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The East Nepal, North East India Earthquake in Photos

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The earthquake that rocked us yesterday- in pictures.

नेपालमा जारी विचारको गुरिल्ला युद्ध

The Guerrilla War of Ideology in Nepal

विचारको गुरिल्ला युद्ध

दिनेश वाग्ले
वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल
यो लेख आजको कान्तिपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा हेर्ने भए यहाँ क्लिके हुन्छ ।

डिल्लीराम सुवेदी बन्दुकविहीन गुरिल्ला हुन् । काठमाडौंको शिक्षा क्याम्पसबाट अंग्रेजीमा स्नातकोत्तर पास यी युवा कागजी मैदानमा कलमले युद्ध गरिरहेका छन् । उनको विपक्षमा छन्, कलमै बोकेका अर्काथरी गुरिल्लाहरू जो पाँच वर्षअघिसम्म हतियार पनि बोक्थे । (ती हतियार अहिले क्यान्टोनमेन्टहरूमा छन् र तिनको साँचो अघिल्लो साता एक जना पूर्वगुरिल्लाले नेतृत्व गरेको सरकारलाई बुझाइएको छ ।)

[UWB note: For those who are subscribed to this site but don’t understand Nepali, this article, published in today’s Kantipur- a full page- explores the war of ideologies that is being fought in the Nepali society at multiple layers: from the thematic commetties of the Constituent Assembly to the internal forums of political parties to journals and op-ed pages newspapers to the tea-shops by the roads.  Nepali Congress, the second largest party in the CA, along with CPN UML, the third largest party, are on the one side of this ideological divide while the Maoist, the largest party, is on the other.] Continue reading

Editors Announce New Papers in Nepal

The editors who recently resigned from Kantipur Publications have announced the new publishing company and two new newspapers.

The new company, the Nhu Republic Media, will bring out Nhu Nepal, Nepali daily, and the New Republic, English daily in about three months, said an SMS message sent out by one of the editors of a paper. Nhu is the Newari word that means new.

The editor of the Nepali daily will be Narayan Wagle who resigned from the editorship of Kantipur, Nepal’s largest daily, a few days ago. The editor of the English daily will be Ameet Dhakal who resigned from the Kathmandu Post, Nepal’s prominent English daily, a few days ago. Continue reading

My View of the Maoists…

…is completely apolitical. The word “Maoists” evokes in my mind, the picture of an entire group, that draws inspiration from the angry-young-man. There seems to be great loyalty and enthusiasm in the Maoists, but also a great deal of hostility.

By Prateebha Tuladhar

I have always found it intriguing how we call the Maoists “Maoists.” For it’s not just a term. It’s a way of looking at “them”. When I read Dinesh’s caption “Maoists beauties” on United We Blog! the thought struck me with greater strength. We seem to look at the “Maoists” as a clan more than a political party. Throughout the election, like most of my journo friends, I too used the term ‘Maoists’ to denote a force in my mind. In my mind (I assume like in many others), they are a force. When I say Nepali Congress, UML, Janmorcha or Sadbhavna, I look at them as different umbrellas, under which people seek shelter or claim ownership, their reactions different from time to time, sometimes depending on their need and opportunity. Continue reading

Rumours In Kathmandu

This piece talks about rumours that are flowing through Kathmandu air in the past couple of days. These are not verified. Believe at your own risk.

If we are to believe one of those countless rumours that are flowing through the air of Kathmandu, Maoists will not lead the government. Maoists will not get majority in the CA (out of 602 seats) which means non-Maoist forces will be in majority in the CA. In that case, one can question, how can Maoists, who will be in minority, lead the government? What if all non-Maoists forces come together? Rumourmongers believe that such is the idea that is being quietly pushed by the countries that will have very difficult time in seeing a Maoist led government in Nepal. Continue reading

Chariot Collapses Signaling The Imminent Fall of Nepal Monarchy

Victorious Prachanda today reportedly requested Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to agree to become the first President of the Republic of Nepal, information that hasn’t been independently verified.

It is believed that when Seto Machhindranath chariot collapses (see inside the box), something disastrous will happen. Disaster usually depends on perspective. This time it seems the disaster will be only for the family of Gyanendra Shah. As Maoists are winning and set to lead the government that is to be formed by the constituent assembly whose first task will be to formally do away with the monarchy, the fall of Seto Machhindranath chariot couldn’t have come at right time. Continue reading

Gross National Sadness: Bhutani Refugees

The other side of the refugee coin: There is more media coverage and outrage about 22,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal than five times as many Bhutanis. Could it be because most Bhutani refugees are not Buddhists?

By Gyan Subba

Geo-politics is all about double standards and national interest. The Americans invade Iraq, ostensibly to restore democracy and get rid of Saddam, but everyone knows it is about oil.

India backs Nepal’s democracy movement, but is in bed with the Burmese junta. Everyone knows it’s about gas.

But how does one explain India’s outright support for Bhutan’s eviction of 100,000 refugees, and its help in transporting them to Nepal. It can’t only be about hydropower. Continue reading

Shameful.

I don’t know if Dalai Lama can bring democracy in Tibet after getting what he wants now…. but that doesn’t mean our police have to stop Tibetans from protesting against what they call Chinese atrocities in Tibet.

Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
All photos by Wagle

A few dozen Tibetan refugees were rounded up by the Nepali police when the former tried to protest outside the offices of the Kathmandu bureau of Chinese official news agency Xinhua (yes, the building is pretty much big and looks nice from outside!). The protesting refuges were shouting ‘Free Tibet’ and ‘China, Stop Killing in Tibet’ slogans. Soon after they started shouting slogans, police personnel reacted. The police forcefully put the shouting refugees inside the vans and trucks. The incident didn’t last for more than half an hour but that did portray very ugly image of Nepal to the rest of the world. The cameras captured nasty pictures from the event, thanks to the unnecessary police intervention. Continue reading

Kagbeni: Watching a Digital Nepali Film

Kagbeni undoubtedly will be marked as the trend-setting Nepali film but it could have been much better if the culture, tradition and lives of Nepalese of Kagbeni and surrounding were depicted too. [Ironically, I also found most teenagers attracted to ‘Kagbeni’ only because of the rumored love scene between the two lead actors.]

Samyam WagleBy Samyam Waglé

Eye on Kollywood:
Kagbeni undoubtedly will be marked as the trend-setting Nepali film. Bored with the usual taste of traditional styled Kollywood, this movie gives unique taste. Dialogues are easy-informal type, setting is where none other Nepali films have been shot- in the lap of Dhaulagiri, windy and cold Kagbeni, Marpha and Shyang. The film is revolutionary in every sense- first digitalized film in Kollywood, first film of director Bhusan Dahal and first for actors too. Based on the English thriller “The Monkey’s Paw” of WW Jacobs, the moral hits the hardest “Be Careful on what you wish for”. Continue reading

Protesting Fuel Price Hike: Mobs on the Streets

Nepalis are the experienced lot when it comes to organizing the protest programs (which includes, in almost all cases, burning tires and halting traffic on the streets). As they say, if you want to do something well, you should enjoy the work. Nepalis enjoy while protesting. Take, for example, today’s protest against the government’s decision yesterday to hike the price of the fuel (diesel and cooking gas that is also used by some vehicles). The anarchy has ruled the street as I am typing these lines. Uncontrolled mobs are burning tires in the middle of the streets and, and, having fun! It’s cold out there because it’s winter and the sky is cloudy. The tire-fire is working as campfire for them. People are enjoying the heat, smiling and occasionally booing as some helpless cars or motorbikes come by. The traffic is at complete halt but few taxis and bikes, carrying sick people and disabled, could be seen. These vehicles immediately come under the scrutiny of the crowd (enjoying the fire) and windows of some get smashed while driver tries to convince the crowd why he was there.

While coming from Koteshwor to Tinkine (about 300 meters distance), I saw about 10 spots where tires were burning and, at least in three places, thick smokes were coming.

The situation in the country at this time is very fluid. The ruling alliance of the seven parties have started the election campaign last week that saw a bomb blasted near the mass meeting venue in Kathmandu. Royalists are sure to sabotage any weak showing by the government while some groups in the southern plains (Terai or Madhes) are threatening to against the national integrity. Perhaps under the indirect guidance of the foreign force, they are slowing coming on the same forum to work against the government and, if we are to believe a leader of the group, against the national integrity.