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Biswas Baral

Biswas Baral has been associated with Republica national daily as a journalist since 2011. He oversees the op-ed pages of Republica and writes and reports on Nepal's foreign affairs. He is a regular contributor to The Wire (India). Know More

Feeding the dragon

Published On: August 18, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

New Delhi should shed its old insecurities about China and learn to fearlessly share fruits of its economic development with its friends

Swimming with Katie

Published On: August 5, 2016 02:30 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

Every night during the fortnight of the summer games, I would be riveted to the idiot box for the highlight package of the day’s events. I enjoyed the footage of all sports: weight-lifting, track and field, football, table tennis. But most of all I wanted to watch swimming and diving.

Game of thrones

Published On: July 23, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

Nepali Congress had a role in convincing New Delhi that there was no option to making Dahal prime minister again

A travelling mom’s tale

Published On: July 22, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

I was taken aback when during a recent conversation she casually mentioned how unsafe America had become to travel.

Leaps into the KNOWN

Published On: July 8, 2016 10:33 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

Human beings are creatures of habit. That being the case, how do we break from our musty routines so that we can lead better, more enriching lives? In his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant, a professor of management at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania..

Home truths

Published On: July 7, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

A broadly acceptable constitutional settlement will be the first meaningful step towards a clear foreign policy orientation

The great exodus

Published On: June 24, 2016 04:12 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

In the best of worlds, Nepal would be able to employ all its youths, and pay them handsomely too. But realistically, even if we can somehow manage the first, the second isn’t happening, which is why many Nepalis will continue to risk their life and limb for a shot at a solid middle-class life.

1950 revisited

Published On: June 23, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Biswas Baral

Many Nepalis wrongly believe the 1950 treaty or the subsequent Letters of Exchange accompanying it provided for open border

Tastiest Curry

Published On: June 10, 2016 02:10 PM NPT By: Biswas Baral

“We’re not going home!” Stephen Curry, the point guard of Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA), was pumped. He had just finished an easy lay-up to extend the lead of his team to 10 points with just a minute to go in the game.

China express

Published On: June 8, 2016 02:17 PM NPT By: Biswas Baral

The argument that the Himalayas offer the best defense against China is contradicted by rapid expansion of Chinese rail lines in Tibetan plateau A few weeks ago I was talking to a New Delhi-based Nepali academic who has closely followed recent Nepal-India engagements.