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Shambhu Ram Simkhada

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Whither the Post-Election Nepali politics?

Published On: December 14, 2022 09:05 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

A well-organized party is essential to orient and manage the cadres. All this requires resources. Why couldn’t old parties/leaders deliver? Can the new ones without a track record in power, whom people have believed for what they have said, better demonstrate wisdom, integrity, and ability to lead and mobilize all the essentials better than those whom they have lambasted for failing?

Russia-Ukraine War: Failure of Global Diplomacy

Published On: April 30, 2022 10:15 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is being compared to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. Indeed, if Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and now Ukraine are to keep repeating, where then is the value of the UN?

Afghanistan and the United Nations

Published On: September 23, 2021 06:45 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

Was the US withdrawal from Afghanistan its defeat or a tactical move to refocus on a larger strategic contest it sees more seriously challenging its vital national interests and security?

KP Oli’s vision to action

Published On: August 21, 2020 02:14 PM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

“Too many politicians and leaders but no statesman” is a statement often used by pundits to explain bad political situations. But what makes a politician a leader and then a statesman and how does this relate to present Nepal?

Will the US and China go to war?

Published On: July 30, 2020 08:00 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

Notions of liberal democracy and communism-socialism have long divided mankind into opposing ideological-social, political-economic governance models and world views. Both came together to defeat the menace of political populism, economic-tribal-territorial nationalism gripping Europe around the last world wars. But the power of ideas was so strong that the division re-emerged as the Cold War soon after World War II ended. Even as Europe, the old epicenter, struggles to evolve out of the dictates of outdated ideas, elsewhere division is now resurfacing with renewed vigor as US-China tussle.

Where are Sino-Indian relations heading?

Published On: July 13, 2020 09:55 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

China and India can create a new security and foreign policy paradigm consistent with the dynamics of time and technology suitable for the 21st century.

Roadmap to re-set Nepal-India relations

Published On: June 23, 2020 07:00 PM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

The Limpiadhura, Kalapani, Lipulekh border dispute has taken Nepal-India relation to one of its historic lows. In the immediate aftermath of changing maps and heated debates calling their own claims as based on historical evidence and questioning the motive of the other, a “cooling down” period to prevent relations from deteriorating further may be needed. But sooner than later both South Asian neighbors, interlinked with inextricable bonds of history, geography, politics, economics, culture and religion, must meet to resolve the problem through serious and friendly negotiations.

Third wave in Nepal

Published On: February 26, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Shambhu Ram Simkhada

UML today stands at a similar pedestal as NC after the historic political changes of 1990 or the Maoists after 2006