Baburam Bhattarai Wanted to Meet the US Ambassador’s Rep in 2003…

…thinking that the Ambassador himself may not meet him. How times of have changed! The American Ambassador has gone to meet him, most recently, two days ago Baburam became the Prime Minister.  US diplomatic cables as revealed by Wikileaks. Report by John Narayan Parajuli US officials saw Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai (who is notContinue reading “Baburam Bhattarai Wanted to Meet the US Ambassador’s Rep in 2003…”

Equation of Pushpa Kamal Dahal & Baburam Bhattarai is the Most Important Equation

An analysis by Akhilesh Upadhyay in The Kathmandu Post Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal invited a select group of editors to his Nayabazaar residence last Wednesday. Expectations ran high, even though Dahal’s office had pitched the meeting as “a regular exchange on current affairs.” The Maoist party, as it turned out, came up with aContinue reading “Equation of Pushpa Kamal Dahal & Baburam Bhattarai is the Most Important Equation”

Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months

For the record: The Legislature-parliament (which is the non-constituent making part of the Constituent Assembly that also works as parliament) today extended the term of the CA by another three months. This extension comes a day after Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai was elected the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal. But these two developments are unrelated.Continue reading “Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months”

Everything You Wanted to Know about Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai (and his Mustang Car)

The impression: Nepali people have rarely been so optimistic about the Prime Minister as they are with Baburam Bhattarai and it’s a rare sight when Nepalis across the political spectrum (especially those who are considered general population- students, youths, activists) express satisfaction, relief, even happiness, over the election of a person to the post ofContinue reading “Everything You Wanted to Know about Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai (and his Mustang Car)”

Baburam Bhattarai Elected the Prime Minister of Nepal

Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has been elected the new, 35th, Prime Minister of Nepal. The speaker of the Constituent Assembly, Subash Chandra Nembang, declared him the winner in an election that saw Ramchandra Poudel challenging Bhattarai. Dr. Bhattarai is the vice-chairman of the party and was the finance minister in the Maoist Chairman Prachanda-led government twoContinue reading “Baburam Bhattarai Elected the Prime Minister of Nepal”

Foreigner’s Eye: Re-learning Nepal

By Megan Titley [विदेशी आँखा- bideshi ankha- Foreigner’s Eye] One of the most common conversations that I have with Nepalis goes something along the lines of, “Thank you, no, the only reason I can speak a little bit of Nepali is because I grew up here”…”I was here with my family for 11 years”…”Yes, IContinue reading “Foreigner’s Eye: Re-learning Nepal”

Foreigner’s Eye: Kuire Jokes and Nepali Thatta

By James Sharrock [विदेशी आँखा- bideshi ankha- Foreigner’s Eye] I have come to Nepal many times since 2004. I have worked, volunteered and been a tourist here. I came here last week as a tourist and will stay around two weeks more. Nepalis ask me all the time about ‘how do you like Nepal?’, whichContinue reading “Foreigner’s Eye: Kuire Jokes and Nepali Thatta”