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Insulted, infuriated and invigorated

By Maila Baje We don’t know what kind of healing Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba got in Singapore for the unspecified ‘stomach ailment’ that took him there a few weeks ago. But the former prime has undoubtedly come back with more fire in his belly. Of all the things …

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Round table, reconciliation and restlessness

By Maila Baje Beset by relentless criticism of rank opportunism, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) seems anxious to project itself as the party of solutions. Just before the anti-government Guthi protests hit a crescendo, RPP president Kamal Thapa proposed a round table conference accommodating all political forces between former king …

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Does anyone like anything here anymore?

By Maila Baje With the government aggressively assaulting the past and present in the name of newness, dissenters are emerging from different quarters with matching defiance. That’s bound to happen when predicting earthquakes and doing satirical film reviews on social media begin landing you in jail. A bill seeking to …

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Fools, or played for ones?

By Maila Baje Before embarking on his European excursion, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli gave us something to chew on, something that seems to be gnawing at him with growing ferocity these days. In this day and age, how could there still be ‘fools’ in our midst who want to …

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Dahal’s dilemma of enquiry and learning

By Maila Baje Barely done fulminating about the purported power-sharing deal predicating the unification between our erstwhile Maoist and Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) factions, Comrade Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ wonders what all the fuss is about. There should be no debate on whether Khadga Prasad Oli will remain prime minister for …

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Flashback: Modi-fying our hopes and fears

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s electoral triumph has triggered predictable reactions across our political spectrum vis-à-vis its impact on Nepal’s troubled polity. From Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey, representing the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist, to Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) president Kamal Thapa, representing the right end of the spectrum, disparate …

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Loud thinking on the party line

By Maila Baje If the cart hurtled with an extra jolt before the steed in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) this week, at least our comrades were trying to instill some horse sense into it all. Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, a two-time general secretary of the erstwhile Communist Party …

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When history and geography collide

By Maila Baje With Nepal on the cusp of the traditionally portentous month of Jestha, political battle lines of sorts have been drawn at the individual, institutional and international levels. Fresh from an enthusiastic reception up north rejuvenation, President Bidya Devi Bhandari landed in a storm over her purported imperious …

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Reading the Chinese tea leaves

The Chinese finally have put their imprimatur on Nepal’s new republican order. Or so the conventional wisdom in Nepal seems to be following President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s trip up north. Over the past decade and a half, while the rest of the world has been discoursing with a mixture of …

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