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Tangling anew with tilts and tugs

By Maila Baje The geo-strategic narrative that was gradually building in the run-up to our elections has begun to boom across the neighborhood and beyond. If the Chinese are as thrilled about the leftist sweep in our federal and provincial polls as we are being told they are, they certainly …

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Sky Doesn’t Fall, But Nation Bleeds

By P. Kharel So the inevitable has happened. The CPN (UML)-Maoist combined has won a majority for the new parliament. Notwithstanding the hue and cry over the “approaching wolf” in the victory of either of the two largest poll combinations, the Left front has carved a majority all its own. …

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Book Review : Machination of Raw in Transitional Nepal

By Prof. Dr. Shastra Dutta Pant Published by: Dr. Shastra Dutta Pant, Institue for Rural Development (SIRUD), Kathmandu The author escapes mainline intellectualism in Nepal currently perhaps because of his association with a nationalistic movement that has been relegated to the sidelines by today’s monopolists of modernism and democracy. Among …

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Watch your words – for all the tomorrows

By Maila Baje A suddenly salient feature of our politics today is the post-Dasain transformation in its language. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s campaign rhetoric is reminiscent of the pre-1990 era wherein anything the communists said or did was tantamount to a conspiracy against the Nepali Congress and democracy (which …

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Of the leaders, by the leaders, for the leaders!

BY PR Pradhan “Loktnatra” in “new” Nepal is “of the leaders, by the leaders and for the leaders”. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had used this phrase “Democracy is direct self-government, over all the people, by all the people, for all the people”. This phrase didn’t work in the Nepali context …

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North Korea Now A Nuclear Power?

By Prabasi Nepali Last week, North Korea tested its third Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), claiming the weapon could land anywhere in the continental United States, with France (also a nuclear power like the UK) saying that Europe was also within striking distance – implying that the entire Western world was …

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Poll Campaign Most Foul

By P. Kharel By any measure, the campaigning in the latest general elections under the two-year old crippled constitution registered the worst in form, content and style in Nepal’s history since 1959. The code of conduct issued and publicised by the Election Commission was reduced to shreds in a mockery …

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Elections: contradictions enmeshed in geopolitical tussle

BY M.R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As I pen this column, the first phase of Nepal’s two-step elections for seven provincial and one national assembly has been concluded with the next scheduled to be held on December 7. Before proceeding further, recall that these polls represent the very first of …

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Could this be what the Dalai Lama meant?

BY MAILA BAJE The outrage that continues over the Dalai Lama’s recent assertion that Lord Buddha was born in India is understandable. If the Ocean of Wisdom who draws every drop from the Enlightened One’s eternal waters doesn’t have his facts straight on this one, might the Almighty even deign …

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Nepal only producing political leaders

We have 753 local bodies and in future, it may increase. We have seven provinces and it may increase in the future. As per the constitution, there will be 165 directly elected members of parliament and 110 members of parliament elected through proportional system. In the seven provinces, we will …

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