Nepali Times

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Mr Bangdel has left the country

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #117 (01 NOV 2002 – 07 NOV 2002) “When the devotees and people of the country are deprived of their gods and goddesses, their hearts bleed. The stealing of such religious images is an atrocity, a serious crime… Let us hope that some day these stolen sculptures will be returned to
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Fighting by the rules

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #110 (06 SEPT 2002 – 12 SEPT 2002) General Pyar Jung Thapa takes over as Chief of Army Staff next week. He faces the challenge of fighting the Maoists without sullying the image of the army. The monsoon is about to end, and together with it may come a renewed bout
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Upper Mustang in Kathmandu

From Nepali Times, ISSUE #106 (09 AUG 2002 – 15 AUG 2002) An innovative stage production of a novel by Sarubhakta successfully takes on the sensitive matter of Bhotiya polyandry ThangLa was put up two weeks ago (27 July) as a one-off staging at the Royal Nepal Academy by Pokhara’s Pratibimba theatre group, directed by
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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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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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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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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.

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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