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Status quo again and again

By Maila Baje This sure does not look like a good time to be Sher Bahadur Deuba – not even by Deuba’s standards. The doyen of the status quo seems dumbstruck by the shocks and surprises coming from every conceivable corner. Wresting the presidency of the Nepali Congress last year …

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Making sense of our sensibilities

By Maila Baje Lost in the turbulence of our wider politics last week was a candid appraisal made by a former bureaucrat/aspiring politician of what really does seem to ail us. RameshwarKhanal, a former finance secretary who became a prominent member of the Naya Shakti, took the usual course of …

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The ambassador supreme and mission creep

By Maila Baje If India was expecting to reset its relationship with Nepal with the appointment of a new ambassador, then the omens are not good. The reverberations of protests along the border, a day after Indian security forces fatally shot a Nepali man who was protesting their presence on …

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Oli wants back in: Will he be the same man?

By Maila Baje Taking a leaf from former king Gyanendra, ex-premier Khadga Prasad Oli the other day sought to plant new seeds of national reassurance. “Some forces may have succeeded in removing the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist from power, but they have not been able to remove us from …

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Uniting for the next split? Let’s hope not

By Maila Baje Emerging from its much-publicized unity convention, the right-of-centerRastriyaPrajatantra Party (RPP) is seeking to project the image of your normal political party. And the Big Three political parties have contributed much to the normalization process. From the balminess and banter the Nepali Congress, Unified Marxist Leninist and Maoist-Center …

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Inside the dark tunnel

By PR Pradhan Nepal is passing through a very crucial period. Some observers even compare the present situation saying it is much worse than the time of the signing the Sugauli Treaty with the British East India Company. We have opened our grounds to the foreigners; we have given birth …

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Gaudy games in the premier league

By Maila Baje Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been assuring us to the point of utter boredom that elections will be held at any cost to safeguard the political achievements of the past decade. The opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) likes hearing that, but only when Dahal …

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Nepal first, last and always

By Maila Baje Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in early November gave much impetus to our assemblage of ‘Nepal Firsters’. The unapologetic internalism infusing Trump’s inaugural address last week is bound to have its influences and implications here. Khadga Prasad Oli, former prime minister and chairman …

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Qualified hope for moral incumbency

By Maila Baje From the sheer timeline, it would appear that the judiciary was waiting for the executive to prove before the legislature its commitment to pull the country back from the precipice of impending calamity. A three-person bench of the Supreme Court removed Lok Man Singh Karki as head …

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Outrage of ineptitude

By Maila Baje “In what capacity do the Chinese keep meeting with former king Gyanendra Shah?” That pointed question by Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi at a cabinet meeting last week encapsulated the collective mind-set of today’s rule class. Stress, anger, trauma, anxiety, fear and much more psychosomatic were strung …

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