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Mahabir Paudyal

The contributor for Republica.

Don’t blame the constitution

Published On: September 26, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

On the lead up to the Constitution Day and the day itself last week, as cynics on social media were jeering at the government’s appeal to people to mark the day by wearing national flag emblazoned t-shirts, my contemplation  was on what the press and intelligentsia would say about the constitution that turned four on September 20, 2019.  There were two stark responses: outright ambiguous and dismissive.

When Xi comes to Nepal

Published On: September 11, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

When Xi comes to Nepal, he will break the 23 years gap of presidential visit to Nepal. Can this inspire the US which has never sent its sitting president to Nepal?

Rationalists of Nepal, unite

Published On: September 2, 2019 10:01 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Anyone critically following views and opinions peddled by media in Nepal, including social media and major news media, must have sensed this. The information landscape is flooded with half-information and misinformation. Emotion prevails. Reason has taken the backstage. It is easy during such times to lose foresight and context. The costs of decisions made during periods of half-information can be very high and irrevocable.

Heed the warning

Published On: May 27, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Prime Minister’s arrogance and one-upmanship has resulted in his government not getting credit even for some of the good things accomplished under his leadership

Redrawing history

Published On: May 12, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Was the Nepali state discriminatory toward certain languages, castes, cultures and peoples? Sujit Mainali tells us, it was but not all the time and not in every case

Erosion of reason

Published On: May 5, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Why cannot Nepali intellectual community give a clear opinion on pressing political issues? What has led to this intellectual slackening?

On the road to China

Published On: April 24, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Metaphorically, maintaining Araniko Highway is also about maintaining tricky geopolitical gaze on Nepal, which seems to be intensifying now more than ever

Taunting America

Published On: February 7, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Why did Nepal Communist Party have to spew venoms on America while even Russia and China, the countries the US considers as arch-rivals, even enemies, were responding so cautiously?

America is watching

Published On: November 29, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Nepal will have to watch not only how India is responding to Nepal’s engagement with China but also be mindful that United States is watching us as much

Wary of China, US wants South Asia to join Indo-Pacific Strategy

Published On: November 13, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

WASHINGTON DC/HONOLULU, Nov 13: United States officials including defense strategists and members of the intelligentsia have called on South Asian nations to make the right choice while entering into infrastructure development cooperation with China.

We need to do more for Nepal: US officials

Published On: November 3, 2018 08:38 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

WASHINGTON DC, Nov 3: Recognizing Nepal's strategic importance, top officials from the US Department of State and US Agency for International Development have stated that they need to do for Nepal much more than they have been doing at the moment. The American officials expressed such views in an interaction with a group of visiting journalists from four South Asian countries—Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka -- last week.

The blockade: Lessons unlearned

Published On: September 27, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

For a country that has suffered thrice because of blockade, blockade should not be a mere tool for certain leaders to capitalize during the elections, rise to power and lead the government

When the government fails

Published On: September 6, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Oli has failed to deliver on governance front. He seems weak despite being powerful and helpless despite having two-thirds majority support in the parliament

Warning on the wall

Published On: August 2, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Generations of the 60s and the 70s grew up blaming Girija Prasad Koirala for mishandling democracy. This generation will grow up blaming Oli for doing nothing

Congress must rise

Published On: July 11, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

What Congress leaders would have us believe as authoritarianism is actually hubris, arrogance and total disregard to public concerns which every party has displayed while in power

A year of struggle: How Qatar is coping up with blockade

Published On: June 5, 2018 07:31 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

KATHMANDU, June 5: Tuesday marks the completion of Qatar’s one year of struggle against the blockade imposed on it by its Arab neighbors and co-founders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, along with their ally, Egypt. They abruptly cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans.

Who saved Nepal?

Published On: June 4, 2018 12:05 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Nepal has been able to keep its sovereignty intact (to whatever extent that is), out of some tricks, some bit of wisdom and some bit of foresight displayed by our predecessors

Living with China

Published On: May 16, 2018 12:45 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Great Indian irony is that when Nepal seeks to diversify trade with China and attract Chinese FDI, they take it as an intrusion on their area of influence

To Modi, with memories

Published On: May 3, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

What PM Modi will do and say during the visit will largely determine how Nepal and Nepalis will cope with bitter memories of blockade

Rot runs deep

Published On: March 21, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Good thing is that Parajuli is gone. Bad thing is that actors who elevated Parajuli to that most important post are active and unapologetic