The evolution of Kalapani border dispute between Nepal...

There was no substantial progress till the 1990 democratic change. The dispute gained more prominence after left parties started broaching it that year. In 1992, lawmaker Prem Singh Dhami spoke about the Indian encroachment in the upper house

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The progressive weakening of the Janajati movement...

Members of the indigenous Newar community protest against the bill that seeks to nationalize all trusts regulating religious sites [Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]

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Neglect of fiscal commission puts Nepal’s federal project...

The federal government, which has been charged with reluctance to delegate rights and resources to provincial and central governments, seems to be in no hurry to adequately empower the commission

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The way ahead for the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal

The JSPN is projecting itself as a national party. But analysts say, while there is a realistic chance of it holding on to its Madhes base, it will struggle to expand in the hill areas and in Kathmandu

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Oli’s Ramayana

The country’s democratically elected rulers continue to use religion. The goal this time is to employ the fabled opium of the masses to puff up the rulers’ anti-India nationalist credentials.

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Is religion still an effective political mobilization...

The growing consensus among Nepali intellectuals and the political class is that Hinduism can no more be used as the primary tool of political mobilization in Nepal. The people of Nepal have still less appetite for a return of monarchy

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The communist movement in Nepal loses its father figure

Budhamagar gets the credit for the birth of the communist movement in Thabang, which was already a Maoist stronghold when the then CPN (Maoist) started its armed rebellion in 1996

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The long and eventful political journey of Madhav Kumar...

Before the unification, say those close to him, Nepal’s position in the party was at par with Oli. After it, Oli has systematically weakened his hold on party organizations

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What can Nepal do about inaccurate reporting on Indian...

Recent news reports on Nepal by Indian TV channels, according to experts, is a serious breach of the journalist code of conduct, and the Press Council of India should thus take action against them

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Nepali Congress could struggle to honor February convention...

Besides the impact of Covid, constant floods and landsides will make party activities difficult in July and August. Similarly, in the winter that follows, mountainous districts will be covered in snow

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Unstable Nepali polity

The country’s current political leadership has done little to strengthen democratic institutions or to make people believe it is working in their interest. It also seems minded to rely on external actors to protect its reign

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Lack of intra-party democracy contributing to perpetual...

Intra-party rifts have been common in different political parties. And most Nepali prime ministers of the past three decades have paid for their failure to manage the relation between their party and the government / Photo: Reuters

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India or China?

As India-China ties take a nosedive, Nepal could once again find itself in the unenviable position of being asked to choose between its two equally indispensable neighbors

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