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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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When the Gods they create fail

By Maila Baje Given the speed with which her stock has fallen, it’s a relief to see that Aung San Suu Kyi isn’t being condemned for attending the Asia Pacific Summit 2018 in Kathmandu. In a way, Suu Kyi’s plight resembles that of the other dignitary in our midst: Prime …

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All together now?

By Maila Baje If a single garland strung across the necks of our three preeminent Koiralas is what it takes to start talking about reviving the Nepali Congress, we’ll take it. The individual ambitions of Shashank, Shekhar and Sujata Koirala to don the dynastic crown Girija Prasad Koirala left behind …

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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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Another punctured trial balloon

By Maila Baje As trial balloons go, this one wasn’t supposed to come crashing down – at least not so spectacularly. Fully inflated and activated, this blimp had shed traces of tentativeness before it was floated. The sitting Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) member for Kathmandu-7 constituency, Ram Bir Manandhar, …

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Hold the applause – and affronts

By Maila Baje This hasn’t been a good time for India’s geo-strategists appraising their recent ebullience. Consider the latest confluence of events. US President Donald J. Trump turns down an invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, as Japan and China step up cooperation on Beijing’s …

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Rising up from hurt and hubris

By Maila Baje Is Madhav Kumar Nepal’s near-insurrection against K.P. Sharma Oli’s leadership at a time when our prime minister and ruling party chief is abroad an act of cowardice? Or is it a brilliant incursion based on the perfect convergence of time, context and personalities? It’s hard to say. …

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The guinea pigs that went to school

By Maila Baje Even in exasperation, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli excels at enlivening things. “Attempts to make the country a guinea pig to experiment rights and make it a playground for elements with untoward objectives cannot be accepted,” he declared on Constitution Day. The phase of experimentation in …

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India: Friend or foe

When our leaders of the day give big speeches claiming that the 2006 April uprising was a grand victory of the Nepali people against a feudal rule, they even don’t feel any shame. Everybody knows, the 2006 April uprising was solely sponsored by the then Indian establishment. The Indians, on …

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Reshuffle decoy and regional dynamics

By Maila Baje Having left on a high-profile visit to New Delhi indicating that a cabinet reshuffle was imminent, ruling Nepal Communist Party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned home conceding that Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli had the final word on the matter. While Dahal was busy meeting with top …

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