Stories By 'ACHYUT WAGLE'
If the UML-Maoist alliance secure a majority in adjacent parliamentary elections, the trepidation of Nepal turning into communist dictatorship might be realised.”
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Democracy is a ‘system’ only because its functionality is facilitated and disciplined by active cooperation, complementarities and communication amongst different nodes that exercise state-power.
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CPN-UML President KP Sharma Oli’s recent rhapsody, “Democracy with Nepali characteristics for new Nepal” sounds like an unimaginative parody of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s fresh eponymy, “Socialism with Chinese characteristics for new era.” And it is not sheer coincidence.
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At present, China is an uncontested global leader of merchandise exports. Its sworn political adversaries like the United States, Japan and India face huge trade imbalances, year after year, in China’s favour.
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Francis Fukuyama’s post-Soviet ‘The End of History’ doctrine (1989) takes glaring volte face, at least in Nepal’s political spectrum.
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Nepal is influenced to a great extent by festivals, and the economy is particularly dependent on the advent of these occasions.
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