Job for a democrat King

From Himal Southasia, Volume 14, Number 7 (JUL 2001) The royal palace killings marked a cultural watershed for the people of Nepal, the security of the past shattered and an uncertain future left to negotiate. Yes, a son can kill his father, mother, and more. Yes, assault rifles can fire many bullets per second. Yes,
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From Nepali Times, ISSUE #46 (07 JUNE 2001 – 14 JUNE 2001) if one were to dig up the foundation of each house here only hearsay and rumours would be heaped up there that’s why this is a country of hearsay and rumour this is a country standing on hearsay and rumour this is a
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From Nepali Times, ISSUE #45 (01 JUNE 2001 – 07 JUNE 2001) Why did the ILO national office do this in English? Last month, the International Labour Organisation organised a media blitz to alert Nepalis of the ills of child labour, giving us, among other things, the sobering information that one in a hundred child
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From Nepali Times, ISSUE #7 (30 AUG 2000 – 05 SEPT 2000) Even though the Pokhara Jomsom trek is the best appointed among the many hill walking routes in Nepal,during the monsoon this too deserves mention.Firstly, here is the place and time for trekkers who turn their nose up when it comes to being with
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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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