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Dinesh Bhattarai

Dinesh Bhattarai, former diplomat and foreign policy expert, has served as the foreign affairs adviser of former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Sushil Koirala.

Nepal’s relations with India and China are independent of each other

Published On: October 16, 2020 07:10 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Nepal must work to avoid becoming a pawn at the hands of either of its two neighbors or going against them to please any powers.

Intelligence and Nepal’s foreign policy

Published On: February 13, 2020 10:11 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Continued neglect of intelligence in foreign policy formulating process has helped foreign intrigues to, what BP Koirala warned in 1976, make “Nepal a center of international conspiracy”

Understanding Chinese ambition

Published On: January 8, 2020 08:42 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Strategic culture, Professor Colin S Gray says, “rests primarily upon the interpretation of history and history’s geography.” In September 1949, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference met in its first session in Beijing to make final preparations to declare the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. It adopted the Common Program stating: “The principle of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China is protection of the independence, freedom, integrity of territory and sovereignty of the country, upholding of lasting international peace and friendly cooperation between the people of all countries, and opposition to the imperialist policy of aggression and war.”

Democratic socialism is what we need

Published On: December 12, 2019 10:15 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

In this age of sweeping transformation and intense polarization, social democrats stand as the lamppost for the greatest possible reconciliation between liberty and equality

Decline of democracy

Published On: September 30, 2019 02:40 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

While declaring the September 15 as the international day of democracy, the United Nations stated that “the will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of the people.” As democracy is about consulting, caring and comforting people, the job of any government is to protect people, improve their quality of life in larger freedom giving a sense of ownership in governance.

Time to enhance trust

Published On: August 21, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

The Indian External Affairs Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar is arriving in Kathmandu today to co-chair the fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission (JC) that was established in 1987. Welcome to Nepal! According to a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, the JC will review overall state of bilateral relations, and various areas of cooperation such as connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, water resource sectors, culture, education and other matters of mutual interests. JC was revived after a gap of over two decades in 2014 and the third meeting was held in Kathmandu in July 2014.

Understanding China

Published On: May 20, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Attempts to contain and convert China will be counterproductive. Understanding China and working together with it to shape a secure and prosperous future is the need of the day

Emerging challenges

Published On: April 10, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

As Nepal respects sensitivities of its neighbors and friends, they must also respect Nepal’s priority to safeguard its independence, right to make decisions for its security and live with dignity

Isolating terrorism

Published On: March 20, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

SAARC leaders should show vision, courage and sincerity to recognize the regional organization as the only institutional and pragmatic forum to create atmosphere of mutual trust

Testing times for democracy

Published On: November 28, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

While in opposition communists make nationalism their sole agenda. When they lead the government they tend to attack democracy and lean toward authoritarianism

Let them go home

Published On: November 15, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Bhutanese refugees are desperate to go back to the land where their ancestors lived. They must be heard. International community may facilitate repatriation process

Why parliamentary system?

Published On: June 28, 2018 09:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

The debate on directly elected presidential system demeans, disdains and denigrates people’s mandate and democratic achievements

Seize the moment

Published On: June 19, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

China is concerned about possible plays by Western powers on Tibet issue from Nepali soil though Nepal unequivocally maintains ‘One China’ policy

Disregard for democracy

Published On: May 31, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Communists have congenital contempt for democratic pluralism. Identity politics they introduced is fueling fears, divisions, and anger in Nepali society

Understanding BRI

Published On: May 8, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

As China remains engaged in improving connectivity in the neighborhood, there is a great optimism about BRI in Nepal

Catch the momentum

Published On: March 15, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

Nepal’s resounding victory at Human Rights Council reflects international community’s acknowledgment of our commitments and accomplishments in human rights

Democracy v dictatorship

Published On: December 3, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

The ongoing elections turned into a referendum when two major left parties, UML and Maoists, formed an alliance, with the ultimate goal of imposing communist rule.

BP: Relevant as ever

Published On: December 29, 2016 01:19 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

BP’s old fears about fast-changing geopolitical currents in South Asia and the world have become even more pronounced today

Many hopes

Published On: September 15, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

It is natural to expect India to support the democratic process in Nepal and let it evolve as a broad-based internal process

A juggling act

Published On: August 27, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Dinesh Bhattarai

As our neighbors’ ability for power projection beyond their borders increases, the new strategic dynamic puts Nepal in sharp focus of both established and emerging powers