When he addressed the nation on Sunday night, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai (above) spoke not as a head of government, not as a leader of all Nepalis, not as a statesman, but as a defensive, haughty party boss delivering his first campaign speech.
Lenin and Stalin carved the Soviet Union up into ethnic Soviet republics with a token nod to self-determination, but kept totalitarian power centred in the Kremlin. Can we expect any better from a party that keeps the portraits of Lenin and Stalin on the wall of its headquarter?
In the next six months we have to try to patch a perilously frayed social fabric and protect our pluralistic democracy during a polarised and volatile campaign for the next election.
We have a situation here
Death of an institution, KANAK MANI DIXIT
The Constituent Assembly provided an example of how not to write a constitution
Conveniently left, RUBEENA MAHATO
Nepalis have moved on, but our communal communists are still dreaming of utopia
Out of the darkness, ANURAG ACHARYA
A national unity government with elections by November is the least parties can now give dejected Nepalis