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It’s Systemic

A system that must necessarily gobble up seventy percent of the country’s annual budget to sustain its administrative infrastructure is certainly not toned up for development. So, when eggheads prescribe immediate, short, medium and long term planning to cope with seasonal disasters, we must merely dismiss these truths as wishful …

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Curiosity Kills

It took king Mahendra to remind his people and foreign friends in the Sixties that Nepal’s external relations were with the British in India and that the India-China obsession of the Fifties somehow sidelined this reality. King Gyanendra in his latest public statement in the form of a foreword to …

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If Wishes Were Horses

The plethora of public speeches apart, government speaks most accurately to its people through its annual fiscal policy. Our government in the last budget has told us that it intends to consume seventy percent of its budgetary outlay on itself for administrative purposes. Of the remaining thirty percent left for …

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New Juncture

It is not as if the proponents of new Nepal are bereft of options. Having retained the old identification of Nepal in Nepal and the old flag, it is as if this retention has served to rally the opposition. The streets abound with agitators carrying the Nepali flag in the …

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The Malaise: Clearer Still

That the economy is in limbo has been made clear in the fiscal policy tabled for the new fiscal year in parliament. Government is all set to go full scale for public distribution on the strength of external contributions. Government is to raise internal loans to fulfill its heightened domestic …

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National Security: What Interest?

We cannot but go back to 1990. A movement for the restoration of multi-party democracy was launched in the country when the regime was deadlocked in talks with neighboring India which had imposed a unilateral blockade in the country. The success of the multi-party movement was simultaneous with the capitulation …

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The Media Again

Prismatic Nepal has its cauldron boiling. Pandora’s Box is old hat here. Upendra Yadav, once portrayed by the very media as the Tarai’s Loktantric discovery shooting to power pinnacles as repeated Deputy Prime Minister and party boss and flush with the success of having pocketed that loktantric icon Dr. Baburam …

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The Lull

The impudence, of course, is very much there. A home ministry circulation instructs districts to go ahead with the distribution of citizenship certificates under a law still under discussion for implementation in parliament, a supreme court ruling allows it and then asks it not to do so without much bellyaches. …

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Corruption: Systemic

Had the newly rich Japanese entering the jumbo jet era not tangled with the dominant American aviation industry themselves involved in their country’s powerful defense establishment, the issue of corruption would not perhaps have tumbled the Liberal Democratic Party from power in the post-War period. Suggestions that corruption lubricated development …

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The Limits of State

Loktantra was officially celebrated this year with lackluster government sponsored gatherings bereft of public spontaneity. Government, freshly emerged from the supposed success of its partisan unification in the lower tiers will project the much vaunted image it seeks from its supposed new strength to assuage an increasingly suspicious public that …

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