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For the past 20 years, as a media nomad, I have covered stories across the Asia-Pacific region. Lately, I’ve been roaming across Nepal and have by now visited most of the country’s 75 districts. Earlier this year, during a three-month stint through the country with the screening of the documentary Frames of War, I started […]


A state of lawlessness

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 11 July, 2009 After traversing Nepal for more than two months, passing 40 districts, braving highway blockades, curfews and indefinite bandas we were stopped dead in our tracks outside Pokhara. There was no way we could get past a barricade of rocks, logs and the burnt out hulk of a […]


Abnormal normality

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 08 May, 2009 Hours after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal submitted his resignation to President Ram Baran Yadav in Kathmandu on 4 May, highway blockades that had closed the country for two weeks were suddenly lifted. The Tharus called off their banda of the Tarai, the Limbuwans suspended their agitation […]


State of statelessness

First posted on nepalitimes.com on 01 May, 2009 We like to think that the most neglected and underdeveloped part of Nepal is the Karnali. But the eastern Tarai deos not fare much better. In just about every development parameter that you care to name, these districts between Bara and Morang lag behind the rest of […]


Dark road

First posted nepalitimes.com on 18 April, 2009 Making it finally to Ilam on nepa-laya’s Yuddha Chitra Film Tour, one is struck by signs of the legendary tolerance level of Nepalis. People watch Prem BK and Kesang Tseten’s film, Frames of War, in complete silence and many are moved to tears. They follow the stories of […]



 

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