Moment To Revamp Ideology, LeadershipBy Ritu Raj Subedi
THE ruling Nepali Congress (NC) is holding a series of internal elections to pick leaders for different rungs of organisation and delegates for its 14th general convention slated for the last week of November. The national jamboree that occurs every five years is the moment of democratic renewal for the country’s oldest party in existence.
SC’s Verdicts Enrich ConstitutionBy Ritu Raj Subedi
As w e mark the 6th anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution today, the nation's constitutional journey has already undergone unanticipated twists and turns. Despite the political dispute with regard to its intent and interpretations, Nepal sees evolving constitutionalism. As political parties fumble in dealing with a constitutional crisis, the judiciary has stepped up to the plate to set the political course, keeping the spirit of the constitution intact. The Supreme Court has played...
Let Parliament Run SmoothlyBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Nepal’s federal parliament has now turned into a ground of political battle. The main opposition CPN-UML continues to disrupt the House business to protest the Speaker’s refusal to dismiss 14 lawmakers, who disobeyed the party whip in the past and are now associated with CPN-Unified Socialist. But UML’s demand for action against its previous MPs lacks constitutional clarity. It took action against them several times and also decided to backtrack from it to create an atmosphere conducive to...
Madhav Nepal: A Soft RebelBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Madhav Kumar Nepal’s revolt against the CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli adds another sensational chapter in the Nepali communist movement. Leader Nepal is generally known as a pragmatic, compromising and accommodative person. Soft and suave, he does not possess much of Oli’s oratorical skill, which the latter employs to take the starch out of his adversaries. Unlike Oli, Nepal rarely makes acerbic comments targeting his rivals inside and outside the party. However, circumstances have made pliable...
Can Nepal Lead Socialist Movement?By Ritu Raj Subedi
Bhadra 2, 2078 B.S., has turned another jerking point in the history of Nepali communist movement. The day saw the formal split of main opposition CPN-UML considered as the country’s most organised and systematic political force. Madhav Kumar Nepal, who was
Madhav Nepal Steals The ShowBy Ritu Raj Subedi
CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Nepal is now the talk of the town. He has been credited to have saved the constitution and parliament. Those, who support the Supreme Court verdict to reinstate the House of Representatives (HoR), praise Nepal for his guts to defy the party whip and stand against the unconstitutional move of former prime minister and UML chair KP Sharma Oli. On the other hand, Oli and his followers have denounced Nepal as th
Mesmerising Revolution And Economic MiraclesBy Ritu Raj Subedi
On the evening of July 23, exactly one hundred years ago today, the delegates of communist groups from different regions of China had gathered inside a French Concession building in Shanghai to establish the Communist Party of China (CPC). Thirteen Chinese representatives and two from Communist International (Comintern) had attended the CPC’s first founding National Congress that took place from 23 to 31 July, 1921. However, the meeting did not go smooth. On
CPC Centenary Journey Of Trials, Tribulations & FeatsBy Ritu Raj Subedi
In the West, communism is long dead but enormous success of the Communist Party of China (CPC) shows that when Marxism is adapted to the national realities, it becomes a reliable ideological instrument to emancipate as well as bring prosperity to a society battered by feudalism, bureaucratic capitalism and foreign aggression. The salvos of Russian October revolution in 1917 brought Marxism-Leninism to China, inspiring early Chinese progressives to establish CPC in 1921 in a quest for liberation and...
Judiciary, Executive On Collision CourseBy Ritu Raj Subedi
As the Supreme Court (SC) has invalidated one government ordinance after another, embattled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has found himself on a sticky wicket. Now his five-member cabinet that is handling 25 ministries is obviously facing difficulty in running the day-to-day affairs of the state amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The SC has refused to recognise the cabinet reshuffle made following the dissolution of House of Representatives (HoR) and announcement of mid-term elections. The PM has already...
Litmus Test Of JudiciaryBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Contrary to the general expectation, the young democratic republic has run into roadblocks following the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) twice. It was the first elected body after the country entered the federal system. The people had given their huge mandate to an alliance of erstwhile CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre, with a hope that it will deliver stability, good governance and prosperity to the nation as promised in their polls manifesto. But the unfortunate disbanding of Nepal...