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When Does Order Matter?

BY MAILA BAJE Now that we have been so sternly schooled in the scope of practice of a government entrusted with holding elections, can we hope to be more sensible in our general expectations of what may come ahead? Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress were supposed …

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Seeing what we don’t see

By Maila Baje Behind the demonstrable post-election squabbling may lurk any number of things. The leftist alliance’s resounding poll victory has laid bare the perils of political preemption as an electoral strategy. The unification of the Marxist-Leninist and Maoist factions of our communist fraternity is proving trickier than their votaries …

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Flashback: Wackiness in our out-of-whack times

By Maila Baje These  last couple of weeks must rank as some of the wackiest in Nepal’s politics. Caretaker premier Girija Prasad Koirala exudes a palpable sense of relief when he asserts the onus for solving the nation’s problems lies with his presumptive successor, Prachanda. Yet Koirala, demanding the presidency …

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Tangling anew with tilts and tugs

By Maila Baje The geo-strategic narrative that was gradually building in the run-up to our elections has begun to boom across the neighborhood and beyond. If the Chinese are as thrilled about the leftist sweep in our federal and provincial polls as we are being told they are, they certainly …

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Watch your words – for all the tomorrows

By Maila Baje A suddenly salient feature of our politics today is the post-Dasain transformation in its language. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s campaign rhetoric is reminiscent of the pre-1990 era wherein anything the communists said or did was tantamount to a conspiracy against the Nepali Congress and democracy (which …

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Could this be what the Dalai Lama meant?

BY MAILA BAJE The outrage that continues over the Dalai Lama’s recent assertion that Lord Buddha was born in India is understandable. If the Ocean of Wisdom who draws every drop from the Enlightened One’s eternal waters doesn’t have his facts straight on this one, might the Almighty even deign …

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Dreaming up others’ dreams

BY MAILA BAJE Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is consumed with purveying dreams these days – except they are not his own. At one public function, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) vowed to fulfill the dream of the late strongman of the Nepali Congress, Girija …

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Abundant gratitude, in life and death

By Maila Baje In death, Kirti Nidhi Bista has been appropriately eulogized for his indefatigable defense of the nation’s interests and for his spotless persona as a public figure. Bista’s first term as premier (1969-1970) is remembered for his decision to remove Indian military checkposts and liaison office as part …

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A spectacle worth seeing

By Maila Baje If you are still struggling to recover from the sheer suddenness of the leftist alliance forged over Dasain, the spectacle across the political spectrum since should help to cheer you up. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has advised the Nepali Congress to …

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Finding a place between haughtiness and hopelessness

By Maila Baje Maoist Center chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s taunts and gibes to the Nepali Congress seem to be troubling quite a few prominent members of our senior ruling party. The leftist alliance so suddenly sprung upon the nation amid the Dasain festivities has given an opportunity to the Nepali …

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