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A mayoral history of Kathmandu, by Dipesh Khatiwada (kp 13/05/2017)

Nepali politics 101: Had BP Koirala listened to Ganesh Man Singh’s call for a neutral government to hold the famous 1980 referendum, things could have been very different, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 06/04/2017)

A jangled relationship: The number one priority of the South Block in South Asia is Bhutan. Nepal has to compete with the Maldives for attention, by CK Lal (rep 27/03/2017)

All our daughters: Where are Nepali women in the metaphor of coffins, bakasko bimba, which pervades pathologies of remittance reporting?, by CK Lal (rep 27/02/2017)

A nation still in the making: Ethnicity and nationhood need not be mutually exclusive, but Mahendra failed to create a multi-ethnic nation, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/01/2017)

After Oliological rush: From the debris of despair, let rays of openness, coexistence and cooperation emerge to light the path to a confident future, by CK Lal (rep 19/12/2016)

Remembering December 15, 1960. by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 10/12/2016)

How we did ii: There were setbacks. But the Nepali peace process kept inching towards its logical conclusion, in a “two steps forward, one step backward” fashion, by Madhu Raman Acharya (rep 29/11/2016)

October octaves: The day Deuba was ousted by the king marked a dark point in our quest for democracy, by Gopal Man Shrestha (kp 23/10/2016)

BP’s 102nd Birth Anniversary, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 10/09/2016)

Recalling Pushpa Lal: Indian communist leader Nripendra Chakrawarti suggested that Pushpa Lal should establish a communist party in Nepal, by Dipendra Adhikari (rep 23/07/2016)

The royal lesson: Even though monarchy and Rana oligarchy are now history, multiple crownless kings and queens have emerged in Nepal, by Ayush Manandhar (rep 05/07/2016)

1950 revisited: Many Nepalis wrongly believe the 1950 treaty or the subsequent Letters of Exchange accompanying it provided for open border, by Biswas Baral (rep 23/06/2016)

Through the envoy’s eye: Rasgotra’s diplomatic odyssey reveals how individuals and their understanding matter in conducting foreign policy, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 20/06/2016)

Three kings in four days: The conspiracy theories of the royal massacre will never go away, by Kunda Dixit (nt 03/06/2016)

A long and lacklustre reign: If there was one thing Nepal got during Birendra’s 18 years as the supreme monarch, it was a number of slogans, by Deepak Thapa (kp 02/06/2016)

Great visitors: It is always very productive to be awed by history as long as we know how creatively we understand its human side, by Abhi Subedi (kp 15/05/2016)

A case for history: Historical project is critical in that it demands more from the past than the present is willing to concede, by Ajapa Sharma (kp 08/05/2016)

Dhangadi misadventure: It is fortunate that it had a happy ending, even if the act itself was unbecoming of proper airmanship, by Hemant Arjyal (kp 17/04/2016)

2072 BS: An Annus Horribilis, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 17/04/2016)

UNMIN worked to weaken national army: Ex-CoAS Gurung: Accuses UNMIN of supporting Maoists, trying to extend its stay in Nepal (rep 11/04/2016) [???]

Bombed, rebuilt, destroyed again: A village made famous by the war and then the quake, by Om Astha Rai (nt 08/04/2016), The hospital that was destroyed twice: Caught in the crossfire during the war, hospital was in the crosshairs of an earthquake ten years later, by Om Astha Rai (nt 08/04/2016), Victims of war and earthquake: Village made famous by war time atrocities is devastated by earthquake, by Seulki Lee (nt 08/04/2016), Recurring nightmare: Families who lost their homes in the earthquake remember their loved ones killed during the war, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 08/04/2016)

Maoist Insurgency And The Aftermath, by Hari Timalsina (rn 29/02/2016)

1965: Snapshots of a bygone era (kp 27/02/2016)

Indian spooks: Without conviction-driven politicians like BP, people suspect the loyalty of Congress leaders who are known to kowtow before their Indian masters, by Biswas Baral (rep 25/02/2016)

Turning 20: Children born in 1996 remember the war, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 12/02/2016), What the people think about the ‘People’s War’: Two decades on, there is mostly disappointment in the cradle of the Maoist revolution, by Seulki Lee (nt 12/02/2016)

What was it all for? Revisiting the 40-point demand of the Maoists 20 years later, by Om Astha Rai (nt 05/02/2016), 20 years wasted
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it
(nt 05/02/2016), Land for peace: Gains of Nepal’s land rights movement has come not from bloodshed and war, but from a non-violent social movement, by Rubeena Mahato (ng 05/02/2016)

Plant of India: PM Oli should visit India first and try to take the Indian leadership into confidence that Nepal's recent efforts at expansion of trade links with China and other countries are not against Indian interests, by Biswas Baral (rep 14/01/2016)

A lookback at the life and times of the trans-Himalayan merchants of Kathmandu, by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (kp 21/11/2015)

Head in the clouds: Cycling to Gauchar airport to look at the magnificent flying machines would make my day, by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (kp 17/10/2015)

Why India’s Policy On Nepal Failed?, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 16/10/2015)

Historical ties: How do regional politicians and scholars look at the history of Nepal in postcolonial South Asia?, by Abhi Subedi (kp 04/10/2015)

Just hanging on: This is the 8th episode of the saga of the Gurkhas at the Battle of Gallipoli exactly 100 years ago, by David Seddon (nt 11/09/2015)

The August Offensive: This is the fifth in the series on the experiences of the Gurkhas at Gallipoli exactly 100 years ago in August 15, by David Seddon (nt 14/08/2015)

Interesting times: Nepal has changed in 15 years, but the issues we were covering then are still here with us (nt 17/07/2015)

Covering the Maoists. The danger for the Maoists is of becoming irrelevant in the new political environment, by Deepak Thapa (nt 17/07/2015)

History lessons: Magna Carta holds significance for Nepal which is currently drafting a new constitution, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 16/06/2015)

Reconstructing Nepal’s Diplomatic Self-image, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 05/06/2015)

Gurkhas’ Valour In Afghanistan, by Ramji Ghimire (rn 18/04/2015)

Cars didn’t carry people, people carried cars: Surviving porters of the Bhimphedi-Thankot trail remember carrying cars they never got to ride, by Chandra Kumar (ht 27/03/2015)

The Patan commune: Patan’s civil insurgency during the first Janaandolan was a source of inspiration for the entire country, by Gérard Toffin (kp 23/03/2015)

Beni remembers devastating attack, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 22/03/2015)

NC-UML Collaboration A Historic Necessity, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 15/03/2015)

Breaking the silence: Gyanendra Shah’s press statement about past agreements raises multiple questions, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 12/03/2015)

Democracy fighters feel betrayed by government apathy (kp 19/02/2015)

Understanding Nepal: The recent spate of books on Nepal provides important pluralistic perspectives on our modern history, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 03/02/2015)

Govt’s First Letter To UN And Maoist Disagreement, by Suresh C. Chalise (rn 21/11/2014) [see part 2]

Two frantic letters : A look back at the beginning, on how the UN got involved in Nepal’s peace process, by Suresh C. Chalise (kp 09/11/2014)

Making modern Asia: Ramachandra Guha’s stellar new book has missed out on one influential Asian individual—BP Koirala, by Atul K. Thakur (kp 02/11/2014)

Dag Hammarskjold And Nepal, by Nir Bahadur Karki (rn 10/10/2014)

Bundle of lies: The generals had resisted the Maoist move, not to protect Katawal, but to safeguard the army's apolitical character, by Dilip SJB Rana (rep 14/09/2014)

A history of negotiation: There are lessons in Girija Koirala’s pursuit of a high level committee (HLPC) to work for consensus among divided parties, by Suresh C. Chalise (kp 03/09/2014)

The unmet goal: BP had an ambitious economic plan for Nepal; But he was ousted in coup before he could implement it, by Pradip Prasad Koirala (rep 25/08/2014)

The Maoists’ nemesis: Katawal’s biography is an attempt at lifting the veil off the politicking that goes on inside Nepal’s power corridors, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 23/08/2014)

Bringing back the Dakota: A flight-worthy DC-3 aircraft must be brought back to help maintain a crucial link with our modern history, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 15/08/2014)

An alternate history: Bhanu was a great poet but others too have helped enrich Nepal’s cultural life (kp 14/07/2014)

BP Koirala’s Birth Centenary Gives A Fresh Whiff Of Social Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/06/2014)

Koirala’s concerns: Hardly anybody seems to have the courage to correctly spell out BP Koirala's concerns about the nation and freedom, by Abhi Subedi (kp 15/06/2014)

Political Blunders Of Nepalese Leader, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 11/06/2014)

Palace killings anniversary: 13 yrs on, massacre remains a mystery (kp 03/06/2014)

How Jiri became Nepal's little Switzerland: Transformation of a place and people since 1950, by Nirjana Sharma (rep 29/05/2014)

In pursuit of the past: An interesting article in a number of previous constitutions sheds  light on Nepal's seemingly expansionist tendencies, by Seema Pandey (kp 28/03/2014)

Arms and men: The successful handling of arms by Nepali politicians has left a remarkable mark in South Asia’s turbulent history, by Abhi Subedi (kp 09/03/2014)

Conflicted legacies of women in war, by Sewa Bhattarai (rep 07/03/2014)

A sipahi's sagas in the Nepali army, by Puran Prasad Bista and Sanrosh Rimal (rep 21/02/2014)

Good ol' days, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep 19/02/2014)

Country on autopilot: There must be some meaning and advantage to Nepal being a country with a historically evolved land frontier, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 31/01/2013)

Nepal’s road to democracy, by S.M. Hali (Daily Times 17/01/2014)

Revolution, Democracy And Change, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 03/01/2014)

50 years after the raid into Tibet: Two declassified Foreign Office files shed interesting light on events in Kathmandu after the Khampa raid on the Chinese in June 1964 which put newly arrived British Ambassador Anthony Duff in a predicament, by Sam Cowan (nt 03/01/2014)

A nation challenged: Our sovereignty has been continuously compromised by India; Whenever Nepali rulers have tried to undo this state of affairs, they have either been strongly resisted or tamed, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 02/01/2014)

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