Gagan Thapa: Most Favoured in Nepali Congress

By Kamal Raj Sigdel Gagan Thapa means business. At a gathering of party colleagues and friends before the Nepali Congress General Assembly last week, the young Turk said he was confident of victory in the party’s central working committee (CWC), “The challenge for me is to garner the highest number of votes.” The votes wereContinue reading “Gagan Thapa: Most Favoured in Nepali Congress”

Nepali Congress General Convention Message: Unity Essential

By Anil Giri [List of winning candidates] For the record: With the final election results of the Nepali Congress on Monday (27 Sept) giving a verdict for a mixed composition of its 61-member new Central Working Committee (CWC) for a four-year term, maintaining ‘unity’ and working in tandem on national issues will be a seriousContinue reading “Nepali Congress General Convention Message: Unity Essential”

Nepali Congress: New Leadership, Old Challenges

The 12th General Convention of the Nepali Congress on Tuesday (21 Sept) elected Acting President Sushil Koirala the party’s new president. Sushil secured 1,652 votes in contrast to his contenders Sher Bahadur Deuba 1,317 and Bhim Bahadur Tamang 78. Fifteen votes were declared invalid. As per the party’s statute, a winning candidate must secure atContinue reading “Nepali Congress: New Leadership, Old Challenges”

Nepali Congress General Convention: A Kind request from Sahids’ Families

Dear Nepali Congress Leaders, Jay Nepal from Shahids’ family members! Nepali Congress’s (NC) 12 General Convention has begun today. Apparently, there will be over 300 candidates competing for various NC Central positions. It is important for all us to think who will be in the central office and who will represent us in the national politics.Continue reading “Nepali Congress General Convention: A Kind request from Sahids’ Families”

India: Congress Election and an Angry Yogi in Tirupati

By Dinesh Wagle Wagle Street Journal As it is preparing for its 12th general convention next week, the Nepali Congress is witnessing intense competition among its leaders who want to lead it. Several factions have come up and no one knows who is on which side. Also unclear is who among the three contenders forContinue reading “India: Congress Election and an Angry Yogi in Tirupati”

New and Old India

By Dinesh Wagle Old India trudges through waterlogged roads; new India flies. This is because Indian democracy is dictated by the flourishing middle class, according to a professor. The eagerly awaited monsoon arrived last week in Delhi bringing great relief to the residents. The temperature dropped by as much as 10 degrees celsius to 30.Continue reading “New and Old India”

GP Koirala: An Incomplete Democrat

By Siddhartha Thapa The demise of GPK will undoubtedly lead to a political realignment in Nepali politics. Girija Prasad Koirala was without a doubt the most influential politician in Nepal. What was truly unique about Koirala’s political strategy was his ability to fuse his belief in democracy and his Koirala legacy to further his politicalContinue reading “GP Koirala: An Incomplete Democrat”