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A handshake and a shakedown

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By Maila Baje Was Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s visit to India really as successful as is being officially characterized in both countries? The answer would rest on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping lands in Kathmandu this year – or ever. From New Delhi’s standpoint, at least, our prime minister’s …

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The curious evolution of a Premier’s persona

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By Maila Baje Something eerie seems to be going on with Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Of course, he’s trying hard this time to be humble, contrite and all that. Nothing wrong there. The bluster and superciliousness of his last tenure as premier did not serve him well. Let the man …

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Politics of pre-emption?

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By Maila Baje Khum Bahadur Khadka is a restless man. He has been edgy for quite a while. The Nepali Congress luminary is said to have around half a dozen central committee members and twice that number of lawmakers in his camp. He has been seeking the party’s vice-presidency, citing …

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Running in circles around overlapping spheres

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By Maila Baje Who would’ve really thought the Indian and Chinese presidents one day would be vying with each other so feverishly to visit Nepal first. Okay, neither Pranab Mukherjee nor Xi Jinping seems that desperate. But you get the drift. Watch for what is said as well as what …

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Is it adjournment or abandonment on the right?

By Maila Baje Where does the unification effort between the two factions of the right-of-center Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) stand today? RPP chairman Pashupati Shamsher Rana insists that the amalgamation announcement set for August 9 could not take place because of the parties’ failure to agree on ‘balance of power’. …

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Humility: Making sense of Dahal’s makeover

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By Maila Baje For someone who stepped down from the premiership so rancorously seven years ago refusing to ‘prostrate’ before ‘foreign gods’, Pushpa Kamal Dahal is trying hard these days to illuminate his halo of humility. To be sure, Nepal’s top Maoist no longer projects the ferocity of yore. Open …

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It hasn’t all been said yet

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By Maila Baje The euphoria gripping the Indian media following the resignation of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli evidently stems from New Delhi’s apparent triumph in having returned to the driver’s seat of Nepali politics after a hiatus of nine months. Granted, reporters and commentators across the southern border have …

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A bright spot in the yard

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By Maila Baje Maila Baje has always been intrigued by the ease with which Khadga Prasad Oli could shed his ostensible ‘pro-Indian’ tag and win plaudits as a ‘nationalist’ prime minister. Within the post-Madan Bhandary Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist quartet, Bam Dev Gautam sought and temporarily retained the nationalist …

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Deciphering Dahal’s indecision

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By Maila Baje What has become of Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal these days? For the second time in as many months, he has sullenly walked back from public avowals to dislodge Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s government. You can understand the whole two-steps-forward-one-step-back claptrap he profited from in the deadly old …

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Doctoring the body politic

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BY MAILA BAJE When Dr. Govinda K.C. demanded the impeachment of Lok Man Singh Karki, the last thing he expected was a prompt official diagnosis of the state of his own mental health. Yet that was what the prominent orthopedic surgeon got in return for pressing parliament to start proceedings …

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