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Time for something new

By Maila Baje Surely, it wasn’t supposed to be like this. The coordinator of our nascent New Force is struggling hard to defend his patriotic credentials. A riled Dr. Baburam Bhattarai told an audience the other day that his genetic code was so pulsating with pure-bred nationalism that it needed …

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Trilateral omission

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By Maila Baje Darn it, they couldn’t let our exhilaration last a little longer. When news broke of the surprise trilateral meeting between the leaders of Nepal, China and India on the sidelines of the Goa BRICS summit, it really felt, well, good, to say the least. Finally, our two …

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The wages of crying wolf

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By Maila Baje So it eventually had to come to this. A decade after triumphing in their ‘people’s war’, Baburam Bhattarai is accusing Pushpa Kamal Dahal of betraying the nation in order to maintain his grip on power by signing a despicable agreement with India during his recent trip down …

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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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