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.”

He said that the main thrust of the articles in the book is to use democracy in the interests of poor people. “Leadership never talk about working together with people,” he said.
Hutaram Baidya with Bagan Beliya flower

Huta Ram is fond of flowers. He posed for this photograph after I requested him to do so. He was quite happy and enthusiastic to pose and smile for the camera. He likes to introduce himself as an old man who is young at heart. He loves spending time with young folks sharing his experiences, transferring technical know-how to them, learning about new things from them and occasionally cracking jokes!

While he vented his anger against the democratic leaders, he didn’t support the king. “Don’t think that this king is doing any good,” he said. “He is just roaming around the country receiving flowers and garlands and telling people ‘I understand, I understand’. Have you seen him visiting any projects and asking for the progress report? Has he gone to the field with engineers and overseers? He promised to be active but has not been active in such issues. He could have done so many things by using his influential position. He has done nothing that suits his position as the king of a country.”

So what is the solution, Hutaram ji? “Increase peoples’ participation in the decision making process,” he said. “Empower the poor people. Work with them, not for them.”

Hutaram Baidya and his hearing aid device

The Man with Devices: “It’s been difficult for me to hear properly today,” responded Huta Ram Baidya after my third attempt to ask him about his latest book. He threw a smile at me while plugging out the hearing aid device attached to his left ear. “The battery is down.” He said that the device helps him to listen in a calm room. He wears specs with +15 powers on both eyes. “I don’t have the eyeball,” he said. “These thick lenses within the chasma work as eyeball.” He occasionally watches scientific shows and news on TV and scans newspapers.

Hutaram Baidya makes his point

Related Link:
1. Here is the Kantipur article based on Hutaram interview that has a piece of joke cracked by the old man.







24 responses to “The Huta Ram Baidya Feeling”

  1. icchuk Avatar

    The government and the people are not respecting scientists and technocrats. There should be environment to respect the older ones and attract he new ones to the technical fields. Correspondingly there should be places to utilize these minds. Only these people can change the future world. No country has succeded without engineers, technocrats, doctors,good policy makers, think tanks, economists and intellectuals. Our teaching system is more focussed to produce clerks of medieval time rather than practical man with practical knowledge. The government has no interest in developing the educational sector of the country. The present policy makers lack eyes to formulate good policy regarding the education of the country.

  2. Avatar

    Experienced amd knowledgeable people never wanted to take leadership or they never had wish to lead.
    Thats why today we are in this situation.
    But its not late…

  3. Chankhe Avatar

    I have met him couple of times this Old man, and he is very industrious, patriotic, active, and innovative. What he says is true.

  4. yuddhabiram Avatar

    There isn’t dearth of people with novel motives and determination to translate their dreams! Hutaram is one of them. Salute!

  5. yuddhabiram Avatar

    A Tale of Two Kingdoms
    In a reversal of roles, Bhutan welcomes the world as Nepal closes up

    Monday, Feb. 13, 2006

    When I first set foot in Bhutan 16 years ago, the “Land of Hidden Treasures” defined its relation to development very simply: it was not, and would never become, Nepal. “Women who will have sex with anyone. Pot, marijuana. People sleeping in the street”—I can still remember a Bhutanese official’s voice shaking as he described the “low-class” foreigners his nation had watched streaming into its Himalayan neighbor. Nepalmed by what had come in through its open doors, a Kathmandu that had, up till 1955, barely seen a road was cluttered with Nirvana Tours agencies, 50-cents-a-night flophouses and restaurants promiscuously serving “lasagna, tacos, chow mein, borscht and mousaka a La Greece.”

    Bhutan, by contrast, had no television then, no daily newspapers, only medieval buildings. Its capital, Thimphu, basked in a stainless quiet in which everyone wore traditional, medieval clothing (as they still do), and fewer tourists arrived in a year than pile into Disneyland in an hour. The young King Jigme Singye Wangchuk was pursuing a policy of “Gross National Happiness” which said that peace was as important as plenty, and immaterial needs were at least as important as material. There is a point of diminishing returns in development, he was suggesting (in terms that more and more people now heed), and he would gladly give up hard currency if he could thus preserve cultural integrity and continuity. The absence of television meant that there were more video-rental shops along Thimphu’s single main street than I see in my hometown in California. And yet there was a sense of stillness, even unfallenness in the country that made me believe the teenagers who offered, unsolicited, “Why need discos? We have monk dances here.”

    But the first law of modern life is that everything is as impermanent as an image on a screen; the only form of continuity (the Buddhist monks in Thimphu or Kathmandu might have told us) is change. Suddenly, Nepal, haunted by violent Maoist insurgents on the one hand and an autocratic King on the other, is the country that is difficult for tourists to enjoy, its streets silent after dark, its character less free and easy than stuck and stricken. As for Bhutan, its citizens can now take in Sex and the City on TV, watch foreigners check into Aman luxury hotels for $700 a night, and hear about the local incarnate lama who is fêted in Hollywood for his movie The Cup. Thimphu is the place on which foreign sights are set (even though fewer than 10,000 official tourists still visit every year), not Kathmandu. “You know anything about motorbiking across Bhutan?” a snaggle-toothed hippie asked me as he let me into a Californian hot-springs compound at 1 a.m. on a recent night.

    Yet neither Bhutan nor Nepal were ever quite so transparent as outsiders liked to suppose. Kathmandu might have boasted an Old Etonian King, the finest apple pies this side of Iowa and all the mongrel props of what could be called Peace Corps imperialism, but it is still technically illegal to proselytize in Nepal, and as recently as 1990, up to 175 people were languishing in prison for spreading their Christianity. Freedom was always more in the eye of the foreign beholder than in the heart of the beheld. As for Bhutan’s purity, it was to some extent imposed from above. No citizen was allowed to hold foreign currency, no school trips could be taken out of the country, and Bhutanese women who married foreigners lost rights. Behind the sound of clashing cultures on Freak Street in Kathmandu, beyond the carless emptiness of Bhutan’s Paro Valley, both countries have long been dealing with the same problems of severe illiteracy, deep poverty and centuries-old regional divisions.

    It is almost as if the two remote and transporting Himalayan kingdoms have been playing out a fairy tale in which one woman opens her doors to everyone and the other lives like a nun inside a convent. King Gyanendra of Nepal and his Maoist enemies now seem to believe that what Nepalis most need is an infusion of discipline and authority. The people of Bhutan, meanwhile, peer shyly out at a world that fascinates them, in part, through its very chaos. And even as the people of Nepal loudly protest their King’s taking of all power into his own hands, the citizens of Bhutan are mourning their own monarch’s announcement two months ago that he plans to depose himself in 2008. Thus the final irony is that Nepalis are clamoring for the very political freedom that many Bhutanese don’t want. Perhaps the King in Nepal should listen to his counterpart in Bhutan and acknowledge that real power should lie with the people.

    —Pico Iyer is the author of many travel books on Asia, including Video Night in Kathmandu and, most recently, Sun After Dark

    From the Feb. 20, 2006 issue of TIME Asia Magazine

  6. Whtever Avatar

    I am all for Hutaji’s the poor need their basic amenities to be fulfilled first, in a hungry stomach no one can think of all that democracy thing. I think the Development walas who keep babbling abt Rights based approach should sometimes stop to think of it….Should we wait for the poor which may be forever to demand their rights for food or do something before to fulfill their need as well as yes empower them to demand it to the authority?

    In the long run RBA is great but let us look at it from a humanitarian perspective..let us talk wht a layman understands as aptly put my Hutaji..the king’s ” I understand” it just crazy..wht does he think he is the country itself? When the mechanisms to provide for the needs of the citizens are itself not functioning how can his golden words “I understand” provide any solace…

  7. ameet Avatar

    abui this budo ta sarai ramro kura garchha, i also respect ‘suddos’ . so people say ” get fire heat of log, listen to old man’s blog”. tara ke garnu e buda ko kuro na raja le listen, neither maoists will listen, only janta will listen .Even if i was in power i also didn’t have listened.
    shree pashupati le hami sabai lai khallas garun

  8. ameet Avatar

    saying “i understand” is a habit or thego of our king . It’s not that he is understanding there sorrows.
    what a pity on nepalis on this 21st century also people are praying the king like gods , “pravu, sarkar……………..shit”
    it’s not the worship it’s due to the fear of guns, hunger and life

  9. Kishor Avatar

    I’m agree with what engineer Hutaram Baidya said in terms of how King Gyanendra is killing flies and doing nothing more than collecting garlands from the citizens.

    In fact, in the past King didn’t feel safe to take a time off from whatever he had been doing. Now has been proven a very appropriate time for him to have a good holiday as long as he’s the most powerful tool and he can do mero goru ko barhai takka, no matter what!

    Next point I’m agree with our senior citizen (engineer Hutaram Baidya) is that nobody in the Seven party’s alliance had ever done any recognizable good deeds or prioritized people’s aspiration for which is why they are choosen by peoples.

    Another, I agree with Engineer Hutaram Baida that, the democracy that the political leadership talked about is indeed different from what the poor people aspire as a democracy and surely there’s no debate on democracy which is all about feeding themselves with two meal a day and a basic needs but it’s a decor of power and rights for those in urban areas.

    Power is a secondary theme, economy should be given a first priority.

    To me, though they (SC) said the Royal Commission is unconstitutional, they’ve been drawing the culprits in a hanger and the hardest of a hard sentence would have served them right but alas! the looters are freed again and I’m very much dissapointed.

  10. Patriot Avatar

    “Women who will have sex with anyone …” – PICO IYER

    Pico should restrain using sensitive accusation to our women folk. Although he quotes a Bhutanese official in this case, we would appreciate if he judiciously avoids writing such things. Bhutan is a very closed and a conservative country with very radical (and often extremist) fundamentals. Sex is a taboo there and xenophobia – a dogged fear !

  11. jerry Avatar

    The king is the most shameful thing in Nepal. opposistion to him is the greatest

  12. Laxman Avatar

    Hibernation of the media and of the people is not surprising while they write and observe Black Day. Both try to establish bias opinion with the help of hypothetical and debatable “hearsay” rather than reality on the ground. Every country goes through political upheaval before it finds common ground for a political system that may fit to run her civic polite. If we engage giving foolish example of comparative governance of Panchayat system and with 12 years of corrupt political rule of those political thugs, we probably keep arguing on our EGOISTIC BIAS rather than finding any real solution or ideas to address Nepal’s woo. No matter how bad or worse the Panchyat system was, a 12 years span of democratic governance should transform any country to a functioning developing nation, rather than a failing state as Nepal is turning to become one very soon.
    King is symbolic constitutional head. When media as well as this so called “pro-democracy” protesters and the politicians are pointing finger at His majesty the King, we must not forget that the present political turmoil was created single handedly by those corrupt political parties hungry for power and by the Maoist terrorists who took the full advantage of the time to cast the veil of terror by killing innocent civilians, security personnel, blowing up schools, hospitals, government establishment etc. They have definitely succeeded to bring the whole country under their knees. These mayhem have been going on unabated in an unprecedented level while whole world became the silent spectator of such butchery with an occasional BBC’s trashy reporting of the despotic Hindu King rather than any credible condemnation. (The BBC was more interested in maligning the Nepalese Hindu customs by printing the story of 8 year old Girl’s trauma during Kumari Pooja rather than killings of the innocent by the Maoist). The outcome was horrible as we see now. The poorest of the poor people of Nepal left with no earnings, no livelihood or any shelter. The children were forced to join the Maoist or the family faces the dire consequences. The struggling economy further faltered. All residential and non residential businesses started either shutting down or left the country for good. When this horrible crisis was continuing for a while, what happened then to our concerned pro- democratic citizens and politicians? Why no body thought of declaring Black Day for the killings of thousands of innocent Nepali citizen by the Maoist thug? Where those political whores who are now shedding crocodiles tears and shouting”Prajatantra ko Mirtyu” death of Democracy now? Even secretly meeting in India for Madame Sonia’s blessings rather than to find any credible political solution working with the King.

    When His majesty the King stepped in to stop further spiral of innocent civilian deaths, destruction of public properties, these greedy political leaders did not hesitate even to join hands with those Maoist whose hands have been drenched with civilians innocent blood. What can a king do in such situation than not making any move? It should also be seen from a King’s perspective that he did not have any other choice but to put his own life in the line of fire to put a stop to this politically explosive situation. And this he did under extreme difficult political situation when most of the powerful Western countries and our neighbor India ridiculed his action as undemocratic and autocratic arrogance even though, India needed to play more constructive role helping His Majesty to bring normalcy in the region rather than to invite the Maoist terrorist leader for an audience and keep issuing threat to stop supplying arms to RNA when the arm supply was very necessary in combating Maoist terrorism. In order to save the dignity of our Nation, His Majesty has no other alternative but to seek arms to China or even from Pakistan.
    It is a pity that we always see things through the western eyes rather than to have our own way of looking things. Even the media those who sale their editorials for few hundred bucks, act as if their only interest is to protect the Western values and interest rather than our’s (Nepal). When the Maoist insurgency started, our corrupt political leaders never paid any attention even though many of our treasure were destroyed one by one. So did the media. Just one of the major incident that happened few years back, the Maoist blew one of Asia’s biggest Rice factory in Rajapur, Bardia when many poor people lost their livelihoods in that locality and Nepal lost huge foreign exchange earnings through exporting quality rice. This type of terrorist act against our Nation is still continuing.Few recent carnage by the Maoist as evident from various media is no doubt a crime against humanity. What is Maoist trying to achieve? Are these their political motto in destroying everything until Nepal reaches the Stone Age? How about this mayhem never even qualified for our learned member’s condemnation or a BLACK DAY? Unfortunately, we only learned to bark when our Western masters told us that “Democracy is in danger”, the little King is the root of all evils, even though he is entitled to govern the country under exceptional condition as permitted by the Nepal’s constitution (Clause 117).
    It is time to refresh our memory of Nepal’s history of establishment of democracy. When the Rana regime gained power acting as the puppet of the British East India Company and in those primitive days with a weak governing system, the Rana’s put iron clad governance on King’s power and kept His Majesty almost under house arrest blocking all outside connection. Finally, the present King Gyanendra’s grandfather, His majesty King Tribhuvan, revolted openly against the Rana regime. The despotic Rana then tried to kill King Tribhuban, who ultimately took shelter to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu to save his life, and later fled to India. Later on, with the help of the Indian government, his majesty King Tribhuvan returned back to Nepal overthrowing the Rana regime, hence helping to sow the seeds of PRAJATANTRA, the beginning of present democratic norms. In BS 2007 Falgun 7, Tanka Prasad Acharaya, an ordinary citizen, became the Prime Minister of Nepal with the help of His Majesty King Tribhuban. History tells us the Nepal’s Royal had always given importance to the National interest and the people’s welfare of Nepal above their own self interest unlike the corrupt political parties.
    While saying this, what I am trying to understand from many like minded people and various interactions that whether it is of any use to protest against the King’s action now, when no body will argue for him and his all actions are not completely out of controversy. But what possible solutions we have right now to save our country. Protesting and observing BLACK DAY probably will not fetch any viable solution for such a huge political and economic mess that has been piled up because of decade old corrupt political miss- governance. I think we should give His Majesty King the benefit of doubt and to give HIM a fair chance to govern and to see whether he can reverse at least the culture of killings and destruction that has been mimed our tiny Nation as implemented by the Maoist terrorists in the name of Political change. If the KING fails, history will not forgive him. But at least we know if he can reverse this present political crisis, even partially, to start some sort of conciliatory democratic process as we see in the step in up- coming municipal election that may be a huge benefit for the welfare of our people and our country. The present scenario of Nepal demands immediate political intervention to stop and reverse the present act of crime against humanity and downgrade economic spiral. Is there any alternative solution which may stop and revitalize the democratic system that will accommodate only the interest of the people of Nepal rather than the SELF political interest of the corrupt politicians?

  13. Shree Shrestha Avatar
    Shree Shrestha

    PICO IYER is a stupid guy. His opinion on Bhutan is totally wrong. First of all Bhutanese King is not giving up his power to its people. He is abdicating his throne to his son. Pico thinks this is democratic. Second Bhutan’s Foreign and Defense affairs are run by India. So Bhutan is only half the nation. 50 per cent of Bhutanese speak Nepalese compare to 75 per cent in Sikkim. He should know what happen to Sikkim. With the help of India Bhutanese King was able to kick out majority of Nepalese to Nepal through India. When some of these Bhutanese Nepaese try to go back to Bhutan they were stopped by Indian Government. Only sad thing is Nepalese Government did not give these poor Nepalese its citizenship like King Mahendra gave to Nepalese expelled from Burma. All in all Pico’s article in TIME is totally wrong. May be next time he will check the facts.

  14. concerned Avatar

    Since the 1st of June 2001 people in Nepal and around the world must have realised who are this King and his son.
    Killing the Birendra family and all opposition and open the path for the present situation cannot have been a member of the Birendra family, the then crown prince never could have worked in favour of only Gyanendra and Paras. That cover up will not be digested from the people and the truth can now be only hidden with the help of the army

  15. gp Avatar

    I get amazed when Pico Iyer makes a statement like the following:
    “And even as the people of Nepal loudly protest their King’s taking of all power into his own hands, the citizens of Bhutan are mourning their own monarch’s announcement two months ago that he plans to depose himself in 2008.”
    Really Iyer, what people is he talking about, half of the one’s who have been forcefully removed from their own land occupied by their ancestors for hundred’s of year’s or the several dozen inbred royalists left in the capital.
    Iyer should come to Nepal and visit the refugee camps and have a word with Dr. Abraham the UN refugee chap to clear his fogged up head.
    King Gyanendra maybe authoratative but to compare him with King Jigme (who as someone pointed out is abdicating and handing the Kingdom to his son) is like comparing apples and oranges. They are both round and that is where the similarities end. The International community every day takes our King to task with numerous pressures, but pray tell us Iyer what have they done to the King of Bhutan for his absolute rule and the exile of his own citizens. He has created refugees, except unlike the Chinese who argue that Tibet and Tibetans are a part of China, King Jigme argues that Bhutan is his and not for the people of Nepalese origin who have been their for centuries, well before the Dragon throne was even established.
    Why don’t the EU discuss this in their agenda and stop making Nepal a target everytime and all the time. Let us not even go to the virtually non-existent “Free Tibet” movement. One thing has shut the EU and the Americans regarding Tibet and it sounds like “Ching!Ching!” – Show me the money!!!

  16. ameet Avatar

    who the hell is pico iyer, u don’t know anything about nepal. Who said nepal is going backward, our(we nepalese) is awareness is waking we can do anything even throw that shit king’

  17. Kunjan Avatar

    I think we need step back and take a look at what our country has become before we decide to jump on Pico Iyer. The Bhutanese I know really have a sense of pride and patriotism in country. They’ve made incredible progress in the last few years. In a few months they are going to generating and exporting three times as much electricity as Nepal. Unfortunately we here in Nepal while we have more potential can’t seem to get our act together.

  18. Pannu Avatar

    Just the we are throwing pulling our hair’s over what some foreigner said about us, tells us a lot about what our country and people have been reduced to. It’s just sad. If Pico had said something like this this about the Bhutanese, they wouldn’t have cared. They would have just gone about working hard and developing their country in their own way. Maybe we in Nepal should be a little bit like the Bhutanese and not care about whether what some foreign actor or reporter says.

  19. Kunal Lama Avatar
    Kunal Lama


    In a reversal of roles, Pico Iyer goes from hero travel writer to zero commentator

    “…one of the most revered travel writers… Born in England, raised in California, educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, his essays and other writings have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, the New Yorker… His books include Video Night in Kathmandu, Falling off the Map…”

    Google Pico Iyer and this is what comes up: an immediate applause for his worldliness, erudition and accomplishments. So it was no surprise that when I saw his article Tale of Two Kingdoms in Time I thought, at last, someone who can put an intelligent handle on this silly Bhutan vs. Nepal thing (an issue hyped up by foreign press) into proper perspective. I should have paid more attention to the sub-title. Reading it, I got into one of those situations where one feels so insulted, invectives and murderous thoughts flow senselessly.

    Mr. Iyer has obviously cobbled together one of his periodic essays for Time, his former employer of four years, with little respect for history or reality. His puerile attempt at comparing Nepal and Bhutan was irritating; the destruction of his usual clever language bemusing; his commentary clichéd and the conclusions specious. Let us get one thing straight: Himalayan Kingdoms both might be but that is where the similarity summarily ends. He regurgitated the oft-quoted litany of quirks that is supposed to confirm Bhutan as the new Shangri-La. All sentient souls this corner of the Indian sub-continent know that Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness” sags with sadness when 100,000 of its ethnically-cleansed population languishing in the eastern plains of Nepal for the last 15 years are taken into account. Get real, please. A few boutique hotels and a promise to relinquish the throne in 2008 make not a magic kingdom or a noble king. The Bhutanese subjects’ attachment to their medieval costumes rapidly wears off in the shopping malls of Delhi, go-go bars of Bangkok and, one might add, Casino Tara of Boudha. And, pray, why drag in religion? The practice of Christianity, in any case, is now constitutionally allowed in Nepal, but it is a recent import largely spread by unspiritual promises of economic advancement.

    Nepal is slowly coming to terms with the implications of democracy, instituted as recently as 1990. The going has not been comfortable or even certain, compounded by the 10-year-long Maoist insurgency. However, Nepal continues to remain a vibrant country full of appealing anomalies. Nepal may have welcomed tourists in the 70s with the easy promise of hashish and hedonism but the natural beauty and the curious charm of its pluralistic peoples have always been the real attractions. Even Bhutanese citizens are welcome here but it has always puzzled me why we are not allowed to enter Bhutan freely. We have never closed our doors on visitors: western governments have with their alarmist travel advisories. Its foreign, defence and economic policies all but governed by India, Bhutan can ill-afford to sneer at Nepal’s present misfortunes with righteous sniggering. My suspicion is that Bhutan’s widely-advertised disdain for Nepal is actually a perfectly-pitched but delusional ploy to mask fear and envy. Nepal represents all that Bhutan cannot be due to its geographical and international insignificance; its myopic vision that confuses self-preservation with seclusion and the ruling clutch’s realisation that its hold on power–royal and political chicanery notwithstanding–is finite. To quote Mr. Iyer “…the first law of modern life is that everything is as impermanent as an image on a screen; the only form of continuity is change”. Deep within, Bhutan knows that it cannot stop the clock from ticking and controlling the time it will inevitably tell.

    Finally, by coining linguistically-challenged words such as “Nepalmed” with its non-Nepal connotations, clumsy stabs at promiscuous semantics and scurrilous second-hand comments about Nepal and, especially, the Nepalese women, Mr. Iyer has made an utter ass of himself. By criticising Nepal while romanticising Bhutan, he has merely followed trend, missing a chance to correct it. He once said that the most important challenge in the writing process for him was clarity. Since clarity was clearly lacking in his article, perhaps it is he who should be listening to the King of Bhutan, deposing himself of all literary and analytical responsibilities in 2008. Or, better, sooner.

    Kunal Lama

  20. Gene Spellings Avatar
    Gene Spellings

    However, Nepal continues to remain a vibrant country full of appealing anomalies.

    You can suger coat your situation with with such fanciful phrases all you want, but the fact remains: The Bhutanese are doing a far better job of taking care of their country and their people.

    Nepal represents all that Bhutan cannot be due to its geographical and international insignificance; its myopic vision that confuses self-preservation with seclusion and the ruling clutch’s realisation that its hold on power–royal and political chicanery notwithstanding–is finite

    Err.. Kunal dear,
    I really don’t think Bhutanese are myopic or jealous about not being a country on the brink of civil war. Believe me, I have met some of these Bhutanese people. They’re definitely not myopic when it comes to their country. If anything I’d say Nepalese are myopic in the way deal with Indians.

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  22. Drukstylz Avatar

    Dear Kunal

    You are doing just what Iyer did. You got upset and now instead of being reasonable you tirade about Iyer, Bhutan, and everyone in between.

    Bhutanese do not cackle and rub their hands with glee every time misfortune befalls Nepal. The sooner Nepal focuses on Itself and tries to solve its own internal issues the better for the entire region.

    You should be proud of Nepal and not have to bring Bhutan down to make yourself feel better. I admire your country and have made many Nepali friends. However reading the posts here, I seriously wonder why we are argue.

    Most Bhutanese speak Nepali, we have Nepali friends, listen to Nepali music and sing the songs. I don’t think we would do that if as you say, “Bhutanese have a myopic view of Nepal”.

    Yes the refugee issue was an terrible thing. Thankfully it is over, with 60% being relocated to America and the rest going to third party countries such as Australia, Netherlands, Scandinavia.

    We’ll I wish you all the best of luck and congratulations on your new political leader “Mr. Prachandra”. Hopefully he can help Nepal be all it can.

    Hopefully when things start working out for Nepal, maybe you will realize, that Bhutan was never laughing behind your back.

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