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Downgrading of Nepal

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By PR Pradhan Whether the Maoist insurgency was for the betterment of Nepal or it was initiated to finish Nepal, this is a debatablequestion of the day. On 1 Falgun (12 February,) the Maoists divided into four different political parties now, observed its 22nd“people’s war day” by organizing talk programmes …

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Flashback: Sikkim’s ‘merger’, Quislings and related musings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: On 10 February, 2017 the state-owned Rising Nepal in its ’50 Years Ago’ column carried a RSS-AFP news item datelined Gangtok reminding that the Maharaja (Chogyal) of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal, at his monthly press conference, made public his intention of proceeding to New Delhi to …

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Let all the Nepalis return to the motherland

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By PR Pradhan After emergence of Donald Trump as the president of the US, the only super power in the globe, the entire world has been strongly jolted. Will he be able to establish new world order or will he keep the US aloof from the entire world, only time …

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International relations in a kaleidoscopic flux

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU:  International relations are, almost by definition, invariably in a state of flux given the inherent fluidity and fickleness of the forces that shape world politics, influence the international economy and define power differentials between the key players in the global theatre. Despite that established verity, it …

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“Supreme” leaders’ actual size

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By PR Pradhan On Sunday, we observed Martyrs’ Day. The Day has been devalued as the political leaders have declared their workers – even those who died in accidents – as martyrs. This is unfortunate that from such a practice, the height of the real martyrs has been decreased. Alas, …

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Is India bracing for showdown with China?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is India bracing for a showdown, in the not too distant future, with China? That is a timely hypothetical question which our soi-disant foreign policy experts and self-styled strategic whiz kids would do well to address – if for no other reason than that a drastic …

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Critical scenario

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The leaders of the major three parties claim that above 90 percent of the people’s representatives had endorsed the present constitution, commoners have not been able to take ownership on the constitution. Although the very leaders are saying that this is the first time in the history of the country …

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Nepal first, last and always

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By Maila Baje Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in early November gave much impetus to our assemblage of ‘Nepal Firsters’. The unapologetic internalism infusing Trump’s inaugural address last week is bound to have its influences and implications here. Khadga Prasad Oli, former prime minister and chairman …

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The Trump effect on Nepal: a hypothesis

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Asked the other day what impact the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States would have, I replied: it will depend very largely on his policy towards China, which would substantially influence America’s relations with Nepal’s other neighbour, India. Before venturing any further …

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The holiday episode

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By PR Pradhan In spite of the government efforts to overshadow the contribution of King Prithivi Narayan Shah the Great, the entire nation observed his birth anniversary on 11 January with great fanfare. In spite of pressures from RPP leaders and also NC and UML leaders, the government headed by …

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