Death of a Founding Father

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I was at the funeral procession and last rites for Girija Prasad Koirala. The five-time prime minister of Nepal died on Saturday at the age of 85 after a decade of influence. He was the one to lead the successful mass street demonstrations in 2006 that forced then-King Gyanendra to give up his authoritarian rule, […]

UN to Nepal: You Are “Boring,” “Absurd”

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The United Nations undersecretary general was generally underwhelmed during his three-day visit to Nepal—he called criticisms of the mission in Nepal (UNMIN) “cheap shots”, “boring” and “absurd.” He had also accused the political parties of criticizing UNMIN to cover up their own failures. The government, after a cabinet meeting, announced that Pascoe’s remarks “violated diplomatic […]

Nepal’s Insecurity Complex

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Increasing concerns about the security situation in Kathmandu have prompted the Indian embassy to strengthen its own security following reports this week that it has been targeted by the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The embassy is located in one of the safest areas of the capital, but media mogul Jamim Shah was also in a […]

Nepali Minister Resigns

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Rijwan Ansari maintains he had to resign “on my moral ground. The security condition is deteriorating, and I couldn’t help improve the situation.” But the minister of state home affairs didn’t stop there when he quit his post late Wednesday. While his boss, Home Minister Bhim Rawal, continued claiming to be working hard on a […]