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प्रधानमन्त्रीको गाडी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2011

डा बाबुराम भट्टराई प्रधानमन्त्री बन्ने बित्तिकै एउटा उदाहरणीय काम शुरु गर्नु भएको छ र त्यो हो नेपालमै बनेको गाडी चढने इच्छा । उन्ले रोजेको नेपालमा बनेको मुस्ताङ गाडी उनकै एस्कर्टिङमा गुड्ने प्रहरीको गाडीभन्दा सस्तो हो। पूर्व प्रधानमन्त्रीले लगेको चमेलिया विद्युत आयोजनाको चिल्लो गाडीको मोलबाट पाँच वटा आउँछ बाबुराम भट्टराईले चढेको गाडी। कस्तो छ त भट्टराईको रोजाइको गाडी भिडियोसहित हेर्न भित्र आउनुस्।

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आइपुग्यो प्रधानमन्त्री चढ्ने ‘मुस्ताङ’ गाडी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2011

केदार ओझा 

काठमाडौ, भाद्र १२ – नवनिर्वाचित प्रधानमन्त्री डा. बाबुराम भट्टराईले चढ्ने नेपालमै बनेको ‘मुस्ताङ’ गाडी गृहमन्त्रालय ल्याइ पुर्याएको छ । गृहका कर्मचारीहरु झण्डा लगाएर पुर्याउने तयारीमा छन् ।

बा१झ ९३६० नम्बरको उक्त गाडी पहिलो पटक देखेको भन्दै गृह मन्त्रालयकै कर्मचारीहरु हेर्न झुम्मिएका छन् ।

प्रधानमन्त्री पदमा निर्वाचित हुने पक्का भएपछि भट्टराईले आइतबार दिउँसो १२ बजे नै आफूले नेपालमै बनेको ‘मुस्ताङ जिप’ चढ्ने इच्छा व्यक्त गरेका थिए ।

स्रोतका अनुसार फोनमा निर्देशन पाएलगत्तै दिउँसो १ बजेदेखि नै गृह मन्त्रालय गाडीको खोजीमा लागेको थियो । एक बजे निर्वाचन प्रक्रिया सुरु भए पनि साढे ६ बजे मात्रै भट्टराई प्रधानमन्त्रीमा निर्वाचित भएका थिए । भट्टराईले दिउँसै मुस्ताङ गाडी मगाएर त्यसमा राष्ट्रिय झन्डा लगाउने व्यवस्था गर्न उच्च सरकारी एक अधिकृतलाई आग्रह गरे पनि आइतबारै त्यो सम्भव भएन ।

‘गाडी त पाइने भयो तर दर्ता प्रक्रिया र नम्बर हालिनसकेकाले आइतबारै ल्याउन सकिएन, सोमबार मुस्ताङ जिप आउँछ,’ गृह मन्त्रालयमा मन्त्रीहरूलाई गाडीको व्यवस्थापन गर्ने एक उच्च अधिकृतले आइतवार कान्तिपुरसँग भनेका थिए । Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Weapons Sale: Have we really lost all of Nepal’s history

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011

Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.

Claremont, California, USA

A recent revelation of the sale of Nepal’s 200-year-old weapons to an American antique dealer has sparked a debate in Nepal as well as in the Nepali Diaspora. I have read some of the emotionally-charged postings. There is nothing wrong with being patriotic and I respect those individuals who express love for their country in a positive way. However, if we examine the sale of the antiquated weapons to the American dealer objectively we will realize that we may have overreacted to an issue that really has not much merit.

Symbolically, these weapons stand for destruction. They are not objects of art that the maker took his time, energy and imagination to make. Nor are they the products of Nepalis whether of the past or the present. They do not reflect cultural, religious or even philosophical aspects of Nepal. Except for the Khukuris, Bhalas, Talwars, Khundas, Chakkus and Kardas, Nepalis never made guns or cannons. They were produced by Europeans as weapons of oppression, and were used and are still being used for killing. And Nepal in the last decade has seen much of that in the name of “Revolution of the People.”

What is the justification for taking national pride in weapons? The only positive value I see is that many of our brave Gorkha brothers—even using these antiquated weapons in World Wars I and II against would-be imperialists and oppressors—were able to shine, earning the title of brave race. As a result, many have been decorated with the highest orders of bravery. That is our only history associated with these weapons. Beyond that, they are simply weapons of destruction no matter who has used them against whom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal for sale in Package

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011

Beginning 1950s, Nepal as a nation-state is being run in package. Several insulting gifts in the form of unequal treaties and agreements, understanding, and joint communiqué have been pouring in since those horrifying old days from the newly born Republic of India, 1947.

The fresh and the most abhorrently insulting one, late Girija Prasad Koirala (Rest in peace) brought in from New Delhi a sort of 12 point agreement in “package” which has been taking its heavy toll. Late Koirala invited the Indian regime in Nepal in package since then. His 12 point colleagues, thanks, have kept the tradition kicking and alive. Nepalese obedience. Read the rest of this entry »

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लुम्बिनीमा बन्ने भो नेपाली विहार

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011

हिमेशरत्न वज्राचार्य 

काठमाडौ, भाद्र ७ – बुद्धको जन्मथलो लुम्बिनीमा पहिलोपल्ट नेपाली मौलिक बौद्ध वास्तुकलामा आधारित विहार बन्ने भएको छ । लुम्बिनी विकास कोषले वज्रयानी परम्परामा आधारित विहार बनाउन यसैसाता नेपाल परम्परागत बौद्ध धर्म संघलाई जिम्मेवारी दिएको हो ।

लुम्बिनीमा दर्जनभन्दा बढी विदेशी विहार भए पनि अहिलेसम्म नेपाली विहार छैन । लुम्बिनीमा विभिन्न देशका विहार स्थापना गर्न ‘मोनास्टिक जोन’ छुट्टयाइएको छ । त्यसमा चीन, कोरिया, जापान, थाइल्यान्ड, बर्मा, भियतनाम, जर्मनी र अरू बौद्ध धर्म पछ्याउने देशका विहार छन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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गोरखामा नेपालकै सबैभन्दा ठूलो गुफा भेटियो

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०११ लाई सफल पार्न गोरखामा नयाँ पैदलबाटोको खोजी गर्न गोरखाबाट हिँडेको सभासद्सहितको २५ जनाको टोलीले स्वाँरा गाविसमा नेपालकै ठूलो गुफा पत्ता लगाएको छ ।

स्वाँरा गाविस-८ मा रहेको सो गुफा स्वाँरा, सौरपानी, आरुआवाङ र आरुचनौटे गाविस हुँदै आरुघाटसम्म रहेको र योभन्दा लामो गुफा नेपालमा अर्को नरहेको स्वाँरा एकता क्लबका अध्यक्ष बुद्धिबहादुर गुरुङले बताउनुभयो ।

ट्रेकिङ व्यवसायी, पत्रकार, स्थानीय राजनीतिक दल, सभासद्, पर्यटन व्यवसायीसहितको टोली यही फागुन १५ देखि सातदिने अभियानमा गोरखाबाट निस्केको थियो ।

नेपालको सबैभन्दा ठूलो मानिएको तनहुँको सिद्ध गुफाभन्दा गोरखाको स्वाँरामा रहेको सीता गुफा लामो र ठूलो रहेको स्थानीय धामी बरामले बताउनुभयो । Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal to train in Kent before London 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

 

 

 

August 22 – Nepal’s Olympic and Paralympics team are to train in Kent in the run-up to London 2012, it has been announced. 

Kent County Council’s chairman, Paulina Stockell, signed the agreement with Pashupati Parajuli, the general secretary of the Nepalese Paralympic and Olympic Committee, and Ghanshyam Khatiwada, its secretary, at County Hall in Maidstone. 

The Nepalese will be one of the smallest teams competing at London but the deal with Kent is of huge symbolic importance to the region.

The Royal Gurkha Rifles, made up of soldiers from Nepal, are based in Folkstone and more than 200 families live in the area.

The deal is a culmination of a long campaign to get Nepal to base themselves in the area.·

Two years ago, Joanna Lumley, who had spearheaded a high-profile campaign for Gurkhas to be allowed to settle in Britain, hand delivered a letter to the President of Nepal from the Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, inviting Nepal to train there. Read the rest of this entry »

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The eye of the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011

Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia. By Thant Myint-U. Faber and Faber; 358 pages; £20. To be published in America next month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $27. Buy from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT did not have much time for Burma or the Burmese. The sympathy he felt for Indian demands for independence from Britain did not extend to that other piece of the British Raj now known as Myanmar. In 1942 he wrote to Winston Churchill: “I wish you could put the whole bunch of them into a frying pan with a wall around it and let them stew in their own juice.”

In unforeseen ways, the American president largely got his wish. The military dictatorship under General Ne Win that seized power in Burma in 1962 erected a virtual wall around the country, sealing it off from almost all outside influence. The junta that succeeded him after nationwide protests in 1988 has tried to open up the country. Viewed from the West, its efforts seem vain. Despite a farcical election last year, Myanmar remains subject to Western economic sanctions and its leaders are still largely shunned by their American and European counterparts. The only Burmese politician widely known in the West is Aung San Suu Kyi, an opposition leader who has spent most of the past two decades in detention and whose party is now technically illegal. Read the rest of this entry »

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At Buddha’s birthplace: A Chinese development proposal causes disbelief

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011

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CleanThought wrote:
Aug 18th 2011 11:33 GMT

3B may be big amount for Nepal but given the gravity of urge to put the livelihood of people living in a place where a philosophy of eternal peace and civilization took its birth some 2560 years ago is not enough. Apple corporation has 80B cash in hand, worlds most valuable company on the otherhand US treasury and government is bailed by China! If 3B is real from China to Lumbini, so what? Have writer been to Lumbini? Or Nepal? Nepal is Chinas immidate neighbor! Buddhim is China’s national religion too!

Water flows downward because of gravity which is natural force! Money flows towards where there is opportunity! Where is oppurnity? In a island where people do not ware sleepers? It’s an attitude driven by prespective of gain or interest or gratitude! Who on the earth is largest trade partner with US and India, China? Then why so big huha from India (if there is any) if China aims to be largest trade partner to Nepal too! It’s India’s problem they did not had enough time to regard their neighbor’s best along with their economic prosperity! India’s rulers from past 20 years or more thought its government officers expatriate childrens earned money, transferred skills and network management is only biggest job for them! India suppose to lead in it’s varried roles in all fronts with it’s neighbor in South Asia as per expectation from the globe, could not delivered. Simply no serious thought given on formulating and improving policy towards its neighbor. Just lost in the greed of few administrative diplomat’s parrot taught old school of thought left by British India so called India’s foreign policy!

Frankly people from India and Nepal are far ahead in awareness than the leaders from there! All know India do not have any foreign policy with US, China or Nepal on the other and all know China have serious vision for US, India and Nepal. And all rest of the world including Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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सत्यमोहनलाई महाविद्यावारिधि

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011

मनोज बस्नेत 

संस्कृतिविद् सत्यमोहन जोशी अर्को एक कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हुन् बनेपा आएका थिए । त्यसैबेला लिइएको तस्विर । तस्वीरः मनोज बस्नेत/ईकान्तिपुर

काभ्रे, अषाढ ५ – संस्कृतिविद् सत्यमोहन जोशीलाई मानार्थ महाविद्यावारिधि प्रदान गरिने भएको छ । आइतवार विश्वविद्यालयका सहकुलपति एंव गंगालाल तुलाधरको अध्यक्षतामा बसेको काठमाडौ विश्वविद्यालय सभाको ५५ औं बैठकले जोशीलाई महाविद्यावारिधिको उपाधि प्रदान गर्ने निर्णय गरेका हो । Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal-India relations: Some thoughts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 20, 2011

By Gopal Thapa

Nepal’s India policy, too, is inconsistent, incoherent and bereft of national consensus. Whatever policy we may have is also characterised by excessive dominance of incompetent, visionless and opportunist geriatric political leaders, and supine and petrified bureaucracy.

One of the longtime Nepal-India relations observers, Dr. S.D. Muni has listed the constant and strategic variable as two fundamental elements influencing relations between the two countries. He calls history, geography and culture as the “constant”, and the social, political and economic elements as “strategic” variables. Ability to balance these elements, he argues, can result in the most harmonious relations between the two countries. He sees less of a problem in the constant elements than those from the strategic ones.

To some extent, these arguments sound tenable. Nevertheless, they fail to capture the contemporary realities and the changes of profound magnitude our relations have undergone in the last two decades, beginning the 90s, to be specific. Even as we emphasise the similarity of   history and geography, we often fail to focus on the range of inherent differences that our relations are informed of.  The sheer territorial and population size of India is an element of awe   for Nepal. The level of economic development, social awakening, educational progress and the maturity of democratic institutions there are other fear – escalating factors. Nepal is surrounded by India on three sides. Her economic and trade relations are always skewed towards India. In terms of culture as well, Indian visibility is ubiquitous. For example, Indian films and television serial programs have, of late, literally inundated every Nepali home. Even ads for Nepali products have had notorious Indian impacts. These realities have largely shaped our perceptions about India and have consequences, good and bad, on our overall relations. No doubt, both countries have recognised the differences.  However,  it must be said that both have  been unable to  take advantage  from the similarities, nor have there been serious and genuine  attempts,  at removing  the lingering  perceptions of differences, more from Nepal and equally from India, too.   In Nepal, particularly, India-bashing and genuflexion, has been the main weapon for some political parties to show their relevance.  India’s handling of relations is also quite flawed, as is admitted by many independent thinking Indian intellectuals. One must not, therefore, lose sight of the fact that the refrain of cultural and historical closeness and   geographical proximity alone wouldn’t make much of a sense unless accompanied by serious and practical efforts on the ground to render our relations more productive and mutually beneficial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ancient Kathmandu

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 20, 2011

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Lumbini: the Birth-place of Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2011

NEPAL has always fascinated the world with her majestic religious sites and picturesque beauty of mountains, and the serenity in the hearts of her people. Though the Nepalese have diverse beliefs and ethnic backgrounds, all unite and respect each other’s culture and religion marking unity in diversity. Nepal is endowed with many historical, religious and cultural aspects of interest. One of these mesmerizing holy places, Lumbini, where the Buddha Shakyamuni was born in 623 BC is situated in the south-western Terai of Nepal and is 298 kms away from the capital. Lumbini evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world. The following menu which takes you to other Important Buddhist Places in the Lumbini and its surroundings.

 

 Lumbini

 Ramagrama

 Devadaha

 Tilaurakot : Kapilavastu

 Kudan

 Gotihawa

 Arorakot

 Niglihawa

 Sagarhawa

LUMBINI

Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Sakya prince, and the ultimate Buddha, the Perfectly Enlightened one. The site of his nativity is marked by the commemorative pillar erected by Indian Buddhist emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago and was rediscovered in 1896. Thus, as Ashoka himself acknowledged, Lumbini is a quintessential Buddhist heritage site, currently undergoing a renaissance by the internationally supported Lumbini Development Project

 

Across the world and throughout the ages, religious people have made pilgrimages. Many great teachers of the Buddhist tradition maintained the practice of pilgrimages, paying respect to the holy sites.

 

The Buddha himself exhorted his followers to visit what are now known as the four original places of Buddhist pilgrimage: Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar.
 

The View of Mayadevi Temple with Asokan Pillar and Puskarini Pond in Lumbini as they looked in olden days.

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Indian film maker insults Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011

N. P. Upadhyaya

Insulting and humiliating the Nepalese nationals by the citizens of the neighboring Indian Republic, which only came into existence, 1947, thanks the British East India Company, is not a new phenomenon.

We are used to such fanaticism.

But yet Italy rules India.

India or Bharat or even Hindustan took a formal shape only recently compared to every heads high and a proud Nepal which ever remained as a sovereign and independent nation. Neighbors envy, Nepal’s pride.

But this fact the Indian authorities or for that matter even the qualified Indian nationals deliberately ignore.

Must have been suffering from inferiority complex syndrome which is only but natural because of their ignominious past. We sympathize.

The Nepalese understand this and prefer not to remind their harrowing past in the larger interest of Nepal-India relations considering the pain our friends in the South may have braved or subjected to while being mercilessly ruled by the various sorts of aliens.

Nepalese gesture is there. Nepalese people wish to love and honor the Indian nationals and their ruling authorities. This they don’t want to understand, unfortunately.

Yet at times, the Indian nationals do not reciprocate in a friendly manner and indulge in acts that summarily undermines our past glory and dignified status among the comity of nations.

Every now and then, one could listen or observe acts that are being deliberately committed by the other side which pains the independent citizens of Nepal.

However, some salaried local Nepali Mirjaffors ignore the insulting acts as if nothing has been done that could be taken as a slur worth the name. Countless Jaychands now we have.

But the insult is there. It can’t be dismissed.

This time Nepal, our country, has been slighted with a classic technique. In the past, while we the Nepalese and our nation was humiliated by some in India through the Indian filthy films wherein the Nepalese were inevitably portrayed as “Bahadurs”, “Kanchas” and Gurkhas”, then this time we have been offended to the hilt comfortably by a new entrant in Hindi Cinema, Mr. Aditya Seth, Mumbai, who through a newly made documentary film portrays the entire Nepalese as BAHADURS in a derogatory manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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नेपाली नाममा भारतबाट कमसल पस्मिना विदेश निर्यात

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 15, 2011

विज्ञान अधिकारी, काठमाडौं, साउन ३०- छोटो समयमै लाभ लिन केही नेपाली व्यवसायीले कमसल खालको पस्मिना भारत पठाई त्यहाँबाट ‘नेपाली’ भन्दै तेस्रो मुलुकमा निर्यात गर्न थालेपछि उक्सन प्रयासमा रहेको पस्मिना निकासी फेरि समस्यामा परेको छ।

नेपालीको नामबाट विदेशमा कमसल खालका पस्मिना निर्यात भएपछि व्यापार खस्केका कारण नेपाल पस्मिना उद्योग संघले सामूहिक ट्रेडमार्क दर्ता गरेको छ। यसको निकासीमा केही सुधार आएको छ। तर, यही बेला केही व्यवसायीले नेपालबाट कमसल खालका पस्मिना भारत पठाउने र त्यहाँबाट नेपाली भन्दै तेस्रो मुलुकमा निर्यात गर्न थालेपछि फेरि समस्या देखिएको हो।

‘भारतबाट नेपाली भनेर सिल्क र अन्य धागो मिसाएको पस्मिना पठाउन थालेपछि फेरि हामी समस्यामा परेका छौं,’ संघका अध्यक्ष पुष्पमान श्रेष्ठले शनिबार नागरिकसँग भने, ‘अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय बजारमा च्याङ्ग्रा पश्मिनाको नाममा बजार लिन थालेकामा अहिले फेरी बिगार्ने प्रयास हुँदैछ।’ विगतमा निकासी बढेको समयमा केही व्यवसायीले सिल्क मिसिएका कमसल खालका पश्मिना पठाएर नेपाली पश्मिनाको छवि विगारेका थिए। यसले सन् १९९९ मा ६ अर्ब बराबरका पस्मिना सामान निकासी भएकोमा अहिले एक अर्बको हाराहारीमा झारेको छ। Read the rest of this entry »

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