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Return To Nationalism

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By P. Kharel Even as Permanent Residency and Diversity Visa are becoming the name of a new anthem attracting Nepalis for greener pastures overseas, a slow and steady development is that a “nationalist” tag is no longer a derogatory description but a badge of honour. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, even prior …

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Redundancy of regionalism or refitting of rivalries?

Leaders of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and MJF-D after the six unified to form Rastriya Janata Party.

By Maila Baje Disregard the embarrassment surrounding the naming of the new political organization created by six Madhes-based parties and consider the bigger picture: the trend toward nationalizing the articulation and engagement of political principles and passions. Upendra Yadav, the originator of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum, morphed his organization …

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What could be Nepal’s foreign policy?

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By PR Pradhan Our foreign minister has formed a taskforce to formulate Nepal’s foreign policy. It seems, Nepal had no foreign policy in the past and thus the minister is in a hurry to draft a foreign policy for the country! Earlier too, when MahendraPandey was the foreign minister, he …

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French Presidential Election: Most Consequential

By Prabasi Nepali The first round of the most consequential French presidential election took place last Sunday. There was heightened security after an Islamist terrorist gunned down a policeman and injured several others in the posh Paris area of Champs Elysees, sending locals and tourists rushing for cover. The Islamic …

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Imbibe the lessons of history and geography!

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: In this valedictory column yours truly will flag issues relating to the recent formation of a foreign policy review task force – naturally ‘high-level’ as is the wont these rhetorically extravagant days – that, our national news agency informs, is mandated to produce a document focusing …

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Flashback: Freedom, Fluster And Fatalism

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By Maila Baje Viewed from a section of the south, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s northern sojourn was a damp squib. That the Maoists’, like their ideologically disparate forerunners in power, never intended to set off fireworks, was beside the point. Beijing, according to the dominant Indian media storyline, did …

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Hoodwinking to China?

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It has become very clear that the present Maoist Center and Nepali Congress government was formed to curb the agreements between Nepal and China on mutual cooperation. The previous government led by KP Sharma Oli had signed ten important agreements with China. They include agreements on trade and transportation; import …

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Turkey’s Referendum: Crucial & Historic

By Prabasi Nepali Turkey’s Referendum: Crucial & Historic Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has narrowly won last Sunday’s referendum to expand presidential powers, which could keep him in office until 2029. The “Yes” campaign won 51.37 percent and “No” 48.63 percent. Erdogan supporters claim replacing the parliamentary system (and abolishing …

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Denial Does Not Halt History

By P. Kharel Of all the people, Kamal Thapa, the deputy prime minister looking after Local Development Ministry, is going saying that the forthcoming local elections were being held for the first time “in 20 years”. It is actually the second time in two decades. Remember the February 2006 municipality …

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China’s expanding global heft: implications for Nepal, India

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: This week just over has been a dramatic one dominated by the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States, against the backdrop of the failure of Pyongyang’s latest missile test following the display of nearly 60 missiles at an eye-popping military parade on Saturday …

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