Nepali Congress: That other party

There seems to be a clear choice for other camp-leaders fighting Deuba. Either they choose a common candidate against the four-time prime minister, or Deuba wins

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

After Xi came

The policy of engagement with the Middle Kingdom could pay off. China seems committed to closer ties following Xi’s visit

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Was it worth it?

According to its backers, the war was instrumental in the removal of monarchy, heralding of the new federal republic, and empowerment of women and other marginalized groups in various ways

Biswas Baral

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

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