Monthly Archives: March 2005

Police Orders Student Group To Vacate Building

By Dinesh Wagle on March 31st, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

In what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated event that will definitely worsen the already hostile relationship between the royal government and pro-democratic forces, police today went to the offices of All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) at Rato Ghar (Red House) in Ratna Park, Kathmandu and ordered them to vacate the building immediately.

Talking to fellow blogger Tilak Pathak this evening, Bal Gopal Upadhaya, Central Committee Member of ANNFSU said: “A group of Armed Police Forces (APF) led by SSP Madhav Thapa came to our office this afternoon and told us to vacate two floors of the building by 4 PM. But we told them that we wouldn’t vacate the building and we stayed there till 6 PM. Then we locked the office as usual. Police team didn’t come back.” ANNFSU is the student wing of major opposition Communist Party of Nepal (UML).
The police team also ordered the shops on the ground floor of the building to vacate the room within a week.

Famous Rato Ghar is a state-owned building which managed by Rastriya Sabha Griha Samiti (RSGS) of Kathmandu Metropolitan city. All inhabitants of the building pay rent to RSGS. Immediately after the democracy was restored in 1990, ANNFSU captured the building and set up its offices in two of its four floors. Before, the same space was occupied by Rastrabadi Mandal, a pro-King and pro-Panchayati group.

It is learned that the APF wants to set up one of its own offices in the building.

“We have taken this step as an act of harassment and intimidation,” Upadhaya said in a telephone interview. “If the police use force to move us from there, we will respond appropriately. The state should be responsible for the consequences of such scenario.”

All the governments of pro-democracy era let the ANNFU to use the building as its office. When the CPN UML, mother party of ANNFSU, divided into two factions a few years ago, the group too broke up and the each of the two floors was taken by the two factions. When the party united the office became unified too.

7 Responses to “Police Orders Student Group To Vacate Building”

1. Roshu Says:
April 1st, 2005 at 11:00 am
hello!
This is just the process of democratic system started in Nepal ….don’t worry “shahi aayog” or “Nepal police” will order to vacant UML or congress office soon as dEIAMOCRATIC way….

2. Rajib Says:
April 1st, 2005 at 11:13 am
Pheri mandale haru janmaune hola ni ta…………Guys , stay there….that home is not the ancestral property of king……….In the name of Rule of law, king is very prone to establish anarchy in Nepal……Anarchy cozz we do not have faith on monarchy and it does not matter whether he will be king or wants to fade away like moths who come near fire………Prajatantra Amar Rahos !!

3. ???????? Says:
April 1st, 2005 at 1:51 pm
[Nepali font corrupt]

4. shanker Says:
April 1st, 2005 at 8:41 pm
i was just curious….if that building is govt property…are the student organizations paying any rent?

5. Rajib Says:
April 2nd, 2005 at 10:57 am
I think they are not paying……….My query is ,”Does king Pay the rent of Narayanhiti palace?” Tesko bau ko ta haina ni………

6. pita (pitajee@gmail.com) Says:
April 3rd, 2005 at 8:23 am
Rajibji,
You need to read Nepal’s history a bit. Remeber what Nepal’s every school kid knows by heart. P. N. Shah the Great’s dibyopadesh: “mero sano dukkhale arjya muluk hoina. Sabailai chetana bhaya!” What does this mean? It means Nepal was “earned” by P. N. Shah. King Gyanendra bequethed this property from his ancestors. Now turn to our own practices: when we bequathe property earned by our ancestors, we use it at our discretion. After all, don’t you spend and use whatever you have got (as your Ansha) from your parents? Don’t you use according to your fancies? So does King Gyanendra and his family. So, I was not surprised at all when King Gyanendra asked the government to buy luxuary cars for him when Nepal was financial and political turmoil. I was not surprised at all when Paras bought a fancy Bhatbhate (I can’t remember the brand name Haley Davidson or so). So it is quite logical and appropriate for King Gyanendra to appropriate and spend whatever he wants from the national coffer. Nepal is the property earned by his ancestor and bequathed by him. Why does he pay rent for something which is his property; pay to whom? Chetana Bhaya?? You got your answer?

7. Rajib Says:
April 3rd, 2005 at 10:18 am
Kaska lagi arjya ko muluk, teska chora chori lai moj garauna……….? k hami janata ko chahi kei value chhaina?…….kasko sahayog le arjeko muluk…….?k pande ra magar haru le help garera haina……?Ajja magar haru ko k aaswatha chha??……..Teska babu baje bajura lein aarjyo bhandai ma hami janata ko khun khan ta mildaina ni……….k amarsingh ra bala bhadra ani bhim sen le nala pani ra dethal ma naladeko bhaye…….tesko bau ko dukha le arjeko sampati nas hune thiyena……….raja kaska lagi janta ka lagi ki aafnai lagi……..?

Have you read Antigone written by Sophocles?The son of king(I forgot his name right now) says that if you(king) wants to enforce his words as a final law, he would be the great king in desert{HAEMON

A State for one man is no State at all.
CREON

The State is his who rules it, so ‘tis held.
HAEMON

As monarch of a desert thou wouldst shine.http://www.online-literature.com/sophocles/oedipus/3/}……..Have you read today’s times of India, what bhutanese king said,”Nation should come first than king.”“All this was possible because of the complete trust and faith between the king and the people,”{http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1064583.cms}
Yo raja le kei siknu pardaina?

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Nepali Reporters Take Democracy Fight to Cyberspace

By Terry Friel (Reuters, 24 March 2005)

New Delhi- Journalists in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest and most backward nations, are going hi-tech to sidestep tight censorship imposed after last month’s royal coup.

Outspoken Web logs, or blogs, are springing up and being widely quoted and linked to in the ‘blogosphere’ – the mushrooming cyberworld rapidly establishing a place for itself as an alternative source of news and information.

‘I feel that our very own survival, intellectually and mentally, depends on freedom,’ says Dinesh Wagle, a newspaper journalist who runs United We Blog! (www.blog.com.np).

‘I don’t want to live like a dead soul. So these days I am blogging for a peaceful and democratic Nepal,’ he said in an email interview.

King Gyanendra seized power on February 1, arresting government and political leaders, rights activists and journalists.

He also banned media criticism of his move, which he said was aimed at ending a nine-year Maoist revolt that has killed 11,000 people and shattered the tourism and aid-dependent economy. Continue reading

Journalist Sudheer Sharma: Exclusives Never End

Sudheer Sharma, one of the most authoritative figures in Nepalese journalism has come up with a cover story in Nepal Magazine that has made people believe that Dr Baburam Bhattarai has in fact been expelled from the Maoist Party. In this pic taken by Wagle, Sudheer is in his office chamber with the latest issue of Nepal on the table.

By Dinesh Wagle

Today’s issue of Nepal Weekly Magazine, country’s prominent publication, has a revealing cover story (Read English version here) by its editor Sudheer Sharma about the shocking news report that appeared conspicuously in Nepalese media last week. On the day of Mar 15, all Nepalese media ran a sensational new report that claimed the ‘abrupt and sudden and unexpected’ removal of Dr Baburam Bhattarai from the politburo membership of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

The news was greeted by many in Kathmandu with deep suspicion. The source of the news was Royal Nepal Army’s public relation’s directorate and the news was disseminated via the state-owned news agency RSS (Rastriya Samachar Samiti or National News Agency). Many people in Nepal thought that that was mere propaganda of army to bring fraction within the ‘terrorist’ declared Maoist party.

I wrote a blog saying that the move of army was clear act of exploitation of media that are already under censorship since Feb 1 royal takeover. Now, after reading the Nepal Magazine cover story, I have reached the conclusion that the news of expulsion of Dr Bhattarai is true. Why? Not only because Nepal Magazine has carried that as the cover story but, most importantly, the writer is Sudheer Sharma.

If you don’t know who Sudheer Sharma is and why he commands such authority over Maoist related news, then let me give you some idea. Sudheer is one of the most trusted names when it comes to the news about the ongoing conflict in Nepal. Many say that his expertise in reporting, writing and understanding the rebellion movement in Nepal has helped pushed his career in the higher ends. He was the first reporter to go to the war zone and come up with a famous cover story in Himal Khabar Patrika, another influential and prominent publication of Nepal, four years ago in Jan 2000. By then, he had penned so many revealing and analytical reports about the People’s War that started in 1996. Since that groundbreaking cover story (field report plus analysis) of Himal Khabarpatrika, Sudheer has broken several stories, has come up with many inside stories and presented many analysis.

Sudheer started his journalistic career from an entertainment weekly Parda (screen) in 2051. Entertainment wasn’t his cup of tea, so he joined newly established Jana Aastha weekly in 2052. While in that paper, he wrote some breaking stories including the interview of Lendup Dorjee, former Prime Minister of Sikkim who played a lead role in merging the once independent Kingdom with India. Lendup prominently featured in Nepali politics at that time and was a favorite character among conspiracy theorists. Lendup has been a metaphor in Nepali politics to explain about the possible Sikkmization of Nepal. Everyone wanted to know about this person at that time and Sudheer grabbed that chance.

I have collected some info about this 30-year-old editor of Nepal Magazine. Sudheer is interested varieties of topics as a reporter. Royal family of Nepal (best example: Narayanhitti Hatyakanda: Sadhyantra Ki Sanak? or Narayanhitti Massacre: Conspiracy or Idiosyncrasy?- about the royal massacre of 2001 as cover story in Himal), military intelligence (Kathmandu Today Magazine cover story about Khampa Insurgency and US CIA’s involvement in that and Nepal magazine cover story about Jasoosi Akhada or (Maoist Vs US)), Human Interest features (Dance, Drink ra Dangdung cover story in Himal), Crime (story of Ruby’s smuggling in KT Magazine) and Border Management (Bharitiya Atikraman Ko Nanuma- Example of Indian Encroachment- in KT). His story about Christianity in Nuwakot district (Where Church is ahead and Development is Behind) in KT Magazine was another example of his illustrious reporting.

“I accompanied him to Nuwakot to do that Khampa story,” Sudheer’s long time friend Deepak Adhikari remembers, “We went all the way to a remote village of Nuwakot for the story on a motorbike. I am amazed by his patience and dedication to collect information.”

Sudheer did a cover story on KT about Maoist insurgency in 1997. That was the first cover story about the People’s War in any magazine. “We wanted to put a Maoist on the cover of KT but we didn’t even know how a Maoist would look like,” one of Sudheer’s colleagues recalls. “Still, we managed to find models for guerillas, covered their faces with a red star printed scarf and give them guns. That was our imagination about Maoist those days.”

Sudheer did the whole story but he was impressed by the line that Deepak suggested him as a possible headline for the story: “Maobadi Janayuddha: Ganatantra Ki Grihayuddha?” or Maoist People’s War: Republic or Civil War? “Sudheer still gives me credit for that headline,” Deepak happily says. Since then, Sudheer has done innumerable stories in many different media like Himal Magazine and Nepal Magazine. “Four Districts Under Maoist Control” titled Himal cover story of Jan 2000 is one such example of conflict journalism. He has written many stories about Nepalese Diaspora in India.

He is a top shot professional when it comes to writing about Maoist. Many scribes in Nepal are either branded as Maoist supporters or Government propagandists. But he has been able to walk on that thin line between the two warring factions. He has experienced some terrible personal loss while writing about Maoist war. Three years ago, he was in Rolpa, the most affected area by the war, to cover the impact of the war. He used to work for Himal at that time. Raja Ram Gautam of Nepal Magazine and some other journalists were also there in that tour. Maoists abducted the team and that news spread countrywide. Hearing the news of his son’s abduction, Sudheer’s father went through heart attack and died. “While in the abduction,” Raja Ram remembers, “Sudheer, like his name which means well patience, was calm and cool. He was determined to have a good story out of the trip.” But because of his dad’s demise, he couldn’t do the story.

He has proved himself as a capable reporter for almost any kind of stories. “Today he writes a cover story on Kathmandu’s nightlife and tomorrow about SAF games,” says a close aide of Sudheer. His heydays were those when he worked in Himal, in the beginning as a reporter and then he left the magazine as the news coordinator. He joined Nepal Magazine as an assistant editor two and a half years ago and became editor of the magazine a year ago. “Nepal Magazine has become even more interesting and professional under his leadership,” once wrote Bijay Kumar, founding editor of Nepal Magazine, about Sudheer.

When he is not reporting, he edits stories on his computer tuning in to Hindi songs and chatting over MSN. Plus, he is one of the most eligible bachelors in Nepalese journalism. I have heard many girls commenting about him as a “reserved and shy guy who rarely talks much.” But many of his friends regard him as a very sociable and helpful person.

Now, back to today’s cover story. Many people in Kathmandu whom I meet today have said that they have believed Baburam was expelled from the Maoist party. This kind of tremendous trust over his stories is based on his skills: documentation, always being updated, and close contact with sources.

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‘Baburam, Hisila in detention’

KATHMANDU, March 20 (RSS) – Baburam Bhattarai and his wife Hisila Yami are said to have been expelled from the so-called terrorist party and kept under the custody of armed personnel. This is stated in the press statement issued at 7:30 PM yesterday by the so-called alternative member of the terrorists Netra Bahadur Chand ‘Biplav’, says a press statement issued by the Royal Nepalese Army, Public Relations Directorate here today.

(from The Kathmandu Post)

Comment by Trishna — 3/21/2005 @ 11:07 am

Thank you very much for making efforts to get an english version of the article on Baburam that appeared in Nepal (magazine). Also like to congratulate for forming the Media Watch segment. Hope that this segment will pay attention to the prominent issues covered in other vernacular magazines as well. Best of Luck!!!!

Comment by Prakash — 3/21/2005 @ 11:52 am

Dinesh Jee,

I knew few things about Sudheer Sharma when he was in Himal. But the story you wrote helped me to know more about him. Nepal mag should be proud to get sudheer as a editor.

Comment by Suman Ghimire — 3/21/2005 @ 3:35 pm

Comprehensive information! worth reading

Comment by nagarik — 3/21/2005 @ 4:35 pm

I agree with all of the above comments, good work!

Comment by kagyuster — 3/21/2005 @ 9:26 pm

btw, The Rising Nepal reports: Maoists confirm Baburam Bhattarai’s expulsion

Comment by kagyuster — 3/21/2005 @ 9:30 pm

Its very nice to read from my friend and he got more knowledge when i was with him.we work together before and becouse of my own problems i leave Nepal and working in the Saipan.I really proud for my friend who really work hard for the Nepali reader.Keep it up my friend

Comment by Nishchal Chapagain — 3/25/2005 @ 10:23 pm

Cancelled & Tainted: Everest Expedition & Modi Visa

By Dinesh Wagle on March 19th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

Going through today’s Hindustan Times was a kind of shocking experience for me. The front page was dominated with the big news of the day that shocked entire India: Gujrat riot cost US visa for Narendra Modi. Well, that wasnâ t new news for me though. So, that didn’t shock me. But an item on the 6th page of New Delhi’s best selling paper (I don’t intend to include myself in the ‘best selling’ war between Times of India and HT) pulled my attention and made me pale instantly.

India cancelled its first ever all-women Indo-Nepalese Everest expedition of Royal Nepal Army and Indian Army. The expedition was to be started this week as per the original plan. The cancellation itself was not big news. Such things happen in Everest, in Himal. What was astonishing was the reason behind the cancellation. The paper cites high level Indian Army Official as saying that the expedition was cancelled because of the political change in Nepal. Since the Feb 1 royal takeover in Nepal, Indian Army has halted all kinds of cooperation, the official claimed, thus no Everest climbing with Nepalese army personals. So, according to the paper, the India team will go to Everest from the Tibetan side instead of using regular Nepalese route. What a superb example of hypocrisy and double standard! And here comes the context of Modi.

What a hue and cry the US decision to deny visa to Modi has generated in India in the last 48 hours. Uncle Sam denied visa to a Chief Minister of India. Why? New Delhi based US embassy spokesman David Kennedy explained thus: “Modi’s tourist and business visa was revoked under section 212 (A-G) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act under which any foreign government official (in power) responsible for serious violation of religions freedom is ineligible for visa.”

The Indian government of the coalition UPA instantly expressed its “deep concern and regret” for the US decision. India could do just that in this context what Nepal could do in the earlier stated (expedition cancellation) context.

The New Delhi government should consider the fact that India is currently hosting a historical sporting event: Indo-Pak cricket. Sporting events shouldn’t come in politics. Indo-Pak cricket was hostage of Indian ego for long time. India always brought cricket in between its relations with Pakistan. Now, finally it seemed as if folks at Delhi have understood that sports and politics should be dealt with separately. The cancellation of the Everest expedition shattered that hope.

To show concern for democracy and civil liberties is a very good thing. Yes, India should pressurize the royal government of Nepal to restore democratic process and help Nepal solve problems. As a citizen of Nepal, I expect India to play constructive role of a friendly country so that we can enjoy democratic rights in our society. But I strongly object the way India is using its foreign policy. I don’t agree with how India cancelled its Everest expedition team and diverted that to Tibetan route. Well, tell me, who are ruling Tibet? Who are ruling China? For India, it seems, President Hu of China is a democratically elected leader. The same government who is not only playing cricket but hosting the team from a country let by a dictator is canceling another similar sporting event. This is no more than a sheer example of double standard, a big brotherly behavior, bade bhai behaviour.

And US too showed its Bade Bhai behaviour to India. For India, US is Uncle, Big Brother, Bade Bhai. But in this case, Bade Bhai did very good thing. Uncle Sam didnâ t cancel an Everest expedition but denied entry to one of the most destructive figure of Indian subcontinent. I am astonished how come the Congress party forgets the Gujarat riot so quick? Until a few months ago, the same party was on the street trying hard to defeat Modi accusing him of inciting violence in the State of Gujrat. Now, the same party has shamelessly come forward defending the same man. I am sure folks at Outlook Magazine are closely watching all this development. I am eagerly waiting to read the next issue of this Magazine which has been highlighting the atrocities done by Modi and company in Gujrat.

According to Times of India, “when Modi was asked at his press conference on Friday whether the controversy would be politically advantageous to him, he shot back, “I am not looking at this for personal gains, I am concerned about the image of India.” Oh my god, this bearded and bespectacled man is “concerned about the image of India.” I just can’t believe this. Modi ji, you are the man who have tarnished the image of India most in the recent years. Aaap ne chhayekrit kiya hey, Bharat ka image, Modi ji.
Look, how your supporters, no other than those Hindu fundamentalists, are already showing their true face by burning the effigies of US President George W Bush!

We Are In Google News!

Hi Friends,

Here is yet another good news about United We Blog! The world renowned news service of Google, Google News, has started using UWB as one of their source from today. This shows our growing trustworthiness worldwide. Google News using UWB blogs means millions of users of Google News will now be able to access our blogs. At this moment of happiness, we want to assure our readers that truth if the most important thing for us.

As I have said in this article, (I want to reiterate it again here) we at United We Blog! are very much serious regarding the fact that blogs should be truthful, very much truthful and factual. For us, blogs are medium of expression, yes, but not the means to spread anarchism. Freedom is not anarchy. Blogs are not rumors but first hand accounts. For us, blogs are personal statements that are first true, and factual. We, the Himalayan bloggers, believe that blogging too should be bounded by ethics and personalized professionalism. Njoy!- Wagle

2 Responses to “We Are In Google News!”

1. kagyuster Says:
March 18th, 2005 at 10:11 pm
Congratulations and keep up the great work!

2. blondie Says:
March 25th, 2005 at 4:31 am
Blog on Bloggers! You are delivering balm to the wounded, courage to the scared but most of all, you are delivering a wonderful “Bloggy” hope to us all that INTEGRITY will always prevail in this sometimes evil world of ours.

New Royalist Party Formed While Nepal Is Under Emergency

By Tilak on March 13th, 2005 in Reader’s Vision

While the country is in a difficult political situation, and political parties unable to hold programs freely, a new party has arrived. Former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa has come up with yet another party called Rastriya Jana Shakti Party. He founded Rastriya Prajantra Party in 1991 and left that a few months ago. In a press conference organized today in the office of the new party, the first formed after the Feb 1 Royal Takeover.

When major political parties are in the state of hibernation, Thapa, a man considered a Royalist, has formed new party. Why? Some say that this is a part of a Grand Design. Some say, this is yet another effort of this clever politician to become the Prime Minister once again. He has already held that top post for 5 times. Some say that his news decision will help the government because this party is group of royalists. The foreign minister Ramesh Nath Pandey is in Geneva currently to participate in the human rights conference. There, he might proudly tell the international community: “Look, we have democracy in action. New party has just come up.”

Thapa has his own explanation: Government didnâ t give permission to gather cadres. So I have to announce the party from this building.

He also declared that he has postponed a ‘Broad National Democratic Conference’ that he had announced to hold at this time citing the state of emergency. According to that announcement, he would convene a ‘Broad National Democratic Conference’ to give rise to a new democratic force in the country.

Differentiating between the State and Nation, Thapa said that State is an administrative structure while Nation is a structure in which substantive equality and opportunity is made available to all the people which his party believes.

2 Responses to “New Royalist Party Formed While Nepal Is Under Emergency”

1. Bishn Chetri Says:
March 13th, 2005 at 7:20 pm

Mora haru Kehi gardainan…party matra ta kholne hun…

2. Peter Francon Says:
March 14th, 2005 at 12:11 pm

Oh here we go… Come along Young Nepalis! Where is the New Blood, where are the New brains and Policy Creaters? Where are all you young bright educated souls?

This aged fool has crept in with yet another blurred image of the same old nonsense party politic. What will he do for the nation! Come on! Ask yourselves out loud! He will DO Nothing!

The newspapers claim “The Party’s Central Work Performance Committee” has finalised the flag! How can Anyone take them seriously. Itâ s laughable.

Where’s the “Road Building Plan” – The “Teachers Pay Structure” â â The Hospital – Improvement/Building Plan” ALL WITH RESPECTIVE BUDGETS… Revenue Collection, why has it taken 200 years to create a pathetic Revenue Collection System.

The King doesn’t build roads, that’s not his job â Heâ s the â State Figureheadâ , it’s the job of Government to build roads, political parties just prioritise such activities. Now the “Fund Stealing” problems are being addressed, letâ s see a new party come up with a strategy to build a viable road network. Roads lead to markets and markets lead to revenue creation. Can you think of a better place to start.

I’m British, the Romans built our roads, but you can build your new roads now the stolen money is coming back into STATE COFFERS (Take note CIAA AND Government Secretaries!) The people WILL NOT accept state theft any longer.
If a new Party cannot present a viable manifesto for progress, they face public ridicule. Beware Mr Thapa, donâ t make yourself a â laughing stockâ !

Live From Kathmandu- III

A reporter/blogger spends an hour observing activities of Ason Chowk where pro-democracy demonstrations and arrests are taking place these days.

By Dinesh Wagle on March 9th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

This woman told me that business in Ason was going as usual despite recent demonstrations and arrests there. Today’s price of tomatoes is Rs. 15 per Kilogram.

I am standing in a corner of Ason Chowk right now to see possible pro-democracy demonstrators in action. Different people with different looks, get ups, backgrounds are thronging in to Ason, from different entry points, from Bhatahitti, Rani Pokhari, Chhetrapati, Basantapur, Newroad pus other two- endlessly. So many allies come and merge at Ason Chowk. Girls in tight jeans and half exposed backs are entering the Chowk from one point and they exit but busy with talking themselves from another. Boys too have put their sweaters in their shoulders. The heat could already be felt in Ason. Climate is changing. Temperature is rising. This is the season of demonstrations. Nepalis have just lost their liberties.

These guys from Sweden were wandering here and there in Ason today. They did bungee jumping in north Nepal recently.
People are busy, unaware of what will happen next. They don’t care about that probably. Police are in constant vigilance. They are patrolling from one corner of Ason to another. Policemen are surrounding Ason from all four sides. It feels like as if Ason is a heavily fortified town that is expecting an imminent war. Two policemen are reading today’s issue of Jana Aastha Weekly.

A couple of foreigners is deeply analyzing a travel journal, possibly a Lonely Planet Guide Book. All the shops are open. Shopkeepers are busy, in fact, very busy, selling things or trying hard to do so. It’s really tough to convince unsatisfying customers these days.

A policeman just passed away from where I am standing and writing these lines with a star line ball point pen. He gave me a quick glance, a glance of suspicion probably. He might have thought that I am not a political demonstrator. If so, he is definitely not wrong.

Bells are ringing in the temple located in the mid of Ason Chowk: Dingâ ¦Tingâ ¦Dingâ ¦ Sound varies depending on how you hear them. Passers by stop for a brief darshan of the temple and they put Tika themselves on their forehead. God is there, they believe, and He is watching us all.

Even four pigeons, symbol of peace, are fearlessly collecting their food with their beaks amidst the sounds of bicycle, motorbikes, Rikshas (pow pow), temple bell. It seems they are used to with this kind of environment. Look, one of them is approaching so close to my foot. It seems, you can find everything in Ason that are available on planet Earth: from a Brazilian couple to tomatoes from India to carrots from Bhaktpur (yes, that’s in Nepal).

I reached Ason Chowk at around 3:30 PM and remained standing (sometime moving as well) for more than an hour. No demonstrations today.

Interview Of Nepalese Blogger In ‘Media Action’

Media Action, an electronic news and information magazine of WACC or World Association for Christian Communication, interviews Dinesh Wagle, co-founder of United We Blog!.

Dinesh Wagle, editor of ‘United We Blog! For a Free and Democratic Nepal’ who boldly and openly challenges the restrictions under his own name, and the RFN Blogger, anonymous editor of ‘Radio Free Nepal Blog’, both speak to Media Action about blogging from Nepal.

Interview with Dinesh Wagle, of ‘United We Blog! For a Free and Democratic Nepal’

Media Action: Do you consider yourself to be in danger by ignoring the restrictions since the coup? Other bloggers write anonymously, why don’t you?

Dinesh: I am not blogging against my Nation. In fact, I am not blogging against anyone. I am bloging for democracy, for free media, for civil liberties. So, I don’t think I am in danger of any kind. Even King Gyanendra has said that he too wants democracy. I am just helping him to restore democracy and peace in this country as soon as possible.

I don’t think posting anonymously will be that useful and effective. If you reveal your identity then it makes your write-ups more trustworthy. For example, anonymous sources can say anything, they can wage a war, and they can bring down a government. But if they have to speak with their identity revealed, they become more responsible. Who is an anonymous blogger accountable to? I am responsible for my career, my future, and my readership. So, my principle is: do whatever you like, but with your identity revealed.

Read that interview here.

UWB Featured in AsiaMedia

United We Blog! is attracting people from all over the world – proved again as Asia Media features UWB in its latest article. AsiaMedia is a nonprofit and nonpartisan service established by Tom Plate (UCLA Dept. of Communication Studies) in 1998.
Co-founder Dinesh Wagle has been quoted in the article:

Dinesh Wagle, 26, co-founder of United We Blog! and a reporter with the Kantipur Daily, says the government since the coup has also blocked non-Maoist sites such as Newslookmag.com and Nepalipost.com. Blogs have, as yet, remained untouched by government censorship. Wagle says that it is unlikely blogs will be censored like news organizations: “It is easier for them to simply block the sites so that some three hundred thousand Internet users in Nepal can’t have access to our sites.”
It goes on:

The founders of United We Blog! see the medium as a means of easy communication. Wagle says, “It’s been easier and quick to have our say or post whatever we know about the ongoing political situation.”

Read more here.