anup: I have high regard for Kunda, but in this instance I want to ask him few honest questions: A) When Nepal was made secular from Hindu rastra was there any kind of consultation or referendum from the general public apart from self proclaimed expert? B) Where were the secularist like you commenting when there was rampant convertion by missinories recently, never seen in Nepal’s history?
AJ Joshi: An article that all Nepalese must read. The only democracy in this age is a secular democracy. Trying to force caste ism (another name for Hinduism) down people’s throat will end up in disaster. Look at India, its shining jewel is its secular democracy despite having about a billion Hindus.
G Sharkey: Thank you for writing â€śConvenient Untruthâ€ť. I think it is one of the most important and profound pieces Iâ€™ve read yet on the current situation.
namah: media as a content generator? hmm… slippery slope
Suresh Sharma: Kunda, unlike his usual self, has ended the blog with a one-liner bombshell. I hope this is an oversight, and he meant to include this one-liner in his column ‘backside’, but got in this blog inadvertently. CIAA became prone to the abuse by politicians because of the person, not because of the institution. The solution is not to scarp the institution, but strengthen the institution by finding the right person for the job. In the context of Nepal, the right person is the one who does not care for money or fame, but only to do the right thing. It may be difficult but not impossible to find such person.
GN: How about this title for your well written article? “Lokman Singh Karki’s authoritarianism and disdain leadership”
GN: What are the odds of Karki’s impeachment? If not, what is the next step?
Marjolaine Hohberger: Unfortunately Latin America has this experience it was the army and the Plan Condor killing/ disappearing the ‘ left’, mostly students’ movement and campesinos or farmers, Mexico same and to be a journalist is some kind of suicide. Since 94 I heard the same things they said in Peru ‘ stupid gringa you do not understand it has to be by the violence’ . In Nepal they say you do not understand nepali culture…but I witnessed a poor family move away in Kuleswor and I understood exactly where it came from, because I had witnessed it in Peru. We all saw young shitheads with new clothes being paid to pretend to be maoist. In Nepal are no maoist only corrupt gold diggers. I believe some leaders, unfortunately the followers do not defend the interest of the nation or poor people at all. They managed to discredit education by killing so many teachers, none of my children want to be a teacher! Instead they want to be cake delivery boy,...
Gretchen Belnap: Hello Mr. Kunda Dixit, I found this post very interesting, thank you. I work for an educational publication and we are looking for someone with expertise in Nepal for a paid project to review our Nepal report. Please contact me directly if you are interested. Best, Gretchen
GN: Nice, but I think the below title seems more suitable for your well written article. “IMPUNITY FOR ATROCITIES”
GN: A good title for the article could have been , “Opportunities (or challenges) for Prachanda” And please refrain from using big words in your article because majority of the readers prefer simple but touching word flow.
Utsuk Shrestha: I am tempted to write something in against of your argument especially your opposition to the Presidency. I think there is no point arguing the presidential system is undemocratic, albeit the nature of single authority implies the authoritarian leadership. I strongly disagree with your argument that “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. The role of abuse investigation authority is exaggerated here in Nepal. The nation will know why this is the case in the future hopefully. We love democracy, democracy means tolerance and openness to criticism. An authoritarian leadership does not necessarily mean she is anti people and anti press. However, that may mean anti anarchy and headstrong policies which we think are good for a leader and signs indicating the ability to weather the storms.
Kumar Shrestha: Dear Editor, Pls correct Picture Credit – NEPAL: A Maoist woman guerrilla at a mass meeting in Rolpa in 2004. KIYOKO OGURA-. This picture is taken by me in Bhabang, Rukkum. Thx
Vijit: I miss my brother….thank you for all the stories that are beginning to emerge all over the internet, but most lovingly from all that knew him. In Shanti for his continuing journey….
Sad: So sad even hospitals have doctors as businessman marketing extra expensive test for no reason. Not a noble profession as was originally intended.
K. Gurung: The contents of the article are worthy of reading. I can see the author’s anger towards Nepalese politicians, but the title just boiled my blood for a second. The author or anyone in the world has no right to name ‘sick nation’ to my beautiful country Nepal. Nepal is not a sick country – ‘sabailai chetana bhayaa’
Marfat: This is the real cost of political parties affiliated with manpower agencies make money at the expense of the real people. As Yam Gurung said above, nothing has changed since the days of British empire, except the benefiters.
Bal Yonjan Tamang: This article raises many pertinent issues and questions that have been repeatedly neglected by the mainstream media. I feel there is a need for a national policy with regard to lahurays. I will be interested in seeing how many concerned lahurays or their educated offsprings will actually provide their feedback. Almost all of them seems to have given up their hopes with whichever government comes to Singha Darbar. All they get is a well polished lip service. On a somewhat related point, it would be proper for the government to seriously think and act on the prevention and preparedness learning a lesson from the recent Dhaka killings by the terrorists. The experience of the exGurkha may come in handy in this regard.
pasoda: When asked what he thought of the western civilization, Gandhi said it’d be a good idea. Thing are even worse now. Two rich western countries blatantly exploit the poors, then they don’t even feel remorse for that. Western do-good image is just that, a PR farce.
yam gurung: Late Dr Harka Gurung said in the Gurkha organised conference held in Kathmandu. #1 fact,because of the Gurkha recruitment,especially the martial race,Gurung,Magar,Rai,Limbus were unable to compete within the power of Nepal. #2 fact,Gurkha recruitment introduce Nepal to the world, remittance and nagrikta. #3 fact,with Gurkhas royalty the regime built,Singha Darbar (present maobadi & khaobadi’s regime are enjoying the office facilities etc),Sital Niwas,Hetauda factory,Hetauda ropeway,Trichandra Hospital etc. #4 fact,neither the Nepal nor the British government got the authentic records of the killed Gurkhas during the two bloody wars or during the maoist insurgent,or in India,Afghanistan etc. #5 fact innocent Nepalese been killed in Kabul etc. But the Nepalese regimes are only interested in “money and power” game.