Nepal Comment: Catch Phrases and Road to Nowhere

By Chattra Bahadur

The catch phrases in Nepal change frequently. Usually, metamorphosis is almost invisible; however, it spreads uncontrollably like a wildfire. The media, knowingly and/or unknowingly, creates frenzy. We are instantly consumed by the season’s catch phrase and our reactions are often extreme, defying any logic and reaching a point of insanity. Then, we see, hear and read in the media from a new breed of self-professed experts, who seemingly have knowledge of everything. They often propagate radical, intense and idealistic conceptions that make one suspect whether these experts suffer from some delusional syndrome. Perhaps, the experts understand that radicalism does sell very well, given the Nepalese social milieu; at the same time, it is hardly a feasible proposition. Despite their shortcomings, they must be appreciated for pointing out that Nepal is in dire need of transformation in all spheres. Unfortunately, we are also witnessing a trend wherein the experts present a variety of piecemeal packages aimed at transforming one sphere (usually political environment) only at the cost of and/or neglecting other spheres. The rationale for this practice is that ‘correction of the political environment precedes correction of all the other environments’. It is myopic approach because the political environment influences, for instance say, the economic environment and, in turn, is influenced by it. In other words, one particular environment acts as the both cause and effect concurrently, and unidirectional relationship does not exist in the context of societal influences. Thus, only a comprehensive package of transformation, inclusive of all spheres, will be successful.

It is known fact that the Nepalese society is highly politicized and politics permeates every sphere. Perhaps, this is the result of freedom from very long political repression. However, even in the era of democracy, the political power is concentrated in the hands of ‘neo-elitist’ coterie. This is contradiction since the revolt against one-party rule in the early 1990s was against then ruling elitist coterie. The crusaders of democracy (after assuming power) found it convenient to give continuity to the same mannerism and mores that existed before, instead of ushering vibrant and workable democratic values. The politicians, in drunken stupor of power, chose their past hardships and unknown fates of their compatriots (during the one-party rule) as a honorable excuse to perpetuate any undemocratic exercise to remain in power. The definition of democracy was their undeniable right to be in power because of their past hardships and not because they can contribute positively at present. In no time, existent values such as ‘right connection’, ‘nepotism’, ‘favoritism’ and ‘money by any means’ were strongly ingrained and reinforced further in the societal value system, and became inseparable and inerasable fabric of the Nepalese society.

The urban-based exclusive clique of the Nepalese intelligentsia was quick to understand the emergent undercurrent. They were also equally quick to mould themselves to this new reality and take advantage of available opportunity. Instead of influencing the political process in any manner, they allowed themselves to be submerged in the narrow visions and self-centered goals of the politicians. Many of them continually asserted their independent intellectual identities but were seen propagating ideologies of the political parties that accommodated them. Some even took evolutionary (though risky) approach to transform themselves into human (and civic) rights activists; of late, they are known as the first citizens of the civic society. Their strongest contribution to the Nepalese society is that they created a new employable sector for hundreds of unemployed Nepalese. They showed that even without adequate educational qualification or minimum level of understanding, you could have a very successful career as a human rights activist (measured in terms of number of conferences and seminars one attends, number of times quoted in media and regularity therein, and amount of dollars attracted from the donors). Secondly, they showed that loud decibel in the national media, even without venturing outside the capital city, can ensure success and bring great rewards. However, at present, their stock has hit all-time low. In the power struggle to rule Nepal after the April 2006 movement, the politicians have not taken their incessant attempts to dictate terms and assume the extra-constitutional authority kindly. As a result of this, they are having a low-intensity confrontation with the politicians, but without much success. It is certain that they will bounce back again in a new avatar with new agenda and new catch phrase.

Where does it leave us- the ordinary Nepalese? Not exactly in a rosy predicament. However, the optimists call these times as the moment of reckoning. Perhaps it is because we are groping in the dark trying to ascertain our cultural identities and social relevance while being acutely aware of lost hopes and worsening economic and security conditions. We know that our politicians will weave a new catch phrase tomorrow for mass consumption that will be ably supported by our media. We also know that a Mr. John or a Ms. Smith, representing some international agency, will assure us that everything is all right and we are making great progress. By then, many of us will realize that catch phrases and assurances are the roads to nowhere. And tomorrow, rather than being consumed by these catch phrases, many of us will be in India, Malaysia and the Gulf countries to make our ends meet. Some of us will be washing dishes in the western world in pursuit of higher education and better life. Many of us will give in to cynicism criticizing everything and everyone without an inch of belief and faith in anything or anyone. And most of us will ultimately resign to the irony of fate.

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  1. “We also know that a Mr. John or a Ms. Smith, representing some international agency, will assure us that everything is all right and we are making great progress. By then, many of us will realize that catch phrases and assurances are the roads to nowhere. And tomorrow, rather than being consumed by these catch phrases, many of us will be in India, Malaysia and the Gulf countries to make our ends meet. Some of us will be washing dishes in the western world in pursuit of higher education and better life. Many of us will give in to cynicism criticizing everything and everyone without an inch of belief and faith in anything or anyone. And most of us will ultimately resign to the irony of fate.”

    well said.

  2. Reality bites. I think our “ïntellectuals” and “civic society poll bearers” have led us down the road to knowhere. Instead of leading the way, they have been led by politcal sloganeering and personal interests. This article puts things clearly – we are lost in rhetoric no one understands, and far removed from the realities. Same goes for foreigners who have so much to say from their lap tops but have little grasp of realities. Everyone seems to have a report to file to someone who pays their bills.

  3. People in general would like to live in dream or Utopia and catch word, catch phrase or catch act, whatever you call it, is a promise to Utopia, where nobody can reach though every one wants to be there. Both the Maoists’ cadres and Maoists’ victims are in dire situation and want an exit or Nikas from it. The sly ones or Chhattus in every field (from political parties to self proclaiming Nagarik Samaj) are playing Mashiha using Utopian catch phrases and, of course, it will lead nowhere.

  4. ‘Slaves’ rescued from China firm
    By Michael Bristow
    BBC News, Beijing

    Thirty-one dirty and disorientated workers have been rescued from a brickwork factory in China, where they were being held as virtual slaves.
    Eight workers were so traumatised by their experiences that they were only able to remember their names.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6733045.stm

    [UWB: UWB replaced the remaining part of the above article with the related link. Please post the link of the related article instead of putting the whole text.]

  5. Justice !

    What is the relation of your comment with this article? Could not you put this garbage somewhere else on some related material?

  6. Wagle ji, please post the following aticle. It should be an eye opening for many nepalese.

    By JOSEPH PIETRI

    The heroin smuggling balck Prince is now Black King

    I first went to Nepal in 1970 it was the end of the now famous Hippie Trail that started overland from either Amsterdam or London. Buses full of Hippies would disembark at the end of New Road and to this day this street is called Freak Street. Nepal was Hippie nirvana being that marijuana and hashish were legal and sold openly in Government licensed shops! At the time there were no opium dens in Kathmandu nor is opium grown or heroin produced in Nepal! There was no such thing as a Nepalese junkie. Cannabis was only illegal to export and Hippies caught at the airport were fined $100 USD and deported on the next flight out of Kathmandu.

    The King Mahendra died in 1972 and his son Birendra ascended to the throne and I remember the most solemn ragas that mourned the old King’s passing on Radio Nepal. Who can forget the huge procession to Pashupatinath Temple where the King was cremated, or the bizarre ritual of a Brahman priest taking over the bad karma of the King and even getting a share of his earthly possessions and then being banished from the Kingdom on a Royal elephant. I left for India in 1973 just before Cannabis prohibition in Nepal. Richard Nixon and his recently formed DEA paid the new king 50-70 million dollars to outlaw pot–his in a Hindu country where everyone must take cannabis once a year on Lord Shiva’s birthday. Hippies were deported to India. It was a sad day on Freak Street.

    I returned to Nepal in 1981 and to my amazement the country now had a heroin problem. Hashish was 20-30 times more expensive than in 1970 and a very cheap and low grade of smokable heroin was now making the rounds. The Nepalese, not really knowing the difference between brown sugar heroin and marijuana, were easily seduced by smack. Not only that but Double UO Globe Brand heroin was available for export the finest Golden Triangle heroin made. Heroin was now being imported from Burma and brought overland from East Nepal on Army and Police trucks by the Royal Family. The Royals control every aspect of the black market in Nepal. What was once Hippie Nirvana was now a major heroin hub.

    Sometime in 1983 my Nepali partner and I were invited to lunch at one of the Ministers’ homes. There over lunch and drinks he explained that for the first time in the history of Nepal the Royal Nepalese soccer team was going to compete at the Olympics in Los Angeles the next summer. He said was working with Prince Gyanendra who was in charge of the Olympic committee. Due to my long history in Nepal they felt I could handle the merchandise they were sending along with the team. I took it for granted that they were talking about 150 kilos of hashish. He then spoke to my associate in Nepalese and then talked directly to me that their intentions were to send 150 kilos of heroin to LA. My first thought was to look over at my Nepali associate and tell him that whatever he promised these people to forget it. I explained to the Minister it was impossible and managed to squirm my way out of there.

    When I got back home my old pal Patrick came by and I told him what had happened. Patrick says that if I would have gone along with the Minister’s proposal, I would have ended up in prison or dead. I was being set up as a fall guy for the Royal Family. The Black Prince, as he was known around Kathmandu, had once been stopped with a bunch of his cronies trying to lift the kneeling Malla King Statue in Bhaktapur (a national treasure) with a crane! The policeman who stopped this theft was “disappeared”, but the statue stayed a top its pillar, and the Black Prince was sent packing to Europe.

    A bitter rivalry existed between King Birendra and his brother Gyanendra that went back to the 1950s when King Mahendra and the Crown Prince fled to India fearing an assassination attempt and left Gyanendra in Kathmandu as the defacto king. Upon returning to Nepal, it went back to the status quo. Gyanendra has always felt he would have made a better King than his drunkard brother.

    During the 1980s and the introduction of brown sugar heroin into Nepal one of the casualties was the Crown Prince, who was rumored to having been sent to rehab in Switzerland. In 1984 the Nepalese Soccer team was detained at LAX carrying that 150 kilos of pure heroin. It was quick news as it disappeared instantly from the media and was never talked about since. A year later bombs went off in the lobby of the Annapurna Hotel (Royal Family owned) at the palace gates as well as other government buildings, apparently in retaliation for the mess in LA.

    In 1986 Henry Kissinger and a group of narcotics agents come to Kathmandu for a SAARC conference. The agents bought 2 kilos of pure heroin on the back streets of Asan Tol market with traveler checks! These two kilos they threw down on the desk of Inspector General of Police D. B. Lama and threaten to cut off all aid to Nepal. The agents produced a list of all the people who were involved in the Cannabis trade who still lived in Nepal. Soon wany Westerners with private vehicles or extended Visas were rousted. Overnight the jails swelled with Westerners and Nepalese most of whom were not involved in the heroin trade. Nepalese and Westerners were tortured into confessions. D.B. Lama was one of the front men for the Royal Family heroin trade, sort of a sticky wicket, but I escaped the inquisition to Bangkok and did not return to Nepal until 1988. The inquisition was still going on so I left for good. D. B. Lama the Inspector General of Police had been arrested. They found the pipes in his house were pure gold painted over gray to resemble pipe and boxes of foreign currency. I guess they traced old Henry the K’s traveler checks back to the Inspector General of Police himself and the Royals were forced to sacrifice D. B. Lama.

    Student demonstrations for democracy, the Monarchy’s medieval repressive tactics and the attention it got around the world finally brought 30 years of absolute rule to an end and in 1990 King Birendra reinstated multi-party democracy in Nepal. A treaty was signed with Pakistan and flights now come in from Karachi. Military ties were initiated and with that Afghan heroin is now available by the ton in Kathmandu. Nepal has become a major player on the global heroin trade.

    Democracy brought a succession of governments that throughout the 1990’s were marked by one being more corrupt than the last. In 1996 the Maoists took to the field and it’s been a bloodbath ever since with nearly 12,000 killed and disappeared as of this writing.

    King Birendra never unleashed the Royal Nepalese Army against the Maoist’s and the gains they made led to the Royal massacre of June 1, 2001. Everyone in the way of the Black Prince becoming king was killed. Most media today refer to it as the shoot out at the palace! It was a coup d’ etat engineered by the Prince and the Royal Army with the blessings of outside interests. I was told that the Crown Prince was executed at the Balaju army barracks where he had run to escape the assassinations.

    Very few Nepalese believe the official account and the Crown Prince was an easy patsy due to his long time heroin addiction and alcohol problems. There was no way that the Black Prince would allow the junkie Crown Prince to ascend to the throne if his brother should die suddenly, and the King had health problems due to his alcohol abuse. The Military felt the same way and the Black Prince is now the King of Nepal and the iron rule of his father has returned.

    The events of September 11th altered the equation as Nepal joined the war on terror and allowed B-52’s to fly over the nation on their bombing runs into Afghanistan. The King declareed the Maoist movement terrorists and now receives unprecedented support from the US, UK, and India. American and British Special Forces train the Royal army. The King hired 400 private mercenaries, who now lead the Royal Army into battle. What has the Black King promised the Bush Administration for US support?

    The Nepalese Royal Family has a long history of involvement with the CIA. Through out the 1960s and 1970s the CIA maintained a secret base at Lo Mustang on the Tibetan plateau bordering China. This was the jumping off point for CIA-trained Tibetan Khampa guerillas fighting the Chinese. Today they are building a road from the Indian border to Lo Mothang and it’s quite obvious that once again it will be used as a forward base.

    At this point the Maoist control 85 percent of the countryside and five districts outright in Western Nepal. Peasant women, tired of being sold to brothels in India, comprise 40 percent of the arms-carrying cadre. A free election would bring Socialism to Nepal and if the people could they would vote the King to be gone! The Maoist movement is a Nationalist movement of people who are awakening from 250 years of feudalism! The one road from the Indian Border town of Birgunj to Kathmandu is easily shut down by strikes called by Maoist’s! The Royal Army is reduce to guarding Kathmandu and other major border towns and protecting the convoys of supplies that keep Kathmandu alive.

    On February the 1, 2005, the Black King dismissed the government and declares a state of emergency. He then suspended telephone, internet, and air links, effectively cutting off Nepal from the rest of the world. The Black King assumeed total power and suspended constitutional freedoms of press, speech, and expression, constitutional protection against news censorship and preventative detention! Hundreds were jailed, leaders of all major political parties were put under armed house arrest. Students protesting the King in Pokhara were fired upon from helicopters and 20 were wounded. The iron fist rule of his father has returned.

    Once Time magazine came out with a report critical of King Mahendra. When the magazine arrived at the news stand in Kathmandu that page had been completely blacked out. Hitler, Stalin, Saddam had absolute power and now the Black King, Every since the massacre at the palace they have been trying to clean Gyanendra’s image internationally by blaming the heroin trade on his younger brother who was also killed at the palace. The facts are that Gyanendra and his Uncle, who owned the Annapurna hotel, have been heavily involved in the heroin trade going all the way back to the 1960s. Nepal today is 8 times poorer than in 1970.

    How can that be with all the foreign aid, the carpet industry, textile industry, tourist industry? Think Marcos, for years the Royal family has siphoned off from every dollar coming into Nepal. Nepal is a classic example of failed American foreign policy and how we create terrorism. Today we are supporting a heroin dealing despot king and again killing people who can’t afford shoes in the mountains and jungles of Nepal.

  7. Well written- I guess most of us are in the same page. When substance is nil, spinmiesters use catch phrases to hide the real issue and the reality. Simply put, too many cooks spoils the food. The hardest things has been to understand people’s lethargic response even when everything quite self evident.

    They make interim constitution, propose amendments (now this one is for Funniest of funny) next thing is SPAM hue and cry of people, I guess they must mean Nepali but hurry of to Delhi to stand in wait for their master and talk of as blessed ones who has just been touched by the light after the visit. With so many things not being right for a common man, all SPAM has as saving grace is Catchy phrases that not only lead to nowhere but to a deadend at the cost of us. Scum of SPAM has loot all over Nodia and foreign account to tide them over- and all we will be left with will be Loktrantra, bitter taste of palace bashing and in the end being called Bheda (goat)

  8. After reading this Dipankar bloke’s latest blabber, I feel we may be on a Road To Somewhere — perhaps without even knowing it.

    Friday, June 08, 2007

    India Must Not Delay Ultimate Option In Nepal

    By Dipankar Biswas

    The latest anti-India outburst from Comrade Prachanda, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), points to the folly New Delhi has been projecting as policy towards its northern Himalayan neighbour.

    Reverting to his pre-November 2005 rhetoric, Prachanda has accused India of interfering in Nepalese affairs. The trigger may have been Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s purported advice to the Nepali Congress and mainstream communists to unite against the Maoists. In reality, however, the Maoists have never shed their hostility towards India. They had merely moderated their tone briefly to win concessions from New Delhi.

    http://bharatrakshak.rediffblogs.com/

  9. Nepal masnu parchha, sathi. Chado garu. Kina dhila? 60 lakh lai nepali banayera matra nepal masiyela ta? Ajha thapnu paryo. Chado garun sathi ho chhado.

  10. Most of what you said is true. Most of the politicians and civic society leaders are perfect examples of demagogues.

    However, we don’t have anybody but ourselves to blame for falling for their oratory and catchy phrases. If we had in due time taken action to stop such activities and punish the culprits then probably we wouldn’t have had to see this chaotic mess that our country is.

    Take for example the employees who want promotion for doing nothing, every other person wants his dead relative delcared martyr even if he died of diarrhoea (becuase the govt couldn’t provide medicine or whatever). Govt employees protest privatisation fearing their corrupt hands would be tightly controlled. Teachers want pay for the days they were burning tyres insted of teaching. Relatives beat up doctors and vandalise hospitals because the dead one (which they didn’t even care for before his/her death) was in an incurable state. Students go about destroying their campuses. and so much more.

    Can we really put the blame on somebody else for all the misfortune that has fallen on us when we have been encouraging all this demagoguery by our own actions?

    If we were aware of the needs of the country in the first place, would these leaders have dared to think of themselves as bigger than the country and its people?

    Everyone thinks of politics as a dirty game. The truth is that politics in nepal is dirty but politics in reality can’t be that dirty. All because of this talk of politics being a dirty game and discouraging young people from even thinking about politics, we are facing an acute shortage of good leaders and we are facing this plight.

  11. Typical bahunbadi-UML rant. Neither the article nor any comments on this thread make any sense.

  12. Justice: Nice try. Except that you’re over two years late.
    You should have given the url as well as the date the piece was published. And, yes, you should have retained the original title.
    Good reading folks.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/pietri03012005.html
    March 1, 2005

    Golden Tar Heroin and the Black Prince
    The Drug Trail Ends in Kathmandu

  13. I am just wondering if Koirala dies tomorrow who will be the next Primeminister?

  14. Shreeji, send an application to American Embassy with a copy to Indians and Brits. If Moriarty likes the angle you bend in front of him, you can become the next PM with Royal-American Army’s support.

  15. दूतावास पढाउँछन नेताका छोराछोरी
    दिनेश आचार्य, रामहरि पाण्डे/नयाँ पत्रिका
    काठमाडौं, २३ जेठ
    नेकपा एमालेका महासचिव माधवकुमार नेपालकी छोरीलाई गत वर्षपाकिस्तान सरकारले एमबिबिएसको छात्रवृत्ति दिने निर्णयगर्‍यो । सो खबर पाएपछि लैनचौरस्थित भारतीय दूतावासका अधिकारीहरू तत्काल महासचिव निवास कोटेश्वर पुगे । छोरीलाई कराँची होइन, दिल्लीमा पढाउनपर्छ । हामी भारतको जुनसुकै कलेजको स्कलरसिप दिन पनि तयार छौं । दूतावासका अधिकारीहरूले महासचिव नेपाल र उनकी छोरी सुमनलाई व्यक्तिगत रूपमा भेटेर कन्भिन्स गराए र सोधे, भन्नुस् कुन कलेजको फारम मगाइदिऊँ- यसरी भारतीय दूतावासको अनुरोध स्वीकार गरेरु महासचिवपुत्री यतिखेर भारतमा र्सवाधिक प्रतिष्ठित अलइन्डिया मेडिकल ईन्स्टिच्युटमा एम एस मा पढ्दै छिन् । उनी अहिले दोस्रो वर्षा चिकित्सा विज्ञान पढ्दै छिन् । छोरीको पढाइसम्बन्धी नयाँ पत्रिकाको जिज्ञासामा महासचिव नेपालकी श्रीमती गायत्रीले भनिन “ यस विषयमा म केही पनि बताउन चाहन्न ।”
    अर्का कम्युनिस्ट नेता सिपी मैनालीका छोरा-छोरी क्रमशः अमेरिका र चीनमा डाक्टरी पढ्दैछन् । छोरा सरोज अमेरिकाको टेक्सास युनिभर्सिटी र छोरी प्रभा चीनको बेइजिङ युनिभर्सिटीमा एमबिबिएस गर्दैछन् । श्रीमान सिपी महासचिव रहेको नेकपा मालेको केन्द्रीय सदस्यसमेत रहेकी श्रीमती सीता खड्का भन्छिन, “२०४६ सालपछि हाम्रा छोराछोरीलाई छात्रवृत्ति दिन विदेशीहरूबीच प्रतिस्पर्धा नै चल्यो । छोराछोरीलाई विदेश पढाउन नचाहने को होला र ? स्कलरसिप पाएपछि हाम्रा छोराछोरी पनि अमेरिका र चीन गएका हुन । उनीहरू पूर्ण छात्रवृत्तिमा पढ्दैछन ।” चीन र अमेरिकामा सन्तान पढाएर कूटनीतिक ब्यालेन्सु गर्न खोजेको हो कि भन्ने जिज्ञासामा भने सीता हाँसिन मात्र । कांग्रेस नेता रामचन्द्र पौडेलका दुई छोरीमध्ये एउटी बंगलादेशमा एमबिबिएस पढ्दै छिन् भने अर्कीले यसै वर्ष भारतमा चार्टर्ड एकाउन्टेन्टमा भर्ना पाएकी छन। उनीहरू दुवै छात्रवृत्तिमा पढ्दै छन। यी केही उदाहरण हुन । राष्ट्रिय राजनीतिमा पहुँच भएका अधिकांश नेताका छोराछोरी विदेशमै पढ्छन् त्यो पनि छात्रवृत्तिमा ।
    काठमाडौंमा रहेका केही दूतावास दलका नेताहरूलाई प्रभावित गर्न उनीहरूका सन्तानलाई छात्रवृत्ति दिन हानथाप गर्छन । विशेषगरी भारत, चीन, पाकिस्तान र अमेरिकी दूतावास यो प्रतिस्पर्धामा छन । उनीहरू प्रमुख नेताका छोराछोरीको विवरण हेर्दै आफ्नो सरकारी छात्रवृत्ति दिने प्रस्ताव लिएर घरघर धाउँछन । सित्तैमा छोराछोरी पढाउन पाएपछि नेताहरू पनि दूतावासका अधिकारीहरूको चाकडी गर्छन । मित्रराष्ट्रहरूले दिने छात्रवृत्ति उत्कृष्ट विद्यार्थीले पाउनुपर्ने हो, तर विद्यार्थीको प्रतिभाभन्दा नेताहरूको पहुँच बढी प्रभावी हुने गरेको छ । नेताहरूले आफ्ना सन्तानमात्र नभई नातागोतालाई पनि विदेशमा पढाउन खोज्छन ।
    त्यसो त नेताका छोराछोरीलाई मात्र होइन, नेता बन्ने लक्षण बोकेका विद्यार्थीलाई पनि दूतावासले छानिछानी छात्रवृत्ति उपलब्ध गराउने गर्छ । जसको उदाहरण वर्तमान अन्तरिम व्यवस्थापिका-संसद्का दुई सदस्य पनि जवाहरलाल नेहरू युनिभर्सिटी (जेएनयू) मा पिएचडी गर्दैछन्, छात्रवृत्तिमै । नेपाली कांगे्रसबाट मनोनीत सांसद अमरेशकुमार सिंहले भारतीय दूतावासको छात्रवृत्तिमा जेएनयूको स्कुल अफ इन्टरनेसनल स्टडिजमा पिएचडी सक्न लागेका छन् । त्यस्तै माओवादीद्वारा मनोनीत सांसद हरि रोक्का पनि सोही विश्वविद्यालयको स्कुल अफ इकोनोमिक्सबाट पिएचडी गर्दैछन् । डा. भेषबहादुर थापा भारतका लागि नेपाली राजदूत हुँदा उनकै सिफारिसमा बिपी कोइराला नेपाल-भारत फाउन्डेसनुले रोक्कालाई छात्रवृत्ति दिएको थियो । तर, पछिल्लो वर्षउनले छात्रवृत्ति लिएनन । रोक्कालाई छात्रवृत्ति दिने फाउन्डेसन नेपाल र भारतका राजदूतावासहरूको संयुक्त आर्थिक सहयोगमा चल्छ ।
    एमालेको एकमना सरकार हुँदा पार्टीकातत्कालीन उपमहासचिव वामदेव गौतमले छोरा हरिशलाई इञ्जिनियरिङ पढाउन बेइजिङ पठाएका थिए । सहिदका छोराछोरीका लागि चीन सरकारले दिएको कोटामा आफ्नै छोरा पठाएकोमा विवाद हुँदा उनले इञ्जिनियरिङ पढ्ने सहिदका छोराछोरी नपाइएकाले आफ्नो छोरा पठाएको प्रष्टिकरण दिएका थिए । हरिश अहिले काठमाडौं महानगरपालिकामा जागिरे छन् । एमालेका पूर्वमहासचिव मदन भण्डारी र वर्तमान केन्द्रीय सदस्य विद्या भण्डारीका दुई वटै छोरी दूतावासकै छात्रवृत्तिमै अध्ययनरत छन। जेठी छोरी निशाकुशुम पाकिस्तानमा एमबिबिएस पढ्दै छिन भने कान्छी उषाकिरण भारतको बैंग्लोरमा मास कम्युनिकेसन पढ्दै छिन। उनीहरू दुवै छात्रवृत्तिमा पढ्दै गरेका हुन् । कांग्रेस नेता चक्र बास्तोलाका दुई छोरी भारत सरकारको छात्रवृत्तिमा अध्ययन गरिरहेका छन् । पूर्व भारतीय राजदूतसमेत रहेका बास्तोलाकी जेठी छोरी सुम्निमा नयाँ दिल्लीमा फेसन डिजाइनिङमा मास्टर्स डिग्री गर्दैछिन् । अर्थमन्त्री डा. रामशरण महतका छोराछोरीले पनि विदेशमै पढे । छोरा रक्षक महत अमेरिकामा कर्पोरेट म्यानेजमेन्टमा डिग्री गर्दैछन भने छोरी आज्ञा पाकिस्तानमा पब्लिक हेल्थ र डेन्टलमा स्नातक सकेर हाल नया“बजारस्थित पिपल्स डेन्टल कलेजमा इर्न्र्टनसिप गर्दैछिन ।
    अर्का कांग्रेस नेता अर्जुननरसिंह केसीका भाइ र छोराछोरी पनि विदेशमै पढिरहेका छन । केसी स्वास्थ्यमन्त्री हुँदा कान्छा भाइ धनञ्जयनरसिंह केसीलाई थाइल्यान्डबाट आएको सरकारी कोटामा एमपिएच गर्न पठाए । सरकारी कर्मचारीका लागि आएको सो कोटा पाउन सफल धनञ्जय कुनै सरकारी कर्मचारी थिएनन । सो विषयमा अख्तियारमा मुद्दा परेर केसीलाई सचेत गराउने र पुनः दोहोरिए नसिहत दिने फैसला भएको थियो ।
    सरकारी खर्चमा पढेर आएपछि कम्तीमा सात वर्षसरकारी सेवा गर्नुपर्ने प्रावधान भए पनि उनले कुनै पनि स्वास्थ्य संस्थामा काम गरेनन । बरु दाजु केसी दोस्रोपटक शिक्षामन्त्री बनेपछि तिनै भाइलाई उच्चमाध्यामिक शिक्षा परिषद्मा शाखा अधिकृतको जागिर खुवाए । उनी हाल श्रीमतीसहित अमेरिकामा छन । नेता केसीका छोरीहरू अर्चना, अञ्जना र प्रजनी तथा छोरा ओमश्रीले पनि भारतीय दूतावासको छात्रवृत्तिमै पढेका हुन। केसीकी जेठी छोरी अर्चना अमेरिकाबाट मास कम्युनिकेसनमा मार्स्र्टस सकेर फर्किएकी छिन् र हाल नेपाल पर्यटन बोर्डमा काम गर्छिन् । त्यस्तै, कान्छी छोरी प्रजनी भारतको इम्फोसिसबाट आइटीमा ग्य्राजुएसन गरेर हाल अमेरिकामा पढ्दैछिन। माइली अञ्जनाले पनि छात्रवृत्तिमै एमबिबिएस सकेकी हुन । केसीका एकमात्र छोरा ओमश्रीनरसिंह भने हरेक दिन भारतीय राष्ट्रिय गान “जन गण मनु” गाउन अनिवार्य गरिएको भारतीय दूतावासद्वारा सञ्चालित लाजिम्पाटस्थित केन्द्रीय विद्यालयबाट प्लस टु सकेर अमेरिका गएका छन। केसीका सबै सन्तानले छात्रवृत्तिमै अध्ययन गरेका हुन। भारतीय र अमेरिकी सरकारको छात्रवृत्ति उनीहरूले पाएका हुन।
    जनमोर्चा नेपालका अध्यक्ष अमिक शेरचनपुत्र श्रमिक छात्रवृत्तिमा अमेरिका पढ्दैछन् ।
    बाँकी २ छोरा क्रमिक र प्रमिकक भने घरमै छन । विदेशी छात्रवृत्ति पाएकोबारे उनकी श्रीमती शान्ति भन्छिन्, आफैले त कहाँ अमेरिकामा पढाउन सक्नु नि !” उनीहरूका एउटा छोरा त अनपढ नै छन। जनशक्ति पार्टी सहअध्यक्ष डा प्रकाशचन्द्र लोहनीका दुवै छोरी अमेरिकामा छन । उनका छोरी प्रज्ञा र पूजाले छात्रवृत्तिमै अमेरिकामा पढ्ने मौका पाए । त्यसो त डा. लोहनीले पनि अमेरिकी फुलब्राइट छात्रवृत्तिमा अमेरिकाबाट पिएचडी गरेका हुन । एमाले नेता भरतमोहन अधिकारीका ३ छोरीले विदेशमै अध्ययन गरे । भरतमोहनकी श्रीमती सावित्रीका अनुसार तीनवटै छोरी लुना, लिमा र लिजाले वनस्थलीबाट एसएलसी पास गरेका हुन । “प्रिन्सिपल लक्ष्मण राजवंशीसित राम्रो सम्बन्ध भएकाले तीनै छोरीले फ्रिसिपमा पढ्न पाएका हुन” सावित्रीले भनिन । जेठी छोरी लुना र लिमाले भारतको पटना विश्वविद्यालयमा पढेका हुन भने कान्छी लिजाले कोलकातामा पढेकी हुन । लुना हाल सिक्किमको मणिपाल मेडिकल कलेजमा डाक्टरी गर्दै छिन भने कान्छी लिजा अबुधाबीमा डाक्टरी पढ्दै छिन।
    भरतमोहनका तीनवटै छोरीको विवाह भइसकेको छ । माइली छोरी लिमाले माओवादी सांसद कृष्ण आचार्यका छोरा सुदीपसँग बिहे गरेकी छन् । लिमादम्पती हाल अमेरिकामा पढ्दैछन । सावित्री भन्छिन, “तीनवटै छोरीले हामीलाई घर्रखर्च पठाउँछन ।” एमाले नेता अमृत बोहरा र अष्टलक्ष्मी शाक्यका छोरा विश्वास अमेरिकाको म्यासाचुट युनिभर्सिटीमा डेभलपमेन्ट म्यानेजमेन्ट पढिरहेका छन। उनी पनि सरकारी कोटामा आएको छात्रवृत्तिमा नै त्यहाँ पुगेका हुन। छोरी आस्था भने एसियन कलेजमा बिपिएच पढिरहेकी छिन । जनमोर्चा नेपालका उपाध्यक्ष लीलामणि पोखरेल र शशी श्रेष्ठका छोरा विप्लव चीन सरकारको छात्रवृत्तिमा एमबिबिएस पढिरहेका छन । अर्का छोरा विभूषण भने राजधानीकै होलिल्यान्ड स्कुलमा ९ कक्षामा निःशुल्क पढ्छन ।
    छोराछोरीको अध्ययनको विषयमा जिज्ञासा राख्दा एमाले नेता झलनाथ खनालकी श्रीमती रविलक्ष्मी चित्रकार आक्रोशित भइन् । खनालकी श्रीमतीले भनिन्, “हाम्रो व्यक्तिगत कुरा नसोध्नुस्, बेकारमा वाहियात कुरामा किन चासो दिनुपर्‍यो ? त्यसो त पूर्वमन्त्री खुमबहादुर खड्काकी छोरी पुनम सिक्किमस्थित मणिपाल मेडिकल कलेजमा एमबिबिएस पढिरहेकी छिन् । अख्तियारमा मुद्दा खेपेका खड्काले छोरी पढाउन मासिक साढे ४ लाख रुपैयाँ लाग्ने विवरण पेस गरेका थिए । तर, पुनमले भारतीय दूतावासको छात्रवृत्तिमा पढिरहेको थाहा भएको छ । एमाले नेता एवं पूर्वमन्त्री युवराज ज्ञवालीका पुत्र प्रकाश एलआरआई स्कुलकी पूर्वशिक्षिका श्रीमतीसहित अमेरिकामा छन । नेपाल छँदा उनी इन्सेकमा जागिर खान्थे । साभार: नयाँपत्रीका दैनिक, २४ जेठ, २०६४, बिहिबार SUCHARU.COM

  16. Sabbai chorharu….janatamara….dhag…esta ka pacchi lagne janataharu murkha sibaya kehi hoina….

  17. I don’t understand what the heck Chattra Bahadur is talking about. Can you not put it in simple language so that even a tea seller in the street can understand? Make it simple and let more people understand your message. I am sorry if you just wants Oxford graduates or Princeton graduates to understand and not the general people.

  18. JOSEPH PIETRI,

    Heroin is more easily available now in Kathmandu. Who is responsible for this and why spaM is not controlling ? The spaM indirect involvement is responsible for this, isn’t it ?

  19. And please!!!! tell our unhealthy Prime Minister to step off and let’s send someone who can deliver what Girija administration cannot. Prachanda is taking a very big advantage of poor law and order situation. Krishna Sitaula is useless. I am fedup with his smile when the country is reeling under terribly messy situation. We can’t trust Prachanda nor his party. Our future is really in danger and if the law and order situation is not improved in next six months our country will go through the worst ever situation. And there is no leaders who understands this. No leaders. Madhav Nepal goes to India, and comes back saying “my visit was a huge success.” What success? What did he do to solve the problem?

  20. If YCL and Pushpa Dahal stop India from encroaching Nepali lands then I would agree to forgive some of their crimes. But no, they can’t stop because they (along with SPA) are agents of India just like those dirty agents of Sikkim who sold off Sikkim to India.

  21. When a so-called-leaders get afterglow after visit to Sonia- its plainly shows their treacherious make up. They disparage the institution that gave NEPAL but feel no qualms in kneeling before the Empress or Emperor in Delhi. Their sons and daughters enjoy the fruit of their treacherory and get schooling in top schools in India and overseas- they have no shame or concern even when school closes here for 10 days straight- mother of scums.

    Now, even if they promise me simple drinking water I will outright refuse for me they are treator, scumbags and worst of all subpar humans who have no ethics or morality.

  22. Atlast these leaders are success in making our country failure, and making next Sikkim. The same geometric theorem these leaders implemented here in Nepal. No choice left for Nepal either to become Sikkim or accept unstable and insecure situation….

  23. scope,

    You mean you don’t understand a word of what is being said. It’s alright to admit it, it happens to me all the time with this blog. However, this one I got.

  24. As for Joseph Pietri’s write up – I have never read a more amusing piece of clap trap from a clearly drugged out ex hippie smugller then this. But seriously it has been entertaining.

  25. noname, why don’t you stop india ? since no one else can. hahahahahaha

  26. His Majesty Shib Shankar Mukharji, the new constitutional monarch of Nepal, will decide everything in Loktantra. Paaji EPA dalal haru .. timiharu parkha .. parkha … rato ra chandra surya jangi nissan haamro.. yo desh swatantra rakhna sakne maanchheharu jiudai chhan.

  27. “yo desh swatantra rakhna sakne maanchheharu jiudai chhan.”
    Kaha ni? Amerika ko Patel Motel ko bhanchha ma? Ki charpi safa garne thau ma?

  28. Scope,

    what are you saying? Are you suggesting that this country cannot remain independent? Why do all the spam supporters sound like they do not really care about our independence as a state? At least they tend to think that independence should not be our primary priority.

  29. The fortnightly new series of “Nepal” of Kantipur publication is out of stock within a day …either it is banned to sale, or purchased all the stock by Sujata Jose where her high-standard life is written.

  30. The hippy was funnier than this article. The last paragraph was the only readable part.

  31. I wish I never have to read like this article about so called leaders childrens ! It hurts me badly ! Unfortunately contributer did not mention about Prachanda and BR Bhattrai’s childrens and family as well as exploiting privilege of NETANESS.

    Hey Guys ! Did you realized how fool is prachanda ? His comments about Indian PM M M Singh and his surrending latest statement. Indian puppet became crazy while he realize he is going to strip in CA election.

  32. Teacher Pushpa Kamal was seen bending over backwards trying to appease Sardar Manmohan and gang after Puspha Kamal misfired a missile ill-targetted at India wrapping them for the purported suggestion that UML and NC should join hands and isolate the terrrorist group (which can never be trsuted). However, after MKP came out with a different version of the story in a makeover act, teacher Pushpa Kamal realized that his “garjan” was too quick and immature and had to come up with a damage control measure. This only demonstrates how weak the Maoists are and what extent they will go to sell this country. And it is them who keep ranting the slogan about “bideshi hastachep”. Pushpa Kamal is soon becoming a laughing stock.. the Maoists need to find his substitute very quickly else they cna never win back the face (which they barely had to begin with) that they have LOST!! Desh hankna kati garo cha, balla bujhdai chan yi aruko chorera khai rakheka haruley!!

  33. Jimmy Carters a great guy to have done all this, helping Nepal. People who help other people are great people.

  34. Carter is a nice enough guy, but as a President he has been one of the least effective. Probably the reason why he is still out to prove himself at his old age with the Carter centre. As they say every little helps. Nevertheless, one of the worst (not as a person, in terms of record) President’s in U.S. history.

  35. Forgot to add, President Carter could end up creating more problems as has been the case where he goes way off the wall from U.S. policy (eg. Cuba, Iran). I’m sure the old geyser means well, but he should understand that the nations where this has happened there are elements within which use him as bait. Not a good thing if you’re a former U.S. Pres.

  36. Kirat: from what I remember you were very optimistic when the Maoist came to power. You were very optimistic about the “people” being able to guide their own political future. Remember that heated discussion?
    Recently you have changed your opinion on all that – at least that’s what I gathered from your recent posts. I personally like Jimmy Carter. However, him coming to Nepal is just utterly irrelevant. But I don’t think he will do any harm. What it boils down to is that we need to sort out our own mess!
    I agree that these clowns critisizing Carter are wasting their time.

  37. People from the Hills unite. The Teraibasis are pushing us out. We too must now stand and fight. Yes, fight for our rights and defend what belongs to us and us alone.

    Throw the Madeshis out of the Hills; don’t let them raise their heads anymore. This is the only way to gain our self respect!

    Cheers.

    Deva

  38. Any spotlight that can be shone on cockroaches that inhabit Nepali politics like Girija, Prachanda, MK Nepal and KG can only be a good thing. It is irrelevant what Carter achieves here in Nepal. The fact that Carter’s visit will garner the attention of the international media on these slimey cockroaches even a little bit, for me, is a good thing. Let the world know what blood sucking leeches these so called Nepali leaders are. Just like that Charles Taylor is being tried right now and that Serbian rat Karadicz or something is being hunted down I hope these bugs and their cronies meet the same fate.

  39. Really Bhudai-we Nepalese people deserve much better than these self-serving little b@$tards!

  40. Kirat,

    When it comes to the likes of Carter and our own GPK – yeah damned right I’m pessimistic – but I ain’t a moron buddy, keep that one to yourself.

    I think Carter is the last person we need here, things are a little too crowded already.

  41. As for Pundit (Mr. Kirat’s tail),

    It seems that what you say is only relevant and the rest of us are jokers. Well that just speaks volumes for you especially when you have said in essence what I have with regards to Carter. Meanwhile keep kissing Kirat’s a$$! You two are made for each other.

  42. I agree with ck, this Pundit is always looking for approval. As for Carter, I think it’s alright – he’ll probably not stray far from what the U.S. ambassador has been saying though.

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