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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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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Following the Royal Takeover

[This article, written by yours truly, was published on Radio Free Nepal, an online blog, where articles were published anonymously, following takeover of Executive powers by then King Gyanendra. This article appeared under the headline: An Account from Kantipur TV News Staff on Censoring, on February 19, 2005.]
The army began cordoning our office premises at around 9:30 (0445GMT) in the morning, some half an hour ahead of the Royal Proclamation… the state-owned radio and television had already announced that King Gyanendra was going to address the nation. Nothing more than that had been said, except that the King had summoned the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and chiefs of security agencies for a Royal audience.

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