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From Himal Southasia, Volume 13, Number 5 (MAY 2000) Nepal’s travel-traders seem to know how to run every sector of tourism into the ground. The two biggest problems of Nepali tourism are over-supply and under-cutting. The market is saturated with ‘vendors’, and each tries to under-price the other —among lodges, hotels, airlines, travel agencies, trekking
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From Outlook India (April 17, 2000) Just as Kargil was India’s first television war, the taking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was the first hijack drama of the satellite age, and the channels exploited it to the hilt. And even as the plane circled over Amritsar in the very first leg of the extended
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At last, Himalayan cinema

From Himal Southasia, Volume 13, Number 3 (MAR 2000) CARAVAN A film by Eric Valli Cinemascope, 104 min In these days of cinematic Himalayan hype it is natural to be sceptical about yet another celluloid offering on the ´exotic´ Shangri Laesque communities and landscapes of the Tibetan plateau and surrounding areas. It is therefore a
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A new royal role

From Himal Southasia, Volume 13, Number 1 (JAN 2000) King Birendra of Nepal, who just   turned 55, should be more actively involved in the development concerns of his long-suffering subjects. His constitutional position would allow such a role.  During Nepal’s successful People’s Movement of 1990 against the absolutist Panchayat system headed by the king, there were many
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Gods in Exile

From Himal Southasia, Volume 12, Number 10 (OCT 1999) Every piece of ancient religious statuary from Kathmandu Valley that sits today in the West is stolen property. The gods must be returned from their exile, and until such time, those who presently hold them are merely custodians.  For 900 years, a sculpture of Uma-Maheshwar, showing
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श्रीलङ्काको अर्को पहिचान

हिमाल खबरपत्रिका (१-१५ साउन,२०५६) बाट श्रीलङ्काका राष्ट्रपति चन्द्रिका बन्दरनायक कुमारतुङ्गा नेपाल आउनुभयो, जानुभयो । नक्सामा दक्षिण एसियाली उपमहाद्वीपको पुछारमा तप्किन लागेको पानीको थोपा जस्तो देखिने यो राष्ट्र अर्थतन्त्र, भूराजनीतिका कारणले धेरै हदसम्म नेपालसँग मिल्दोजुल्दो छ र कुमारतुङ्गा नेपाल आएको बेला पारेर सायद नेपलीहरूले आफूभन्दा अलि बढी विकसित यो मुलुकबाट सिक्ने मौका लिनुपर्ने थियो । तर
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The economic imperative for South Asia

From Himal Southasia, Volume 12, Number 3 (MAR 1999) The new Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) spoke to Himal editor Kanak Mani Dixit soon after assuming office. Do you feel confident about taking up this new South Asian assignment? Reasonably so. I have handled South Asian and multilateral work
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Nepal forgets Tibet

From Himal Southasia, Volume 11, Number 6 (DEC 1997) Kathmandu is closer to Beijing than to Lhasa. Till as late as the first decade of this century, the government in Kathmandu paid tribute to the Chinese court. Once every five years a party would head out of Kathmandu overland across Tibet, bearing gifts, taking three
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Documentaries just need a chance

From Himal Southasia, Volume 10, Number 6 (DEC 1997) There are people who make films that can make a difference in the lives of the Subcontinent´s millions. They produce in a particular genre which the mass public hardly ever gets to see. Which is a pity, for unlike all other media, this kind of film
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