What is KP Oli up to? What will he bring to Nepal?
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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 ।
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
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
आउँदै गरेको ओली-शासनको रूप कस्तो हुनेछ भन्ने कुरा गत वर्षको अनुभवले देखाइसकेको छ तर त्यो प्रीतिकर हुने लक्षणचहिं देखिँदैन
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
विद्यार्थी फस्दै, नियमनका नाममा विद्यार्थीहरुलाई गुमराहमा पार्दै डिग्रीको व्यापार गर्न पुगेका मकाजू सफेद झुट बोल्न छाडेनन् ।
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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
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
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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
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.
Friday, November 28, 2014
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
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.
विजय कुमारको खुशी पढेपछि
जीवनमा अफ्ठ्यारा घुम्तीहरुमा हिंडिरहँदा मैले कुनै क्षणमा पलायनलाई एउटा विकल्पको रुपमा कल्पना गरेको थिएँ, त्यसलाई यथार्थमा बदल्ने आँट गरिनँ, त्यो बेग्लै कुरा हो । त्यसबेला लाग्थ्योः मेरा समग्र दुखहरुको कारण मेरो वरपरको वातावरण हो, यसबाट साहसपूर्वक बाहिरिएँ भने नयाँ दुख आउलान् तर तत्क्षणका दुरुह दुखहरु गायब भएर जानेछन् । कति गलत थिएँ म !
Debating partition of India: culpability and consequences
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Why I write...
I do not know why I often tend to view people rather grimly: they usually are not as benevolent, well-intentioned and capable or strong as they appear to be. This assumption is founded on my own self-assessment, though I don’t have a clue as to whether it is justifiable to generalize an observation made in one individual. This being the fact, my views of writers as ‘capable’ people are not that encouraging: I tend to see them as people who intend to create really great and world-changing writings but most of the times end up producing parochial pieces. Also, given the fact that the society where we grow and learn is full of dishonesty, treachery, deceit and above else, mundanity, it is rather unrealistic to expect an entirely reinvigorating work of writing from every other person who scribbles words in paper.
On life's challenges
Somebody has said: “I was born intelligent but education ruined me”. I was born a mere child, as everyone is, and grew up as an ordinary teenager eventually landing up in youth and then adulthood. The extent to which formal education helped me to learn about the world may be debatable but it definitely did not ruin me. There were, however, things that nearly ruined me. There came moments when I contemplated some difficult choices. And there came and passed periods when I underwent through an apparently everlasting spell of agony. There came bends in life from which it was very tempting to move straight ahead instead of following the zigzag course.