India's Two Big Leagues

India is currently consumed by its two great passions: cricket and elections
By Dinesh Wagle
This article first appeared in the Op-Ed page of today’s Kathmandu Post. Here is the PDF version of the page.

This is a season of fierce competition in India. The two great Indian games are going on and, if the television viewership rating reports are anything to go by, both of them are trying hard to hold the whole of India firmly in their grips. The competitions that share the same acronym IPLs — Indian Premier League (of cricket) and the Indian Parliamentary League (of national elections) — are full of maverick teams and charismatic players who are, like the leagues themselves, playing against each other with full vigour and energy. Continue reading India's Two Big Leagues

The Military Coup That Wasnt

UWB Note: The Nepal Army today issued a statement strongly refuting the following report (and the one appeared in today’s Kantipur) as “imaginary and illusionary.” “We would like to let the general public know through this statement that the unified and disciplined Nepali Army is working according to laws and the chain of the command and will remain so. The Army that is in continuous service for the freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of the motherland remains committed to democratic norms as always. We appeal the public and the international community not to believe on the news report that is published with ill intention of brining division between the government of Nepal and Nepali Army.”

Generals of Nepal Army had made plans of ‘soft coup’ to tackle Maoist’s plan to dismiss the Chief of the Army Staff General Rookmangud Katwal.

By Akhilesh Upadhyay

It sounds surreal, reads like a page from a nail-biting thriller.

On Thursday (23rd April), 25 generals were present at the meeting of Principal Staff Officers at the Army Headquarters. The agenda was a serious one: Maoists are in a larger mission than to eliminate Nepal Army. They were out to derail the peace process and destroy Nepali democracy. And something had to be done to stop that.

It was PSOs and Valley commanders first meeting after the Maoist-led government issued a clarification letter to Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katwal.

The meeting started with DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) Gaurav Rana, saying that this was a historical moment and therefore it called for a frank discussion. “We are facing a tsunami and we must stop it,” he said. “The virus which is trying to destroy the Army is in this room.”

Himalaya Thapa, who heads the No. 1 Brigade added, “The root of the trouble is here. We must look for it and get rid of it.” A number of other generals also spoke at the meeting. Continue reading The Military Coup That Wasnt

Gorkhaland Goes BJP

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
This is part of an article that appeared on today’s Op-Ed of the Kahtmandu Post. The other part is here. The complete article in PDF is here.

The high pitched movement for the state of Gorkhaland within India by the Nepali-speaking people of the Darjeeling area has reached an awkward situation. The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM), the party that resurrected the Gorkhaland movement, and its firebrand leader Bimal Gurung have handed over the task of taking up the issue of statehood in Delhi to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The GJMM has supported the candidacy of BJP’s Jaswant Singh from the Darjeeling seat in the parliamentary elections to be held on April 30. Continue reading Gorkhaland Goes BJP

Naya Barshako Suba-Kamana! [Happy New Year 2066!]

Today is 01 Baishak 2066
Change they can believe in: America’s new approach to public diplomacy. Hillary Clinton issues a New Year message to us:

Nepali New Year (Bikram Sambat) Message

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 13, 2009

To all those around the world who share common Nepali cultural and linguistic traditions, I send best wishes for a happy 2066. I hope that in this New Year, Nepal will continue on the path to peace and prosperity.

As you welcome the New Year, I salute the spirit of tolerance and shared heritage that brings Nepalis together regardless of their differences on this day to celebrate and exchange good wishes.

All New Year celebrations reflect the hope of new beginnings. As the world faces the greatest economic challenges in generations, we all must stand together to embrace the New Year’s promise of rebirth and renewal.

Naya Barshako Suba-Kamana!
[Source:US Dpt of State.]