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Head fakes and fertile hopes

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BY MAILA BAJE You can’t help marveling at our Marxist-Leninist and Maoist comrades. The odds were heavily stacked against unity – ideologically, organizationally and, yes, personally. The drawn-out process almost validated skeptics who considered that promise little more than an electoral ploy. K.P. Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ …

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The L-shaped lump in our throat

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BY MAILA BAJE What a beleaguered Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba had discharged as pre-emptive disparagement finally seems to have caught up with Prime Minister K.P. Oli. Anticipating the post-election backlash within the party, Deuba began portraying Oli’s India policy as ‘lampasarbad’. Not that the appellation was novel by …

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Beijing via New Delhi?

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BY MAILA BAJE If the idea of Nepal publicly felicitating Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi continues to gall many Nepalis, it’s not hard to fathom why. The wounds inflicted by New Delhi’s 2015-2016 economic blockade are still raw. But, then, there’s the flip side. What kind of fella could even contemplate …

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The Xi-Modi summit and Nepal

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By Maila Baje As far as we know, the following exchange didn’t occur during the Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Maila Baje wouldn’t be surprised if it had: Xi: Up next is Nepal. Modi: That’s a sore one for us. And the …

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What’s leaving Left unity behind?

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BY MAILA BAJE From the way things are going, it sure does look like ethereal elements are trying to prevent the unification of our United Marxist-Leninist (UML) and Maoist factions into that single imposing communist party. Unity looked like a done deal before last year’s landmark elections. Nepali voters were …

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Triumph without victory

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BY MAILA BAJE Nepal’s most powerful leader ever returned from a triumphant visit to India to realize that he wouldn’t be able to take a victory lap. Barely months in power, the Maoists – Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s capricious coalition partners – are peeved by his unilateralist approach to governance. …

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When it’s all in the mind…

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BY MAILA BAJE All the right notes were struck in such perfect tenor that you’d be forgiven for suspecting the sonorousness of it all. Sure, there were discordant clatters conveyed through Indian news media reports suggesting New Delhi’s unwillingness to go along with Nepal’s desire to revive South Asian regional …

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Living securely in an unstable world

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BY MAILA BAJE In its perpetual seesawing on Nepal, China is on the generous high. On the eve of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli’s official visit to India – his first trip abroad in his second term – a Chinese government official praised friendly ties between Kathmandu and New Delhi. …

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Eew, we’re not gonna take it!

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BY MAILA BAJE Boy, are they defensive! And the condescension. From the almost universal criticism the European Union election observation mission’s final report prompted, you might have expected a tone-down. In fairness, the EU poll mission has many nice things to say about our recent elections. Yet it’s recommendation pertaining …

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Visiting rights and wrongs

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BY MAILA BAJE Our sparkling-new Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s eagerness to have the Chinese and Indian leaders visit Nepal this year is understandable. Few Nepalis would quibble with Gyawali’s assertion that such high-level visits would help not only to strengthen bilateral relations but also to secure new avenues of cooperation. …

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