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A great defeat

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By PR Pardhan The agenda of constituent assembly was not a Nepali agenda. Immediately after dawn of democracy in 1950, India had tried to impose the election of constituent assembly. So far, visionary leaders of that time, after knowing the Indian conspiracy, escaped this design. Once, late Govinda Biyogi, senior …

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And now, a China-Pakistan-Iran-Russia axis?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: It may come as a rude surprise to our soi-disant strategic experts, bogged down with a myopic India-centric worldview, to learn that a China-Pakistan-Iran-Russia axis may be in a nascent stage of crystallisation. What would possibly be even more alarming to that tribe of self-imagined policy …

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How long to sleep?

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By PR Pradhan The Nepali people are in a deep sleep even when enemies are creating conspiracy to capture their own houses. Those slaves of India, who have appeared as our leaders, are initiating conspiracy one after another to make us refugee in our own motherland. How long should we …

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Running on the right track?

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By Maila Baje Whatever the reasons behind the precipitous unification of Nepal’s two major rightwing parties last week, one thing is pretty clear. The development is not part of the wave of rightwing populism blowing across the West and elsewhere. So let’s start by not rushing to anoint our version …

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Flashback: Cuban missile crisis, October 1962

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week Fidel Castro who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for 49 years died. This column is not focused on Castro’s life and times. It is more narrowly framed around one of the momentous geopolitical events of the 20th century in which he played a …

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Decade of desultory dominion

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By Maila Baje It’s not hard to see why an intense sense of public despondency overshadows the 10-year anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed between the interim government led by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the erstwhile Maoist rebels. In all fairness, the CPA did succeed in …

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Majority’s voice suppressed in “loktantra”

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By PR Pradhan The political parties observed 20 November as the 10th anniversary of signing of the comprehensive peace agreement. Some Maoist leaders claimed for achieving big things in these past years after endorsement of the Agreement, however, they have failed to identify the achievements. In the past ten years, …

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Quo vadis: ‘Containment of China’ in Trump era?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Last week, I recommended that our foreign policy wonks pay heed to how developments are likely to unfold in the US-China-India arena, après the January 20, 2017 inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. It could provide useful guidance …

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(Who) Won China policy

By Maila Baje Whatever we may think about Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s 100 days in office, the Chinese don’t seem terribly impressed. Still, that alone should be cause for celebration for our top Maoist, if you consider the circumstances that led to his ascension. Had the K.P. Oli government …

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