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Prem Singh Basnyat

The contributor for Republica.

Bonds of history

Published On: October 12, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

In absence of high-level visits from China, goodwill and cordiality had been shadowed. President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Kathmandu will renew cordial ties between China and Nepal

Conflict with the north

Published On: October 2, 2019 09:09 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Tibet was a good market for Nepali traders and Nepal had good ties with Tibet. With marriage of Nepali princess Bhrikuti with King Tsroang Chong Gympo of Tibet, diplomatic and official relations became cordial. Following that many Nepali merchants and officials also married Tibetan girls. Eventually, Tibet and Nepal had both people-to-people and government-to-government ties.

The battle of Sindhuli

Published On: August 18, 2019 02:05 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s unification campaign was focused on Kathmandu but it seemed like a powerful state to win over. To weaken it, he blockaded the Kathmandu Valley.  This affected East India Company’s trade with Tibet (and China) because their trade was carried out via Kathmandu.

War changed everything

Published On: July 20, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

After Nepal ratified Sugauli Treaty following the war with British India, Nepal’s politics, history and economy changed. Here is how

Musings on museums

Published On: July 6, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

The government of Nepal has not given much priority to museum development and its protection. Existing museums in Nepal date back to the days of monarchy

A forgotten history

Published On: June 22, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

After Dalai Lama fled to India, Chinese security operation started in Tibet in 1971 and some Khampas started to settle down in the adjoining areas of the Himalayan border on the northern region of Nepal. They started to operate anti-China activities from Nepali territory, which was against foreign policy of Nepal. So Nepal launched military operations against Khampas. Many of them were killed, others fled and some surrendered. This episode is known as ‘Khampa Disarming Mission’ in Nepal’s military history.

Stemming terrorism

Published On: May 12, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Poverty, unemployment, corruption, political crime and lack of rule of law are root causes of terrorism in South Asia. To eliminate terrorism, we need to address these causes

Testing times for Asia

Published On: March 3, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Nepal should be cautious about possible fallout of Western strategy to counter China by using South Asia, including Nepal and India

Nation of challenges

Published On: September 2, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

There has been a serious breach of norms in making of provinces. Whose interest were our parties trying to serve by chopping Province 2 off from the hills?

Understand Nepal

Published On: June 10, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

The Chinese should know that there is a country (Nepal) and people (Nepalis) to its south which wish well of China

Letter to Modi

Published On: May 10, 2018 12:27 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Nepalis love India. This is why India should not do anything that hurts the sentiments of Nepalis and fuels anti-India feelings.

Unity for defense

Published On: April 19, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

All security forces and organs should function in unified command control system in case of crisis or emergency

What EU wants

Published On: March 28, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?

Enhancing national security

Published On: March 21, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

In Nepal whose politics and national security is weakened more by internal factors, the country must frame security policy by involving experts

Dubious intention

Published On: February 15, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Why is India pushing for opening more pension paying offices while pension can be paid through banking channels? It smells of ulterior motive

Hating Mahendra

Published On: September 4, 2017 12:48 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

It was May 2016. Scholars from Taiwan, China, Nepal and India were presenting their views at a three-day seminar on Nepal-India-China relation in Kathmandu. Professor Mahendra P Lama and former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood were two of the presenters while I was a participant. In his presentation Sood was critical of what he called ‘Mahendra model of nationalism.’

The history lesson

Published On: August 2, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Prem Singh Basnyat

Prithvi Narayan Shah was projected as the worst of the worst thief and King Mahendra was portrayed in the same negative light.