From The Kathmandu Post (25 April, 2011) In responding to Suhas Chakma’s opinion article (“Krishna’s call,” April 20, Page 6), an initial clarification: that it is quite appropriate for a non-Nepali to comment on the political affairs of Nepal. Especially when universal values such as non-violence, human rights and pluralism are concerned, there can be
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Kanak Mani Dixit’s new book “Peace Politics in Nepal” was released on 19 April, 2011 at Patan. Kul Chandra Gautam presented the following remarks on the book at the release programme. “Many of us thoroughly enjoyed Kanak Dixit’s Dekheko Muluk when it came outlast year. I remember saying to Kanak at that time, I wish
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Discussion Report 18 Chaitra 2067, 1 April 2011 Lalitpur A discussion was organised on the basis of an overnight public notice at YalaMaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, on Friday morning, 1 April 2011. Anyone was free to attend, and the 31 participants represented a broad spectrum, including serving and retired civil servants, professionals, politicians, rights activists,
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The god of Allasia

From Himal Southasia, Volume 24, Number 4 (APR 2011) If we regard god not as a supernatural being, but as a representative of the best in human emotions and values, then Asia has been in need of a god for some time – one who showers compassion and empathy all around, and comes to the
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कान्तिपुर दैनिक (१८ चैत्र, २०६७) बाट वर्तमान वसन्तभरिमा मुलुकको आउँदो दशकको यात्रा तय हुनेछ । या त लोकतान्त्रिक परिपाटी अँगाल्दै समाज आर्थिक उन्नतितर्फ लाग्नेछ या त निरङ्कुशताको जालोमा फेरि अल्मलिएर अरू केही वर्ष जनताको आशा र आकाङ्क्षा थाती रहनेछन् । शान्ति प्रक्रियाको सफल टुङ्गो नलागेसम्म लोकतान्त्रिक संविधान बन्ने सम्भावना रहँदैन । लोकतान्त्रिक संविधान नबनेसम्म राजनीतिक
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Nepal stands at a crossroad between the Maoist momentum and a democratic constitution. By Kanak Mani Dixit Spring, the season of political upheaval in Nepal, began with the elevation of the left-liberal CPN (UML) party’s Jhalanath Khanal to prime minister. While ending a seven month deadlock in government formation, however, Khanal’s election was built on
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The discovery of Southasia

From Himal Southasia, Volume 24, Number 3 (MAR 2011) It is an uphill battle, frankly, to create a Southasian sensibility in the modern era. And so it is important to relish small victories, and bring them to notice. Otherwise, the little tree will have fallen in the jungle and no one will have heard. The latest
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Khanal the Trojan

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #540 (11 FEB 2011 – 17 FEB 2011 The seven-point agreement is a clear signal that the Maoists are manoeuvring themselves into pole position for the critical months ahead, democracy be damned There are two things the Maoists of Nepal have decided they absolutely can do without – the peace process
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नागरिक दैनिक (२४ माघ, २०६७) बाट नेकपा (एमाले) अध्यक्ष झलनाथ खनालले माघ २० मा पुष्पकमल दाहालसँग गरेको सातबुँदे सहमति भनी प्रकाशमा आएका बुँदा र बेहोरा अन्तिम र सत्य हो भने शान्तिप्रक्रियामाथि यो अत्यन्तै ठूलो विश्वासघात हो। साथसाथै नेकपा (एमाले) लाई कमजोर तुल्याउँदै नेपाली वाम राजनीतिको माओवादीकरणतर्फको यात्राको आरम्भ पनि हो। लोकतन्त्रवादीहरूबाट यसको दह्रो प्रतिवाद भएन
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