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P Kharel

The contributor for Republica.

Unusual ritual

Published On: May 6, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Yes, President Bidya Devi Bhandari went to China on a state visit pegged to address Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, and returned home last week. That is a fact. It is also true that her only predecessor President Ram Baran Yadav visited the communist country up north twice but was not accorded a state visit status. Beyond that there is little to go overboard, unlike what Nepal Communist Party (NCP) government headed by KP Oli’s wants people to accept.

Footprints of uncertainty

Published On: April 22, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Nepali governments have a habit of engaging in negotiations only when a conflagration breaks out. Biplav proved to be a tougher nut to crack than Oli-Dahal had imagined

The Chinese are coming

Published On: April 8, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: P Kharel

There need be no doubt any longer. The Chinese are coming conspicuously and visibly—big and fast. Forthcoming months will witness Beijing unveiling a multi-pronged strategy, according to Chinese academics who talk to Nepali visitors. As a counter to the Chinese thrust in expanding their reach and influence, the United States sets renewed sight on Nepal as a crucial site for its strategic activity.

Indian elections and Nepal

Published On: March 25, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Just about the time India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked vulnerable, with his popularity rapidly declining, exchange of aerial strikes across the border with Pakistan seems to have reversed the slide. He looks like being back on the track in buoying the prospects of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the seven-phase general elections slated for April-May. At least that is what psephologists have been indicating one after another these past few weeks.

Fractured Nepali Congress

Published On: March 11, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Nepali Congress can salvage its reputation by being true to its traditionally held principles that came in good stead for so many decades. It should abandon expediency of opportunism

Selective memory

Published On: February 25, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Nepal’s mainstream party leaders squirm in their seats of power and privilege when faced with a series of foreign policy successes recorded in previous decades

Oli on back foot

Published On: February 11, 2019 04:00 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Amid sinking hopes at the popular level, the government’s promises are far insufficient  to assuage public disenchantment which threatens to break loose any time soon.

Assessing media attack

Published On: January 28, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

When public figures indulge in media attacks, the prospects and conditions for the media grow dimmer and dangerous by the day

Competing for influence

Published On: January 14, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Is the United States flashing a friendlier face or is it a ploy at unsettling China which sees Nepal as the most vulnerable among its 14 neighbors?

Saving SAARC

Published On: December 31, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

SAARC leaders should have the integrity and diplomatic decency to apply the principle of not allowing bilateral differences to cripple the regional body’s basic objectives

Echoes of Biplab

Published On: December 17, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Biplab bitterly rues over having accepted the short-lived preposterous “Prachanda-path” that waylaid workers and threatened to drag the nation toward an abyss of disintegration

Fading American footprints

Published On: December 3, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

The strategic position that Nepal occupies in the fast-changing global context might add to Washington’s interests here

Testing times

Published On: November 19, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Whatever the eventual outcome, the fact remains that space and shape of Nepal’s existing system is under tremendous stress

Are we sensing political changes soon?

Published On: November 5, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Baluwatar could have handled the situation more subtly by taking an early decision and wording its public position with utmost diplomatic nuances

Chandra Shumsher in Britain

Published On: October 15, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Jung Bahadur, seven years after his landmark trip to Britain as the first Nepali leader of standing traveling overseas, came to be hailed in high esteem for the timely and crucial military support he provided in putting down the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in India, Chandra, several days ahead of his visit, was considered to be imperial Britain’s “trusted” and “reliable ally”.

Conflict between two chiefs

Published On: October 1, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Officially, both Oli and Dahal are equals. Effectively, Dahal is a lightweight and, practically, Oli stands as the effective heavyweight at least for the next year and a half

Some hard truths

Published On: September 17, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

BIMSTEC might have a hard time taking off because of growing mutual suspicions and New Delhi’s aspiration to ignore Pakistan and distance China from any Indian initiative

Shabby and unsporting

Published On: September 3, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Given the size of the record-large Nepali contingent to Asian Games in Indonesia, the medal tally was solitary silver from participation in 29 out of 40 disciplines

Locked between two neighbors

Published On: August 22, 2018 10:25 AM NPT By: P Kharel

The strategic significance of Nepal’s geographic location will soar on account of China’s economic superpower status and India’s vast potential for emulating China

Road to recovery

Published On: August 6, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: P Kharel

Had Nepali Congress honored its ideological principles, the party would not have plunged so low as it now finds itself in