Foreigner’s Eye: Viewing the East Through Western Lens

[पूर्व हेर्ने पश्चिमी नजर- नेपालीमा तल छ]

neil horning
Neil Horning

By Neil Horning
[विदेशी आँखा- bideshi ankha- Foreigner’s Eye]

A few days ago a some friends and I were on a bike ride in Bardiya. As we waited alone on the river bank for the ferry to take us across, over 20 other riders arrived, and it was clear that we all couldn’t fit on at once. So, as the raft approached, ready with a plank for us to role our bikes up, what happened? Did a line form? Did the new arrivals recognize it might be better for everyone if a few people waited for the next crossing? Of course not! We all had to race 10 meters into the water, until we were up to our knees, then fight each other while lifting our bikes over the side. After a lot of jostling and a few stubbed toes, it became clear that this loading process would take longer than two trips across would have. So, we had plenty of time, and nothing to do but stand sweating in the Terrai heat and talk about why this happened. Continue reading Foreigner’s Eye: Viewing the East Through Western Lens

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Maoist Infighting Update

Standing Committee meet ends; Baidya demands Central Committee meet

SEP 03 – The UCPN (Maoist) Standing Committee meeting held at the party headquarters in Paris Dada, Kathmandu concluded on Saturday (today) after party Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya demanded the party Central Committee meeting. The meeting was said to iron out the internal differences surfaced after the party handed over the keys to the arms containers to the Special Committee. The hard-line faction of the Maoists led by Baidya has been protesting against the keys handover. Yesterday, the Baidya camp had even boycotted the SC meeting to express their discontent over the key handover issue. The Maoists have handed over the keys to the containers at all the seven cantonments to the Special Committee on Thursday and Friday. Continue reading Maoist Infighting Update

प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईका दुई पाटा

आजैको कान्तिपुरबाट: उपेन्द्र यादव उवाच

two faces of Baburam Bhattarai
Two Baburams: Baburam Bhattarai, left, talks to a Kantipur journalist four days before the Maoist started "People's War" in 1996. He goes to assume office of the Prime Minister in Singadarbar last week after taking oath to the office and secrecy. Pics by Bikas Rauniar via Kantipur

दिनेश वाग्ले
वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल
यो लेख आजको कान्तिपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा पढ्ने भए 
यहाँ क्लिके हुन्छ । 

One Hundred Days of Prime Minister Bhattarai
प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराईको कार्यकालका प्रथम तीन महिनामा शान्ति प्रकृयामा प्रगति भयो, शुसासनको धज्जी उड्यो, कुटनीतिमा उनलाई केही सफलता मिल्यो । नराम्रा कामको अपजस सबै उनैलाई जानु स्वभाविकै भयो तर राम्रोको जस उनलाईमात्र जादैन ।

मुस्ताङ् चढ्ने, कर्मचारी सरुवा नगर्ने, सरकारी खर्चबाट आफूलाई बधाई विज्ञापन रोक्ने निर्देशनसँगै सबैभन्दा महत्वपूर्ण, शान्ति प्रकृया टुङ्ग्याउन एकलव्य भएर लाग्ने प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईका भनाई र केही हदसम्म कामले थुप्रै जनतामाझ उनलाई प्रिय बनाएका छन् । सर्वसाधारणले चिया पसलदेखि इन्टरनेटसम्ममा व्यक्तगरेका सकारात्मक र आशापूर्ण अभिव्यक्तलाई मापक मान्ने हो भने कुनै पनि व्यक्ति प्रधानमन्त्री चुनिंदा जनतामा त्यतिधेरै खुशी र उत्साह ल्याएको यो विरलै हुने घट्ना हो ।

[UWB note: For those who are subscribed to this site but don’t understand Nepali: This article, first published in today’s Kantipur newspaper, takes an in-depth look at two sides of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai- his surprising popularity in the mass and his inconsistencies and contradictions in his politics.]

२०१५ मा बीपी कोइराला पहिलो जननिर्वाचित प्रधानमन्त्री हुँदा, ०४६ को जनआन्दोलनपछि कृष्णप्रसाद भट्टराई प्रधानमन्त्री नियुक्त हुँदा र ०६५ मा पुष्पकमल दाहाल प्रधानमन्त्री चुनिदा पनि जनतामा लगभग यस्तै खाले आशा र उत्साह सिर्जना भएका थिए । सामान्यतः राजनीतिज्ञहरुलाई शंकाले हेर्ने र घृणा गर्ने कतिपय जनताले नै अहिलेका प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराईलाई त्यस्ता शब्द प्रयोग गरिरहेका छन् जो सामान्य अवस्थामा प्रेमी या प्रेमिकाका लागि साँचिन्छन् । जस्तै- हृदयका राजा, आशाका केन्द्र, मेरा आइडल । Continue reading प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईका दुई पाटा