Friday, January 23, 2015

R&AW plan to disintegrate Terai?


रअका एक पूर्वपदाधिकारीले १९७५ को समयका बारेमा लेखेको संस्मरणमा तराइलाई भारतमा गाभ्ने रअको प्रयासबारे खुलेर लेखेका छन् । तर चार दशकपछि अहिले त्यसको सान्दर्भिकता कति छ त?





Nationalism, nationality and patriotism

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Free lesson on Boko Haram for KP Oli




आदरणीय केपी ओलीज्यू,
 अध्यक्ष नेकपा एमाले । 

उमेर र राजनीतिक अनुभवका हिसाबले यहाँ मभन्दा धेरै वरिष्ठ हुनुहुन्छ । तर संसारभरको एउटा चलन के छ भने जति ठूलो राजनीतिज्ञ, जीवन र जगत्का महत्वपूर्ण विषयबारे उति नै अज्ञान र अर्धज्ञान । राजनीतिमा सिंढी चढ्न विषयवस्तुको ज्ञान र विद्वता अनिवार्य हुनुपर्ने हो तर त्यसो आदर्श समाजमा मात्र हुन्छ । हाम्रो समाज आदर्श हैन, त्यसैले अन्त झैं हामीकहाँ पनि जसले अन्धाधुन्ध पार्टीगत, गुटगत र व्यक्तिगत लाभका लागि छलकपट र जालझेल गर्छ, ऊ नै ठूलो र शक्तिशाली नेता बन्छ । त्यो कुरा यहाँका लागि मात्र नभएर नेपालका हरेक जसो प्रमुख नेताका लागि लागू हुन्छ ।

दौड दुई किसिमको हुन्छ, एउटा शिखरतिरको अर्को खाडलतिरको । भनिरहनु परोइन, नेपाली राजनीतिका प्रमुख खेलाडीहरु अहिले ‘रेस टु बटम’ भनिने खाडलतिरको दौडका लागि प्रतिस्पर्धा गरिरहेको आभास हुन्छ ।

जब जब संयम, धैर्यता र सम्झौताको सबैभन्दा चर्को आवश्यकता हुन्छ, तब आक्रोश, अधैर्यता र बदलाभाव उत्कर्षमा पुग्छन् । राजनीतिका यहाँलगायतका खेलाडीहरुले अर्कालाई हराएको तुजुकमा आफू अझ चर्को हारेको पत्तै नपाउने स्थिति देखा पर्दैछ ।

पर्दापछाडि निहित स्वार्थहरुको निर्मम लडाइँ चल्दै गर्दा सतहमा चाहिं यहाँहरु र प्रतिपक्षको चर्को वाक् युद्ध चलिरहेको छ । त्यसलाई भद्दा किसिमको दोहोरी भन्दा पनि हुन्छ । त्यस्तो हिलो छ्यापाछ्यापमा कसैको पक्ष लिएर कसैलाई होच्याउनु यो लेखको आशय हैन, त्यसो गर्नु पटक्कै आवश्यक पनि छैन ।

तर हरेक अभिव्यक्तिपछि तरंग ल्याउने अहिलेको नेपालका निर्णायक राजनीतिक खेलाडी यहाँको एउटा भनाइलाई गम्भीरतापूर्वक अध्ययन गर्नु आवश्यक छ । त्यस्तो अध्ययन र विमर्शबाट हाम्रो राजनीतिका लागि देशबाहिरका अनुभवबाट सिक्ने र त्यहाँका गल्ती नदोहोर्याउने प्रयास गर्न सकिन्छ ।

दोहोरीको एक चरणमा यहाँले माओवादीलाई नाइजेरियाको बोको हरामसित  तुलना गर्नुभएछ । बोको हरामबारे तपाइँकको ज्ञान कति छ, त्यो मलाई थाहा छैन, तर बोको हरामको उत्पत्ति, फैलावट, चरित्र र त्यसका गतिविधि अनि नाइजेरियालगायत प्रभावित देशहरुले ऊप्रति अपनाएको रवैयाबारे संसारका द्वन्द्वपीडित तथा द्वन्द्वको सम्भावना भएका हरेक देशले जान्नु जरुरी छ ।

कमरेड ओली, 

एक वाक्यमा भन्नुपर्दा, निर्ममता र बर्बरताका लागि जसरी बोको हराम विश्वमै अद्वितीय छ, त्यसबाट सबैभन्दा पीडित नाइजेरियाको राज्यले समस्याप्रति देखाएको उदासीनता उत्तिकै अद्वितीय छ । संसारमा बर्बरताको पराकाष्ठा नाघेका धेरै आतंकवादी समूहहरु छन्, आकारमा बोको हरामभन्दा धेरै ठूला, हतियार र डलरका हिसाबले धेरै गुना धनी र दुश्मनको कलेजो निकालेर खाने आतंककारीहरु पनि छन् । तर त्यस्ता समूहमा पनि, त्यस्तो बर्बरताकै बीचमा पनि आफूहरु सकारात्मक परिवर्तनको वाहक भएको देखाउने अभिलाषा ज्यूँदै छ । खास गरी अहिले चर्चामा रहेको अनि इराक र सिरियामा ठूलो भुभाग ओगटेर बसेको इस्लामिक स्टेट नामक समूहले त इस्लामिक शरिया कानुनअन्तर्गत आदर्श व्यवस्था खडा गरेको दाबी गर्दै अन्यत्रका मुसलमानहरुलाई त्यहीं बस्न आउन प्रोत्साहित समेत गर्छ ।

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

तोडफोड र बन्दः माओवादीले हाराकिरी गर्न खोजेको हो?


विगतमा यस्तै धेरै घातक गल्तीहरुबाट त घाइते भएर भए पनि माओवादी पार्टी जीवितै बाहिर निस्केको थियो, तर यसपालिको हाराकिरीपछि के हुने हो, त्यसको टुंगो छैन । प्रमुख मताधारका रुपमा रहेको निम्न र मध्यम वर्गलाई क्रुद्ध बनाएका कारण भारतमा झण्डै एक शताब्दीभन्दा लामो इतिहास भएको र स्वतन्त्रतापछिका ६ दशकसम्म एक छत्रजस्तै राज गरेको काँग्रेस पार्टी त अहिले आएर अस्तायो भने हामीकहाँ त एउटा अलोकप्रिय राजनीतिक शक्तिको अस्तित्व मेटिनु ठूलो कुरै हैन । अस्तित्वको लडाइँमा होमिएको माओवादीले अरु आत्मघाती गल्ती थप्दै गएर आफ्नो अस्तित्व नै नामेट पार्ला कि ढिलै भए पनि इतिहासबाट पाठ सिकेर अस्तित्व जोगाउन लागीपर्ला? निकट भविष्यमै यो प्रश्नको उत्तर पनि आउनेछ । 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

राज्य भर्सेस डाक्टरः




डाक्टरलाई सर्पको बच्चाजस्तो एकठाउँमा बस्न नसक्ने र खास गरी गाउँको सेवा गर्न नसक्ने भनेर एक सभासद्ले गुनासो गर्नुको कारण उनले धादिङमा खोलेको अस्पतालमा डाक्टर नबस्नु रहेछ । उनको अस्पतालमा डाक्टर नबस्ने कारण खोतल्दा पत्ता लाग्योः एउटा डाक्टरले खास कारणले अस्पताल छाडेका रहेछन् । पार्टीका तर्फबाट कुनै चुनावका लागि उम्मेदवार बनेको व्यक्तिकी एच ए पढेकी छोरीले राजनीतिक अख्तियार प्रयोग गरेर डाक्टरले लेखेको प्रेस्क्रिप्सन काटेर अर्को औषधि लेख्दिरहेछिन् । जब डाक्टरले प्रश्न उठाए, हिन्दी फिल्मी शैलीमा अस्पताल प्रशासनले भन्योः उहाँ नेताजीकी छोरी, तपाइँले त्यसरी कुरा गर्न मिल्दैन ।

Friday, January 2, 2015

Documentary Review: The Carbon Rush


Corporations wiping out large chunks of biodiversity and killing people with impunity in Honduras and Brazil in collusion with the corrupt state machinery, are being rewarded for their contribution to 'clean development'as are those throwing hundreds into abject poverty and total unemployment in India. At the end, however, their projects are not 'clean' with no net gain for environment in terms of carbon emission. In its march from one triumph to another, global capitalism brutally preys upon the poorest, weakest and the most vulnerable. A brilliant documentary brings to light the plight of the people subjugated by the tyranny of 'liberating' market capitalism. 

Medical education at crossroads, Full text of Kantipur article


मनपरी र शुन्य गुणस्तरले सिर्जना गर्ने अनिश्चितताको अन्तहीन अन्धकारतिर लाग्ने कि चुनौतीपूर्ण भए पनि सबैको दिगो हितको बाटोमा लाग्ने, निर्णायक क्षण हो यो । 

(A shorter version of this article first appeared in Kantipur Daily dated 18 Poush 2071)


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Rise of KP Oli and its implications for Nepal's future


आउँदै गरेको ओली-शासनको रूप कस्तो हुनेछ भन्ने कुरा गत वर्षको अनुभवले देखाइसकेको  छ तर त्यो प्रीतिकर हुने लक्षणचहिं देखिँदैन

देशमा छिट्टै ओली शासन आउने निश्चित छ, अब खाली मिति तोकिन बाँकी छ । तर ओलीको तेतृत्वमा नेपालमा अहिले चर्चामा रहेका राज्य पुनर्संरचनाजस्ता मुद्दाहरुको के स्थिति होला  भन्ने चिन्ता त छँदैछ तर निरन्तरको कुशासनले आहत भएको नेपाली समाजले अब कुन नियति भोग्ने हो, त्यसबारे पनि विचार गर्नेपर्ने भएको छ । खास गरी गत वर्षभरको एमाले मन्त्रीहरुका गतिविधिले भविष्य चिन्ताजनक भएको संकेत गर्छन् ।
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 नेपालका कुनै पनि  दल दुधले नुहाएका छैनन् तर राज्य र उसका सार्वजनिक निकायहरुलाई धराशायी पारेर एउटा दल , गुट र व्यक्तिको सेवा गर्नमा एमाले जति  सक्षम छ अरु त्यति छैनन्  । अनियमितता प्रमाणित भएर कारवाहीमा परिसकेकालाई नेपाल मेडिकल काउन्सिलको अध्यक्ष बनाउनमा होस् वा न्यायालय र लोक सेवालाई प्रभावित गर्ने प्रयासमा होस्, एमाले जत्तिको सफल अर्को दल छैन ।


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Medical education: KU fiasco





विद्यार्थी फस्दै, नियमनका नाममा विद्यार्थीहरुलाई गुमराहमा पार्दै डिग्रीको व्यापार गर्न पुगेका मकाजू सफेद झुट बोल्न छाडेनन् ।

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Mao and Stalin: saviors or killers?



नगरी नहुने एउटा बहस जसबाट नेपाली लगायतका बाम पार्टीहरु चुक्दैछन्

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Memoirs of Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva

(A version of this article first appeared in Kantipur, Koseli dated 2071/9/5)

सर्वहारावर्गको अधिनायकत्व स्टालिन शासनझैं एक व्यक्तिको क्रुर तानाशाहीमा स्खलित भएर जाँदैन भन्ने आधार नभएसम्म साम्यवादका लागि भनेर अब युद्धमा जानु इतिहासप्रति ‘गद्दारी’ हुनेछ । 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

नरहरिजी, बलात्कार प्रकरणमा गोहीको आँशु किन?


पूजा बोहराको चिठी पढेपछि हतप्रभ नहुने शायद कोही थिएन । सबैलाई थाहा छ देशमा अन्यायको राज छ, तैपनि एउटी किशोरीको आफ्नै शब्दको बिलौनालाई कसैले पनि “यस्तै त हुन्छ यहाँ“ भनेर  बेवास्ता गर्न सक्ने अवस्था छैन । खास गरी सञ्चार माध्यमहरुले पूजाका अभिव्यक्तिलाई जुन स्थान दिए, त्यसले उनको सन्देशलाई लाखौं मानिससम्म पुर्याउन सहयोग गर्यो ।

Saturday, December 13, 2014

John Pilger: Killing with coverge- How media actively contributed to the mass murder in Iraq

Sobering reflection on how reputed 'liberal' newspapers like NYT made it possible for US and allies to go into a devastating rampage in Iraq  in a false pretext with near-total impunity


Pilger's article needs no introduction. Just contrast this with this typical NYT column by Thomas Friedman with a thinly disguised sense of self-glory trying to make sense of the latest report about CIA's torture programs, which concludes with this: Even in the worst of times, “we are always Americans, and different, stronger, and better than those who would destroy us.”



John Pilger

In 2003, I filmed an interview in Washington with Charles Lewis, the distinguished American investigative journalist. We discussed the invasion of Iraq a few months earlier. I asked him, "What if the freest media in the world had seriously challenged George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and investigated their claims, instead of channeling what turned out to be crude propaganda?"

He replied that if we journalists had done our job "there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq."

That's a shocking statement, and one supported by other famous journalists to whom I put the same question. Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, gave me the same answer.  David Rose of the Observer and senior journalists and producers in the BBC, who wished to remain anonymous, gave me the same answer.

In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.

Even now, despite the millions who took to the streets in protest, most of the public in western countries have little idea of the sheer scale of the crime committed by our governments in Iraq. Even fewer are aware that, in the 12 years before the invasion, the US and British governments set in motion a holocaust by denying the civilian population of Iraq a means to live.

Those are the words of the senior British official responsible for sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s - a medieval siege that caused the deaths of half a million children under the age of five, reported Unicef. The official's name is Carne Ross. In the Foreign Office in London, he was known as "Mr. Iraq". Today, he is a truth-teller of how governments deceive and how journalists willingly spread the deception. "We would feed journalists factoids of sanitised intelligence," he told me, "or we'd freeze them out."

The main whistleblower during this terrible, silent period was Denis Halliday. Then Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and the senior UN official in Iraq, Halliday resigned rather than implement policies he described as genocidal.  He estimates that sanctions killed more than a million Iraqis.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In the enduring tussle with Russia, Europe blinks for now

The implications of the cancellation of South Stream gas pipeline


For some, it was nothing less than 'a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr Putin' as declared in the New York Times headline story titled Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline. On a more sobering note, however, a related news analysis in NYT itself was titled 'Putin's surprise call to scrap South Stream Gas Pipeline leaves Europe reeling'

And the conflicting message of the two titles tells it all: despite the usual spin that is involved in presenting such stories to the audience, the mainstream media (MSM) coverage of such issues with momentous geopolitical significance is incoherent and inconsistent at best. 

So, what was it all about? Was it a defeat for Putin or his new-found enemies in the Europe? And if it were a defeat for both, whose wound will be worse and lasting longer? If indeed the recent escalation of the conflict in Ukraine had some role in the development, was that decisive at all? Now that South Stream has been canceled, what is the future trajectory of the energy transactions in the region?

These questions need a comprehensive analysis rather than an agenda-driven quasi-analysis. When I was looking for the former, I came across this brilliant piece by Alexander Mercouris in The Saker Blog, and thankfully, Saker was prompt in letting me carry this article here. The length of this article is surprisingly deceptive for it comprehensively tells the whole story behind the conception and eventual death of the South Stream gas pipeline in a short essay. 




By Alexander Mercouris

South Stream would take years to build and its cancellation therefore has no bearing on the current Ukrainian crisis. The Russians decided they could afford to cancel it is because they have decided Russia’s future is in selling its energy to China and Turkey and other states in Asia (more gas deals are pending with Korea and Japan and possibly also with Pakistan and India) than to Europe. Given that this is so, for Russia South Stream has lost its point. That is why in their characteristically direct way, rather than accept the Europeans’ conditions, the Russians pulled the plug on it. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'I am the good doctor, rest are bad'




A good doctor has limits as to how much he/she can achieve in a lifetime but the rogues have no limit, they can go on wreaking havoc for as long as they practice and can jeopardize the health of, don't gasp, the entire world population.
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There is a spectrum with near-ideal doctors at one end and unconscionable rogues at the other, with majority near the midpoint. The more doctors we have near the ideal end, the better. Tragically, the trend in Nepal shows that the meticulous near-ideal doctors are being fast outnumbered by the rogues as medical education transforms itself as a conscience-free profit-seeking venture from a responsible enterprise to produce qualified doctors. 


As I wrote the first part of this series (When a hospital kills you with a bill), it was the first ever instance in which I pointed fingers at some individual doctors along with the system for the wrongdoing. I obviously expected outrage from the colleagues in the fraternity because I had dirtied my hands in showing the public the mound of dirt that our profession had become.

Many doctors were infuriated. But to my surprise, the fury—at least of the people who shared it with me—was not directed at me. Most of them argued strongly that the doctors in question should be sued for causing damage to the patient and should be exposed for bringing shame to the profession. Apparently, everyone with open eyes in the profession has been anxiously watching the proliferation of rogue doctors who pose a threat to the fellow doctors as much as the patients by bringing ill-repute to the profession.

This is what one desperate junior wrote to me:
           
As I observed during my duty in ICU, this is exactly the fate of many such fathers. Couldn't agree more when you wrote: the lives of the patients hinge on scrupulousness of the decision taken by a person rather than some meticulously prepared and enforced protocol based on evidence.

I was yet to see this sort of devastation before internship and used to think your analogy of butchers and doctors as an exaggeration. But now I realize even that is an understatement and our system is really rotten to the core. Now with the …. I have been painfully realizing that our entire health sector has been hijacked by the butchers.

Having reminded that, I am postponing the article outlining the solutions to the problem for some other time. Here I will elaborate the same theme from the first article now that people both in and out of the profession have been engaged to the issue with acute interest.

This brings us to the question: What makes a doctor good and what makes him/her rogue?

I am a good doctor and all others are bad; or at least, they are not as good as me.

Well, that is not my statement but a notion that an average doctor in Nepal is bound to have. 

That is because, in a country where the government lets private medical colleges fleece as much as twenty millions to make a doctor and pays twenty thousands a month as a salary after they graduate, one has to resort to private practice and for that you and only you have to be a 'good doctor'. There is no other recourse: however up-to-date and scientifically based your treatment, people will flock to the quack in the neighborhood who is simply known as the 'good doctor'.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Life and death-2





When I first met, the middle-aged father looked weary and exhausted. It was hard to guess when he had taken his last bath and the wrinkles in the face had deepened further with the strain. He had heard about my imminent arrival in the hospital from my father and was eagerly waiting for me. After a customary introduction, he opened the bundle of documents related to his daughter's illness and started to explain me what had happened.


His 25 years old daughter, married and with two children, had been diagnosed as having a cancer of unidentified site within the abdomen. After multiple hospital visits including the Cancer Hospital, they had concluded that the patient was in terminal stage and nothing could be done. She had been discharged with the advice for the attendants to 'serve' her last wishes. But as the pain became intolerable over weeks, they had brought her back rushing to the hospital again. Doubting the Cancer Hospital would admit her again, they had turned to a nearby private medical college teaching hospital where she was now being treated.

None had the idea at the time that the fateful decision to choose the private hospital over the government-owned Cancer Hospital that day would change the lives of two families forever.

My own mother was in ICU recovering from a bout of acute pancreatitis and I had come rushing back from the high Himalayas, abandoning the Annapurna Circuit trek midway through, and remained in the teaching hospital for at least a week afterwards.

My first impression after hearing the tragic story of the father was that, they should be sent back to home after prescribing enough painkillers for the patient. Keeping the patient in hospital made no sense when the chances of recovery were nil and relatives had already understood that fact. Seeing the exasperation and sense of resignation in the face of the poor father, I hastily offered to prescribe them a combination of opiate analgesic and antihistaminic. But soon I realized that it had been three years since I had last prescribed a medicine in a card or slip and even forgotten the dose. Moreover, it was not easy to convince the pharmacists to sell the abuse-prone opiate analgesics, that too in large amounts, without a proper prescription slip with hospital's name.

Eventually I decided not to prescribe the medicine immediately. Then my enthusiasm dissipated slowly and I left the father at the mercy of hospital doctors.

After initial disappointment, the father came closer to me again slowly and I was introduced to his son-in-law, the husband of the patient who had directly flown to the hospital from foreign employment in Malaysia. His face was even more pathetic and stony-looking and it was impossible to read it further. He was tormented to the core by the wife's illness as well its financial implications as he had to leave his job in Malaysia and had two children at home to take care of. He was at the brink and it appeared that he just came to see the face of his wife before she died because the prognosis had been explained to the father that way during the previous hospital visits.

Slowly both the in-laws started sharing their grief with me.

Eventually, the treating doctors came up with a fateful 'magical' idea for her treatment. Suddenly they counseled the duo that the disease crippling their loved one may not be cancer at all. The patient was now all bone and skin with round and hugely distended abdomen, but they told them it could easily turn out to be tuberculosis. All that was done for diagnosis so far was imaging and in the absence of tissue diagnosis, it was impossible to theoretically refute the possibility of tuberculosis. Rational reading of the imaging reports, though, left no doubt with the diagnosis of a cancer; beside the bulky main lesion in the abdomen, other mass lesions had appeared in multiple vital organs like liver and kidney impairing their functions.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Life and death-1


Encounter with a speeding car: Some reflections on life and death  


The other day, I was late from work and was hurrying back to home. The dusk had already settled. I was walking lost in thoughts and had to cross the road near a busy crossroad to catch the vehicle on the other side.

When I was midway through the road, a speeding car came flashing its light with blinding glare. I had no time to think and decide but I retreated back about three steps spontaneously. I was dumbstruck; the driver didn't even bother to press the brakes once and the car disappeared in the same speed, as if I were an ant invisible to him.

As I calculated, I had saved myself as my instincts had intervened timely, it was a matter of a split second, a fiftieth of a second may be. It was by far my closest brush with death. With that speed of the car, an alternative to death would be even worse, a disabling injury in spine or elsewhere. After the blank phase of the mind gave away, I squeezed my eyes and carefully watched to all four sides. The zebra-cross was there within thirty meters from the point. As happens often enough, I had just walked across the road absentmindedly.

Clearly, the fault was entirely mine; the driver had no vision of me when he was speeding on the other side of the islet erected at the center to divide the traffic at the crossroad. When he saw me within few meters ahead, I would be anyway hit by the car before he managed to hit the brakes at the end of the reaction time. Either he too was dumbstruck and could not even press the brakes timely despite his wish, or it was habitual for him to run over people.

In either case, though, I had blatantly violated the traffic rule by not using the zebra-cross. That my life was spared that day was purely the function of my instincts that prompted me to retreat back just in time. Even a hasty decision to run forward would have been, as I calculated later, disastrous because the other end of the car's front-side would have hit me in that case.

But did I deserve to die for that seemingly minor fault? May be, may be not, depending upon how you view this entire thing.

Well, what would have happened if I had died a devastating death on the roadside that day?

The other day, the point of time would have moved a day away from the moments of my last existence. People would pay their condolence and share their grief for few days. May be, some of them would even bother to carry a condolence note at the bottom of a newspaper page. I would be missed, and who knows, even I could miss all the worldly things.

My friends would be obviously devastated but even the enemies would not be happy either (they must be wishing for me something worse than death, let's say, a long life of suffering and humiliation.) For some, nostalgia of moments with me would grip for long enough, for others, the plans involving me would make them realize the loss. Still others would pity the way I suffered and died. Those who played mischief with me would possibly regret having done that. Those who had scores to settle with me would scratch their heads and mumble: well, that bastard deserved that fate, but now that he is gone, whom will I settle my score with?

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