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Mahabir Paudyal

Mahabir Paudyal is an opinion writer at Republica with interest on history, domestic politics and international relations.

The constitution has been vindicated

Published On: September 19, 2020 08:00 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

It would be a mistake to attribute the mess the ruling party has created, or the misconducts demonstrated by political parties across the spectrum, as the consequence of the constitution.

How the government is failing education

Published On: August 30, 2020 02:05 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

The students who have been deprived of learning will look back to this time to recall how the government failed education in the name of pandemic.

Who will save the Oli government?

Published On: July 21, 2020 04:40 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

If there has been one big change in two and half years since Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli took office, it is near complete reversal of public faith in him and his government. The expectation that his administration would do better than previous ones has died down completely. The hope that coming days will be better, governance will improve and the Prime Minister will change the way he is governing the country has been shattered.

What on earth do we want on citizenship?

Published On: June 22, 2020 03:30 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Ill logic, emotion and sentimentality, name calling of nationalists and mocking of Nepal are back on citizenship debate. This time around too, like a year ago and years before that, a set of some same myths, lies and propaganda are being manufactured and spread as State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the parliament has proposed seven years’ residency for foreign women married to Nepali citizens as a criteria to obtain Nepali citizenships.

Who is playing China card?

Published On: June 4, 2020 03:00 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

The world, it seems, is obsessed with China. President Trump is raging against China and until recently there was a call from some Western countries for compensation from China for the loss caused by the pandemic outbreak.

Let facts and reasons guide the border debate

Published On: May 22, 2020 12:36 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

The message to be spread is predetermined. Panelists seem to have been invited only to get it reinforced. The host begins by saying China is using Nepal. China is nobody’s friend. China is alone in the world. Nepal has released the new political map on China’s behest. Nepal’s claim on Lipulekh-Kalapani-Limpiyadhura region is groundless.  The host shouts out loud, almost shrieks. When Nepali panelists start speaking, the host reiterates the same position. The Nepali panelists are literally given no time to make their points.

Why Nepal cares about its land so much

Published On: May 13, 2020 06:57 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Nepal is in rage and resentment against India after Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on May 8, inaugurated the road linking Dharchula of India with Lipulekh of Nepal. The road had been built without Nepal’s consent.

Worst is yet to come

Published On: April 30, 2020 04:21 PM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Until April 20, when the government issued two infamous ordinances to change the existing laws regarding political parties and the constitutional council, before the alleged “abduction” of a lawmaker to break a fringe party apart became public, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli still had something to fall back on. Because he has had a critical kidney transplant surgery recently, there was some sympathy for him. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the world, was overshadowing the issues of government accountability. There was a space for him to rethink the way he is governing.

When pandemic rules the world

Published On: April 9, 2020 08:29 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Every great disaster wrecks humanity to its core but it also makes us aware of our mortality, lays bare our arrogance, prejudice, pride, fear of death and the desire to stand supreme despite the predictable vulnerabilities. This is what has happened since the illness that broke out in early January that has now become the global pandemic.

On foreign policy, media should unite

Published On: March 2, 2020 09:21 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

A statement issued by Chinese embassy in Nepal on February 18 over an article published by The Kathmandu Post sent Nepali media persons and social media population in reaction mode: China has no business telling what a Nepali newspaper can and cannot publish. Chinese embassy has breached the diplomatic decorum. Nepal government should raise this matter with China.

How to judge Oli government?

Published On: February 18, 2020 09:13 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

The longest serving and a stable government post-2008 has failed where it should have succeeded and succeeded where it should have failed

The ambassador who set a new norm

Published On: December 28, 2019 08:31 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

I first met Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, who is returing to New Delhi next week after serving his term in Nepal for around three years,  in May, 2017 in the Indian embassy.  The embassy was organizing a ‘familiarization tour to India’ and I was one among the participants.

The battle for Kalapani

Published On: November 25, 2019 08:33 AM NPT By: Mahabir Paudyal

Kathmandu is fighting a battle with facts and evidence for Kalapani, the land area that actually belongs to Nepal but which India has been claiming, occupying and using as its own for many decades. Without some kind of assurance from New Delhi that what is Nepal’s shall remain Nepal’s, or without some conciliatory approach, Kathmandu and New Delhi look headed toward sour, even fractured, ties, we don’t know for how long.

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