Bugging Bangladesh

From Himal Southasia, Volume 15, Number 8 (AUG 2002) The Great Kathmandu-Dhaka Volkswagen Beetle Spinal Injury Fundraising Drive When the idea hit us, it did so in our bellies. A massive whump planted itself in the solar plexus, and we knew we had to take it up, beat the challenge and take this ride. It
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A people's war

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #98 (14 JUNE 2002 – 20 DEC 2002) At every turn we meet people denied the choice of being neutral. Talking in Rolpa is a journey through a map of death-Nuwagaon, Holleri, Lisne, Gam. The last action in these parts was in Gam on 7 May, and the villagers from Pobang,
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Insurgents and Innocents

From Himal Southasia, Volume 15, Number 6 (JUN 2002) The soldiers’ fight against the Maobaadi since the Nepali Emergency was put in place six months ago has delivered an unacceptable volume of human ‘collateral damage’. The civilian government Mast maintain control over the Royal Nepalese Army as it goes about trying to purge the Nepali
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Lumbini’s rebirth

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #95 (24 MAY 2002 – 30 MAY 2002) Things may finally change at the Buddhas birthplace. For the better. Lumbini is Buddhism’s equivalent to Bethlehem or Mecca, but it has been more of a weeping wall for pilgrims and devotees. Decades of disinterest in distant Kathmandu have maintained this nativity site
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Yasser Arafat, Govinda Mainali and us

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #88 (05 APRIL 2002 – 11 APRIL 2002) Why do Nepali commentators not feel the need to express their opinion on the Palestinian intifada, Govinda Mainali in a Japanese jail, or the Uttar Pradesh elections? Kathmandu’s armchair analysts feel little reason to express their opinion on international affairs. They ignore even
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From Himal Southasia, Volume 15, Number 1 (JAN 2002) IF EVER we wonder why SAARC does not spark, the answer should be there at the Kathmandu summit, staring us in the face. It is completely state-centric. The non-governmental South Asian efforts at regionalism do not light either, because all are similarly premised on the seven-country
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Bahuns and the Nepali State

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #65 (19 OCT 2001 – 25 OCT 2001) A course correction is needed when so much of the peoples present and future is in the hands of one community. Not long ago, Tashi Jangbu Sherpa and I were discussing some matter in a courtyard near Patan Dhoka. A Maruti jeep bearing
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Speak up for the Documentary

From Himal Southasia, Volume 14, Number 10 (OCT 2001) South Asia needs a documentary revolution, and it can happen if we promote a screening campaign. As non-fiction productions, documentary films have the power to educate, entertain, energise and even enrage. More than any other medium, electronic or otherwise, they can shake up society, spread understanding
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Whether to absolve Dipendra or to indict him posthumously, it was important that everyone (conspiratorialist, rationalist, or royalist) who cared for the country demand that parliament hold hearings on the royal massacre.

Gadar: Bombay's gift to Lahore

From Himal Southasia, Volume 14, Number 8 (AUG 2001) When crises erupt, satellite television raises the pitch of Indian nationalism and gives it mass appeal. Bombay cinema hurries to catch up with ever-more fervid films, productions that have lately begun a no-holds-barred demonisation of Pakistan. Films from Lahore try to reciprocate, of course, but they
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