Monthly Archives: November 2008

Tomorrow: Thoughts of a Nepali Student in New York

The real question is what will each of us give back to the country to which we owe our identity? Or will there be no members of our generations to shoulder the responsibility – will there just be a void?

By a Nepali student
This article titled was originally published in the Nov 1-15 issue of New York Nepali Samachar.

Still cannot get to sleep, I turn lazily to the other side of the bed. I open my eyes to glance at the alarm clock; the green digits read 2:00. Five more hours and it is going to come to life, force me out of bed to go to school, then work, and back home late at night. Time never stops, does it? Time passes away with each blink of an eye, and it is up to us to utilize it. The feeling of uneasiness grips me again; and the reason is suddenly clear. I have been thinking about my conversation with Dikshya di and Dipendra dai over tea this afternoon. I have been thinking about what next after graduation.

There are many Nepali students like me in the United States, and many more scattered in countries all over the globe, who have left Nepal in pursuit of higher education. The number is definitely substantial, as I myself have only a handful of friends back home. As students we make immense sacrifices to get that degree we came here for. We think of graduating as our salvation. We hope for an American dream, to get rich and have that perfect house and the perfect job. But what are the chances? And what about Nepal, the essence of who we are? So, when Dipendra dai and Dikshya di both voiced their decision to go back to Nepal after graduation, I had an array of emotions. Shock, admiration, confusion, respect.

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A Nepali Survives The Mumbai Attack

Purushottam Basyal Was Making Chinese Cuisine When Terrorists Stormed Into Taj Mahal Palace Hotel In Mumbai

By Dinesh Wagle in New Delhi
Wagle Street Journal
[Read it here in Nepali on the front page of Kantipur]

Purushottam Basyal, who hails from Malungwa village in Syangja district, works a Chef specializing in Chinese cuisine at the Taj Palace. He was busy preparing food when terrorists entered the hotel premises at around ten in the night (read more about the attack in the box below). “All of a sudden I heard rattling noises”, Mr. Basyal told me from his house in Mumbai. “I thought someone was creating noises with utensils at a time when the restaurant was filled with guests. Then I was told there was firing going on in the hotel. I thought a gang fight had broken out. Then someone told me it was a terrorist attack. We were all frightened.”

Basyal along with other Chefs rushed to the main kitchen in the first floor when guests busy drinking in a bar nearby started running away in fear. That was when he knew it was a terrorist attack. Overcome by fear Basyal and the rest rushed to the basement to hide. Two chefs who worked with Basyal were killed in the shootings. Another Indian Chef, Hemant was a serious casualty. Continue reading

Army Integration….Nepali Congress Speaks

For the record: Nepali Congress “will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.”

Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala today said he is not in favour of integration of the Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army (NA). He said that the NC, the opposition party in the Constituent Assembly, will prevent the army integration to save the NA from politicisation. “The NC is against the army integration now since the Maoists have continued violence,” he added. Addressing the National Awareness Campaign of the NC in Nepalgunj today, the former prime minister referred to the killing of two youths in Dhading by the Maoist youth wing Young Communist League (YCL), and said, “I will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.” He further claimed that the YCL will eventually put an end to the Maoists and party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Continue reading

Now That They Are in Power, Maoist Comrades Start New Fight

Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Mohan Baidya at loggerheads

By Renu Kshetry

The central committee (CC) meeting of CPN (Maoist) held on Monday (yesterday) saw party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader of the hard-line faction Mohan Baidya present separate political documents. Prime Minister Dahal presented three options on republicanism – the federal democratic republic, people’s republic and transitional republic. It is the first time the party chairman has presented the idea of “transitional republic,” which, some analysts said, could be a middle-of-the road approach. Dahal has now offered to bring together the two factions – proponents of People’s Republic and Democratic Republic. Continue reading