launching the first issue of rejuvenated TND, past two weeks have
been quite stimulating for me. Hundreds of emails have poured in
from all around the world - highlighting the need for forum like
TND and wishing it a great success. I sincerely thank all the well-wishers
and the contributors on behalf of TND for their enthusiastic support.
I have ascertained from this communication is that TND is not alone
in its journey. People among all Nepali Diasporas are equally worried
about present Nepal as well as her future. Bibek Thapa from Australia
is just as nervous about Nepal's present crisis as Bishal Dhakal
from Russia is. Binod Sigdel from Delhi wonders if he could, in
some way, contribute to his country just as much as Roshan Tuladhar
from Japan. TND is the very platform where such creative and resourceful
minds can congregate. Energetic Nepalese living in the USA, Shambu
Lama from San Francisco to Akhilesh Upadhaya of New York, and Manju
Karki from Ann Arbor to Pradhumna Shrestha of Houston, all consider
rejuvanated TND as a forum for intellectuals to express, share and
discuss ideas. The Nepal Digest is, in fact, becoming a platform
to share our hopes, concerns and aspirations.
to all of you for invigorating The Nepal Digest all over again.
TND members, As
Ujjwal Bhai has said in his editorial, TND is back after a couple
of years' hiatus. True, now Nepalis and friends of Nepal in many countries
of the world have access to several websites that provide online news
and views published about Nepal not only in Nepal but elsewhere as
Food for Thought
[Valentines Day Special]
In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities - Janos Arany
B. Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare Twelfth Night
rebels warn of 'conspiracy'
leader of Maoist rebels in Nepal has warned of a conspiracy aimed
at sabotaging fledgling peace efforts after years of civil war.
Comrade Prachanda said the rebels were victims of rumours and "false
publicity", which could disrupt planned peace talks.
In a statement,
he also urged the authorities to stop mobilising the security forces
and making what he described as arbitrary arrests. (MORE)
Attractions of this Issue
an end to internal war
Dr. Anup K Pahari
The latest cease-fire between the government and the Maoists, and
renewed prospects for a negotiated settlement, have signaled a temporary
halt in the slow death of the nation. For the second time in as
many years, albeit in different political circumstances, the Maoists
and the Nepali state are poised to pursue peace over war. That it
has taken such devastation in human lives and institutions to arrive
at this point of initial truce should not take away from the enormous
courage and determination of the agents who initiated this venture.
In Nepal: From Poverty To Constitution En RouteTo The Republicanism
Surendra R. Devkota
"After the restoration of democracy in 1990 we witnessed the
chaos of politics in the name of people. The Nepali Congress, which
ruled most of the time, failed to govern honestly and for the poverty-stricken
people. Visionless politicians started a money laundering business.
Gauri S. Adhikary
form the office of Nepalese Americas Council ( NAC) Jan 30, 2003.
The Nepalese Americas Council ( NAC), a coordinating body for Nepali
organizations representing the Nepali diaspora across North America
heartily welcomes the peace initiative taken by HMG of Nepal and
the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). (MORE)
Diary: Along the blood-stained banks of the Arun River
It was the second
week of February. The year 2003. The Maoists hadnt come aboveground.
And we were climbing down the steep trial west of Khandbari, the
headquarters of Sankhuwasava district. We were sweating heavily,
but nonetheless enjoying the beauties of nature and rustic life
of the mid-hills in eastern Nepal. (MORE)
Swarner, the first cancer survivor
to climb Mt. Everest
Readers: Let me introduce you to Heather, who loves Nepal and Nepalese
people and has been to Nepal many times. She will be publishing her
memories in a series of articles in TND. (-Editor)
O'Neal grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After high school, she attended
Washtenaw Community College, then went to University of Wisconsin.
She spent her junior year in Kathmandu, Nepal, wrote a book about
her adventures and learned to speak Nepali. She joined the Peace Corps
in 1990. She completed a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
at the University of Texas El Paso in 1997. In 1998 she traveled around
the world and finally was back in Nepal. In 2000, after a few classes,
Heather started her business: Of
Global Interest LLC Adventure Travel.
Episode 2: Sean
Swarner and the Cancer Hospital in Bhaktapur
In May 2002, Sean Swarner hopes to be the first cancer patient/survivor
to climb Mt. Everest. For the last year, my company has worked to
help make it happen. With all the right connections in Nepal, we
have put together an Everest expedition -- now in progress. (MORE)
International Nepali Literary Society (INLS), Washington D.C. is
to announce its First Outstanding Contributions to Nepali Literature
Award. This award includes three varieties of awards and a same
could be awarded up to Nepali Rupees 85,000.00. These awards are
established to encourage and recognize Nepali Literature internationally.
Loss of Columbia
and Kalpan Chawla with all other crew was a devastating accident
for the whole world. This piece is about Kalpana Chawla. People
are still mourning the sad event with her memories. (MORE)
Mero Mutu Ko Betha
present condition of soccer in Nepal can be considered to be optimistic.
If this momentum and direction could be carried on, Nepali soccer
can make a distinct presence in the South Asian region and possibly
in the whole Asian region in another 5 to 10 years. The performance
of the national team itself is not really high quality, however it
can be said that it is headed toward the right direction. For the
country like Nepal and with its dire economy there are very few chances
for the national team to participate in lot of the international tournaments,
so every chance they get are very precious and are of great importance.
Q. What did the stamp say to the envelope?
A. Stick with me and we will go places.
Q.What happens when you fall in love with a French chef?
A. You get buttered up!
Q.What do you call two birds in love?
Q. What does a carpet salesman give his wife for Valentine's Day?
A. Rugs and kisses!