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Taking care of tomorrow

Minister for External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj meeting CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Photo courtesy: Embassy of India

BY MAILA BAJE We don’t know who invited her or why she came. Yet from most accounts emanating from her side of the border, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s recent whirlwind visit to Nepal was a success. The series of ‘group audiences’ Swaraj granted to party leaders during her …

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Taking care of tomorrow

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BY MAILA BAJE Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress have improvised an innovative coping mechanism for the party’s dismal electoral performance. By exhibiting its version of Churchillian magnanimity in defeat, the caretaker government has begun to agitate the incoming leftist administration. The series of populist measures Deuba …

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NC’s future

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By PR Pradhan After the shameful defeat in the elections of federal parliaments and House of Representatives, NC leaders are engaged in blaming each other for the unexpected election results. People’s Review had, so far, forecast about the NC’s fate long before the elections that if NC will continue to …

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Mergers and acquisitions: Creating value for stakeholders

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By Maila Baje Just as the unification of our supreme comrades appeared to have gathered pace, the only communist ex-premier outside the process has likened it to the merger of two banks. K.P. Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, the leaders of the Unified Marxist-Leninists (UML) and the Maoist …

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The fraternity begins to fight back

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BY MAILA BAJE The latest whirlwind involving Dr. Govinda K.C. and Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli marks a critical turning point. Our political fraternity, long fed up with pinpricks from what it considers the periphery, has decided to speak out. Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist leader K.P. Oli used his customary …

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Why rock the boat(s) when you don’t want to swim?

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BY MAILA BAJE As the unification/power ritual deepens on our theoretically triumphant left, the Nepali Congress-led government is exhibiting fewer signs of having been beaten. The Maoist Center, the putative half of those so eager to push Nepal’s red-hued rejuvenation, still holds on to ministerial berths although its representatives have …

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When Does Order Matter?

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BY MAILA BAJE Now that we have been so sternly schooled in the scope of practice of a government entrusted with holding elections, can we hope to be more sensible in our general expectations of what may come ahead? Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress were supposed …

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Seeing what we don’t see

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By Maila Baje Behind the demonstrable post-election squabbling may lurk any number of things. The leftist alliance’s resounding poll victory has laid bare the perils of political preemption as an electoral strategy. The unification of the Marxist-Leninist and Maoist factions of our communist fraternity is proving trickier than their votaries …

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Flashback: Wackiness in our out-of-whack times

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By Maila Baje These  last couple of weeks must rank as some of the wackiest in Nepal’s politics. Caretaker premier Girija Prasad Koirala exudes a palpable sense of relief when he asserts the onus for solving the nation’s problems lies with his presumptive successor, Prachanda. Yet Koirala, demanding the presidency …

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Tangling anew with tilts and tugs

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By Maila Baje The geo-strategic narrative that was gradually building in the run-up to our elections has begun to boom across the neighborhood and beyond. If the Chinese are as thrilled about the leftist sweep in our federal and provincial polls as we are being told they are, they certainly …

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