Enter Mahendra

By dissolving Matrika Prasad Koirala’s cabinet, Mahendra had already shown an inclination for direct rule even while Tribhuvan, ‘the father of democracy’, was still around (Photo bilder-aus-nepal.de)

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Matrika’s fall from grace

Following the fall of the Rana regime, Matrika had become the county’s first civilian prime minister with great dignity. Subsequently though, he failed to maintain the same level of dignity as a leader

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Revolutionary turned royalist

Unlike in his first term, Matrika did not enjoy strong political support, only the king’s good graces. He started accepting every instruction of King Tribhuvan and his Indian advisor Govind Narain

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Nepal’s BRI journey: Heavy on promises, light on substance

Then Ambassador of China to Nepal Yu Hong and then Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi sign the BRI MoU on behalf of their respective governments on May 12, 2017 | MoFA

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

A brief history of Nepal-China defense ties

Chinese Minister of National Defense, General Chang Wanquan, talking to the then Chief of Army Staff, Rajendra Chhetri, in Kathmandu, in March, 2017 | Nepal Army

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history XII: A colorful character

K.I. Singh’s cabinet did not survive long, and he became the shortest-serving prime minister in Nepali history . The reason that Singh’s tenure did not last long was a conspiracy he hatched against King Mahendra

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Vault of history XI :The man who captured Singha Durbar

Jails were attacked and prisoners whisked away. Street demonstrations demanding that K.I. Singh be declared the prime minister and Agni Prasad Kharel the home minister were staged. Terror spread throughout the city

Hari Bahadur Thapa

China cultivates ties with political parties of all...

China seems to have a policy of working closely with whichever party comes to power in Nepal. Ideology does not appear to be a dominant factor. It’s not just Nepali leaders who go to China; visits to Nepal by Chinese leaders have also intensified over...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history X :Old habits die hard

Anecdotes about the presence of the Indian advisor and ambassador in Nepal’s cabinet still keep resurfacing. A general perception is that India creates problems in Nepal and then designs formulas to solve them

Hari Bahadur Thapa

How the ban came about andhow long it will stay in...

The 1977 telegram titled ‘Audience with King Birendra-Narcotics’, now available via WikiLeaks, indicates the kind of coercive American approach that was employed for the criminalization of cannabis in Nepal

Sunny Mahat

Vault of history IX :The plot thickens

Rumor mills were churning out speculations that the infighting within the Congress was being fueled by Govind Narain and the Indian ambassador, both of whom were trained under the British rule that followed a divide and rule policy

Hari Bahadur Thapa

A giant step towards ending Nepal’s ‘India-locked’...

Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speak during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 21, 2018 | REUTERS

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Vault of history VIII : Indian advisor, legitimized

Govind Narain was authorized by King Tribhuwan to oversee Nepal’s governance. As a result, his role was not only widely discussed but had also attracted a bit of controversy

Hari Bahadur Thapa

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