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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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It’s Us, Not Them

Somewhat disconcerting is the fact that Nepal-India relations should be so low at the popular level here when every other analyst and commentator is dissecting current Nepali politics. This is especially so when Nepali policy is juxtaposed with India’s Nepal policy. Its concurrent impact on the increasing dependence on India …

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Nothing Wrong!

‘For forms of government let fools contest. Whatever administered best is best is best.’ Alexander Pope must have been living in tumultuous English times in the turn of seventeenth century England when his poetic skills of one of the most quoted poet in England was poured on the systemic struggles …

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Political Games Abroad

If a senior KGB functionary could eventuality recall in his memoirs that India suited the local for his hunt for a possible CIA recruit since that country had ripe politicians to offer their services (one even an ultimate prime minister), the case with Nepal and Nepali politicians would seem surely …

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Elitism diagnosis

Whether we want to believe it or not, realistic appraisals of contemporary Nepal must accept the existence of a new political elite in Nepal. This political elite is nowhere near the traditional elites unless we factor in their casteist base. But even this is not adequate. Even this casteist base …

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Simple Economics

Let us assume the government is right when it expresses alarm at the enormous imbalance between imports and exports. Let us express sympathy with government when it acknowledges that agricultural production has radically decreased since the agricultural population has been denuded of labor attracted by opportunities outside the country. We …

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Breaking at the Seams

All this talk of the Oli government’s nonperformance is mere politics. So is talk of the Oli government having achieved so much in mere six months. The opposition is bound to posture publicly that the government actions are authoritative as communists are authoritarian and Oli’s two-thirds majority in parliament emboldens …

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