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Biswas Baral

Biswas Baral has been associated with Republica national daily as a journalist since 2011. He oversees the op-ed pages of Republica and writes and reports on Nepal's foreign affairs. He is a regular contributor to The Wire (India).

Washington consensus

September 21, 2017 01:30 AM

There is some substance to the argument that American focus in Nepal is to contain China, which has been true since the start of US-Nepal ties.

Un-Welcome Dashain

September 15, 2017 09:04 AM

I still remember the names of those buses by heart. One year was particularly memorable in my night-bus odyssey, the year of the famous race for Bhadrapur between our cream-colored ‘Pashupati Travels’ and the dark-green ‘Welcome Travels’.

Glocal concerns

September 14, 2017 01:30 AM

If domestic politics are a major determinant of international relations, a few factors will disproportionately influence Nepal’s foreign policy.

India’s Oli complex

September 7, 2017 01:30 AM

India wants to keep China-baiting and ‘anti-Madhesi’ KP Sharma Oli and his party out of power at any cost. That would be a mistake.

Grit for MPs

September 1, 2017 13:47 PM

If grit were made the sole basis to judge our policymakers, they would be judged on their ability to complete projects on time, and not on their lofty promises.

Carefully on China

August 31, 2017 01:00 AM

We should have sought to improve ties with China from a position of strength, not gone to Beijing with begging bowl when India decided to tighten the screws.

PM’s gracious gifts

August 25, 2017 12:52 PM

Sher Bahadur Deuba is back to his noble best. When he first became prime minister in 1995 Deuba had cobbled together, for the realization of his old dream of decentralized development of the country, the biggest cabinet in Nepal’s democratic history: there were 48 enlightened souls in all.

Doklam clouds over Nepal

August 24, 2017 01:30 AM

After the border blockade and recent floods in Tarai, partly attributable to India-built roads and dams, there are very few intellectuals in Nepal who are ready to take up India’s cause.

Nepal’s healer

August 11, 2017 10:21 AM

I struggle to come up the name of another person who even remotely resembles Dr Govinda KC. He has repeatedly put his life on the line for the betterment of his society. But haven’t there been others before him who too wagered their lives for similar causes? Yes there have been some. Yet these people failed to get half the attention that has been lavished on Dr KC. I think this is mainly because of two reasons: one, there are very few people with Dr KC’s impeccable moral and professional credentials and two, Dr KC has been waging his hunger strike in an age of rapid development of Nepali media.

After Nepal, Maldives

August 10, 2017 00:43 AM

The Maldives is starting to believe it is best served by maintaining a safe distance from India and inching progressively closer to China

All hail male

July 28, 2017 09:06 AM

After the 2011 retirement of Guo Jingjing, the ever-graceful Chinese diver, I have been cheering for Katie Ledecty, the new American pool sensation. After winning four Gold medals in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Ledecty is now setting the Swimming World Championship in Hungary on fire. But even as she has been breaking records, Ledecty has been unable to take the attention of her countrymen away from Michael Phelps.

Doklam deterrent for Nepal

July 24, 2017 08:30 AM

China apparently has the best interest of Nepal at heart, while India is forever scheming to undermine our sovereignty and territorial integrity.

By Google’s grace

July 14, 2017 11:24 AM

Back in school I used to love those light abridged classics, short and sweet, just the way I fancied them in my early teens. It was then that I discovered HG Wells and his time-travel machine and I wanted to immediately take it for a ride, racing back to the time of Prithvi Narayan Shah and founding of modern Nepal, about which I had read so much in our course books.

The other blockade

June 16, 2017 12:47 PM

Amazing, the jujitsu our brain is capable of. When I heard that seven surrounding countries had imposed a ‘blockade’ on Qatar, my first thought was not about the 400,000 Nepali migrant workers toiling there night and day, but about PSG, the Paris-based football club whose ups and downs in Europe I have closely followed over the years. The young Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is just 37, owns the club via a Qatari investment vehicle.

Deuba’s Indian china

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Deuba’s pro-West image, in the reckoning of some, makes it difficult for China to trust the new prime minister with OBOR.

Local concerns

June 2, 2017 09:34 AM

How do you gauge public enthusiasm for local election? In an electoral democracy, one of the best measures is voter turnout. And if that is the basis, the first phase of local election on May 14, with 71 percent voter turnout, was a resounding success. In the first phase, held in 34 districts spread across three federal provinces, nearly 50,000 local-level representatives were elected, nearly 50 percent of them women.

What China wants

May 29, 2017 00:35 AM

Never in their over 3,000 years of written history have the Chinese aspired to rule over distant lands

Open letter to Shyam Saran

May 11, 2017 00:15 AM

India under Modi didn’t care so much about the rights of the Madhesis as it did about bringing the Kathmandu establishment to its knees

The real deal

May 5, 2017 08:53 AM

Janisha Bhattarai had the distinction of being the first person, male or female, to file candidacy from Kathmandu for the May 14 local election. She is contesting to become deputy mayor of the city. She, incidentally, is also the daughter of Rasendra Bhattarai, who in 2003 made headlines with his claim that, having left the country with only $5 in his pocket, he had managed to build a $1-billion international empire.

Geopolitics 2.0

April 27, 2017 01:30 AM

The foreign policy of independent India is no different to that of East India Company it has come to despite so much of late.