Foreigner’s Eye: I Married a Nepali Mountain Biker!

dan wright and nirjala
Dan and Nirjala: “Sriman ani Srimati – Hamro maya is Happy!”

By Dan (Bahadur) Wright
[विदेशी आँखा- bideshi ankha- Foreigner’s Eye]

I’m a recently married man…twice, all in the space of just 7 months and to the same girl!

I first came to Nepal in 1997 at the age of 18 as a volunteer English teacher for a little school in Koteshwor. I arranged the position through a friend of a friend and eventually received a letter, several months old by the time it reached me in January 1997 saying, “We will meet you at the airport in September and you will need a yellow suit and some teaching materials”, so duly warned I arrived in the brightest yellow suit I could find at Tribhuvan airport carrying a bag of posters and childrens books and cassettes of fun songs! I was met by about 50 children in school Uniform at the airport all with flower mallas and Tikka and I think my reception there was better than the Foreign Diplomats arriving on the same plane! Continue reading Foreigner’s Eye: I Married a Nepali Mountain Biker!

Bijay Gachhedar, the Corrupt Home Minister, Kicks out a Competent Home Secretary from the Ministry

Doesn't this man look like Bijay Kumar Gachhedar, the corrupt Home Minister? A cartoon by Rajesh KC

By Kiran Chapagain in Republica
Cartoon by Rajesh KC 

The bad news is that despite Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s own assurances that the government secretaries would not be transferred within the first month of his entering Baluwatar just to appease any individual or group, the cabinet meeting on Friday (yesterday) transferred Home Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, describing it as an ‘exceptional step’ to address deepening misunderstanding between minister and secretary. A cabinet source told Republica newspaper that the cabinet took the decision upon a “special request” by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar. “Since the home minister has said repeatedly that he has not been on the same wavelength as Home Secretary Paudyal, I have been compelled to take the decision, though it goes against my own words. This decision should be taken as an exception,” a source quoted the prime minister as saying in the cabinet. Continue reading Bijay Gachhedar, the Corrupt Home Minister, Kicks out a Competent Home Secretary from the Ministry

नेपालमा जारी विचारको गुरिल्ला युद्ध

The Guerrilla War of Ideology in Nepal
विचारको गुरिल्ला युद्ध

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

डिल्लीराम सुवेदी बन्दुकविहीन गुरिल्ला हुन् । काठमाडौंको शिक्षा क्याम्पसबाट अंग्रेजीमा स्नातकोत्तर पास यी युवा कागजी मैदानमा कलमले युद्ध गरिरहेका छन् । उनको विपक्षमा छन्, कलमै बोकेका अर्काथरी गुरिल्लाहरू जो पाँच वर्षअघिसम्म हतियार पनि बोक्थे । (ती हतियार अहिले क्यान्टोनमेन्टहरूमा छन् र तिनको साँचो अघिल्लो साता एक जना पूर्वगुरिल्लाले नेतृत्व गरेको सरकारलाई बुझाइएको छ ।)

[UWB note: For those who are subscribed to this site but don’t understand Nepali, this article, published in today’s Kantipur- a full page- explores the war of ideologies that is being fought in the Nepali society at multiple layers: from the thematic commetties of the Constituent Assembly to the internal forums of political parties to journals and op-ed pages newspapers to the tea-shops by the roads.  Nepali Congress, the second largest party in the CA, along with CPN UML, the third largest party, are on the one side of this ideological divide while the Maoist, the largest party, is on the other.] Continue reading नेपालमा जारी विचारको गुरिल्ला युद्ध