Kalanki Killings Through Lens

The royal regime has again shown its gruesome face. In an extreme case of brutality, the state killed three protesters in Kalanki. Kalanki was the scene of a grotesque massacre today.

Photos By Shaligram Tiwari

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The Horror! The Horror! A camera, bloodbath and confiscated flag Continue reading Kalanki Killings Through Lens

General Strike Day XV

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State has again turned ruthless. They even took away the bodies of dead protesters from Model Hospital, Bagbazaar. As I write this, half an hour black out is being successfully observed. The authorities have extended the curfew from 8 pm to 3 am. From 3 am there is two hour break.And, again it will be resumed. But, nothing has deterred the people so far. The agitaton has reached every nook and cranny of the country. There are reports of tremendous protests across the country. Continue reading General Strike Day XV

Echoes of French Revolution

By Dev Joshi

In 1789, 14th July, when the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, Louis XVI, the astonished King, said to his reporting officer:

“But this, this is a revolt.”
“No Sir” was the reply: “It is a Revolution!”

I wonder if anybody, who has cared to observe things and scenes on 26th and 27th Chaitra (April 8 and 9) and henceforth, isn’t thinking of a revolution. At least, I am thinking heavily about a revolution here in my own yard! Just pondering that finally this withered and emaciated superstructure of Shah dynasty built some two and half centuries ago is, at last, crumbling, basically due to the monarchy itself as has been with the French Revolution. Madelyn had commented about the French Revolution: “It was the French Monarchy which made the Revolution.” It is too apt here. Continue reading Echoes of French Revolution

My Kind of Protest

Our blogger sneaks out of her suburban home at Lokanthali and narrates her kind of protest

By Zade

I saw a crowd of people with red flags from our window. I had just posted the last entry and finished reading Prabesh’s “I wonder if you are going to go out at all, and as always, looking forward to reading your experiences.” (This end sounds like the end of a formal letter. Finding it pretty weird to address you that way, but will slowly get used to it I guess).

The writing along with the view was a sure combination for disaster. Adrenaline rush. “We gotta go,” I told my sister. I got on my Andolan jeans? Nope! A different one this time. My sister agreed to come with me. Mom was nagging this time, saying there is no sign of protest now. Why do you have to go? We’re going out to observe, I told her. Don’t worry, you won’t be childless. We both have a long lifeline. I am the palm reader after all. Continue reading My Kind of Protest

State of Fear: Nepal Under Curfew

New article on UWB and D Wagle in UCLA’s Asia Media: Between activism and journalism
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By Deepak Adhikari

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Eating and sleeping in the office because of curfew. Journalist/blogger Deepak (clad in sweater) having lunch at Kantipur Publication canteen with his colleagues. Journalists spent night in the office fearing that they would be deprived of reporting for the paper because of limited curfew pass provided by the authorities.

As the state imposed 18 hour curfew starting from 2 AM yesterday to 8 PM today, I decided to stay at office, for the authorities have not provided curfew pass to any media. After chatting over phones, sharing the anxieties with my colleagues, I finally hit the sack at midnight. In the morning, when I woke up, the sunbeam had entered the office chamber. I was wondering, recalling that morning shows the day axiom, what this glowing sun has in store for a country in the throes of transformation. Continue reading State of Fear: Nepal Under Curfew

SPA Leaders, Now or Never!

The ongoing movement has provided an opportunity for Seven Party Alliance (SPA) leaders to create history by making Nepali people fully sovereign

UWB received this article from Nepali Bhai

What increasingly large and vocal demonstrations throughout Nepal are making very clear is what the people of Nepal do not want. They reject absolute monarchy and in particular they reject the continuation of Gyanendra as king of Nepal. What makes even more difficult any attempt to preserve any form of monarchy in Nepal, no matter how limited, is the intense and near-universal hatred of crown prince Paras which has only grown over the years. The people of Nepal will never accept him as king same young people who shaved their heads and openly wept when King Birendra was murdered, now risk their lives, day after day, to bring this king down. Continue reading SPA Leaders, Now or Never!