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Patching up those shattered selves

By Maila Baje Undaunted by American annoyance with his criticism of the Trump administration’s policies on Venezuela, Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ holds his ground – and much more. Sharpening his rivalry with ruling party co-chair and Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, Dahal warns of a new Maoist rebellion if …

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The allure of outrage beyond Venezuela

By Maila Baje Our Venezuela caper is getting curiouser by the day. We’re still asking why Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal chose to attack the United States so acerbically. The tone of the questioners ranges from scorn to solemnity. The answers are no less assorted. As the responses continue coming in, …

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Breach over troubled water

By Maila Baje Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli returned home from Davos to what is becoming a bleakly familiar reception. Oli’s rivals – especially within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) – have a knack for using the premier’s absence to stir the waters. Reporters, then, throng the airport arrival …

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Talking up the threat to democracy

By Maila Baje When Sher Bahadur Deuba starts saying democracy is in trouble, well, that is saying something. Never denounced as a dictator, the Nepali Congress president has been accused of facilitating despotism. In a political milieu so mesmerized by repetitions of history, critics often portrayed Deuba as the latter-day …

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What’s going on upstairs?

By Maila Baje He wants to do something good for Nepal for a decade and ‘go upstairs’. At one go, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has sought to silence the term-limits crowd and shore up the standing of his profession. If he succeeds, it would be a heck of an accomplishment. …

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When we live in different worlds

A populace anxiously awaiting its government’s response to vital questions of the day ends up with an earful of prime ministerial censure of the very notion of criticism. Maybe that’s what you get when the governors and the governed live in different worlds. The country speaks in specifics; the government …

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Antsiness in an unsettled arena

By Maila Baje Candor is not uncharacteristic of Dr. Baburam Bhattarai when it comes to public pronouncements. It’s just that our former prime minister usually trains it on those governing us. This time he has challenged the governed to assume our portion of culpability for the rampant mal-governance we have …

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Antsiness in an unsettled arena

By Maila Baje It started all over again with an innocuous dance. Former king Gyanendra Shah took some time to sway in mirth and merriment at what he considered was a private party. The management of the restaurant where the family gathering took place chose to release a few pictures. …

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Dilemmas of Hindu statehood

By Maila Baje The momentum the Hindu statehood agenda seemed to have gained against the backdrop of the Universal Peace Federation-sponsored Asia-Pacific Summit at the beginning of the month slackened with the defeat of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in key state elections. Ostensibly buoyed by the public’s revulsion …

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Flashback: What’s Leaving Left Unity Behind?

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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