Qualitative change in relation with China not possible right away Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The debate on the role of foreign powers in Nepali politics has once again sharpened with a spotlight on the relationship between the Maoists and India. The Maoist rhetoric, acerbic in its criticisms of perceived Indian interventions a few years ago, has substantially subsided—something which the..

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Federalism doesn’t make qualitative difference to Dalits Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Similar to other marginalised and oppressed groups, the Dalits placed a great hope on a progressive constitution that would correct historical wrongs and enshrine their rights, says Padam Sundas, a veteran civil society activist and the Chairperson of Nepal Dalit Literature and Culture Academy. But..

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Nepal could act as a bridge between China and S Asia

Chinese Ambassador Yang Houlan has recently completed one year in Nepal. In this connection, Yang spoke to our Hong Kong-based special correspondent Purna Basnet, on his experiences in Nepal, China’s strategic interests, Tibet, investment, among other issues. EXCERPTS Having completed one..

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Thespian in Conversation: Mahendra Malangia Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A man who leaves no room to categorization either in life or passion though indeed a forerunner in Maithili theatre, Mahendra Malangia has been appearing on literary and performing arena like a sturdy masseur with overarching effects. Full of reappraising inflections but considerably distant from..

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Referendum not necessary to reinstate monarchy: Gyanendra Shah Monday, July 9th, 2012

Nepal's former monarch Gyanendra Shah has always remained at the center of Nepal's politics. Even after declaring Nepal a Republican nation, he remained always an noticeable figure for the Nepalese people and politicians alike. In this interview that was televised on July 8 on News 24 Television..

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No confrontation with India vis-a-vis Nepal Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Professor Ma Jiali is a South Asia expert associated with China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think-tank operating under China’s state council. Also a member of China-India Track to Dialogue, Jiali is an eminent expert on Indian affairs. The Executive Deputy..

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We’re ready to take leadership of revolt Monday, June 18th, 2012

To split or not to split has been the question for the Maoist party for a long time after the Constituent Assembly election. That question is about to be answered—three weeks after the expiration of the CA, the ‘hardline’ faction started a national gathering of activists in Kathmandu on..

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Not naming states along ethnic lines rejects identity

Prithvi Subba Gurung is a  CPN-UML Politburo member from Lamjung. He has become more known recently for his position as the Coordinator of the Adivasi Janajati caucus of the former Constituent Assembly. With the demise of the CA, Janajati lawmakers are at a crossroads about whether to continue..

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There is no alternative to elections: Baburam Bhattarai Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

PRASHANT JHA, A week after Nepal’s Constituent Assembly got dissolved without delivering a constitution, the political stalemate in the country shows no signs of being resolved. On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai spoke exclusively to The Hindu about the events of May 27 and the..

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No need to extend CA term: Baidya Friday, May 25th, 2012

The government has registered a bill seeking yet another extension of the Constituent Assembly term. What will be your position on the bill if put to vote? We will discuss this issue with all the parties. We will also ask the chairman (Pushpa Kamal Dahal) and Baburam (prime minister) why they..

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Federalism isn’t the vehicle to solve all inequalities Monday, May 21st, 2012

Chaitanya Mishra hardly needs an introduction. He has spent over thirty years teaching and researching sociology at the Tribhuvan University. He has also written extensively on development, politics and society and often deploys a Marxist perspective. As the debate over the new constitution and..

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Action will be taken against those who defy party decisions Thursday, May 17th, 2012

When major political parties signed the five-point agreement to form a national unity government under the leadership of PM Baburam Bhattarai on May 3, an inkling of hope that differences on major outstanding constitutional issues would be hammered out and, at least, a framework of the constitution..

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Unholy alliance would’ve jeopordised the constitution

As the May 27 deadline for the Constituent Assembly approaches, the parties last week were busy negotiating a new government acceptable to major forces inside the CA. The negotiations saw the inking of a five-point agreement that promises a consensus government led by Nepali Congress before May 27,..

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There’s a crisis of confidence in top three parties Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Upendra Yadav has strong views on what’s a good constitution—he burnt the Interim Constitution of 2007 right after it came into existence. His Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) spearheaded the Madhes Andolan in 2007 and forced the government to amend the Interim Constitution to include federalism...

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It’s not that everything will be lost or won on May 27

Negotiations over the contentious issues in constitution-drafting are in full swing. But as the days go by without a compromise, the procedures of the drafting process have been shortened repeatedly. Meanwhile, it’s becoming evident that the major hurdle in reaching agreement among leaders and in..

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Dahal’s move against party CC decision: Baidya Sunday, April 15th, 2012

At the time when the Mohan Baidya led faction of the UCPN (Maoist) has taken to the streets against the decision taken by party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal allowing the Nepal Army to take control of the Maoist combatants, cantonments and arms, Republica´s Kiran Pun caught up with Mohan Baidya, who..

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Integration alone is not the end of the peace process

With the integration process having reached “an irreversible point,”  there is now a renewed hope for a timely constitution. However, dissatisfaction among Maoist combatants is becoming more vocal, with the Maoist hardline faction’s Mohan Vaidya emerging as a leader for the disgruntled camp...

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Prosecutions will have to take place—sooner or later

Many aspects of the peace process remain unaddressed. Among them, perhaps the most contentious issue is that of transitional justice. The political party leaders are collectively pushing for a call for general amnesty, but Trilochan Uprety, the senior legal Secretary at the Prime Minister’s..

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