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‘Lubricant’ Grease

Dr. Tulsi Giri who died last week was staunch in his analysis that the multiparty system functioned on moneys that lubricated the party system and, given Nepal’s geo-strategic system made it incompatible with a monarchy in the country. He was thus vilified by champions of the multiparty system to the …

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Political Parties and Nepal

When a political scientist bemoaned the dominance of political parties that successfully overthrow the established order and inherited government wishing that they reorganized and regrouped into program based parties, he was talking sense. The legitimacy the success of the overthrow provides, gives such transcending parties predominance over any other grouping …

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What’s the Paush 1st: Points to Ponder Fuss?

The late Surya Prasad Upadhyay, in an interview when the referendum was in full swing had claimed that he headed the Kathmandu branch of the Nepali Congress while the Benaras branch was founded by Krishna Praad Bhattarai, Gopal Prasad Bhattarai, Biswesor Prasad Koirala and Matrika Prasad Koirala just as the …

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What’s the Fuss?

It’s as if Nepali society is only now aware of the fact that Nepal has shrunk to a donor driven state where even religious organizations and INGOs can drive parliament and government into backing their programs internationally. Much ado about the Nepal government and its connections with Moonies at the …

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White Wash

Much less than a decade after the restoration of the 1990 multi-party system in the country an American ambassador who oversaw the change here expressed her dissatisfaction at the course of things in a political science journal with the comment that only one of the total number of cabinet ministers …

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Reminiscences

Congress stalwart Subarna Shumshere rescinded his armed revolt against king Mahendra’s 1960 ‘coup’ and launched his first ‘national reconciliation’ campaign which saw more political participants into Mahendra’s panchayat system. An outcry among the original grass roots for proper evaluation of workers who felt superseded by the new entrants prompted Mahendra’s …

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Trump Trumping

It is good to have Donald Trump around as president of the United States of America. At least he calls a spade a spade as he sees it. So now us supposedly fledgling democracies are made aware that the American electoral system can be influenced by the Chinese and the …

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With Anticipations

When the Indian media now tells the world that neighboring Bhutan may be afforded the concession of dealing separately with China as a bi-product of the elections held in that India-controlled neighbor and allots the change to the direct Xi-Modi talks, the silence in the usually vociferous Nepali political sector …

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Dasain is Here

Dasain comes with a bang this year with the near consensual realization that the nation has been set adrift by a system that has lost control of any vestige of government. The most expensive festival system in history is hardly explained away by the falling of Nepali rupee value and …

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We the People

One Democratic senator in the U.S. senatorial discussions on the appointment of a critical supreme court justice last week was heard reminding the bipartisan panel that the U.S. constitution began with ‘We the people…’ and not ‘We the parties…’. The at times suicidal partisan politics of Nepal where even the …

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