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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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Making sense of our sensibilities

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By Maila Baje Lost in the turbulence of our wider politics last week was a candid appraisal made by a former bureaucrat/aspiring politician of what really does seem to ail us. RameshwarKhanal, a former finance secretary who became a prominent member of the Naya Shakti, took the usual course of …

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The ambassador supreme and mission creep

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By Maila Baje If India was expecting to reset its relationship with Nepal with the appointment of a new ambassador, then the omens are not good. The reverberations of protests along the border, a day after Indian security forces fatally shot a Nepali man who was protesting their presence on …

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Oli wants back in: Will he be the same man?

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By Maila Baje Taking a leaf from former king Gyanendra, ex-premier Khadga Prasad Oli the other day sought to plant new seeds of national reassurance. “Some forces may have succeeded in removing the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist from power, but they have not been able to remove us from …

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Uniting for the next split? Let’s hope not

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By Maila Baje Emerging from its much-publicized unity convention, the right-of-centerRastriyaPrajatantra Party (RPP) is seeking to project the image of your normal political party. And the Big Three political parties have contributed much to the normalization process. From the balminess and banter the Nepali Congress, Unified Marxist Leninist and Maoist-Center …

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Inside the dark tunnel

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By PR Pradhan Nepal is passing through a very crucial period. Some observers even compare the present situation saying it is much worse than the time of the signing the Sugauli Treaty with the British East India Company. We have opened our grounds to the foreigners; we have given birth …

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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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