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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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What Now

How the CPN two-thirds in parliament helped the party to ride over the removal of the acting chief justice cuts a long story short. The supremacy of parliament is adequate adage to cover up the fact that both the head of government and the chief of the opposition had recommended …

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Dr. Govinda KC

He rules the roost in media coverage today. His precipitous flirtation with death draws admiration. He is a medical doctor. He teaches medicine. He is based at Tribhuvan University’s Teaching Campus in Mahrajgunj. He is currently in his fifteenth fast onto death. Dr. Govinda KC makes waves with his hunger …

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Waterways: For record

This is for record. A Nepali multi-party activist of the referendum days of Nepal’s 1980s launched a quest for waterways access to the sea for Nepal. Manjur ‘World’ founded a ‘Rastrya Samaj Sudhar Sanstha’ which pioneered two sterling homegrown movements in those days of new found multi-party activism. One was …

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Tangible Corrections

The past decade of populism in Nepali politics has exposed itself for what it is: mere populism. If the science of development has taught the world that there are mere two avenues for development—moneys and education—political society’s perversion of the two since the past decades has made it abjectly evident …

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Loktantric Governance

What better example of Nepali governance than the continued resort to rule by edicts even when the legislature sits to make laws? This is despite the more than two-thirds majority so widely being flaunted. The excuse this time is the paucity of time and the need to fast track these …

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Nepal: Partying

The Nepali population has found the decade expensive. Our leaders have long run out of excuses. Prime Minister K.P. Oli and his newly strengthened NCP must now tell his party-men to stop pointing out the shortcomings of his fiscal policies in public. The whip notwithstanding, practical politics of one sort …

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China???

We are at it again. Nepali intelligentsia and the media is as preoccupied as Prime Minister K.P. Oli who is at time of print on the return leg of his China visit in eulogizing the boons of Nepal-China relationships and in predicting—in predictably very partisan terms— the extent of Chinese …

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