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Gopal Thapa

The author is Former Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Smart Application of Diplomacy

Published On: October 12, 2022 06:50 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

Smart diplomacy is about conducting proactive foreign relations. Nepal's conduct of foreign relations is one that is more reactive. We react to foreign policy issues only after they have happened.

Making foreign policy dynamic

Published On: January 16, 2020 07:55 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

People and policies are important underpinnings of any organization. Policies are important frameworks because they contain organization’s visions. It is important, therefore, that policies are sound, realistic, time-suited and reflective of the ideals and objectives organizations stand for.

Handle with patience

Published On: December 11, 2019 10:55 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

There has to be a heart-to heart dialogue between PM Oli and PM Modi to set the stage for bilateral talks, so that India can be brought to the negotiating table without damaging our bilateral relations

Cartographic aggression

Published On: November 19, 2019 01:53 PM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

Nepal-India relations have been on the rocks because of India’s recent release of a political map in which Nepal’s territories of Kalapani area have been subsumed into Indian territory. Nepal government has already objected to this unilateral action of India as unacceptable.

History in Nepal-China ties

Published On: October 23, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

Chinese President Xi Jinping returned home on October 13 wrapping up his two-day state visit to Nepal. The visit is now being reviewed and evaluated from different angles by the experts in terms of its impacts on reshaping bilateral relations in tune with the emerging needs. Undoubtedly, the visit of the head of state from as close and powerful a neighbor as China after a hiatus of 23 years was of great historic value. Quite naturally, it evoked great expectations and enthusiasm in Nepal.

Gathering storm

Published On: October 14, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

We the people must not ignore some of the lurking dangers to the spirit of constitutionalism emanating from the government’s own unconstitutional behaviour

Testing times

Published On: September 3, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

With the new developments in Kashmir, Nepal may have to listen to and deal with the pressures and persuasions from India, China and Pakistan, all at the same time

Give credit where due

Published On: August 20, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

Present day political leaders and self-declared intellectuals revel in demonizing King Mahendra as a dictator. Let’s not be so thankless to the King who created a foundation for us to stand on

Be bold, and balanced

Published On: June 17, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Gopal Thapa

Should not we balance our relations with donor countries, multilateral organizations and international financial institutions other than India and China?