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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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Panmunjom, Wuhan and forthcoming Trump-Kim interface

By M. R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: The thrust of this valedictory column is directed to a few hot-button issues of global significance. As I hope to continue writing on Nepalese affairs following my return to Kathmandu soon, I wish now to flag a couple of broad-brush issues pertaining to Nepal. …

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The Xi-Modi summit and Nepal

By Maila Baje As far as we know, the following exchange didn’t occur during the Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Maila Baje wouldn’t be surprised if it had: Xi: Up next is Nepal. Modi: That’s a sore one for us. And the …

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“New” Nepal in the “golden era”

By PR Pradhan Leaders of the present political parties are found giving speeches defaming the erstwhile scrapped Panchayat era as a “dark era”, “autocratic era” and this “loktantrik era” as the “golden era”. How is this “golden era”, we have already experienced! The government itself is saying that there is …

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Candid Call on How They Fall

By P. Kharel By now, the national consensus is that the 1951 democratic revolution, inspired by King Tribhuvan and steered by Matrika Prasad Koirala, of Nepali Congress, remains unique for the true bearings of democratic changes inspired more by serving the nation than by catering to individual and group interests. …

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Imminent crucial palavers in Korean DMZ and Wuhan

BY M. R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Although there is no dearth of comment-worthy developments unfolding here, I shall focus mainly on happenings relating to the upcoming summit Friday between the leaders of the two Korean states, which, coincidentally, takes place while leaders of China and India are to jawbone, informally, …

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What’s leaving Left unity behind?

BY MAILA BAJE From the way things are going, it sure does look like ethereal elements are trying to prevent the unification of our United Marxist-Leninist (UML) and Maoist factions into that single imposing communist party. Unity looked like a done deal before last year’s landmark elections. Nepali voters were …

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