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Federalism On Ethnic Basis Is A Reversal Of Republicanism
Weekly interview
Nigeria has been a federal democratic republic since colonial times. Yet Nigeria is also a country that has witnessed communal conflicts of various natures throughout its history. What went wrong in Nigeria’s federal experiment? What lessons can Nepal learn? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala caught up with the renowned expert on identity and federalism, Dr Hussaini Abdu, who is a member of African Association of Political Science and Nigeria Association of Political Science, during his recent Nepal trip.

Could you give us an overview of Nigeria’s experience with federalism?
Developing Country Status So Much More Than Name Tag
All Maoists Will Be United In The Future
Weekly interview

Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab’s rather unexpected parting from CPN-Maoist, split faction of UCPN(Maoist) that came into force two and half years ago, has sent a wave of anxiety and concerns in national politics. What does he want to achieve through his self-proclaimed “unified revolution?” What led him to break away from CPN-Maoist? Will he go underground to launch yet another armed revolt? When Mahabir Paudyal and Ashok Dahal caught up with Biplab, he had following things to say.

Why this parting? Concern is whether you are trying to revive revolution to disrupt constitution writing process.

It would be better to define the recent development as reorganization and new polarization in Maoist revolution. It is not just a split. We are not trying to repeat what we did back in the insurgency era. But our concern today is the same as that of the 1990s. We want substantive change in economic, political and social fronts in people’s level. We want issues of national sovereignty and livelihood concerns to be addressed. They have been ignored right since 2006. The state should heed these concerns. Whether or not we will adopt the strategies of the past is less important than whether the state will heed these issues.
NPC May Look Like A Powerful Body But Its Hands Are Tied
PhD in Development Economics from The Australian National University, Swarnim Wagle returned to Nepal to serve as a member of National Planning Commission six months ago. Wagle’s devotion to work is exemplary. As was revealed during the interview he is often the first to enter NPC office in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. He has also taken personal initiatives to revamp NPC. How does he evaluate the recent SAARC Summit and its promise on regional development? What measures are being taken to make NPC compatible with changing development needs? The young economist shared his insights with Mahabir Paudyal and Rudra Pangeni.
SAARC Member States Needs To Adopt New Economic Paradigms Suited To Their Realities
Laurence Brahm, lawyer, political-economist and author of dozens of books, is the founder of the Himalayan Consensus and African Consensus movements. A vocal critic to the policies of World Bank and International Monetary Fund and the very notion of globalization, Brahm in his recent book -- FUSION ECONOMICS: How Pragmatism is Changing the World -- presents an alternative way to the economic practices.

Kosh Raj Koirala of Republica caught up with Brahm, who is in Kathmandu to participate in a program entitled Alternative Development Paradigm, to know his views on different economic issues. Excerpts:
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