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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).

SAARC: The no-talk shop

November 16, 2017 01:30 AM

As far apart as India and Pakistan are on key issues, it would be dangerous to progressively close all avenues of dialogue.

Vision 2099

November 10, 2017 08:26 AM

Our political leaders are unjustly chastised for selling the false dream of turning Nepal into another ‘Singapore’ or ‘Switzerland’. What Nepalis who criticize them don’t understand is that lasting peace and prosperity cannot be had overnight. It takes years of hard work and dedication of the political class. Perhaps few other leaders understand this as well as the communist duo of KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Thus, in their new joint election manifesto, they promise to get Nepal enlisted among the most prosperous countries in the world by 2099.

Climate of uncertainty

November 9, 2017 01:30 AM

Climate change is not taken seriously in Nepal, as it is supposedly not something that directly impacts our ‘sovereignty’ and ‘territorial integrity’.

Xi and Nepal

November 2, 2017 01:30 AM

Ever since Xi came to power in 2013, the Chinese have been more forceful in pursuing their agendas in Nepal.

Art of imitation

October 27, 2017 07:22 AM

Everybody in Nepal is a master of the creative art of copying. And why wouldn't they be? We like to teach this not-so-subtle art to our children young, and our schools also make sure they learn the needful. As any tireless parents of a school-going child would attest, the homework teachers give to these children, barely six or seven, is actually meant for them.

Post-election blues

October 26, 2017 01:30 AM

How was Nepal elected to the top United Nations human rights body with such a checkered rights record of its vital state actors?

No country for Rohingya

October 19, 2017 01:30 AM

If we are indeed a tolerant country, why can’t Nepal offer a sanctuary to the Rohingya people, often dubbed ‘the most persecuted minority in the world’?

Made in Nepal

October 12, 2017 01:30 AM

Nepali Congress President Deuba knows better than anyone else that China these days does not have to pick favorites among the Nepali political actors.

Cheap thrills

October 6, 2017 08:19 AM

Never a patient reader, I cannot sit in a place with a book for more than half hour, tops. On a typical Saturday I am home, invariably laboring through a godforsaken book, the same book I would have plodded through for better part of a fortnight. I start out at the little tea table and chair out on the porch.

The EPG muddle

October 5, 2017 00:30 AM

It is becoming increasingly clear that substantive issues related to the 1950 treaty can be settled only through extensive political engagement

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