The Huta Ram Baidya Feeling

“Don’t think that this king is doing good,” writer and engineer Hutaram Baidya, 85, said. “He is just roaming around the country receiving flowers and garlands and telling people ‘I understand, I understand’.”

Hutaram Baidya

Old Man and The Bagan Beliya Flower Tree: Hutaram Baidya is a 85-year-old man whose latest book on Nepali politics was published on Sunday, Falgun 7, the Democracy Day. The book, titled “Falgun Saat Ko Samjhana” is the collection of 13 articles that the he penned and published in the last 14 years. Pic by Wagle

By Dinesh Wagle

“This is my first book that deals with socio-economic aspect of Nepal,” Hutaram Baidya started talking about “Falgun Saat Ko Samjhana” published by Kamal Mani Dixit. Dixit wanted to present Baidya, his teacher, with Guru Dakchhina. Baidya’s previous books are on technology and agriculture. “This one is about the importance of democracy for poor people.” He explained that the democracy that the political leadership talked about was different from the democracy that the poor people aspire for. “For poor people democracy is all about feeding themselves with two meals a day,” Baidya said. “For them democracy is about fulfilling their basic needs. But for those who talk about democracy in urban area are talking about rights and power. They are talking about power democracy not the economic democracy.” Continue reading The Huta Ram Baidya Feeling

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विट मार्ने ‘विट’ का कुरा

UWB Note: This article in Nepali by Yashoda Timsina, a reporter with Nepal Weekly Magazine, talks about the importance of beat in journalism and argues that female reporters should not be confined into writing women issues only. She also talks about working with different male editors and their attitude towards the topic. We will continue posting Nepali articles here until Nepalblogs.com becomes functional.

महिलाका विषयलाई पुरुष सहकर्मिले ‘कभरेज’ गर्दा अझ बढि जानकारी आउँन सक्छ । अथवा उनीहरु मँ जति सङ्कुचित नहुन सक्छन् जसले गर्दा महिलाका विषय अझ प्राथमिकतामा परुन् ।

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मैले संवाददाता भएर काम गरेको करिव दश वर्षपुग्न लाग्यो । मेरो औपचारिक पत्रकारिता महानगर दैनिकबाट शुरु भएको थियो । चारपाते ‘टयाव्लोइड साइज’को यो अखवार कामना प्रकाशन समूहले प्रकाशित गर्छ आज पनि । सोर्सफोर्सको आधारमा जागिर नखाने कुरामा प्रतिवद्ध म महानगरले गरेको विज्ञापनका आधारमा लिखित र मौखिक परिक्षा पास गरेरै पत्रकार भएँथें । Continue reading विट मार्ने ‘विट’ का कुरा

He Acts. And Then We React

In Nepal, king is in charge of everything and pro-democracy leadership is limited to reacting to the royal actions.

Dr Shashank Koirala of Nepali Congress

He is happy today but doesn’t know when he will be arrested again: Dr Shashank Koirala of Nepali Congress takes curd after he was released on Monday along with four other leaders including NP Saud, Baldev Majgaiya, Mina Pandey and Bhim Chand. Pic by Bikas Rauniar via Kantipur

By Dinesh Wagle

In a recent interview with me for Kantipur, celebrated writer and pro-democracy activist Manju Shree Thapa made an interesting point. Manjushree was talking in the context of why she stopped writing political commentary in foreign press after July 2005. We are confining ourselves only at reacting to the royal actions, the writer of famous books including Forget Kathmandu observed, and king is still in charge of the operation. “He does something and we react,” Manju Shree said. “We are going nowhere and king is doing exactly what is wants to do.” What a realistic observation! That is exactly what is happening these days in Nepal. Continue reading He Acts. And Then We React