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Dr Mahesh K Maskey

The author, former Ambassador of Nepal to China, is also a former Vice President of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War

It is time Nepali people should say ‘Yes’ to Russian Sputnik Vaccine too

Published On: April 22, 2021 06:55 PM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

It is high time Nepal not only said “Yes” to the Sputnik V vaccine, but also took a bold step in laying the groundwork for manufacturing the vaccine in its own country.

Rethinking Covishield vaccine efficacy

Published On: February 13, 2021 11:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Nepal has completed first phase of Covishield vaccination successfully and has paused for the second dose to be given after 28 days. Nepal should go for single dose and longer interval.

Sorrows of democracy

Published On: January 6, 2021 01:13 PM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Trumpism and Oli-garchy may keep on raising their heads time and again, but it is the people who make history by their collective action, and who continue to carve new forms of democracy.

Nepal can decide its own political fate

Published On: December 31, 2020 03:17 PM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

If India, China and the US desire to have some show in Nepal, it is high time they learnt to be on the sideshows amicably.

As Nepal and China celebrate 65 years of friendship, a great deal of work lie ahead of us

Published On: August 1, 2020 10:10 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the People’s Republic of China are celebrating 65 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations. These 65 years have been momentous in the history of both countries. China and Nepal have made transition to republic from a feudal system, and took determined efforts to come out of direct and indirect colonial influences.

Colors of "Shirishko Phool" : Parijat, BP Koirala and Banira Giri

Published On: May 9, 2020 12:48 PM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Baishakh comes to us adorned with the splendors of Spring. Corona scare has locked us within our houses and most of our daily routines and social life have come to a screeching halt. But nature has not stopped her cycles of seasons, birds have not stopped chirping, and flowers are blooming in all their colors as if nothing has happened.

Dangers of uranium mining

Published On: August 5, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

US-Iran conflict is escalating into a trigger-ready brinkmanship leading to a palpable fear of another Middle-East war.  The democrat-led US House has recently passed a “Defense Authorization Bill” to restrain President Trump from attacking Iran, but there is little room for respite.

Six decades of flooded ties

Published On: July 22, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Recently, I had the privilege of listening to Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri who coursed a journey of 70 years of India’s diplomatic relation with Nepal within a time span of one hour. His charismatic presentation captivated the audience, with frequent bursts of laughter.

Under the shadows of trade war

Published On: June 25, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Since Trump-Xi telephone talks happened on the heel of India slapping tariff against US goods, it is not unlikely to be the tipping factor in the pressure game, forcing Trump to mend ties with Xi

Tilting toward the US

Published On: June 3, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

While China braces up for another Long March, with reelection of Narendra Modi, ‘strategic autonomy’ of India tilts in favor of the US, isolating Pakistan and distancing from Russia and Europe

Marx, Adam Smith and tea workers

Published On: May 25, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

In between the  morning sips of my favorite cup of  tea, I could not help wry smiles as I listened to the song Aljhechha Kyare Pacchyauri Timro Chiya ko Buta maa (perhaps your shawl is caught in the tea bush), in the backdrop of beautiful tea gardens and maidens picking up the tea leaves in my television screen. The cocktail of romance and melancholy of Bhupi Serchan and Narayan Gopal in this song has intoxicated a generation of Nepali listeners, myself included.

Remembering Parijat

Published On: May 11, 2019 12:05 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Baisakh brings memories of Parijat, the celebrated writer whose life was no less spectacular than her epic novels. She is a literary genius known not only for her entrancing writing style but also for artistic presentation of contemporary philosophies in works of literature: existential nihilism, absurdism, anarchism and Marxism.

Changing dynamics

Published On: April 11, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

It won’t be surprising to witness Indo-Pacific cooperation and BRI coexist and mutually support one another, rather than lock their horns in a mutually defeating contest

Curse of uranium

Published On: March 23, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

A hasty push for endorsement of the ‘nuclear bill’ in the parliament is being made amidst rumors of the discovery of uranium mines near trans-Himalayan terrain of Lo Mangthang of Mustang district. In fact, Office of Investment Board’s website claims that “a large deposit of uranium has been discovered in Upper Mustang region of Nepal... spread over an area 10 km long and 3 km wide and could be of highest grade.

Why this Nuclear Bill?

Published On: February 5, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Mahesh K Maskey

Nepal appears to be poised for a heedless jump into the thick of nuclear research reactors and nuclear fuel cycle facilities. This course should be avoided