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Nepali Netbook

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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Triumph without victory

BY MAILA BAJE Nepal’s most powerful leader ever returned from a triumphant visit to India to realize that he wouldn’t be able to take a victory lap. Barely months in power, the Maoists – Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s capricious coalition partners – are peeved by his unilateralist approach to governance. …

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When it’s all in the mind…

BY MAILA BAJE All the right notes were struck in such perfect tenor that you’d be forgiven for suspecting the sonorousness of it all. Sure, there were discordant clatters conveyed through Indian news media reports suggesting New Delhi’s unwillingness to go along with Nepal’s desire to revive South Asian regional …

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Living securely in an unstable world

BY MAILA BAJE In its perpetual seesawing on Nepal, China is on the generous high. On the eve of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli’s official visit to India – his first trip abroad in his second term – a Chinese government official praised friendly ties between Kathmandu and New Delhi. …

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Eew, we’re not gonna take it!

BY MAILA BAJE Boy, are they defensive! And the condescension. From the almost universal criticism the European Union election observation mission’s final report prompted, you might have expected a tone-down. In fairness, the EU poll mission has many nice things to say about our recent elections. Yet it’s recommendation pertaining …

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Visiting rights and wrongs

BY MAILA BAJE Our sparkling-new Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s eagerness to have the Chinese and Indian leaders visit Nepal this year is understandable. Few Nepalis would quibble with Gyawali’s assertion that such high-level visits would help not only to strengthen bilateral relations but also to secure new avenues of cooperation. …

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Flashback: Get back to where you once belonged…

BY MAILA BAJE If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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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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