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Flashback: Get back to where you once belonged…

BY MAILA BAJE If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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The Panchayat path

By PR Pradhan The Panchyat System, which had adopted the ideology of class coordination and mixed economy, after its demise for about three decades, has now been proved that it was the best political system for Nepal. Since adoption of the multiparty democracy in 1990, the country witnessed continuous decline …

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The Trump-Kim Summit: Greatest Possible Gamble of the 21st Century?

BY PRABASI NEPALI US President Donald Trump has agreed to a historic first meeting in person with Kim Jong Un in an extraordinary development in America’s high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea. Standing in front of the White House, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong, after meeting Kim first …

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Behind the Abbassi visit

BY P. KHAREL Almost a fortnight after Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi paid a visit to Nepal basically to offer congratulations to his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Oli, the event continues figuring in conversations in the capital city’s political and diplomatic circuits. The last exclusively bilateral visit by a Pakistani …

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Catastrophes, shocks and conundrums

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: A trifecta of catastrophes, shocks and conundrums constitutes the meat of this week’s column. Monday’s shocking air disaster at Tribhuvan International Airport – the biggest there in Nepal’s aviation history – in which 49 humans lost their lives and 22 suffered grievous injuries, …

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Uncertainties and opacity abound – far and near

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Metaphorically gazing out from New York one perceives a kaleidoscope of eye-catching developments – some more sparkling than others – emanating from Nepal and in its periphery. In order to accord due attention to them, one is perforce obliged to refer to a …

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Nepali Congress: Conundrum of change

BY MAILA BAJE Amid the banality of the dump-on-Deuba campaign within the Nepali Congress, Krishna Prasad Sitaula’s remarks merit closer examination. You can hardly quibble with Sitaula’s prediction at a public function the other day that the party would threaten its existence if it failed to adjust to the changing …

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Anarchism in “new” Nepal

By PR Pradhan In a democracy all the organs in the society should be abided by the law of the nation. Perhaps, there is difference between democracy and loktantra, and thus, all the organs are trying to demonstrate themselves above the law. Currently, one media house is trying to defame …

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A World in Disarray: A New Cold War?

BY PRABASI NEPALI The first part of the above heading is the title of a brilliant book by Richard Haass, the president of “The Council on Foreign Relations”. Our world today is increasingly defined by disorder. The rules-based international system seems to be falling apart, i.e. the rules, policies, institutions …

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For Gender Activists’ Attention

BY P. KHAREL A thought-provoking letter by Pooja K.C., carried in the Nepal Samacharpatra daily recently, caught my eyes and attention, with its main theme amply sounded by the heading “violence against women by women”. It is a taboo to pick up this angle especially by women but nevertheless I …

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