Chopper Crashed, Dignitaries Died, Nepal Observes National Holiday. Why?

Comment of the Moment [This comment was originally posted by Dukhi in this blog post]

Dukhit says:
September 26th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

The government of Nepal [yesterday] declared Wednesday [today] a day of national mourning following the confirmation of the death of all 24 passengers, many of them renowned personalities in Nepali and Kathmandu based epact community, of the ill-fated Shree Airlines helicopter that crashed in Taplejung three days ago. With all respect to the passing souls, I believe that this decision of declaring a national mourning day and giving public holiday on tomorrow was unnecessary. While writing this, I don’t want to be portrayed as an insensitive and emotionless idiot but this special treatment to those who died in chopper crash has clearly done injustice to those people who had died a few weeks ago in landslide in Ulleri village of Kaski-Myagdi border. The government didn’t even mention those who died in Ulleri its cabinet meetings. The families were left alone. Yes, I am also deeply saddened by the accident and I am remembering that moment nearly three years ago when I was talking with Dr. Harka Gurung in his office about mountains of Nepal. There were other distinguished personalities in the helicopter and all of them died.

The government has not given us reason for closing down all government offices and schools and it seems this decision wasn’t based on any legal provisions but simply a political and emotional decision. Was that because so many people died? Or because so many people died in a helicopter crash? Or because there was one minister, three government employees? Or because there were some foreign personalities and a diplomats? If this is because of the death of a sitting government minister, then I have nothing to say because there must be legal provision for such rituals. If not, the state should treat all of its citizens (living and dead) equally and duly focus its attention to those who died in Ulleri village. What about those 26 people who were poor and virtually unknown to the rest of the society?

Other comments to this comment (again from the same previous blog):

Prof. Pyare Lall says:
September 26th, 2006 at 10:14 pm

Yes you are right mr. Dukhit. We have high respect for those who died and they were environmentalist and forest wildlife conservation experts but it is rediculous to daclare holiday on that basis. If we do such things we will work for 100 days only out of 365 days. This was just not at all necessary.

scoop says:
September 27th, 2006 at 10:58 am


Adding to your comment, I am sure the late Dr. Harka Gurung and his esteemed company would not have liked this national holiday either. They were all hard working, practical people. These are souls who would probably be honoured if the government officials agreed instead to do a full days honest and efficient work from 9am to 5pm, unlike these beureucrats who come to work at 11am and leave at 3pm. That would be tribute to these fantastic minds.

UWB: While posting these comments here, we also don’t want to be portrayed as “insensitive and emotionless idiot[s]” but we definitely don’t agree with the government in declaring today a public holiday. May all departed souls rest in peace. We will miss you all.

Background Articles

Nation mourns chopper crash dead
National mourning today

KATHMANDU, Sept 26 – The government on Tuesday decided to observe September 27 (Wednesday) as a day of national mourning and public holiday in memory of 24 people — that included State Minister Gopal Rai and other prominent national and international personalities — who perished in a helicopter crash on Saturday. The Cabinet meeting Tuesday decided to pay state tribute to Gopal Rai, Minister of State for Forests and Soil Conservation, and 23 others killed in the Shree Airlines helicopter that crashed at Lelep of Taplejung district.

The nation’s flag will fly at half-mast in all government offices throughout the country as well as in Nepal’s diplomatic missions abroad, the Cabinet decided. The cabinet also said the death of the state minister, Finnish diplomat, US aid workers and top national and foreign conservation experts and others on board was the “saddest moment” for Nepal and was a great loss to Nepal’s conservation sector, according to a cabinet source. (continue reading)

US closes mission on Wednesday to observe mourning: The US Embassy in Kathmandu has decided to close its mission on Wednesday to join Nepal in the day of national mourning in memory of the 24 ill-fated passengers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Taplejung. According to a statement issued by the Embassy, all previously scheduled events on Wednesday have been cancelled.

Similarly, the UN System in Nepal has expressed “deep sorrow” at the deaths of passengers and offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.A statement issued by the UN quoted UN Resident Coordinator Matthew Kahane as saying that the UN family is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of “our friends and colleagues who in their mission to help the development of Nepal put their lives at risk”. “It is a terrible loss for the country and the international community,” Kahane said.

Salvage team grapples to retrieve bodies

KATHMANDU, SEPT 26: A salvage team on the ground struggled throughout Tuesday to retrieve the 24 bodies from the MI-17 helicopter that crashed Saturday in the Lelep area of Taplejung district. But the team failed to bring the bodies back to the capital today due to bad weather and rugged terrain at the crash site.The bodies are expected to arrive in the capital at around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, if the weather remains favourable, said Mohan Adhikari, acting Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). “The ground rescue team has already brought the bodies — most of them damaged beyond recognition — to around a kilometer down from the crash site.” The crash site is some two kilometers from the nearest helipad located in Phale. (continue reading)

Nation’s loss

An editorial piece in today’s Kathmandu Post

The human loss incurred by the country last Saturday as a result of chopper crash in Taplejung district is immense and insurmountable. The conservation and development sectors cannot produce such a dynamic, devoted and dedicated team, nor will Nepal ever have such conservationists to save the denuding Himalayas. They had worked hard to launch a US $ 1.5 billion joint Kanchanjunga project — the first model of its kind in the entire world. After five years of hard work, the project was handed over to the local communities on Saturday. This has become a lesson now on “why local communities are the real owners to preserve, protect and save our planet from denudation”. The Finnish Charge d’ Affaires, deputy director of USAID Nepal and the UK-based WWF conservationists have equally contributed to the model project. Unfortunately, the fateful Saturday snatched the entire team from our midst.

In the last five years, Nepal has witnessed a total of 17 air crashes. This, obviously, is a dreadful figure that intensifies the fear of any lay air passenger. Of them, six were involved with Russian made MI-17 choppers, no matter how the civil aviation authority has noted them. Every crash has led a setting up of commission to silence critics but no preventative measure has been taken yet. It was reported, some time ago, that the government was mulling over the banning of Russian made MI-17 choppers from carrying passengers. Why did the aviation authority pretend to be deep asleep despite a series of air crashes that have claimed several human lives? One wonders the way the government took three days to locate Saturday’s crash site. An emergency locator transmitter should have helped locate the chopper immediately after the crash. Did the MI-17 choppers have such equipment? How could the civil aviation authority let the MI-17 fly without emergency locator transmitter, if it did not have one? continue reading

Missing chopper crashed, no survivors

TAPLEJUNG/KATHMANDU, Sept 25 – After a search operation lasting two days, a rescue party on the ground on Monday found the wreckage of the missing 9N-AHJ helicopter with no survivors. The helicopter crashed on Saturday in Gabla of Taplejung district.

The helicopter was reported missing since Saturday morning when it was on a 20-minute flight from Ghunsa to Suketar in Taplejung district. Only a single body could be identified while the rest of the bodies were scattered into pieces making identification difficult. The chopper was carrying Gopal Rai, state minister for Forest and his wife; Pauli Mustonnen, charge d’affairs at the Finnish Embassy; and Dr Damodar Parajuli, acting secretary at the Ministry of Forest, among others.

“A seven-man rescue team air-dropped from an army helicopter located the crash site and contacted the helicopter while it was flying over the area on Sunday,” said officials at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). The crash site is one-mile southwest from Ghunsa. Bad weather obstructed rescue effort. The rescue team was prevented from picking up dead bodies from the wreckage site. Rescue helicopters were also unable to land near the crash site due to poor visibility.Officials at CAAN said three helicopters are on standby at Suketar airport in Taplejung. “As soon as the weather improves, the bodies will be brought to the capital,” they said.

Meanwhile, the government formed a seven-member a committee to investigate the cause of the crash.The Committee headed by Keshari Raj Pandit, — a Patan Appellate Court judge — has been given 15 days to submit its report. The US mission to Nepal has expressed deep sorrow over the deaths of Minister of State Rai, his wife, and 22 others on board the ill-fated helicopter. “Two of our mission colleagues – Margaret Alexander and Dr Bijnan Acharya of USAID – were among the victims. They were valued colleagues and friends, and we mourn their loss,” the mission has said in the statement.
Major civilian air accidents in Nepal since 2001

Bad weather obstructing chopper search

By Krishna Regmi in Kathmandu and Dharma Poudel in Taplejung Sept 24 – Foggy weather and heavy rain has hindered the search operation for the missing helicopter of Shree Airlines in Taplejung. The helicopter with 24 people onboard has gone missing in Ghunsa area of Taplejung district since Saturday afternoon.

Five choppers – three civilian and two of the army – flew from Kathmandu Sunday, but couldn’t trace the chopper, and abandoned their operation for today. Worse, meteorologists say bad weather would continue until Monday. “Clouds have erratically and unpredictably been covering the area due to high speed winds, making it difficult for helicopters to reach the spot,” said Krishna Bhakta Manandhar, senior meteorologist at the Department of Metrology in Kathmandu.

The wind speed above 10,000 meters, the average flying height of helicopters, is 60 kilometers at a south-easterly direction. “The visibility in the area was just 200 meters,” he said. Normally, visibility should be 800 meters to fly helicopters. A search team, including 60 army and 30 police personnel, together with local people began combing the area, but nothing has been found yet.

A group of 30 locals from Ghunsa has marched towards Phaledanda to search for the missing chopper. “We heard a big bang in Phaledanda area shortly after the helicopter took off from Ghunsa,” said Daba Chand of Ghunsa. The army helicopter, RAN-53, dropped a seven-member rescue team – two from WWF and five from Nepal Mountaineering Association at Gabla in the district.

Another RAN-50, which left Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) early morning for Taplejung, was diverted to Biratnagar airport due to bad weather. Three civilian helicopters–9N-ADO of Simrik Air, 9N-AHI of Manang Air, and 9N-AGU of Dynasty Air– could not go to the site and are stationed at Suketar Airport in Taplejung. “We could not fly to Suketar Airport via the normal route due to adverse weather,” Niranjan Thapa, the captain of Simrik Air said from Taplejung. “We flew just over the Sunkoshi river and it took us 30 minutes longer than normal.”

Ending today’s aerial survey, the army helicopter went to Itahari, and the Air Dynasty chopper to Biratnagar for the night. Two private helicopters are in standby at Suketar Airport. “Despite out continued and vigorous efforts, we were unsuccessful due to poor weather conditions,” said Pradeep Gyawali, Minister for Culture, Civil Aviation and Tourism. He said a team of army and police personnel have already reached Taplethok. “We will send 70 more army and police personnel early tomorrow morning on foot to locate the chopper,” Minister Gyawali said. The helicopter disappeared on its way back to Taplejung airport from the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.

Chopper was equipped with modern communication sets

The Shree Air chopper was equipped with sophisticated communication equipment, said aviation officials. “It was equipped with emergency locator transmitter and the crew had two satellite sets,” said Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, aviation safety director at Tribhuvan International Airport. “If the chopper had made an emergency landing somewhere, we would at least be in contact with the crew,” he said. “Officially, however, the chopper is ‘missing’ as long as it is not located,” he added.

Aerial search operation was postponed Sunday due to bad weather conditions. “However, 90 security personnel, including 60 soldiers and 30 policemen, are carrying out ground search,” said Bimalesh Karna, manager of Rescue Co-ordination Center at the airport. (source)

Chopper carrying 24 goes missing
State Minister Rai, Dr Harka Gurung, Finnish envoy on board

By Dharma Poudel in TAPLEJUNG & Krishna Regmi in KATHMANDU

TAPLEJUNG, Sept 23 – A Shree Airlines helicopter carrying 24 people has gone missing since this afternoon in Ghunsa area of Taplejung district. Gopal Rai, Minister of State for Forests and Soil Conservation, top bureaucrats, diplomats and top WWF officials were in the chopper along with a four-strong crew.

The helicopter was returning to Taplejung airport at noon after a ceremony to hand over Kangenjunga Conservation Area to the local community. The craft went out of contact in the course of its 17-minute flight to Taplejung airport. WWF Nepal had chartered the helicopter for the occasion.

It is still not clear whether the helicopter has crashed or made an emergency landing in an isolated location. “Minutes after the helicopter took off from Ghunsa, I heard a loud sound,” Himali Sherpa, a Ghunsa local, told a Post reporter in Taplejung over the phone.

Search operations continue

Bad weather- low visibility in fog and rain – has hindered the search operation. Despite several efforts, both army and civilian helicopters failed to trace the missing chopper. Two contingents of army and police personnel have been dispatched from Ghunsa and Suketar to comb the rugged mountain terrain.

A Nepal Army helicopter took off for the area at 2.34 pm from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), but later returned due to bad weather. An Air Dynasty 9N-AGU helicopter tried to make an aerial survey of the lower reaches in Ghunsa, but to no avail. It is now on stand-by at a location around four miles from Ghunsa.

Two helicopters – the army’s RAN-53 and a 9N-AHt of Manang Air – were sent to Biratnagar at 5.27 p.m. But the Manang Air helicopter retuned to the capital due to adverse weather. “We have been working very hard, but unfortunately the weather is not on our side,” said Pradeep Gyawali, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, who was involved in coordinating and facilitating rescue operations throughout the day. “We will continue rescue operations vigorously from early tomorrow morning, mobilizing all mechanisms of the state.”

TIA is going to open at 5.45 am tomorrow, 15 minutes earlier than normal schedule to facilitate the rescue operation, said the official. Three helicopters of Simrik Air, Manang Air and the army have been put stand-by at TIA for proceeding to the area early tomorrow morning.

The missing chopper

Manang Air brought in the missing helicopter from Germany four years ago. The 24-seater has already flown 2,300 hours and carried out overhaul checking after 2,000 hours of flight, said an official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). “Its safety audit was carried out last July for a year’s period.” The captain, Kim Klim, who has been flying the helicopter for three years in Nepal has a good track record, Gyawali said. “He is considered one of the good captains.” The veteran pilot has flown helicopters for 10,000 hours.

Passengers on board

Gopal Rai, Minister of State for Forests and Soil Conservation Gopal Rai’s wife

Dr Damodar Parajuli, acting secretary at the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation

Narayan Poudel, director general of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation

Sharad Rai, director general of Department of Forests Pauli Mustonnen, charge d’affaires, Finnish Embassy

Margaret Alexander, deputy director, USAID (American)

Bijnan Acharya, program

specialist, USAID

Dr Jill Bowling, conservation director, WWF UK (Australian)

Jennifer Headley, coordinator, WWF UK (Canadian)

Mingma Norbu Sherpa, managing director, EHEC, WWF US

Matthew Preece, program officer, WWF US (American)

Dr Chandra Gurung, country representative, WWF Nepal

Dr. Harka Gurung, advisor, WWF Nepal

Dr Tirtha Man Maskey,

co-chair, AsRSG

Yeshi Lama, WWF Nepal

Vijaya Shrestha, central member, FNCCI

Hem Raj Bhandari, Nepal Television

Sunil Singh, Nepal Television

Dawa Tshering, chairperson, KCAMC


Klim Kim, Russian captain

Valery Slafronov,

crew member

Mingma Sherpa, captain (Nepali)

Tandu Shrestha, ac crew

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30 thoughts on “Chopper Crashed, Dignitaries Died, Nepal Observes National Holiday. Why?

  1. We have this tradition in Nepal that we consider everyone great after he or she passes away and we start crying and crying and crying dropping the crocodile tears. Marepachhi mahan. Especially when it comes to the death of literary or sporting figures. The society never gives required attention to the person when she or he was alive and suddenly starts pouring waves of condolences when the same person passes away. I see the same happening in this case.

    (Yes, before I am branded, as stated above, “insensitive and emotionless idiot” I would like to say that I am also sad.)

    All people must be treated equally. When I saw the photos of sisters of journalist Hem Raj Bhandari of Nepal Television, I was deeply saddened by the death of the young man who was earning bread for his family. So everyone is great and everyone has contributed to society. I also don’t agree with this notion that this is an “irreparable loss”. Every death is irreparable loss regardless of who has died but the society will and must go on.

    This was a disaster, yes, but why a public holiday? Why close all schools and government offices? Can’t there be any other way of expressing sorrow and mourning the death without disturbing education of children and hampering the government business? Is this closure in any way different than those senseless Nepal bandas that political parties and other dissatisfied groups used to do? Let’s think and decide. If we come to some valid conclusion, that would be the best condolence to the departed souls.

  2. What ‘s fuss about, this is not typical Nepali but all over the world.
    If a king, a hero or champion dies, the nation and people beyond it mourn and its good fodder for the media, vice versa as well as your blog shows.

  3. what can we expect from this Idiot governemnt which freely let roaming around to the maoist terrorist thugs with guns and bullets, issusing them certificate to kill and loot to poor people. This is not loss for the country? Poor boy who was killed by maoist terrorsit, was a sole bread and butter earner to that family. This is not loss for the country.

    It was loss but I have not seen reason to legally shutdown whole country for that reason. There are so many ways to recognize to those who lost life in crash, but no reason to shut down whole government for that reason, do they know how much government bear the loss for that reason?

  4. Anyways, most of the time – days in Kathmandu are half shut ( Krantikari hooliganism)or completely shut( road blocks by all the organization, trade Union etc.,protest) so no big deal.

    Talk about productivity or working hours- all are under or below anyways. I guess our basic survival needs is political and politics. Who is to say this is wrongended

  5. I totally agree with Dukhi’s view. Of course I am very sad to miss someone whom I had worked with. I feel happy to hear that government have tried to respect the death souls but can’t that be expressed by lowering the national flag or other way instead of closing all the offices and schools. Here in Austria, the president Thomas Klestil died when he was still in post and coming from Nepal I thought there would be public holiday since he was state head but next day I witnessed that only flags were lowered and blag flags were seen in office.There were no any disturbaces in the regular routine. So why not to follow these examples. There are many loss when there is sudden close of the offices and schools. I think government should come out with some rules on these aspects.

  6. What a useless post. Like someone said what about the bandhs that frequently close the country down and also even on working days the lazy bureaucrats hardly work!

  7. Hi Mr Dukhit:

    My heartfelt condolence to everyone who departed on that helicopter crash. Everone of them were hardworking sincere people who contributed their lives for the conservation of the mother nature. It is a great loss to Nepal and the mother nature.

    It is really sad that the government announced yet another national holiday, despite the Dashain holidays, the soon coming Tihar holidays without considering the national or district level bandhs that are organised by someone or the other frequently.

    Just wondering if someone has actually calculated the number of working hours in Nepal.

  8. Everybodies life is same but somebody’s life lose is lose for country and somebody’s life is just for family. Of course, the contribution of one for the country is counted. Some people are so important for the country and even for the world.

    All citizens must be treated equally but why some people are in jail and some are in higher post? It is of course different and country can not treat all in the same footing. Yes, the government must crealy mention why, there is national mourn for the death of one and not for the other’s.

    People are dieing every moment and the country can not mourn all the time but of course if a person of national interest die the country will mourn whatever is the reason of death may be. Yes, if Mr. Rai was died naturally in the hospital, we would mourn but there may not be a national mourn day. Can we say, “why there is no national mourn for the other who died in the hospital?”

    So, Mr. Dukhi, in spite of being agree with many of your points, I am not fully agree with you. I think you also need to address clearly too, what you are trying to say.

  9. there was a guy who was eating in a diner when he found there was a mouse in his food….and when he complained..the waiter said ” don’t shout and wave it about or the rest will be wanting one too”….

    ..this is just to illustrate that things happen but do we always need to cry foul all the time? …..the govt must have done some homework before declaring a holiday….so that’s that. If there was a utopian society then there would be no such holidays..thats true.

    May the departed souls rest in peace…..

  10. i think it is call day of “mourning” rather than holiday. yeah but people instead of mourning usually tend to have fun.

  11. My deepest respects to those who died-perhaps the best of our lot. It is a great, great loss. I don’t mind the state holiday for the national mourning. If anyone deserved it perhaps these Nepalis.

  12. Yes, it was a tragic helicopter crash with some very notable figures that passed away. But, there is no reason to have a national mourning day/holiday. Now we are a having a state funeral for a State Minister, what next… I thought state funerals were only reserved for Head of State & Government or am i wrong?

    How much are we spending for this state funeral while people are starving in the Karnali region & we are suffering from high unemployment… We, Nepalis need to get back to work. We need to work at school, work to feed our families, work to get our business expanding, & work to move the peace process forward. We don’t need a holiday. We need to working 24/7 instead.

    Unless the government & the SPA were not ready for the Thursday Summit with Moabadis. So what better way to gain some time than call for a national holiday & a state funeral. What an excuse…

    Reminds me of a famous Nepali adage, “Kam kura eka tira, kumlo bokyo Thimi tira.”

  13. Kirat,

    Your uncle, his honorable minister, Gopal Rai, was one of the victims, right?

    Dukhit has raised a legitimate question regarding the declaration of a public holiday in memory of the people who were on that ill-fated chopper. I think declaring a day of mourning and flying the national flag at half-mast would have sufficed.

  14. Bumbastic-I was thinking more in terms of Mssrs. Harka Gurung, Chandra Gurung, Mingma Sherpa (of WWF), Bijan Acharya, Tirtha Maskey, Sharad Rai, etc people who worked hard for Nepal. But go ahead, make it a communal Rai thing if it makes you happy. I guess you would rather celebrate some of our more inclusive ‘culturally significant’ day-offs?

  15. By the way I’m not related to the Hon’ble Minister- refreshing change from some other communities where everyone seems to be related to someone in power, huh? Couldn’t resist this slightly racist barb! But it’s true!

  16. Well, I am not sure if the death of Dr. Harka Gurung and Chandra Gurung is irreparable damage to the country. I am really not sure. Could anyone please explain why is so? Let me explain that every death is irreparable.

    And I heard one of those Gurungs were strong advocate of anti-bahuns in Nepal? Was that a good thing? Please someone enlighten me.

  17. this grumbling is useless…’s like saying why does one have to get is far better because we save time and energy.

    A holiday has been declared for people who did sth. for the nation. So stop growling and if you can, give your respects to the dead for their souls to rest in peace……

  18. Surkhe, you dumb bigot. If you put all those mediocre bahuns together you won’t get half of Dr.Harka Gurung. To replace Dr.Harka Gurung it will atleast take 50 years, and you can’t comprehend his loss and contribution to nepal cuz you are bigot bahuns who can’t take concrete criticism. Dr.Gurung have seen more Nepal and knows Nepal from inside out and that’s where his critism of Bahunbad comes from.

  19. Baa.. Black ship

    Who are you cursing idiot ? Why Bhaun and Gurung here? can not be just Nepali for a day. Dr. Gurung was a learned person (Nepali) and the damage is really irreparable. He was a geographer, planner and good person. Giving a day off for accidental death for every citizen’s demise will put Nepal in Guiness Book for sure. Why did not they announce holiday for Shreshta (MP)’s assassination ? That is more puzzling ! He was a seating MP was not he? Some lifes are more important than others for some…All lifes are equal for god

  20. Peace for?

    Maoists step up extortion
    Kantipur Report
    ARGHAKHANCHI, Sept 28 – Locals in Arghakhanchi are terrorized as Maoists have intensified their donation campaign ahead of Dashain. From civil servants to locals returning home from abroad, rebels have been extorting money from all in the name of “tax” for the people’s government, a local said.
    “Two rebels recently came to the office demanding “Dashain tax”, an employee at the District Administration Office said. The Maoists have been demanding Rs 500 to 15,000 “donation” from all government offices in the district.

    Scattered around villages, several Maoist groups have been collecting money from locals returning home for Dashain. “Two persons who claimed to be Maoists, stopped me as I was on my way home and asked for some money. They would not let me go unless I paid the money,” said Bishnu Prasad Banjhade of Sandhikharka, who arrived here from Delhi, India, on Wednesday.

  21. the death of Dr. Harka Gurung alone is a reason for a nation to mourn..and add on top of that the loss of so many other dignitaries… a nation has lost some of its best its obvious that a nation is mourning.. now if the government wanted to mark this as a sad day by announcing a public holdiay..what is wrong about that??
    u say not to potray yourselves as insensitive and emotionless iditos but that is exactly what you are….

  22. Let me blunt and to the point- each and every Nepali should pledge their allegiance to the King. Now, before you go off the rockers, hear me out. We are NEPALI just for the reason they unified 24s and 22s state into one Nepal and you can call yourself with pride, I hope, Nepali rather than Bihari, Pahadi etc.,. Isn’t that enough or you’d rather pledge you allegiance to Manmonhan or mass murderer Prachande’ and cover blown RAW agent Baburam.

  23. Personally,

    I work most public holidays and the like as well, so this is neither here or there for me. However, if the government is beginning to make this a trend they should start cutting down on the numerous other holidays we have. Did the government make this day of mourning because of the nature of their deaths coupled with their prominence or just because of their prominence? If it is just because of their prominence, then I’m afraid they have missed quite a few great contributors to this nation no matter what their citizenship – I can off the bat think of people like Tenzing Norgay and Dr. Toni Hagen, not to forget Lain Singh Bangdel, Rishi Kesh Shah, Gopal Yonzan and I’m sure many more, some of whome went at a relatively young age.
    A government who hardly does much to even honour great souls like Bhanubhakta Acharya (whose birthday goes hardly noticed) and not to mention Prithvi Narayan Shah (whose statue outside Singha Durbar still lies covered in shame) – before the republicans cry wolf, try for a moment if you can separate the person Prithvi as a uniter of this land into Nepal as opposed to the ancestor of our present King Gyanendra – He will always be known as the man who created Nepal no matter what your inclinations and I am sure he had no idea then that the nation he formed would end up at this state as I am sure he had no idea that one of his ancestors who would be King is Gyanendra.
    In a sentence this government is nothing less then populist and hypocritical.

  24. I remember when Indira Gandhi died, the Indian Government requested the nation to stand in silence for 15 minutes at a designated hour. That was the mourning.

  25. MR. FUNNY if all life is equal then how come your veda’s says that bahuns are greater than the rest? does that mean your veda is useless? listen funny i was not the one who started comparing whose life was more important. it was that dumb bigot surkhe who started this.

  26. I think the government announced the holiday so that they could postpone the summit talk. Look at how all of them are so easily using this as an excuse for not holding the summit talk. I however, would like to express my condolences to the victims’ families.

    Remember how the madi incident was not mourned. Why should there be a public holiday when a minister dies but no one cares when 36 innocent Nepali citizens die. I think if, the madi incident did not deserve mourning, neither does this. And yes i agree with one of the blogger who said, “all lives are ireplaceble or the losses are irrepairable”.

  27. Talking nonsense and spiting at each other. Be ashamed to take creed, caste and racial line. All those who died in that crash were apt and eminent people of their fields. It is a loss not only for this country but for many othes too. They should be honoured and remembered. But this very tragic incident should not be for a day of holidaying, idleing which this government is making. Stopage of work does commemorate no one. It is just a pretence to laziness.

  28. Chopper crashed was not an accident; it was a highly secret Royal families plan and crime. Paras, Gyanendra, Pashupati JB Rana and Surya bahadur Thapa were secretly involved.

    Criminal has to get punishment by law and people.

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