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Effects of Nagarkot Massacre

By Vishnu on December 21st, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

Nagarkot Massacre: mourning and protesting go side by side

nagarkot massacre victims

A man holds placard with the photo of Suntali Nagarkoti who was killed in Nagarkot Massacre. This man is participating in a mourning program organized today in Basantapur. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari via Kantipur

A strong sense of fear crippled us when we reached the place of the massacre- the Kali Devi Temple. The vestiges of the massacre that occurred on the fateful night of Dec 16 were still there intact despite the attempts made by the RNA personnel to obliterate them. Bloodstains were still there on the floor, bullet marks could be seen on a tree and also on a nearby house, a slipper was left near the gate, and oranges and other fruits were scattered here and there.

Today I made a trip to the site of the gory massacre in which 11 innocent villagers had been shot dead by an army-man or many army-men. I was there to report an event.

The bullet mark on the house at northwest from the point the soldier fired hinted that there was more than one person to shoot at the revelers of the yearly festival at the temple.

It has already been established that there were at least two guns used to kill the people. Now, rumors have it that the army recovered another gun from the mustard field, about 400 meters down the temple. Taking into consideration the way people died in the temple, it seems that the people were massacred by many soldiers using many guns.

Nowadays, nobody in the village dares to go to the temple. People shut their doors before it is dark and donâ??t come out during nighttime. The temple is as good as a cremation ground, says a woman, who sustained a bullet injury
on her foot. Besides, the locals think that such a massacre may repeat at any place any time in the village.

For the first time in my life I came to know that people in villages fear the army and other security forces so much. Mao is right here: power comes through the nozzle of gun. According to the stories of the villagers, the gunmen in these localities were “far superior” to ordinary people.

Suraya Man Tamang, father of Fuchhimaya Tamang who sustained two bullets on her hip, says that she is going to be a burden to him forever. Doctors have told him that most probably half of her body will be paralyzed. Neither the army nor the government has promised any compensation to the injured in the massacre.

As many as 1000 students and human rights activists organized a protest program at the temple where hapless villagers had been massacred. They chanted strongly worded slogans against monarchy and demanded that the RNA be transformed into peoplesâ?? army. The king as supreme commander-in-chief of the army should own up to the massacre, they argued.

But this never brings back the people killed in the massacre. The horrific memory of massacre has remained deeply etched in the minds of the villagers.

At last, it reminded me of the massacre of the Nepalese royal family in 2002. There is at least one similarity between the royal massacre in 2002 and the Nagarkot massacre in 2005: “The assasin shot himself dead after finishing his horrific business’. And, still another, both of the massacres were conducted in the middle of night.

The list of things that happened in the middle of night recently in Nepal is very long.

Meanwhile students in colleges (espicially in Tri Chandra) continued clashing with police while protesting the Massacre. (see pics) Several students of Tri Chandra were injured in the clash. Tri Chandra is one of the most politically sensetive colleges in Kathmadnu which attracts special attention of authorities because it is the most nearest college from the Narayanhitti Royal Palace. In the photo above students are carrying thier wounded comrade to hospital.

14 Responses to “Effects of the Massacre”

Pidit.Dukhit Says:
December 21st, 2005 at 11:43 pm

Blogger says: “As many as 1000 students and human rights activists organized a protest program at the very temple where hapless villagers had been massacred.”

I say: They must be kidding Vishnu. Why on Earth they choose the very temple to register their protest? They are there to do politics not to show any sympathy to the victims. What did they do to victims other than torturing them? They could have collected Rs. 1000 each and distributed that money to the killed people’s family. No, they just shed the gohi ko aansu and came back to Kathmandu, didn’t they, Vishnu? When will these Nepalis will start behaving humanly and stop politicizing almost everything on Earth?

By the way, wonderful reporting and images, Thanks Vishnu, photographers and UWB.

anuj poudel Says:
December 22nd, 2005 at 12:05 am

thanks for telling us the latest from Nagarkot. I was eagerly waiting for that. I wanted go to there myself but for some personal reasons I could not go. I mean its sad that people are terrified. But after such a horrific event, that is not unusual.

by the way, what is going on with the investigation teams? Any idea? I am curious to know about that.

to pidit:
I think all people there went to express their feelings to the villagers. Might seem like politics but why are you being so much skeptic in this hour of grief? Well, people of Nepal are able to help each other. Do you remember that recently they collected suka/mohor for tulsi giri to help him pay the money that he didn’t pay to nepali bank for years? they can do when needed.

Vishnu Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 12:10 am
Anuj, see the update again la?

soniyagandhi Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 1:01 am
Parties and leaders are negecting that tragedic event in Nagarkot. Only they are terrorizing people in spite of providing sympathy and helps to those victimized people. The corrupt leaders never like to come up with any good and sustainable solution of the problems in our country.

twaaks Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 1:59 am
This so surrela, a repeat of the palace massacre. I wonder if T-Giri will come out of this saying “bhatatata…” as Ranabhat did. Pidit Dukhit is correct in saying that if people really want to help the victims the least that they could do is to collect some money and distribute it to the victims instead of burning tires on the streets and stoning ordinary pedestrians and other people going around their business. Politicians will policitize anything, and Nepali people are very prone to instigation. People should be very careful here.

sparsha Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 4:06 am
I do not see anything wrong in politicising the event so that similar thing would not happen again in other places. But does KG, his army/T Giri care about it. I also agree that something needs to be done for the victims.

What I am worried is that there is some of kind conspiracy in KG’s mind. The equation of India-Maobadi-KG so visible. Politics is dirty. I do not know whom to believe and whom not to. Politics is dirty but how dirty is the question. I wonder we Nepalese are suffering the worse possible dirtyness of politics.

let it be Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 4:34 am
no things has came out with two invesigation team it just a drama from KG
So the thing What I had told on my previous comment every responsible army officer should be hang publiclly not to repeat such massacare in future

acrokiller Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 2:09 pm
The incident in Nagarkot is indeed sad and condemnable. However, i think it would be better if you were more objective and not post ‘rumours’. You make it sound as if a conspiracy were hatched to gun down these people. Maybe it was, or maybe it was just a drunk soldier with a gun. Fact is, we don’t know yet, do we? Rumours abound. But i think they’re better dealt with in the discussions. I, for one, log onto UWB for objective coverage on the movement for democracy in Nepal. Not for rumours or gossip.

Maobadipidit Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 3:18 pm
What a drama parties are doing? Are they really upset with the killings or just political agenda only. The culprit should be punished what all says about it, we also agree on that. If the parties really love to the family of the killings then why they are differentiating to maoist killings. Why there is no sympathy to those victims killed by maoist? Why not burning the tyers in the street for their killings also. It clearly picture out that they are just doing the politics…nothing more than that.

In the sad events also they are doing politics what a shame to them.

Bishnu Says:

December 22nd, 2005 at 4:15 pm
yes! last time when Nepalse people were killed in Iraque Nepalese even army..police issued and mass attacked agains Nepalese Manpower companies.

Actualy these killing people (nepalese) were gone in Iraque to earn money on their interest they were there.

This time Army’s personal killed the innocent people the temple so we should mass meeting agains this Autocracy govermnet which still can’t give symhaty.

Final Solution Says:

December 23rd, 2005 at 5:02 am
Well, the main problem here is these Bahun/Chettri dominated Nepal. Look all political parties including Maobadis. Look whenever the victims, doesnot matter which political sides or civilians or civil servants, they ARE TARGETED by Bahun/Chhetris mostly ETHNIC NEPALESE.

Look at the census of killed Maobadis majorities are MAGARS and other ETHNIC NEPALESE. Look the killed High Profile Civil Servants they are mostly ETHNIC NEPALESE.

Well, to be honest, the main problem in Nepal is this Hinduism, Roayalism, Rana/Thakurism, be in Congressism, Communism, Seculiarism or even MAOBADISM its all about these KHASISM with BAHUN/CHEETRISM.

We must FIRST wipe out this KHASISM. Look be it Panche Raj, Congress Raj, Communist Raj and even now ongoing Maobadi Raj, they never punish all those corrupt, murderers, rapists, drug dealers, pimps, antique murti chors, smugglers they kill, jail, take revenge, abuse, misuse/mistreat only when it comes to people from ETHNIC GROUP.

Look those judicial system, administration, bureaucracy, political parties and even now maobadies they never killed, maimed, took hostage for labour camp, anybody from high profile Bahun/Chettri Class be they police,army or civilians, its always ETHNIC PEOPLE.

THE ROOT PROBLEM FACING NEPAL IS THESE DECENDANTS OF HYBRID MIDDLE EASTERNERS AND INDIANS KNOWN BETTER AS BAHUN/CHETTRIS AND THEIR SHIT HINDUISM WITH CAST SYSTEM. THIS IS THE PLAGUE, MAHAROG, CORE OF ALL EVILS IN NEPAL, WE ALL NEPALESE MUST WIPE IT OUT COMPLETELY WITH THEIR KHASISM CULTUUR.

D.MICHAEL_VANDEVEER Says:

December 23rd, 2005 at 12:50 pm
thank you FINAL SOLUTION !
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Government Creates Vigilante Group

By Vishnu on August 8th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

UPDATED: A Dangerous trend which will worsen the bloody situation in Nepal.

In yet another instance of state-supported violence, seven people have been killed while dozens more have been displaced in Agra and surrounding villages of Makawanpur and Dhading districts. It is a state-sponsored lynching mob, ostensibly against the Maoists, that is spreading violence in these areas, according to the locals.

I had been invited to join a group which was visiting the Daman Valley to observe the ongoing violence in those localities. But, I was more interested in the idyllic beauty of the Daman Valley. Rolling through the hairpin bends our vehicles reached the Valley around 11 am. My back-to-nature trip turned sour when I met terror-stricken people pleading for their safety.

According to the villagers, the Maoists had issued a decree a month ago to destroy marijuana in the localities. They have to depend on the money earned through the sale of marijuana as no other crops grow in the region. Marijuana traffickers come in the village from as far afield as India.

But, when the Maoists brutally manhandled an elderly man and a pregnant woman for not destroying marijuana, the enraged people gathered to retaliate. But they dispersed when the Maoists countered them with socket bombs.

But the story took a different turn when some 50 ‘unidentified and mysterious persons’ armed with Khukiris came to Kiranchowk and incited the villagers to fight the Maoists. They were of the same age and armed with Khukuris of the same size, according to the witnesses. The villagers did not know who they were and how they came in the village.

An army chopper landed in the village on July 21 and all the villagers were summoned to attend the meeting called by the army. Then the army told the villagers to recite the slogan ‘Long live the king’. Moreover the army facilitated their anti-Maoist activities by defusing the Maoist-laid landmines in the village on the same day.

“They threatened to kill me on the charge of being a Maoist if I didn’t join the group. So I fled the village early in the morning”, said Sumit Gole, a United People’s Front cadre. He is now living in Palung.

In the name of retaliation against the Maoists, these vigilant groups beat and kill innocent people. Moreover such groups are being used by the government to terrorize people who don’t support the pro-monarch government. They threaten to kill all the family members if a person from each family is not sent to join the group.

For the last five weeks, vigilante groups in Kiranchock, Thinda, Mahadevsthan, Agra, Gogane and Dandakharka VDCs of Dhading and Makawanpur districts are brutalizing not only the Maoists but also the party cadres and innocent people who refuse to join the group. Now, this beautiful valley has been drenched in blood bath. They don�t know when they will be victimized by this new state-supported violence.

14 Responses to “Government Creates Vigilante Group”

1. samrat Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 12:49 pm

There is nothing wrong in this. The people should stop giving shelter and food to the terrorists and the only way to empower them is to make them feel empowered. The affect has been very positive. Last year, women from Baglung with sticks kicked out Maoists from their village, so did people of Dailekh. If people come in thousands like the in photo above then even machine guns of the Maoists will be ineffective. This is not setting up vigilante groups. This is empowering the people and making them rise against atrocities of the Maoists. This is to inform them that they are not powerless in front of village thugs and hooligans that even women with brooms can be as powerful as their counterparts with socket bombs. Good. This is a healthy development. Of course, those that do not want to see peace in Nepal like Keith Bloomfield and Mark Mallalieu don’t like this or anything that is positive. They are hell-bent in destroying Nepal. I don’t know why they are against Nepal and the Nepalese.
2. hari Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 12:51 pm

In fact if the political parties could tell their cadres to rise up against the Maoists, it would be really good and the Maoist movement would not have reached where it is today. But, they were not interested in these things only in making money and womanizing.
3. concerned Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 1:13 pm

A gun or already a khukri in the hands of some individuals is a lethal waepon. In war times, if sombody wants to defend or revenge, anybody can be blaimed to be a Maoist , a soldier, or a civilian. If he is dead, he can not destify or defend himself. A soldier of any side should comply with certain norms which is obviously not the case in Nepal, such situation can easily turn into civil war, this might just bee the start of it.
4. peter Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 1:44 pm

“…the only way to empower them is to make them feel empowered.”

Samrat have you been on one a Self-Empowerment course, you speak knowledgeably on the subject. Perhaps you could join them, would that make them feel empowered?

How can you suggest that this behaviour is OK?

Announcement! Samrat is about to his village to “take up arms” (sticks and stones) against the maoists. All UWB’s readers will come and wave you off on the next bus home!

I can’t see it myself…

Why do you want to encourage these people to do the RNA’s work? Would you fight against guns with a stick! They are not soldiers. They would drop like flies in front of the Maoists guns. And haven’t you heard them say they want peace?

And why do you think Keith Bloomfield doesn’t want peace in Nepal? Can you actually provide a sound argument for his wanting a prolonged brutal and bloody civil war here? It sounds as though you can, will you share your idea with us?
5. peter Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

Concerned, how many people have to die before you call it a Civil war? A civil war is a war in which people from the same country fight each other to the death. This is a Civil War, Nepal has been fighting a Civil War for many years.
6. Raj Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

If you encourage unarmed and untrained people against ruthlessly armed fighters, you are provoking a massacre and so you are criminal too, Samrat. What for is the army, if people have to defend themselves ? Just for the protection of Kings and Samrats. Do you want to prove that RNA is not a people’s army ? If RNA can not protect the people and provokes them to martyrdom and is shy to express such irresponsibility, people will come to a uprise and every soldier will throw their uniform and be a part of that uprise. Don’t press the people to the extreme.
7. raj Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 5:45 pm

yes these people(like samrat) had forgotten the death of 40 plus villager in nawalparasi, half by vigilante and half by maoist!
It is the obligation of the state to protect the civilian!. This act if is true then the state is itselft worst than the maoist!
8. yodam Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 9:14 pm

very shallow idea samrat. sorry. have you ever tried to know what the army is for in Nepal? nothing, aside from defending the king and the monarchy. in fact, Nepal does not need army. it is not under threat of any invasion.

its immature and irresponsible of this dumb king’s army to try to sponsor and encaurage his boys to defend his tenure. its gonna lead to a bloody civial war (come on, we really cant afford this). the only sector going to be happy with it is the “king’s army”. coz it will have a reason to stay there.
9. manan Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 12:06 am

Samrat thinks that by encouraging villagers to fight for themselves, they can
protect themselves from the brutality of the Maoists. Its not a heartless suggestion, because Maoists really have been a scourge, but it is naive.

For starters, as some noted, these villagers have no guns. And if they were to acquire them, the situation would become worse. Then we would go back to the zamindari days, where warlords would keep their own little armies as in Afghanistan. These people, under no central authority, would be even less restrained than the RNA is. In Bihar, the Ranvir Sena fights as viciously as the
Maoists
10. Muni Muni Mya Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 1:43 am

What are you thinking Samrat ?? This is totally wrong, General people shouldn’t killed no-one otherwise they will be called Terorists.
11. aNepali Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 8:57 am

Why did defense budget go up? To kill people. Where does money come from? Mostly sucked from people themselves and rest begged to kill people by the label of Maoists. RNA or any royal butt licker are not going to quell maoists because it’s a political problem rather than military.

Some of the budget might have gone to Samrat too. How much do you get? Huh?

Once movement takes momentum, butt lickers will hide like snakes unless they risk getting burnt alive or beaten to death by people.
12. samrat Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

Answer to Peter:

The reason why Keith Bloomfield wants a sustained bloody conflict in Nepal is because he says there has to be negotiations when Tony Blair himself never thinks of talking with Bin Laden. The British government kills completely innocent civilians in train stations in the name of fighting terrorism and they preach us of talking with a ruthles rebellion group because “it is a classic guerrilla warfare.”

Can the British Army ever fight the Al Qaeda even if it doesn’t have any formal structure? Can the British Intelligence ever find out ehere Bin Laden is hiding? Hasn’t the American Army created vigilante groups of local Iraqi citizens in Iraq to defend the might of America?

Read the Time magazine, Peter and Raj.

The American army has set-up innumerable small groups in Bashra and other towns to fight the old Bathists. Bloomfield talks of security situaiton getting worse but everybody feels that Kathmandu’s situaiton has considerably improved. Bloomfield issues travel advisories but tourism in July is up by 15 percent compared to last year. Of course it is the job of the state security to provide security to the people but it is also the responsibility of every citizen to help in that fight against terror sponsored by the British government.

It doesn’t mean that the villagers have to fight with stones, they just have to shun giving unnecessary aid to the terrorists. And the peopel are helping the state security although slowly the realization is coming. Baglung is one perfect example.

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The Brits have proved to be the most ungrateful people on earth. What a disgrace We fought for the British empire. We even guard the Buckingham palace and no. 10 Downing Street. We fought in Falklands without having any enmity with Argentina, we lost thousands during the 1st and 2nd world wars. And when we are in trouble, the British have ditched us. They have left us in our battle against our enemies.

History will remember this ungratefulness of the British. Did we ever try to give them a lesson that fighting against Hitler is against humanity, that Argentina rightfully possesses the Falkland islands, did we ever ask any questions and try to preach them on freedom and democracy? Or even on reconciliation between Edward Heath and Winston Churchill? Or between Thatcher and the Labor Party? We just did what the British told us to do not because we were slaves and were getting paid but because we believed in friendship and genuine warmth and cordiality towards the first country with whom we established diplomatic relations.

But look at the way how they have paid us back? They have stabbed us by tacitly aiding the Maoists. The RIM headquarters in London. Baburam�s daughter studies there. The BBC always interviews Maoist leaders, and the hated Bloomfield never stops in teaching us lessons of what we should do to get back his military aid. Sir, we don�t need any of your assistance anymore. We have seen your true colours. If you can, please raise the pension of the victoria cross soldiers otherwise even that is fine.
13. Shyam Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 2:44 pm

The general concept of the reality is people will not always keep quite. If RNA do the mistakes the time will come RNA will loose in front of the people. Similarly if Maoist do the mistakes, the time will come people will unite to confront with them. How long people will see killings there brother sisiter, son daugter father mother. The time will come they will confront to safeguard themselves. The time will come they start to realise if today they will not confront then they will be killed tomorrow. This is the reality of life, history and the future.
14. Maha Says:
August 31st, 2005 at 3:06 pm

We are planning to launch a SAARC blog. Only rules: No political and or religious discussions. We want to creat a cultural fusion there.

May we ask you to join the team. Please reply at (itiswrite@gmail.com) and add some blurb about you as well. Thanks.

Indigenious People Deserting the Country

By Vishnu on July 27th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

With the living condition deteriorating, indigenious people in eastern Nepal are forced to migrate to India

As their plea to the government demanding their rehabilitation fell on the deaf ears, the people belonging to the largely overlooked indigenous Satar tribe in the eastern Nepal are gradually heading to India.So far, over 1,100 such families have already moved to various parts in India to settle there.

Although it appears to be a piece of �news item� in a daily newspaper, it is sufficient enough to depict the picture of such downtrodden tribes and indigenous groups of people in our country, for whom the government has been considering with little mercy.

And who knows, one day we all have to flee the country, seeking haven, as the condition of our country is deteriorating day by day. Hardly is there any hope that the current political stalemate will be cracked and new dawn of hopes will be seen on the horizon.

Present time is really a height of anarchy and chaos in our country since there is no guarantee of civil rights. There is barely any presence of rule of law. Hundreds of Nepalese are fleeing the country, not only the indigenous tribes, and left in high and dry in India and other various countries.

Isn�t the Royalist government responsible for such disaster? Certainly the answer as everyone unanimously agrees- YES. The present way of ruling the country and pushing back to middle-ages is certainly the act that is highly condemnable. The main reason behind thier displacement is the escalating Maoist violence. Instead of finding solution to the crisis, the king has only fished in the troubled waters.

Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and similar others have been sandwiched between the warring sides. When will their agonies be over??

One Response to “Indigenious People Deserting the Country”

1. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 12:33 pm

Why not have the King, his inbread family, and his Mafia and Criminal Government “go to India”?
If they leave the wealth they have stolen from the Nepali People there will be enough to build a NEW DEMOCRACY !!

Dollar ko Kheti

By Vishnu on June 26th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

Nepalis suffer from famine: I/NGOS hold seminars at Five Star Hotels, ostensibly to alleviate poverty.

Recently I have had the privilege of attending a number of seminars and workshops on child rights or poverty alleviation, which are usually held at star hotels. I have very rarely visited star hotels in my life till now. So it is a wonderful experience for me. Each time I enter the compound of such hotels, security guards at the well-furnished doors welcome me with salutes as if I was a feudal-lord and fashionable ladies in the receptions welcome me with their sweet smiles. Programs start in well-furnished conference halls. But when the speakers start presenting facts about the poverty-stricken people living in the hinterlands, everything turns sour.

It is a real tragedy that we have so many so-called International/Non Government Organizations, that spend hundreds of thousands of rupees on such ‘extravaganza’. But, it is not a whole story. If they spend Rs. 50 thousand for a single program, they produce a bill of 10 Lakhs. And the more they spend the more they get. In the guise of conttributing to society, these so-called social workers are earning dollars in the name of our poverty-stricken brethren. What a naked dance of corruption!

15 Responses to “Dollar ko Kheti”

1. tauko Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 10:15 pm

i do agree to it…
2. Anyone Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 10:17 pm

Absolutely right, the INGO/NGO are just sucking blood of the people, from those who give them and from those they should help.

Very sad indeed and a major cause of the actual situation in Nepal.
3. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 11:37 pm

Ever wonder why the NGO’s need a New Pajaro? Ever wonder why they need leather chares in their office and the finest computors ? Ever wonder why the drivers of the Pajaros sit in the autos why their bosses sip tea with the wealthy ?
Many of the NGO’s are no more than CULTURAL IMPERALIST & RACIST WHO PITY THE “POOR UNWASHED NEPALI” !
When the NEW REPUBLIC OF NEPAL IS SOON ESTABLISHED ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THESE PARASITE-NGO’s WILL BE SENT PACKING !
4. Chankhe Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 6:27 am

Well, INGO/NGOs can’t have seminars organized in “chiya pasal” or “bhatti pasal” or in a “chautari”… But one thing that wonders me that as i read somewhere in the past that when a journalist wrote about “dollar kheti” against current NGO federation president Dr. Arjun Karki, that journalist was beaten severly using some hoooligaun. It is said that he hired some security perosonnel for the purpose to suprress that journalist’s voice aganst misappropriation of funds in NGOs. Moreover, Mr karki is no advocate of human right organization in nepal….i m confused …by the way that beaten up journalist was ex-budhanilkantha student…
5. para peke Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 11:52 am

Everybody knows that I/NGOs are the corrupted. People also know that these people may take any guise either as right activist or academician to pretend and hide their reality. But who is taking action against them for their white crime? Nobody. At least,they should be exposed infront of people. And you journalists should take inititive on that. Go on… people will support you.
6. abhipsa Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 2:05 pm

it’s no wonder.tell me which sector is not contaminated by corruption?
7. Gaunle Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 3:33 pm

Absolutely right—All the (I)NGOs operating in Nepal are dollar sucking ones. They are the real businessmen profiting out of nepalese poverty. It starts with simple presentations—show poor people and get money. And specially in the country like Nepal, where there are so many things to make money from: poverty, human rights, child abuse, etc etc. I know all these people in (I)NGO are doing business. Imagine last month one INGO gathered some internally displaced people in front of UN office in Pulchowk- they probably have made lots of money from these sort of activities—poor people—who are already victims of injustice, are the one being used in such cases by (I)NGOs.
8. DINESH CHETRY Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 6:06 pm

thanks, very very much. iam fully qgree with u and your opinieon.
9. ARJUN Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 8:04 pm

Keep it up guys, good startup, NGO’s / corruption in our country wontâ�� suffer longer coz education is important, so next time when you are offered in star hotel be aware… at least I wont participateâ�¦â�¦.. Will that sort out??

Stop Corruption Now

Thanks
10. doctor@mani Says:
July 3rd, 2005 at 9:25 pm

i do really agree it .had each of the more than 4000I/NGOes worked well , our less than 4000 VDCs would have already tasted the sweetness of development……….is n’t it vishnu ji? to talk personnaly how r u? and where r u? the same place?
11. hoodia Says:
July 4th, 2005 at 6:59 am

Nice! We very enjoyed your site .
12. deaf Says:
July 6th, 2005 at 3:51 pm

the international donor community’s bureucracy and red tapism is almost the same as the feudal Rana system. Another fact in nepal is that in NEpal the network of Kumai bahun is so wll intertwined in the donor cmunity especailly the United Nations that they are fit iin whichever government comes or goes. this has very adversly affected the system. the person haing the Masters Degree in Agriculture wiorks in the UNICEF. what input waht do you expect. so all these words like poverty alleviation, human development are dialogue of the deaf. just to cite the expample the chief of the poverty alleviation fund MMS draws about 84,000 NER per month. thaink about the other poor people. How muahc they are getting. duriong the time of the Panhcayat hey days aslo they were the chief architect for poverty allevation. so all these bull shit activities should be stopped completely without any dealy. this is just an exapmle.
13. diljale Says:
July 6th, 2005 at 4:24 pm

dollar ko kheti is also one of the casue for the Maoist in breeding in Nepal.Just to memorise the Rapti PRoject in Dnag, at that time the USAID people and the project staff were doing very unjustified work to the community. As all are aware about the strategic position of teh Rapti valley, it is sitatued between the China in the North and the India in the South. stratigilly licated between the two countries. It is the foreign aid that has produced the much difference int eh per copaita income of the people. Just take the income of the person working in the Donor funded project andcompare it with the people working in villges field. the per copita income differntiaition is also the major economic factor betweent eh have nad have nots. this does not mean that the qualified and the talented people should get less the merit systenm should always waork. But in NEpal the donor comunities are more influnedcd by Brahmu factor in the employment of the personnel. so other castes and religion are depived. teh banhus should be given the least opoortunity. bloody bhaun are the destouyesr of the Nation.
14. roulette Says:
July 11th, 2005 at 3:41 am

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15. Prakash Adhikari Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 10:43 am

though i agree the fact that there might corruption or misuse of the general people dream, their wealth. but the cultural and social changes that bring as because of these local ngos/ ingos matters lot. telling this all of us might blame me that m benefitted by this organization. tuuely speaking till date, i dont ever imagine to be engaged in social organization being benefitted monetarily or financially.
if i do support my social communes i dont charge for it to them.
at times ago, people suffered from hunger and depicted to death due to unavailable of the proper medicine r getting towards betterment as because of the ngos support and guidance.
people not getting education r now able to educate theing belongings as because the awareness that brought social n economical improovement brought by the ngo . so before blaming other just assess urself, how much u r clean. as this might be the case we r provoking the ngos/ingos towards misuse of people dream.

thanks for ur patience,

State-friendly Textbooks and Other Versions of Truth

By Vishnu Basnet on May 29th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

Is Nepal adopting ‘personality-cult’ oriented education system?

Nepali textbooks are being changed to fit the interest of particular persons and families. Is that okay for the future of Nepal?

Take the truism â??Knowledge is Powerâ??, and turn it on its head. It becomes â??Power is Knowledgeâ??. The latter is truer than the former, according to the French scholar Michael Foucault. Truth and Power are complimentary to each other. To be powerful you need to impose your idea of the right, or the true, on the majority. Intimidation, torture and killing are not sufficient to control people. Dictators try to impose, by hook or crook, their own brand of truth on people to legitimize their rule. From truth comes real power. Now what the self-appointed guardians of nationalism in Nepal are up to is introduce new school-textbooks, by means of which they will create their own version of truth, impose it on the people and become powerful. They plan to turn the students into mental slaves rather than freethinkers.

A few weeks ago, UWB reported about changes in school textbooks in Nepal and new pictures of royal family being added in the books. Last week, the government formed an eleven-member committee for the preparation of drafts of the new school-textbooks. The committee has received an instruction, which states that the motto of these new textbooks is to make education â??state-friendlyâ??. Confusion here is with the term â??state-friendlyâ??. In all its likelihood, the â??state-friendlyâ?? education will unnecessarily teach students to extol the unwanted virtues of one particular family and caste, and whitewash the already-tarnished images of some people. There will be pictures of King, Queen, Crown Prince and Crown Princess in these new textbooks. It will spread the regimeâ??s ideology and impose false conscience on the people.

Instead of introducing an education system that can be friendly to the overall Nepali society and democracy, the government is coming up with personality-oriented books under the â??nationalisticâ?? cover. This kind of education system can’t and won’t make our children nationalistic but they will be obeisance to the autocratic regime. The chapters on multi-party democracy and its fighters, it is expected, will be removed. Autocratic Panchayet system will again be termed as a system suitable for Nepali environment. In fact, authorities have already issued verbal orders not to teach some chapters of books like social science that deal with Panchayat system. And, students will be taught the lesson of â??one language, one nationâ??.

This clearly indicates that the direct rule of the king will not come to an end within three years. King needs three years not to bring the country back to normalcy, but dismantle all the democratic structures that have been set up in twelve years. See, the regime gags the media like Stalin and creates an illusion of peace. They are also creating illusion that nationalism is synonymous with the regime.

There is also â??Hindutvaâ?? to support the regime. It is evident in the remark of Bharat Keshar Singha, an honorary ADC to the King, that a Hindu king had no need to follow a constitution as he was bound by higher norms of his religion. Now, you can understand why they honored the king as HINDU SAMRAT. They are dangerously politicizing religion to legitimize their rule. They want to rule the nation by giving people false information and notions. The sad and funny fact is that these people are keeping the King himself in the dark.

Efforts to brain washing the innocent children will have lasting consequences. That will lead to the absence of independent imagination, vibrancy and pluralism in the society.

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12 Responses to “State-friendly Textbooks and Other Versions of Truth”

jhyapulle Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 4:58 pm
vishnu: you quoted fu-ko. but, jhyap’s wondering, if the statement (or conclusion?): “The sad and funny fact is that these people are keeping the King himself in the dark” makes the fu-ko-quote redundant or vice-versa.

jhyap wants to be fully assured and requests you to help her by answering the quo: do you really believe that g shah is being kept in dark and is led by the sycophants in wrong direction?

jhyap thinks the other way round. ie sycophants say what the mailk wants to hear. they gauge the mood, idea, vision or whatever of the malik and do accordingly. jhyap wonders if tail wags dog. or is it the dog that wags tail. you seems to suggest the first. pls help jhyap in understanding you.

Vishnu Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 5:47 pm
Jhyapulleji, reality has been reversed. It is not that King has no desire to rule the country directly ( I agree with your metaphor). But the role of the sycophants has become greater nowadays.
It may be redundant to quaote Fu-Ku. But what I mean here is that these sycophants are circulating a new discourse in the country which will, they think, draw public support. Second, they are giving boost to the confidence of the king by their frequent assurances that King has enough public support. These sycophants are more royalist than the royal himself. They have become real hurdles for the democratization of Nepal. I dont mean that king is innocent.

Raksha Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 9:55 pm
Now, this blog site has nothing more to offer to the readers. This is an old, old, old news. Just close down the site, its becoming boring, useless, increasingly biased and worthless. I will now never come to this site again. Bye Bye!!

suraksha Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 10:07 pm
Bye Raksha, truth is not only bitter, it bites. Who loves truth???

amused Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 1:12 am
hamro yuvaraj ta kya kartoon hai photo ma? Baru tyo golf kheldako photo rakhe huneni.

Rekha Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 7:33 pm
If Rakshya’s departure from the site is a reminder to Mr. Dinesh Wagle, he better change the content, style of presentation of this blog site soon otherwise it will pass on to oblivion.

suraksha Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 7:49 pm
See you Rekha too. Let’s meet when KG brings back Panchyat…when we will have peace and posterity like during those old days.

The sooner royalists bugs leave this site or any public forums, the better for the country and people (not for the king).

raj Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 11:20 pm
why woman are so supportive to king? and forget all senses?

anita Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 12:49 pm
Raj, ask your sister or wife or mother.

raj Says:

June 5th, 2005 at 11:50 am
anita, they are far from kathmandu and working on farm! not lucky as
u r

anita Says:

June 5th, 2005 at 12:17 pm
Raj, u r sending your sister, mother and wife to farms and here you are on the internet? Why don’t you go to farms and graze the greens? At least you have farms. maybe ur grandfather got is as Birta from King….?

Manish Says:

June 7th, 2005 at 2:45 am
The king’s photos on textbooks? If that’s true, then its the worst news I’ve heard in a long time. I personally, would not allow my child (if I had one) to read a book like that. Or I would just tear the picture and………..well, the content of the book might also be suspicious.

Marriage has Become a Private Affair

Are the Nepalis on the royal road to modernization?

By Vishnu Basnet

Most of us agree with Clifford Geertz that ‘ something is happening to the way we think about the way we think’. Yes, change changes not only in circumference but also in the center. The spectacles through which we perceive also wear out along with the change of time. So, we put on new ones and begin to see things differently. But, we see things taking a different turn in Nepal. So strong is Manu’s law of caste system that that MAN still casts his shadow beyond his grave. Untouchables are not still allowed to enter temples (lets forget their human and economic backwardness for the time being), and marriage rarely takes place between people from different castes. Of course change is happening, but only at a snail’s pace.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the matter I am relating to you. After rejecting a number of good-looking and good-earning guys, my sister suddenly declared a few weeks back that she had a beau and wanted to get married with him. It was good news for us all, for she had not desired to remain a spinster. But, the problem arose as soon as she confessed that the guy was from a Brahmin family. As my mamma turned her down all at once, she slinked away to her room, breaking into tears.

Things developed without any development. She put up with scathing criticism from everybody in the house, but she did not give in. Ultimately, I took the matter in my own hand: took the lovebirds to a nearby temple, put Tikas on their foreheads and wished them to live happily thereafter. I was surprised that they were having affairs for twelve years, splashing cold water on the face (borrowing Deepak’s phrase) of some Pundits (scientists), who interpret the impulse of human love as a chemical reaction which, according to them, doesn’t last more than 28 months.

What this trifle event indicates at a large scale is the modernization of Nepali culture. Evils should be driven out if there are any. It is not the whole story, however. We are immersed neck-deep in rock ‘n’ roll on the one hand, but we don’t allow the untouchables to enter our kitchens on the other. All these facts show that we are being westernized without being modern.

Raymond William defined culture as “one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language”. But, we are misled if we take things along Huntingtonian line that culture can be defined solely in terms of language and religion. This will be nothing other than a Whiteman’s deception, which will render others as ‘Whitemen’s niggers’. We are shamelessly adopting western culture, and we have become slave to globalization and consumerism. “Your culture is in the museum”, a European told me recently, and yes, he was partly true. The tentacle of Coca-colaizing and Macdonaldizing has already spread its gripe in Nepal. I gulp down a bottle of Coca-cola in one moment and vomit out the significance of Nepali culture in another.

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“impulse of human love as a chemical reaction which, according to them, doesn’t last more than 28 months”.

28 months?? Gee are you kidding me? The ‘chemistry’ you’re talking about doesn’t last more than a few days… :S I’d call myself lucky if it did.

Good that you’re breaking the trend. We’ve to start somewhere; if not us, who will? Good job.

Comment by Blogbahini — 5/7/2005 @ 9:41 am

Blogbahiniji, I am in dilemma whether I support fact or belief. It is miserable to live with facts alone. But now, the number of people believing in fact is increasing, and if a sizeable population begins to believe in fact it again becomes BELIEF, and quite easy to support. So, now, I have to support this fact/belief about LOVE( at least we two here support it). The fact is that Machiavelli( spelling confusion) and power have become the same in the modern world. But, still I am in dillema whether I support belief or fact. Now, at least there is BODHI to support you( On Suvechha’s article). As, the number is increasing, and I have to support you. Again, Democracy believes in MAJORITY, and I have heard that sometimes all the fools are at one side( lets say they are made fools by capitalists who take contro over “ideaology” (in Marxian term) through media( it is not my view), though I am not a RED). Do you also believe this fact/fiction/belief? I am frequently haunted by Hamletian dilemma: to be and not to be.

Comment by Vishu — 5/7/2005 @ 10:24 am

Deconstruction at Topoban

By Vishnu Basnet

A few days back I was at Osho Tapoban. It was after a long time I was there. The grand panorama of scenic beauty of the Nagurjuna hill was striking. There, Tapoban lied on the backdrop of the hills towering one after another formless and vast striking the strings of my being and arousing the feeling of sublimity. Surprisingly, what I had read of Burk and Kant was simply there on the canvas of nature onto which I projected a sense of awe and wonder.

After paying for the entry, I stepped down the labyrinthine stairs listening to the sound of silence. Sannyasins were seen in maroon robes here and there but with an expression of apathy- solipsistic and narcissistic. Nobody seemed caring for nobody. After a few minutes’ walk, I reached a small cataract which, nonetheless, made a heart-shaking sound. It was the same waterfall where I had spent so much time in the past meditating and dancing with its rhythm. It was in 1996 that I had first come to Tapoban for want of being a Sannyasin. The engraving of a leaf as a sign of love which I had done on a stone was there intact besides the waterfall making my memories rush forth. It defied time dissolving the present on the floor of memory. It was the same spot where a Dutch lady had embraced and kissed me. Oh, that heady time!

My rapt retrospection was broken by someone saying, “Hallo”. There he stood, an old friend, smiling but with an expression mixed with surprise and delight. “U know, you can love him (Osho) or hate him but u can’t ignore him. At last U r back at Taboban”, he cried. A parody of Osho’s statement, but nice one. Sannyasins in robes were seen entering the meditation hall and we followed them.

It was time for dynamic meditation. The holy time was as silent as a nun. Meditation took off with a melodious Eastern music and Mantra: “Buddham Sharanam Gacchami”. But as the heart-shaking Dionysic music began, everybody started crying, dancing and jumping. All types of suppressed desires found expressions. All the iron rigidities imposed upon the individual by society were broken. The whole of meditation hall was nothing short of a mad house bearing an undertone of terror.

After 45 minutes, everybody seemed tired and Sannyasins sprawled all over the floors of the hall, much like a field of war, say ‘Kuruchhetra’. Again melodious sound of classical music began to be heard. I felt I was lost somewhere deep down of my being. I was back home again. The pin drop silence was accompanied by chirping and chattering of birds outside.

After lunch, chatting, joking and laughing followed. Yoga classes were also conducted. Sw. Arun’s non-veg jokes created an incessant flow of laughing in the hall.

Now, it was time for another form of meditation- dancing. The stimulus of music was hard to be denied. Sannyasins began to dance madly. “We don’t need a partner, for everybody is both male and female”, said a Sannyasin. I was reminded of C.J. Young, the founder of analytical psychology, who first broke this hierarchy of male/female describing female side of female as ‘anima’ and the corresponding male side as ‘animus. Non Sannyasins also danced in the similar fashion being one with the Primodial One, the Brahma. Man here was not only an artist but himself a work of art. All the hierarchies of binary opposition between male/female,Sansara/ Nirvana, Sannyas/Sansara, Eastern/Western, Master/Disciple, Creator/creation and even God/ Man were broken being one in psychic unity.

Meditation was over and the setting sun outside threw a glow with its faint rays. The cold breeze struck against my face and I felt exulted. Sadly, the world outside was waiting for me. Doing ‘Pranam’ to the Samadhi of Osho, I said goodbye to Tapoban, my Tapoban.

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1. I would like to congratulate you for the excellent write up Vishnu!Its brilliantly rhythmic as well as cohesive.I too have been there for a reporting but when you are in the throes of your job, you can’t enjoy the scenery and Nature’s gifts.Keep us enlightening with half-true-tales!

Comment by deepak — 1/25/2005 @ 2:13 pm