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Communist unity: hopes, apprehensions and competition

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: In my email inbox, there was a terse item from a correspondent mulling whether – upon the amalgamation of the UML and Maoist Centre into the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) – Nepal has become a South Asian ‘North Korea.’ Though I found that notion simplistic, …

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Modi’s ‘Hindu diplomacy’, shades of Tanakpur and all that

BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: This new column grants prime cognizance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just concluded, bizarre two-day visit as it happened, coincidentally enough, soon after yours truly returned home following a year’s absence in the United States. Since much purple prose will inevitably flow on the supposed …

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Modi’s pilgrimage to Nepal

By PR Pradhan After all, the third visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal could not remain out of controversy. Modi apparently said, at least according to the media, satisfied from the visit and believed that the visit was a historical one and it has given a “new …

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The L-shaped lump in our throat

BY MAILA BAJE What a beleaguered Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba had discharged as pre-emptive disparagement finally seems to have caught up with Prime Minister K.P. Oli. Anticipating the post-election backlash within the party, Deuba began portraying Oli’s India policy as ‘lampasarbad’. Not that the appellation was novel by …

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* Malaysia: Election Upset * Iran Nuclear Deal Derailment: Fallout

BY PRABASI NEPALI Malaysia: Victory for Democracy In Malaysia, for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957, the ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its government coalition Barisan Nasional was ousted from power in a major election upset. The opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition of several …

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RPP’s Blurred Identity

BY P. KHAREL Rastriya Prajatantra Party and its variants are a far cry from what they were until the start of last winter. So marginalised have they been that their form and force can hardly be found recognisable this spring. The power they pursued with such lust is lost for …

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The fate of a sovereign nation

By PR Pradhan Debates are on regarding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit. Apart from the local media reports, there is a flow of local reaction in the social media. Some have remarked that Modi is in a process of course correction, however, the majority of the Nepalis have …

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Beijing via New Delhi?

BY MAILA BAJE If the idea of Nepal publicly felicitating Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi continues to gall many Nepalis, it’s not hard to fathom why. The wounds inflicted by New Delhi’s 2015-2016 economic blockade are still raw. But, then, there’s the flip side. What kind of fella could even contemplate …

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Public Schools in the air

BY P. KHAREL Rana Prime Minister Dev Shumsher, who launched Gorkhapatra, the country’s first newspaper, then a weekly, is credited with opening some schools more enthusiastically than his predecessors. This led to his successors to follow suit in their own way. Each decade thereafter saw the number of schools significantly …

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