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‘Game of Thrones’ begins; results awaited

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: A ‘Game of Thrones’ of sorts has been inaugurated with the installation of the Prachanda-led coalition, born amidst the debris of the K.P. Sharma Oli-headed administration – indelibly associated in the public mind with a robust defence of the national interest and far-reaching strategic innovations vis-à-vis …

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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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By PR Pradhan Just recently Maoist Center supremo Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” had said that he doesn’t want to be the “Yes man” of anybody. After he was “terminated “ from the post of the PM eight years ago, time and again, he has said that he didn’t wish to be …

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Turkey’s Failed Military Coup & Its Ramifications

By Shashi P.B.B. Malla & Chandra Bahadur Parbate The failed military coup d’etat ended in triumph for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate government was crushed at its very inception, and order restored. Many instigators and their presumed collaborators and sympathizers have been arrested. It …

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China’s rising global influence: stray reflections

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By MR Josse …………………………………………………………….. KATHMANDU: When there has been an abrupt, externally-driven change of government here due to alarms set off by China’s perceived lengthening shadow south of the Himalayas, let us chew some intellectual cud on China’s fast expanding, global sway. Let me initiate this exposition by referring to …

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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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Bravo KP Oli!

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By PR Pradhan I am not an UML cadre and I have never voted for UML. I had never been a fan of KP Sharma Oli, instead, I have criticized him  many times. Today, I am inspired from the stance of the outgoing Prime Minister Oli. Today, I am thinking, …

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US Republicans & Democrats in General Election Mode

By Shashi P.B.B.Malla With the Republican National Convention already completed and the Democratic National Convention slated this week, it can be said that both parties have now started their campaigns for the general election on November 8.  Both candidates for president have also chosen their presumptive vice president. For ninety …

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Is a ‘Great Game’ over Nepal, a la Curzon, on the cards?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: At the conclusion of my column last week on the ‘Prexit’ maneuver, I had briefly referred to the ‘Great Game’, arguing that Prachanda (Maoist chief) and Deuba (NC captain) had willy-nilly been co-opted into the ‘Great Game’, a phrase coined by British Viceroy Lord Curzon to …

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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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