Narayan Wagle Wins Madan Puraskar

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

Debut novel Palpasa Cafe has created history in Nepali book industry by selling out 5 thousands copies in a month.

As a critic recently noted, Narayan’s Wagle’s novel Palpasa Cafe is filled with many coincidences. The meeting between Drishya and Palpasa (two main characters) in Goa, India is a coincidence. They again meet in Kathmandu in a coincidence. And they encounter in a bus while returning from their respective tours of Nepali villages (another coincidence). Now, here are some other milestones, from the real world, that might also be taken as coincidences.

This debut novel of journalist Wagle recently created history in Nepali book industry by selling out 5 thousand copies within the first month of publication. And today Madan Puraskar Guthi (Madan Prize Trust) declared that Wagle, 37, has won this year’s Madan Purasker, Nepali literary world’s most prestigious prize, for Palpasa Café. (The same trust has also said that Phanindra Raj Khetala, 84, has been awarded with this year’s Jagadamba-Shree prize for his contribution in Nepali language and literature.) Both titles command Rs. 2 lakhs each. And here is yet another coincidence: The trust had decided to increase the prize amount by one hundred percent since this year on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the Madan Puraskar.

“I am elated,” said Wagle, 37, editor of Kantipur, Nepal’s largest circulating daily paper. “A journalist’s new style and approach has been awarded with a prestigious prize.” Wagle’s Cafe depicts the life and time of war-trodden Nepali society with is trademark writing style that has already been popular as Coffee Guff, his weekly apolitical column in Kosilee, Kantipur’s weekly supplement. “I have experienced that if a writer gets satisfaction from his creation, readers will get satisfaction too.”

Related Blogs:
1.Narayan Wagle: A Novelist Is Born With Palpasa Cafe
2. Wagle Guff: Coffee, Cafe and Palpasa
3. Palpasa Cafe Hits Bookstores

33 Responses to “Narayan Wagle Wins Madan Puraskar”

sghimire Says:
September 1st, 2005 at 12:02 am

I am very happy to hear that Narayan Wagle’s Palpasa Cafe won the Madan Puraskar .

neutralman Says:
September 1st, 2005 at 7:39 am

Congratulations to Wagle ji. This is nothing against him.

But I am dismayed Madan Guthi was in such a haste to give away madan Prize to Palpasa Cafe. Have they read the book yet? Palpasa Cafe is a mediocre novel with a media success due exclusively to kantipur company limited. I have seen praises for it, but you’ll realise it’s due to the fact that these praisers haven’t read any other book. The literary merit is only about 2/10. Madan Prize, I thought would be given to those with high literary value; not those with onlu popular success. [icd]

The sheer fact that Madan Prize grabbed this book only after a few days of release (thanks God, it was not before the release!!) explains that the Chakari trend has been reversed. Now the Madan Guthi has fallen low enough to seek favors from Kantipur Publications. This is nothing other than a Chakari seeking game. Shame on you Madan Guthi

But I still believe Palpasa Cafe is a good read. A mediocre, good-for-ordinary brains stuff like us. But it won’t come up to the standard that it should get Madan prize.

Well, I may be wrong. Madan Prize’s standard may have plummetted in that case. [icd]

Nothing against Wagle and Kantipur company ltd. Please understand.

Govinda Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 10:56 am
Congratulations to Mr. Wagle!

Though there are lots of coincidences, the message of the novel is loud and clear. Left wing and right wing extremists have together given an incredible amount of pain and despair to common people. I salute Mr. Wagle for his attempt to give justice to the everyday story of contemporary Nepal, which otherwise, would have just become statistics.

Nepali Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 1:06 pm
First of all would like to convey lots of congratulations to Narayan.

Pondering on what neutralman has just said, I just wondered who were the people in selection committee? Does Palpasa Cafe also offers such a remarkable literature value to Nepalese literature for which Madan Puraskar is offered (at least thats what used to mean to me by the name of that award)? Would be nice if the editors of this page could do some extra work in getting opinion from some established renowned independent literaturist (if there are any) on the novel. At least field of literature should be set a side from the Cartelism being developed in every sector in Nepal. Or ?

Once again Cheers for Narayan

ghanshyam khadka,Myagdi Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 1:06 pm
Respected Narayan wagle dai, congratulation u .
I am very happy to hear that palpasa cafe won the Madan Puraskar.

noone Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 3:29 pm
well it’s been long that one ‘lord’ who loved to talk literature has disappeared . i wud like to see wat he has to say over this ! missing him ! and wagle’
s icd are getting denser spoiling the contents of some good appearing contents !

finally, lord r u alive to have any say over this !

noone Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 3:30 pm
sorry comments instead of contents

shyamkarna, dhmbarahi Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 3:48 pm
amazing result.

palpasa cafe was published in 2062 and how could it get madan prize of 2061? wagle had an interaction programme on shrawan 1st this year. his paper kantipur recently too wrote that it was sold within one month of the publication and the publisher and distributor also said same recently. [icd]

Bhuwan Sharma Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 4:52 pm
I would like to join SGhimire in congratulating Narayan Wagle for bagging this year’s Madam Puraskar. At the same time, I would also like to voice my dissent against Neutralman. He says that the book has gone on to become successful because of “Kantipur Company Limited.” Com’on man, you cannot just make a flat statement and castigate an organization. For oneâ??having worked for a number of media houses, hence having the advantage of comparison and contrastâ??I know for sure that Kantipur tries it’s best to live up to it’s reputation of being a fair and a credible organization. Hence, there is no question of it going all out to promote a man at the cost of it’s reputation. In addition, Mr. Neutralman should also take into consideration the history of the man. Mr. Wagle is a man who has time and again proved his mettle. Hece, for me at least, it was nothing new to learn that he has added yet another feather to his cap by trying his luck and proving his capability in another genre.

neutralman Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 5:33 pm
Bhuwan ji,
I don’t have any headache for Wagle ji got the Madan prize. The issue is whether it was a right book for that prize. In my opinion it’s not. It’s only a pop novel. I hope u have read this before u comment on this. The other thing I disagree with you is that Kantipur was of course, in an all out mission to create media frenzy. U can’t deny it. I don’t think any book will need to be advertised like a third class hindi movie on the ad board hosted by Kantipur. I can’t answer why Kantipur does that. I don’t know if Kantipur wants to promote one person keeping its reputation at stake. But there’s nothing wrong doing that. kantipur is a private institute, and it can do that. My say is towards Madan Guthi. There is a hidden motive in giving away Madan Prize to Palpasa Cafe.
Well, Bhuwan ji, please read Palpasa Cafe and come back to put a comment. may be u will agree with me then.

Ram Acharya Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 9:10 pm
First of all my heartfelt congratulations to Narayan WagleyJee! You did a great job and it is just the beginning. Being a journalist you could produce a marvelous piece of treasure for Nepali literature. Nevertheless, it has invoked some doubts and skepticism in some Nepali minds like that of Neutralman. Perhaps, his curiosity why Madan Guthi could choose such a mediocre novel for the one of the superb prizes of the country. It is a considerable thinking. Suppose, it is ‘mediocre novel’ which perhaps does not deserve the prize. Then question arise: Is there any better recent novel for this prize? Perhaps not. The doubt is our skepticism that only hinders our growth. We cannot do better but we never stay behind to argue and doubt. Nevertheless, we are pleased to admit neutralman’s argument because we live in at least ‘mediocre democratic stage’. Were we in communist system neutralman wouldn’t have any rights to express his argument. By this time despite his anonymity he would have been tracked down through the IP address of his computer, and perhaps he would have become hanged! I neednâ??t to mention what if we still had had Oligarchic Rana regime? In any case, whether Madan Guthi did an unfair or a fair job. At least it has recognized a rising talent in Nepali literature. Although literally, Palpasa Café could be brushed further as suggested by one of its reviewers Ajit Baral, it has not missed to exhibit a sharp wit in the contemporary context. This is unique property of the novel and although language is blurred but the message is clear. But one has to agree that brushing is a matter of time. The great German poet Goethe wrote to his friend: â??If had had more time the letter would have been shorter.â??

Of course, we wish more competitive, more creative novels in the coming years. The pity is that our education system has become so hindered and doubtful as Nepalese saying â??Gharko na Ghatkoâ??. Because of lack of sufficient public schools, we need private schools, but perhaps we wouldnâ??t have needed all schools in English medium unless we have good English speaking teachers. There we have a â??big problem of communicationâ?? between the kids and the teachers. The (poorly paid) teachers (who naturally come from public rural schools) cannot speak good English and kids come from still illiterate families à it is beautiful combination. Isnâ??t it? As a consequence, now kids and later young people can neither write creatively (in beautiful language) in English nor in Nepali. The kids from boarding schools have no good Nepali either. On the other hand, the public schools are in Nepali medium but without any teachers, where there is â??no communicationâ?? between the pupils and teachers at all. I even wonder about the language of forthcoming novels in Nepali Language! Let me mention one more praise worthy side of Wagley Jee, despite his background in science, he could compete the literature sector. But it is at the same time very sad part of the education system of humanitarian subjects in our higher-level institutions. It is bitter truth that the quality of humanitarian subject at TU is extremely worthless compared to engineering, medical and agricultural colleges. Do you know why these colleges are still doing good, but the humanitarian faculties are doing bad? The answer is: most of the teachers in these colleges are foreign product. It is a shame on TU humanitarian professors to be the product and producer at the same palce. To run the country we need more humanitarian scientists than the engineers or doctors who have very little say in the national politics or in bureaucracy. Just two top students (scoring >60% and others scoring

Lord Says:

September 1st, 2005 at 11:13 pm
Noone, I am always around you. Just remember me. I used to be a teacher and I am still happy to give lessons to people interested in literature ( but remember criticism is not as easy as reading a cheap novel). And, regarding this experimental novel by Wagle, I agree with CK Lal that Wagle is a very tall man. He sees many things that people normally miss. And, being tall has its own disadvantage (Perhaps u know it).

Mr. Noone criticism is not as easy as chewing a gum. I advice you to read more before you blabber senselessly here.

â??But I still believe Palpasa Cafe is a good read. A mediocre, good-for-ordinary brains stuff like us.â??
Yes Neutralman, you are right. Mediocre people like you cannot comprehend Palpasa Café. So you have to read more books on literature.

Neutralman, you seem to have very little knowledge about markets. Advertisement and publicity are part of modern life. VS Naipaul nearly went mad when the publishers in England refused to publish his works. Reason was that Naipaul was still an unknown quantity. Rest tomorrow, not it is 11 pm ok. Wait for me.

Ram Achary Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 4:51 am
My attempt is not yet over…

Just two top students (scoring more than 60 percent and others scoring less than 45 percent or failed) in the whole class (if not in the whole faculty) are not sufficient to lead any sector of the country, neither economics nor commerce nor literature. To compete with â??Palpasa Caféâ?? once again we have to look at the mirror of our education quality and instantly stop striking and start studying (not only reading). Then start dissecting what is right and what is wrong with your sharp wit. Once again, congratulation toWagley Jee. I am personally very proud of you. Let me say to you, had I had better quality than yours I wonâ??t have given you any â??sheerâ?? chance to bag such a prestigious prize called Madan Pursakar. I wish you more success in future.

neutralman Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 5:45 am
Hi Bloggers!

I am surprised by Ram Acharya’s and Lord’s comments. Ram Acharya ji, so you think you should log in my IP address and try to scare me? Hehhehehe. I pity on that concept. Did I tell anywhere that I support communism, or blah blah? I was simply talking about Madan Guthi inappropriately giving away the prize (this is not the first time they have done that though). And here you are so angry to the extent that you are fantasizing those nasty things. Well, the way you bloggers (Lord ncluded) react to a simple criticism, it is likely that you guys are paid bloggers.

I am not sure another Wagle (who runs this blog) will keep this sentence (since he edited my first comment just like Panchayat run Gorkhapatra used to do long ago). And you have to first understand what I am saying. Ram ji you were telling about if there are other books better than Palpasa cafe for the prize? Hahaahhahaha. So you think there aren’t any? No comment. But if I tell you a name of the book, then you start saying this blog has a hidden intent. So it’s a homework for you to find out if you really want to.

Then this anonimity thing. Ram Acharya ji thinks that I am not introducing myself coz I fear etc etc. Let me tell you the whole idea of blog is to maintain anonimity if one chooses to do. And I don’t know you are Ram Acharya or anybody. Just that you write as that name doesn’t give me enough intro (I don’t want to know though, the way you are dying to know who I am). You could be Golchhe sarki, or Girija Koirala, or madhav Nepal, or even Pushpa Kamal Dahal. May be George Bush. Who knows? Next thing you should do is to give a copy of your citizenship card if you really want to give away ur intro.

What I am saying is that internet newssite or blog sites are really democratic forums. You don’t need to know who the person is, just read the comment and if u have capacity to understand it, enjoy it.

Regarding Lord, his comments are not worth commenting on anyway. he (or she – I don’t have gender bias).

Lahure Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 12:20 pm
Mr. Neutralman

Like Booker or any other international literary prize, we didn’t hear Madan Puraskar Guthi revealing the shortlist or longlist of the contesting books. Or may be I just didnâ??t know about that. Or may be they have their own secret procedure. I do not doubt over their intention. But I suggest they make their procedure more transparent.

By the way, could you please enlighten this child by naming some of the books that you would have loved to see awarded by the Madan Puraskar? I would lvoe to go through them if I haven’t already and come here to have my thoughts over the books. Could you please point out any other books with more literary marks (The literary merit is only about 2/10, as you have given to Palpasa Café)? That would be a great help.

Plus, people like me would be grateful to read your critical comments (not just the word ‘mediocre’). Why the novel is not good? Is that just because you didn’t like its content or its advertisement or because it as any serious flaws tackling the issue?

Hoping for your wise reply.

LORD Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 2:00 pm

“Regarding Lord, his comments are not worth commenting on anyway. he (or she â?? I donâ??t have gender bias).”

I had not expected your comment, Mr.Neutralman. I just wanted to give a lesson on literature since you are desperately in need of it. And, one more thing to you, criticism doesn’t mean ‘mediocre or superior or inferior’. If it was so, then ” WOW” would be the best criticism of a work of art.

What is a good literary work? How do you know if a work of literature is good or bad? It is the internal cohesion of a work of art that penetrates, imitates and distorts in order to create. Ok, Neutralman, just come up with one or two good books that you claim to be good literature. I will be happy to enlighten you with some of the yardsticks that fathom the depth of a literary work. Always wait for my reply.

neutralman Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 4:29 pm
Lahure and who are others?

There you go. Shyamkarna has enlightened us with this fact, and this proves Madan Prize was a farce to this ‘good for people like Lord, Ram Achary, Lahure’ book. So the clowns of Madan Guthi wre in such a hurry to ‘oil massage’ kantipur company that they didn’t know the prize year was not compatible!! Hahhahaha. Come on guys on payrolls!! Get your brain into action.

hmeh Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 6:05 pm
interesting comments

Umesh Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 8:18 pm
Congratulation for the wagle for his debut novel Palpasa cafe, which has just won the 0.2 milenium award. Hope that he will continue in the same track or may be like in Bhupi serchan, who after getting award had disappeared in the same height.
Thanks. for this coincedence for me to write again .

Ram Achary Says:

September 2nd, 2005 at 8:46 pm
Mr. Neutralman,
I agree with your proposal of anonymity. OK. However, I insist to read my text once again from the top to the bottom. Unfortunately, the text is broken into two pieces due to the lack of my ignorance of the HTML syntax. What you have digested from my text is wrong. I doubt perhaps you have had the same thing with the Palpasa Cafe’. I don’t mean that Palpasa Cafe is best for all times of ours. It is a hot cake at present. Wisdom can never emerge through mustering or ‘oil-massaging’ or providing a luxury to the doer. Wisdom is its own and it may emerge in you, in me or in any stray kid. It cannot be controlled by our wish however we can at least shape through education. If we were to control, we would also have had control over the doer of the royal massacre in 2001. If you see wisdom in anybody, we need to respect it. That does not mean we respect N. Wagle or muster Kantipur but we salute the wisdom that was ignited in laureate Wagle. Similarly, we should also be smart enough to condemn the criminal will of any body, whether it is stray kid or it be a royal prince.

neutralman Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 4:23 am
Hi All,

Hey guys, nothing hard feeling here. I was just expressing my thoughts that Madan Guthi did a hastening decision on the prize. And before then, Palpasa Cafe disappointed me (given that amount of media attention and with that sort of fast selling record) and that’s why I was not satisfied with the Madan Puraskar decision. Anyway, thanks to all for enlightening me in various ways.

LORD Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 7:42 pm
Neutralman, I had no idea that you argue so helplessly. I hope you and Neutralman will spend few years reading literature and literary criticism. It is an arduous job. But I encourage both of you to study more la? Dont only say superior, inferior or mediocre. You have to come up with conrete evidences and examples while making a review of a book, la. Dont only be quacks, be real critics and it is possible only if you love and read literature. See, it is a vast subject. But, dont worry. You can do it if you continuously read for four or five years. Now BYE la?
My benediction is with you,la?

LORD Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 7:49 pm
Again you are lambasting media attention. What does media mean? The book is not a precious stone that he stumble across while walking. It needs advertisement. How did you know about Palpasa Cafe? Had Narayan Wagle whishpered you to read the book? I guess you came to know about it through ‘media’. Do u know know what mean? Check out a dictionary, la?

ma nepali Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 9:40 pm
publicity stunt!!

neutralman Says:

September 4th, 2005 at 6:52 am

It really proves now that you are paid to blog here. I don’t know who pays you, but I guess it would be Kantipur Company. I have seen Nepali media all along and most of them are all bull***t. You have to see the outsode world first, before pleading that Kantipur is a healthy media. It’s a yellow journalism all along anyway. Now it’s a homework for you—come after you prepare ur lesson thoroughly, man!

LORD Says:

September 4th, 2005 at 9:34 pm
Wow! What a scholarly comment you have made. It is like Mandales branding the dissents as â??Arastriya tatwaâ??. Toeing the line and buttering the boss are their ways of thinking. What do you meant by â?? yellow journalismâ??? Yes, the government is blaming the Post and the Kantipur of â??yellow journalismâ?? after they refused to do a Gorkhapatra. And, I have read some of the write-ups written by â?? MEDIA EXPERTSâ?? in these government mouthpieces. You are also one of media EXPERTS, right?

â??Nowhere in the world FM radios are allowed to air news, in England writers and journalists are sentenced to death on sedition charge, Government should not delay in taking actions against Kantipur publications, Kantipur Publications are run by Arastriya Tatwas.â??

Well, Gorkhapatra will certainly entertain your idea. It will pay for your write-up. And, Where have I written a blog? It needs lots of courage and enthusiasm whic I obviously lack. I just wrote a comment. And, I donâ??t want to defend myself against whatever you blabber.

And you have seen Nepali media only, I advice you to see other media as well.

And why donâ??t you understand that you should come up with evidences and examples to wage a debate. You branded Wagleâ??s novel as â??mediocreâ?? and you said Kantipur does â?? Yellow journalismâ??. I would like to check out a dictionary, for these words might be new to you. And, why donâ??t you present your evidences and examples if the novel is â??mediocreâ??, my friend? Thatâ??s why I told you earlier that you are still a quack critic.

neutralman Says:

September 5th, 2005 at 7:15 am
Hhahaah. Lord, that really fired you up! Look, nothing against you. But you shouldn’t be dying to protect the sanctity of Kantipur. Kantipur is popular, but it’s far from neutral. I am not sure how grown up u were when Kantipur was a Nepali Congress mouthpiece when it was in power. May be u were too small to comprehend it. I don’t support this new Panchayat regime, if you are too much worried about whether I am King’s follower. I am indeed, a neutral man. I don’t have any hidden interest in promoting one paper, or one book, like you regular bloggers seem to be doing here. What I advise is to grow up, grow taller and be neutral (as much as you can). But, hey, cool down. It’s just a blog, and there’s nothing so hot here to fight for. Do you agree?

LORD Says:

September 5th, 2005 at 12:03 pm
Well, I agree with you Mr. Neutralman. But, we were talking on Palpasa cafe, kikasota? But you made digressions by talking about Kantipur publications, hoina? So it is better to come down to our original topic. And I am happy to know that you are not one of the ’ media experts’. But again you misfired that I am a blogger. I just make comments whenever I have a mind to. So, I hope retract the sentence you wrote here, la? And, being a literature graduate, I just could not keep mum over the absurd criticism some commentators made here. But people should have at least some knowledge on the topic. And, teh process of gaining knowledge never ends. Iam always open to new ideas. I will keep on growing. Thanx to your suggestions la.

neutralman Says:

September 5th, 2005 at 12:45 pm
Surely that resolves the conflict. Thanx Lord!

Manan Says:

September 7th, 2005 at 6:50 am
This is ridiculous. In no country is the country’s top literary award given to a book only a week after it is published.

Politics is one thing, literature is another. I haven’t read the book and don’t know anything about its literary value; however, the way the prize was given makes me very suspicious about its actual merit. I suppose the book is nothing more than political pop-fiction.

dikshya Says:

October 2nd, 2005 at 7:06 pm
I recently got to read Palpasa Cafe. It was a good read and these days when the youngsters are opting for western literature it is good that Palpasa cafe has intrigued such a discussion among the youth. Congratulations to Narayan Wagle!! A good novel comes once in a while and leaves a lasting impression. Palpasa Cafe is indeed one.

???????????: NepalBlogs.Com » Blog Archive » ‘?? ? ???????’ Says:

October 5th, 2005 at 11:53 pm
[…] (लà¥?à¤?पà¥?रिय à¤?पनà¥?यास पलà¥?पसा à¤?à¥?याफà¥?à¤?ा लाà¤?ि मदन पà¥?रसà¥?à¤?ार विà¤?à¥?ता वाà¤?à¥?लà¥?लà¥? यà¥? मनà¥?तवà¥?य à¤?à¤?à¥?à¤?à¥?बर ५ à¤?à¥? मदन पà¥?रसà¥?à¤?ार समारà¥?हमा दिà¤?à¤?ा हà¥?नà¥? ।) […]

hello…? Says:

November 6th, 2005 at 2:56 pm
I read Palapasa Cafe, and it’s superb. It’s written in simple colloqial Nepali, and has beautiful descriptions, a great storyline and parts of contemporary Nepali culture that i never thought any Nepali book would explore.

Mr. Neutralmanji, all the other Nepali literature that has been awarded have been about the same things – the past. Writers before were so engrossed into becoming sophisticated literary symbols- writing words too difficult to understand, and feelings that an ideal person should feel. Narayan Wagle’s Palpasa Cafe is about NOW, the present. His book is the first Nepali book that most Nepali kids have read at all. Why? Because it’s simple, interesting and doesn’t demand anything from us. Drisya the main character, is like anyone of us and has his drawbacks.

Mr. Neutralman, why do you say the book is mediocre? Because it lacks sophistication? What’s the use of sophisticated language when no one understands it? Also, what’s wrong with advertising and marketing a product, anyway? You say that it was advertised like some cheap Hindi movie but you were fool enough to buy and read it, too?

I feel that Narayan Wagle has done a great job and that Madan Guthi has done a great job, too, by awarding him. And all i know is that a whole generation will be waiting for Wagle’s next book just to read another Nepali book.


Resort Hopping at Dhulikhel

dhulikhel trip journalists
Clockwise from left: Krishna Bhattarai, Rangon Bhattarai, Pawan Acharya, Bidur Giri, Deepak Adhikari, Subrat Acharya and Dinesh Wagle (middle)

A travelogue: Bloggers Deepak and Dinesh went to Dhulikhel, a picturesque Nepali town, in a sponsored trip on Saturday. In the journey, they discovered friends in some journalists.

By Deepak Adhikari

Some of our colleagues at Kantipur Complex were unaware that Dinesh, I and Pawan (Kathmandu Post) were getting panicky every passing minute. Later, Dipendra Bhandari, the producer of Ghumgham program of Kantipur TV, joined us. The bus was supposed to pick us up at 3:30 but it was nowhere to be sighted. Continue reading Resort Hopping at Dhulikhel

Rajdhani Daily Covers UWB

Nepali newspaper features United We Blog!

In yet another report about blogs in Nepali media, UWB features in today’s issue of Rajdhani, a national daily published from Kathmandu. The article, written by KP Dhungana, a blogger himself, tries to introduce the concept of web logs to its readers. It highlights the importance of the new internet medium around the world and in countries like Nepal. United We Blog! founders Dinesh Wagle and Ujjwal Acharya are quoted in the article. The half-page long piece is accompanied by the UWB Logo (two founders smiling!).

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful… Dreams (of Miss Nepal Contestants)

By Dinesh Wagle on August 10th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

What does it mean to be a Miss Nepal?

miss_nepal_2005_aspirants2Who Will Be a Miss Nepal?: Contestants of Miss Nepal 2005 are visiting to different places including Bal Mandir, an orphan center, in Kathmandu. They went there on Monday, Aug 8 and collected information regarding the functioning of the center. All pics by Wagle.

It would be a hasty conclusion to say that beauty and IT have wonderfully coupled into the soul named Chandra Gurung (extreme left in the pic above). But this 21-year-old girl is determined to pass through the ‘standards’ of both of these virtues. That is exactly why the student of IT (bachelor 3rd year) in Kantipur City College is participating in the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant aiming to become the Miss Nepal 2005.

“I plan to pursue the career of an IT professional,” said the Pokhareli beauty carefully caressing an orphan in Bal Mandir, Naxal yesterday. She was there along with her 17 competitor friends to attain knowledge about the functioning of the organization. “[To be in this race of beauty] is to gain new experience for me.”

As Chandra was explaining this to me, Pooja Shah was showing her affection to orphan children by hugging one and putting another to her lap, just like a mother. “I am participating in this competition is to feel something new,” 20-year-old student of Public Youth Campus, a bit sentimental as she was caressing and hugging the child, said while looking toward this scribe. “New things, new friends, new experience and new knowledge.”

Declared second runner-up in the Miss Tourism International three months ago, Pooja has some experiences about the friendships and rivalries among the contestants. “In the beginning, there is no rivalry at all,” said the girl looking at the kid with a smiling face. “But because we are all human, the thought of competition comes when the final hour of judgement nears.”

Chandra Gurung (right) and Pooja Shah are among the 18 contestants of Miss Nepal 2005. Here in this pic, they are seen playing with orphans of Nepal Bal Mandir. For now, they all have one common dream: to be crown the Miss Nepal. Pooja says it is an opportunity to make new friends. Rivlary comes only at the time of announcement, she said.

Now the contestants of Miss Nepal 2005 are going through various training sessions and, as part of that, they have been visiting to different places like this orphan center. When I saw them being briefed by the officials at the center, all girls, decorated in tight jeans and black T-shirt with ‘Dabur Vatika Miss Nepal’ printed in white font on the back were attentively listening the lecture. Many of them asked questions.

Chandra and Pooja are among those hundreds of girls who, in the last 11 years, have participated in the Miss Nepal contest with vigorous sincerity and dedication. The same dream is floating in the eyes of these 18 girls that was seen floated last year in the heart of Payal Shakya. Malvika Subba experienced the same dream, and ultimately became successful to be crowned as Miss Nepal, in 2002.

“You go through a kind of fear and pressure,” Malvika shared her ‘pre-crown’ experience with this scribe in a telephone interview. “And this is an opportunity where you learn things that you wouldnâ��t have learned so easily otherwise.”

The pageant that was started in 1994 will saw its eleventh edition in September 10. [No competition was organized in 2001.]

As it happens every year, criticism of the competition from so called feminists, especially with those from leftist background, has gained momentum. Nepal sees many beauty contests in a year but no other such pageants command the prestige, criticism and debate than that of Miss Nepal competition. Khagendra Shangraula, a celebrated leftist columnist and anti-beauty pageant activist blasted the Miss Nepal concept in his recent piece that appeared in Nepal Magazine this week. He compared the judging of aesthetic values in the competition with that of a clean and beautiful toilet.

Organizers of the event are determined to make it a success. “Itâ��s a huge challenge to organize the Miss Nepal competition,” said Srijana Joshi, a filmmaker who is coordinating the event for the first time this year. “Nothing is negative as such. But some people always look for negative aspect. We are trying to improve the quality of the competition.”

Organizers received 94 applications from different districts of Nepal. Many of them were rejected because they didnâ��t meet the newly set criteria. “She should be a +2 graduate with the age between 19-25,” Srijana said. “And she should be taller than 5 feet 4 inches.”

The responsibility of the organizer, Hidden Treasure, is to select girls, make them capable for the crown of Miss Nepal, declare of the talented as Miss Nepal, and send her to the international forum. But no Miss Nepal has given a mention worthy presentation in the Miss World Competition, the ultimate destination of the process. Miss Nepals’ experience is such that training and grooming in national competition are insufficient to face a mega-event like Miss World. Payal Shakya could be an example. Last year, talking to this scribe within 24 hours of returning Nepal from participating in the Miss World in Sanya, China, she complained of lacking knowledge in many fields. “We lack even basic knowledge about the competition, about presentation and about everything,” she had said.

Organizers have their own version of the story. They don’t disagree with the views from Payal or any other Miss Nepal but blame that for limited amount of money spent in the competition. “We need a lot of money,” Srijana said. “But we can’t have desired number of cash. It is very difficult to find sponsors (Dabur Vatika, for instance). They donâ��t see profit.” Yes, business houses don’t see profit in sponsoring the event because the beauty industry is very small in Nepal.

And there is nothing much of responsibility the girl gets even after being crowned Miss Nepal. Other than occasionally volunteering and endorsing a few products, a Miss Nepal has nothing special to do. Forget about international exposure, she hardly travels the country. Yes, some have gained their bit of celebrity status but no one has been able to find a long-lasting career that they had promised to opt as soon as they were crowned.

So, what really does it mean to be a Miss Nepal? Malvika has her own answer. “It made be self-confident,” she said. “And [the whole process and the crown] taught me about life, about how one should live a life.” If such is the case, I think it will not be a haste to conclude that Miss Nepal has made some contribution in Nepali society.

25 Responses to “Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful….Dreams”

1. Blogbahini Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 6:34 am

OMG!! one of my friends is also participating?? Kudos to her!!
2. sisyphus sharma Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:29 am

wagle , with these blogs u prove to me that u r indeed a perfect fool!!no ambiguity whatsoever u occasionaly wish to create !!
3. Blogbahini Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 11:42 am

sisyphus, why are you so much after wagle? sautine aama ko chora jasto? 😛
4. nice Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:28 pm

Thank You Dinesh for these refreshing pictutres. Instead of wasting time on useless rallies you should take few photo shots of these beauties also. It refreshes our mind in our daily routine. No more boring politics please. More of these pix and stories should come.
5. Avipsha Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:12 pm


seems next Sush n Aish (Nepali) are in the offing.

Thumps up, gals !

i know DinWag as a chap with catholic intrests and it really fascinates me that whatever he sees n feels becomes a blog.
6. Bishe Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 3:26 pm

Yet another assembly of sans-substance blah..blah..blah girls like Avipsha and Blogbahini. I would better read Kunsang Kaka in Nepal magazine.
7. arjun Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Thanks wagle jee, can i get more about these gals, looks great i mean you have any site for these teen nepal??

like to know more about ???
8. sisyphus sharma Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:07 pm

well, blobbahini i wonder simply how and why u r created!!

mahatma gandhi preaches in his magnum opus �hind sworaj� of celibacy during satyagraha.i do not dare to get that much further coz i haven�t read too much in sex and i do not have any inferences on that.

but this line must be an inspiration for all n sundry who are keener to advertise their faith in democracy : �the state of foreign rule in home must be a mourning to all the freedom fighers. �

something like this is wat i remember now . the point is whenever we believe in democracy n whenever there is absence of democracy n u r ruled by a bunch of people from the comprador and landlord class without ur consent n whenever u r mulling over satyagraha , then it is no different than the state that mahatma gandhi tells us as mourning state .

and how tragic and pathetic it is to talk of the size n height of mammeries of ur fren , blobbahini , or simply check how cool-legged is she to sell herself in the market during such defining but tragic times of our history !!

my point is simply that the fighters of democracy can avoid making such cheap gossip !!there are plenty of fools already doing this n benifitting !!wagle cud sacrifice a little .

well , my tone may be a little harsh or impolite . i accept that n i am simply sorry for that to wagle if he really bothers to mind it !that�s the way i am . i hope wagle wud take those words as ravings of his younger brother !!

by the way i regard myself as the foolest creature amidst all these agonies of existence.
9. funtastic Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:59 pm

Wagle Bro wants to cash-in on his internet fame and get himself a gal !! Wish you all the luck ‘cause you gonna need it bro !! 🙂
10. dame Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 9:26 pm

I think the height critiria for selection of nepalese gals r wrong……i don’t think its 5.11”, if this is the criteria i don’t think there r too many bueatiful nepalese with this height

UWB:We first reported the height as 5 ft 11 inches. That�s wrong. It�s 5 ft 4 inches.
11. Romeo Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:19 pm

Oh my god! there are still so many juliets how can I enjoy them all in a single life. oh god give me as much lifes as you can.
12. Acharya Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 11:17 pm

I think the height criteria is 4 ft 11 inches, and not 5’11 as mistakenly stated here. Good luck to all the candidates.

UWB:We first reported the height as 5 ft 11 inches. That’s wrong. It’s 5 ft 4 inches.
13. Udayan Baba Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 1:13 pm

Best wishes to all the candidates! , n’ Congratulations to Miss Chandra Gurung, coz’ I know she’s gonna win THE title. Rest of the gals, don’t you worry, there’s always the next time, may be Mrs. Nepal

-good luck, and have faith in yourself, you’ll win for sure,
14. k.lal Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

Really, Nepali gals are so cute, beautiful and sexy. My dream for marriage was only Nepali gal but could not success due to parential interference. Even though as on today I like nepaleese gals and culture also.
15. eye-of-a-beholder Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Blogbahini, can u tell us who is the maiden that happened to be ur pal?
Just a query.
16. Blogbahini Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 11:42 pm

why eye-of-a-beholder? she’s the most beautiful girl in the pictures above 😀

sisyphus, no comments…
17. phulmaya Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 9:01 pm

well, phulmaya is neither beauty nor has ‘brain’. so she knows that she will never be crowned (btw she hates this thing called crown). nevertheless she syas let the gals show what they have (and if they have) and let the men (she thinks such thing matters more to men than boys!) admire if they wish (she well knows what such admiration to many means though). who cares?
18. keti-aasakta: Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 9:48 pm

“who cares?” that’s right. I really regret that my mom didn’t go for Miss Beauty Contest while young. Sorry! She was too busy with rearing me, washing my dad’s and mine clothes on weekends, running home and office then and now, boiling hot water while we were sick…blah blah blah.
As a result what?…An educated but still a worthless man like myself who spends his day and night throwing voluptuous eyes over these beauty contestants. But all of sudden I realise one thing she is still the most beautiful lady on earth as ever.
19. keti-aasakt Says:
August 13th, 2005 at 4:25 am

Let me see if you also want to moderate this one.
Here is what I have to say: the beauty pageant contest should go on.
More beauty contests means announcement of more powerful ladies that will help build up a good nation like a prosperous would-be Nepal.
20. ANKUR Says:
August 16th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

some hot, some cold
21. sachitra Says:
August 23rd, 2005 at 2:58 pm

hi didi haru…..
i m very shocked u all r so great u are perfect in everything. do your best. may god bless you all.

22. jadiboss Says:
August 24th, 2005 at 6:55 pm

Whatever Srijana jee said that is serious issue for organizers.good analysis.
23. Ritima suwal Says:
August 24th, 2005 at 6:59 pm

This kind of orgnize must be handled by someone who knows about sense of beuty.And Srijana Joshi is one of the vibrant personality who can do and she has plethoras of experience in this field.I was very empressed by her interview in JAN-AASTHA,she was bold and beutiful.She should change this kind of show.
24. call me Says:
August 25th, 2005 at 11:50 am

Yes,Whatever Jodibass and Rittima says.i agree,A kind of kunsang kaka and stupid communist wing always classic in thought.
Shrijana ji,keep it up
25. Chamgu Lama Says:
September 7th, 2005 at 10:46 am

these beautiful gals are doing a great job….

Monarchy Debated In Court, First Time in Nepal

By Kiran Chapagain on August 9th, 2005 in Eagle Eye

King’s constitutionality questioned in the court for the first time in Nepal. An analysis

The debate over the constitutionality of King Gyanendra has now reached to the court from the streets of the capital. Now lawyers have begun to question the constitutionality of the king as the chairman of the council of ministers right in the court of law.

The credit goes to Shambhu Thapa, president of Nepal Bar Association, who is nicknamed as a ” Jiundo Manchhe” (living man) for his fight for rule of law and supremacy of the constitution after the February One royal take over.

As he stood up to plead on behalf of the popular student leader Gagan Thapa, who is facing sedition charges for chanting slogans against the monarchy, in front of the bench of the Special Court Monday, he dragged the debate over the constitutionality of the king into the court for debate formally on Monday.

In fact, it is the first time a debate over the constitutionality of the king took place in the court of law. He, along with other lawyers, arugued that the king is assumed the post unrecognized by the constitution. Constitutionally, it is an elected prime minister who heads the government and the king is just a constitutiona one but after the royal take over the king is assuming the power of a prime minister and have thus become active, a direct violation of the constitution.

The lawyers said that an executive king is subject to criticism of any sort and cannot demand immunity of such criticism. Only a consitutional king deserves immunity from criticism of any sorts but when he denies to respect the constitution, he cannot demand such immunity, Thapa argued.

Thapa said the king is unconstitutional since he is assuming the post unreconginzed by the constitution.

“The king who is assuming the post unrecognized by the Constitution, should be ready to face any criticism of the people. It is natural to see slogans, protests against the king who is the head of the Council of Ministers,” Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa argued before the judges hearing the case of Gagan in the Special Court.

“It is the inborn rights of the people to chant slogans against an executive king. Gagan exercised his inborn rights by chanting slogans against an executive king. If he [the king] wants no criticism against him, he should remain constitutional one and demand for respect of his immunity,” he said pleading innocence of Gagan.

Popular student leader Gagan has been in detention since July 26 on charge of sedition for chanting “objectionable slogans against the king” during a demonstration organized by civil society on July 24. The court extended his detention by five days today and ordered the authorities to reach a conclusion within the deadline whether the case would be filed against Gagan or not.

Another advocate Subash Nemwang argued in the same vein. â��His Majesty, according to the Constitution of 1990, an institution, not an executive. “The Constitution allows to chant any slogans against the king who assumes executive power of a prime minister.”

People can smear black on the face of a king who violates the constitution, Nemang said.

As Thapa and Nemwang questioned the constitutionality of the king, the sitting judges were silent and did not dare to intervene with their arguments.

The question of the constitutional status of the king in the court has now opened up another debate over monarchy in the country. Constitutionally, the king is just a constitutional monarch, not the head of council of ministers as he is now. After the February One takeover, he has denied to be constitutional and have assumed the executive post.

Any way, Thapa deserves many thanks from Nepalese people who believe in democracy for daring to question the constitutionality of the king in the court. In fact, all the people of Nepal are thankful to Thapa. We are indebted to Thapa for his courage. Thapa has formally opened up another debate in Nepal.

19 Responses to “Monarchy Debated In Court, First Time in Nepal”

1. Somu Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:07 am

The actions of King Gyanendra mirror the actions of his father. In a near identical royal coup in 1960, King Mahendra shut down democracy in Nepal for 30 years. Since then, Nepal has opened up through trade and tourism. The 30-year dictatorship left Nepal’s 20 million people living in one of the poorest countries in the world.

In the 1960s, it was easy for the world to abandon Nepali democracy. The world needs to send a clear message to King Gyanendra and the Army leaders that this will no longer be the case. The monarchy is the root of all problems of Nepal and the root cause of the Nepali people�s suffering and misery.

So it is time that all Nepalis join hands (forgetting their petty difference), to do away with the rotten, corrupt, immoral, bold thirsty monarchy from the soil of Nepal for good. This is the only way which can bring a bright future for all Nepalis and Nepal with Republican Democracy.
2. Paramendra Bhagat Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:32 am

Gagan Thapa has emerged the face of the movement.
3. Pramod Aryal Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:18 am

it is natural course of rule of law, when one tries to act beyond the limits and spirit of constitution he or she will be challenged in the court. the time is running short for present government. it was nice meeting and talking with Shambhu Thapa here. Good luck both Thapas.
4. nationalist Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:40 am

Well done Thapas

Nepal AmA needs sons like u who can really think about Nepal and Neplai people. Shambhu Thapa is absolutely right. If King wants no criticism he should be constitutional Monarch. If he is the head of council of ministers then he himself pulled into debate. There is no one in the world who is undebated as head of the council of minister like P.M. So G. Shaha is now a P.M. of nepal.
5. hari Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:26 pm

What a lovely t-shirt depicting the real man that is. A punk that has made the democracy movement a rally of thugs, thieves, robbers and looters. A laughable joke. Look at his face. [icd] Rioters are never respected whether they are in power or out of it. They get money from the political masters to run these mock shows so that their masters can go to power.
6. Shyam Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Yes andolan without destination may give more pain to general public in future. Who is ready to take that responsibility and who will guarantee after success of this andolan will bring peace and good future in the country?
7. sameer Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 4:08 pm

At last some individuals have the guts to publicly question the legality of the present kingship. Congrats!
8. biswash acharya Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 4:39 pm

Keep it on Gagan ,we r with u.
9. raja Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:01 pm

it is pot head, gang in campus, drug addicts [icd] are ruining our society.
10. A Nepali Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:45 pm

To har:
Please deeply think about what you are saying. If your eyes don’t open in the 21st century then there would be no chance to your siblings to put a pace further. Long live the mentality of slaves!
11. Impartial Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 1:41 am

Hari and Raja are Bhada ka Tatto,
Well done Thapas, Keep it up the debate, we are with you.
12. nepaliChhoro Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 9:14 am

Thapas have shown a great courage. Salute to them
We need to wake up from a primitive mentality of having a king in a country. The world has changed a lot and the value of king has become obsolete. What for do we need a king like Gyanendra or Paras??? Look at their backgrounds…murderer, raper, drug-addict, mafia…
So Thapas, you guys have initiated the most essential debate and keep in mind we are with you no matter what beliefs we have.
13. Revolution? Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 11:32 am

Let’s be careful with our eulogy for Gagan and his actions…and not jump the gun and start worshiping him like he is a saviour! Although, it certainly looks like Gagane’s time to shine. If nothing else he is on a sure track to become a PM in the future. We all know the best way to build your credentials is to go to jail as many times as possible!…it does not matter how you do it, all that matters is that you go to jail PERIOD!, and if you can do it in the name of the people, that is even better. So Gagane…go for it and “burn” this country to the ground, maobadhi alone is not enough to do that!…ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Then we all will have a genesis…on the blood and tears of millions!

Who are we fighting and what are we fighting for? Whose revolution are we talking about? Maybe the millions that will die in the process will never know!
14. Mr nepal lover Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 2:40 pm

Mr thapa we will help you don warry you nomber one lider i nepal for nepali . I don belive any other leader fo nepal and i hope you will coming
soon nepal pirminister and all the nepali get the democreacy . i hope you will coming soon out of cort then come again aandolan and teach the all the big leader what is the aandolan what is the leader how to coming parjatantra sabaee tapae le sikaunu paryo neta haru laee aani raja laee pani hami sabaee tapaee ko satha ma chhau . tapaae le bhaneko sundaa ta aahile naee desh laee tapaee ko saraee khacho chha. tara ke garane
tapaeelaee naee kin thunchha thyo mon parena .gagan ji tara tapaee le arko autta kam garnu paryo deupa ji laaee chhitto nikalnu paryo la ta gagan ji malaee aasha cha chhittaee yo kam hunchha bhanera .

jaya nepal.
15. Smriti Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 3:45 am


I would think it ought to be painfully apparent who we are fighting for—-the People of Nepal and the country have suffered long and hard under this regime of crooks, thugs and opportunists—the fight that is being waged is NOT for the benefit of any one party or indeed for the various parties as a whole. It is for the sake of going back to the point in time where people in Nepal did not have to fear being woken up at night and draged from their homes. We already have the dubious distinction of having the largest number of “dissappeared’s” in the worls—the blood and sacrifice that you seem so sure will follow will indeed happen—but it will happen becuase the King and his bunch of croonies only know the language of violence. If you are under the mistaken notion that the King cares about the people ( “my people” as he claims)—-wake up!

Granted, the dreams and hopes of the entire country when we had democracy in 1990 were shot to hell thanks to the personal degradation of our so-called leaders—but let’s face it—the current regime is plunging the country into een deeper morass and the sooner the King, his family and his bunch of croonies give in to the inevitable, the beter off we all will be.
August 12th, 2005 at 1:12 pm

17. united for nepal Says:
August 15th, 2005 at 9:37 pm

You have to be a punk your-self to support ‘the man’ in the picture wearing a t-shirt like that…. and he calls himself a ‘leader’.
18. Truth Says:
September 21st, 2005 at 1:47 pm

What about Girija and Sujata about Dhamija case. Just give them the medal for their good deeds. Where was Sambhu Thapa, when Girija was challenging the supreme court?

Sambhu Thapa and the lawyers were quiet because they are the political activist and obey the supremo. But when Tulsi Giri said something about the supreme court he and his gang filed the case.

What jugdment do people will expect from this Bar..
19. Truth Says:
September 21st, 2005 at 1:48 pm

Equal or one sided…

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
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.

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 ( and add some blurb about you as well. Thanks.

Will My Mobile Ring?

This is an absurd question today for many because almost all post-paid mobile phones are ringing. But for me, a man happy with the pre-paid mobile, it’s an important question. My mobile is dead for more than six months, I had almost thought of buying a post-paid one. But an advertisement in newspapers by Nepal Telecom requesting for re-registration of pre-paid mobile gave me a new zeal to find out the already dusted mobile set, to take out the SIM card to find out what 19-digit number it carries on its back, downloading and printing the form, and attesting it by a high-ranked official. All that finished, ready with the form to be submitted, I turned on the mobile to see how its doing and alas! Nothing happened, it wouldn’t turn on neither will accept the charging. Anyway, today I submitted by form, hoping that one day, I don’t know when, will others’ pre-paid mobile ring and I will rush to mobile mechanic with my old set.

Let me answer you before you ask why you don’t go now to repair it. I won’t because do you know when the service will come alive. If I repaired it now costing around a thousand rupees (I pray it won’t be more than that), do you guarantee it won’t get damaged again before the service resumed. People were saying it’s just a piece of chocolate thrown to quash the protest of the Nepal Telecom employees.

So, at the end, I was hoping My Mobile will be Mero Mobile – the brand name of the mobile to be launched by Spice Cell – a private venture mobile service provider with investment of Raj Bahadur Singh – the son-in-law of King Gyanendra. Everyone believes now that the pre-paid service won’t be resumed before Mero Mobile in launched – scheduled for early September.

However I have other ideas. I think the service will be resumed but there will be no new lines to be distributed. I won’t now go for Mero Mobile since I have already submitted re-registration form and the number is with every friend of mine. Anyway, if you have my number, call me a day after the pre-paid service is resumed (on the first day, I have to do repair work + the incoming calls from the Nepal Telecom mobile and landlines are free!)

How “Breaking” are “Breaking News”?

What struck me was that the news of Ambition Academy Miss Teen Nepal 2005 appeared with the tag line “Breaking News” on Kantipur Online. I still wonder if it was exactly the right decision. A critique of online journalism in Nepal

By Satish Jung Shahi

On Saturday night, August 6, popular news web portal Kantipur Online came up with a pretty unusual tagline, which I myself as a former online journalist with the same news site felt quite awkward for a general news piece.

The news was of a less heard about, but yet one of the many other beauty pageants held in Kathmandu these days. The contest was named: Ambition Academy Miss Teen Nepal 2005 (Named after a college organizing the event). The official media partners (a usual tag line event managers tend to adopt these days) was no wonder Kantipur TV and The Kathmandu Post, both sister units of the Kantipur Group.

What struck me was that the news of the event appeared with the tag line “Breaking News” on Kantipur Online, another sister unit of Kantipur Publications, that very Saturday evening when the event took place at the Birendra International Convention Hall in New Baneshwore. I still wonder if it was exactly the right decision.

News online has become so competitive today that web portals tend to claim their news to be so “breaking ” to show you are ahead of your rival portals â?? no matter how much less news worthy the event maybe. And the “Breaking News” tagline has turned so much of an easy access to show that you are actually reporting it ahead than others in the same business.

I remember, three years ago within days of the launch of Kantipur TV, I myself as one of the few news producers had aired a news piece labeling it as “Breaking News” with raw footages of a road accident that had occurred in Tinkune while the evening prime time news was just on air. There was no death but just minor injuries in the incident. The key intension at that time was to only show the viewers that Kantipur Television was one of the few television stations that aired live news broadcasts that time. Plus, it was a great opportunity to display the strength of the news team that it was able to air “Breaking News” anytime as and when required. But there was still a huge debate in the newsroom over if the event was “breaking” enough.

With online news, experiences are similar to television and FM stations. News in these mediums can be instantly reported to the general mass and corrections can be made easily without any record of it as in the print media. And in case of web news, there are instances when major corrections are made in the text even without an apology it owes to its readers.

To cut the competition short, at this age, is television news that has a lot more resources than the web news team. All an online journalist can afford to do today is to sit in front of the television or radio and re-report what the broadcaster is reading. That is what you can observe is happening with both Kantipur Online and Nepalnews these days. It also happened on a late night in 2003 when I was one of the only two reporters for Kantipur Online reporting the “Breaking News” of the breakdown of government-Maoist ceasefire with the attack on an army garrison in Dang.

But why did “Miss Teen Nepal” appear so “breaking” to Kantipur Online? Is it because reporters at Kantipur Online misjudged it as a mega event or is it because its sister groupings were the official media partners to the event?

Interestingly, Nepalnews responded on Sunday evening with two-major “Breaking News” on its site. The first was titled “Rebels attack police posts in Banepa” and the second one was posted within hours saying, “Clashes in Kalikot“. The second piece even had the time of the news posting inscribed beside its headline to outrun its rivals.

On a lighter note, here are a few more suggestions to both Kantipur Online and Nepalnews staffers for their further “Breaking News” stories:

1. BREAKING NEWS: Dog Barks in Tinkune (Remember, Kantipur is reporting it to you first!)
2. BREAKING NEWS: Chicken crosses the road in Durbarmarg (Remember, Nepalnews is reporting it to you first!)
3. BREAKING NEWS: No breaking news today (Remember, this is the best Breaking News on a dry news day!)

Any more additions, suggestions please?

Satish Jung Shahi is a freelance journalist. These are his personal views and they do not necessarily represent UWB.

10 Responses to “How “Breaking” are “Breaking News”?”

1. mina Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 11:09 pm

Dirty salesmanship of famale flesh. These women should have replaced those poor Badi women if they have so much pleasure of flesh show.
2. mister Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 11:24 pm

���ा ल��ठ� भर��र� भा��िय�� BREAKING NEWS
3. Murchhana. Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 12:17 am

But I don’t see any mistake giving those news the breaking news status. What’s wrong? The more those sites come up with updates and breaking news of the day, the more we will be benefited. Information is the key. And we have to use that key to the fullest.

At least you knew about the beauty pageant’s result and the Kalikot fighting quickly from those sites. Even in the countries like US, TVs used to give live coverage of even small events because if people are interested in them. So, lets not always criticize things. Think positive, think HP!

Did that sound like another breaking news? LOL
4. Blogbahini Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 2:32 am

It does sound a little weird to have events such as these featured in the ‘breaking..’ section, while other much heart-aching, happening incidents fail to sway reporters’ attention. your concern does draw attention that media these days are pitching in for cheap popularity, but hey, which one isn’t? are you grumpy because yours didnt?? besides, this event isnt as cheap as a ‘dog barking in Tinkune’, it did deserve some attention (albeit not the honor bestowed by kantipur).
5. Nepali Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 9:21 am

Reminds me of the Indian channel “Aaj Tak” which I detest so much.
6. GB Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 11:29 am


You have raised a very pertinent issue here. It is really tragic that our media can not differentiate between the “news” and the “breaking news”.
Is this because, our media is so greedy that they will write anything for money or they lack the capacity of judgement? To me, both of these are unfortunate and dangerous syndrom which will only downgrade our fifth state.

Will our media take note of this?

7. Avipsha Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 1:04 pm

well !
i think,, the purpose of the so called “breaking-news” is served, guess how! simply because, UWB itself broke this “breaking news” as a “breaking news” and all of us, ” the redundent fools of the blogosphere” (note that i m the foolest one), bothered ourselves spitting our best/worst venom upon the triffle” beauty pageant” and the bagatelle ” breaking news” in this comment section. howzzz datt!!
8. Zinta Says:
August 9th, 2005 at 1:11 pm

In a country steeped deelpy in troubles of all kinds, people are still organising beauty pageants…I guess that is the “breaking” aspect of the news. By the way, does any one know journalistic norms of nitty gritties of calling a news a breaking news! Does the writer know or any one ..Please post…it will make an interesting read.
9. Rubina Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:09 am

Well, what is new is news. And people are interested in all kinds of news. Not just those including death, violence, blood and gore. Although, a college beauty pageant won’t feature in many people’s “have to know now” item but national and international beauty pageants might. What’s more, many of us lap up news of beauty pageants and celebrities more eagerly than that of yet another car bomb blast in Iraq.

There definitely is a need of sorting through and prioritising in Nepali media but hey! at least we are trying.
10. person Says:
August 18th, 2005 at 10:01 pm

It’s news but not “Breaking News”. It’s nice that something besides violence and killing is going on in the country. The media plays a major role in most countries when it comes to influence so it should be more aware of how it words events and where it places them but its true, like what some other people said, it’s interest. News sites can put things like beauty pageant results in the “breaking news” section of the Entertainment or Events category instead of the main news section which should cover more newsworthy events that aren’t getting enough coverage.

Enigma of Arrival

By Deepak Adhikari on August 7th, 2005 in Dashing Deep

On a clear and sunny July morning, three gentlemen in their 40s and 50s tread casually in the corridor of Tribhuvan University, arguably nation’s biggest education hub. A motley of 20-something-year- old students watch them with an air of curiosity and surprise.

There is no age bar for study. But, pursuing your higher education not when you are green and growing but once you are graying and withering might look odd. Oddity however is a recipe for reporting. As a reporter, gaze fixed on something newsworthy, I decided to feature these oldies in Nepal Magazine. But, for me it was like traveling down the memory lane.

Meet Durga Bhandari,47, Ram Prasad Adhikari, 50 and Krishna Prasad Jaisi, 43, and you’ll know what brings them to the crowded class of Rural Development, MA, 1st Year. Interviewing them two weeks ago for me turned out to be a nostalgic evocation. My father too arrived in Kathmandu in order to pursue Degree in M Ed. I too then happened to join MA in English but left the country for greener pastures. My father was most probably fed up with the incessant teachings at school and longed for a break.

One thing is for sure: they embarked upon this rather odd journey when living back home turned increasingly tough. All three had served as local level leaders in VDC and DDC. Mr. Jaisi (the only computer literate among three) is spokesman of DDC Federation. He was the chairman of Accham DDC when Maoists attacked the district headquarters that, according to him, was the most nightmarish moment of his life. He was later abducted by Maoists; he was forced to spend a month with them in Kalikot.”But they didn’t misbehave with me”, a soft-spoken Jaisi remarks.

Mangalsen massacre has remained as an indelible scar in his psyche.” We counted one hundred and forty seven corpses,” he reminisces the incident ruefully. The dead bodies must have become statistics now. He couldn’t stay long in that war-ravaged area and left with his family for Dhangadi, a safer western terrain. Ram Prasad has similar woes. He was accused of being an informer back in his village. He took refuge in his lecturer- son’s abode in Balkhu, Kathmandu and started strolling to nearby TU.

Durga, however, denies any traces of Maoists in his village Kawasoti of Nawalparasi district. All three want to retrace to their villages once the conflict resolves. But, these rural reformers are disenchanted by not only the overtly theoretical course at TU but the same age-old teacher-centric and shallow method of teaching.

2 Responses to “Enigma of Arrival”

1. durga Says:
August 7th, 2005 at 8:58 pm

deepak searching news
2. prashant Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 9:47 am

Hey it might seem odd but it isn’t so in western world. I have a 65 year old engineering student classmate and he is merely a Bachelors student. I have seen even older ones in other majors.

Recording Time, the Nepathya Way

By Dinesh Wagle on August 6th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

Saturday Blog: Plus a love scene in a restaurant. Scribes were the protagonists.

As I have stated in one of my replies to a blog commentator this afternoon, things don’t always turn out as per ones wishes. If you are into a job like journalism, where no routine is fixed and almost everything is ‘uncertain’, the probability of schedules being changed is even more. I am talking about my Good Friday. Yesterday. I wanted to participate in a politically motivated program but ended up my day first listening to an Indian art guru who was somewhat tiresome and then to Nepathya, one of Nepal’s most popular music bands. That was refreshing and made my Friday a Good Friday.

The lecture and slide presentation on Indian art history by Dr. Alphonso Doss was definitely informative but not as entertaining as I had expected that to be. Shiv Shankar Mukharjee, the Indian ambassador, later in the evening inaugurated a painting exhibition of Dr Doss, a Chennai arts college principal. Instead of attending the inauguration ceremony, I left the venue, Babarmahal Revisited, for another one at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.

When I reached Jawalakhel, I suddenly felt hungry. Real hungry, I mean. I entered inside the Bakery Café and ordered for a hamburger. Well, things do not turn out as per your wish. As I was ordering the burger, I saw a somewhat familiar face on a corner table. I could not completely get into her face but from only one side- her right side. She was familiar to me. At least I could say, I had seen her before. Many times. Ahâ�¦ one hand came from the corner, I couldn’t see the owner of the hand, and started caressing her cheek. Ahâ�¦that was a love scene. Where I was? I was supposed to see Nepathya performing. What I was seeing now? Who was that girl? Hum, I did not want to see on that side again, but what could I do, I was faced toward that direction. And I saw her, finally. I mean she looked toward my table once and that was enough for me. She was a reporter for an English language publication. I do not want to reveal the office she works for but I definitely know! A secret, huh, that for the moment I want to keep to myself. Blog is not a place for publishing other people’s privacy.

Anyway, she saw me. And she knew me. I was determined not to let her feel that I saw them. I could feel, she told about me to her partner. Now, the partner wanted to be sure. Sure about what? Of course, about my identity. He briefly came out from the corner, saw me, I too saw him for a fraction of second. He too was a reporter working for the same publication. They both know me but we have not talked yet. There are so many journalists in Kathmandu. You just see them, know each other but do not talk. Its like that.

I hurriedly finished the burger, time was running out, Nepathya would start their show in a few minutes�there was no time for peeking into a love scene. I literally ran out from the Café for Manbhavan.

Nepathya, a 15-year- and 6-album-old musical group with massive popularity among Nepalis, were doing a pre-recording rehearsal of their upcoming (and as of now) unnamed album. “We have sung enough numbers on love,” said Amrit Gurung, singer and the face of the band, seconds before performing the first number of the first social album from Nepathya.

You feel privileged when you get a change to hear pre-recorded version of songs by such a popular band. Two years ago, I got somewhat similar opportunity to listen numbers from Bheda Ko Oon Jasto, Nepathya’s last album, before that was released in the market. The band will enter studio tomorrow (Sunday) and the album will come out in the market by the end of September.

As the high pitched sound emerging out from drum and guitars started taking certain tempo, the singer with a long ponytail grabbed the microphone with both of his hands and started singing as if at least one of the veins in the throat might burst immediately.

Kata Lague Mera Didi Dai Ho
Jata Tatai Aago Lairachha
Garikhana Garho Bhairachha, ho
Kun Dinko Paap Lairachha, ho..

Well, you can figure out the nature of the album. The album is all about the present Nepal. And, as you know, Nepal is going through tough time. War and fire. All songs try to record the present Nepal. “Its artists’ responsibility to record time,” said Kiran Krishna Shrestha of Nepa-Laya, the band’s promoter. Nepathya have tired to record the present Nepal in their songs.

Certainly, for those who have been habituated listening songs like Chhekyo Chhekyo…, Jomsongai Bazaarma and Resham, the 25-minute-long song ‘Ghatana’ that describes the dramatic clash between Army and the Maoists two years ago in Mainapokhari, Dolakha district, in Gandarva style, come up with a different taste.

Situation in the country is serious and it is not unusual for songs depicting such situation to be serious. Amrit Gurung, decorated in a white T-shirt with a message of peace in blue colored fonts on the chest (Against Violence, Committed to Peace) closed his eyes inside a circular spectacle and screamed this stark question:

Janata kai Lagi Ladchhu Bhannele
Desh Kai Lagi Marchhu Bhannele
Khai Kasto Ladai Ladeko?

Do not know whom they are fighting for. I tried to find the answer, really, while returning to office. It was raining heavily as if the rain would take away all of our pains. It was already 7:45 PM as I entered the Kantipur Complex. I was not in a mood to write a report on the Nepathya’s rehearsal. For the evening, I just wanted to enjoy. Well, preparing a report is again, part of my job that I dutifully performed this evening.