, this is getting exasperatingly familiar. Nepal has been struggling eternally to find strategic equilibrium between its two giant neighbors. When complementarities pertaining to India find prominence and Nepal’s relations with its southern neighbor seem to acquire a semblance of steadiness, the Chinese find something somewhere and …

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Status quo again and again

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By Maila Baje This sure does not look like a good time to be Sher Bahadur Deuba – not even by Deuba’s standards. The doyen of the status quo seems dumbstruck by the shocks and surprises coming from every conceivable corner. Wresting the presidency of the Nepali Congress last year …

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