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Random Thoughts on Nepal’s Local Polls

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By Prabasi Nepali Moderate Rouhani Wins Decisively in Iran Last Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding re-election victory as voters overwhelmingly supported his efforts to rebuild foreign relations and at the same time propel the struggling economy. He won 23.5 million votes – 57 percent – compared to …

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Poll Momentum

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The haste to usher in a ‘new Nepal’ through implementation of an exclusive constitution by the conduct of its first elections can merely reflect the flaws. The fact is that the constitutional issues remaining did trigger the electoral division of the country in its very first stage. Our monopolists can …

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Transient Still

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A consistent but permeable factor hindering the elections scheduled this Sunday is the virtual absence of public trust in the politics of our country. One thing is for sure though. Despite the public meanderings our political class must make sure that the electoral democracy they espouse must be sealed and …

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The Haunting

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A little over ten years ago the country was going to polls in municipalities that had been made bereft of elected representatives just as the country, in a little over a week from today, is scheduled to go to polls in selected regions in the supposedly first phase of local …

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Fast Track?

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Curiosity heightens. What prompts the Madhesh- centered parties to combine into two and what wisdom bestows them to shed their regional colors and allow them to assume a national nomenclature in course of their election talks with government is merely one of the many mysteries unfolding in Nepal’s political mysteries. …

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Election Spanners

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The word now is tarai-madhes. It appears that our caste-ism politics finds the use of neither of the two words alone adequate. The scene shifts there again after parties fighting for the rights of that region have decided not only to boycott the local level elections outright but to disrupt …

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Prevailing Poll Doubts

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Having played havoc with the fundaments of democracy and constitutionalism in the country, the Nepali political establishment is currently hell bent on assuring the people that corrections are being made in their approach for a new Nepal by implementing their constitution at the grass roots through elections at the local …

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Threat

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The government is still in the process of negotiation with the Madheshi Front and amendment of the constitution. Of late, the Front has demanded to remove Article 274 in the constitution and postponing the elections for some weeks. Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal has remarked that the elections to be held …

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Yet Another Conspiracy

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Nepali skepticism is so all pervasive that yet another orchestration of Nepali politics this week is being analyzed from so many contradictory corners projecting the distrust that is rampant. If the last round focused on the Tarai, Tarai parties, the elections and the government coalition, this round goes to Kathmandu, …

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Knife Edge Politics

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It is surely the politician treading the knife’s edge who is bleeding. And so is Nepali politics that has for too long poised itself on uncertainties. For those who would want politics to run its full course, the fault lies in the fact that they have contributed to the knife’s …

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