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The news coming out of Nepal in recent years has for the most part been grim. In addition to a gruesome massacre at the royal palace and battles between the army and Maoist insurgents, there are the usual floods and landslides that wreak havoc on the countryside during the annual monsoons, coupled with increasingly erratic weather patterns, droughts and fears about global warming. With the exception of the widespread jubilation that followed the protests last spring and King Gyanendra’s reinstatement of the parliament, the media give the impression that lately very little has been going well for the people of Nepal.

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