Under The Siege

There are days for soul searching. Days, when you question yourself if the path you chose was right or wrong. Days when you question, what would it be like had you chosen some other path? This is perhaps one of those days. Or perhaps it isn’t.

I could not sleep well last night, after coming home late, and despite having to go to office early – in the wee hours. Guess many would not have slept well last night. Least sleepy of all would have been King Gyanendra. Probably thinking, how to handle. Perhaps questioning, can he go all the way. Perhaps, he is assured that he can deliver.

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Party of the Confused

In the first week of September, media houses got an invitation from the Valley Coordination Committee of the CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist). When the media rushed to the party office, it learnt that the press meet was organized to raise objections to the use of Buddha’s image on shoes manufactured by an American company, Icon.

The party demanded to ban such products in the market, and said that Buddha’s image was used on the shoes with malicious intention to disrespect the contribution and philosophy of Lord Buddha.

Nothing wrong with that…

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The issue of Non-Alignment

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will represent Nepal in the 16th NAM (Non Aligned Movement) summit, in Tehran.

The logical question would be: For What? Especially at a time when calls for his resignation is reaching crescendo, and opposition are venting their anger at any opportune moment, as much as he is spewing venom for them in mass media.

The answer is not-so-difficult to find.

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Diary of the Disappointed!

Kathmandu streets look tired these days. Tired of battering, as the houses have been, or being taken down, in the road expansion drive. Roadside pavements muddied, while some unsuspecting walkers stumble upon the chunks of concrete that has fallen down from the felled buildings.

Tired look the people too, as they try to find their way through little walking space they get, as the pavements are almost covered by the houses that are being brought down. Tired of mundane lives; tired of being yelled at by microbus drivers and conductors; tired of being treated like nobodies; tired of being taken for granted; tired of existence; tired under the weight of their own unfulfilled expectations; and, tired of politics going nowhere.

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In Four Years

Michael Phelps failed to finish on the podium in 400 meters individual medley, as the London Olympics captured the entire planet through a techno-cultural spectacle.

We are talking about Phelps, who is arguably the greatest swimmer this century and definitely one of the greatest athlete that has taken to the pool. We are talking about a person who has astounding 14 gold medals at the Olympics, five clear of Larissa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi, Mark Spitz, and Carl Lewis – all holding a class of their own.

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The God Particle and the People

On July 4, Physicists worldwide were celebrating an experiment that confirmed a particle that was “consistent with” an elusive thing called the Higgs Boson – long hailed as the ‘God Particle’. Apparently, the celebration ensued as the particle is considered very important because it gives matter mass, while it made a ‘brief’ appearance during the experiment for less than a nanosecond before it returned to oblivion (as of now, scientists have not conclusively identified it as the Higgs boson).

The world followed the celebration along with the scientists. And in jest yours truly tweeted, in humor: “Heard they found God particle in some lab… Wonder when Satan particle is found… #Higgs #Boson”

More than a few nanoseconds, or maybe a minute later, there was a reply: “The Satan particle is alive and well in the White House. Obama IMO is the closest thing to Satan we have. #Romney12”. Now the sender of the reply was named ‘PolitixGal’, from California, with 16 thousand followers, and her (?) bio said: Anti-socialist, Anti-statist, Libertarian, Free Market capitalist, and Anti-Obama.

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A fortnight of lull, or change?

One incident that the world would remember from this fortnight is that the Muslim Brotherhood politician, Mohammed Morsi has been sworn in as Egyptian President. The country’s first civilian, democratically elected president.  A matter of rejoice for the residents of one of the oldest civilizations on the planet.

Earlier, the ruler in Egypt was ‘placed’, even as the country was declared republic in 1953. Whether we talk of General Muhammed Naguib, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat or Hosni Mubarak, were all in a way or the other imposed upon Egyptians – no matter which world power they showed their allegiance to.

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Of the slain Royals and the People

If you are active on social media for past few years, you might not have missed this. The fortnight containing June 1st, for past decade, is always spent talking about the Royal family that was slain on 1st June, 2001.

The form of social media has changed, from msn messenger to hi5 to facebook to twitter, but the talk has not. Come June 1 and the old pictures of the then Royal family – with a tagline saying ‘rare’ – appears everywhere. It has hardly diminished, even as the years tend to deform memories. If facebook and twitter are any indicators, one gets the feeling that the respect for that family has only turned into reverence.

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State of Confusion

If you are a Nepali and not residing in your country of origin, you could be forgiven for being confused about where your hometown is now. Of course Nepal’s geography has not changed overnight. But you must be wondering which province you now belong to.

The confusion is obvious after the main parties agreed to form 11 provinces, which are now nameless, and to an extent, boundary-less, along with deciding on the governance structure which, at its best, is complex and would require selfless politicians at the top to make it work. And as we know, a selfless politician is a mythical creature.

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Being Babu Ram!

Background

I’ve spent almost 58 years – yet to celebrate my birthday on 18th June this year – trying to explain the world it’s not easy being me. The worst part is, I am not sure if I’m going to celebrate my b’day as PM (what a spectacle it could’ve been). I’ve already signed to make some Congress guy as my successor.

It starts right with the first part of my name, Babu, which translated in English means ‘a kid’. Just imagine me explaining everyone – in the voice that I have – that I’m not a kid anymore, while almost becoming senior citizen. I, a senior leader of UCPN (some mistake it for Union of Confused/Corrupt People of Nepal) Maoist, have to request people to spell both parts of my name, so that it sounds adult (and Godly). How difficult is that?

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God in the Parliament

When Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’, little did he know that one day, ‘God’ himself will be a part of the government. Of course, I am not talking about Church being powerful in entire Europe at some point of time, or Nepali monarchy’s fascination of being labeled as incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

It’s about the ‘God’ of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. And him being nominated to the upper house of Indian parliament, Rajya Sabha…

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On Democracy Day!

Nepal is a strange country, if you look at it from outside. Any country celebrating more than half a dozen New Years and a few Democracy Days definitely qualifies as being, at least strange. Remember? We had a Democracy Day in Falgun 7 (late Feb). And now, we have another one.

Today is the sixth Democracy Day (nepali nomenclature has it termed as Loktantra Diwas). Officially so! The day brings a lot of emotions to people like yours truly. The day People’s Movement of 2006 became successful. Half a dozen years ago!

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