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By P. Kharel Politics of profits Industrial districts were one of the key features of the bad old partyless panchayat decades. The concept behind them seems to have been retained by successive regimes during the “democratic” period and now the “loktantrik” years, even as the rulers relentlessly make a mess …

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P. Kharel Free for all Intra- as well as inter-party free-for-all criticisms are the staple of many a senior member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress plus several others groups, including Madhes-based parties and Rastriya Prajatantra Parties. Having performed poorly at all levels …

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By P. Kharel Move for movement Some sections in the Madhes-based parties and ethnic groups are said to be itching for launching a protest-unto-success campaign with the onset of this winter. If that were true, would it be the first time such a major political rally to be launched? No, …

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By P. Kharel Acting drama While he led the Nepalese delegation to the United Nations General Assembly recently, Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel was given the charge of the government as “Acting Prime Minister” just as Subash Nemwang was anointed “Acting Parliamentary Party leader”. As “Acting Prime Minister”, Pokharel even addressed …

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Institutional evaluation Frustrated by the stagnation in the KP Oli government’s working style, a sizeable section of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is gathering momentum in discussing and evaluating behind closed doors the party’s as well as the government’s performance. Frustration is writ large in their faces, as the two-thirds …

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By P. Kharel Train of drought For a government that has abandoned everything else for dreaming of railway connectivity with (Raxaul-Kathmandu and Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu) in about a decade, it is no surprise that Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli mentions the projects-in-the-making whenever he has an opportunity to talk to especially leaders …

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By P. Kharel Civil Code chaos Press and privacy tug-of-war is on, raging like prairie fire. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders attribute it to the little time allocated for wide scale public discussion, though drafting the document is said to have cost Rs 120 million. Persistent complaint is that the …

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By P. Kharel Political pawns Dhan Bahadur Budha, Minister of Sate for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, is not resigning from his Dolpa constituency after all. Earlier, he was being alerted to step down, to make way for Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Bam Dev Gautam to make parliamentary entry. …

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By P. Kharel Search for socialism Nepali Congress is being attacked and ridiculed left and right these days. One of the criticisms includes the party having long turned its back on socialism that its vaunted leader B.P. Koirala espoused six decades ago. It flaunts its Socialist International association but with …

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By P Kharel Stateless in India So, four million people in the state of Assam in India are on the verge of being stateless, as they have not yet been able to produce their forefathers’ nationality on the eve of the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. Among them are many Nepalis. …

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