Worst of Nepal In 2005


Persons & Events of 2005 (here is the BEST list)

1. The Feb 1 Royal Proclamation:

When an angry monarch with autocratic ambitions appeared on TV on the fateful morning of Feb 1, everything in Nepal started going wrong. With his words, king Gyanendra assumed the unrestricted executive power, fired a government, imposed emergency with press censorship, and jailed the Prime Minster and hundreds of political leaders and activists. The immediate result of the takeover came as a regressive government under the chair of the king himself. The cabinet included one of the most conservative and anti-democratic face as the royal deputy in the form of Dr. Tulsi Giri.

Related Link(s):
> The Blog That Wasn’t Blogged-II (The New Royal Takeover)

2. Madi Massacre:

Maoists committed a heinous crime against Nepali people by bombing a public transportation bus. Rebels ambushed a bus in Chitwan in July and killed 36 innocent passengers on the spot. 72 other unarmed people suffered injury, at least 35 of them seriously. The land mine exploded in Badermudhe Khola of Kalyanpur area.

Related Link(s):
>What’s the Value of Our Life?

3. Nagarkot Massacre:

Nepal saw one of the worst massacres in its history when an insane army man Basudev Thapa indiscriminately fired upon a group of villagers celebrating a festival in Nagarkot’s Chihan Danda. Thapa killed 11 people and injured more than two dozens before being killed. It is not clear how Thapa died. Three investigation teams from the army, Home Ministry and an ethnic organization are working on it currently.

Related Link(s):
> Surviving the Nagarkot Massacre

4. Press Censorship and Black Ordinance:

Nepal experienced the press censorship for the first time in the last 15 years when the king’s government sent armies to the newsrooms and broadcast stations. Vibrant and independent Nepali press that was born in the freedom of democracy suddenly found the new environment difficult to adjust in. After the censorship was lifted along with the three-month long emergency at the end of April, the government tired to bring a black ordinance into effect. Govt.issued the ordinance that, among other things, bars criticism of the king when Nepalis were celebrating biggest festival Dashin. Nepal for the first time after the downfall of autocratic Rana regime in 1950 was cut off from the rest of the world as king ordered telephone and internet service to be closed for a week. The government also introduced the one window blackmailing advertisement policy.

Related Link(s):
>A Melancholy Report Of A Reporter
>Fascist Face Of The Govt.: Partial Ad Policy
>Media Mirrors a Society (but NOT in Nepal)
>Regression at its Height: Draconian Press Law

5. Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC):

A notorious and controversial agency set up by the royal autocratic government selectively launched actions against several pro-democracy leaders and harassed anti-government activists. After giving jail verdict to former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for two years, the agency with rights to charge, investigate and issue verdict against anyone is now dragged to the Supreme Court. The court is hearing the case that could decide RCCC’s fate.

Related Link(s):
>Controversy over king’s RCCC

6. Dr. Tulsi Giri:

The mother of Panchayat, the autocratic system, after being nominated vice chair in the royal cabinet openly challenged the constitution formulated by Nepali people. A few months later Kantipur and Kathmandu Post exposed that he was a businessman blacklisted by Nepal Bank Limited. His positive side? He was consistent on his remarks, was firm on his beliefs and was right on all wrong points. Not even a good leader always possesses such “qualities”.

Related Link(s):
>God, this fellow doesn’t know Maoists
> Dr Tulsi Giri in Willful Defaulters’ Blacklist

7. Tear Gas against protesters:

As pro-democracy demonstrators started hitting the streets of Kathmandu and other parts of the country, police found teargas as the best way to disperse the crowd. Doctors in the country have said that the gas is unhealthy and warned the police not to use it against protesters. Recently, police nearly killed some people by firing a teargas inside a shop in New Baneshwor (pic) and closed down the shutter.

Related Link(s):
>Police and Riots in Kathmandu Streets
> Tear Gas: Bounce Back to Police

8. Attack against Kantipur FM and Radio Sagarmatha:

By attacking, first Kantipur FM (pic), country’s first commercial radio, and Radio Sagarmatha, South Asia’s first community station, the royal government demonstrated how far it can go to implement autocracy in society. Armed police looted broadcast equipments and, from Radio Sagarmatha, arrested five journalists and staffs disrupting the broadcast of both stations. Kantipur had to stop its eastern region broadcast and Radio Sagarmatha remained closed for two days. Government has been targeting FM radios from the very beginning by banning news broadcast.

Related Link(s):
>Black Ordinance in Action
>FM Radio Culture In Nepali Society
>Radio Sagarmatha Forced to Close Down

9. Tanka Dhakal:

For being the Nepali avatar of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Information minister. As the spokesperson and Information minister of the royal government he just misinformed the public and lied, and lied and lied all the time defending autocracy.

Related Link(s):
>Ministers and the Lies
> Know Your Rulers

10. Zonal and Regional Administrators:

For spreading the tentacles of autocracy. Telling example of how autocrats impose power from above, against the principles of decentralization, through their henchmen. They have become the sharp teeth of an autocrat king to penetrate dictatorship in Nepali society. Many of them have already become controversial by arbitrarily taking actions, including physical assault, against civil servants and launching anti-democracy campaign.

Related Link(s):
>Now ‘dhishes’ Will Rule Us

11. Kamal Thapa:

The newly appointed home minister in the royal cabinet is the textbook-worthy example of opportunism. He first paved way for the split of RPP and formation of Jana Shakti Party. But he himself remained in RPP supporting the regime. He wanted the RPP to take into the royalist fold either by the internal decision or by splitting it. He is now actively involved in further splitting the RPP.

12. Royal Africa Safari:

Colossal waste of state fund for nothing.

Related Link(s):
>Where is his majesty? (from Nepalblogs.com)
>Nepal King’s Impending Trip to Tunisia

The Axis of Evil (WORSE than the WORST whom we couldn’t include in the WORST list)

1. Sachhit Shumser Rana (left), Bharat Keshar Singh (right) and Sharad Chandra Shah:

For their remarks and activities that were provocating, instigating, polarizing and dividing. Rana, the former Chief of the Army Staff, never tried to use his position for positive change in the country. Singh even tried to divide the country by raising religious issues. And we see not a single positive point in this BLACK pair. This pair is backed by a man called Sharad Chandra Shah. Shah who politicized the sports in Nepal in Panchayati days came back as the chair of High Level Committee for Information Technology and has been active to promote autocracy. Fourth member of this Axis of Evil is Pawan Kumar Ojha because argued so senselessly (that too inside the Supreme Court as the attorney general of the country) that a Hindu king is not bound to obey the constitution. These people have collectively reminded us the medieval courtiers of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Related Link(s):
>Pundits’ Prefect Predictions
> No Religion in Politics

We couldn’t decide if these persons/events were the Best or Worst

1. Girija Prasad Koirala:

At a time when he is leading whole democracy movement in the country, he shamelessly promotes nepotism and autocracy within his organization Nepali congress party. Koirala has become the towering personality and all six parties have accepted his leadership in the seven-party coalition but he is not letting democracy flourish in Nepali Congress itself.

Related Link(s):
>Hopes From Girija Prasad Koirala
>Demanding Democracy In Nepali Congress
>Greedy Girija, Who Will Be Acting President in NC?
>Nepali Congress Leader Girija Prasad Koirala Released!
>A Cup Of ‘Kangressi’ Tea

2. Sher Bahadur Deuba:

Some say he is framed by the royal government for corruption charges but many others believe that he is the one who submitted democracy to the palace. Why he didnâ??t told the Nepali public about possible royal takeover when he knew about that already?

Related Link(s):
>Madam Deuba Speaks Up Her Heart and Mind
>Remembering Asoj 18
>Nepalese Media Told To Black Out Ex- PM Deuba News Conference
>Deuba Given Seven Days Jail Sentence
>The Midnight and Daylight Drama on Deuba Case (from Nepalblogs.com)

3. Attack on Royal Convoy:

Some say attacking the VVIP vehicle was indeed bad but others opine that the incident gave an opportunity for the palace to read the pulse of the public. The royalists first provoked the pro-democracy activists who were returning from UML mass meet. Then the stone pelting game started and the convoy caught up in the mess. And how about the royal representation on SAARC? The king shouldn’t have gone but then that wouldn’t have really mattered even if T Giri had represented. Plus, Prince Paras went to the Police Headquarter to inquire about the security lapse the other day which resulted a stunning attack on the royal convoy. The price visits the police office. Might sound good but other view is that the visit signals the way the palace wants to use state resources. This school of argument thinks the palace behaves as if security chiefs were servants.

Related Link(s):
>Witnessing The Stunning Event
>Telling Our Problems to Madam Chair
>Crown Prince in Police HQ. No Food to Students

4. Ram Bahadur Bomjam:

Many believe he in the new Buddha but he himself doesn’t think so. He is there, in Bara, apparently mediating and his being there has created waves around the world. Many think he should be probed. But we don’t think so. That’s his right to be there. To meditate. He shouldn’t be disturbed.

Related Link(s):
>New Buddha!?

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10 Responses to “Worst of Nepal In 2005”

programmer Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 1:31 am

These all worst are made/started by democratic leaders not by anyone else !!

ProDemocrat Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 4:10 am

KG and TG are the worst players in 2005

freedomfighter.np Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 5:48 am

where are KG and paras??

freedomfighter.np Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 5:54 am

Girija- why not in both best and worst, in the thirteenth of worst and sixteenth of best.

SBD – 14th of worst

Attack on Royal conv.- some where in the top 5 of best

budunca Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 6:45 am
political parties are the no 1 worst thing that happened to nepal this year they joined hand with maoist who have been slaughtering poor people. now they are part of killer gang.

Chandan Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:04 am
I see Sachit as the worst of the worst this year for his war-mongering remarks and senselss defence of the autocrat. Mr. Giri and Mr. Dhakal are also the most…what to say…they are devils of democracy!

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 2:11 pm
no men are the worst in above given photos
they are doing as they a bhardar is supposed to do.
they do not speak their own words.
they do not use their eyes to see
they do not even think
they only do what they are ordered by their master.
they are only the puppets of king gyanendra.
so don’t blame them they are doing their “noon ko sojho” and they cannot hear u because they are not allowed to hear by their master king gyanendra.
so all the words what they speak are the words of their master KG.so master is responsible of what they speak and what they do.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060118225020/http://www.rrcr.org/ Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 4:09 am
If one has to pick out the YEAR’S WORSE…. The [icd] Prince must be near the Top of the List.
The “miracle” of [icd].

Truth Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 5:24 pm
No.1 worst is political leaders of 7 alliance. No destination…..running for the power here and there in the name of democracy

democratic lover Says:

January 11th, 2006 at 7:43 am
well as in my view the worster thing firstly is the kings move for the autocracy and after each and every things the misniters of the king did the so called kings envoy sachit s rana and sings are the worst and the whole year gone through the worst time and it will continue till the democratic time comes in nepal and lets pray for the democracy soon…


Best of Nepal In 2005


Persons & Events of 2005 (here is the WORST list)

1. The 12-point Agreement:

For giving us the hope of bright and peaceful future. This groundbreaking agreement between the seven-party alliance and the CPN Maoist altered the polarization status in Nepali politics. Two of the three forces started talking. However, critics say the agreement is too vague and can go astray any time. Maoists who are waging war for the one party dictatorial communist regime agreed in principle to join the pluralistic society and make democracy their destination. Based on this agreement, mainstream political parties are launching nationwide pro-democracy Lok Jagaran (public awareness) campaign. For the first time in years, unarmed political forces went to the villages of Rolpa and Rukum spreading words of peace and democracy.

Related Link(s):
>Parties, Maoists Unite For Democracy in Nepal
>Agreement in Nepali (from Nepalblogs.com)
>Analyzing the Agreement

2. The Seven Party Alliance:

They all fought themselves in the late 90s and, many say, that was the main reason for the downfall of democracy in Nepal. When seven top leaders of seven different political parties appeared in a small hall of Kathmandu’s Orchid hotel to announce a historic joint statement, Nepali people cautiously welcomed because they had already seen the break-up of 5-party alliance before Feb 1. Still many believe that this alliance formed in Baishak 25 paved way for a new polarization in Nepal. Before striking a 12-point agreement with the Maoists, the alliance played remarkable role in pressing the rebels to declare ceasefire unilaterally. The Maoist’s truce came as a big relief in the times of war but people were disappointed as the royal autocratic government turned out to be too arrogant to reciprocate the move.

Related Link(s):
>Finally, They All Have One Voice Now
>First Step toward Peace is Restoration of Parliament

3. Krishna Pahadi, Devendra Raj Pandey and the Civil Society Movement:

For spreading words about our democratic movement and human rights issues in and outside Nepal and leading the Nepali civil society movement. Pahadi, left, who was imprisoned for about six months after the Feb 1 takeover is the first Nepali for whom Amnesty International organized a month long international (Europe and the US) speaking tour recently. Pahadi (holding a poster for his program in Italy) has been active in promoting peace, democracy and human rights in different places of the country. Pandey, the face of the civil society movement is credited for bringing urban intellects and retired bureaucrats into the democratic movement. The government is mulling a code of conduct to curb “anti-government” activities of retired bureaucrats.

Related Link(s):
>Pascchim tira baralida (Kantipur article on Pahadi’s Tour)
>Rising Voice of Republicanism

4. Shambhu Thapa and Nepal Bar Association:

The front man in our court battle against tyranny. This man, as the president, has led Nepal Bar Association in such a way that the organization has become the prominent face value of Nepali democracy movement. When Shambhu Thapa, the lawyer, leads, other lawyers follow. He used his position at NBA for the benefit of pro-democracy movement.

Related Link(s):
>Shambhu Thapa: Lawyer Who Advocates for Our Freedom

5. Anup Raj Sharma and Min Bahadur Rayamajhi:

Right persons at right place in right time. Supreme Court Justices Sharma and Rayamajhi upheld people’s right to information by issuing a historic verdict that explicitly directed all FM Radios to broadcast news and information. It is your duty to broadcast news, the ruling said, tell us news. Many would agree that these justices did nothing more than performing their duties honestly and constitutionally but the situation in Nepal is such that many a times people need bravery to do the right things.

Related Link(s):
>FMs, Tell us the NEWS!

6. Ian Martin and OHCHR:

For his efforts to safeguard Nepali human rights situation. Martin’s arrival as the Chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) operation in Nepal has significantly helped control the human rights violation by the warring sides. After he was appointed for the job in April 29, Martin has constantly been raising his and his office’s voice for human rights in Nepal. Under his leadership, OHCHR Office in Nepal has been monitoring the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Related Link(s):
>Nepal Under International Scanning
>Nepalese Leaders Call For UN Monitoring

7. Nepali Diaspora in the US:

For keeping the Nepal issue alive in America. Pro-democracy members of Nepali Diaspora have organized impressive rallies in cities like New York and Washington D C advocating freedom and democracy Nepal. Prominent members of the Diaspora have actively lobbied for our case among influential people in the US. In this age of Internet, our people are using every means of communication to coordinate their efforts and organizing countless discussion programs aiming at creating buzz about Nepal situation in the US.

Related Link(s):
Influencing Those Who Influence The Influential Here
Listen What This Man Has To Say
An Activist Goes To America
New York is New Road: Democracy Demanded
I Say Civil Liberties Now, Not Tomorrow

8. Patrick Leahy and James Walsh:

These men are strongly taking Nepal’s case to the lawmakers and policy formulators of the US. Leahy the senator , left, has been constantly raising Nepal’s democracy movement in the US Congress and pressing his government to take necessary action. He has also regularly highlighted king Gyanendra’s autocracy and human rights violations. Walsh, an ex-Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and the Congressman, has been working with his fellow lawmakers to pursuade the US government to pressurize the royal Nepal government.

Related Link(s):
>‘I Rise To Speak On Nepal’
>US Senate Amendment On Nepal
>We The Congressmen Rrespectfully Ask Your Majesty
>Patrick Leahy Rises To Speak, Again
>‘Will RNA Cast Its lot With People?’

9. Sharawan Mukarung and Arjun Parajuli:

For triggering the wave of Loktantrik (democratic) poems and proving that literature is a powerful means of expression. We have seen countless Loktantrik poem recitations programs since Mukarung, right, published his super-famous poem “Bise Nagarchi Ko Bayan” in Nepal Magazine. His satirical creation was so much appreciated that people started paying money to hear his poems. In one program, Mukaraung collected Rs. 30 thousand within an hour. With hard-hitting poems like “Satra Saaj Bhag Dui” the bearded kaviji Parajuli has become the poetic voice of the democracy movement. They unknowingly became catalysts for people’s desire to fight for democracy.

Related Link(s):
>Bise Nagarchi Ko Bayaan (the poem)

10. Ramesh & Rayan, Nanda Krishna Joshi and Rubin Gandarva:

For singing songs of people and democracy. Ramesh & Rayan, left, have re-emerged with their progressive and provoking songs like “Gau gau bata utha” [“rise from villages”] and have been actively involved in pro-democracy movement in Nepal in 2005. The duo recently declared in a mass meeting that their songs don’t belong to a particular party but to the entire democratic movement.

Nanda Krishna Joshi, left, the popular Deuda singer has used his singing ability in the interest of democracy movement. He has the gone to villages of East Nepal singing his deuda, a folk tune popular in West Nepal, pro-democracy “Jhyamma Jhyamma” songs. While doing so, he has also taken the tune of West Nepal to Eastern parts of the country. Rubin, the teenager, has become the humming bird of democratic movement. When he sings parodies based on popular folk tunes, the people rise and start dancing. This Gandarva’s mass appealing and anti-autocracy songs have become major attractions in the programs organized as part of peaceful democratic movement.

Related Link(s):
> Songs of Revolution Echoed in Patan
> Jhyamma…Jhyamma: Singing Democracy
> In Search of Rubin-I (from Nepalblogs.com)
> In Search of Rubin II

11. Keith Bloomfield:

As the British ambassador and the chief of the EU in Nepal, Bloomfield has been constantly raising issues of democracy. He has travelled to different parts of Nepal talking about democracy and freedom. And the royal government felt the heat created by Bloomfield speeches. So much so that royal loyal Ramesh Nath Pandey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Bloomfield twice in 2005 for speaking “against” the government.

Related Link(s):
>Bloomfield Is A Headache For Royal Govt.
>So, Bloomfield Is Here To Stay

12. Palpasa Cafe:

For proving that there is no dearth of readers of Nepali literature provided there is quality creation backed up by good marketing campaign. The debut novel by journalist Narayan Wagle created history in Nepali publishing industry by selling more than five thousand copies in the first month of publication. The book, branded as War Novel by some critics, is about contemporary Nepali society and won this year’s prestigious Madan Puraskar.

Related Link(s):
>Palpasa Cafe Hits Bookstores
>Narayan Wagle: A Novelist Is Born With Palpasa Cafe
>Narayan Wagle Wins Madan Puraskar

13. Nepali Windows/ Nepalinux:

For enabling computers understand our language. Big achievement in Nepali computing after the arrival of computer arrived in the Himalayan country. Though it will take time to see many computer users in Nepal using these software, they have definitely paved the way for further development in Nepali computing.

Related Link(s):
>Finally, Penguin Speaks Nepali
> Campaign of Make Computer Understand Nepali (from Nepalblogs.com)

14. Hami Basanta Khoji Rahechhau:

For taking the issue of democracy to the street in the form of drama. This popular street (We are looking for Spring) performance by Sarbanaam group has been revived after 15 years. In those dark days of autocracy in the late 80s, this drama in which spring means democracy and freedom, gave impetus for democratic movement.

Related Link(s):
>Sarwanam searches anew for ‘spring’ (The Kathmandu Post article)

15. Nepali Cricket:

For winning important matches when needed and moving Nepal up in the World cricket barometer. Nepal is being noticed wordwide andn international regulatory bodies like ICC are holding thier top meetings in Kathmandu. In those hard and disappointing times, the game of cricket and our wonderful lads gave us the joyous news from the field. It was an exihilirating experience to see our folks lifting the Under 19 ACC Cup for third time in a row.

Related Link(s):
> Double Delight!

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23 Responses to “Best of Nepal In 2005”

Kendrika Says:
December 31st, 2005 at 11:45 pm

When I see this list, I remember the recent remark of Tulsi Giri in Jhapa. He very clearly termed the 12 point Agreement a Hoax. And that is very much true. I just saw Nepal Television and one political analyst was telling the same. The agreement is a Maoist tactic. Parties are trying to use that as a means to gain the power. It is very unfortunate that some people are branding Agreement the biggest achievement of the year. I can only pity them. You have to understand the reality. Try to go beyond what you see and think wise. Get out of this illusion.

The Doctor Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 12:03 am

Kendrika: “…Tulsi Giri in Jhapa….Nepal Television.”

I am sorry to know your sources of “knowledge.” Torilahure Giri and NTV?? Huh?????

programmer Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 1:29 am

I don’t think all these thing are good or best , but oviously are some. What next ??

freedomfighter.np Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 6:07 am

You are right from your positing. I cannot expect any good, who draws conculsion citing TG and NTV.

Have a good new year with TG and NTV!

(But I highly recommend you to meet different people, read news from diferent sources, visit different places of nepal.)

Chandan Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 10:58 am
Good and appropriate items selected!

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 2:30 pm
oh kendrika
where are u??
we are in 21st century and u r in 19th century.
u are watching NTV and TG.
come out of your home and see the world and also nepal
what is going in world and what is going in nepal
see where is nepal.
please come out of your home and feel the reality.
Feeling reality would be better than giving the comment after watching NTV.

Ram Bahadur Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:33 pm
12 Point Agreement is only hope in Nepal at this hour of crisis. Now what will happen after the end of cease fire and on the 8th of Feb. KG has become a total failure and he wants to destroy Nepal completely. Not only TG is mentally unstable but his chairman should be also taken to mental hospital.

Shyam Laal Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:36 pm
Yes I agree with ram bahadur. KG’s actions are always negative. How long he can rule the country at gunpoint ?

No Santosh Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:41 pm
Every power group should seat together to solve our problem.KG can join 12 point programme with his amendments. There is no problem solving attitude in all the groups. Only aggravating the situation would bring the country to a landslide and kill thousands of people.

Chature Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:52 pm

Better not to comment on Kendrika. I surpriese how internet access (super world miracle of 20th century) came to that person’s hand. Any way that s up to person.

Kendrika jee, Please make a copy of your comment and go to west gate of Narayanhity, possibly you will get assistant minister. I guess, there is no another best place for you.

realTouch Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 7:50 pm
I appriciate the courtesy of bloggers towards a lady name ‘Kendrika’. If it was a male name, all bloggers would have fell upon him like hungry pack of wolves. Kendrika! You are lucky by your name.

Sarki ko choro Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 9:18 pm
I am surprised to see the personal attack on blogger and outright discounting of their view without arguing the point.

Is that all you bloggers can do?

C’mon guys give your argument why the 12 point agreement is not a ploy by Maoists to fool the parties so that the parties can carry Maoists’ agenda (e.g constituent assembly)? A blind person can see that!

Poudel A. Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:16 pm
This is a great list with events and persons selected in a good manner. Had I formulated the list, I would have put Krishna Pahadi, Devendra Raj Pandy and the Civil Society movement at the No. 1 position. Civil society movement really inspired the political parties to intensify the movement against autocracy.

To Kendrika,
I just saw Kantipur TV and Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey, former finance minister in the interim government, was telling Bijay Kumar that we need loktantra and the system is more important that any person. Can you assume all power and stop possible voice that might go against you? No, he was saying, you can’t do that even in your house. Even your father can’t do that.

As a citizen of a nation, we have certain responsibilities. Our efforts and actions should be directed toward good. And that GOOD is to establish democracy. I would like to quote Mr. Pandey here:

A bad system makes good person bad but a good system makes a bad person good. Lets go for the GOOD system. And we know that is non other than democracy.

Today your NTV showed your T Giri among those royal political parties who were begging money from the government for election.

I also like your choice of Nepali cricket. I am also a big fan of the sport and I would like to thank our boys for giving us victories.

Saugat Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:26 pm
Constituent Assembly is not the Maoist agenda. Its Nepali Congress’s agenda since the 50s. Go to libraries and turn back the pages of history books. Constituent Assembly empowers people and strips King from unconstitutional power. By declaring cease fire, Maoist showed maturity.

King has gone to eastern region to promote his election agenda. If king is too much keen about elections, he should be afraid of Constituent Assembly because that’s all about elections. And people will have real choices to vote in and out.

Sarki ko choro Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 11:42 am
I don’t believe a single word of people from Congress party say, except perhaps from one or two.

Never heard of Congress talking about constituent assembly before the Maoists raised it. Even if they might have uttered the word they (Kangressi) have said so many incoherent things that it is hard to make out what they want to say. They have been saying all sorts of things in the past and they habitually keep on contradicting themselves all the time!!

Truth Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 1:13 pm
“Ke Garchhas Mangale Afnai Dhangale”

Political parties should have ruling this country till now if they had united in the parliament. They made their choice themselves to the street. Sometimes we find pity on them running like a hungry fox to Delhi, Lakhanu, Silguri, Rolpa, Kathmandu, Polkhara, Gulmi, Biratnagar etc..etc.. places. Still they don’t have any destination and gone to maobadi to get support. what a same strategy, those who destroyed them now are their godfather. If one go back to the history, the maobadi were nothing infront of them.

recentnews Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 1:47 pm
NTV is good only to watch Tito Sattya and Ka Beman Director !

realTouch Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:29 am
One factor is very common between political parties and Maoist – their roots are among the people and they accept people’s supremecy. All revolts may not be successful but big political changes were by revolution. Maoist may die out but the issues raised by them already brought a vast change in social structure. Those who go outside of Kathmandu valley, feel it. Understanding between Maoist and political parties is an agreement of that feeling.

Monarchist, first of all, can not accept people’s supremecy and so, they are alien among common people. Monarchist or bhardars are arrogant by nature because they feel arrogancy gives them supremacy over people. So, they don’t have the feeling of that 12-point agreement.

Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » Nepal: Best and the Worst Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 1:43 am
[…] United We Blog! presents the best and the worst of Nepal in the year 2005. […]

tg Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:21 pm
How the hell did the likes of Shambhu Thapa make the list? I keep forgetting who this site is hosted by, how come you did not put Kantipu on the list to make your master Gyawali proud.

Truth Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:50 pm

I accept your one point that autocracy cannot be accepted in 21st century. But totally disagree if you say maoist activities are genuine. Are you in stone-age to support maobadi brutal killings? Change can be bring with peace also, my dear. Get lesson from Mahatma Gandhi. How come you educated person to support the maobadi’s act. If you look at their cruel incident of killings, do you agree with them?

Uglo Keta Says:

January 18th, 2006 at 5:31 pm
Recently when I saw in one of the newspapers saying British Envoy Mr. Bloomfield will be leaving soon, I felt sad. He was so far the best envoy Nepal has ever had from UK. He concern about the political situation in Nepal and his voice for the restoration of Democracy in Nepal will never be forgotten by us. He was not only a diplomatic person but also a good entertainer. I have listened to him singing live in many places. His ability to perform as Diplomat and as a cultural ambassador is really something I have never seen before. His live performance also left many music lovers in Kathmandu say “WOW! what an ambassador!”. Good luck Mr. Bloomfield. We hope the next envoy will be as nice and honest as you. We love you.

Himalaya Film Festival Says:

January 19th, 2006 at 12:15 pm
I think getting Nepathya to Europe was great thin too! And of course the many performances they gave with the other musicians through Nepal!


United They Appeal For Election Boycott

Alliance of Nepal’s top political parties request people to boycott election that the king’s government plans to hold in February.

So, the United Front or seven-party alliance requests us not to vote this time. Top leaders of the member parties jointly issued a statement Thursday (Dec 29) appealing to actively boycott the polls. And millions of Nepalis will comply with that request because they know casting their votes in this election means endorsing the autocracy of His Majesty. The upcoming Municipal poll is, as the alliance has stated in the appeal, the royal ploy to a ploy to push the country into civil war and legitimize the ‘unconstitutional, undemocratic and autocratic’ Feb 1 putsch. It is clear that the king desperately wants to show the international community photos of people voting with caption something like this: “You criticize me for the Feb 1 takeover. Now look at these photos and shut up, okay. I am bringing democracy in Nepal.”

Bideshis (foreigners) might be swayed away with such photos and captions that would be fake and unrepresentative. It will not be exaggeration to say that only diehard and hired royalists will be voting inside the tight security cordon and under the active monitoring of army. The state-media will be taking the pictures of that drama. And this sums up the seven-party alliance appeal.

From the Appeal:

> By picking up so called people’s representatives through a poll drama, the king is trying to legitimize his regime.

>A ploy to revive the practice of the late King Mahendra to pick unpopular people (henchmen) through an election drama

>It is a drama being staged to confuse the international community.

>We appeal to all the people not to become a shield for ‘autocratic monarchy boycotted by the international community and Nepali people’ and not to become an object of hatred by standing against democracy.

>This poll will destroy the basic values of free elections.

>Anyone participating in the election or supporting it would be expelled for at least five years from their respective party.

Here is the full text of the appeal in Nepali.

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20 Responses to “United They Appeal For Election Boycott”
acrokilller Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:54 pm
“We appeal to all the people not to become a shield for â??autocratic monarchy boycotted by the international community and Nepali peopleâ?? and not to become an object of hatred by standing against democracy.”
—Sounds like a threat more than an appeal. Now how democratic is that?

reuters Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 4:02 pm
this would be the most stupid analyis i have ever read!

Chandan Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 4:45 pm
Gorkahparta and The Rising Nepal and NTV will definitely potray the election that way…no doubts about it…Boycott the elections whatever the results maybe and to whatever form the media coverage will be…Stand for free and real democracy…not imposed autocracy on the backyard of democracy….

budencha Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 5:01 pm
i think people should go and vote. who cares what around 20-30 people of so called parties say that

Shree Shrestha Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:29 pm
If you believe in DEMOCRACY you should VOTE.

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:38 pm
One has right to ignore the vote but one has right to choose leaders also in this 21st century. There demand of coalition government for the election might be right but we think boycotting the election is major drawbacks for the parties espcially NC, NC(P), RPP etc. They will loose more in future than now.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 8:40 pm
duke jee,

Let them loose election why you are worrying about them. If you like to for poll, please go… win ..

Question again comes , election for what? Is this type of fabricated election going to bring back derailed constitution in track?
Need of hour is peace, democracy, peoples soverignity not local election.
Gentle person, No body can chase rat at he dark corner of room while there is lion in the cow-shed.

Better, why not we arrange volley ball compition and play happily over there? That will good for health, no?

Dhekhasikena Sunthurey Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 8:46 pm
Somehow, I don’t think its only the way to be …………… by dramatic election.If all the ppls beliefe upon life in peace….think for far ahead but not for instant.

Sarki ko choro Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 10:12 pm
The nature of this statement is remarkably similar to that of Maoists – which usually berate the King and engages in name-calling. At least we can say that these Party leaders learning fast from the Maoists.

It is amaging how these leaders, half of who are currupt and half of who have been harboring corrupts colleagues like Govind Raj Joshi, Jalanath Khanal, Bijay Gachchedar now accuse others of corruption without looking into their own body where big buffalos are roaming while they see louse in other’s body.

Parties have no right to prevent people from exercising their right to vote. If they don’t want to run for election, it is their choice but they will be committing a crime if they obstruct the elections and prevent people from voting.

I don’t understand why these parties are so afraid of elections which could be held with proper process and surpervision of international communities like the UN?

Gantantra Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 11:01 pm
I think Many Mandales are here….come on those who believe in freedom and democracy as our natural right……..write something

A Nepali Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 12:47 am
I agree with the appeal. Indeed the municipall polls have have ratinale. I myself cannot vote, I encourage my whole family stay home. This is the best way of non-volent protest against autocracy, the Mandale-cracy and the crony-coterie -cracy. I request all people of all municipalities to stay home the whole day. It is the lesson which we have learnt from the Gandhi’s struggle against British Raj – it is totally peaceful and nonvilent protest. This will prove that the king is not the GOD but a man who makes mistakes. He has made mistakes give him chance to improve own mistakes.

ProDemocrat Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 1:03 am
Vote to whom? To strengthen Gyanendra, Paras and their henchmen.

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 7:23 am
Consider two things:

1.) Mandale and criminal ministers say that this election should be utilized because it was “granted” by the [icd] King.

2.) One slave called Keshab R. Rajbhandary, who heads the EC, says that this election is “historic” because it was “granted” by the [icd] king.

The point is that all these slaves, madales and criminals think that election is something which the [icd] King owns. Nepalis are stupid nonsense who should be “granted” elections.

Our responsibility: Purge first the [icd] King who absurdly claims that election is his kindness to the people.

Folks, wake up! in our part of Kathmandu, we are already preparing for appropriate answers to Mandales and criminals. What are you doing in your place?

Chature Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 10:57 am

Look at, Nepali people defeated mandales in 2046, and what we made mistake that we negociated with head of mandale through constitution in 2047, just for the sake of stability and peace. Had we gone a bit far at that time we would not see neither Durbar-massacare, Ashoj-tantra, nor Makar-tantra.
Now top brass mandales are breeding their slaves and they want their slaves to occupy the key post through fabricated election. The story is all about.

Sarki ko choro jee,

The names you have mentioned should must go through legal enquiry. If you are interested to bring them under legal action then please go to Royal commission. KG has established that notorious commission for that. Are you forgetting this… Please go today and register complain. I would be happy and congratulate you.

Please dont runaway from forum and tell me that How way you can bring under legal action to killer of singer Praveen Gurung and few others…, or Kalo-padhartha users, or Killler of Deependra.

You please mind one thing that coumpuer, internet , and bloggers forum
(all are super human creation) have not discovered, developed by self-imposed slaves but by the untired effort of several super human brains.

Kirtipure Maharjan jee,

Each and every Nepali (except slaves) is doing their best job to wipe out Nepal’s feudal cancer. The understanding, realization of citizens rights, have raised to higher level, this will bring them liberty and freedom soon.
This movement came to this stage by the effort of all. Dont loose your faith to people. All the best..

Damai Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 11:39 am
Sarki ko choro: Read the condition of “doms” in Jumla in Kantipur editorial yesterday. You will know how Pravu/hajurs/sarkars are committing symbolic genocide on us for centuries in this country.

Top of the World Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 1:14 pm
No body has any rights to disrupt Voting rights of the ppl. Those(seven parties) who claim they are the representative of the ppl have already expired. They have no rights to claim that they are the representative of the ppl. They are now just limited into the patty’s worker, but they are no representative of the ppl anymore. If they dont partcipation in election is fine, they cant undemocratic behaviors in democratic term. Election is a forum of Democracy. Thats why I am saying that in the period of parties era, Ambassadors were runing the business of Nepal nor Gireeja or esre or Makune. Well, laat ko Bhoot baatle mandain. Gireeja Makune etc. LAAT ko BHOOT hoon. I am going to vote. That is my rights. nobody can stop me, if they do I will GIVE them LAAT so they never do it again.

realTouch Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 8:26 pm
If election itself could be a symbol of democracy, many a elections people saw in Panchayan days. Election is by the people and not by the king and for the people and not for the betterment of people of king and for sovereign supremacy of the people.


I see no sense in arguments of democrats with monarchist and pseudo-democrats. They are monarchist and pseudo_democrats all the times. Instead of that, democrats should unitedly exchange ideas to make the pseudo-election a failure. It is a duty not only of the political partis but of all the demorats even of those who don’t like the present leaders.Political leaders are temporary phenomenon. I don’t like them but I can’t thow the precious domocracy for their sake.

Try to convince your neighbours, your friends, your relatives and all to whom you come near to boycot the pseudo-election. Don’t be aggressive like monarchist and pseudo-democrats. Be resolute.

If we don’t fight morally at this time, we may loose democracy. As every tyrant is ready to destroy democracy, Jean Jacqus Rouseou had correctly said that “It is easy to get democracy but difficult to regain it.”

So, fight morally and unitedly for democracy.

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 9:28 pm
realTouch: I agree. At least I have already started doing it. I am happy to tell you that people are not that absurd how much the criminal King wants to make them appear. People know, they understand.

Our prime responsibility: Take back our country from the dirty hands of the criminal King and Paras. Don’t worry about Bhardars and slaves.

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 2:51 pm
election hahaha
funny jokes
people who want to vote they can vote but listen one thing
understand the election it is like this
vote in any one of this:
1) start bending ur back n say jee hujur hukum hos
2) u are not allowed to read newspaper and watch TV (except gorkhapatra,the rising nepal & NTV)
3)if Paras kill ur brother or rape ur sister u must keep silence
4)u canot speak the word demmocracy and cannot even dream practicing democracy)
5)u cannot use your telephone or any means of communication

So dont drink poison when u are thirsty.
so if u are voting u are voting for above so think before voting.

Truth Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 5:38 pm
Election is a most at this point. How come people will trust those who are with the maobadi killings and GPK, Makune etc. We donot understand what is in their mind either they are slave or benefited directly with them. Yes there would be logic if they bring new clean leaders and go against the king’s rule. People are participating the mass because they feel king is far better than maoist killings and their supporters.

Has The War Started?

Royal Nepal Army goes offensive in the heartland of Maoists at a time when “terrorists” are observing ceasefire. Why?

rolpa heart patient

A problem in the Heart of the conflict affected area: Heart patient Sapana Magar receives saline solution in the mobile camp launched by the Army in Rangkot of Rolpa district on Thursday. Rolpa is also considered the “kingdom” of the Maoist party. All pics by Sudarshan Rijal via Kantipur

Seems the war is about to start from Rolpa. Kantipur reports that soldiers in large numbers have entered in the villages of Rolpa’s North-West region. “A team has gone to northern Thawang and another has reached Bhawang,” a source told Kantipur daily. “One team left on Saturday (six days ago) where as the other next day.”

Army started bringing soldiers here from the first week of Poush. Source said that soldiers from Dang and Chitwan were taken there. More than two thousand solders were airlifted a few days ago. Special Security Group (Ranger Battalion) is involved in the team.”

This is the first time army has gone out of barrack since Maoists unilaterally announced truce. Four Maoists were killed in a clash in Rolpa five days ago.

The army has requested development representatives active in the district not to go to villages for some time. “We have been warned about possible danger,” a representative of a development agency told. “Especially in the north-west region of the district.” According to a source, army plans to disarm Maoist guerillas in the operation. The operation would last for a few weeks for now.

Based on report by Kashi Ram Dangi via Kantipur

Central Special Task Force of the army has launched a Mobile Camp called “Pathivara” in Rolpa, Rukum and Salyan- districts worst affected by the Maoist violence. The Camp has been started as the extended ceasefire is about to end. Rebels have hinted that they would not prolong the truce. In this photo taken Thursday in Rangkot of Rolpa, general people take benefit of the Camp. A woman, lying on the ground, receives saline solution.General public in Chunwang, Rukim district, benefit from a mobile camp launched by the army. Government offices in the district are involved in the camp. Army’s Special Task Force and 19 Number Battalion are mobilized to coordinate the security efforts.

15 Responses to “Has The War Started?”

concerned Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:31 am
If the war has started, the rebels might start to strangel Kathmandu by blowing the bridges, electrical poles and interupting water supply.

It is an easy job as Kathmandu valley has just a few entries as Prithvi Narayan Shah already found out some 250 years ago.

krishna Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:49 am
Idiots are every where in every country… but sad fact is that in our country they become the rulers…
And it is justified also.. poor nepali people have suffered so much of proverty… no one can remove proverty but given the skills of maoists and the autoctaric government with its well-known army … poors can be reduced…

Be prepared to celebrate news after 5 years…. people below proverty line in nepal is 0%…. ha ha..

tamang Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:00 am
Thanks for giving ideas to the insurgents. Sooner the Maoist strangles Kathmandu, if they can, better it will be once and for all. Its better to deal with one evil than live with two evils. Waging the war in the far remote areas has not affected the citadel of power and corruptions and nothing likely to change if the Maoist does not intensify their campaign right into the heart of the country.

Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » Nepal: Ceasefire and RNA Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 3:01 am
[…] United We Blog! questions the moves of the Royal Nepal Army in the situation of the Maoist forces observing ceasefire. […]

Sarki ko choro Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 7:36 am
History has shown (in Peru, Columbia and other parts of South America)that these socalled Maoists, Marxists eventually will turn into gangs of crimnals if they have not already done so.

Time and again Maoists also have shown that they are also nothing but a loose bunch of criminals who are used to live off looted money from poor people. They extort the teachers, small shop keepers, general public and kill the most vulnerable. We all have seen that they don’t have any popular support. Besides, they use ordinary civilians as human shield, thus they threat people as dispensible objects.

Maoists recruit children as their soldiers (although they sometimes deny that) and make school as the means for their propaganda as well as use it as their playground.

This has denied 1000’s of students their education and thier childhood. Thus they are also destroying the future of these kids and are committing the crime against humanity.

The morale of these Criminals are low, no wonder they are surrendering in droves. If Moists were capable of taking over the Kathmandu they would have done so long. In fact they have not been able to take over even a district headquarter.

Stop dreaming !!

Kendrika Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 10:04 am
I pray with God for the success of the operation launched by the Royal Nepal Army in Rolpa. War is unwanted but what could the RNA do. Just watch the senseless destruction and repression perpetrated by the Maoists? Don’t they have any responsibility to people of Nepal? This operation is the telling example that our army is fighting for us. I can’t imagine the situation Maoist capturing Nepal and Prachanda the Hitler ruling over us. Dear brothers in the Army, fight bravely. We are all with you. And I am saying this from deep inside my heart. Once Maoists are disarmed, I don’t say eradicated because they too are Nepali gone astray from right path, we will be able to enjoy peaceful days.

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:10 pm
The answer of the why is they are planning and preparing to attack Kathmandu…..

rachana Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:56 pm
See The RNA posture in thise photos….

They are not there to fight but to help the poor villagers.

Go ahead RNA and free the people from Maoist tyrants!

Artha Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:06 pm
It is because of these useless bunch of 7 agitating parties that the country is in such a difficult predicament. They don’t want to participate in fresh elections. They claim to be the messiah of democracy but run away from the public. What nonsense is this?

Of course democracy is of the supermacy of the people not the 7 agitating parties. The 7 parties donâ??t represent the sovereign people of Nepal. If they think they do, why donâ??t they get the fresh mandate of the sovereign people ? Why run away from the people? Gather a handful of gangsters and then throw bricks at the street? They have been agitating for the last 4 years. Where have they reached? What have the Nepalese people got out of this agitation, useless and worthless as it is.

It seems you are the real slave of the Sujata and company that looted the RNAC into near bankruptsy. Stop living like a slave be a master. Contest the elections, donâ??t be afraid of going to the people. The people afterall are supreme.

swaraj Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:09 pm
The ceasefire called by the Maoists was only a tactical ploy. Nothing more to it. They declared ceasefire out of compulsion, compulsion dictated by India and masterminded by the 7 corrupt party leaders. The result was the 7 parties shook hands with the same terrorists who killed 13 thousand Nepalese during their own rule. The 7 parties have to share the blame for the killing of 13 thousand Nepalese since 1996.
The Maoists may extend ceasefore but that has little meaning to the Nepalese people. They must do negotiations with the government not with bunch of hoodlums in Ratna Park. The last 4 months of so-called ceasefire is a testimony of the fact how unpopular was the Maoist ceasefire, every Nepali knows that it was only a strategy not a real intention. Otherwise, why not do a ceasefire and negotiations with the government? Why with agitating 7 parties?

Sarki ko choro Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:18 pm
That’s what I feel too. Once the Maoist arms are controlled and their arms are ceased, we can use other means to redemocratise the country. Democracy has no meaning when your sisters, wifes, mothers are getting raped due to lack of security, we are getting lynched by gansters. All we need in Nepal is freedom from Maoist induced violence and insecurity.

If am alive, I will fight for democracy. Without life, democracy would only mean rights to “Shradhdha” for me by my sons!!

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:49 pm
We also feel same thing maoists are playing the game…..

King Kong Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 10:04 pm
Shame on the fascists defending the undemocratic elections!

Yes, yes, the parties and the Maoists are really making a ploy to kick out the friendly ruler and his wonderful helpers. And how bad they are, they even do not want to take part in elections given by this saviour of Nepal. How undemocratic.

Just strange, that nobody of all you defenders of elections do not find anything strange in the king being head of government. Very strange, that you seem to forget, that the famous son of the ruler already killed people in the street, without being brought to justice.

So all you defenders of illegal rule, what about you? Aren’t the elections you offer now, just a show? Aren’t your soldiers killing and raping innocent citizens too? How can there be democracy, if certain people are above the law, if certain people may not even be criticized?

It is a pity to read all these comments, as they just show, that the suckers of Nepal are again cheating the simple illiterate masses. What the hell makes you better than these crazy Maoists? All of you believe in violence as a tool to rule. So all of you are not mature for democracy.

There is just one difference, the illiterate are not to be blamed for being immature for democracy. It is you, the literate defenders of this illegal rulership, who have to be blamed for the fascist attempt to capture the power in this country, where unfortunately the masses are still so uneducated not to understand your dirty game. Shame on all literate defenders of the illegal rule of this master, who is not shy of killing his own brother for power.

Soldiers of Nepal, lay down your weapons! Stop killing your brothers in the name of the richest suckers of Nepal!

King Kong says: Kings are history!

Sarki ko choro Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 12:12 am
Please note: We all want democracy in which people have the rights to express their views without being labelled a Fascist.

At the end of the day, we all want a better Nepal – why can’t we compromise?

Gthug Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 3:03 am
Both the Maoists and the RNA are at the same level when it comes to torturing and harassing people; as both have received hierarchical directives to do so. In the scuffle between the RNA and the Maoists it is the same people that end up in the ditch; the frontline guerillas of the Maoists and the foot soldiers of the RNA represent the same “socioeconomic class” both brothers’ victims of the same system. Not to mention the mass suffering as a result of the war are the very same people. The leaders on either side are running after their own vested interest/s using our people as mere tools for their cunning trade. I believe the time has come that we turn the barrel towards these crazy wolves/hyenas and put an end to this cycle of injustice.

Welcome Dr. Tulsi Giri, See The Black Flag!

black flag to dr. tulsi giri

Students in Jhapa wave black flag to Dr. Tulsi Giri. Plus, the story of “collecting” people for Dr. Giri’s meeting. All pics by Sharawati Karki via Kantipur.

By Upendra Pokharel

In the photo above police are arresting students of Mechi Campus in Jhapa who were protesting the arrival of Dr. Tulsi Giri in their town. Students shouted anti-monarchy slogans and showed black flag at Dr. Giri. Police baton charged demonstrating students, injuring four of them. Also, more than 10 students were arrested after the incident. Students had gathered to protest cabinet vice-chair Dr Giri’s presence in front of the program venue, soon after Giri had landed Birtamod on a helicopter. According to locals, police had indiscriminately attacked students with batons after arresting and putting them inside van. Most of the students suffered injuries on heads.

Among those injured are, Mechi Campus’s Free Student Union members Toyanath Bhattarai, Bikash Ban, and All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) central members Shiva Dhungana and Gopal Sapkota. That all happened at around 1 PM. Bhattarai was rushed to Dharan at 6 PM for treatment as he couldnâ??t’ gain consciousness. Other students were treated at Mechi Hospital. Those arrested are Basanta Baniya, FSU president of Mechi Campus, joint secretary Nabin Bimali, Meghraj Poudel, Deepak Sigdel, Saurav Pokharel and Santosh Karki. They were released later in the evening. Students had repeatedly requested police not to use force against them as they were demonstrating peacefully. Eight student unions are planning to hold meeting Thursday (today) to discuss the police heavy-handedness. Bimali told that they would launch further programs in protest against the police action.

Police had forcefully “hired” vehicles from private operators to ferry participants of the meeting that was addressed by Dr. Giri. Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Rastriya Prajantra Party and Jana Mukti Party had jointly organized the meeting. Staffs of the vehicles were not allowed to leave the venue and they couldnâ??t even eat. “I told them that I wanted to go to eat something,” Rudra Karki of Sayapatri Travels said. “But the traffic didnâ??t let me go outside the program venue. Its already 3 PM and I haven’t eat.” Karki said that the brought six people from Jhapa’s Sainikmod.

Driver Subas Rai said that he couldn’t even patch up punctured tires. “Traffic police took my license when I told them I would fix the tires and eat some food,” he said. “I was so frustrated after they took my license and I didn’t even fix the tires.”

Organizers had promised to pay Rs. 1 thousand and provide 25 liters diesel to each vehicle owners, Shyam BK of Munal Yatayat said. Diesel was provided with the recommendation of traffic but no money was provided on Wednesday. “When I talked about money, they told me to come tomorrow citing crowd.” BK said. About 45 big and small vehicles ferried participants. But passengers were very few.

“Had we brought many people,” BK said, “the mass meeting would have been similar to that of parties’ Biratnagar shows. I brought 40 people. 20 of them get off the bus before coming here.”

The road was hassle-less. Police who set up temporary Check Posts at the time of political parties’ demonstrations in Biratnagar didn’t even feel like checking those buses that were ferrying people to Dr. Giri’s meeting. “Today it was a hassle-free ride,” said a staff of the bus with licensee number 1914. “Otherwise we used to walk at Lakhanpur barrack. Today when I told them I was taking people to Giri’s meeting, they let us go without even checking.” Report via Kantipur

33 Responses to “Welcome Dr. Giri, See The Black Flag!”

Chandan Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 12:16 pm

I feel pity on the haplessness of the cops.

unknown101 Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

Police are humans too…they have a family too

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:02 pm
Police are humans. I understand. They have faimilies..that too I understand…but what I don’t understand is: did somebody forcefully recruited them? Are they “trained” for something? Are they paid by tax prayers’ money? Did they promise something when they decided to survive on the tax payers’ money?

deep Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:14 pm
NO worth of showing Black flags if Tulsi’s eyes are blind..He is blind and deaf and…why not ..he is mere a puppet of KG.

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:20 pm
Basically what I see is KG is ruling with spending governments energy on controlling opposition… Since the opposition towards autocracy is increasing… the need of investing energy is also increasing…

We nepali people are losing it all… the energy that had to go for welfare of people is being wasted in political fights…

So I see here one important thing… putting energy… no system can be sustained if it requires external energy… its only matter of time when this energy-consuming(wasting) regime falls down.

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:53 pm
Look, these parties-RPP, NSP and JMP they have organized mass gathering to listen Giri-PURAN, story of greatest slave. Just imagine mind-set of these parties and evaluate degree of respectness of people from these parties.
Why peope cant say that we dont like your policy, Mr. G? The state machinary of Nepal thinks that they are there to supress citizen. This has been going on since Nepal’s foundation and will go on as long as there are feudals on the top of that. We must liberate our nation from the cage of feudals…and that is going to happen very soon.

Mr. Kirtipure Maharjan, dont be surpriesd, I know there are people hired by feudal-regime to disguise bolggers opinion. They always come with anti-thesis of civilization in each and every blog-sites. Mr/Mrs Unknown101 is one of them.

tamang Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 3:30 pm
Nepali police are well fed. Just look at them, some of them even have potbellies. They are getting fat on the blood and sweat of the people while people are barely surviving. Expense to feed, house and cloth the Royal army and police has dwindled the National treasury. Just look at their faces, the majority of the people are undernourished while the king and its men are getting fat. What does this anomaly tell us? What can we do to change this soon.. ok get rid of this king, take his power away, and give the power back to the same old politicians, or do something drastically different, but how?

Asha Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 3:32 pm
If the CPN (UML) can bring in people in trucks, hire them from various districts, why can’t Dr. Giri do the same? And if royalists can shout anti-UML slogans in their rally in New Baeswor, what is so surprising that students do the same in front of Dr. Giri?

These are very natural processes of democracy. I see nothing unusual. The fact is that elections is coming very very near and both the 7 parties and the Maoists are very afraid that they will be out of power for another 30 long years. We the people cannot help them. They ruined this great nation and still cannot give a new vision. Why don’t they contest elections, get elected and do whatever they want to do?

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 4:39 pm
“Why donâ??t they contest elections, get elected and do whatever they want to do?”

What are they doing now?? they are doing what they want to do and what they feel is right?? If you suggest that they should do whatever after election why not before election or during election?? is it because KG gave a royal message that this will be done on this day so every one should accept it as message from god without any question?

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 5:29 pm
Mr/mrs, Asha

You please go, contest election, win and imply your vision. How you dare to say why not others are not taking part in election? Bycotting election is 7+1 party’s policy, so what is the problem with you? Probably you (your party) can win easliy if they remain out of game.
Just you imagine, either Ronaldo or Jidane will contest each other when there , ediot person like you, is being umpire? In the same version, paries, that have been striveing for democracy, can not participate by the order of unconstitutional move of KG and his puppets. You must not forget here that, KG who is trying to teach us rule of land, must also follow the same. Could you name article of constitutional which allows king to be chairman of council of ministers? I am ready for debate, please come.

The feudals, whose leader is king, are trying their best to cage-in whole country for their own interest. This is the question of hour to each and every Nepali, what you are going to do to set up peaceful and democratic Nepal.

duke Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 6:31 pm
Only few 10 students are showing the flag doesnot represent people of Nepal. Why don’t we try to identify the peaceful solution to make all three to agree in some one point so that existance of all and representation of all should be there and no more mistakes in the coming democracy after that. If someone try to wipeout somebody definately they try to defend themselves. Even if king try to wipe out all parties and maoist they defend for their rights, and viceversa. It is very sad to know that our media like kantipur is more focusing on bringing more disturbances. Look at the news. all the anti speech of the Giri is published in kantipur, whereas The Himalaya trying to bring all of them in one point publishing that Govt. can consider postponing civic polls. We are surprised to know why media like kantipur try to bring more tussle, disturbances and further civil war.

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 6:54 pm
“If someone try to wipeout somebody definately they try to defend themselves.”

That means you should surrender to evil because it might hurt you while defending itself?

duke Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 7:26 pm

Whom do you called evil that is the question of today. Neithier parties leaders are god nor maoist are god and definately king also not god for us. You might think one is evil and others are god but we think all are evil and equally responsible to damage the country. First came maobadi, then party leaders and after that king. Be wise….

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 7:54 pm
duke jee,

Are you trying to potrait king and parliamentary-paries and maoist are same and equally responsible? Please, not to bother your good brain to write anti-thesis of civilization.

You please try to understand the driving force for social change of Nepal. Do you think feudal-gang who has been looting Nepal since history can be best political driver of Nepal for present era? You please try to be wise. These Shas, to whom Rana regime put under cage, had liberated by the blood of people in 2007. Go the political history between 1997-2007 BS. And now they (Shas) has just fulfilled the vacant post of Ranas, nothing more than that…. And you are blemming equally for blood givers and blood takers..
Please tell me where has gone all promises of Tribhuvan. What Mahendra has done for peoples liberty and freedom? Please tell us where to compromise with these feudals? People made aggrement in 2047 BS, through constitution, but now where has gone that aggrement?

Gentle person, please not to priscribe sweet-coate poison agai and again.

proud2bnepali Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 8:24 pm
hey “cry babies”

Well i call the ones who try to defend that useless person who tries to defend his master……(mathematically the former two are slaves and what a fun here to see……a want to be slave trying to save another one) …..i got nothing to say abt that mad persom barking like a dog..who says king is like god and u can’t question what he does cause we are punny humans….well for him that’s the only truth he holds.

But i wonder why these other so called educated but seemingly fool people speak to defend that creautre……i agree with u dudes that the political parties aren’t any better but i will bet my life that it is better to give this country in the hands of gagan thapa,yogesh bhattrai, kundan cafle then that paras…..if u really love this country……..but well by the ‘cry baby’ type of opinion i feel u ppl just see everytime glass half empty and neither u know about the struggle throughtout the world…….u just want things to be good…..

No matter what happens to the whoever…..or how……just the country should be peacefull…..the rich should be richer the poor should goto hell……and u hate change…….cause if the king rules there won’t be any change then for a long time……so….tapai praja haru lai euta kura matra bhanu sakchhu……..please at least be a little bit logical……..say things which is little bit true or at least close to truth……..don’t just cry like a baby to be right in what u are…….and we all know that usually babies cry for everything……right or wrong is out of the question for them….

pacifier Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 9:37 pm
i think there is a lot of delusion, illusion and anxiety…..words are poured out in abundance to get rid of the burden inside…..speaking against anyone is not going to help. I think serious thinking and action would be better. How to make a win-win situation for all is important. Peace, democracy and economic development …..how to safeguard these ???….and how to get out of this present deadlock ??

Programmer Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 10:38 pm
Hey Kids, Using force and demons are our Nepalese culture and tradition, It has been generated, so why you should surprise then ?

Limbu Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 10:53 pm
Violence may not be a nepali culture, but it’s definitely a royal culture. KG will sacrifice animals (maybe goats) in the Pathivara temple in Taplejung soon. He sacrificed 12 people in the Kali temple in Nagarkot a few days ago.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 12:08 am
Good Programmer good,
May be you will get minister soon.
Please make arrangement that KG will have chance to read your comment.
Best wishess…

realTouch Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:15 am
Asha, Duke

There are two clear-cut lines – supremecy of the people or supremecy of the king in the state. Political party leaders, bad or good, are for supremecy of people and Dr.Giri is for that of king. Dr.Giri wants Panchayat or even worse a royal autocracy like Machaivelli did preach(He was sixteenth century Italian Monarchist philosopher, you should know as you are keen to monarchy). There is no sense trying to be a pseudo-democrat and scolding and chiding political parties and their leaders. Even in the worst case, party leaders are for the people’s right as this is the only source of their power.

If peace was the only requirement for the people to live, slaves would have never revolted against their masters. As you know feudalism or monarchy is not far from slavery, educated and enlighted people like you should not preach slavery.

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 12:55 pm

I know this website is designed for the democracy. But sometimes I confused it is designed for what kind of democracy, is that for the people or for the bad leaders and killings. What people’s supermacy you are talking about? If people had supermacy during 14 years they would have thrown the bad leaders and maoist of their cruel act. You might like the killings of maoist and go against the killings of army but one thing remember people don’t like the killings from either side. Who started the killings, army or maoist????the killings was started in the democratic government by using polic force. How come people supermacy during that time although they were being killed by maoist and democratic government. Don’t defend it, it will have more impact in the future…you might like to be chamcha of sujata in democracy but we don’t…democracy means democracy where everyone has the right to raise the questions and right to live in competition but it doesnot mean there will be competition in autocracy…something that might be bitter for you or something might be bitter for us..neither you are right about the past democratic government act and maoist act nor we are right to say that we don’t like democracy….

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:01 pm
And one thing to be sure we don’t like to see autocracy but also we don’t like survive in fake democracy where peoples voice are being ignored by the leaders and their chamchas.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:24 pm
duke jee,

Could you throw more light on your model of democracy? It could be interesting to know how way you are different than KG’s model of democracy.

Please dont leave forum and come with your ideas.

Top of the World Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:38 pm
Dr. Tulsi Giri speaks what he sees. He is a good politician than any other leaders. He makes sense when he speaks. LAST 14years Nepal was run by the Ambasadors. Girija and makune is not a real leaders of Nepal. I am glad that after Feb 1 Nepal is runing by Nepalese.

krishna Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:00 pm
Top of the world..

Are u sure tulsi giri is still a nepali?

sardar Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:02 pm
Realtouch, of course democracy is of the supermacy of the people not the 7 agitating parties. The 7 parties don’t represent the sovereign people of Nepal. If they think they do, why don’t they get the fresh mandate of the sovereign people ? Why run away from the people? Gather a handful of gangsters and then throw bricks at the street? They have been agitating for the last 4 years. Where have they reached? What have the Nepalese people got out of this agitation, useless and worthless as it is.
It seems you are the real slave of the Sujata and company that looted the RNAC into near bankruptsy. Stop living like a slave be a master. Contest the elections, don’t be afraid of going to the people. The people afterall are supreme.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:58 pm
Sardar jee,

Great , great saying.
Why dont you gather more people then 7 parties and show their support towards you. Could you kindly show how way people are soverign in this present autocratic regime? To whom these feudals represent?

People’s soverignity has only enshrined in the 2047 constitution, and do you know how it happend and who were actors for that. Everything does not come just by somebody’s wish. Please try to respect the people who have secrificed they life for people and country. Otherwise there will be no body to respect you and your degnity.

If political problem surface then best way out would be to ask people what you want for. For this reason, if 7 parties are asking not to take part in election. I dont think there should be any problem with you.

If you feel that KG and his puppets are best political driver of this country, it is up to you. But we can not support if some one apper in front of TV and say I am Prime-minister of Nepal. This is the point of dissatisfaction..

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:28 pm

We are not against the democracy but we are for peoples supermacy. You might defend your failure leaders and killer maoist but we don’t even defend the king. We ignore and go against the king’s autocracy if that continues for long. That is the difference between you and us. Who is more liberal you can differentiate with this view.

In our model of democracy people should have power to choose the prime minister where prime minister role should be more stronger. The King should stay as ceremonial type after the establishment of peace. The handling of the security force should be executed by prime minsiter. 3/4th majority have right to change the prime minister but prime minster should have option for election only after 2 years or something like that. There should be no entry for THUG leaders (corrupted and punished by the court). There should be no politics in bureaucrats, semi-government bodies, security force and evn in NBA. There should be some control in the media toward supporting terrorism and go against security force. In party itself there should democracy to choose president and vice-president. Parties should not be ruled by communial. The government should make atleast responsible to people in their day to day livings, education and health and job opportunities. The prime minister and each party should annonce what they can give in their tenure to the people without fake assurance like before. They should be make more responsible and in selecting the party leaders should be fair and unbias itself…..We are not talking about 100% but atleast 50% of the above should be fulfilled.

One should remeber that democracy is that model which is for the people’s supermacy otherwise there is no difference between democracy and autocracy. We are not talking about the democracy of India where one is world’s to rich and another is world’s poorest eating the food of drainage. lets carry on discussion….

krishna Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:45 pm
We are not talking about the democracy of India where one is world’s to rich and another is world’s poorest eating the food of drainage.

That means you want maoists to rule… pure communist ideology.. good.

programmer Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:55 pm
Again, hey kids, Look at the picture, telling us to be encourage to involve there or to run away along the King’s way ( maharaj ganj). you guys still want remain this culture or be silence ?? Thukka murkhaho

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 7:29 pm
some bhats speak that [icd] KG is god.
i feel pity on those poor dhanustankare bhardar.
we need the rule of people not the rule of that KG who [icd] his brother to get the throne.
he is the one who get the 200 times the salary of Bush.
he is the one who invest Rs.30 crore for [icd] and celebrating [icd].

and the funny is this he talk about anti-corruption
the transparency international has already published the report that after feb 1 the corruption has got higher nepal ppositioned was downed from 90th to 127th.
there is no freedom to talk our opinion.
can u shout antislogan against the head of council of ministers although the constitution has provided that right to the people.
is there any post of upadhyaksha in constitution?

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 8:22 pm
dujke jee,

If you want to say so tnen please tell me,

While you are doing what you have said just before, If some body appear in TV, with good cap in his leaning neck, and say I am the prime-minister from now on. What you are going to do?

You did not touch this point in your opinion.

How you are going to establish ceremonial trype of monarchism? through begging or through struggle?

Are you thinking that these feudals will give you democracy while you pray for them?

Please go on and get democracy by praying , Good luck…

Truth Says:

January 4th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

You want to bring democracy with maoist style or Gandhi style, that is the difference. Regarding king, he should be constitutional or more ceremonial in future, we believe there is no alternate for him and he must be aware of it. We just worried why parties are neglecting the election with the fear of the maoist? If they really not fearing with the maoist then they should demand fool authority coalition government to participate election. If you look at the Iraq, there is more dangerous terrorist then Nepal but election has been occurred, why not in Nepal. Regarding maoist demand, there are many good things also why not assured them to accept genuine demand.

I don’t see any logic about abolishing the king, that is just strategy to bring another dangerous autocracy. One thing to be sure neither maoist have nor king has good hold in the people. Why parties are worrying with them? To be very frank the strategy adopted and the demand of the maoist are not 100% good. Their stand for 100% of their demand means they are not flexible and they don’t want peace. They should talk with the government and negotiate with them not others. Because others have nothing to give them. That is just making fool to the parties.

Turning Supreme Court into Royal Court

By Kiran Chapagain

Royal Nepal government desperately wants to fill up the Supreme Court positions with its supporters

If you are amongst the ones who have keenly followed the heated debate over the appointment of “conservative” judges in the US Supreme Court in recent months, hold your breath for an equally pugnacious debate at home. As the Chief Justice, Dilip Kumar Poudel, is set to appoint some “royalist” judges in apex court, the Nepal Bar Association is preparing for yet another pitched battle. Judicial Council (JC) headed by Chief Justice has already recommended appointment of four judges, some of whom are “ardent supporters” of the February 1 move and the present regime, and one of them has a “questionable” track record as a judge.

A source at the apex court told me (for the Kathmandu Post) that the JC has recommended outgoing Attorney General, Pawan Kumar Ojha, Senior Advocate Bipulendra Chakrabarti, and two appellate court judges Rajendra Koirala and Tahir Ali Ansari. The names have already been sent to the Royal Palace for king’s consent as required by the Constitution.

Nepal Bar Association (NBA), the umbrella organization of the lawyers, has said the appointment of those who have been supporting publicly the February 1 move and “unconstitutional” activities of the present regime in the Supreme Court will be unacceptable.

Ojha, as the Attorney General, defended king’s “unconstitutional” decisions, including the constitution of the controversial Royal Commission for Corruption Control. While Biratnagar-based Senior Advocate Chakrabarti is the close relative of king-nominated regional administrator, Rabindra Chakrabarti. The government has already appointed Senior Advocate Laxmi Bahadur Nirala as Ojha’s successor. Nirala was the chief of the civic committee formed to felicitate King Gyanendr in Janakpur last year.

Judge Koirala’s decision, as an appellate court judge, on a Gold Quest Scandal was later on reversed by the supreme court. He had acquitted the main accused Filipino national, who immediately fled the county. A supreme court source also said that both Koirala and Ali were rejected by the Judicial Council in the past. Both these names, according tot he source, have been proposed by law minister Niranjan Thapa this time.

Besides, the source also revealed that efforts are underway to appoint the lawyers, who have defended the constitutionality of the RCCC at the SC, as judges at appellate courts. The names are yet to be finalized, the source revealed.

Making its protest public, the NBA in a statement issued today said that appointments of pro-palace people as lawyers would be unacceptable to it. NBA also warned that the Judicial Council will be responsible for any consequences if the latter ignores its concerns over the appointment of judges.

“The appointment of persons, who are against the supremacy of the constitution and who have been publicly supporting the government’s activities and decisions that have curtailed the fundamental rights of the people, that have narrowed down the jurisdiction of the independent judiciary and the constitutional bodies, as judges is unacceptable to NBA,” a statement undersigned by NBA General Secretary Madhav Basnet said. He added: “Such persons cannot defend the supremacy of the constitution and defend the dignity of an independent judiciary.”

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45 Responses to “Turning Supreme Court into Royal Court”

swaraj Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 11:40 pm

Who is this NBA? Afterall it is simply a club just like the reporter’s club, accountant’s club, badminton club or the dance girl’s association. Who are they to question the Supreme Court? They themselves are nowhere mentioned in the constitution.

Wagle Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 11:41 pm

Never before, we saw such divide and controversy over the issue of Supreme Court Justice nomination, especially in the days of democracy in Nepal. This time the royal government, as Kiran has rightly stated, disparately wants to fill up the important judiciary post with its sympathizers if not die hard supporters so that opposition voices registered in the Court could be knocked off the independent body. The government has become even more desperate in the wake of recent pro-people verdict given by some Supreme Court justices.

The Bar has rightly warned “concerned” people about the possible consequences if those persons who are misinterpreting the constitution get such an import post that formally gives them the right to interpret the statue. How can we forget what Ojha said recently inside the court? He is the same man who recently and openly advocated the divine power of the Hindu king. He also claimed that a Hindu king doesn’t have to follow the constitution and royal orders carry constitutional validity.

The Bar should strongly come forward to block the regime from doing what it wants to do in the Supreme Court.

hari Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 11:42 pm

Yes, this Nepal Bar Association is behaving like it is an umbrella organization of the 7 parties and the Maoist alliance (SPAM). They have at no time mentioned anything about the lawyer’s welfare but only about politics. Why is Shambu Thapa only interested in politics and rubbing his hands in front Nepal and Koirala? He maybe eyeing the judge’s position himself once Koirala comes to power.

sarita Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 11:46 pm

Reply to Wagle: What can the Bar do that it is warning of dire consequences? Last time in the case of Kantipur t.v and media ordinance, it warned of dire consequences but took bribe from marwaris to slow down the agitation. These lawyers are like snails inside the banker’s locker room. All they want is money nothing else. Its only because of Kantipur that Shambu Thapa has been made out to be a “zero”. He really is a zero. Nothing more than that. Just look at the way he talks. As if he is the leader of the UML. No past president not even Pyakurel has done this much of damage to the image of Nepal Bar Association.

achamma Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 11:50 pm

The name itself says it all, “Bar Association”. All of them drink all day long. They take money from the EU, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Indians and spend their time in nonsense such as these. Most of the office bearers are not even well known lawyers. No case goes to them because they never win those cases. Which prominent legal case has Shambu Thapa ever won? No client ever goes to these bunch of looters.
Good comment above that the NBA itself is not recognized by the constitution. NBA also stands for Nepal Blind Association. or Nepal Basketball Association-

samachar patra Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 12:21 am

“Bar Association”. All of them drink …. NBA also stands for Nepal Blind Association. or Nepal Basketball Association-”

I know sarita and achamma. Their name exactly matches two [icd]. I think [icd] have advanced too far. it seems the [icd] are helping the [icd] king. Maybe the [icd] king now allows them [icd]. Look…names have something to do. You [icd]!

unknown101 Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 1:30 am

everybody please dont disappoint wagle

mahesh Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 3:17 am

( swaraj Says: Who is this NBA? Afterall it is simply a club just like the reporterâ??s club, accountantâ??s club, badminton club or the dance girlâ??s association.# hari Says: Yes, this Nepal Bar Association is behaving like it is an umbrella organization of the 7 parties and the Maoist alliance (SPAM) #

sarita Says: No past president not even Pyakurel has done this much of damage to the image of Nepal Bar Association.#achamma Says:NBA also stands for Nepal Blind Association. or Nepal Basketball Association)

What kind of vision are you trying to share . Being a member of NBA i and most of the lawyers support on latest statement of NBA. guys don’t try to say hatti and hatti chaap chapal is same .this is the issue of independent judicary . If all the justice came on the basis of relation with the king , the court will no more independent. then it become as the old justice system as rana regime . king will be the chief justice .

Gantantra Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 3:55 am

those who are criticizing bar Association and its identity should have the courage to ask people in royal club….what they do? They don’t only drink but are culprits of trafficing “Kalo Padarth”…..do you guys have courage to ask why King is behaving like a politiciaan? In unusual times never ask what is legal and illegal….just think what is good and what is bad…..Bar association has upheld the banner of democracy…..

Philly Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 8:59 am

Dear friends, brothers, sisters and friends of Nepal,

In general, the monarchy in Nepal represents extremely unacceptable ways of gaining and maintaining power and wealth, such as military domination and murder and they claim control of the country through war, murder, betrayal, and any other ruthless act that achieves victory. No matter what, the Royal Nepalese Army works on behalf of the monarchy to keep the citizens toothless and oppressed. We all know that King Gyanendra is creating laws that only allow the monarchy to rule legally over the society and by announcing to hold the elections is to construct a political system that allows him to hold the most political power in Nepal.

After the Royal Massacre, King Gyanendra became the King of Nepal against the consent of the people. The future of the monarchy must be decided by the Nepalese people as represented through Parliament, not by the royal family. We should decide, not them. Our system of hereditary monarchy denies us the fundamental democratic right to choose our head of state.
There is NO evidence that republican states are less patriotic than monarchies, in fact if anything, quite the reverse is true. The monarchy by its nature is divisive. Monarchy is an elitist, hereditary system that sends the wrong signals to the Nepalese people. The monarchy actually symbolizes divisions in society. For example, it is difficult to think of a time when the social life of our country, Nepal is in such turmoil as at present.

On the contrary, regular presidential elections symbolize better continuity than now. Currently we wait for a monarch to die and be succeeded by someone who may be a child, who may be very unpopular or even insane like Paras. Any so-called continuity we experience under a long-lived monarch is achieved at a high price. This is because we lose the democratic right to choose our head of state or to remove a bad one. Worse, our system of government is devalued, and we remain victims of inequality, privilege, snobbery and exclusiveness.

An elected president as in Ireland, France, Austria, Germany and many other democracies works perfectly well. If the president does not do as we expect, we can remove her or him. This is not an option with the Nepali Royal family unless they are removed once and for all.

When we say that something works, this normally means more than just scraping by. An old car may well be able to go from A to B, but if it does so while polluting the atmosphere, using too much fuel, dripping oil on the road, having unsafe brakes, and giving its passengers an uncomfortable ride it only works in a very limited sense. If something really works we mean that it does it well and achieves the desired result and effect.

What’s needed from a modern head of state is that the office should foster a democratic, inclusive and open society where the citizens enjoy equal worth and equal opportunity. On this basis our monarchy is broke and must go. Why do many pretend that we live in a modern democracy when we can’t even elect our head of state? Meanwhile, the social, political and constitutional mess caused by the monarchy continues to blight our society.

We believe that we should have an elected head of state drawn from any part of society, regardless of birth, whose conduct reflects the equality of all citizens. An elected President would be expected to carry out his/her duties with dignity and without looking down on people.
It is time for the monarchy to go. It is time for a referendum with one simple question Do you wish to elect our head of state? It is time for the media to put principle before the easy story and photo-opportunity and campaign for the abolition of the monarchy and the aristocracy.
Today, if we were starting from scratch to map out the way we wanted democracy to work in this great country of ours and began with a blank sheet of paper, there would be no place for monarchy or any form of aristocracy.

That’s because in a proper modern democracy:
Everyone is born into the world of equal status
Democracy is the only fair way to choose the head of state and other leaders
True equality of opportunity allows anyone to aspire to be head of state
We each get to vote for our choice of head of state

In a true democracy it is obvious that the concept of monarchy and all the so-called nobility that’s associated with it is totally inappropriate. So why do we tolerate a monarchy now? Only because some of his majesty’s subjects are still being conned by monarchists into believing the myths about the monarchy.

Ajay Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 11:07 am

To defeat the giant one should raise the weapon otherwise not only him but also giant will finish all life and matters.

If one is doing which is beyond his duty then of course to stop them one has to go beyond their working area, so happened nowadays. King forgot his duty and being unsatisfied person he is busy in making money, for this to remove all barriers such type of big network he has made. And I appreciate the work of Bar Association that they have enough courage to stop such activities. Keep it on and save mankind.

Chandan Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 12:17 pm

Everyone smells rat in NBA’s recent aggressive towards the royalists…huh…those royalists-sympathizers imagine the day when all civil societies (among them NBA is the one) are kept silent or subduded by the tyrant’s henchmen: the day we will see everyone taking the tyrant’s regime and people would not know what is their democratic right except the forced right to conceded all the preachings of the tyrants and his bootlickers…shame on you who cannot differentiate between civil society and the royalist’s club of autocracy…

I fully support the recent NBA move, irrespective the alleged irregularaties inside this organization…and regarding Shambhu Thapa, he is the most outrageous critique of the tyrant and his moves and under his leadership the NBA is on a whole free from royalists penetration. The recent stay orders on FM news case and the NGO code of conduct have been a serious slap to the tyrant…he cannot implicate and impeach the lawyers and criticize the NBA directly. So, he is desperately trying to induct his supporters in the supreme court so that all the cases against his decree are passes with a majority.

Remember that if this case goes uncondemned then the supreme court would be a puppet of the royal regime. I would gradually bring verdicts legalizing RCCC, the media ordinance, NGO code of conduct and the royal regime. The would be no one to give an impartial verdict on the fundamental human rights issues and the legality of sensitive issues and extra judicial and constitutional matters…

At this time, stop criticizing NBA and Shambhu Thapa. Those who are that worried about the Nepal should dare to condemn the hardcore royalists appointment to the supreme court. They will be appointed by the tyrant as the suspicious and royal bootlicker CJ has already forwarded the names…Legislative, executive and the fourth estate of a state are already paralyzed. Now, the tyrant is trying to paralyze the judiciary branch. Where will we go for justice then?

Chandan Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 12:26 pm

It would gradually bring verdicts legalizing RCCC, the media ordinance, NGO code of conduct and the royal regime. The would be no one to give an impartial verdict on the fundamental human rights issues and the legality of sensitive issues and extra judicial and constitutional mattersâ?¦

Top of the World Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 12:57 pm

NBA is business oriented lawyers club. NBA has no rights to advocate over the appointments of the judges. Suprem court is not a political court where Sambhu likes to kik the ball for his masters than to look the problems of lawyers wel-fare. Black and white” this is their job. Shambhu is a brain-drain persona so do his associates. SHAMBHU and ASSOCIATES, look we are advocating corrupt leaders like girija and shere….

hawkeye Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 1:02 pm

NBA has no right to interpret the constitution only Supreme holds that right. Shambu thapa is nothing but girija and makune ko pucchar.

hawkeye Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 1:04 pm

Chandan good analysis,

but that doesn’t prove anything for even in states bush administration would bring in his supporters. that’s how the world works be it in republic or not.

tg Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 2:03 pm

The Bar association and Thapa is nothing but a bunch of corrupt clowns, which and who are examples of everything that is wrong with our country.
There are too many corrupt lawyers and too many Shambhu Thapa types. The sooner they leave the business of law, the better is is for us all.

tg Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 2:07 pm

To add to Shambhu Thapas bio data, let me add that everytime he gets a chance he is in the media in whatever magazine, and everytime he does not fail to mention that he comes from a land rich family, so that he can cover up all the money he has actually wallopped illegally, just in case he is questioned aboput it. A typical corrupt blood sucking lawyer through and through.

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 2:17 pm

“but that doesn’t prove anything for even in states bush administration would bring in his supporters. that’s how the world works be it in republic or not”

Good point. So let’s fight first for the Democratic Republic of Nepal. Let’s kick out the criminal supreme commander and his son. Let’s held period elections for the President like in the “States.” Let’s not give a criminal a chance to proclaim a God-King of Nepal.

Bishnu Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 2:31 pm

Don’t worry in coming days all DEPARTmentsof goverment will have Royalists….because in our country “SANSARMAI NAVAKO PRAJANTRA” is here running by Royal autocracy govermnet.

duke Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 3:23 pm

Where was Shambu Thapa when Girija challanged the court about his corruption. He is nothing just the chamcha of corrupted leaders. If he has guts then he should also shout to those corrupted leaders like he is crying about contitution now. NBA is not for the people, all doing dramas for securing their future good post. Everyone knows peoples rule will be established but this NBA with foreign grant safeguarding the same filthy leaders. Where were they when their leaders doing mistakes one by one in 14 years. We can say confidently even in future if their boss do mistakes they just keep silent in the name of democracy.

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December 27th, 2005 at 4:27 pm

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Chandan Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 4:52 pm

There should be at least some one ‘with legitimate force’ to criticize the tyrant’s appointment spree…as I think all lawyers need to be a memeber of NBA to get accredition, the royalist lawyers’ accredition should be annuled by the NBA…it would be put moral pressure…

duke Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 7:54 pm


Yes they should critcize but without biasness and self interest. How could we trust them if the many members of the NBA is bias and guided by political interest and looking for good opportunities.

realTouch Says:
December 27th, 2005 at 11:43 pm

All Royalist,

What right Niranjan Thapa has got to appoint royalist as supreme court judges ? Is he elected from the people with any mandate ? Has the king any right from Dhara 127 to consent any appointment ? You can harp any thing, royalists, as you are harping autocracy. But this country is of Nepalese people and not of royal family’s. Why don’t you advice the king to go to constituent assembly election to get a people’s mandate and prove his credibility?

achamma Says:
December 28th, 2005 at 12:39 am

People like Chandan are hell bent in making Nepal another Sikkim. If the monarchy goes Nepal will turn into another Sikkim, these bunch of thugs will give Nepal in a platter to India. Do you want a sovereign Nepal to become a slave of India? That is the first point.

The second point is that didn’t Girija appoint helchmen to the court? Wasn’t Biswonath a spoon fed by some foreign power? We don’t have an elected government right now, so how can we appoint judges. This is of course not the best way. That is why we need speedy elections. On Feb. 8th there will be municipal elections. Then elected people will come at the municipal level to duly sign all your citizenship cards. After that there will be general elections where the M.Ps. elected by the sovereign people will make laws and also appoint members of the judicial committee.

But even then lunatics and jokers like the Bar Association will remain a club.

nabin Says:
December 28th, 2005 at 12:42 am

Agreed. The Bar Association and its President have no right to denounce the Supreme Court. Nowhere is the Bar so deeply involved in the making of the aupreme court. Bush appointed his own relative as a judge of the U.S. supreme court. Did the American Bar Association criticize that appointment? ONly here there is too much democracy.

But when the chief justice call them to the court, they instantly become rats. Like when they announced that they would boycott all court proceedings and at the last minute withdrew their demand. They are just wanting cheap publicity, that’s all. Nothing more to it.

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:
December 28th, 2005 at 1:28 am

“Bush appointed his own relative as a judge of the U.S. supreme court. Did the American Bar Association criticize that appointment? ONly here there is too much democracy.”

Hey Nabin, do you know how many times the president nominees are rejected in the United States (remember Bush’s recent embarrassment)? Do you know how deeply do they dig into the personal records of the person in the question? Common man, many people know what goes on in the United States. If you want to produce examples from the United States, just study a bit more. Nobody is going to be mislead here.

Hello Says:
December 28th, 2005 at 9:02 am

To all those who are bringing ridiculous are argument to say NBA has no business in the appointment of supreme court of judges- Of course, NBA has every right to question the royal appointees of supreme court. Not only NBA, but every Nepali has a right to question the appointees of supreme court. After all, Supreme court is the place where you go to when you are injusticed.

Nabin, do you know how much debate there is when a supreme court judge is appointed in the US? Bush’s lawyer who was appointed resigned because of the scrutiny. Not only republicans and democrats but from pro choice to anti abortion camp, from NRA to moveon.org, everyone tries to support nominees they like and denounce nominees they do not like.

Now that legislative and executive function of the government is the same, king G is even trying to hijack judicial function. This is just disgusting.

Chandan Says:
December 28th, 2005 at 2:04 pm


Please live in your dreamworld. You talk of election. Sorry, but even high ranking army sources opine that the elections won’t be representative and a bloodbath is immenient…what can u infer from that: it is because the autocratic king wants to cling to power in the pretext of terrorism. and regarding sikkim…do u have any idea how sikkim got into it’s fate? I feel pity on ure understanding…I have always been voicing for democracy because it is the best form of governance available to the world…and u give me any state where autocracy has led to a successful nation…in democracy corruption and the other evils do happen but there are tools through which it can be rectified or people can be brough to justice. Can u see any credible means in KG’s autocratic rule of such provision? I think you have forgotten T I’s report two months back that corruption in Nepal is rampant like never before (emphasis never before)…please relfect back in ure understand before making allegations…

And, I want to request people to suggest what can be done (apart from the royalist move) to make democracy function in Nepal. Please do not criticize make it an agenda just for the sake of criticizing! It would be helpful if you offer some viable and progressive suggestions…

realTouch Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 7:56 am

I just ask one questions.

Are the Sikkimese worse under democrat India than under autocrat Chyogal?

If the king acts the Chyogal, people will have no alternative. Don’t corner people and their leader that far.

achamma Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 10:10 am

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ral Touch, now you have come to the point. Now, you see how has been filling this blog site. You feel that the people of Sikkim are better under Indian rule than being sovereign, independent, free nation. Wow! You feel your mother would be better if she would elope with a wealthy businessman than with your own father? That is your morality? No matter what, no matter who rules, or who misrules, my nation is my motherland.

Reply to Chandan: OK Let’s restore democracy at the earliest. The only way to do that is to conduct elections. Who de-railed elections? Who dissolved the house? Who dissolved all the local elected institutions? Let’s talk some sense here. Is the appointment of Koirala or Nepal as PM going to be democratic? They are simply going to be nominated Prime Ministers. Therefore, elections is imperative.

We are not going to allow these 7parties to conduct elections because when the NC conducted elections in 1999, UML did not allow the Prime Minister to enter Singha Durbar crying foul and the elections being rigged.

So, elections have to be held. Sooner the better. Violence can happen anywhere, in Assam elections, in Meghalaya elections, in Kashmir elections, in Iraq elections.

Chandan Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 11:59 am

Don’t go for the obvious! Talking about derailed electroal process earlier during democratic government, it was the ploy of the palace and the conservative bureaucrates that manipulated the politicians. The palace and the conservative bureaucrats have made the parties a pawn. It is a regretable that the parties with evil and selfish leaders like GK and Makune got into that trap. However, given this backdrop that they were unable to steer Nepal and involved in corruption, we cannot support autocracy. Corruption and irregularities are indispensible part of democracy. The point is how we can bring these evils through press and deliver justice through constutional means.

And, in autocracy like now, the press cannot either break news of corruption because the information is kept water tight or very daring journalists are taking a big stake and reproting what seems to be a tip of an iceberg at this current state. I believe during democracy more corruption cases were in the press than now. Blaming the parties only is not sensible as some of the leaders who monopolized power and status brought this fate. There are still good leaders in the parties and yes there are rotten rats too. But, still I believe that the rotten rats in the parties, which should be eventually kicked out, have more dignity and pathetic than the autocratic KG and his conservative bureaucracy.

Read today’s KTM post to know how selfish people in the palace try to influence the decision. It’s an article written by a panchayti ruler who recommended Birendra for changes and the secretary tried to quash the recommendation and tried to sideline him.

Thito Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 3:29 pm


U mean it is better to be [icd] by KG and his [icd] son rather than ur [icd] run away with a wealty businessman?

sardar Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 3:37 pm

I was very sad to read the comment by RealTouch who says that the people of Sikkim are happy. The fact of the matter is they are not. Sikkim is the only Indian state which does not have an airport. It does not have an university. In what way is it better than when Chogyal was ruling? Sikkimize live like 2nd class citizens. They are not independent, they have no voice, only one M.P in the Indian parliament.

Look at us. We are way ahead of them. This is only a fight which is temporary. The monarch, the parties and the Maoists are going to be back once again. And dhotis will be dhotis.

Limbu Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Sardar, I see points in your blog. We Limbus had our own Kipat land system in Nepal. Even P. N. Shah could not colonize us. We forced him to grant our land rights. Suddelnly, greater colonizers Mahendra and Tulsi Giri came alone. In the name of Boomi Sudhar, they abducted our land rights. A couple of decades ago, they colanized the Tamangs. We are living in a colanized world in “Nepal.” I know the pains of being a second class citizen. The Shahs made us a second class citizen in Nepal. It is important that we first dethrone the Shah colanizers from Nepal. Let’s get rid of G. and Paras. Maybe we people can live peaceful. But the Shahs have sucked our blood a lot. It’s time to ger rid of them.

krishna Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 5:18 pm

Real touch,

Hey be practical… no body wants nepal to be part of another country, neither any country wants nepal to be its part…

But there is no correlation between KG and soverginity of nepal… what suppose the guy has heart attack tommorow what?? will nepal become slave of some other country? This idea is pathetic… bangladesh, pakistan,srilanka, maldives,burma, all countries exist without kings..

duke Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 6:39 pm

Yes there is correlation between King and soverginity. The proof is Sikkim, India was supporting parties and parties were telling to the people that there will be more democracy after removing the king. But after removing the king parties surrender to the Indian government and made Sikkim part of it. Our parties had already shown the morning by selling the Koshi, Gandaki and Mahakali. They are making agreement in Delhi by lying to the people. They said to the people they went to Delhi for their treatment and done good agreement with maoist. People do not know what other agreement they have done with India.

programmer Says:
December 30th, 2005 at 7:10 pm

something like shit smell around you guys in here.
NBA what is this? this is what you should consider before you comment.

NBA simply means “Nepali Buddhu Association”

krishna Says:
December 30th, 2005 at 8:11 pm

Our parties had already shown the morning by selling the Koshi, Gandaki and Mahakali.

Ha ha, boy they were all sold by royalist governments in past… did u not read history ever? King Mahendra signed the deal of gandaki with India and later asked B.P.Koirala to find out whether nepal has “fishing rights or not” if not he asked him to ammend the treaty… Later when B.P told mahendra that the delhi side has also already signed the treaty and indian ambassador said that it should have been brought before signing of treaty… Mahendra and his chamache rediculed B.P for asking for such unimportant thing like “fishing rights”… as if it was joke played on B.P…

FinalSolution Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 5:27 am
UWB: The original comment posted here has been removed. We don’t accept racial, anti-social comments that endanger our national harmony and geographical integrity. Nepali is a country of Nepalis. This website is against creating hatred among Nepali people by dividing them based on ethnicity and religion and provoking them against each other based on those divisions.

achamma Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 4:07 pm

Yes, I am right. King is a symbolic authority for Nepal’s sovereignty. Nepal has been independent only because it has a monarchy. These parties would have made Afghanistan out of Nepal a long time ago. It is only because of the monarchy and the army that we can live with our heads high. Yes, there are a lot of criminal elements around in the media, in the so-called civil society and in the NBA that corrupt the minds of the innocent Nepalese. Otherwise there is no problem. Nepal will remain independent and the proud Nepali flag will furfur for a long time to come.

Rohit Says:

December 31st, 2005 at 4:41 pm
The King does not symbolize Nepal’s independence. He symbolizes its backwardness. It is never possible to have an autocratic monarchy and a forward thinking country.

Yes, there are examples of republicanism gone amok like Afghanistan but there are many more examples of republican states becoming perfectly functiong nations.

It is horrible to hear people link Nepali nation
to its king. People who say such things are not only extremely stupid but degenerates .To give the corrupt and lazy Shah family so much respect is appalling. Only a person with a diseased mind would say that Nepal is independent only because it has a monarchy.

Anyway, these sick people will have to come to terms with the fact that Nepal will be a republic soon. It can be no other way.

programmer Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 12:52 am

yes, this is our Nepal should have such kinds of diversity so i’m happy to having those things in nepal, it has been now our culture to fight and unfair in our nation. i’m sory for being i myself a Nepalese guy because they are already foolish enough and never confess themselves of evil done …so [icd] out to those leaders and so-called some educated people of Nepal are brainless.

In the Name of Christ: Celebrating Christmas in Nepal

Merry Christmas but Christ in Kathmandu, for many, has become an excuse for drinking and partying

By Dinesh Wagle on December 25th, 2005 in Wagle’s WebLog

celebrating christmas in nepal

Christmas Eve in Bagbazaar Pic by Wagle

Santa Clauses are roaming around the city of Kathmandu distributing sweets and spreading the message of Christ though loud speakers attached on the vans carrying them. It’s good to see the saints in colorful attire, singing songs and waiving their hands to pedestrians. Just a vehicle passed through the road below as I am typing these lines in Tinkune: Oh.. is that the same Santa whom I saw yesterday in Bagbazaar? How can I say for sure? All Santa are quite same.

When I said its good to see Santa moving around the city, I meant to highlight the religious harmony in Nepali society. There are many Nepali Christians in Nepal and they are all celebrating their biggest festival. Even my non-Christian friends are sending me Christmas wishes and greeting cards. They are greeting me over phone and in face-to-face conversation. I have also said them Merry Christmas! A man grown up in moderate Hindu culture, I find myself respecting all religions that are practiced in Nepal. Though I believe in a Supreme power, I don’t fanatically follow any religion. I am Hindu only when I fill up certain forms and when I can’t associate myself with other religions. There are many people like me in this country.

Greetings From Kathmandu: A boy decorated in Santa Clause outfit in Nepali capital yesterday. Pic by Bikash Karki

Though Nepal is constitutionally the only Hindu country in the world, we Nepalis have equal respect to all other religions. [It’s different thing that some fistful of fundamentalists last year tried to alter that harmony by attacking mosques in Kathmandu and Muslims in different parts of the country.] So we Nepalis don’t hesitate to celebrate all the festivals. But when we do we, we do as part of fashion and trend. Many people don’t even know who the Christ is but they are happy to drink and do masti in His name. (To be honest I also don’t know much about Christianity and Christ. I haven’t read Bible but seen the movie Passion of the Christ. I still doubt I understood the film properly.)

When I see the relationship between religions (tradition) and multinationals, I become a bit agitated. Many be I shouldn’t because this is the world of consumerism. Festivals like Christmas and Tihar are completely commercialized. They are sold and bought. I still remember a report in the New York Times published exactly a year ago that dealt with how closely commercialism and Christmas are associated with each other. Needless to say it’s the season of shopping in the West. [Though I too did shopping yesterday (in fact what I am wearing today is what I bought yesterday: from sweater to socks to pant to thermal vest!), I can say that had nothing to do with Christmas.] But yes, spending is related to festival in Nepail cutlure too. We buy new clothes in Dashain.

But here I am talking about celebrating festival as fashion and whithout understanding it properly. I hate to say that Christmas for many of us is nothing more than a good excuse to drink and, as a result of that, perhaps, brawl. “Today is Chirstman, what’s your plan?” a friend asks a friend. “Jane hoina pinuna? Jamne hoina ta aaja? [“Aren’t we going for drink?”]. Excessive drinking and unnecessary spending in the name of Christ, Christmas (or any other festivals for that matter) has become our standard tradition. In fact, celebrating festivals, especially the one that are ‘imported’ (if I can use that word in this context) from West like Christmas and Valentines’ Day (not to mention our won Father’s Day and Mother’s Day) have become a fashion among elite and upper middle class crowd in Kathmandu. (Ha.. it would be unfair to forget the popular saying Bahun Bigryo Mooj le, Newar Bigryo Bhoj le [Enjoyment corrupts Brahman, Party corrupts Newar]) If you browse through the pages of Kathmandu newspapers, you will find countless advertisement related to Christmas and New Year celebrations. Oh..ya, before I forget, let me add it quickly that at best, for many of us, Christmas is a reason to greet and socialize. So, Merry Christmas!

5 Responses to “In the Name of Christ”

Religious Tolerance Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 2:22 pm

In this cosmopolitan world which is also called global village, it’s not unusual for citizens of one part of the world to celebrate festivals of other parts of the world. But when people from one part of the world try to create control over other part of the world making religion a tool, problem begins right from there. Many in Muslim world believe that America and the West is trying to spread Christianity, endangering their religion and social practices, in the name of democracy.

Even in Nepal, constitution bars forceful religious transformation. But with the backup of money, Missionaries are spreading the Gospels and luring poor people to change their religion. If Nepalis celebrate Christmas on their own will, no one should stop them from doing so. They have right to do so. But changing people’s religion offering them money is the most unholy thing to do and that need strong discourage.

concerned Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

In Nepal and worldwide Christmas is celebrated because it is a western festival, Santa Claus’s red is Coke’s and Red Label is for the older ones. Why not celebrate Ramadhan next year, and dressing like BinLaden with a Kalashnikov

krishna Says:
December 26th, 2005 at 4:00 pm

ya lets celebrate ID-ul-fitar bakreed also…
while brothers are dying in the war between power centers of KG and maoists… we are creating more oppurtunity for having “FUN”.

sanobahini Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 11:01 pm
religious intolerance, i think you have it backwards. the muslims believe that it is their duty to “kill the infidels” and the infidels means anyone, INCLUDING HINDU, who do not believe the way they do. christians do not do that. and most christians i know in nepal, nepali and otherwise, are doing lots of good works.

i do not have a problem with people celebrating a holiday. i celebrate hannukah with my jewish canadian husband.

but when it is an excuse to party, that is a shame. christmas in western europe is a time to give gifts, be with family and remember those we love. it is a time, if you are christian, to celebrate the greatest peacemaker there ever was, Jesus Christ. it is not a time to get wildly drunk.

but so many young nepalese do not know how to set limits. they get so drunk, they are falling on the floor. there seems no self control. it is sad to see.

by the way, no one offers money to convert. where did you get that crazy idea? obviously you do not know much about christianity. perhaps you might attend a church sometime, there are many in kathmandu now, and see for yourself what they do. you might be quite pleased and surprised.

oh, and there was religious persecution of christians just a few years ago, pre democracy. many nepali christians were jailed and had to practice their religion in secret. it was a sad time. that is not what i call religions tolerance.


Rohit Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:50 pm
Its sad that people in Nepal are celebrating Christmas. It shows that we have lost touch with our own traditions.

The Christians are taking over the middle class and the affluent, and the Muslims are taking over the poor.

The two most violent religions in the world will destroy Nepal more thoroughly than the Maoists can ever hope to.

From Machhapuchhre To Mount Hood

archana parajuli

The Snow Girl: Lady from Pokhara where people experience the world famous mountain Machhapuchhre in Phewa Lake, got opportunity to play with snow only after she reached the States. So how was the adventure? “Might have been romantic,” she writes in this blog, “if only I had been with my boyfriend.” And quickly adds, “damn.”

By Archana Parajuli in Portland, OR.
Saturday Blog. Theme of the blog: Lost, Alone, Invisible & Empty

The truck was stuck in the thick snow. We could do nothing, there was no help in sight and it was too late and risky to head to the highway eight miles to the south. There’s always the danger of hyperthermia. It was 6 o’clock and it was already dark. We were doomed, for the day at least. We’d have to do away with the jeep and the little food we had carried. Good lord, this was a situation unexpected.

It was my first tryst with snow. Hadn’t touched it or felt it, ever. But let me tell you, the situation I was in wasn’t as romantic as shown in some movies- being stuck in the middle of nowhere, where even the cell phone was adamant to throw up some signals (Might have been romantic if only I had been with my boyfriend… damn).

December 17, 2005: Having just finished the finals, I had a late night. I had watched Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl, one of my favorites (I just can’t seem to get enough of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom). My uncle woke me at around 7.50 and asked me if I wanted to go to the mountains. I wasn’t prepared at all. But I knew if I didn’t grab this opportunity another was far away. It seldom snows in Portland.

I born and brought up in a place where Machhapuchere [aka Fish Tail] seemed like it was just an arm’s stretch away. That was in Pokhara, the place I call home. Seen it covered with snow all the year round. But here I was in America craving to touch the snow. And I’m the one who goes around telling people that I come from the country of Mount Everest (that’s the situation for most of the Nepalis I guess).

We left at around 8.15. We’d go to Chad (our neighbor)’s property which was at the other side of Mt. Hood, east of Portland. We’d snow hike and also get some firewood and a Christmas tree. YO HO.

There were three of us- me, Chad and my Uncle (I call him Kaka). The trip was really good. I was enjoying every moment of it. Snow ball fighting, clicking pictures and eating in the under construction- ultra modern shack that had come along with the property. Chad had bought this property of 80 acres with some friends some 2 months back. We could see deer roaming around and also foot impressions of rabbits and elks (Chad is a hunter so he could tell which foot impression belonged to which animal). This was real break for me. Being in America and being able to enjoy the nature sounds like a contradiction but hey, there is more to America then just the high rise buildings, burgers and Bush’s crap!

Archie with her Kaka.

Kaka had to make it to a dance competition at my cousin’s school at 6. He was one of the judges (you are supposed to laugh at this because anyone who knows kaka will know judging a dance competition is just not his thing). So at around 2.30 with some firewood and a Christmas tree we headed back.

Chad is someone who loves living on the edge. Adventure is what he is made for and he wasn’t getting one today, yet.

We reached a cross road. Now we got to decide if we wanted to return the way we came or try out another way, which would have snow all the way. Well, you guessed it right we took the snowy road. We had passed some 16 miles when we realized that the road had not been ploughed for quite sometime. My uncle was intuitive enough to say- hey lets go back and return the way we came. But Chad and I wanted to keep on driving that way. It was more fun to be driving in the snow between the woods than in the smoothly tarred road and also, the highway was much nearer if we kept on going this way.

Brrum brrum! The truck didn’t want to move further. We got out and checked the wheels. It was in deep snow and the time was exactly 3.50.

Now all we could do was wait for other vehicles to come by which would perhaps help us out. But we had just passed two trucks on our way and that was it. We had left them far behind. Thinking we could perhaps find some help anyway Chad decided to run the way we came (not all the way but about 1-2 miles). Kaka and I would be in the truck and see if any other vehicle came by the other way.

We waited and waited and waited. And we still waited. We hoped that Chad would find someone to help us. It was 6 when Chad returned. Our hope turned into despair when he said there was no one in sight and that we had actually missed a sign saying the road was closed starting December 15. The trucks we had passed on our way surly must have seen the sign and returned back. Bravo, what an adventure.

Archie with Chad

There was no option for us besides sleeping in the car for the night. We decided we’d walk to highway 35 early in the morning and see if we could send the message home and ask them to pick us up. We kept our fingers crossed praying that everyone at home wouldn’t go hysteric and start a search operation in the night.

We cuddled up in the car, turned on the heat and ate the tortilla chips (it turned out to be my breakfast, lunch and dinner) with some good dip kaka had prepared out of avocado. The boiled eggs and the tinned sardines we found in the car would be our breakfast (we thanked Isabel, Chadâ??s partner, for forgetting the sardines in the car. That was a blessing).

It was a typical winter night (it’s not yet winter though. I think they call it fall). Had we been filming a horror movie the set was perfect. Full moon, three people stuck in the middle of the woods, and the cell phone dead. The trees were throwing eerie shadows and the howling of the wind could make someone like me do what kids do the best (I’m strong when it comes to living beings but dead people. Encounter with one would be my worst nightmare and I fear that every night.)

None of us could sleep. And especially me who was always throwing a glance at the windows expecting the face of lord Voldermot pressed against it. I was least bothered about dying because of the cold but being killed by some GHOSTS.

So began the story telling. Kaka went on to tell the story about his life and Chad told his. Mine wasn’t even an inch interesting as theirs so I just shut up. We dozed off at around 3. The window was all covered with ice when we woke up at 5.30. (Thank god didn’t see anything. Maybe because this was America. I guess there are no ghosts here.) We had our breakfast and headed out towards highway 35. It was some 8 mile walk.

After a mile or so Chad decided he’d run and get to the highway ASAP and try and send the message home that we were safe.

The walk for kaka and me would have been an eternity but we starting talking about me and all the pressure that my parents were putting on me to get married to some ‘cultured guy from a good family’ and time flew. Yahoo, Kaka was on my side!

We were walking at the base of Mt. Hood. Even our eye lashes froze. But the walk was pleasant. There was so much energy within us. Perhaps it was the hope for a warm bath, our cozy bed and the warm food that was driving us on. Without even knowing, we were in the highway. Chad was waiting for us. He had reached there 45 minutes ahead of us and somehow managed to send the message home.

People from the Oregon Department of Transportation would come and pick us up and take us to there office. Our family would then pick us up from there.

It was not until we reached the ODoT office that we came to know that the search for us had started in the night at 12.30. Chad’s family and my brother were all around searching for us (there were 25 people looking for us!). All the rescue team in Oregon had been informed early morning. Thankfully the press hadn’t sniffed it yet.

The time hadn’t been that bad for us but I could imagine the anxiety of the people who were waiting for us. They had expected the worst. Some even thought we might have been eaten by some unidentified objects!

Well, we returned home. On our way, the icy rain started to hit and by the time we reached home the roads were all covered with snow. But there is no wow from me now. Iâ??ve spent a whole night in the snow, walked in knee deep snow with the icy wind blowing on my face. What is this one inch of snow? Nothing but solid water.

Archana Parajuli is a former Kathmandu Post reporter who is now studying in Portland, OR.

25 Responses to “From Machhapuchhre To Mount Hood”

Anjan Says:
December 24th, 2005 at 3:27 am

Oh yeh! My dear sis…It wasn’t as adventurous as it seems in the blog…especially for us who went on for the rescue….you guys dozed off at 3 am…we did not even do that

I_miss_all_fun Says:
December 24th, 2005 at 3:57 am

Next time you walk into the wild, inform me please! We won’t take kaka and Chad. It will just be us!!

He he!

Its an interesting story. Good that you all are fine!

13yLAMA Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 11:01 am
Thats very much interesting folks around himalayan mountain. This time is fine, so next time not you and kaka but you and me .OK

non- for- profit Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 11:15 am
come to the Moutains of Idaho okay….u and me

Evergreen smile Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 5:37 pm
Hi there,
What an irony that having born in the lap of Machhapuchre, u had to travel all the way to US to smell the snow. True, life is full of ironies! Still, enjoyed reading ur snowy odyssey!

Agya Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 7:47 pm
hey archana…
scary…..and I am “J”…but that doesn’t mean we give up our yeti searchin plans does it?? wink wink

Achilese Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 9:18 pm
My lord! you are not eaten by the snow.

Achilese Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 9:21 pm
Badshaha is waiting for you.

sanobahini Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 11:55 pm
unbelievably stupid. you never want to go in the high mountains like that without snow tires and chains or four wheel drive. and to keep the heat on in the car, you could have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. but it looks a lot like my home in wyoming. now perhaps some of you who make fun of me in wyoming as a few on this blog have will realize an amazing country, so immense. that is why i keep guns, too. because we have grizzlies there….mt. hood is amazing, but next time, come prepared, girl. either you, chad or your kaka were very immature and could have died out there.

oh, and about bush_ have some respect, please. he is our president, like him or not. we have given you a chance to come to our country, the land of the free, so please respect our leader. even if we disagree with his policies, we respect him as the leader of the free world, which you are enjoying right now due to our largesse i letting you in the door.

Rohit Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 2:25 am
I know of only one thing that is free in America—ignorance and stupidity.

twaaks Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 5:38 am
Ah! with bush, “you’re either with us or against us” no in betweens and no comments please!

Chandan Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 10:23 am
Archana didi,
U r enjoying holidays in snow! huh…u have gotten fat…anyowe see that…that skin thin Archana has gained some weight (not some but a lot)…even in snow her fat did not contract…too much of staurated fat gained…hehehheheh…

sanobahini Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 3:12 pm
we are not ignorant in america, the country that has brought more people out of poverty than any other countrz in the world, thanks to democracy and capitalism. and we are not stupid. if we were, we would not be the worlds lone superpower and promiting peace and democracy in your country, and around the world, wishing you the prosperity we do.

for us or against us is not the point. the point is we have a leader of the free world we respect. he is not an autocrat. he is not letting his own people suffer while he enjoys immense wealth. our president, in a country of 260 million people, makes US 200,000 dollars a year only. compare that to the millions and millions your king and your poiliticians have stolen from you poor nepalese. we have the rule of law in the usa, as well. whatever you think of iraq or other policies, we are proud to be americans and wave our flag with pride, not with shame, as many nepalese feel these days(and as you rightly shoudl feel, as it is shameful what the king, the politicians and the maoists are doing pushing your small tiny himalayan kingdom over a cliff)

oh, and yes, all of you who come to the usa on student visas, you are given VISAS. you are guests in our country. remember that.

and, finally, the point of this article was her unfortunate episode in the snow, which was a result of total and complete STUPIDITY. no one ever goes up into the high mountains like that in the usa without proper equipment. i live in a wilderness area in the usa. i have 4wd, carry sandbags in my car for extra traction, have emergency supplies, food, blankets and flares in case of emergeny. we have huge amounts of wilderness in the usa where there are few if any people, huge amounts many many times larger than little nepal. she could have died out there, and it is no wonder they were out looking for her. it was just plain foolish.

Archana Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 2:05 am
hello sano bahini ji,
i’ve seen u make to the point tht u comment on everyone’s stuff no matter how weak ur argument is.. for ur saying that we should be ashamed of ourselves and our country ur r absolutely wrong.. why should we be ashamed? we are proud to be nepalis.. mind u not nepalese…. but nepalis…… we see a silver lining in what ever is going on in our country at this time…. u hav every right to show ur patriotism but hav no right to question ours.. we r proud to be nepalis…. yes we are guest in your country.. now please brag.. but ur country is made up of all the immigrantes, u too perhaps come from an immigrant family…. u guys dispalced the native americans.. encroached their land and settled in.. well who should be ashamed me or u? we’ve not done anything unethical to others.. what ever is happenning is happenning within our country..and we’d love it if u’‘d stop judging us..

BOSS Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 5:25 am
wassup!! nice blog!

twaaks Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 7:03 am
Well… Dear Ms. Sanobahini, it was not my intention to offend you in any way but since you seem offended, let me clarify my position. Let me analyze your comments point by point,

“we are not ignorant in america, the country that has brought more people out of poverty than any other countrz in the world, thanks to democracy and capitalism. and we are not stupid. if we were, we would not be the worlds lone superpower and promiting peace and democracy in your country, and around the world, wishing you the prosperity we do.”

well I never said that you were ignorant or that you were not rich. so please do not impose your complexes on me.

“for us or against us is not the point” – well what is then? you invaded a country based on that doctrine and president bush did estimate 30,000 death toll in iraq, incidentally that is a 100 times more people that were killed during 9/11. even if you assume that iraq with saddam plotted 9/11 that is unjustified. unless of course you equate 10 americans as 1 iraqi.

“the point is we have a leader of the free world we respect”

that you respect. the fact that you respect him does not mean that the whole world has to respect him. unless if you force it upon peoples throat by promoting your magnamity. respect is something that must be earned, it does not come because of position or heredity or else prince paras would
have been the most repectable person in the world.

“he is not an autocrat. he is not letting his own people suffer while he enjoys immense wealth. our president, in a country of 260 million people, makes US 200,000 dollars a year only. compare that to the millions and millions your king and your poiliticians have stolen from you poor nepalese”

well what about the multinationals that have sucked the blood of poor people too? every company from enron (remember those guys? they wanted to develop middle marshyangdi) to the drug companies that would not extend the patent right to indian companies to develop medicines against the SARS or the AIDS that can be distributed to people at a cheaper price.

“we have the rule of law in the usa, as well” – yes you do, but is it perfect and is it the only way that you are so sure that you would export it to every country in the world to be made in your own image?

“whatever you think of iraq or other policies, we are proud to be americans and wave our flag with pride” – are you claiming this staement for all of America? if you are, isn;t that against the very essence of democrace where you claim that the very act of dissent is unpatriotic? I for one do not see a difference between king G, maoists or your president bush in this issiue.

“oh, and yes, all of you who come to the usa on student visas, you are given VISAS. you are guests in our country. remember that.” – we do remeber that and every day, because we are never made to forget. but please remember that we are allowed to have our opinions unless you say that “all people are equal but some people are more equal than others because……” fill in the blanks yourself.

“and, finally, the point of this article was her unfortunate episode in the snow, which was a result of total and complete STUPIDITY.” – that I very much agree with.

“i have 4wd, carry sandbags in my car for extra traction, have emergency supplies, food, blankets and flares in case of emergeny. we have huge amounts of wilderness in the usa where there are few if any people” – so does a lot of parts in the world

sorry for my irreverence, but I could not help myself, being the radical that I am…. I hope that you take this in good faith, the only thing that I wanted to point out was there can be more than one point of view to any opinion, satement or even a sentence printed in a newspaper or an online blog.

Sinke Changbaa Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 4:07 pm
U’re on my mind, ever since you have been gone
I keep thinking of you from dusk to dawn
Can’t wait for the day that you’ll be back for me
Coz without you everything is as meaningless as it can be…


sanobahini Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 11:09 pm
archana, can you not write proper english? i am shocked you are in the usa. you write like a child.

i am an american. i am part native american. native american tribes are doing very well in the usa. you did not even seem to know there was snow in the usa. so perhaps you do not realiye how prospersous many native americans are now. do you know many of the casinos in the usa that bring in millions of dollars are owned by native americans? go to the arapahoe nation tribe’s own website to read about their business and enterprises. they are the closest tribe to my home in rural wyoming.

i was born in america and my family came here in the 1600s. i am not an immigrant. i am a native born american and proud of it.

i am sorry you are so hateful to our country. but you are there because there is nothing for you in nepal. so instead of whining and bitching all the time, as most of you nepalese in the usa do, why not be thankful? why not stop complaining about everything and thinking that nepal is so wonderful and great. you know well it is not. otherwise, you would not be running away. look at how many are desperate to get dvd lotteries. the usa was great long before you were born. that is why most people in the world want to come there, not live in misery in a third world shithole…i used to live there, did some good work there, but now i am older and realize how lucky i am that i could LEAVE and go back to my beautiful country, America. the land of the free and the brave.

and if you don’t think so, then please, leave America. we do not need you.

archana Says:

December 27th, 2005 at 2:02 am
sad thing native americans in oregon don’t think the way u do and for my english, i had no idea u could get into such petty matters when u couldn’t prove ur point…… get creative and talk some sense or just fool urself about ur grand thoughts and ideas….spare the blog please..

krishna oli Says:

December 27th, 2005 at 3:36 pm
Thanks for your commitmets and have great vision to go reach. May our Lord Jesus Bless all of your in efforts. Have a nice day and take care
yours krishan oli
BOX 21343 ktm,NEPAL
Tel 97712042426

sanobahini Says:

December 27th, 2005 at 5:59 pm
spare us your utter stupidity, sanobahini. i will continue to blog. it is you who needs to look at your poor english and lack of knowledge of our country. perhaps you also need to look at your own country TODAY, not hundreds of years ago as in the way europeans treated native americans. you still treat dalits like dirt, there is still slavery (as in kamaiyanas), you treat people of darker skin color, like the madhesis, like dirt. talk about racism. until you are willing to address those issues in your own country, shut up about ours. if you went to any of the native american tribes in oregon, you would find people working, going to university, building great lives and living thousands of times more prosperous lives than you do in nepal. and you call that discrimination? i am half seminole indian and part african american and french arcadian. so i am a typical american mix.
i understand discrimination and racism more than anyone, but i have never experienced it more than in NEPAL, because of the darker color of my skin…and that is the truth. i worked for ICIMOD for 3 years and was treated quite well there. but outside, i often encountered poor treatment. i have NEVER experienced that in the usa, EVER. think about that, archana.

neutralman Says:

December 27th, 2005 at 7:01 pm
Hey are you really american? Your english doesn’t sound enough american either. I agree Archana’s tiring description is almost bogus, but I agree with her regarding what america is. (Except soem factual errors). And you, too native an american, have u read ur own history how american history is colorured with black and colored’s blood? Yeah, please visit ur own Washnington museum. U will know better. And if u are upto telling Arche leave america, it’s just as much appropriate for you to leave our blog alone and not contaminate with your filthy yankee yawns.
Not so sweet talking.

ILoveNepal Says:

December 28th, 2005 at 1:49 am
Sanobahini ji,

I do not understand why you would say that we should be ashamed of ourshelves.We Nepalis love our country and there is no right what so ever for an American or any foreigner to call upon us and say that we should be ashamed of our native. We definitely are worried that things are not right in Nepal and we have the faith in ourshelves that we are going to fix it. It may take time but that time will come when all of us Nepalis will be as happy as anything and anyone can ever be.

As to the comment on “Bush’s crap” as stated in the blog…We respect America and Americans but that does not mean we HAVE to respect the current administration. And as a matter of fact, there are 50% of Americans themshelves who think that this administration whatever it does and says is crap (well may be more than 50% now as his approval rating is in the lower 40%). They feel that this president have lied to the citizens…is not a lie from such a powerful and well distinguished person to its citizens a “crap”?..you may feel differently but I definately favor the other 50% of Americans who think it is.

Sorry that you were treated in a way that you should not have been treated while in Nepal. And sorry that you do not really know what Nepal and Nepalis are all about. May be you were confined within the foreign world of ICIMOD than the real Nepal. I can put my experience here too…that being of a darker color (being a Nepali and the sad thing is that about 50% of the people here who I have talked to in the US do not even know Nepal exists) I have gone through a lot of harassment. I have not made a big deal out of it..I know it happens in Nepal (an underdeveloped third world) and I am surprised and shocked that it happens here in the US too (the most developed and the most powerful country in the world).

Keep on blogging…That’s your right but do not think that being from a third world that we are, we do not deserve respect. Take your words back that “we the Nepalis should be ahamed of ourshelves”.

Thank you

neutralman Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 4:50 am
Hey Guys,
Sanobahini doesn’t have a healthy brain to understand all these literary philosophical write ups. At the best she understands grade 5 langauage, and can know if there are grammatical errors. She boasts she worked in ICIMOD (it’s how she knew Nepal), but perhaps she worked as a typist or enterpreter. So please do not focus on her – just ignore her.

Programmer Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 9:04 pm
archana sis, welcome back to your nice words i do pray it. I’m expecting sweet and mild words from you. I do njoy read ya blogs

Hi Handsome! Hello Handsome!

By deepak adhikari on December 24th, 2005 in Dashing Deep

Grooming is no longer a female-only phenomenon in Kathmandu as multinationals start introducing fairness creams targeting lads. Our blogger, while doing a story for Nepal Magazine, tried the handsome therapy and writes here the experience:
deepak handsome blog

Wait a second: Deepak tries to takes out the identity card for the photo session.

“How is the response to your new hairstyle?” Dinesh asked me as we trod towards Rabindra’s restaurant that mostly serves to Kantipur journos and staffs. I replied: “I got more responses than a good and satisfying story I’ve written for Nepal Magazine.” Then, he broke into the peals of laughter.

In course of a reporting on new trend among men to look handsome, I happened to be a guinea pig and thereby handsomer (Check me out ladies!). A part of me cited Greek philosopher Heraclitus for his axiom: “Change is constant.” More so in the world of fashion. If you look and dress same all the time, it definitely bores the beholder. Moreover, I was a little worried about my ever raising antenna-like hair at the middle of my universe err well… head. Every morning after I wash my 30 year old face, I used to curse upon my uneven hair.

Thanks to Kolkota hairstylist Santosh Sil, I need not worry anymore. In the trendy and luxurious unisex salon named Rapunjel in Lalitpur, photojournalist Shaligram Tiwari takes photos, Saptahik’s lifestyle and entertainment reporter Subrat Acharya is undergoing manicure and later facial. It could have been tough even for his wife to recognize him at that moment. Coincidently, she gave a buzz in his mobile while he was lying in bed, his face masked.

The lady in charge says Subrat will look fresh only the next day. Then, it was my turn for makeover. Santosh’s assistant Budhi Chaudhary takes me to another cubicle where sink is attached. I lie down, he washes my head. Now, I am ready to be a subject of Mr. Santosh’s art. He covers my head with a wig. “Ah, I look a bit different!” I mumble. With screw in his hand, he pierces the wig to pull the bunch of my hair. I recall popular MTV show Bakra in which the veejay Cyrus makes people fool with several hidden cameras recording all the fun to be broadcast on the show. But, Santosh is serious here. He starts coloring my hair with the chemicals I’ve never used before. “Don’t worry. You’ll look handsome and ladies will run after you,” he assures me, half jokingly. “Come next time, I’ll fix your straight hair,” says Santosh. The latter remark serves as a beacon of hope for my erstwhile vertical hair. In between, coffee is served, sandwiches are ordered and glossy magazines are offered.

“Thanks for giving me a new look,” I tell Santosh. He acknowledges with a smile and invites me for second time. The hairdo costs one thousand rupees which, obviously, I can not afford. But, it seems many males are striving to look good. At office, every acquaintance greets me with awe, few even couldn’t recognize me. As Dinesh clicks my pics for this blog, my colleague Rajaram Gautam remarks: “You became like a star.” A while ago, co-blogger Vishnu, strolling over to his office, from few meters away, was saying: “Hey, you look a bit different today!”

Back in my room, my 23-year-old brother was surprised to see a new me and sallied, “Oh Brother, I should color the hair, not you.” Few weeks back, I told Dinesh: “Now grooming is no longer a female phenomenon in Kathmandu.” Few months back, Time Magazine ran a cover story on Far Eastern lads’ desire to defy women in terms of beauty. Then, Indian media suddenly woke up to this brand new trend. Being an ardent fashion freaks, how come Kathmanduites lag behind? After all, it is said that the latest fads in Paris and New York arrive in Kathmandu in a week’s time. The beauticians and hairstylists I spoke to agreed with this point. Dharan and Pokhara follow, and at times precede, Kathmandu’s suit.

New avatar with new hair: After coloring the hair, Deepak received a lot of comments…

Recently, a much-hyped facial cream “Fair and Handsome” was launched in Nepali market. Mr. Ujay Shakya of Outreach Nepal, that is the Nepali agent for the product, is elated with the response. “The response is overwhelming,” says he. Renowned Indian hairstylist Habib recently opened another branch in Lalitpur after the beauty salon’s arrival in Kathmandu a year ago. This clearly shows that there is a growing number of men ready to pay hefty sum for quality service.”Now there’s more pressure on men to look good,” Ujay opines.

Kathmandu’s fashion freaks are stepping in the high-end barber shops. Now, this is terribly bad news for those “bhaiyas” doing brisk business in our neighborhood for years. As grooming for guys is becoming fashionable, I too am considering to give up the dingy barber shop and looking for a decent unisex salon in Ghattekulo area. Can any of you guys suggest one?

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11 Responses to “Hi Handsome! Hello Handsome!”

bhaiya Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 4:00 am
Ke baat garnuhunchha hajur! Hamra byapar lai dhakka laune news pesh garnubhayo nee beelog walaharu le!

hooded Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 11:26 am
ho ho.. u luk great!! now do i see an ever green smile thr???? enjoy grooming.. male models u got competition now

Avipsha Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 3:31 pm
what’s the world coming to?
Now, the cradle robbers have started gilding the lilies ….huh!!

mika Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 3:57 pm
As much as kathmandu lads are opening to new style and trend….it’s better sometimes to think little analytically and not to follow the herd. If highlights are done wrong (good colors and trained professionals in Nepal are rare) …. they end up bleaching your hair and that is like poison to your hair…..not only you will have tiger skin looking hair but you will also get an extremely dry hair!! And about the bleaching cream for face……isn’t it an ancient trend already? You are supposed to make your face clean and healthy with proper cleaning and moisturizing not by making it white…..what a turnoff….men will look like a joker….only face is white as hell and rest of the body is dark hehe! By they way women don’t find it attractive!!

You know one thing I should mention, in western world people lay in the sun for hours or go to tanning salon to get dark skin and here our asian lads are bleaching their face to turn white………what a dilemma….I say just stay as you are…. When asian come to Western world..they all admire your skin color…..so don’t follow this hypothetical craziness……..but I am not saying don’t style….style according to what suits you not what u see on TV!!

raj Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 5:20 pm

Mugyambo Khus Huwa !
hu.. hu.. hu..

Go for other parts also!

ha. .ha. ha.. ha..!

Handsome Sans Cream Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 8:22 pm
“When asian come to Western world…they all admire your skin color… so don’t follow this hypothetical craziness….”

I have no comment on the suggestion about hypothetical craziness but are you sure when you say about admiration thing? I though they would start discriminating just because of that skin color instead of admiring. I mean I am not against or for what the blogger did. I also don’t mind they any boy uses fairness cream to look handsome. I, for one, don’t believe on that. That’s my personal view. But to say they admire the Asian skin in Western world wouldn’t be completely a true statement, I think.

deepak Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 9:08 pm
deepak lai aaru kehi hoina dherai halla chahiyeko jasto chha. ma pani deepak nai ho tara ris le bhaneko chai hoina hai. ramro ramro article le dherai nam kamauna pugena jasto chha.

Mainarayn Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 12:25 am
Aafno Goruko Barahi Takka !
It looks mr deepak has plunged in an ambus & hyping everything about own(self) !

mika Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 6:23 am
Hi Handsome Sans Cream,

Thanks for your personal view….yes western people really do love dark skin…and yes u are right that there are discriminations too like say to african americans, south americans…..but the reality is they want dark skin themselves..and spend tremendous amount of money getting it………although they might not like people from other countries like say mexico……for various other political reasons.

I don’t have a problem with guys using whitening cream either but the really true fact is that it really messes with your skin making it all blotchy. I am extremely stylist too but in my view people should style according to what suits them…..instead of believing in oh u have to fair because somebody says so that I would look good or oh i have to be dark because somebody says so…… I am in no way saying western people are better by the way….what I am saying is how both asians and westerners sometimes can become a victim of style and societal rules…………..This case would be different if Nepal had plenty of good hair professionals or skin care spas that really focuses on doing it right……..but nepal don’t so don’t spend money to destroy what u have

TL Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 7:11 am
Skin color is a complicated subject. Here’s some insight from a white westerner…

It’s true that tanning is very popular in the US. There are tanning salons where people pay money to be exposed to UV rays and get tan, to the detriment of their health. These days people are more concerned about skin cancer… so in stead of UV rays they get “spray on” tans that dye their skin darker. Strange huh?

Why do we do it? White people like me, who work in an office for a living, tan our skin because it communicates that we have a lot of lesiure time to sit in the sun and relax.. like we were just on vacation on a beach somewhere. It says, we are relaxed, we have the money to support our leisure time, maybe we’ve even travelled to someplace foreign and exotic. Also, it makes us more exotic and different than the other pasty white people. It’s not a racial thing. There are racist people who tan their skin.

However, while I am no expert on Nepalese society, I fear that race does play a role in why some Nepalis want to be whiter. This is certainly true in many parts of the world that are dominated by the west or western culture. The western ideal of beauty trickles down and seeps inside the minds of young people. This is a terrible reason to go mess up your face with whitening creams.

(Note: I think hair color is a totally different matter… It’s fun to play around with hair color, and it’s not necessarily a racial thing… although it can be too.)

As for whether westerners “admire” darker-skinned people… Like I said it’s a complicated matter. There is a lot of “interracial” dating in the US these days, especially in the more progressive states. There is also racism, especially in the less progressive states. You’re not going to fool any racists by lightening your skin. Just be proud of who you are, and befriend the people who respect you for you and not the color of your skin! Who knows, you may even fall in love with someone who absolutely adores your beautiful brown skin.

babaaal pasal Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 12:20 pm
let the color flow within ur veins dont make it a subject that bothers. who cares about those looks that is going to fade one day. “One day you’ll look to see I’ve gone for tomorrow may rain and i’ll follow the sun”

Turning Twenty, Tata Teens: Birthday of a Kathmandu Teenager

Our blogger emerges out of the teenage circle and, as she enters 20, shares her experience of life in this blog: “I have entered into a twilight zone between teenhood and adulthood (why use sexiest hoods like girlhood and womanhood? For I believe in gender-indifferent life, i.e. human being hood.)”

nepali teen girl birthday blog
Peek-A- Boo: Little Things, I love.

By Avipsha
Birthday Blog

Ah! No sooner took birth than reached twenty. Was born yesterday, lo and behold, here I am, in the twinkling of an eye, treading on the threshold of twenty, having lived the nineteen years of life to a tee, to the lee.

Last Wednesday, I celebrated my twentieth birthday with a mute bang. Does it seem much ado about nothing in this world of people killing, dying and taking birth every second? Let it be. That’s the way cookie crumbles and you can’t help it. Life goes on. But this is why birthdays are so special to me. Happenings, the more trivial, the more pleasure-ozzing, for I cast my lot with the people who dote on little things in life. And I think there is no point in scorning the event that hurts nobody, if not benefits either.

Well, I want you to know me little. I am Avipsha, a Jane Doe. Blood is indeed thicker than water so let me begin with my hearth-and-home accounts. Mother of mine of nine who was married off to my father of twelve gave birth to me in a chilling morning of December after a couple of years they celebrated their knot’s silver jubilee. Boggles your mind? So it was, cross my heart!

In the institution I revere the most; there are two elder brothers, too reticent. They have wives, too hard-nosed. Nischal, Anjan, Ranjan and Nicky, the fruits of my sisters-in-laws’ loins, the kids-no-it-all, who do not know (avoid to realize) I am not their sister but Aunt.

Blooming in the family garden:Little shaded by the leaves of norms.

But no, neither was I born with silver spoon on my mouth nor, en famille, nor I was brought up, as snugas-a-bug-in-a-rug. But yes, was little pampered. Life was for me, more the school of hard knocks than just a bowl of cherries. They gave me enough rope but not that enough to hang myself. I have run the whole gamut of slings and arrows of life so couldn’t look at the life through rose-tinted glasses. Yet life was all beautiful, all fun and I was all smiles, all hearts.

Be all ears friends! I m talking yesterdays. I was born in a village of western Nepal that is subjected to a peak of rhododendron above and a river of rainbow trout below. I studied in a school where they stampeded us to the terraced fields in winter days and under the peepal tree in summer days and taught. I was a mediocre student, a complete math dunce with horrible handwritings and inability to draw to save my life.

At sixteen and half, I was sent to Kathmandu for further studies. I still giggle to recall how I gaped and panicked on being given RS 500 as pocket money for hadn’t spent ever such a lump on my own, if that was today, it would have been like sesame seeds in the gob of elephant.

The journey turned out to be an Avipsha-in-wonderland arrival. You love to see coy lass! Life had much to expose and that begun through the nail-biting Kathmandu odyssey. There, I suffered a sea change. There I touched the computer for the first time; I was all sweats with eyes popping out of my head. There I read my first English fiction (Gee! That happened to be an erotica by Erica Jong). Then onwards, my two-timing with computer and English crescendoed until, of late, I end up flunking computer programming and getting burnt by the sparkle Salman Rushdie raised through rubbing his magic and realism together. AH! Live to learn man! Rub-it-like-Rushdie.

Come to twenty? I have entered into a twilight zone between teen hood and adulthood (why use sexiest hoods like girlhood and womanhood? For I believe in gender-indifferent life, i.e. human being hood.) I lived just a couple of decades; you’d coin a phrase for it, quarter a life. But no, for me, it was a complete cycle of life. The journey from infanthood to twenty hood was a end in itself. Life was what life has been for me, I lived to create my own life (Thank you Sartre). You think, you work, you smile, you cry, you love and you die. Life is all the same whether you a couple a decade or a ten. Just six of one and half a dozen of another. I am extremely content with my life. I am absolutely satisfied with what life has given to me and I eagerly welcome whatever life has in store for me. I don’t regret for any mistake I committed and I hail any penalty for that. I don’t pity myself for the hardships I suffered and don’t expect any compensation for that. I don’t flatter myself for anything good I did and I don’t expect any reward for that. I don’t boast over any hard work and achievement and I don’t cry over any denied rights and forgone dream. I was what I was, and that was all I was.

I give all the credit for making these nineteen years worth calling a life to all the beautiful people around me. People are beautiful when you love them. I hurt many of them on my ego trip and they reciprocated on the same errand. They loved me crazily and they contempt me madly. But that was all fun. And in my all modesty, I can safely say, wherever I went, I made people remember me with fondness. I am sorry for everyone of them whom I vexed and forgive everyone who pained me. I am thankful to everyone who loved me and remained by side in all the good times and bad times. I am grateful to everyone who accepted my company and let me love themselves.

No Matter what might be there in the offing: life below is beautiful.

Oops! I am balancing my life, I am crediting and debiting people around me. Does it read like renunciation or suicide note? No way! Life is a too beautiful tapestry to tear it at an impulse. But you can raise a million dollar question, if I am this knee deep in life, what I live for another day? Well, actually I live to die another day, to fight another day with the swords of words . I live to see the world reigned by words.

WOW! Lets talk words. For all my life, I have lived and breathed words, words of all sorts, written, printed, sang, cited and typed and even the invisibles. And I aspire to be a person of none other than letters. But what I am graduating here in a business school? Perhaps the opposite that attracted.

This is a high juncture of life where the agendas of aspirations and ambitions are much more pervasive. In this issue, I find myself partly confused and partly determined. For instance, financial independence is the bottom-line and the labor-of-love is the priority, still which lane to creep is very much impalpable. Sometimes, I feel, the artsy-fartsy, airy-fairy worship of words is nothing but the pursuit of will-o-the-wisp. You cannot live foot loose and fancy free forever. Reality bites when you start facing it. But I shudder even to think of the wheeling and dealings, roughs and tumbles, pushing and pulling that goes on within all business, all profession and all career.

I cannot live a lie, can’t stand on hypocrisy, can’t bear injustice, can’t support dishonesty and can’t turn my deaf ears on autocracy and hegemony. I renounce every victory gained by selling the soul. I can’t imagine living a life sans-nationality, sans-ethics and sans-rationality. Rags, drabs and hut are laudable if prosperity costs depravity of self-respect, self-dignity and independence. That achievement makes no any sense to me, starting from hard and honest studies if that ends with CEOs, NGO/ INGO professionals, academicians et al making their one belly fatter, their own bank balance heavier and their own organization richer. The high income and wide recognition are worthless if you can’t defend truth, can’t call spade a spade, lest your double standard falls by wayside.

Let’s come to myself, from life, all I expect is a career, a livelihood, that will let myself be myself, that wont steal me from myself and wont spoil me rotten. I would, very honestly, give to the profession whatever hard works, dedication and loyalty it deserves under the condition of paying me, a self-satisfaction, self- esteem and self-dignity, if not money, recognition and expansion of career.

Where can I find it, do you have any idea?

That is all tomorrow, today matters a lot for tomorrow. There are so many things I have to confess, commit and improve today. The first thing I have to do away is with the ever-increasing love handles, then I have to do away with my favorite journalistic sleep ( burning the mid night oil and rising to smell lunch), I have to patch up with books and studies and I have to stop being unable to say boo to a wild goose, to stop being mealy-mouthed and to start being bolder, smarter expressive and assertive. Does that sound too childish? But you know what, I celebrate my every birthday with resolutions.

OK! To sum up, mine was a life always in wedge edge and in fast lane, books, beaus, buddies, bunkings, flunkings, bangings, hangings, gatherings, funs, flirts, loves, hatreds, laughter, tears, Joie de Vivre, jiggery-pokery stuffs, rumpy-pumpy fancies,chats, and all the jazzes. Variety has always been the spice of my life . But life has made me able to know what’s what and where I stand with people.

Yes! That was a complete life, lived to its fullest.

NO No, No exposure friend! Let me call it a day.

15 Responses to “Turning Twenty: Tata Teens”

CSI-M Says:
December 24th, 2005 at 9:02 am

Oh… What a coincidence! I too just turned twenty last week. I also think life is beautiful below or above, no matter where. May be, I think, our lives would be even more beautiful and fruitful if we join our hands and vow to live together for ever. What do you think?

1whocandie4u Says:
December 24th, 2005 at 4:39 pm

I hope that my id is not going to create any mis-impressions on any lady and in particular to bloglady( or may be bloghuman-being)………..seriously, i have not read ur blog today notwihstanding the zeal to go through it…………….but, definitely i will read when i will have freetime in my hostel , in my room…………….u sound to be junior.i mean younger than me………but u r not my “bahini” anyway…………….if u do not mind, can u please add ur photo where ur face should be clearly visible from close distance…………..I hope that u r not such an ugly girl…..If u do not have any such photos, Please request wagle……..Wagle will be happy to take photos of anything in this world and in case of girls, i can’t imagine what he does…………………
all the best to ur “not-teen” life……..

new_hunk_in_town Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 5:53 pm
WOW! Lets talk words. For all my life, I have lived and breathed words, words of all sorts, written, printed, sang, cited and typed and even the invisibles. And I aspire to be a person of none other than letters. But what I am graduating here in a business school? Perhaps the opposite that attracted.

These lines remind me of a Shakespearean tragedy where when one character asks: What do I learn, lord? The reply goes: words, words, words!

Avipsha, keep up ur passion for words. I marvel at ur ability to coin phrases. U surely posses a pocket-sized dictionary, if not a Webster. It could have been better, had u made ur piece devoid of verbosity.

1whocandie4u Says:

December 24th, 2005 at 8:09 pm
I am not in a position to comment on the blog coz i have not read it……and i am not going to read it for at least a week…….I do not say this is due to my hectic schedule…..but definitely something that matters more important than this blog which has created main obstacle to read this blog……But i am going to reply here because of something that makes this blog different than others and makes me feel different to write here……….

Most of the time I ( and WE , in fact) read blogs related to current political tormoil in Nepal wil be criticising King most of the time…….That is feel-good -factor for me coz (i doubt my reasoning) mainstream medias have compelled me to believe that democracy and people’s democracy in particular can be achieved through freedom strufggle and that too of press…….in fact playing with imaginary words is not my field…….and i really believe that it is least important for anyone how does s/he feel when /she turns 15 or 19 or 20…or any age…….it’s a process and u will have product as increasing as rather than feeling………….so, today, i am writing in different context…….coz it’s different just that…….

Most of the bloggers here are males and i hardly see any feamle’s blog mainly in analytical and critical study of politics…….One of the blogger Ambika had sometimes written about mass struggle of kathmandu…….Except that women are considered to be good in field of imagination and description of beauty, age, and what not…….It’s good ( not for me but who loves these topics, i do not hate-i want to make my stand clear) for them and they can read it at least to kill their time, if they have any free time……
when i glanced through( i did not read blog as a whole) this blog, i also found that some extra words have been used…….(that is rightly called as verbosity…..that earlier comenter has mentioned ) as if the blog lady wants to prove that she has tremendous knowledge of English language…….she could articulate her ideas (i hope) even with the help of simpler words so that poor english readers should not feel marginalised…..The true ramifications and manifestations of ideas can be achieved even with simple language is what i feel to type at end……..

anyway complete nonsense……(my comments ) i do not know whether her blog is as nonsense as mine coz i have not read it……..

ks Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 1:15 am
Liked reading ur blog. Happy b’day ! Good luck 4 ur life ! amazed to read u.

Purushottam Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 1:24 pm
it seems that on the name of collagegirl of 20, it is written by other someone.

To CSI-M Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 3:28 pm
Joining hands and taking vow at 20
R u nuts?

N how will we drive post-vow Gaadi?
n will we strangle the bundle of joys?

– Avipsha

pat Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Though Im quite 100 percent sure that it was not ur creation, i enjoyed going thru it. Many hugs and kisses from the north poll.

“I cannot live a lie, can’t stand on hypocrisy, can’t bear injustice, can’t support dishonesty and can’t turn my deaf ears on autocracy and hegemony.” Isn’t it hyprocrcy to say this by some one on your behalf?

Happy b’day anyway! Don’t request anyone write for you nexttime… Iam sure you can wrtie a good piece your self—try it once….go for it! I am sure you can!

All the best!

To 1Whocandie4u Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 3:57 pm
OH! thank god! you gave clarification regarding ur name … otherwise… I would think sth else… LOL

Dont worry! you will not miss anything on earth even if u dont read this blog.this is just a tempest in teapot.

well yes! i m not that ugly , i have pretty pics too but something stopped me from exposing myself, what’s that? you know it well. I will display appearence only when i will emerge out of this mundane writings, i promise! you will see me when i will be able to do some analytical and investigative job as you expect from we lady bloggers (opps! should i dub myself a blogger?)

And the irony of English! It is as clear as day how fool i seem in the blog with the rain of phrases. I regret lil! But no .. lol.. no regret at all, this provides space for improvement, this will be dangerous if i start writing in good language from 20, got to learn a lot man!

To Handsome Hunk Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 4:15 pm
Devoid of verbosity?
ha ha… ! u got to posses some Achillis heels too k , so that handsome hunks like u feel themselves gr8 suggesting n criticisizing me..

To Aadaraniya Pat daju Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 4:27 pm
This skepticism will cost u a lot! take my words for this!

1whocandie4u Says:

December 25th, 2005 at 6:59 pm
TO You, blog lady……

I do not know why u tried to vomit words against me….I do not think that I have written anything that really affects ur liberty to write……There is no question of losing or gaining anything by reading someone’s feelings……I never take these questions of losing n gaining before reading though sometimes quality of writing makes me feel that I really wasted my time by reading useless (more properly shitty ) blogs or anything in that respect……

I do not question ur writing ability……nor have i ever raised in my comments…… these things are influenced by from where u completed ur SLC and PCL (+2), assuming that u have not completed ur Undergraduate level (Bachelor Degree), considering age…. I hope to see ur more n more blogs here with critical and analytical study of some weighty subjects ….. all the best for that n do not forget “VIDHYA DADATI VINAYAM”…..

I hope that u will understand my last verse..not mine but what i have written n u should know what i could feel after reading ur all the replies, not only to me but which u have written to others also…..

adarsha Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 2:39 am
Could the writer please let me know where she did her schooling from( don’t misunderstand me I totally respect her privacy..). I myself will turn 20 this feb and right now I am doing my bachelors in a first tire university in the U.S. After getting a decent score in my SAT test, I developed a feeling that I am a above average(-20yrs nepali) english writer. This gave me the confidence to try my hand at writing articles and thus I even published a few articles in the Himalayan Times. However, reading this blog more than a couple of times and still not being able to understand the blog sentence by sentence(mainly beacuse of the “hard”(mark: quote unquote) words used, makes me wonder which school I should have gone to develop this sort of mastery of english language. I would certainly like to send my brother to that school( I know it depends on u and not the school u go to ). However, i would like to give my brother a chance!!

To 1whocandie4u Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 2:51 pm
damn…. I never thought u would misunderstand me like this hell.
I was not vomiting words against you! I respect words and i hardly use my words in vomiting- business. I respect you and your comment a lot. I just mean to say, mine is a mundane blog and I dont want you to waste ur time, i mean it, very humbly…
I am really encouraged by ur comment… but i am shocked you find my every reply rude and outrageous, anyway, i will learn ur sanskrit version by heart ( though i m not sure i could decipher it)

To Adarsha Says:

December 26th, 2005 at 3:03 pm
Firstly, let me think, you are not mocking me!
One good turn deserves another!!
Adarsha, lets make a deal,I will manage your brother to admit in the school i studied,…. u will not need to worry an inch for him, one does not need to pay fee, and because its a village, ppl are humane and my menfolks will receive him very warmly, he will feel like home and in turn for that help me lil, that i want to publish my articles in Himalayan Times and because i dont have any idea whats the standards and methods thr… U got to ensure they will publish my writings ( Dont worry, i will ensure , the writing will not be trash)….

1 big lesson i learnt from ur comment: opertunities come everywhere in all forms, one need to utilize it to the fullest