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Nepali Congress: Conundrum of change

BY MAILA BAJE Amid the banality of the dump-on-Deuba campaign within the Nepali Congress, Krishna Prasad Sitaula’s remarks merit closer examination. You can hardly quibble with Sitaula’s prediction at a public function the other day that the party would threaten its existence if it failed to adjust to the changing …

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Talking straight in the shadows

BY MAILA BAJE Chalk one up for cruel candor, if you will. With one word put in vicious context in one interview, Prime Minister K. P. Oli has provoked the Indian commentariat into probing his means, motive and opportunity. In his interview with the South China Morning Post, Oli made …

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Change is the only constant

BY MAILA BAJE If Khadga Prasad Oli’s return to the premiership was inevitable after his party’s sturdy performance in last year’s elections, the timing of his ascension appears to have been conveniently crafted. While the ‘China’s gain, India’s pain’ narrative will be assiduously held, New Delhi appears to have ensured …

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Edginess, attitude and course correction

By Maila Baje Restiveness over the style and substance of the unification of Nepal’s two principal communist parties has begun to pervade the Maoist faction. The rank and file there seem to have woken up to what the rest of the country has grasped. This is not unification between two …

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Taking care of tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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?

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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