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Tentativeness Behind India’s Triumphalism In Nepal

Saturday, 22 January 2011, 2:31 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

During her recent three-day ‘goodwill’ visit, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao assured Nepalese leaders that New Delhi would support any government in Kathmandu. That the top Indian foreign policy bureaucrat spelled out in words what ordinarily ... More >>

Nepal: Republicanism’s Recalcitrant Ripples

Monday, 17 September 2007, 8:21 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

The Nepali Congress’ headlong plunge into republicanism has spawned some unruly ripples. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai emerged from seclusion to disapprove of the decision. He underscored his displeasure by visiting Crown Prince Paras in the hospital. This ... More >>

Nepal: The Koiralas’ Crown Compulsions

Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 11:20 am | Sanjay Upadhya

Contrary to all outward appearances of ambivalence, the Nepali Congress appears to have cemented the centrality of the monarchy to its identity. Each new reiteration by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala of the inevitability of a republic has encouraged ... More >>

Nepal: Behind The Bombast And Bluster

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 10:11 am | Sanjay Upadhya

For an organization that has flourished on ambiguity, obfuscation and even prevarication, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist’s latest internal commotions could be yet another subterfuge. Still, it is becoming difficult to view media reports on the ex-rebels’ ... More >>

Nepal: A Year Later, King Still At The Center

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 11:54 am | Sanjay Upadhya

A palpable paradox remains the defining feature of the year since the culmination of People’s Movement II. A king supposedly sidelined by his people is very much at the center of the nation. More >>

Nepal: How Real Is The Maoist Peace Camp?

Friday, 22 December 2006, 10:17 am | Sanjay Upadhya

The ecstasy over the outbreak of peace has abated somewhat with the government’s ambassadorial appointments. The severity of the Maoists’ denunciation of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) government’s “ill-timed” decision was less surprising ... More >>

Nepal: Can We Ever Reconcile Our Relative Truths?

Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 10:59 am | Sanjay Upadhya

Amid calls for the creation of a truth and reconciliation committee to complete the peace process, Maoist leader Dev Gurung has come out with his own flash of candor. He wants a separate ministry to oversee the reconstruction of infrastructure lost ... More >>

Nepal: Precarious Premise Of Peacemaking

Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 11:01 am | Sanjay Upadhya

The grins, quips and all the other breezy displays of optimism surrounding the post-Dasain phase of the peace process have dissolved in the somberness of the indefinite postponement of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA)-Maoist talks. More >>

Nepal: Geography And Politics In Perpetual Contest

Monday, 11 September 2006, 12:13 am | Sanjay Upadhya

From the assurances emanating from both sides, the audible hardening of positions may not stand in the way of the next summit between Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist supremo Prachanda. The uncertainty over how this transformation ... More >>

Nepal: Ominous Order Amid Murky Mandate

Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 10:44 am | Sanjay Upadhya

It would have been easy to hail the Nepalese government’s decision to revoke its order raising the prices of petroleum products as another triumph of “people power” had it not been so ominous. Two days of violent protests forced an increasingly drifting ... More >>

Nepal: Southern Discomfort & Emerging Dynamics

Tuesday, 8 August 2006, 10:52 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

The cautious optimism expressed by a senior United Nations assessment mission on the prospects for peace in Nepal must be juxtaposed with a perceptible souring of the Maoist rebels’ relations with India. More >>

Nepal: New Portrait Of Chinese Pragmatism?

Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 3:09 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

Reports of China having opened direct contacts with Nepal’s Maoist rebels, and possibly having offered arms, have added to the uncertainty gripping Nepal’s peace process. It is difficult to view Maoist chairman Prachanda’s note to United Nations ... More >>

S. Upadhya: Eyeball To Eyeball At Putin’s Party

Friday, 14 July 2006, 10:18 am | Sanjay Upadhya

In the run-up to the three-day Group of Eight (G8) summit he is hosting in his native St. Petersburg from July 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sounding increasingly assured about his country’s place in one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. More >>

Nepal: Perilous Koirala-Kerensky Parallels

Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 12:28 am | Sanjay Upadhya

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s visceral faith in the Maoists’ full commitment to a nebulous concept of “total democracy” amid a sustained pattern of rebel defiance has invited comparisons with Alexander Kerensky, Russia’s short-lived ... More >>

Sanjay Upadhya: Nepal - The Taming Of The Crew

Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 11:39 am | Sanjay Upadhya

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala probably did not return home expecting an extended convalescence after his surgery at a Bangkok hospital. The plethora of problems that have accumulated on the ground in his absence will not let him put his feet up as ... More >>

Nepal: Euphoria As An Indispensable Energizer

Tuesday, 20 June 2006, 2:52 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

Superlatives are being thrown around with sheer simplicity, drowning out deep skepticism from within the Seven Party Alliance (SPA). For now, supreme relief reigns over ordinary people yearning for peace. This rapture need not be tempered with realism because ... More >>

Nepal: Prime Minister’s Pragmatism Or Preemption?

Friday, 16 June 2006, 7:11 pm | Sanjay Upadhya

The steady stretches of the Nepalese plains have spurred Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala accentuate the virtues of the monarchy. Addressing workers of his Nepali Congress party in his hometown of Biratnagar, Koirala said King Gyanendra should ... More >>

Nepal: Perpetual Legislature, Political Legitimacy

Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 12:08 am | Sanjay Upadhya

With the monarch and the upper chamber out of parliament’s perimeter, Nepal is cruising on a legislative course with a third of the mass the current constitution contemplates. Compare this with the much-maligned direct rule of King Gyanendra, when two-thirds ... More >>

Nepal: All Not Quiet On The Southern Front

Monday, 29 May 2006, 10:26 am | Sanjay Upadhya

A month after King Gyanendra bowed to mass protests and reinstated the House of Representatives (HoR), a constitutionally dead legislature has been exhibiting remarkable political life. More >>

Nepal: Clarity At Home, Cloudiness Abroad

Monday, 8 May 2006, 11:27 am | Sanjay Upadhya

Despite the discordant notes sounded here and there, Nepal’s normalization process has made an agreeable start. Since issues of constitutionalism will remain in the back-seat for a while, the tenure, remit and jurisdiction of the revived House of ... More >>