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Reading the Chinese tea leaves

The Chinese finally have put their imprimatur on Nepal’s new republican order. Or so the conventional wisdom in Nepal seems to be following President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s trip up north. Over the past decade and a half, while the rest of the world has been discoursing with a mixture of …

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Nepali Congress’ nettlesome contortions

By Maila Baje As Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli was busy railing against our fraternity of professional star-watchers for advancing a vast right-wing conspiracy against his government, Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel helped a little to explain how we got here. On the last day of the first constituent …

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What do the stars have in store?

By Maila Baje A new Nepali year has descended on us amid a plethora of fortune-telling on the country’s politics. From face readers to star gazers, the verdict is that 2076 will be an uncommon year. The conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Sagittarius led to the end of Nepal’s …

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Searching Nepali name for tornado

By Our Reporter Bara and Parsa districts were hit by a tornado, the first recorded wind-induced disaster in the country, killing 28 people and injuring 600 others on March 30. Many people termed the powerful storm that uprooted trees and even water pumps and blew the concrete slabs of the …

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Ah, those jitters jingling behind the jibes

By Maila BajePrime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli increasingly relishes mocking the Nepali Congress, but he doesn’t seem to be exuding authentic mirth. If anything, his external pleasure seems to reflect his inner perplexity. Put simply, our prime minister cannot understand the mounting public disaffection with his government when what he …

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The fever and the fury

It was quite out of character for Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to go after a group of Nepalis living in the United States while updating reporters on his eagerly watched visit to that country. Not that the former Fierce One is a stranger to acerbity and causticity. In his …

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Enact first and (maybe) ask later

By Maila Baje In what must be one of the wildest 180s in our modern political history, Nepali Congress General Secretary Shashank Koirala the other day spurned the need for a referendum on republicanism and federalism. A day earlier, Shashank, who has in the past stressed the need to democratically …

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Flashback: When it’s all about looking busy

By Maila Baje As the post-Dasain/Tihar political momentum picks up, introspection seems to be the byword on the left center and right alike. Former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have promised that the government will begin showing more life. …

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The dynamics of ambiguity

By Maila Baje Above everything else, the surprise agreement between the government and Chandra Kanta Raut, president of the Alliance for Independent Madhesh, must have come as a punch in the gut to Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Okay, not the 11-point agreement per se, perhaps, …

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It’s still foggy out there

By Maila Baje These days, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba is increasingly worried about the future of democracy in Nepal. It must be a source of immense satisfaction to the former prime minister to be able to turn the tables on his political adversaries. Sure, you could argue that …

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