The Americas: Much more than the US

There is limited economic, political, cultural and people-to-people exchange between Nepal and countries in the Americas. But Nepal is trying to expand its diplomatic footprints there

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Grassroots graft

For a long time the all-party mechanisms governing local level units after the dissolution of elected local governments in 1997 were considered among the most corrupt public entities in Nepal. In the absence of elected office-bearers, the local political...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Federalism’s minor failings more discussed than its...

There are two sides to it. You have to understand that this is a complicated issue. The first Constituent Assembly (CA) was dissolved due to differences among parties over names and number of federal provinces. At that time, the issue of provincial capitals...


The long road to Africa

It’s a market of 1.3 billion people, with the population projected to double by 2050. With the steady rise of the middle-class in Africa, its importance as a business destination will only grow. Yet Nepal, which has gradually embraced economic diplomacy,...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

When Xi’s long-hidden dragon suddenly leapt into Nepali...

There is little doubt that the mighty Nepal Communist Party (NCP) under Messrs Oli and Dahal is looking to emulate the even mightier Communist Party of China (CPC): both its organization and development path for China

Biswas Baral

Madhesi party unity gaining momentum

Many party insiders say the only stumbling block to the merger is Upendra Yadav's refusal to leave the government. Although pressure seems to be building on him to quit the government, he is not in a mood to do so immediately

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Oli’s iffy health reignites NCP leadership battle

When it comes to the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between Oli and Dahal, the second-rung leaders of the ruling NCP are clearly divided into two camps. For the ex-UML camp, there might as well have been no such agreement | PHOTO: AMN Archive

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

China-India Plus: Is it in Nepal’s interest?

It was an acknowledgement by the Chinese that India is the dominant power in South Asia, and they need to take the Indians into confidence while pursuing vital projects in the region. Experts think Nepal should not accept this proposal, as it weakens...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Shared interests define Nepal-China friendship

If Nepal falls into the trap of poverty and unrest, China’s national interests, especially its security, will also be threatened

Lin Ning

India Searches for answers as Xi’s visit spawns myriad...

The Indians are worried. What does the growing Chinese presence in Nepal mean? Does it spell an end to its dominant role here? Growing Chinese influence in South Asia has long been a concern for India. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Ex-king’s last-ditch efforts to revive monarchy

The government has received information that Shah has intensified his lobbying—both domestic and foreign—in order to launch a movement against the current political system

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

FDI is not only about money but also tech and management...

Biswo Poudel is among the most noted new-generation economists in Nepal. A former senior advisor at the National Planning Commission and currently a professor of economics at Kathmandu University, Poudel has a firm grasp of Nepal’s economic history as...


Nepal and China: Mother of all gambles

India and China have always presented Nepal with complicated geopolitical challenges, and there has never been an easy choice for us

Biswas Baral

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