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Archive for May, 2010

 

Back from the brink

The three-point pact between the three parties signed just before midnight on Friday reads like a UN resolution, and indeed what held things up till the last moment was semantics. They were haggling about whether the prime minister should “resign” or be “ready to resign”. There is nothing in it that couldn’t have been agreed on […]


Anatomy of a resistance

The young traders from Patan had started walking out at 8 o’clock on Friday morning to join the citizens’ peace rally at Basantapur, giving themselves an hour to get there. At Kopundole they found the main road to the bridge blocked by Maoists. There was a tense standoff, bricks were hurled, and some of the […]


“Peaceful banda”

A stern-looking woman with her hair tied up in a bun enters a pasal in Patan, and leaves a printed letter on the counter. The young girl reads the demand for Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 to finance the Tesro Jana Andolan. The shopkeeper says she doesn’t understand. “What don’t you understand, haven’t you heard […]



 

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