The Nepal Digest - April 6, 1995 (23 Chaitra 2051 BkSm)

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The Nepal Digest Thursday 6 April 95: Chaitra 23 2051 BkSm Volume 37 Issue 3

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********************************************************************** From: "AMREETA REGMI" <REGMI@lib.brenau.edu> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Mon, 3 Apr 1995 19:17:07 EST Subject: Vikram Chettri and Yuvonne Chow

I am trying to locate Vikram Chettri and Yuvonne Chow, who I last believe were serving as U.N. Volunteers in Papua New Guinea. They are apparently in Canada now. I would appreciate if anybody could give me any information about their whereabouts at my e-mail address regmi@lib.brenau.edu

Thank you - Amreeta Regmi (Atlanta, Georgia)

***************************************************************** Date: Tue, 04 Apr 1995 11:26:16 +1000 From: s.buzer@qut.edu.au Subject: ACAP IN THE MUSTANG To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu

dear fellow netters,

I am interested in becoming involved with ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) who, as I understand it, are now looking at management problems for ecotourism in the Upper Mustang area, around LoMantang, Upper Kali Gandaki region, Central Nepal.

I have been a regular visitor to Nepal for the past seventeen years, concentrating on the central area, and would like to give something back to the people of the area. Does anyone know of a particular person I can contact, since I have sent letters, visited their office in Gandrung and Kathmandu, and received no answers to my offers (which were probably buried under all the paperwork).

I am a landscape ecologist, with considerable experience with landscape assessment and GIS computer systems, as well as remote sensing. My undergraduate degrees are in Anthropology and Geography (physical and biogeography), and my doctorate involved developing methods to deal with describing and modelling the processes within broader scale landscapes. I am certain that someone can put me to some useful purpose somewhere.

Please note that this is on a VOLUNTARY basis, I see it as part of my responsibility as an academic.

Please reply to my Email direct. Namaste (and Tashi Dhele, if you are Thakali !!!)

Dr Sue Buzer School Planning, Landscape Architecture and Surveying, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

Telephone 07 864 1197 Fax 07 864 1528 Email S.BUZER@QUT.EDU.AU

******************************************************************* Date: Mon, 3 Apr 1995 22:16:15 -0400 (EDT) From: Nuru Lama <nurulama@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: BKS To: The Editor <nepal-request@cs.niu.edu>

Dear Editor,

  This is a reply specifically meant for Mr. Amulya Tuladhar who so
'bravely' stepped forward and accused all BKS alums of being "products of cheating." I just do not understand how Mr. Tuladhar got the 'intellectual license' to make such gross generalization based on partial evidence. I am not trying to defend the validity of BKS here but expressing my regrets that a well-known "TND intellectual" like Mr. Tuladhar should employ his emotions to accuse the whole BKS population of "looting national property." I agree that the BKS student selection process has not been wholly fair but to say that every BKS student employed some covert means to enter BKS is taking it just too far.Mr. Tuladhar provides three cases to illustrate and support his 'blatant' argument. I would advise Mr. Tuladhar to present the whole picture and not rush to a 'supposedly powerful' conclusion that may sound impressive but is based on pure imaginative construction. I could easily provide Mr. Tuladhar a long list of the 'genuinely' poor students at BKS.
  I truly wonder how BKS could have maintained its superior academic prowess if it had selected students on such an ad hoc basis?

Nuru

**************************************************************** Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 10:15:54 -0400 From: neup2011@mach1.wlu.ca (Bhanu Neupane u) Subject: Info!

Can Somebody tell me - when Chinese historian Huen Sang visited Nepal?

                     - When was the book "heros and builders of Nepal"
                       by Rishikesh Shah published?

                     - When is .... Mahato (forgot the name!)
                       from Nepal, who was one the bioscientists in that
                       Bio-sphere II project, coming out ? Is he still a
                       Nepali citizen?

Please, mail the responses directly to my account, many may not find it relevant.

Thanx! B.

**************************************************************** Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 10:19:26 -0400 From: rshresth@black.clarku.edu (RaJesh B. Shrestha) To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: DISSOLVING NEPAL

Cross-posted from SCN:
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DISSOLVING NEPAL: Nepal was once a proud HINDU country just as England is Christian. But she could NOT defend her Dharma before the ATTACK mounted by Italian born Sonia Gandhi, her husband Robert Gandhi and their stooge Parliament in New Delhi. The result was Nepal's crumbling fall to
"secularism" which is all right if yours is a rich country like Germany or Italy where (compulsory) Religious Education means CHRISTIAN education, or if yours is a committed country like England where "Defender of Faith" is part of the monarch's title. // Pakistan's advance into South Kashmir and domination of Nepal's western frontier means utmost DANGER. There will be increased infiltration from East Bengal, Kashmir and Pakistan. More mosques will come up to serve as stores of weaponry and centres of propaganda. More and more Nepalese girls will be enslaved through "nikah" and made to produce numerous offspring each, to increase NUMBERS. Catholic nuns and missionaries will not miss the opportunity, either. Many will enter Nepal in the garb of 'English language teachers' as in Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. The erosion of Hinduism will accelerate. Thereafter Nepal will be lost for ever. His Majesty, too, will run for life- just like Maharajah Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir. Posterity will say, "The Hindus of Hindusthan proved 'hijdas' (eunuchs) and could do NOTHING to stop the rot in neighbouring Nepal."

"Young India" Quarterly, published from Westborough, U.K.

Views expressed in "Young India" not necessarily reflect those of the poster. Permission was obtained from the publishers for reproduction on the Internet.

*********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 10:21:06 -0400 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Leftist Demonstrators Stone Hillary Rodham Clinton's Car From: abdutta@icaen.uiowa.edu (jit)

DATE=3/31/95 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-176372 TITLE=NEPAL / CLINTON (S) BYLINE=MICHAEL DRUDGE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT:

INTRO: ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTORS HURLED STONES AT A MOTORCADE CARRYING AMERICAN FIRST LADY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AS SHE ARRIVED FRIDAY IN NEPAL. CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL DRUDGE REPORTS FROM THE V-O-A SOUTH ASIA BUREAU IN NEW DELHI.

TEXT: NEPALESE POLICE SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED 23 LEFTIST STUDENTS WHO TRIED TO STONE MRS. CLINTON'S ARMOR-PLATED LIMOUSINE.

JOURNALISTS TRAVELING WITH THE FIRST LADY SAY NONE OF THE ROCKS HIT THE MOTORCADE AND NO ONE WAS REPORTED INJURED. POLICE ATTACKED THE DEMONSTRATORS WITH LONG STICKS.

THE DEMONSTRATORS, FROM THE UNITED LEFT FRONT PARTY, CARRIED SIGNS SAYING "IMPERIALISTS GO HOME."

MRS. CLINTON'S MOTORCADE PROCEEDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT TO A HEALTH CLINIC.

IN BANGLADESH, WHERE MRS. CLINTON TRAVELS SUNDAY, MUSLIM DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED IN DHAKA TO WARN HER TO STAY AWAY FROM VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TRYING TO HELP VILLAGE WOMEN.

MRS. CLINTON IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT WESTERN BANGLADESH TO SEE A FAMILY PLANNING PROJECT AND A BANK THAT GIVES SMALL LOANS TO POOR WOMEN. (SIGNED).

NEB/MWD/JWH

31-Mar-95 7:54 AM EST (1254 UTC) NNNN

Source: Voice of America

*************************************************************** From: "F.X.Faria" <F.X.Faria@sheffield.ac.uk> To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 15:25:09 +0000 Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - April 3, 1995 (20 Chaitra 2051 BkSm)

I WOULD BE PLEASED IF YOU COULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LINES IN YOUR DIGEST.

I FRANCIS FARIA, AM 26 YEARS OF AGE, SINGLE AN INDIAN FROM BOMBAY RESEARCHING IN EUROPE AND AFRICA AND STUDYING TOWARDS A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EDUCATION IN ENGLAND. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME GOOD NEPALI FRIENDS.

WOULD ANY ONE BE INTERESTED ?

HOPE TO HEAR FROM SOME GOOD NEPALIS SOON.

************************************************************ Date: Tue, 4 Apr 95 10:57:50 EDT From: eknath@math.cornell.edu (Eknath Belbase - Math Grad) To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - April 3, 1995 (20 Chaitra 2051 BkSm)

Politics in Nepal/Nepotism
--------------------------

Every time a new government takes power, with new ministers and so on, we hear reports of all the corruption and alleged nepotism going on. This is, in general, a very good thing, but I have been concerned about one thing in particular: when we get lists of who was appointed where, and whose children are going where to study, no mention is made of CAUSALITY. How do we know those people really didn't DESERVE whatever they got, and wouldn't have gotten it regardless of whether or not their relatives were in power.

Example: Mr. X is the Minister of Blah Blah Blah. His two kids are studying in China. Ok, so what? If he's a minister, he probably belongs to a higher than average income level, and could perhaps afford sending his kids to China to study regardless of his position. Unless there is more specific information [like they got a government scholarship to do so!], this sort of correlation amounts to no more than innuendo and gossip, with journalists trying to scoop up as much dirt as possible on people in high government positions.

While I agree that many of the things recently posted sound suspicious and perhaps worthy of more detailed examination, let's not forget that journalists, in order to sell more papers, can be almost as crooked as the politicians they write about (almost, but not quite ;-).

Eknath Belbase

************************************************************** Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 01:14:36 -0700 From: nrb947813@rccvax.ait.ac.th To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: QUESTION

WHAT IS THE NAME OF HOLLY BOOK OF BUDHHISM ?

******************************************************************* Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 11:58:52 -0800 To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu From: bhushan@Tanner.COM (Bhushan Mudbhary) Subject: Bad air in KTM

Pravignya Regmi writes:

"I have decided to begin works to protect the environment in Nepal. A non profit organization to protect environment and to promote sustainable development will be established in Nepal in near future. I will be updating the progress through the internet. "

I commend PR's efforts on what is obviously a worthy cause. But I wonder, has PR thought about working WITH existing organisations already in place in Nepal, instead of creating a new one from scratch.I know of several individuals, such as Mr. Anil Chitrakar, Mr. Bikas Pandey, Mr. Kumar Pandey, Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar etc.. to name a few, who are no doubt making the type of contributions that PR wishes to initiate.

In any case, kudos to PR for striving towards a laudable goal that has REAL impact on REAL people.

Cheers. Bhushan

******************************************************************** Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 20:41:53 -0500 (CDT) From: loomin <rd038@aix1.ucok.edu> To: nepal_news_bulletin <nepal@cs.niu.edu> Subject: RE: amulya's corrosive remark

This is in response to amulya's naive verbal attack over budhanilkantha alums. I won't deny the fact that Budhanilkantha school gobbles up a large portion of the education budget. It's true that it has not been able to produce a satisfactory number of grads despite its vast resourses. I studied in both St.Xavier's and Budhanilkantha. Having said this, I'm not here to defend BNKS alums from your crude remarks. Let me quote your own line 'Basically all BKS alums are product of cheating'. Lemme tell you one thing, why in the world would you think it's justfiable to lable all BNK students with such undue remarks? You can't just bombard anybody with such filthy words just because you thought it was cool. I tell you it ain't cool.

It's been bugging me lately. Sometimes I recall those harsh words and wonder maybe I had cheated all my school days and maybe we knew all the SLC questions beforehand. It's only that I can't remember. And you know what, one thing I'm darn sure is that the things I don't remember: never occured to me.
  C'omn Amulya let's be more logical and at times it's good to heed to moral ethics too. Let's not write just for the sake of writing. Such blatant remarks are not in the best interest of anybody.

Amulya, one student can be a cheater, be it a few, for your satisfaction let the majority of the BNKS alums be cheaters but to finger all the BNKS students and alums alike *** YOU ** MUST ** BE ** NUTS **

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: 04 Apr 95 21:59:05 EDT From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News4/2-3 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

April 2 First Lady goes on safari, meets the other Hillary before Departing

Excerpts from Reuters, CNN, New York Times and AFP reports

   Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday met the man for whom she is named- mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest.

   The wife of President Clinton, was greeted by Hillary, 75, at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport when she arrived to take a plane out of Nepal after a three-day stay.

   She flew to Dhaka for a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

   Mrs. Clinton, 47, told reporters in Nepal that her mother, Dorothy Rodham, read an article about Hillary while she was pregnant and that explained the unusual spelling of her name.

   "She read an article in 1947 and that was before he climbedEverest. So when I was born, she called me Hillary and she always told me it was because of Sir Edmund Hillary," she said.

   Sir Edmund said it was "sheer coincidence" that their paths had happened to cross. The soft-spoken adventurer runs a foundation that builds schools and clinics in the Himalayas and he had come to Nepal on a visit.

   The New Zealander, who climbed the world's highest peak in 1953, saying he had done so "because it was there," noted that Mrs Clinton's fame now exceeded his own.

   "In America before, if anybody recognised the name Hillary it was always me, and now they say, "Oh, you must be a lady," he said.

  Sir Edmund was to have joined Mrs. Clinton overnight at the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, a rustic hotel in the Royal Chitwan National Park that has played host to guests from Queen Elizabeth II to Goldie Hawn. But mechanical problems delayed his plane from New Zealand and he barely made it in time for the airport handshake today.

   So he missed the sight of Mrs. Clinton and her 15-year-old daughter, Chelsea, ensconced in a padded howdah atop Shamsher Bahadur, a 9-foot, 8 1/2-inch elephant whose name means Brave Tiger, in a sunset search for a tiger in the grass on Saturday. They were trailed by three Secret Service agents -- with sunglasses, wrist walkie-talkies, earphones and all.

   "Fancy meeting you all here," Mrs. Clinton called out to reporters from under a wide-brimmed straw hat as her elephant approached a river bank for a picture-taking session that had been negotiated with her reluctant staff in the plaintive entreaties and blunt demurrers generally reserved for nuclear disarmament talks.

   Informed that the reporters, aboard their own fleet of rolling trunks and giant toenails, had seen three mother-daughter pairs of armor-plated Asian rhinos, Mrs. Clinton quickly brought the topic around to the business of her trip: encouraging the education of girls and women.

   "Mothers and daughters?" she exclaimed. "Are they sending their girls to school?"

   In fact, it must be reported, Mrs. Clinton's day off -- sandwiched between 12 overloaded days of visits to schools, clinics and the leaders of five nations -- induced in the captive press corps accompanying her a degree of sympathy rare for traveling journalists.

   She and Chelsea rode an elephant on an excursion into jungle where rare Bengal tigers roam and dined by kerosene lantern at a camp with only one telephone and no electricity.

   Once a royal tiger-hunting preserve, Chitwan is now considered to be one of the finest game conservation areas in Asia.

   Mrs. Clinton began her safari experience after a day of events in the Napalese capital, Kathmandu, which were designed to politely push for better treatment of women in a country that is still very much a man's world.

   During her elephant ride and a subsequent boat trip, the First Lady and her daughter saw rhinoceros, deer, monkeys and wild boar. But the closest they came to a tiger was seeing some pawprints.

   One ride of an hour and a half was enough for Mrs. Clinton, though Chelsea went out again this morning. Neither spied the big quarry, the endangered royal Bengal tiger, but they did see rhinos, spotted deer and a peacock perched in a tree.

   Before dining by kerosene lantern Saturday night, she and Chelsea got full-scale briefings by a U.S. official and a tiger expert on efforts to improve Nepal's environment.

   She was the third important foreign visitor to Nepal in recent weeks- preceding her to the constitutional monarchy where a communist government is now in power were a senior North Korean diplomat and the foreign minister of Cuba.

Nepali, Indian talks end without progress on treaty AFP report

   Two days of talks between Nepal and India ended in Kathmandu Sunday without progress on amending a 45-year-old friendship treaty but the two sides agreed to continue dialogue, a Nepalese foreign ministry statement said.

   The two sides had met to discuss amending the 1950 Indo- Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty, which Nepal says is one-sided, as well as other bilateral issues.

   The ministry statement said the meeting, held in a "friendly atmosphere," had "covered all matters of mutual interests and stressed the need of consolidating the cordial relations existing between Nepal and India."

   The Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretaarrived in Kathmandu from New Delhi on Saturday morning.

   The Nepalese team was headed by Foreign Secretary Kedar Bhakta Shrestha.

   A senior Nepalese official told AFP the two sides had failed to agree on changes to the Indo- Nepal treaty.

   Indian Foreign Secretary Haider said that revision of the 1950 treaty was "not possible," adding that such a move could only be made on one year's notice from either side, the official said.

   The 1950 treaty is seen in Nepal as giving India political leverage over its northern neighbour and criticised for allowing immigration of unskilled Indian labour.

   One of the key stipulations of the treaty gives nationals the right to work in both countries and travel between the two without visas.

   The treaty supposedly allows extensive cooperation between the two countries in defence matters, but Nepal complains that India did not inform Kathmandu of past conflicts with China and Pakistan.

   Last week, four splinter factions from the new minority communist government had demanded that it immediately repeal the "unequal" 1950 treaty with India.

   "The 1950 Indo- Nepal Treaty, which is obsolete now, has forced Nepal to become India's semi-colony," the four factions said in a statement.

********************************************************** From: Amresh Karmacharya <psu01146@odin.cc.pdx.edu> To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Save Environment

I appreciate Pravigyan's interest and willingness to work in order to reduce environmental degradation in Kathmandu/Nepal. There are all kinds of agencies in Kathmandu that deal with environmental problems; HMG, Corporations, INGOs, NGOs, private agencies etc. I am myself an employee in an NGO involved in water pollutions studies. Unless there is a commitment at every level it is difficult to achieve any thing.

What I think is Working Outside Kathmandu is Saving Kathmandu. Creating opportunities outside Kathmandu is saving kathmandu. Preventing migration of 100 people to Kathmandu is reducing waste generated by 100 people and space occupied by hundred people.

Amresh. Portland State University

**************************************************************** From: "Mr. Mahendra Prasad Panthee" <panthee@math.iisc.ernet.in> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Minister Resigns Date: Wed, 5 Apr 95 14:25:33 IST

Dear Editor, here is a piece of news from "The Hindu" an Indian News Paper.

        The Nepali Health and Labour Welfare Mininster, Mr. Padma Ratna tuladhar, an outspoken language activist , has resigned in a row over the promotion of Sanskrit, tthe Nepali language daily KAnttipur reported on TTuesday. Mr. Tuladhar is said to be vehemently opposed to the promotion of Sanskrit, which many in Nepal consider to be a dead language an in which State-owned radio Nepal began broadcsting news bulletins on Monday. A group of anti-Sanskrit activists set fire to radio sets in the middle of the city aas the first Sanskrit language news bulletin was broadcast by Radio Nepal on Monday evening.

****************************************************************** Date: Wed, 05 Apr 1995 09:26:22 +0930 To: a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu From: S Hrestha <shrestha@arts.adelaide.edu.au> Subject: Note for Editor

Dear Editor,

        In order to make TND more useful can we do something like

1. Minimize personal information like attacking someone.

2. When figures of somothing like X million rupees or y thousand hec.of lands are mentioned, it is better to cite source of information to reflect the qualit y of the figure. Sometimes, those seems interesting but I doubt those figures. At least people those who got from good source can mention it.

Kumud Shrestha, Adelaide, Australia

********************************************************************** Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:01:08 -0400 (EDT) From: Ashutosh Tiwari <tiwari@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: NOT Nepalese, but Nepali; and we are rather adamant about it. To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

        In response to Jagdish Dawadi's question: The Greater Boston Nepali Community (GBNC) does NOT have any office-space in Boston. But thanks to the hard-work of SUNIL SHAKYA and RAMONA CHITRAKAR, the GBNC is now in the process of being formally recognized by the City of Cambridge, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This recognition would allow GBNC to exist officially as a non-profit, enjoy a tax-exempt status, among other benefits.

        The GBNC is a non-political and non-ideological support-group for Nepali students, families, scholars, and professionals and others interested in Nepal and Nepalis, in the Greater Boston area. Most GBNC Nepalis are students at one of many Boston's universities such as MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, Tufts, Clark U, Boston U, Northeastern, and other fine academic institutions. Virtually all Nepali students in Boston have e-mail, and all are on the TND list.

        In theory, you can come down to visit any Boston Nepali any time. In practice, it's a good idea to first send an e-mail.

namaste ashu president greater boston nepali community

************************************************************* Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:44:56 -0400 (EDT) From: Pravignya Regmi <pregmi@emerald.tufts.edu> To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Thank you all

THANK YOU ALL

     I have been receiving emails regarding my previous publication in TND titled, "Help Nepal Save Environment". Thank you every one for comments, suggestions and appreciation. I am encouraged by receiving an inundating amount of responses from all around the world.
     I will keep up posting the environmental issues.

     Thank you again. Pravi.

************************************************************ Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:55:04 -0400 (EDT) From: Ashutosh Tiwari <tiwari@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: This side of paradise To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

        I found Bhushan Mudhbary's criticism of Pratyoush Onta's essay
"festivals are fun, but for whom?" most amusing. Amusing, not because it was funny or entertaining, but because, the spirited defense from our
"physics and electrical engineering" graduate basically amounted to something like: 'Leave my cousin [Hari Sharma, a fine doctor] alone.' In other words, 'who are you Mr. Pratyoush Onta to play with the words of my fine cousin Hari Sharma?'

        Pratyoush's essay, as far as I can critically understand it, was NOT some stuffy academic piece, but a lucid commentary on the kind of DUAL existence that we, the so-called educated Nepalis, have to deal with just about every day, in Nepal or abroad.

         On one hand, for instance, we get carried away with the IMPORTED notion of Nepal's exoticism [I mean, I did NOT know Nepal was exotic or even that I myself was thought to be exotic until I came to America, and I am sure most other Nepalis in America have somewhat similar experiences!], claiming our share of it, even though most of us may be far removed from the real "exotic" Nepalis that the West celebrates.

        On the other hand, this forced happy-go-lucky self-image of ours often becomes a convenient mask for us to cover the harsh and unpalatable contours of our "peace-loving, poor but happy" society with great charm that only skilled writers such as Pico Iyer (who wrote "Video Nights in Kathmandu) can discern.

        In the essay, Pratyoush knocks down the ease with which Nepalis abroad try to ride on this bandwagon of exotica by pointing out the big picture: which is, our much-hyped festivals are NOT really all that fun for most people, especially the women. And Pratyoush paints this big picture with skilful use of evidence -- a rebuttal to a PUBLISHED quote of Hari Sharma, an elaboration on some Santosh Pant comedy and a reportage of Newari woman's sorrow in the face of festivals.

        To rebut Hari Sharma is NOT to show him disrespect or even question his medical competence, as Bhushan implies. But just to use it as an example to drive the thesis of the essay forward. This sort of technique is well-known to any avid reader of essays, newspaper columns, and general non-fiction.

        Lastly, if I were Hari Sharma, I would be greatly flattered that my once-upon-a-time-remark could be of much study to one of Nepal's fine young historians :-) . A matter of perspective, no?

namaste ashu

*************************************************** Date: Wed, 5 Apr 95 19:23:18 CDT From: sbshah@gumbo.bae.lsu.edu (Sanjay B. Shah) To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Re: Notice

Dear Editor,
        Kindly publish the following notice in the forthcoming issue of TND.
                        INFORMATION REQUIRED
        I have been admitted to Kansas State Univ. (Manhattan) as well as to Virginia Tech. (Blacksburg) to do my PhD in agric. engineering beginning Fall, '95.
        I'd be happy to establish contacts with students as well as professionals working around there to gain more information about those places. Thanks Sanjay Bikram Shah L. S. U. sbshah@gumbo.bae.lsu.edu

************************************************************** From: mbhatta@sas.upenn.edu (Madhav Bhatta) Subject: Festivals, Fun and Self-Reflection To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu (Nepal Digest) Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 20:22:10 -0400 (EDT)

Mr Mudbhary in his response to Mr Onta's essay titled "Fun and Festivals..." attacks the writer for his "pessimistic bile" and "arrogant dissection" of Dr Sharma's quotes on Kathmandu that appeared in ANA news letter. When I read the essay I took it as a piece on self-reflection about our culture, customs and society as a whole, rather than attack on Dr. Sharma, "the suburbnite from Upsate-NY". I have not met Dr Sharma, who happens to be Mr Mudbhary's cousin, but as Mr Mudhary would say "so, what?", but just to let you know that I know Mr Onta but he is not my cousin! But once again, "so, what?" Just one more thing about myself- I am a Nepali who goes to school in the USA and I do not consider myself as a "long-distance Nepali"; not yet anyway!! By the way, even if UPENN was close commute to ASSAN, it would still be hell-of-a long way from where I come from, and that would make me a "long-distance-something." Anyway, the whole point of the essay was, as I said before, self-reflection.

After going through the dictionary Mr Mudbhary convinced himself that Kathmandu was indeed a museum, rather a living museum. And he defined it as "a vigorous, operational and a resplendant exhibit of artistic and historic objects." To anyone who has seen Kathmandu or heard about it, the fact that Kathmandu has numerous "artistic and historic objects [temples, palaces etc], will come as no suprise. After all that is the reason, together with few others, thousands of tourists flock the streets of Kathmandu. But that is not all there is to Kathmandu. Apart from the "artistic and historic objects", about a million people inhabit that city. All these people are living in present and are not just a
"vigorous, operational and a resplendant exhibit." Surely, they are vigorous; surely, they are operational; surely, they are resplendant; but they are noway an exhibit for the tourist, be it foreigners or long-distance Nepalis, to visit for a day. I think that was the point Mr Onta was trying to make, or that is the way understood and I could not agree more.

It would be nice if everyone in Kathmandu or Nepal, rich and poor, could have fun during the festivals and all year round. But the reality is otherwise! It is not a "pessimistic bile" and
"misgivings about our brethern in Kathamndu", but it is the reality. It is always hard to swallow the reality; accept our follies; difficult to look within ourselves and be critical. Instead the standard reaction is to be defensive and that is exactly what Mr Mudbhary did. Arrogance is shown by people who think everything is all right when it is not! I don't think it is arrogant to look critically at our society, and point out the weakness. It is about time that we do it. Hell, it is fun to play paplu-eat MASU-etc.. but behind all these funs, there are people who suffer to provide the entertainment and comforts. That does not mean that we should stop celebrating but it does certainly mean that we should be aware of how we do it! That I think was the point and criticism of Mr Onta in his essay. And if Mr Mudbhary had read it carefully, instead of
"paged down his way through the essay", he might have seem the point other than the attack on Dr Sharma, his Upstate-NY suburbanite cousin.

Madhav P. Bhatta University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

***************************************************** Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 14:33:59 -0700 From: eta957093@rccvax.ait.ac.th To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Khoj Khabar..

Dear editor,

I am searching following persons..

1.Sanjaya Shrestha.... Nebraska 2.Kanchan Sharma.......Nebraska 3.Pawan Adhikari.......doing masters in some development related topic in UK

Please pass the message to our netters ,

Thanking you

Shobhakar Dhakal(AIT Bangkok)

********************************************************** Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 14:38:44 -0700 From: eta957093@rccvax.ait.ac.th To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Energy group

Dear Netters

I am Shobhakar Dhakal, from AIT Bangkok doing Master in "Energy Planning and Policy" I am trying to bring together all energy related persons to know each other and to help and share many useful things. I would be highly obliged if you could inform your whereabout , field,and some minor details so that we can make "directory".

Thanking you in anticipation.

Shobhakar

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