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Rallying for the Release of Madhav Nepal

Leaders including UML General Secretary Nepal are inside jail or under house arrest

Rallying for the release of Madhav Kumar Nepal

It is very much surprising that the government still continues keeping CPN UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal under house arrest. At a time when almost all political leaders are freely walking outside, Nepal is inside his home (and occasionally like today waiving hands from over the top of the building to his supporters) in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. Today the sister organization of UML, Democratic National Youth Federation (DNYF) organized a ‘ghar gherao’ rally and a protest program (pic, above) in front of the Nepal residence to force the government to order for the release of their leader. Nepal appeared on the top of the building with a smiley face (pic, below) and waived his right hand to supporters. He hasn’t been out of the house for the last 45 days. Pics by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur Continue reading Rallying for the Release of Madhav Nepal


Images of Ilam Attack

Maoists attacked police and army in Ilam of East Nepal Sunday night. Here are images from the spot.

By Benup Raj Bhattarai

Ilam Attack...March 5

She is Manaratna Rai, 80, the wife of Harka Bahadur Rai who was killed by the bullet fired by the security force in the fight with Maoists. In this photo, she is seen heading for her husband’s funeral. He husband was sleeping in his house in Red Cross Marga in the district headquarter when the fight erupted.

Ilam Attack...March 5

Maoists destroyed houses like one seen in the photo (which belongs to Dhan Bahadur Thapa, the newly elected Mayor of Ilam) by blasting bombs and setting fire.

Ilam Attack...March 5

People trying to fix drinking water supply pipe that were damaged by bullets and bombs. The drinking water supply has been interrupted in many places.

Ilam Attack...March 5

Door of a house damaged in the attack. The house belonged to a civilian.

Ilam Attack...March 5

It’s probably better to stay in the government’s jail than in the rebel’s captivity. At least these five women must be thinking like that. They were taken away by the Maoists after the Ilam clash from the district jail. In this photo, they are seen returning to the jail after Maoists left them at Shanti Dada, a hill west of Ilam’s headquarter. Maoists had freed 103 inmates and according to the administration “40 have come to the contact.”

Aerial Assault: Survivors' Images

Images from Nepal’s Arghakhachi District where civilians were injured in an army aerial attack against Maoist “terrorists”.

By Deepandra Baduwal

Arghakhachi aerial attack.ask Jeevan Gautam of Khidim VDC-8, Arghakhachi whose family members were injured
Surviving an Arial Assault: If you want to know how it feels to be the innocent victim of the ongoing conflict in the country, just ask Jeevan Gautam of Khidim VDC-8, Arghakhachi district. In an aerial attack launched by the army targeting the Maoists rebels down on the Earth, Jeevan’s second son died. No, no, no, he was not a Maoist. Jeevan’s other two sons, a daughter, a grandson and a granddaughter were injured in the incident. Now, after knowing all this, do you even need to ask him that question? Thank God, he has not been branded terrorist yet!

Arghakhachi aerial attack.81-year-old Bir Bahadur BK

Okay, he is 81-year-old Bir Bahadur BK, a local resident who was injured in the same aerial assault.

Arghakhachi aerial attack. Injured is 9-year-old child.

And she is 9-year-old child. Yes, look at her cheek. Injured in the same army action against the ‘terrorists’.

Arghakhachi aerial attack.Fortunately, this 85-year-old wasn't injured.

Fortunately, this 85-year-old wasn’t injured. She is pointing to that part of he house was got ‘injured’ by the bullets fired from above.

Deserted Voting Booths of Nepal

By Dinesh Wagle

Very few people are participating in Nepal’s municipal election that is boycotted by political parties.

A man looks for his name in a Voters’ list outside a voting booth in New Baneshwor.

I went around a few voting booths to see how the election process was going on. I saw no people but security personnel on all booths. They were staying idle witht nothing to do. A voting center in New Baneshwor was exception. There were some people! And they were looking for their names on the voters’ list pasted on the wall outside the Cooperative Center. Continue reading Deserted Voting Booths of Nepal

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful… Dreams (of Miss Nepal Contestants)

By Dinesh Wagle on August 10th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

What does it mean to be a Miss Nepal?

miss_nepal_2005_aspirants2Who Will Be a Miss Nepal?: Contestants of Miss Nepal 2005 are visiting to different places including Bal Mandir, an orphan center, in Kathmandu. They went there on Monday, Aug 8 and collected information regarding the functioning of the center. All pics by Wagle.

It would be a hasty conclusion to say that beauty and IT have wonderfully coupled into the soul named Chandra Gurung (extreme left in the pic above). But this 21-year-old girl is determined to pass through the ‘standards’ of both of these virtues. That is exactly why the student of IT (bachelor 3rd year) in Kantipur City College is participating in the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant aiming to become the Miss Nepal 2005.

“I plan to pursue the career of an IT professional,” said the Pokhareli beauty carefully caressing an orphan in Bal Mandir, Naxal yesterday. She was there along with her 17 competitor friends to attain knowledge about the functioning of the organization. “[To be in this race of beauty] is to gain new experience for me.”

As Chandra was explaining this to me, Pooja Shah was showing her affection to orphan children by hugging one and putting another to her lap, just like a mother. “I am participating in this competition is to feel something new,” 20-year-old student of Public Youth Campus, a bit sentimental as she was caressing and hugging the child, said while looking toward this scribe. “New things, new friends, new experience and new knowledge.”

Declared second runner-up in the Miss Tourism International three months ago, Pooja has some experiences about the friendships and rivalries among the contestants. “In the beginning, there is no rivalry at all,” said the girl looking at the kid with a smiling face. “But because we are all human, the thought of competition comes when the final hour of judgement nears.”

Chandra Gurung (right) and Pooja Shah are among the 18 contestants of Miss Nepal 2005. Here in this pic, they are seen playing with orphans of Nepal Bal Mandir. For now, they all have one common dream: to be crown the Miss Nepal. Pooja says it is an opportunity to make new friends. Rivlary comes only at the time of announcement, she said.

Now the contestants of Miss Nepal 2005 are going through various training sessions and, as part of that, they have been visiting to different places like this orphan center. When I saw them being briefed by the officials at the center, all girls, decorated in tight jeans and black T-shirt with ‘Dabur Vatika Miss Nepal’ printed in white font on the back were attentively listening the lecture. Many of them asked questions.

Chandra and Pooja are among those hundreds of girls who, in the last 11 years, have participated in the Miss Nepal contest with vigorous sincerity and dedication. The same dream is floating in the eyes of these 18 girls that was seen floated last year in the heart of Payal Shakya. Malvika Subba experienced the same dream, and ultimately became successful to be crowned as Miss Nepal, in 2002.

“You go through a kind of fear and pressure,” Malvika shared her ‘pre-crown’ experience with this scribe in a telephone interview. “And this is an opportunity where you learn things that you wouldnâ��t have learned so easily otherwise.”

The pageant that was started in 1994 will saw its eleventh edition in September 10. [No competition was organized in 2001.]

As it happens every year, criticism of the competition from so called feminists, especially with those from leftist background, has gained momentum. Nepal sees many beauty contests in a year but no other such pageants command the prestige, criticism and debate than that of Miss Nepal competition. Khagendra Shangraula, a celebrated leftist columnist and anti-beauty pageant activist blasted the Miss Nepal concept in his recent piece that appeared in Nepal Magazine this week. He compared the judging of aesthetic values in the competition with that of a clean and beautiful toilet.

Organizers of the event are determined to make it a success. “Itâ��s a huge challenge to organize the Miss Nepal competition,” said Srijana Joshi, a filmmaker who is coordinating the event for the first time this year. “Nothing is negative as such. But some people always look for negative aspect. We are trying to improve the quality of the competition.”

Organizers received 94 applications from different districts of Nepal. Many of them were rejected because they didnâ��t meet the newly set criteria. “She should be a +2 graduate with the age between 19-25,” Srijana said. “And she should be taller than 5 feet 4 inches.”

The responsibility of the organizer, Hidden Treasure, is to select girls, make them capable for the crown of Miss Nepal, declare of the talented as Miss Nepal, and send her to the international forum. But no Miss Nepal has given a mention worthy presentation in the Miss World Competition, the ultimate destination of the process. Miss Nepals’ experience is such that training and grooming in national competition are insufficient to face a mega-event like Miss World. Payal Shakya could be an example. Last year, talking to this scribe within 24 hours of returning Nepal from participating in the Miss World in Sanya, China, she complained of lacking knowledge in many fields. “We lack even basic knowledge about the competition, about presentation and about everything,” she had said.

Organizers have their own version of the story. They don’t disagree with the views from Payal or any other Miss Nepal but blame that for limited amount of money spent in the competition. “We need a lot of money,” Srijana said. “But we can’t have desired number of cash. It is very difficult to find sponsors (Dabur Vatika, for instance). They donâ��t see profit.” Yes, business houses don’t see profit in sponsoring the event because the beauty industry is very small in Nepal.

And there is nothing much of responsibility the girl gets even after being crowned Miss Nepal. Other than occasionally volunteering and endorsing a few products, a Miss Nepal has nothing special to do. Forget about international exposure, she hardly travels the country. Yes, some have gained their bit of celebrity status but no one has been able to find a long-lasting career that they had promised to opt as soon as they were crowned.

So, what really does it mean to be a Miss Nepal? Malvika has her own answer. “It made be self-confident,” she said. “And [the whole process and the crown] taught me about life, about how one should live a life.” If such is the case, I think it will not be a haste to conclude that Miss Nepal has made some contribution in Nepali society.

25 Responses to “Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful….Dreams”

1. Blogbahini Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 6:34 am

OMG!! one of my friends is also participating?? Kudos to her!!
2. sisyphus sharma Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:29 am

wagle , with these blogs u prove to me that u r indeed a perfect fool!!no ambiguity whatsoever u occasionaly wish to create !!
3. Blogbahini Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 11:42 am

sisyphus, why are you so much after wagle? sautine aama ko chora jasto? 😛
4. nice Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:28 pm

Thank You Dinesh for these refreshing pictutres. Instead of wasting time on useless rallies you should take few photo shots of these beauties also. It refreshes our mind in our daily routine. No more boring politics please. More of these pix and stories should come.
5. Avipsha Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:12 pm


seems next Sush n Aish (Nepali) are in the offing.

Thumps up, gals !

i know DinWag as a chap with catholic intrests and it really fascinates me that whatever he sees n feels becomes a blog.
6. Bishe Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 3:26 pm

Yet another assembly of sans-substance blah..blah..blah girls like Avipsha and Blogbahini. I would better read Kunsang Kaka in Nepal magazine.
7. arjun Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Thanks wagle jee, can i get more about these gals, looks great i mean you have any site for these teen nepal??

like to know more about ???
8. sisyphus sharma Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:07 pm

well, blobbahini i wonder simply how and why u r created!!

mahatma gandhi preaches in his magnum opus �hind sworaj� of celibacy during satyagraha.i do not dare to get that much further coz i haven�t read too much in sex and i do not have any inferences on that.

but this line must be an inspiration for all n sundry who are keener to advertise their faith in democracy : �the state of foreign rule in home must be a mourning to all the freedom fighers. �

something like this is wat i remember now . the point is whenever we believe in democracy n whenever there is absence of democracy n u r ruled by a bunch of people from the comprador and landlord class without ur consent n whenever u r mulling over satyagraha , then it is no different than the state that mahatma gandhi tells us as mourning state .

and how tragic and pathetic it is to talk of the size n height of mammeries of ur fren , blobbahini , or simply check how cool-legged is she to sell herself in the market during such defining but tragic times of our history !!

my point is simply that the fighters of democracy can avoid making such cheap gossip !!there are plenty of fools already doing this n benifitting !!wagle cud sacrifice a little .

well , my tone may be a little harsh or impolite . i accept that n i am simply sorry for that to wagle if he really bothers to mind it !that�s the way i am . i hope wagle wud take those words as ravings of his younger brother !!

by the way i regard myself as the foolest creature amidst all these agonies of existence.
9. funtastic Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:59 pm

Wagle Bro wants to cash-in on his internet fame and get himself a gal !! Wish you all the luck ‘cause you gonna need it bro !! 🙂
10. dame Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 9:26 pm

I think the height critiria for selection of nepalese gals r wrong……i don’t think its 5.11”, if this is the criteria i don’t think there r too many bueatiful nepalese with this height

UWB:We first reported the height as 5 ft 11 inches. That�s wrong. It�s 5 ft 4 inches.
11. Romeo Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:19 pm

Oh my god! there are still so many juliets how can I enjoy them all in a single life. oh god give me as much lifes as you can.
12. Acharya Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 11:17 pm

I think the height criteria is 4 ft 11 inches, and not 5’11 as mistakenly stated here. Good luck to all the candidates.

UWB:We first reported the height as 5 ft 11 inches. That’s wrong. It’s 5 ft 4 inches.
13. Udayan Baba Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 1:13 pm

Best wishes to all the candidates! , n’ Congratulations to Miss Chandra Gurung, coz’ I know she’s gonna win THE title. Rest of the gals, don’t you worry, there’s always the next time, may be Mrs. Nepal

-good luck, and have faith in yourself, you’ll win for sure,
14. k.lal Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

Really, Nepali gals are so cute, beautiful and sexy. My dream for marriage was only Nepali gal but could not success due to parential interference. Even though as on today I like nepaleese gals and culture also.
15. eye-of-a-beholder Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Blogbahini, can u tell us who is the maiden that happened to be ur pal?
Just a query.
16. Blogbahini Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 11:42 pm

why eye-of-a-beholder? she’s the most beautiful girl in the pictures above 😀

sisyphus, no comments…
17. phulmaya Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 9:01 pm

well, phulmaya is neither beauty nor has ‘brain’. so she knows that she will never be crowned (btw she hates this thing called crown). nevertheless she syas let the gals show what they have (and if they have) and let the men (she thinks such thing matters more to men than boys!) admire if they wish (she well knows what such admiration to many means though). who cares?
18. keti-aasakta: psychicig@yahoo.com Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 9:48 pm

“who cares?” that’s right. I really regret that my mom didn’t go for Miss Beauty Contest while young. Sorry! She was too busy with rearing me, washing my dad’s and mine clothes on weekends, running home and office then and now, boiling hot water while we were sick…blah blah blah.
As a result what?…An educated but still a worthless man like myself who spends his day and night throwing voluptuous eyes over these beauty contestants. But all of sudden I realise one thing she is still the most beautiful lady on earth as ever.
19. keti-aasakt Says:
August 13th, 2005 at 4:25 am

Let me see if you also want to moderate this one.
Here is what I have to say: the beauty pageant contest should go on.
More beauty contests means announcement of more powerful ladies that will help build up a good nation like a prosperous would-be Nepal.
20. ANKUR Says:
August 16th, 2005 at 3:20 pm

some hot, some cold
21. sachitra Says:
August 23rd, 2005 at 2:58 pm

hi didi haru…..
i m very shocked u all r so great u are perfect in everything. do your best. may god bless you all.

22. jadiboss Says:
August 24th, 2005 at 6:55 pm

Whatever Srijana jee said that is serious issue for organizers.good analysis.
23. Ritima suwal Says:
August 24th, 2005 at 6:59 pm

This kind of orgnize must be handled by someone who knows about sense of beuty.And Srijana Joshi is one of the vibrant personality who can do and she has plethoras of experience in this field.I was very empressed by her interview in JAN-AASTHA,she was bold and beutiful.She should change this kind of show.
24. call me Says:
August 25th, 2005 at 11:50 am

Yes,Whatever Jodibass and Rittima says.i agree,A kind of kunsang kaka and stupid communist wing always classic in thought.
Shrijana ji,keep it up
25. Chamgu Lama Says:
September 7th, 2005 at 10:46 am

these beautiful gals are doing a great job….

Monarchy Debated In Court, First Time in Nepal

By Kiran Chapagain on August 9th, 2005 in Eagle Eye

King’s constitutionality questioned in the court for the first time in Nepal. An analysis

The debate over the constitutionality of King Gyanendra has now reached to the court from the streets of the capital. Now lawyers have begun to question the constitutionality of the king as the chairman of the council of ministers right in the court of law.

The credit goes to Shambhu Thapa, president of Nepal Bar Association, who is nicknamed as a ” Jiundo Manchhe” (living man) for his fight for rule of law and supremacy of the constitution after the February One royal take over.

As he stood up to plead on behalf of the popular student leader Gagan Thapa, who is facing sedition charges for chanting slogans against the monarchy, in front of the bench of the Special Court Monday, he dragged the debate over the constitutionality of the king into the court for debate formally on Monday.

In fact, it is the first time a debate over the constitutionality of the king took place in the court of law. He, along with other lawyers, arugued that the king is assumed the post unrecognized by the constitution. Constitutionally, it is an elected prime minister who heads the government and the king is just a constitutiona one but after the royal take over the king is assuming the power of a prime minister and have thus become active, a direct violation of the constitution.

The lawyers said that an executive king is subject to criticism of any sort and cannot demand immunity of such criticism. Only a consitutional king deserves immunity from criticism of any sorts but when he denies to respect the constitution, he cannot demand such immunity, Thapa argued.

Thapa said the king is unconstitutional since he is assuming the post unreconginzed by the constitution.

“The king who is assuming the post unrecognized by the Constitution, should be ready to face any criticism of the people. It is natural to see slogans, protests against the king who is the head of the Council of Ministers,” Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa argued before the judges hearing the case of Gagan in the Special Court.

“It is the inborn rights of the people to chant slogans against an executive king. Gagan exercised his inborn rights by chanting slogans against an executive king. If he [the king] wants no criticism against him, he should remain constitutional one and demand for respect of his immunity,” he said pleading innocence of Gagan.

Popular student leader Gagan has been in detention since July 26 on charge of sedition for chanting “objectionable slogans against the king” during a demonstration organized by civil society on July 24. The court extended his detention by five days today and ordered the authorities to reach a conclusion within the deadline whether the case would be filed against Gagan or not.

Another advocate Subash Nemwang argued in the same vein. â��His Majesty, according to the Constitution of 1990, an institution, not an executive. “The Constitution allows to chant any slogans against the king who assumes executive power of a prime minister.”

People can smear black on the face of a king who violates the constitution, Nemang said.

As Thapa and Nemwang questioned the constitutionality of the king, the sitting judges were silent and did not dare to intervene with their arguments.

The question of the constitutional status of the king in the court has now opened up another debate over monarchy in the country. Constitutionally, the king is just a constitutional monarch, not the head of council of ministers as he is now. After the February One takeover, he has denied to be constitutional and have assumed the executive post.

Any way, Thapa deserves many thanks from Nepalese people who believe in democracy for daring to question the constitutionality of the king in the court. In fact, all the people of Nepal are thankful to Thapa. We are indebted to Thapa for his courage. Thapa has formally opened up another debate in Nepal.

19 Responses to “Monarchy Debated In Court, First Time in Nepal”

1. Somu Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:07 am

The actions of King Gyanendra mirror the actions of his father. In a near identical royal coup in 1960, King Mahendra shut down democracy in Nepal for 30 years. Since then, Nepal has opened up through trade and tourism. The 30-year dictatorship left Nepal’s 20 million people living in one of the poorest countries in the world.

In the 1960s, it was easy for the world to abandon Nepali democracy. The world needs to send a clear message to King Gyanendra and the Army leaders that this will no longer be the case. The monarchy is the root of all problems of Nepal and the root cause of the Nepali people�s suffering and misery.

So it is time that all Nepalis join hands (forgetting their petty difference), to do away with the rotten, corrupt, immoral, bold thirsty monarchy from the soil of Nepal for good. This is the only way which can bring a bright future for all Nepalis and Nepal with Republican Democracy.
2. Paramendra Bhagat Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:32 am

Gagan Thapa has emerged the face of the movement.
3. Pramod Aryal Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:18 am

it is natural course of rule of law, when one tries to act beyond the limits and spirit of constitution he or she will be challenged in the court. the time is running short for present government. it was nice meeting and talking with Shambhu Thapa here. Good luck both Thapas.
4. nationalist Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 1:40 am

Well done Thapas

Nepal AmA needs sons like u who can really think about Nepal and Neplai people. Shambhu Thapa is absolutely right. If King wants no criticism he should be constitutional Monarch. If he is the head of council of ministers then he himself pulled into debate. There is no one in the world who is undebated as head of the council of minister like P.M. So G. Shaha is now a P.M. of nepal.
5. hari Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 12:26 pm

What a lovely t-shirt depicting the real man that is. A punk that has made the democracy movement a rally of thugs, thieves, robbers and looters. A laughable joke. Look at his face. [icd] Rioters are never respected whether they are in power or out of it. They get money from the political masters to run these mock shows so that their masters can go to power.
6. Shyam Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Yes andolan without destination may give more pain to general public in future. Who is ready to take that responsibility and who will guarantee after success of this andolan will bring peace and good future in the country?
7. sameer Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 4:08 pm

At last some individuals have the guts to publicly question the legality of the present kingship. Congrats!
8. biswash acharya Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 4:39 pm

Keep it on Gagan ,we r with u.
9. raja Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 8:01 pm

it is pot head, gang in campus, drug addicts [icd] are ruining our society.
10. A Nepali Says:
August 10th, 2005 at 10:45 pm

To har:
Please deeply think about what you are saying. If your eyes don’t open in the 21st century then there would be no chance to your siblings to put a pace further. Long live the mentality of slaves!
11. Impartial Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 1:41 am

Hari and Raja are Bhada ka Tatto,
Well done Thapas, Keep it up the debate, we are with you.
12. nepaliChhoro Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 9:14 am

Thapas have shown a great courage. Salute to them
We need to wake up from a primitive mentality of having a king in a country. The world has changed a lot and the value of king has become obsolete. What for do we need a king like Gyanendra or Paras??? Look at their backgrounds…murderer, raper, drug-addict, mafia…
So Thapas, you guys have initiated the most essential debate and keep in mind we are with you no matter what beliefs we have.
13. Revolution? Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 11:32 am

Let’s be careful with our eulogy for Gagan and his actions…and not jump the gun and start worshiping him like he is a saviour! Although, it certainly looks like Gagane’s time to shine. If nothing else he is on a sure track to become a PM in the future. We all know the best way to build your credentials is to go to jail as many times as possible!…it does not matter how you do it, all that matters is that you go to jail PERIOD!, and if you can do it in the name of the people, that is even better. So Gagane…go for it and “burn” this country to the ground, maobadhi alone is not enough to do that!…ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Then we all will have a genesis…on the blood and tears of millions!

Who are we fighting and what are we fighting for? Whose revolution are we talking about? Maybe the millions that will die in the process will never know!
14. Mr nepal lover Says:
August 11th, 2005 at 2:40 pm

Mr thapa we will help you don warry you nomber one lider i nepal for nepali . I don belive any other leader fo nepal and i hope you will coming
soon nepal pirminister and all the nepali get the democreacy . i hope you will coming soon out of cort then come again aandolan and teach the all the big leader what is the aandolan what is the leader how to coming parjatantra sabaee tapae le sikaunu paryo neta haru laee aani raja laee pani hami sabaee tapaee ko satha ma chhau . tapaae le bhaneko sundaa ta aahile naee desh laee tapaee ko saraee khacho chha. tara ke garane
tapaeelaee naee kin thunchha thyo mon parena .gagan ji tara tapaee le arko autta kam garnu paryo deupa ji laaee chhitto nikalnu paryo la ta gagan ji malaee aasha cha chhittaee yo kam hunchha bhanera .

jaya nepal.
15. Smriti Says:
August 12th, 2005 at 3:45 am


I would think it ought to be painfully apparent who we are fighting for—-the People of Nepal and the country have suffered long and hard under this regime of crooks, thugs and opportunists—the fight that is being waged is NOT for the benefit of any one party or indeed for the various parties as a whole. It is for the sake of going back to the point in time where people in Nepal did not have to fear being woken up at night and draged from their homes. We already have the dubious distinction of having the largest number of “dissappeared’s” in the worls—the blood and sacrifice that you seem so sure will follow will indeed happen—but it will happen becuase the King and his bunch of croonies only know the language of violence. If you are under the mistaken notion that the King cares about the people ( “my people” as he claims)—-wake up!

Granted, the dreams and hopes of the entire country when we had democracy in 1990 were shot to hell thanks to the personal degradation of our so-called leaders—but let’s face it—the current regime is plunging the country into een deeper morass and the sooner the King, his family and his bunch of croonies give in to the inevitable, the beter off we all will be.
August 12th, 2005 at 1:12 pm

17. united for nepal Says:
August 15th, 2005 at 9:37 pm

You have to be a punk your-self to support ‘the man’ in the picture wearing a t-shirt like that…. and he calls himself a ‘leader’.
18. Truth Says:
September 21st, 2005 at 1:47 pm

What about Girija and Sujata about Dhamija case. Just give them the medal for their good deeds. Where was Sambhu Thapa, when Girija was challenging the supreme court?

Sambhu Thapa and the lawyers were quiet because they are the political activist and obey the supremo. But when Tulsi Giri said something about the supreme court he and his gang filed the case.

What jugdment do people will expect from this Bar..
19. Truth Says:
September 21st, 2005 at 1:48 pm

Equal or one sided…

Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?

Nepal’s Irate Students Clash With Police in Colleges. All pics by Bikas Karki. (photos in this post will not work)

Furious Nepali students today clashed with police at several locations, mostly in colleges, in Kathmandu protesting the arrest of prominent student leader Gagan Thapa on Wednesday. They were demanding immediate release of Thapa and other student activists who have been detained for the last several days. They were also demanding the restoration of democracy in Nepal.

Students threw bricks and stones to police personals and the guys in uniform fired back with bricks and lathis. Students blocked the roads, burnt the tires and chanted anti-government and anti-monarchy slogans. Many students threw stones from insides the colleges. The police have surrounded some of the colleges like ASCOLL, Shankar Dev and Tri Chandra.

It’s not unusual in Nepal for students to hold such protest programs and turn violent when it comes to securing their rights. And many political movements have gained significant momentum by the help of the student protest. Student protests have propelled the mass movements at many occasions in the past, including in the 1990 Mass Movement and 1980 Referendum.

Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!


(Our blogger Ujjwal witnessed one such clash in Shankar Dev Campus, one of the many politically sensitive educational institutes in the capital city. He will come up with a blog in a few hours time. As Ujjwal is waiting for the electricity service to resume in his home area, please go through this photo blogs. All pics by Bikas Karki.)

Blogger Ujjwal Writes:

Gagan Thapa, a student leader most vocal in demanding republic, was arrested yesterday and the arrests sparked anger among students who began their protest today blocking roads, burning tyres on the road and throwing bricks on police. This morning I went to Pashupati Campus, but the protest has already ended before I was there but not at the Shankar Dev College, just a few minutes walk from Singha Durbar â?? that houses prime ministerâ??s office. I, hanging my id card to ensure safety from both side, stood more than an hour watching the protest go on.

Students were on the top of the being-constructed building hurling bricks to police and chanting slogans. At one point, they declared the campus area a republic zone. Some students would occasionally come down on the road to add whatsoever is available to the burning fire and hurl stones at vehicles if they try to ply on the Putalisadak road.

At around, 10:45am, the students themselves stopped the protest which allowed the policemen come and clean the area. I didnâ??t see anyone hurt or injured.

10 Responses to “Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?”

1. anon Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 10:27 pm

It’s always students who veer the country. Party leaders are cowards.
2. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:18 am

When the students take the struggle to the “HEART OF THE BEAST”, THAMEL… The King & all his men will know their time is short.
3. nepalikochoro Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:59 am

YES, we have to fight for our rights, fight for democracy … but when seeing what is happening .. it scares me and I think i’m not alone. We cannot get democracy back by burning a building, cars or tyres. We have to look for other means.

Again, the words of MLK come to mind: “The end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.”
4. nepal1 Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:39 am

Wagle says “Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!”

Unfortunately Mr. Wagle, the answer is no. Just look at the pictures. No sane, educated person demonstrates like that ! Only goondas do so. And as long as our streets are filled with goondas during demonstrations who vandalize public property in the name of human rights and personal rights.. the time will never come.
5. Ramu Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 1:58 pm

This is not a democracy movement. This is an anarchy movement desiring to place Nepal as another Afghanistan or Iran. When millions will be killed in Nepal like in Afghanistan, then sense will prevail and nostalgia will replace the nostrils of thse students. But that will be too late.
6. Avipsha Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:36 pm

ouch! it pains me so much,
does any one know, that was my college, i go there every day to make my dreams come true, but yesterday, it so happened ki i went there late because of the prior information of the ongoing raids and protest out there , i could not help crying and cursing the people, whoever they are, they had burnt my project reports, thesis papers, assingnment files, amid the smoky chars i saw one of my files half burnt and my name in big bold letters printed on it,
yes we have to protest but dont we have any other method, why do not they understand there should be a method in every madness or end often does not justify means.
7. Ghanendra Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Only method is to root out monarchy from Nepal. Let the people rule. let us be the master of our own destiny.
8. Pramod Aryal Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:06 pm

Nepal1, Ramu and Avipsha,
you see all these, but why King had to arrest Gagan Thapa. sorry for your thesis, but if police don’t provoket then these students would not throw stones. let them do the demonstration and it will be peaceful, no need to provoke, and no burning of tyres or any thing. king has to GO NOW, what a shit he is amending constitution through executive order, shit this guy has to go for good.
9. reply to all Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 1:10 pm

yeah eh the students dont throuw stones out of nothing………. you been there to see that… i unfortunately have been caught in two occasions but it was two years back though…. and i have seen it and felt it but i dont mean the police are the best of the people.

anyway, the dudes who force the colleges to be locked out and throw stones and burning tyres and burn the vehicles….not only now even in the time of democracy…students eh … campus banada garney, tyre jalauney bidharthi…… afno uchit anuchit maag pura bhayena bhaney yesto garney haru….. chakka jam garda bike chalayo bhaney bikejalauney haru autocratic terrorizing regime bhaneko dekhda po achamma lagcha…oh welll hell with it
10. avipsha_das@yahoo.co.in Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 4:27 pm

lets watch the current crises in nepal, hope things will be better soon !! we cant’t stop happening………….

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