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Nation should not be defeated

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By PR Pradhan We will remain as a Nepali only if the country remains. We can draft many constitutions if we will have a nation; we can go for many elections if the nation will remain. But in the name of “loktantra” or institutionalization of the “historic achievements”, we should …

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French Presidential Election: On a Razor’s Edge

By Prabasi Nepali Last Saturday, the French far-right and xenophobic presidential hopeful Ms. Marine Le Pen named the defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her chosen prime minister. This was an attempt to attract his voters and help win victory over the centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan is also an …

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Desperate Dalai, Sensitive Situation

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By P. Kharel When China last month made a strong criticism of the Dalai Lama’s second trip to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, India tried making the issue light saying that the “spiritual visitor has devotees in the region”. The politics involved in the visit is inherent in Beijing’s claim …

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Return To Nationalism

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By P. Kharel Even as Permanent Residency and Diversity Visa are becoming the name of a new anthem attracting Nepalis for greener pastures overseas, a slow and steady development is that a “nationalist” tag is no longer a derogatory description but a badge of honour. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, even prior …

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Redundancy of regionalism or refitting of rivalries?

Leaders of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and MJF-D after the six unified to form Rastriya Janata Party.

By Maila Baje Disregard the embarrassment surrounding the naming of the new political organization created by six Madhes-based parties and consider the bigger picture: the trend toward nationalizing the articulation and engagement of political principles and passions. Upendra Yadav, the originator of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum, morphed his organization …

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What could be Nepal’s foreign policy?

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By PR Pradhan Our foreign minister has formed a taskforce to formulate Nepal’s foreign policy. It seems, Nepal had no foreign policy in the past and thus the minister is in a hurry to draft a foreign policy for the country! Earlier too, when MahendraPandey was the foreign minister, he …

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French Presidential Election: Most Consequential

By Prabasi Nepali The first round of the most consequential French presidential election took place last Sunday. There was heightened security after an Islamist terrorist gunned down a policeman and injured several others in the posh Paris area of Champs Elysees, sending locals and tourists rushing for cover. The Islamic …

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Imbibe the lessons of history and geography!

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: In this valedictory column yours truly will flag issues relating to the recent formation of a foreign policy review task force – naturally ‘high-level’ as is the wont these rhetorically extravagant days – that, our national news agency informs, is mandated to produce a document focusing …

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Flashback: Freedom, Fluster And Fatalism

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By Maila Baje Viewed from a section of the south, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s northern sojourn was a damp squib. That the Maoists’, like their ideologically disparate forerunners in power, never intended to set off fireworks, was beside the point. Beijing, according to the dominant Indian media storyline, did …

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Hoodwinking to China?

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It has become very clear that the present Maoist Center and Nepali Congress government was formed to curb the agreements between Nepal and China on mutual cooperation. The previous government led by KP Sharma Oli had signed ten important agreements with China. They include agreements on trade and transportation; import …

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