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Best of Nepal In 2005


Persons & Events of 2005 (here is the WORST list)

1. The 12-point Agreement:

For giving us the hope of bright and peaceful future. This groundbreaking agreement between the seven-party alliance and the CPN Maoist altered the polarization status in Nepali politics. Two of the three forces started talking. However, critics say the agreement is too vague and can go astray any time. Maoists who are waging war for the one party dictatorial communist regime agreed in principle to join the pluralistic society and make democracy their destination. Based on this agreement, mainstream political parties are launching nationwide pro-democracy Lok Jagaran (public awareness) campaign. For the first time in years, unarmed political forces went to the villages of Rolpa and Rukum spreading words of peace and democracy.

Related Link(s):
>Parties, Maoists Unite For Democracy in Nepal
>Agreement in Nepali (from
>Analyzing the Agreement

2. The Seven Party Alliance:

They all fought themselves in the late 90s and, many say, that was the main reason for the downfall of democracy in Nepal. When seven top leaders of seven different political parties appeared in a small hall of Kathmandu’s Orchid hotel to announce a historic joint statement, Nepali people cautiously welcomed because they had already seen the break-up of 5-party alliance before Feb 1. Still many believe that this alliance formed in Baishak 25 paved way for a new polarization in Nepal. Before striking a 12-point agreement with the Maoists, the alliance played remarkable role in pressing the rebels to declare ceasefire unilaterally. The Maoist’s truce came as a big relief in the times of war but people were disappointed as the royal autocratic government turned out to be too arrogant to reciprocate the move.

Related Link(s):
>Finally, They All Have One Voice Now
>First Step toward Peace is Restoration of Parliament

3. Krishna Pahadi, Devendra Raj Pandey and the Civil Society Movement:

For spreading words about our democratic movement and human rights issues in and outside Nepal and leading the Nepali civil society movement. Pahadi, left, who was imprisoned for about six months after the Feb 1 takeover is the first Nepali for whom Amnesty International organized a month long international (Europe and the US) speaking tour recently. Pahadi (holding a poster for his program in Italy) has been active in promoting peace, democracy and human rights in different places of the country. Pandey, the face of the civil society movement is credited for bringing urban intellects and retired bureaucrats into the democratic movement. The government is mulling a code of conduct to curb “anti-government” activities of retired bureaucrats.

Related Link(s):
>Pascchim tira baralida (Kantipur article on Pahadi’s Tour)
>Rising Voice of Republicanism

4. Shambhu Thapa and Nepal Bar Association:

The front man in our court battle against tyranny. This man, as the president, has led Nepal Bar Association in such a way that the organization has become the prominent face value of Nepali democracy movement. When Shambhu Thapa, the lawyer, leads, other lawyers follow. He used his position at NBA for the benefit of pro-democracy movement.

Related Link(s):
>Shambhu Thapa: Lawyer Who Advocates for Our Freedom

5. Anup Raj Sharma and Min Bahadur Rayamajhi:

Right persons at right place in right time. Supreme Court Justices Sharma and Rayamajhi upheld people’s right to information by issuing a historic verdict that explicitly directed all FM Radios to broadcast news and information. It is your duty to broadcast news, the ruling said, tell us news. Many would agree that these justices did nothing more than performing their duties honestly and constitutionally but the situation in Nepal is such that many a times people need bravery to do the right things.

Related Link(s):
>FMs, Tell us the NEWS!

6. Ian Martin and OHCHR:

For his efforts to safeguard Nepali human rights situation. Martin’s arrival as the Chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) operation in Nepal has significantly helped control the human rights violation by the warring sides. After he was appointed for the job in April 29, Martin has constantly been raising his and his office’s voice for human rights in Nepal. Under his leadership, OHCHR Office in Nepal has been monitoring the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Related Link(s):
>Nepal Under International Scanning
>Nepalese Leaders Call For UN Monitoring

7. Nepali Diaspora in the US:

For keeping the Nepal issue alive in America. Pro-democracy members of Nepali Diaspora have organized impressive rallies in cities like New York and Washington D C advocating freedom and democracy Nepal. Prominent members of the Diaspora have actively lobbied for our case among influential people in the US. In this age of Internet, our people are using every means of communication to coordinate their efforts and organizing countless discussion programs aiming at creating buzz about Nepal situation in the US.

Related Link(s):
Influencing Those Who Influence The Influential Here
Listen What This Man Has To Say
An Activist Goes To America
New York is New Road: Democracy Demanded
I Say Civil Liberties Now, Not Tomorrow

8. Patrick Leahy and James Walsh:

These men are strongly taking Nepal’s case to the lawmakers and policy formulators of the US. Leahy the senator , left, has been constantly raising Nepal’s democracy movement in the US Congress and pressing his government to take necessary action. He has also regularly highlighted king Gyanendra’s autocracy and human rights violations. Walsh, an ex-Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and the Congressman, has been working with his fellow lawmakers to pursuade the US government to pressurize the royal Nepal government.

Related Link(s):
>‘I Rise To Speak On Nepal’
>US Senate Amendment On Nepal
>We The Congressmen Rrespectfully Ask Your Majesty
>Patrick Leahy Rises To Speak, Again
>‘Will RNA Cast Its lot With People?’

9. Sharawan Mukarung and Arjun Parajuli:

For triggering the wave of Loktantrik (democratic) poems and proving that literature is a powerful means of expression. We have seen countless Loktantrik poem recitations programs since Mukarung, right, published his super-famous poem “Bise Nagarchi Ko Bayan” in Nepal Magazine. His satirical creation was so much appreciated that people started paying money to hear his poems. In one program, Mukaraung collected Rs. 30 thousand within an hour. With hard-hitting poems like “Satra Saaj Bhag Dui” the bearded kaviji Parajuli has become the poetic voice of the democracy movement. They unknowingly became catalysts for people’s desire to fight for democracy.

Related Link(s):
>Bise Nagarchi Ko Bayaan (the poem)

10. Ramesh & Rayan, Nanda Krishna Joshi and Rubin Gandarva:

For singing songs of people and democracy. Ramesh & Rayan, left, have re-emerged with their progressive and provoking songs like “Gau gau bata utha” [“rise from villages”] and have been actively involved in pro-democracy movement in Nepal in 2005. The duo recently declared in a mass meeting that their songs don’t belong to a particular party but to the entire democratic movement.

Nanda Krishna Joshi, left, the popular Deuda singer has used his singing ability in the interest of democracy movement. He has the gone to villages of East Nepal singing his deuda, a folk tune popular in West Nepal, pro-democracy “Jhyamma Jhyamma” songs. While doing so, he has also taken the tune of West Nepal to Eastern parts of the country. Rubin, the teenager, has become the humming bird of democratic movement. When he sings parodies based on popular folk tunes, the people rise and start dancing. This Gandarva’s mass appealing and anti-autocracy songs have become major attractions in the programs organized as part of peaceful democratic movement.

Related Link(s):
> Songs of Revolution Echoed in Patan
> Jhyamma…Jhyamma: Singing Democracy
> In Search of Rubin-I (from
> In Search of Rubin II

11. Keith Bloomfield:

As the British ambassador and the chief of the EU in Nepal, Bloomfield has been constantly raising issues of democracy. He has travelled to different parts of Nepal talking about democracy and freedom. And the royal government felt the heat created by Bloomfield speeches. So much so that royal loyal Ramesh Nath Pandey’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Bloomfield twice in 2005 for speaking “against” the government.

Related Link(s):
>Bloomfield Is A Headache For Royal Govt.
>So, Bloomfield Is Here To Stay

12. Palpasa Cafe:

For proving that there is no dearth of readers of Nepali literature provided there is quality creation backed up by good marketing campaign. The debut novel by journalist Narayan Wagle created history in Nepali publishing industry by selling more than five thousand copies in the first month of publication. The book, branded as War Novel by some critics, is about contemporary Nepali society and won this year’s prestigious Madan Puraskar.

Related Link(s):
>Palpasa Cafe Hits Bookstores
>Narayan Wagle: A Novelist Is Born With Palpasa Cafe
>Narayan Wagle Wins Madan Puraskar

13. Nepali Windows/ Nepalinux:

For enabling computers understand our language. Big achievement in Nepali computing after the arrival of computer arrived in the Himalayan country. Though it will take time to see many computer users in Nepal using these software, they have definitely paved the way for further development in Nepali computing.

Related Link(s):
>Finally, Penguin Speaks Nepali
> Campaign of Make Computer Understand Nepali (from

14. Hami Basanta Khoji Rahechhau:

For taking the issue of democracy to the street in the form of drama. This popular street (We are looking for Spring) performance by Sarbanaam group has been revived after 15 years. In those dark days of autocracy in the late 80s, this drama in which spring means democracy and freedom, gave impetus for democratic movement.

Related Link(s):
>Sarwanam searches anew for ‘spring’ (The Kathmandu Post article)

15. Nepali Cricket:

For winning important matches when needed and moving Nepal up in the World cricket barometer. Nepal is being noticed wordwide andn international regulatory bodies like ICC are holding thier top meetings in Kathmandu. In those hard and disappointing times, the game of cricket and our wonderful lads gave us the joyous news from the field. It was an exihilirating experience to see our folks lifting the Under 19 ACC Cup for third time in a row.

Related Link(s):
> Double Delight!

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23 Responses to “Best of Nepal In 2005”

Kendrika Says:
December 31st, 2005 at 11:45 pm

When I see this list, I remember the recent remark of Tulsi Giri in Jhapa. He very clearly termed the 12 point Agreement a Hoax. And that is very much true. I just saw Nepal Television and one political analyst was telling the same. The agreement is a Maoist tactic. Parties are trying to use that as a means to gain the power. It is very unfortunate that some people are branding Agreement the biggest achievement of the year. I can only pity them. You have to understand the reality. Try to go beyond what you see and think wise. Get out of this illusion.

The Doctor Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 12:03 am

Kendrika: “…Tulsi Giri in Jhapa….Nepal Television.”

I am sorry to know your sources of “knowledge.” Torilahure Giri and NTV?? Huh?????

programmer Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 1:29 am

I don’t think all these thing are good or best , but oviously are some. What next ?? Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 6:07 am

You are right from your positing. I cannot expect any good, who draws conculsion citing TG and NTV.

Have a good new year with TG and NTV!

(But I highly recommend you to meet different people, read news from diferent sources, visit different places of nepal.)

Chandan Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 10:58 am
Good and appropriate items selected!

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 2:30 pm
oh kendrika
where are u??
we are in 21st century and u r in 19th century.
u are watching NTV and TG.
come out of your home and see the world and also nepal
what is going in world and what is going in nepal
see where is nepal.
please come out of your home and feel the reality.
Feeling reality would be better than giving the comment after watching NTV.

Ram Bahadur Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:33 pm
12 Point Agreement is only hope in Nepal at this hour of crisis. Now what will happen after the end of cease fire and on the 8th of Feb. KG has become a total failure and he wants to destroy Nepal completely. Not only TG is mentally unstable but his chairman should be also taken to mental hospital.

Shyam Laal Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:36 pm
Yes I agree with ram bahadur. KG’s actions are always negative. How long he can rule the country at gunpoint ?

No Santosh Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:41 pm
Every power group should seat together to solve our problem.KG can join 12 point programme with his amendments. There is no problem solving attitude in all the groups. Only aggravating the situation would bring the country to a landslide and kill thousands of people.

Chature Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 3:52 pm

Better not to comment on Kendrika. I surpriese how internet access (super world miracle of 20th century) came to that person’s hand. Any way that s up to person.

Kendrika jee, Please make a copy of your comment and go to west gate of Narayanhity, possibly you will get assistant minister. I guess, there is no another best place for you.

realTouch Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 7:50 pm
I appriciate the courtesy of bloggers towards a lady name ‘Kendrika’. If it was a male name, all bloggers would have fell upon him like hungry pack of wolves. Kendrika! You are lucky by your name.

Sarki ko choro Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 9:18 pm
I am surprised to see the personal attack on blogger and outright discounting of their view without arguing the point.

Is that all you bloggers can do?

C’mon guys give your argument why the 12 point agreement is not a ploy by Maoists to fool the parties so that the parties can carry Maoists’ agenda (e.g constituent assembly)? A blind person can see that!

Poudel A. Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:16 pm
This is a great list with events and persons selected in a good manner. Had I formulated the list, I would have put Krishna Pahadi, Devendra Raj Pandy and the Civil Society movement at the No. 1 position. Civil society movement really inspired the political parties to intensify the movement against autocracy.

To Kendrika,
I just saw Kantipur TV and Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey, former finance minister in the interim government, was telling Bijay Kumar that we need loktantra and the system is more important that any person. Can you assume all power and stop possible voice that might go against you? No, he was saying, you can’t do that even in your house. Even your father can’t do that.

As a citizen of a nation, we have certain responsibilities. Our efforts and actions should be directed toward good. And that GOOD is to establish democracy. I would like to quote Mr. Pandey here:

A bad system makes good person bad but a good system makes a bad person good. Lets go for the GOOD system. And we know that is non other than democracy.

Today your NTV showed your T Giri among those royal political parties who were begging money from the government for election.

I also like your choice of Nepali cricket. I am also a big fan of the sport and I would like to thank our boys for giving us victories.

Saugat Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:26 pm
Constituent Assembly is not the Maoist agenda. Its Nepali Congress’s agenda since the 50s. Go to libraries and turn back the pages of history books. Constituent Assembly empowers people and strips King from unconstitutional power. By declaring cease fire, Maoist showed maturity.

King has gone to eastern region to promote his election agenda. If king is too much keen about elections, he should be afraid of Constituent Assembly because that’s all about elections. And people will have real choices to vote in and out.

Sarki ko choro Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 11:42 am
I don’t believe a single word of people from Congress party say, except perhaps from one or two.

Never heard of Congress talking about constituent assembly before the Maoists raised it. Even if they might have uttered the word they (Kangressi) have said so many incoherent things that it is hard to make out what they want to say. They have been saying all sorts of things in the past and they habitually keep on contradicting themselves all the time!!

Truth Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 1:13 pm
“Ke Garchhas Mangale Afnai Dhangale”

Political parties should have ruling this country till now if they had united in the parliament. They made their choice themselves to the street. Sometimes we find pity on them running like a hungry fox to Delhi, Lakhanu, Silguri, Rolpa, Kathmandu, Polkhara, Gulmi, Biratnagar etc..etc.. places. Still they don’t have any destination and gone to maobadi to get support. what a same strategy, those who destroyed them now are their godfather. If one go back to the history, the maobadi were nothing infront of them.

recentnews Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 1:47 pm
NTV is good only to watch Tito Sattya and Ka Beman Director !

realTouch Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:29 am
One factor is very common between political parties and Maoist – their roots are among the people and they accept people’s supremecy. All revolts may not be successful but big political changes were by revolution. Maoist may die out but the issues raised by them already brought a vast change in social structure. Those who go outside of Kathmandu valley, feel it. Understanding between Maoist and political parties is an agreement of that feeling.

Monarchist, first of all, can not accept people’s supremecy and so, they are alien among common people. Monarchist or bhardars are arrogant by nature because they feel arrogancy gives them supremacy over people. So, they don’t have the feeling of that 12-point agreement.

Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » Nepal: Best and the Worst Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 1:43 am
[…] United We Blog! presents the best and the worst of Nepal in the year 2005. […]

tg Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:21 pm
How the hell did the likes of Shambhu Thapa make the list? I keep forgetting who this site is hosted by, how come you did not put Kantipu on the list to make your master Gyawali proud.

Truth Says:

January 3rd, 2006 at 12:50 pm

I accept your one point that autocracy cannot be accepted in 21st century. But totally disagree if you say maoist activities are genuine. Are you in stone-age to support maobadi brutal killings? Change can be bring with peace also, my dear. Get lesson from Mahatma Gandhi. How come you educated person to support the maobadi’s act. If you look at their cruel incident of killings, do you agree with them?

Uglo Keta Says:

January 18th, 2006 at 5:31 pm
Recently when I saw in one of the newspapers saying British Envoy Mr. Bloomfield will be leaving soon, I felt sad. He was so far the best envoy Nepal has ever had from UK. He concern about the political situation in Nepal and his voice for the restoration of Democracy in Nepal will never be forgotten by us. He was not only a diplomatic person but also a good entertainer. I have listened to him singing live in many places. His ability to perform as Diplomat and as a cultural ambassador is really something I have never seen before. His live performance also left many music lovers in Kathmandu say “WOW! what an ambassador!”. Good luck Mr. Bloomfield. We hope the next envoy will be as nice and honest as you. We love you.

Himalaya Film Festival Says:

January 19th, 2006 at 12:15 pm
I think getting Nepathya to Europe was great thin too! And of course the many performances they gave with the other musicians through Nepal!



Worst of Nepal In 2005


Persons & Events of 2005 (here is the BEST list)

1. The Feb 1 Royal Proclamation:

When an angry monarch with autocratic ambitions appeared on TV on the fateful morning of Feb 1, everything in Nepal started going wrong. With his words, king Gyanendra assumed the unrestricted executive power, fired a government, imposed emergency with press censorship, and jailed the Prime Minster and hundreds of political leaders and activists. The immediate result of the takeover came as a regressive government under the chair of the king himself. The cabinet included one of the most conservative and anti-democratic face as the royal deputy in the form of Dr. Tulsi Giri.

Related Link(s):
> The Blog That Wasn’t Blogged-II (The New Royal Takeover)

2. Madi Massacre:

Maoists committed a heinous crime against Nepali people by bombing a public transportation bus. Rebels ambushed a bus in Chitwan in July and killed 36 innocent passengers on the spot. 72 other unarmed people suffered injury, at least 35 of them seriously. The land mine exploded in Badermudhe Khola of Kalyanpur area.

Related Link(s):
>What’s the Value of Our Life?

3. Nagarkot Massacre:

Nepal saw one of the worst massacres in its history when an insane army man Basudev Thapa indiscriminately fired upon a group of villagers celebrating a festival in Nagarkot’s Chihan Danda. Thapa killed 11 people and injured more than two dozens before being killed. It is not clear how Thapa died. Three investigation teams from the army, Home Ministry and an ethnic organization are working on it currently.

Related Link(s):
> Surviving the Nagarkot Massacre

4. Press Censorship and Black Ordinance:

Nepal experienced the press censorship for the first time in the last 15 years when the king’s government sent armies to the newsrooms and broadcast stations. Vibrant and independent Nepali press that was born in the freedom of democracy suddenly found the new environment difficult to adjust in. After the censorship was lifted along with the three-month long emergency at the end of April, the government tired to bring a black ordinance into effect. Govt.issued the ordinance that, among other things, bars criticism of the king when Nepalis were celebrating biggest festival Dashin. Nepal for the first time after the downfall of autocratic Rana regime in 1950 was cut off from the rest of the world as king ordered telephone and internet service to be closed for a week. The government also introduced the one window blackmailing advertisement policy.

Related Link(s):
>A Melancholy Report Of A Reporter
>Fascist Face Of The Govt.: Partial Ad Policy
>Media Mirrors a Society (but NOT in Nepal)
>Regression at its Height: Draconian Press Law

5. Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC):

A notorious and controversial agency set up by the royal autocratic government selectively launched actions against several pro-democracy leaders and harassed anti-government activists. After giving jail verdict to former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for two years, the agency with rights to charge, investigate and issue verdict against anyone is now dragged to the Supreme Court. The court is hearing the case that could decide RCCC’s fate.

Related Link(s):
>Controversy over king’s RCCC

6. Dr. Tulsi Giri:

The mother of Panchayat, the autocratic system, after being nominated vice chair in the royal cabinet openly challenged the constitution formulated by Nepali people. A few months later Kantipur and Kathmandu Post exposed that he was a businessman blacklisted by Nepal Bank Limited. His positive side? He was consistent on his remarks, was firm on his beliefs and was right on all wrong points. Not even a good leader always possesses such “qualities”.

Related Link(s):
>God, this fellow doesn’t know Maoists
> Dr Tulsi Giri in Willful Defaulters’ Blacklist

7. Tear Gas against protesters:

As pro-democracy demonstrators started hitting the streets of Kathmandu and other parts of the country, police found teargas as the best way to disperse the crowd. Doctors in the country have said that the gas is unhealthy and warned the police not to use it against protesters. Recently, police nearly killed some people by firing a teargas inside a shop in New Baneshwor (pic) and closed down the shutter.

Related Link(s):
>Police and Riots in Kathmandu Streets
> Tear Gas: Bounce Back to Police

8. Attack against Kantipur FM and Radio Sagarmatha:

By attacking, first Kantipur FM (pic), country’s first commercial radio, and Radio Sagarmatha, South Asia’s first community station, the royal government demonstrated how far it can go to implement autocracy in society. Armed police looted broadcast equipments and, from Radio Sagarmatha, arrested five journalists and staffs disrupting the broadcast of both stations. Kantipur had to stop its eastern region broadcast and Radio Sagarmatha remained closed for two days. Government has been targeting FM radios from the very beginning by banning news broadcast.

Related Link(s):
>Black Ordinance in Action
>FM Radio Culture In Nepali Society
>Radio Sagarmatha Forced to Close Down

9. Tanka Dhakal:

For being the Nepali avatar of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Information minister. As the spokesperson and Information minister of the royal government he just misinformed the public and lied, and lied and lied all the time defending autocracy.

Related Link(s):
>Ministers and the Lies
> Know Your Rulers

10. Zonal and Regional Administrators:

For spreading the tentacles of autocracy. Telling example of how autocrats impose power from above, against the principles of decentralization, through their henchmen. They have become the sharp teeth of an autocrat king to penetrate dictatorship in Nepali society. Many of them have already become controversial by arbitrarily taking actions, including physical assault, against civil servants and launching anti-democracy campaign.

Related Link(s):
>Now ‘dhishes’ Will Rule Us

11. Kamal Thapa:

The newly appointed home minister in the royal cabinet is the textbook-worthy example of opportunism. He first paved way for the split of RPP and formation of Jana Shakti Party. But he himself remained in RPP supporting the regime. He wanted the RPP to take into the royalist fold either by the internal decision or by splitting it. He is now actively involved in further splitting the RPP.

12. Royal Africa Safari:

Colossal waste of state fund for nothing.

Related Link(s):
>Where is his majesty? (from
>Nepal King’s Impending Trip to Tunisia

The Axis of Evil (WORSE than the WORST whom we couldn’t include in the WORST list)

1. Sachhit Shumser Rana (left), Bharat Keshar Singh (right) and Sharad Chandra Shah:

For their remarks and activities that were provocating, instigating, polarizing and dividing. Rana, the former Chief of the Army Staff, never tried to use his position for positive change in the country. Singh even tried to divide the country by raising religious issues. And we see not a single positive point in this BLACK pair. This pair is backed by a man called Sharad Chandra Shah. Shah who politicized the sports in Nepal in Panchayati days came back as the chair of High Level Committee for Information Technology and has been active to promote autocracy. Fourth member of this Axis of Evil is Pawan Kumar Ojha because argued so senselessly (that too inside the Supreme Court as the attorney general of the country) that a Hindu king is not bound to obey the constitution. These people have collectively reminded us the medieval courtiers of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Related Link(s):
>Pundits’ Prefect Predictions
> No Religion in Politics

We couldn’t decide if these persons/events were the Best or Worst

1. Girija Prasad Koirala:

At a time when he is leading whole democracy movement in the country, he shamelessly promotes nepotism and autocracy within his organization Nepali congress party. Koirala has become the towering personality and all six parties have accepted his leadership in the seven-party coalition but he is not letting democracy flourish in Nepali Congress itself.

Related Link(s):
>Hopes From Girija Prasad Koirala
>Demanding Democracy In Nepali Congress
>Greedy Girija, Who Will Be Acting President in NC?
>Nepali Congress Leader Girija Prasad Koirala Released!
>A Cup Of ‘Kangressi’ Tea

2. Sher Bahadur Deuba:

Some say he is framed by the royal government for corruption charges but many others believe that he is the one who submitted democracy to the palace. Why he didnâ??t told the Nepali public about possible royal takeover when he knew about that already?

Related Link(s):
>Madam Deuba Speaks Up Her Heart and Mind
>Remembering Asoj 18
>Nepalese Media Told To Black Out Ex- PM Deuba News Conference
>Deuba Given Seven Days Jail Sentence
>The Midnight and Daylight Drama on Deuba Case (from

3. Attack on Royal Convoy:

Some say attacking the VVIP vehicle was indeed bad but others opine that the incident gave an opportunity for the palace to read the pulse of the public. The royalists first provoked the pro-democracy activists who were returning from UML mass meet. Then the stone pelting game started and the convoy caught up in the mess. And how about the royal representation on SAARC? The king shouldn’t have gone but then that wouldn’t have really mattered even if T Giri had represented. Plus, Prince Paras went to the Police Headquarter to inquire about the security lapse the other day which resulted a stunning attack on the royal convoy. The price visits the police office. Might sound good but other view is that the visit signals the way the palace wants to use state resources. This school of argument thinks the palace behaves as if security chiefs were servants.

Related Link(s):
>Witnessing The Stunning Event
>Telling Our Problems to Madam Chair
>Crown Prince in Police HQ. No Food to Students

4. Ram Bahadur Bomjam:

Many believe he in the new Buddha but he himself doesn’t think so. He is there, in Bara, apparently mediating and his being there has created waves around the world. Many think he should be probed. But we don’t think so. That’s his right to be there. To meditate. He shouldn’t be disturbed.

Related Link(s):
>New Buddha!?

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10 Responses to “Worst of Nepal In 2005”

programmer Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 1:31 am

These all worst are made/started by democratic leaders not by anyone else !!

ProDemocrat Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 4:10 am

KG and TG are the worst players in 2005 Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 5:48 am

where are KG and paras?? Says:
January 1st, 2006 at 5:54 am

Girija- why not in both best and worst, in the thirteenth of worst and sixteenth of best.

SBD – 14th of worst

Attack on Royal conv.- some where in the top 5 of best

budunca Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 6:45 am
political parties are the no 1 worst thing that happened to nepal this year they joined hand with maoist who have been slaughtering poor people. now they are part of killer gang.

Chandan Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 11:04 am
I see Sachit as the worst of the worst this year for his war-mongering remarks and senselss defence of the autocrat. Mr. Giri and Mr. Dhakal are also the most…what to say…they are devils of democracy!

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

January 1st, 2006 at 2:11 pm
no men are the worst in above given photos
they are doing as they a bhardar is supposed to do.
they do not speak their own words.
they do not use their eyes to see
they do not even think
they only do what they are ordered by their master.
they are only the puppets of king gyanendra.
so don’t blame them they are doing their “noon ko sojho” and they cannot hear u because they are not allowed to hear by their master king gyanendra.
so all the words what they speak are the words of their master master is responsible of what they speak and what they do. Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 4:09 am
If one has to pick out the YEAR’S WORSE…. The [icd] Prince must be near the Top of the List.
The “miracle” of [icd].

Truth Says:

January 2nd, 2006 at 5:24 pm
No.1 worst is political leaders of 7 alliance. No destination…..running for the power here and there in the name of democracy

democratic lover Says:

January 11th, 2006 at 7:43 am
well as in my view the worster thing firstly is the kings move for the autocracy and after each and every things the misniters of the king did the so called kings envoy sachit s rana and sings are the worst and the whole year gone through the worst time and it will continue till the democratic time comes in nepal and lets pray for the democracy soon…

Welcome Dr. Tulsi Giri, See The Black Flag!

black flag to dr. tulsi giri

Students in Jhapa wave black flag to Dr. Tulsi Giri. Plus, the story of “collecting” people for Dr. Giri’s meeting. All pics by Sharawati Karki via Kantipur.

By Upendra Pokharel

In the photo above police are arresting students of Mechi Campus in Jhapa who were protesting the arrival of Dr. Tulsi Giri in their town. Students shouted anti-monarchy slogans and showed black flag at Dr. Giri. Police baton charged demonstrating students, injuring four of them. Also, more than 10 students were arrested after the incident. Students had gathered to protest cabinet vice-chair Dr Giri’s presence in front of the program venue, soon after Giri had landed Birtamod on a helicopter. According to locals, police had indiscriminately attacked students with batons after arresting and putting them inside van. Most of the students suffered injuries on heads.

Among those injured are, Mechi Campus’s Free Student Union members Toyanath Bhattarai, Bikash Ban, and All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) central members Shiva Dhungana and Gopal Sapkota. That all happened at around 1 PM. Bhattarai was rushed to Dharan at 6 PM for treatment as he couldnâ??t’ gain consciousness. Other students were treated at Mechi Hospital. Those arrested are Basanta Baniya, FSU president of Mechi Campus, joint secretary Nabin Bimali, Meghraj Poudel, Deepak Sigdel, Saurav Pokharel and Santosh Karki. They were released later in the evening. Students had repeatedly requested police not to use force against them as they were demonstrating peacefully. Eight student unions are planning to hold meeting Thursday (today) to discuss the police heavy-handedness. Bimali told that they would launch further programs in protest against the police action.

Police had forcefully “hired” vehicles from private operators to ferry participants of the meeting that was addressed by Dr. Giri. Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Rastriya Prajantra Party and Jana Mukti Party had jointly organized the meeting. Staffs of the vehicles were not allowed to leave the venue and they couldnâ??t even eat. “I told them that I wanted to go to eat something,” Rudra Karki of Sayapatri Travels said. “But the traffic didnâ??t let me go outside the program venue. Its already 3 PM and I haven’t eat.” Karki said that the brought six people from Jhapa’s Sainikmod.

Driver Subas Rai said that he couldn’t even patch up punctured tires. “Traffic police took my license when I told them I would fix the tires and eat some food,” he said. “I was so frustrated after they took my license and I didn’t even fix the tires.”

Organizers had promised to pay Rs. 1 thousand and provide 25 liters diesel to each vehicle owners, Shyam BK of Munal Yatayat said. Diesel was provided with the recommendation of traffic but no money was provided on Wednesday. “When I talked about money, they told me to come tomorrow citing crowd.” BK said. About 45 big and small vehicles ferried participants. But passengers were very few.

“Had we brought many people,” BK said, “the mass meeting would have been similar to that of parties’ Biratnagar shows. I brought 40 people. 20 of them get off the bus before coming here.”

The road was hassle-less. Police who set up temporary Check Posts at the time of political parties’ demonstrations in Biratnagar didn’t even feel like checking those buses that were ferrying people to Dr. Giri’s meeting. “Today it was a hassle-free ride,” said a staff of the bus with licensee number 1914. “Otherwise we used to walk at Lakhanpur barrack. Today when I told them I was taking people to Giri’s meeting, they let us go without even checking.” Report via Kantipur

33 Responses to “Welcome Dr. Giri, See The Black Flag!”

Chandan Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 12:16 pm

I feel pity on the haplessness of the cops.

unknown101 Says:
December 29th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

Police are humans too…they have a family too

Kirtipure Maharjan Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:02 pm
Police are humans. I understand. They have faimilies..that too I understand…but what I don’t understand is: did somebody forcefully recruited them? Are they “trained” for something? Are they paid by tax prayers’ money? Did they promise something when they decided to survive on the tax payers’ money?

deep Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:14 pm
NO worth of showing Black flags if Tulsi’s eyes are blind..He is blind and deaf and…why not ..he is mere a puppet of KG.

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:20 pm
Basically what I see is KG is ruling with spending governments energy on controlling opposition… Since the opposition towards autocracy is increasing… the need of investing energy is also increasing…

We nepali people are losing it all… the energy that had to go for welfare of people is being wasted in political fights…

So I see here one important thing… putting energy… no system can be sustained if it requires external energy… its only matter of time when this energy-consuming(wasting) regime falls down.

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 2:53 pm
Look, these parties-RPP, NSP and JMP they have organized mass gathering to listen Giri-PURAN, story of greatest slave. Just imagine mind-set of these parties and evaluate degree of respectness of people from these parties.
Why peope cant say that we dont like your policy, Mr. G? The state machinary of Nepal thinks that they are there to supress citizen. This has been going on since Nepal’s foundation and will go on as long as there are feudals on the top of that. We must liberate our nation from the cage of feudals…and that is going to happen very soon.

Mr. Kirtipure Maharjan, dont be surpriesd, I know there are people hired by feudal-regime to disguise bolggers opinion. They always come with anti-thesis of civilization in each and every blog-sites. Mr/Mrs Unknown101 is one of them.

tamang Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 3:30 pm
Nepali police are well fed. Just look at them, some of them even have potbellies. They are getting fat on the blood and sweat of the people while people are barely surviving. Expense to feed, house and cloth the Royal army and police has dwindled the National treasury. Just look at their faces, the majority of the people are undernourished while the king and its men are getting fat. What does this anomaly tell us? What can we do to change this soon.. ok get rid of this king, take his power away, and give the power back to the same old politicians, or do something drastically different, but how?

Asha Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 3:32 pm
If the CPN (UML) can bring in people in trucks, hire them from various districts, why can’t Dr. Giri do the same? And if royalists can shout anti-UML slogans in their rally in New Baeswor, what is so surprising that students do the same in front of Dr. Giri?

These are very natural processes of democracy. I see nothing unusual. The fact is that elections is coming very very near and both the 7 parties and the Maoists are very afraid that they will be out of power for another 30 long years. We the people cannot help them. They ruined this great nation and still cannot give a new vision. Why don’t they contest elections, get elected and do whatever they want to do?

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 4:39 pm
“Why donâ??t they contest elections, get elected and do whatever they want to do?”

What are they doing now?? they are doing what they want to do and what they feel is right?? If you suggest that they should do whatever after election why not before election or during election?? is it because KG gave a royal message that this will be done on this day so every one should accept it as message from god without any question?

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 5:29 pm
Mr/mrs, Asha

You please go, contest election, win and imply your vision. How you dare to say why not others are not taking part in election? Bycotting election is 7+1 party’s policy, so what is the problem with you? Probably you (your party) can win easliy if they remain out of game.
Just you imagine, either Ronaldo or Jidane will contest each other when there , ediot person like you, is being umpire? In the same version, paries, that have been striveing for democracy, can not participate by the order of unconstitutional move of KG and his puppets. You must not forget here that, KG who is trying to teach us rule of land, must also follow the same. Could you name article of constitutional which allows king to be chairman of council of ministers? I am ready for debate, please come.

The feudals, whose leader is king, are trying their best to cage-in whole country for their own interest. This is the question of hour to each and every Nepali, what you are going to do to set up peaceful and democratic Nepal.

duke Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 6:31 pm
Only few 10 students are showing the flag doesnot represent people of Nepal. Why don’t we try to identify the peaceful solution to make all three to agree in some one point so that existance of all and representation of all should be there and no more mistakes in the coming democracy after that. If someone try to wipeout somebody definately they try to defend themselves. Even if king try to wipe out all parties and maoist they defend for their rights, and viceversa. It is very sad to know that our media like kantipur is more focusing on bringing more disturbances. Look at the news. all the anti speech of the Giri is published in kantipur, whereas The Himalaya trying to bring all of them in one point publishing that Govt. can consider postponing civic polls. We are surprised to know why media like kantipur try to bring more tussle, disturbances and further civil war.

krishna Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 6:54 pm
“If someone try to wipeout somebody definately they try to defend themselves.”

That means you should surrender to evil because it might hurt you while defending itself?

duke Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 7:26 pm

Whom do you called evil that is the question of today. Neithier parties leaders are god nor maoist are god and definately king also not god for us. You might think one is evil and others are god but we think all are evil and equally responsible to damage the country. First came maobadi, then party leaders and after that king. Be wise….

Chature Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 7:54 pm
duke jee,

Are you trying to potrait king and parliamentary-paries and maoist are same and equally responsible? Please, not to bother your good brain to write anti-thesis of civilization.

You please try to understand the driving force for social change of Nepal. Do you think feudal-gang who has been looting Nepal since history can be best political driver of Nepal for present era? You please try to be wise. These Shas, to whom Rana regime put under cage, had liberated by the blood of people in 2007. Go the political history between 1997-2007 BS. And now they (Shas) has just fulfilled the vacant post of Ranas, nothing more than that…. And you are blemming equally for blood givers and blood takers..
Please tell me where has gone all promises of Tribhuvan. What Mahendra has done for peoples liberty and freedom? Please tell us where to compromise with these feudals? People made aggrement in 2047 BS, through constitution, but now where has gone that aggrement?

Gentle person, please not to priscribe sweet-coate poison agai and again.

proud2bnepali Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 8:24 pm
hey “cry babies”

Well i call the ones who try to defend that useless person who tries to defend his master……(mathematically the former two are slaves and what a fun here to see……a want to be slave trying to save another one) …..i got nothing to say abt that mad persom barking like a dog..who says king is like god and u can’t question what he does cause we are punny humans….well for him that’s the only truth he holds.

But i wonder why these other so called educated but seemingly fool people speak to defend that creautre……i agree with u dudes that the political parties aren’t any better but i will bet my life that it is better to give this country in the hands of gagan thapa,yogesh bhattrai, kundan cafle then that paras…..if u really love this country……..but well by the ‘cry baby’ type of opinion i feel u ppl just see everytime glass half empty and neither u know about the struggle throughtout the world…….u just want things to be good…..

No matter what happens to the whoever…..or how……just the country should be peacefull…..the rich should be richer the poor should goto hell……and u hate change…….cause if the king rules there won’t be any change then for a long time……so….tapai praja haru lai euta kura matra bhanu sakchhu……..please at least be a little bit logical……..say things which is little bit true or at least close to truth……..don’t just cry like a baby to be right in what u are…….and we all know that usually babies cry for everything……right or wrong is out of the question for them….

pacifier Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 9:37 pm
i think there is a lot of delusion, illusion and anxiety…..words are poured out in abundance to get rid of the burden inside…..speaking against anyone is not going to help. I think serious thinking and action would be better. How to make a win-win situation for all is important. Peace, democracy and economic development … to safeguard these ???….and how to get out of this present deadlock ??

Programmer Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 10:38 pm
Hey Kids, Using force and demons are our Nepalese culture and tradition, It has been generated, so why you should surprise then ?

Limbu Says:

December 29th, 2005 at 10:53 pm
Violence may not be a nepali culture, but it’s definitely a royal culture. KG will sacrifice animals (maybe goats) in the Pathivara temple in Taplejung soon. He sacrificed 12 people in the Kali temple in Nagarkot a few days ago.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 12:08 am
Good Programmer good,
May be you will get minister soon.
Please make arrangement that KG will have chance to read your comment.
Best wishess…

realTouch Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:15 am
Asha, Duke

There are two clear-cut lines – supremecy of the people or supremecy of the king in the state. Political party leaders, bad or good, are for supremecy of people and Dr.Giri is for that of king. Dr.Giri wants Panchayat or even worse a royal autocracy like Machaivelli did preach(He was sixteenth century Italian Monarchist philosopher, you should know as you are keen to monarchy). There is no sense trying to be a pseudo-democrat and scolding and chiding political parties and their leaders. Even in the worst case, party leaders are for the people’s right as this is the only source of their power.

If peace was the only requirement for the people to live, slaves would have never revolted against their masters. As you know feudalism or monarchy is not far from slavery, educated and enlighted people like you should not preach slavery.

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 12:55 pm

I know this website is designed for the democracy. But sometimes I confused it is designed for what kind of democracy, is that for the people or for the bad leaders and killings. What people’s supermacy you are talking about? If people had supermacy during 14 years they would have thrown the bad leaders and maoist of their cruel act. You might like the killings of maoist and go against the killings of army but one thing remember people don’t like the killings from either side. Who started the killings, army or maoist????the killings was started in the democratic government by using polic force. How come people supermacy during that time although they were being killed by maoist and democratic government. Don’t defend it, it will have more impact in the future…you might like to be chamcha of sujata in democracy but we don’t…democracy means democracy where everyone has the right to raise the questions and right to live in competition but it doesnot mean there will be competition in autocracy…something that might be bitter for you or something might be bitter for us..neither you are right about the past democratic government act and maoist act nor we are right to say that we don’t like democracy….

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:01 pm
And one thing to be sure we don’t like to see autocracy but also we don’t like survive in fake democracy where peoples voice are being ignored by the leaders and their chamchas.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:24 pm
duke jee,

Could you throw more light on your model of democracy? It could be interesting to know how way you are different than KG’s model of democracy.

Please dont leave forum and come with your ideas.

Top of the World Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 1:38 pm
Dr. Tulsi Giri speaks what he sees. He is a good politician than any other leaders. He makes sense when he speaks. LAST 14years Nepal was run by the Ambasadors. Girija and makune is not a real leaders of Nepal. I am glad that after Feb 1 Nepal is runing by Nepalese.

krishna Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:00 pm
Top of the world..

Are u sure tulsi giri is still a nepali?

sardar Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:02 pm
Realtouch, of course democracy is of the supermacy of the people not the 7 agitating parties. The 7 parties don’t represent the sovereign people of Nepal. If they think they do, why don’t they get the fresh mandate of the sovereign people ? Why run away from the people? Gather a handful of gangsters and then throw bricks at the street? They have been agitating for the last 4 years. Where have they reached? What have the Nepalese people got out of this agitation, useless and worthless as it is.
It seems you are the real slave of the Sujata and company that looted the RNAC into near bankruptsy. Stop living like a slave be a master. Contest the elections, don’t be afraid of going to the people. The people afterall are supreme.

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 2:58 pm
Sardar jee,

Great , great saying.
Why dont you gather more people then 7 parties and show their support towards you. Could you kindly show how way people are soverign in this present autocratic regime? To whom these feudals represent?

People’s soverignity has only enshrined in the 2047 constitution, and do you know how it happend and who were actors for that. Everything does not come just by somebody’s wish. Please try to respect the people who have secrificed they life for people and country. Otherwise there will be no body to respect you and your degnity.

If political problem surface then best way out would be to ask people what you want for. For this reason, if 7 parties are asking not to take part in election. I dont think there should be any problem with you.

If you feel that KG and his puppets are best political driver of this country, it is up to you. But we can not support if some one apper in front of TV and say I am Prime-minister of Nepal. This is the point of dissatisfaction..

duke Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:28 pm

We are not against the democracy but we are for peoples supermacy. You might defend your failure leaders and killer maoist but we don’t even defend the king. We ignore and go against the king’s autocracy if that continues for long. That is the difference between you and us. Who is more liberal you can differentiate with this view.

In our model of democracy people should have power to choose the prime minister where prime minister role should be more stronger. The King should stay as ceremonial type after the establishment of peace. The handling of the security force should be executed by prime minsiter. 3/4th majority have right to change the prime minister but prime minster should have option for election only after 2 years or something like that. There should be no entry for THUG leaders (corrupted and punished by the court). There should be no politics in bureaucrats, semi-government bodies, security force and evn in NBA. There should be some control in the media toward supporting terrorism and go against security force. In party itself there should democracy to choose president and vice-president. Parties should not be ruled by communial. The government should make atleast responsible to people in their day to day livings, education and health and job opportunities. The prime minister and each party should annonce what they can give in their tenure to the people without fake assurance like before. They should be make more responsible and in selecting the party leaders should be fair and unbias itself…..We are not talking about 100% but atleast 50% of the above should be fulfilled.

One should remeber that democracy is that model which is for the people’s supermacy otherwise there is no difference between democracy and autocracy. We are not talking about the democracy of India where one is world’s to rich and another is world’s poorest eating the food of drainage. lets carry on discussion….

krishna Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:45 pm
We are not talking about the democracy of India where one is world’s to rich and another is world’s poorest eating the food of drainage.

That means you want maoists to rule… pure communist ideology.. good.

programmer Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 6:55 pm
Again, hey kids, Look at the picture, telling us to be encourage to involve there or to run away along the King’s way ( maharaj ganj). you guys still want remain this culture or be silence ?? Thukka murkhaho

no democracy i need ganatantra Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 7:29 pm
some bhats speak that [icd] KG is god.
i feel pity on those poor dhanustankare bhardar.
we need the rule of people not the rule of that KG who [icd] his brother to get the throne.
he is the one who get the 200 times the salary of Bush.
he is the one who invest Rs.30 crore for [icd] and celebrating [icd].

and the funny is this he talk about anti-corruption
the transparency international has already published the report that after feb 1 the corruption has got higher nepal ppositioned was downed from 90th to 127th.
there is no freedom to talk our opinion.
can u shout antislogan against the head of council of ministers although the constitution has provided that right to the people.
is there any post of upadhyaksha in constitution?

Chature Says:

December 30th, 2005 at 8:22 pm
dujke jee,

If you want to say so tnen please tell me,

While you are doing what you have said just before, If some body appear in TV, with good cap in his leaning neck, and say I am the prime-minister from now on. What you are going to do?

You did not touch this point in your opinion.

How you are going to establish ceremonial trype of monarchism? through begging or through struggle?

Are you thinking that these feudals will give you democracy while you pray for them?

Please go on and get democracy by praying , Good luck…

Truth Says:

January 4th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

You want to bring democracy with maoist style or Gandhi style, that is the difference. Regarding king, he should be constitutional or more ceremonial in future, we believe there is no alternate for him and he must be aware of it. We just worried why parties are neglecting the election with the fear of the maoist? If they really not fearing with the maoist then they should demand fool authority coalition government to participate election. If you look at the Iraq, there is more dangerous terrorist then Nepal but election has been occurred, why not in Nepal. Regarding maoist demand, there are many good things also why not assured them to accept genuine demand.

I don’t see any logic about abolishing the king, that is just strategy to bring another dangerous autocracy. One thing to be sure neither maoist have nor king has good hold in the people. Why parties are worrying with them? To be very frank the strategy adopted and the demand of the maoist are not 100% good. Their stand for 100% of their demand means they are not flexible and they don’t want peace. They should talk with the government and negotiate with them not others. Because others have nothing to give them. That is just making fool to the parties.

Attending a semi-underground press meet in Nepal

As we all know there is no freedom of expression in Nepal. Pro-democratic activists are detained and regularly harassed. Police kicked pro-democratic students from their offices yesterday. Later in the evening, they organized a press conference. Participating in that semi-underground press conference was an interesting experience for journalist Jeetendra Sah.

Terrified students just ousted from their offices in Rato Ghar were trying to organize a press conference to make their view public. Activists of All Nepal National Federation of Free Student Union (ANNFSU) planned a press meet in a Baghbazaar hotel. When Jeetendra, sporting a short hair and clean shaved face, reached the venue for reporting purpose, he found no one from organizer’s side. The crime reporter of Kantipur daily was utterly surprised. He asked about the program at the hotel reception. Their reply was unexpectedly strange.

But he quickly discovered that his hairstyle was playing a surprising role. Short hair. Police/Army cut. Huh…It is not unusual here in Kathmandu for plaincloth police to arrest students from programs and press meets. Students couldn’t stop their laugh after knowing Jeetendra’s identity. What at interesting story. Read that in United We Blog! in Nepali.


Ousting the King will make us like Afghanis in opium trade to survive. The situation has greatly improved post Feb. 1st why should we oust him and oust ourselves from our own country?

Comment by Sujan Rajbhandary — 5/11/2005 @ 7:06 pm

Sujan might be day dreaming. You are surviving under maoist and state terror. How do you say situation has improved? You must have been grown in a slavish family and society who can defferenciate between terror and democracy.

Comment by Ghanendra — 5/11/2005 @ 8:51 pm

Why you guys have to go underground like theives?
Learn to respect laws before you pretend to be a journalist.
Article says: “Police kicked pro-democratic students from their offices yesterday….”. Did Rato Ghar lawfully belonged to the Union? Just because you supported the corrupt political party in an election you can illegally occupy any building and make it your office? YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED OUT LONG TIME AGO.

Comment by Bishnu Thapa — 5/11/2005 @ 10:14 pm

It’s my first visit. I discover.
I’m sincerely with you. Good courage.
From Belgium,
le Râ

Comment by le Râ — 5/11/2005 @ 10:18 pm

This report is so telling of the massive repression being waged by this government. A press conference organised by students has to be self censored in case a planclothes policeman appears to arrest them for no reason—-and before the rest of you jump on this —-yes, there was no reason to evict these students from the building they have occupied all these years – the supporters of the Panchayat had the same priviliges while that government was in power all those years.
As far as the comment about journalists needing to tow the official line is concerned—what on earth are you talking about? The essence of a journalist is to be objective–it is the duty of a journalist to present both sides of the story–not just the state sanctioned propoganda that that king and his croonies want the people to know about.
I know it’s a horribly repressive and threatning time for journalists as well as larger Nepali society–best of luck with all your endeavours–God knows, the people of this country deserve to know the truth!

Comment by Uma — 5/12/2005 @ 1:25 am

Sujan- Take a bus ride (or fly) outside of Kathmandu and have a look. Kathmandu is completely shielded from whats really happening in rest of Nepal. Just because few things appear to have got better at this stage does not portray the overall situation in Nepal. This is not about Monarchy or Republic- it’s about accepting the situation as it is and taking positive steps to fix it. Press censorship, detention, suspension of civil liberties, increase in military activities are NOT positive steps.

Comment by sameer — 5/12/2005 @ 9:52 am

I think the journalists are the ones the blame for all the chaos and political instability in nepal.

Comment by b — 5/12/2005 @ 10:03 am

I suppose, b, that you have nothing to say about journalists being the main targets of both Government and Maoists?

Comment by sameer — 5/12/2005 @ 10:41 am

If Sujan believes that peace emanates from gagging voices and obliterating traces of dissent, he is mistaken. Freedom is the sine qua non of dignity; dancing to the tunes of a reprehensible and outdated doctrine and their musketeers can hardly be termed freedom; dancing is good for those who oblige voluntarily but how about those who are forced to?

Comment by Samprabhu — 5/12/2005 @ 11:17 am

Like the socalled sudent leader journalists are also illigiment children of the corrupt politician. Jut imagine a weekly news papers in Nepal received more than four million rupee for socalled advertisement from Nepal Oil Corporation. so did the other weekly news papers. Now as this as stoped ! So thir free looting of the pulbic money has stoped. All the Nepal is happy except the one who have been stoped to loot the public money

Comment by Raj — 5/12/2005 @ 3:25 pm

Example of State Terror: 4 Students shot dead in Kabul while protesting against desecration of Kuran by Karzai’s democratically elected government.

Example of Hooliganism: Students illegally occupying “Rato Ghar”. Students should learn to respect laws of our land.

Example of Tolerance: Students were just kicked out of “Rato Ghar” by the police. They deserved more than that for breaking the law.

Putting the hooligans out of the “Rato Ghar” is NOT Police oppression. Students should learn tools that will make them a good citizen, not ways to illegally occupy buildings. Kicking them out of the building is protecing law of Nepal. Learn to respect laws.

Comment by Bishnu Thapa — 5/12/2005 @ 8:02 pm


I am interested to know what laws of Nepal in particular are being protected in the current anarchy and lawlessness that pervades Nepali society?
How come these very same laws were allowed to be flouted when the Panchayat henchmen had their say and occupied the same very building without them flouting the so called Nepal laws that you proclaim to be protected?

Comment by Kripa — 5/12/2005 @ 9:17 pm

“Anarchy and Lawlessness that pervades in Nepali Society”

What is Lawlessness?
When educated people like University students breaks laws it leads to Lawlessness. Occupying a building that does not belong to you is Lawlessness. Today you forcefully occupy a government building, tommorrow you forcefully occupy your neighbour’s house. Where will this end?

A student has to set an example for others to follow. A law abiding student will make a law abiding citizen that will contribute to our society. Educated people like university students cannot support illegal things.

Please do not promote Lawlessness by illegally occupying “Rato Ghar”.

Comment by Bishnu Thapa — 5/12/2005 @ 9:58 pm

The fish stinks from the head!

The students are just doing what their elders are teaching them. How can you expect students to obey to the law, if you are living in a country, where the Army is not obeying to the orders of an elected parliament, where some people are above the law and cannot be brought to court even for murder.

At first the ones, who have enjoyed the comfort of education in the undemocratic years of Nepal should start to obey to the laws, then the students will easily follow the civilized path.

The new leader is a coward, as he is not proud enough to let himself be criticized. Who wants to follow a coward, who is protecting his criminal son and disrespecting the citizens he should protect.

Poor Nepal, the longer the drama continues, the more likely, that ALL leaders have to be brought to justice.

May courage return to the punished and frightened people of Nepal, King Kong

Comment by King Kong — 5/13/2005 @ 6:42 pm

King Kong says: “where the Army is not obeying to the orders of an elected parliament ….”
Army obeys Chief of the Army in any country. In India too the President is the Chief of the Armed Forces, and it follows his orders, not the parliaments.

“where some people are above the law and cannot be brought to court even for murder….”
In UK too as in other countries, the Royal family have the immunity. This is perfectly normal.
Even the clerk of a foriegn embassy has the diplomatic immunity.

Comment by Bir Ghale — 5/13/2005 @ 8:22 pm

Hello Ghaleji, you say “In UK too as in other countries, the Royal family have the immunity. This is perfectly normal.”
My quesion is: is it also “perfectly” normal to kill people? Is is perfectly normal to go to Discos at mid-night and spray bullets? Is it perfectly normal to train the royal gun at secuirty forces???

Comment by bishwokarma — 5/14/2005 @ 9:14 am

UWB! Hacked (Now Back). How Does It Feel?

United We Blog! was hacked yesterday morning and was not working till now. But after some upgrading and restoring backups (nearly a five-hour-work for webmaster), UWB! is back. The design plus other things are still temporary but for readers who look out for posts and the members of UWB! team who were panicking for not being able to blog, its over now. Thank you to all those who expressed their care, support and solidarity for us.

Palpasa Café Hits Bookstores

UWB has been authorised to sell the book outside Nepal (To buy the book, click on the Buy Now button on the right bar)

Palpasa Cafe, Narayan Wagle’s debut novel, hits the bookstores from Tuesday (26th July 05). A press release issued this morning by publication nepa~laya, the publisher, states that the market pressure has forced them to release the book earlier than the scheduled date. “The pre-launch of the book amidst a function in Lalitpur last week followed by widespread media coverage resulted in an overwhelming demand from book lovers and bookstores across the nation,” states the release. “[We were] planning for a release function during the 1st week of August, but could not stick to itâ??s plans due to demand pressure from the readers and sellers alike.” Kiran Krishna Shrestha, team leader of neap-laya added, “Due to the enormous market response for the book, we have had to reschedule early release of the book which was originally scheduled for early August”. Palpasa Café portrays the conflict in the country and its effects on people and society.

The language used in the book, which is set against the backdrop of the conflict in the country, is simple and interesting and touches the hearts of the people. The book illustrates the journey of characters through the clouds of ambiguity and makes connections between the capital and the mountains.

Noted critic Abhi Subedi has called the book a “meta-fiction” and commented that Narayan Wagle has opened a way for innovative and creative writing and set new grounds of hope and life for writers. Likewise, renowned critic and writer C.K. Lal says, the presentation of pictures of Kathmandu and the mid hills of the country is written in a simple and original manner, symbolically describing coffee, oranges and rhododendrons. Kunda Dixit, editor of Nepali Times weekly, wrote in his newspaper, Palpasa Café is a “fiction more real than facts.” “The anti-war book will be much talked about for a long time,” he wrote. Filmmaker, critic and journalist Shekhar Kharel reviewed the book in Nepal Magazine terming it a “Unique Modern” novel. He wrote, “Being a post-modern novel; one can start reading the book from any chapter, like playing a deck of cards irrespective of how it is shuffled.”

Nepa-laya has been encouraged by the initial response the book has received and has done all possible to meet public demands across the country. Shrestha said, “There is no dearth of readers in Nepal and so long as there is an effective mechanism to take quality books to readers, there is no reason why Nepalese books should not be able to hold their heads high.”

Book critics who have had the chance to look at the 245-page novel say the paper and presentation of the book meets international standards. They say there is an enormous interest in the book because it highlights contemporary issues facing the country. Analysts say the author has depicted the country’s present picture with an innovative approach which people are able to relate to their lives.

With a wave of demand for the book amongst reading enthusiasts, bookstores are optimistic about the sales of the book. The Managing Director of Educational Book House Anjan B Shrestha said Palpasa Café has set a new tradition in the conventional Nepali books scene. He said, “Even before the book is scheduled to be released, we have had enquiries from all across the country for the book. Only English novels enjoyed such demands and now Palpasa Café has set a new trend in Nepal to come up to international standards.â??

There have also been enquiries for the book at Jagadamba Press where the novel was printed. Narayan Paudel, General Manager of the press said that the response, the book has generated in the market is very encouraging and is set to make a historical mark in book selling.”

Publication Nepa-laya, which strives to promote Nepalese books and authors, has received tremendous encouragement from reading enthusiasts for its pioneer venture into publication, states the release. This encouragement and support will definitely be our source of inspiration to promote Nepalese authors in the future.

In Nepal, Palpasa Café is priced at Rs. 250/- (paperback) and Rs. 450/- (hardbound). Outside Nepal, the book has been priced (excluding mailing charge) at US $ 6.99 (paperback) and US $ 11.99 (hardbound). Initially, only hardboudnd will be available. To place an order via UWB, click on the Buy Now button.

Related Blogs:
1. Narayan Wagle: A Novelist Is Born With Palpasa Café
2. Wagle Guff: Coffee, Café and Palpasa (Narayan Wagle talks about his passion: Writing)
3. Reading Palpasa Cafe: An Experience

25 Responses to “Palpasa Café Hits Bookstores”

Umesh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:01 pm

Really, the book is great hit in recent nepali novel. I had read the novel yesterday.

When the novelist told me that the book is available in Educational book shop at jamal since saturday. I had finished the book within 7 hours continuesly. It means the novel contains coffe gaff item of all the 7 months koseli isssue regularly. Its like a coffe gaff extended version i.e. coffe kurakani…ya.. I feel sad when the accident happens with PALPASA, its boring to read after that page.But still there is innocent hope for reader. Because , the writer is again waiting us in the page of 230.So, in the last few paragraphs, I feel the novel is just starting.

I think the Part 2 of Palpasa cafe is still waited by the readers, so UWB should take initiative for it.

gpokh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:21 pm

it seems that you guys haven’t learnt the nepali ukhan, guliyo pani dherai khayo bhane tito hunchha.

pls don’t do chaplusi. don’t do chakari of your editor. don’t do byapar. it is really pissing me off.

Saukat Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

A few rotten Gorkhalis like gpokh have particularly one very bad habit. They give wawâ?¦ waw for things that have been done in America or Japan and if any Nepali tries to do the same in Nepal for good purpose, that gives them a headache. Shame! I know they can’t change their century-old mindset.

How can you see chakadi of an editor in UWB’s initiation of selling the book online or publishing news and reviews about the book? Do you mean that a Nepali’s book shouldnâ??t be on sale/reviewed over the web? Or you meant that only your ‘forefathers’ has the right to do so in Amazon or eBay?

What makes you pissed off? Will you clarify?

I think that this site has done nothing wrong by putting reviews and the book on sale. More and more Nepali books should be reviewed and sold on the net.

gpokh Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 4:38 pm

is palpasa cafe the only novel/book published from nepal or written by a nepali? or is that the only novel worth praising?

what can one expect when the juniors write in praise of their senior/editor? is what devendra or what dinesh wrote is review? is there any critique other than ‘wah wah guruji’, ‘you’re the best’ type? i am still read a crtical review of the book.

Saukat Says:
July 25th, 2005 at 5:30 pm

“Is palpasa cafe the only novel/book published from nepal or written by a nepali?”

Well, my answer is NO. And I am sure you are well aware of it. I also hope that you did not find me claiming in my comment that Palpasa Café is the only book published from Nepal or written by a Nepali.

“Or is that the only novel worth praising?”

Certainly not. There are so many others. So, this is not the only novel worth praising but it is definitely a novel worth praising. I hope you got me right.

“What can one expect when the juniors write in praise of their senior/editor?”

Ohâ?¦so you expect articles/reporting from those who are senior (on the basis of post) to Narayan Wagle, the editor. Do you have any knowledge about how a newspaper functions? Editor is the senior most post in a newspaper. And to the best of my knowledge, Kantipur has no Chief Editor or any editorial staff senior to Narayan Wagle.

I would like to draw you attention to recent Deep Throat revelation scandal in the US. When Vanity Fair scooped the news, reporters junior to Bob Woodward, the assistant Managing Editor of the Washington Post reported all the latest developments. Do you expect Mr Graham, the publisher of the Post, to report those events, Gpokh?

“is what devendra or what dinesh wrote is review?”

Is that stated, Gpokh? Both articles in question haven’t claimed themselves as reviews. At least I donâ??t see them claiming so. Review is what Kunda Dixit did in Nepali Times or, to some extent, what Jhalak Subedi has done in UWB or what Shekhar Kharel did in Nepal Magazine.

“is there any critique other than â??wah wah gurujiâ??, â??youâ??re the bestâ?? type?”

As I have just mentioned, they are not critics. Both articles in question tend to be positive toward the book and author but that doesnâ??t necessarily mean that they had to be unnecerially negative toward the creation and a creator. So, my request is that lets not be cynical about everything. You can read a New York Times review of the latest book on Deep Throat by Bob Woodward to see that not all reviews mean bashing a writer or the book.

Gali garnai parne, Mukha Chhadnai parne pratha lai bye bye bhanna pani sakinchha. Kahile kahi postive dristikon rakhna pani sakinchha, Gpokh ji.

Again I want to reiterate my earlier stand that web sites like these should continue writing about books, not just bloody politics and promote reading habit among Nepalis. We need to read. Seriously.

trojanTulip Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 9:47 pm
To Saukat:
I totally agree with you. However, Gpokh’s comment demands some attention as well. I have been reading this blog for a while now and “Palpasa Cafe” is the only book that got fair attention in terms of reviews. I would like to see more entries/critiques on the books published in Nepal in the future. In the meantime, I am waiting for my copy of the book.

Pramod Aryal Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 10:45 pm
come off the age. definitely there are many books and UWB has not covered. but this book is in new form, the style and has given nepalese literature a modern way of writing. it is because these guys have been closely seeing Narayan for longer time, and they were enthusiastic about seeing Narayan in other form, and that also with journalism perspective. thus definitely this event has been an inspiration for these young budding journalists that there are ample scope and spaces apart from news print they work for. this is the opening of a chapter thus worth being cited in UWB. try to understand that. i have read all reviews and have ordered the book. this is one of the books that has attracted my attention. eager to read and take inspiration from it.

chinta Says:

July 25th, 2005 at 11:08 pm
Let’s talk about merit and demerit of the novel. Not whether someone is doing chakari.

If the novel is good, then it won’t be called chakari. If novel is bad, but still the journos are pushing it too much, then it is , at least, a disservice to public.

I don’t know your status, gpokh, but a lot of professors have made rave reviews of the book. It seems the novel is good. You seem to be just plainly jealous. Well, I might be wrong.

Deepak Says:

July 26th, 2005 at 10:08 am
I wonder what if Dinesh wagle himself writes another Palpasa cafe’ ! More Hype and more Publicity !!
“You can hype now, we believe you tomorrow”


July 26th, 2005 at 10:17 am
listen everybody ! now dinesh is not only a journalist, he has started business also. wat is this yar? leave Palpasa Cafe and start doing blog ok man we all want to read your blog not Palpasa Cafe ok?

gpokh Says:

July 26th, 2005 at 12:48 pm
well saukat, you tried to sort of tear down all my points. thanks for your critique over my naive comment.

at the end of your second comment you say, “Gali garnai parne, Mukha Chhadnai parne pratha lai bye bye bhanna pani sakinchha. Kahile kahi postive dristikon rakhna pani sakinchha, Gpokh ji.”
i nowhere state that in a review one has to do so. But, let me quote you once again from your first comment “A few rotten Gorkhalis like gpokh have particularly one very bad habit.”

“A few rotten gorkhalis like gpokh”!

Where do you stand? you start with gali, and give me lecture! wow!

To your question, if i know journalism, i’d say: NO. I don’t know journalism. but i don’t see your point in mentioning deep throat or vanity fair or watergate. what do you want to prove? that you read NYT? NYRB?

you said, devendra and dinesh hasn’t claimed their piece as review. i agree. but read devendra’s piece it is sheer chaplusi of his editor. of course, you can say that its his personal reflections/ recollections.

Pramodji, you first say, “this book is in new form, the style and has given nepalese literature a modern way of writing” and also reveal that you are eager to read it. but i wonder, how come you be so certain about the book without reading it.

chinta ji you’re right.
i wanted to read a review—and i agree that, it could just all be positive. the novel might be very nice. fine. i also envy narayan’s crisp but melodious writing style. and i am not jealous of his success. but my point was and is that when you give a lot of space and time and again post about an event (as if its the first time that a novel is published in nepal), post chakari-like pieces, and the person who is so much hyped happens to be their senior, it is natural for one to smell rat.

i don’t know who are lot of professors you are referring to, but if you mean pra-da abhi narayan subedi then, i’m sorry. i respect him but…

Saukat Says:

July 27th, 2005 at 8:01 pm
“Where do you stand? you start with gali, and give me lecture! wow!”

On that rotten Gorkhali front, I have nothing to add except that I said what I felt about you. You didn’t seem to be having the positive attitude. And I don’t enjoy in negativism.

“i donâ??t see your point in mentioning deep throat or vanity fair or watergate.”

If you say that its too much mentioning Palpasa Café in UWB or any other media, and think juniors doing chaplushi of seniors, then you need to face those terms to have better understanding of how reviews are done and how and why juniors write about what their seniors do.

“what do you want to prove? that you read NYT? NYRB?”

Well, if that is what the message you got from that, be that be so. Yes, I do read NYT and, NYT BR. I don’t see any wrong in reading that paper and that section. But, here too your typical Gorkhali habit has been exhibited. You people have cynical attitude toward a Nepali doing the same thing that is very much normal and okay in the western world.

“but read devendraâ??s piece it is sheer chaplusi of his editor.”

The tone of the write up is somewhat of more praise than critical note but as you have mentioned yourself the write up must have been “his personal reflections/ recollections.” But I am not sure about that because thatâ??s not mentioned in the article. And I don’t see any wrong with the article. At least it gives us some ideas about Narayan Wagle.

“donâ??t know who are lot of professors you (Chinta) are referring to, but if you mean pra-da abhi narayan subedi then, iâ??m sorry. i respect him butâ?¦”

But what? Will you please elaborate? This is exactly where my terms “rotten gorkhali” and negative mindset come in. Come on man; tell us, whom do you expect to do a review of a book? If not Prof Subedi, if not other journalists, whom?

gpokh Says:

July 28th, 2005 at 3:30 am
Saukat, you wrote what you felt about me. But you complain about what I felt reading the over valorisation of palpasa cafe and the inherent chakari. Your feeling doesn’t need a rationale but my needs, thats your point, hoina ta?

Well, if your starting comment by gali becomes positive attitude, and my suggestion becomes negativsm, then what could I say?

YOu repeatedly use the term ‘gorkhali habbit’. What does this mean? You mean to say that all Nepalis (I guess by gorkhali you mean so) are of same nature? Is Nepal so homogenous? Are Nepalis so uniform? (If so, how come you’re different? Are you from another planet? Or you became kuhire-like by reading NYT?).

“You people have cynical attitude toward a Nepali doing the same thing that is very much normal and okay in the western world”.

Here again you generalise. Criticise me, its ok. But why drag others? So, you’ve seen the west? (which west are you referring by the way?) So normal, what? Reading NYT? By the way I haven’t seen “the West”.

And yes, I don’t know how reviews are done? Could you please tell me a bit more?

Do you mean to say that I also have to see what you see in devendra’s article? Or can I have opinions too? Or is it that I can only post wah wah UWB, or oh, dinesh ji you’re great?-type comment.

I didn’t utter a word on what Kunda said or what CK Lal commented on the novel. i haven’t commented either on Jhalak or Shekhar’s piece (though i know they work in the same org) but I only commented on some pieces which i thought was a bit panegyric. I haven’t said anything on abhi’s write-up as well. But being a student of him, I’ve got to know him a bit, thats why i said so.

Bajra Says:

July 28th, 2005 at 12:13 pm
Oh…ho. Eauta kitab ko lagi yetro mara mar. Come on guys. This is just a book. One thing is sure, I am gonna read this because of the huge attention the book is receiving.

The other day I was in Kantipath and there in a bookshop was a huge board advertising the book.

Aba kitab ko pani marketing garne din aayechhan Nepal ma pani bhanne lagyo malai. Harry Potter jastai gari. He he he…

gpokh Says:

July 29th, 2005 at 10:00 pm
there is yet another review of palpasa cafe—posted in

ajit baral is teh reviewer. worth skimming. finds some mistakes and also provides suggestions…

novelmaster Says:

August 1st, 2005 at 5:42 pm
Well, by now people have understood that the novel is a big hype created by Kantipur Ltd. The only good thing about the whole affair is that people have started to spend on book if they think (or tricked to think) it’s a good book.
It’s just not convincing that palpasa cafe should get this much of attention. If you like to read much worthy experimental fiction, read Gopal Parajuli, from whom (I think) Narayan Wagle has copied style.

Bijay Bokhim Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 3:10 am
How can I buy this book online? There’s no link to “Buy Now button” on the right bar as mentioned above.

srt Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 12:30 pm
I was desperetly searching this book. Found today. I will read it and comment very soon. I do hope I’ll enjoy.

Lal Bdr Khatri Says:

August 2nd, 2005 at 5:03 pm
I have not gone thu the book since found the book too expensive for the readers like me. Form the comments posted in the websides and papers, it seems that book will be well read for long. Joys of reading depends on how books have been written. I realized that out of the depth of conflicts and violence, such novels get written. Are you trying to convey the message that such situation is a fertile ground for literary creation.
After all you have done something. Your book is a distant hope for common Nepalese readers whom Wagle knows well. His novel could be be a best seller provided the price comes in right size. It is also a fact that people are running far from READING FICTIONS.

srt Says:

August 4th, 2005 at 4:52 pm
I started reading the book.The book is very interesting.Especially I’ve been impressed by the dialogue delivery.I’ll finish it by tomorrow. I have some comments which i’ll express later.

Garib Nepali Says:

August 4th, 2005 at 8:16 pm
Why is the book so expensive? Hasn’t Kantipur paid him enough? If Mr Wagle wanted to send a message through the book, he could have lowered the price. I guess Mr. Wagle is using his influence to sell the book and go in profit.

Much ado about not nothing, like Bheda ko Oon jasto

raj Says:

August 9th, 2005 at 2:35 pm
its interesting, although there are unnecessary things in the middle. the book got my attention at the begining and at the ends and ofcourse the part where drishya went to the village.
i felt as if its the extended version of “coffee guff” any ways, i used to enjoy coffee guff and i enjoyed pepalsa cafe too.
i dont know why i love wagle’s way of writing. i feel he writes the truth infront of us but cant believe its true. his stories are always untruely true.

Email sharma Says:

August 25th, 2005 at 5:01 pm
Its very interesting to read this book. I had enjoy in very nicely. Keep it up writting this type of book.

ramnam Says:

September 3rd, 2005 at 6:32 am
It’s a GOOD novel. That is what it matters.

I appreciate the writer. He came up with a pleasant writing. This book shall allow a lot of fellow Nepalis who love literature to realise that in fact, there ARE people who can write the way the writer has in his first novel.

Keep up Mr. Wagle. Do write another one. You have all the wishes. Yes.

Bideshi Says:

September 8th, 2005 at 4:39 pm
I live in Germany. Where can I buy this book? Can I buy it by mail?

UWB Covered in BBC News

united we blog in bbc news

A screen-print of the BBC News web page that contains article that explores the importance of blogging in countries like Nepal and Iran.

“In places like Nepal and Iran, the big questions about weblogs are questions about the future of a free press.”

So says the latest BBC News web site report about blogs in Nepal and Iran, countries where two R fundamentalists (royalists and religious) are ruling suppressing the free press. (here is more)

First Democracy, Then Aid: EU

EU aid to Nepal under review

By Devendra Bhattarai

Eduardo Lechuga Jimenez is Charge d’affaires of the delegation of the European Commission to Nepal. He says that European Union is review its aid programs to Nepal because of Feb 1 royal takeover. In an interview with Devendra Bhattarai, Jimenez, who is in Kathmandu to celebrate Europe Day on May 9, said that EU is for multiparty democracy, constitutional monarchy and transparent governance in Nepal.

What is the stand of EU on Feb 1 political change in Nepal?

Union has already urged for the revival of multiparty democracy as soon as possible. Our view is that if legitimate democratic forces are sidelined from the decision making process, there is no meaning of democracy.

How do you evaluate the three months after Feb 1?

Because of the changed environment after Feb 1, we are reviewing the limitation and nature of our programs in Nepal. Current aid programs will be continued. In Feb, king Gyanendra asked for hundred days with international communities. That period has passed. We are curious as to how many days we have to wait for the revival of democratic process, civil liberties and press freedom. We will bring out information about aid review within this month.

What will be the steps of EU and EC in future?

We haven’t changed our stand. We are for democracy and full democracy as always. But we will review as to how long to wait for. No new projects and those that are in pipeline will come if the governance doesn’t become democratic. Projects on sectors like education and irrigation on pipeline and are on hold now.

Emergency has been lifted and municipal election has been announced.

The real problem is more important than the emergency being lifted. Government says the security situation has improved. We only know the situation of Kathmandu to Nagarkot. Kathmandu was safe yesterday and it is safe today as well. But outside Kathmandu? It is difficult to travel outside and there is no full communication.

And municipal election is not the only basis for democracy. All levels like parliament and local bodies should go through the same process. Before this, press freedom should be restored so that media can report independently.


hope so. But the EU is as good as the United States and India in the end. Look how many of the EU countries were against the Iraq war, But they are eager for “reconsturction” (read it as contract). construction without destruction!!! More than hypocracy!!!

Comment by harvey — 5/6/2005 @ 12:50 pm

‘More than Hypocracy’should be appreciated if it is for something good.

Comment by Vishu — 5/6/2005 @ 4:09 pm


Comment by NELSON — 5/6/2005 @ 4:52 pm

it is this same EU who was willing to forget the Tianamen square masaccre and lift the arms embargo against china….
it is so hypocritical that they think that a democratic system is more important than humanitarian aid or development aid

Comment by shanker — 5/6/2005 @ 10:34 pm

The EU must realized that Nepali people are not interested to bring those corrupted and illed leaders back in the power with their Raski(wine) and money that they use to buy the votes from Poor uneducated people.

I think at this our, Nepali people are taking wait and see approach about the KG’ moves on Feb 1, 2005. First peace then the democracy. Thank U EU your vested interest Democracy in Nepal.

Comment by Pashupati — 5/7/2005 @ 12:25 am

EU is no less dif than any other imperialistic org like NATO or IMF, you name it!

Comment by Blogbahini — 5/7/2005 @ 9:44 am

Everyone wants to be polticians in nepal.. even these frigging idiots.

Comment by kaley — 5/7/2005 @ 9:19 pm

There is no other embassy here in Kathmandu that is biased, hypocritical and hated than the EU. Govt. should ban the EU office and send all its staff back home to live in shaks and huts and tiny flats. Thjey are living here in such luxury and yet they are not happy to see peace returning. This fellow does not unbderstand what is full democracy. Any democracy should have first elections. After municipal elections, we will have general elections. That is democracy. What is he talking about security situation only in Nagarkot and Kathmandu. I live in Birgunj. The situation here has drastically improved post Feb. 1st. These foreigners have absolutely no idea.

Comment by Astha Thapa — 5/9/2005 @ 3:03 pm

Eduardo Lechuga Jimenez should be ambassador of EU to the Moon because he doesn’t seem to live in this world. What does he mean by restoring and reviving democracy when all elected bodies were dissolved by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba???? HOw can democracy be revived in 100 days?? Is he crazy? Munical elections, district level elections and then general elections are the only way democracy can be revived. Mr. Jimenez you please go home. We don’t want your aid.

Comment by Rajan Bhattarai — 5/9/2005 @ 3:06 pm

I agree. He should go home to the moon. Because that’s where he lives. He is talking about reviving democracy when that has been absent from 2002 onwards. The only way to restore democracy is through elections but he doesn’t seem enthused by that idea. I think he is a former Maoist turned diplomat.

Comment by Neer Oli — 5/9/2005 @ 3:09 pm

Every word he says is wrong. He is saying how long do we have to wait for full democracy? Is he nuts? You waited for 14 years for this trouble and mayhem and you can’t wait for 1 year to elect fresh representatives? You are not in support for democracy. You are in support for confusion and chaos. That’s what you want. We Nepalese have seen the true colours of you donors. You have your own agenda. The agenda to bully, to dictate and then take commission money from that part of the aid that should have gone to children and women. I fully agree. We Nepalese don’t need the aid of the EU. You can go home. Bye Bye.

Comment by Anjan Shakya — 5/9/2005 @ 3:13 pm

Your Excellency Mr. Eduardo Lechuga Jimenez – You Simply Get Lost! [icd] You have no knowledge of Nepal situation. You talk of full communication outside Kathmandu. How can we do it when the Maoists have destroyed everything ? You talk of democracy. How can we have it when the politicians dissolved the House thrice before its expiry? You talk of press freedom. How can we have it when they support the Maoists? [icd]

Comment by Anjan Shakya — 5/9/2005 @ 3:18 pm

Thank You Your Excellency!! I have a genuine friend in support of democracy. – Mad Man

Comment by Mad Man — 5/9/2005 @ 3:21 pm

Interview Of Nepalese Blogger In ‘Media Action’

Media Action, an electronic news and information magazine of WACC or World Association for Christian Communication, interviews Dinesh Wagle, co-founder of United We Blog!.

Dinesh Wagle, editor of ‘United We Blog! For a Free and Democratic Nepal’ who boldly and openly challenges the restrictions under his own name, and the RFN Blogger, anonymous editor of ‘Radio Free Nepal Blog’, both speak to Media Action about blogging from Nepal.

Interview with Dinesh Wagle, of ‘United We Blog! For a Free and Democratic Nepal’

Media Action: Do you consider yourself to be in danger by ignoring the restrictions since the coup? Other bloggers write anonymously, why don’t you?

Dinesh: I am not blogging against my Nation. In fact, I am not blogging against anyone. I am bloging for democracy, for free media, for civil liberties. So, I don’t think I am in danger of any kind. Even King Gyanendra has said that he too wants democracy. I am just helping him to restore democracy and peace in this country as soon as possible.

I don’t think posting anonymously will be that useful and effective. If you reveal your identity then it makes your write-ups more trustworthy. For example, anonymous sources can say anything, they can wage a war, and they can bring down a government. But if they have to speak with their identity revealed, they become more responsible. Who is an anonymous blogger accountable to? I am responsible for my career, my future, and my readership. So, my principle is: do whatever you like, but with your identity revealed.

Read that interview here.

UWB Featured in AsiaMedia

United We Blog! is attracting people from all over the world – proved again as Asia Media features UWB in its latest article. AsiaMedia is a nonprofit and nonpartisan service established by Tom Plate (UCLA Dept. of Communication Studies) in 1998.
Co-founder Dinesh Wagle has been quoted in the article:

Dinesh Wagle, 26, co-founder of United We Blog! and a reporter with the Kantipur Daily, says the government since the coup has also blocked non-Maoist sites such as and Blogs have, as yet, remained untouched by government censorship. Wagle says that it is unlikely blogs will be censored like news organizations: “It is easier for them to simply block the sites so that some three hundred thousand Internet users in Nepal can’t have access to our sites.”
It goes on:

The founders of United We Blog! see the medium as a means of easy communication. Wagle says, “It’s been easier and quick to have our say or post whatever we know about the ongoing political situation.”

Read more here.