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The Nepal Digest Tues June 20, 1998: Ashadh 8 2055BS: Year7 Volume75 Issue2
Today's Topics (partial list):
Charity Dinner for a worthy cause
Update about Gopal Chintan
Re: Racist charges
A sad loss to the Nepali community in Canada
International Students' contribution to the US
Book Reviews and essays
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******************************************************** Date: June 19, 1998 To: The Nepal Digest <firstname.lastname@example.org> From: TND Foundation <email@example.com> Subject: Charity Dinner for a worthy cause
TND Foundation is initiating a charity dinner to help the Panthi
family when they come to New York for their treatment in July 1998.
The charity dinner will be hosted at the following address:
1230 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY
Date: June 27, 1998 (Saturday)
Contact phone number: 914-421-9129 (Rajpal J. Singh)
212-678-3504 (Tara Niroula)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (TND Foundation)
Charity dinner donation: $20 per person. Approximately 60% will cover
the cost and 40% will go towards helping the Panthi family. The amount
will be donated to them "On behalf of Nepali Community" when they arrive
to New York in July 1998.
If you can not attend the charity dinner, you can send your donation
(payable to RJ Singh - Panthi fund) to following address:
P.O. Box 8206
White Plains, NY 10602
"A one hour Kura_Kani session (to be held once every two month on issues
relating to Nepalis and Nepal) will be held on the same day at the
same address at 5:00PM"
Following donors' contributions are thankfully recognised for this
Mr. Umesh Giri, Colorado, USA
Mr. Gopal Thapa, UN-Nepal Mission, New York, USA
Mr. NK Ranjit and Mrs. Kopila Ranjit, Deleware, USA
Ms. Sabina Thapa, New York, USA
Regards, TND Foundation http://www.nepal.org email@example.com
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 17:20:14 +0530
From: "F. A. H. ('Hutch') Dalrymple" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: The Nepal Digest
Subject: Sad departure - Panthi family appeal
AN APPEAL FOR HELP FROM NARAYAN PANTHI!
Rajan, my eldest son died, May 18, 1998. He was 24-years old. But, there
is still hope for my two other children, Gokul, 19, and Parbati, 21. Please
help us if you can! (please see attached photograph)
My family is besieged by a deadly, genetic disorder, a virulent form of
cancer called, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, made worse by exposure to the sun
(and other UV sources). Most children can go outside and play in the sun. My children have to hide indoors in the daytime and can only go out at night (after sundown). The sun, giver of life to most, is the taker of life to my child.
We have searched far and wide for help, treatment, and a solution to this
situation... from Nepal to India and back, and finally, in America, we think
we have found one!
We, the Panthi family, have been accepted into a special ('Sundown') camp,
the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society of Poughkeepsie, N.Y./U.S.A., operates
But, that addresses only part of our problem. First, we have to finance a
great part of this expensive trip to the U.S. (in July) ourselves, plus meet
additional medical expenses.
We have determined that we need to raise nearly one-million rupees
Fortunately, God has blessed us with friends, near and far: from Japan, to
Alaska in the U.S. and to the U.K..
We have raised almost three lahks/rupees to date:
The Swablambi Pariwar Sangh/Nepal has donated one lahk/rupees and is raising
more, the XP Society is donating one session of camp, plus $2,250U.S.,
Royal Nepal Airlines is donating three free tickets and three at
fifty-percent off between Kathmandu and London (still have to fund the
London to N.Y.C. portion of the trip), Nepali students in Japan have donated
20,000 yen (10,000 rupees), and friends in the U.K. have donated 40,000
But, we still need to raise seven lahks/rupees more, or 700,000 rupees
($11,000U.S.). Thus, we (my wife Janaki and me) ask for your help! Please consider this appeal!
I have worked all my life to support my family. I owned a successful
business, a small hotel here in Kathmandu until my children were stricken
with this almost unknown illness (we have been to doctors and hospitals
from Kathmandu to the south of India).
Now, we live on the rent from our stores below, roughly 10,000 rupees per
month (roughly $125U.S.). I have had to devote all of my time and energy
to trying to find a solution to this disease that's devastating my family!
Now, our only hope now lies in America, where it is said they have the
facilities and possible treatment for such an unknown form of cancer,
Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Please, if you have access to a computer/Internet,
check out a WEB site: www.xps.org for information about this disease, and
the XP Society.
And we would also like to thank the following individuals, and organizations
that have been involved with helping us in some fashion over the past years.
Without them we could not have made it!
BANK ACCOUNT FOR DONATIONS (IN NEPAL):
'Rajan and Gokul Panthi' #555555 'J' Himalayan Bank, Thamel, Kathmandu
Anamnagar, Kathmandu, Nepal
WON'T YOU JOIN THE FOLLOWING LIST:
Mr. C.M. Yogi/Hindu Vidyapeeth-Nepal
Mr. Lakshmon Pandey/Nepal Student Union
Mr. Robby Khanal
The Nepal Digest
Ms. Kay Wilson, Fairbanks, Alaska/U.S.A.
Mr. I.W. Strong/Penwood Inc., Denver, Colorado/U.S.A.
Ms. Uma Shrestha, Bay City, Michigan/U.S.A.
Mr. Shailesh N. Gongal, Cambridge, Massachusetts/U.S.A.
The XP Society, Poughkeepsie, N.Y./U.S.A.
Swablambi Pariwar Sangh (Independent Family Organization of Nepal)
Nepal Cancer Relief Society, Kathmandu
Royal Nepal Airlines, Kathmandu
Bir Hospital, Kathmandu
T.U. Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu
Anuradha Koirala/MAITI NEPAL
Matthew S. Friedman/USAID
Dr. Shyam Thapa/USAID
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Chicago, Illinois/U.S.A.
The Swiss Cancer League, Bern/Switzerland
The International Union Against Cancer, Geneva/Switzerland
The B.P. Koirala/Lions Centre for Ophthalmic Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Mr. Rajan Rayamajhi/Sangrilla Business Group, Kathmandu
Mr. F.A.H. ('Hutch') Dalrymple/writer-poet, Kathmandu
Mr. S.K. Gautam/Industrial Service Bureau, Kathmandu
Mr. Raj Kumar Basnyat/Diyalo Quarterly
Mr. Bijay Shivakotee/songwriter
Mr. Punya Prasad Regimi
Mr. Bindu Lal Shrestha/Peace Corp, Nepal
Mr. Munish Bhattarai
Mr. Ngima Gyalgen Lama/Kyusha University
Graham and Colleen Misbach/L.D.S. Charities
Mr. Mahesh Gautam
Mr. Santosh Sharma/Music Nepal
Mr. Kumar Basnyat/folksinger
Mr. Sandeep Singh Mahat/#1 table tennis player in Nepal
Rajesh and Anuja Agrawal/Creative Minds & Travelation
Bogdan Holeiciuc and Cristina Armengol-Dalmau, Kathmandu
Mr. Chandra Bhandari/former General Secretary, Nepal Students Union
Mr. Bijay Kumar Kidia/Kedia Organization
Dr. Bhakta Man Shrestra/cancer specialist
Mr. Himal Rajbhandari/Treasurer, Social Welfare Council, HMG, Nepal
Mrs. Kamal Panti/Assistant Minister of Women and Social Welfare, HMG, Nepal
Dr. Padam Prasad Paudyal, Salisbury, N.C./U.S.A.
Dr. Dinesh Kumar Dalbir, Oklahoma City, OK./U.S.A.
Dr. Sharad Kumar Sharma, N.Y.C./U.S.A.
Dr. Ram Saran Mahat
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 11:32:57 +0530
From: "F. A. H. ('Hutch') Dalrymple" <email@example.com>
Subject: press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1 JUNE 1998
XP SOCIETY ACCEPTS PANTHI FAMILY IN JULY!
The Narayan Panthi family of Kathmandu has been accepted into 'Camp Sundown,'
by the XP Society of Poughkeepsie, N.Y./U.S.A.
The XP Society was started by Dan and Caren Mahar to help those (their daughter
Katie) stricken with Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a virulent form of incurable cancer
made worse by exposure to the sun (nee 'Camp Sundown' - a camp for children of
the disease where activities commence at sundown).
The Panthi family of Anamnagar has long been seeking help for their three
(out of four) children, Rajan, 24, Gokul, 21, and Parbati, 19, afflicted with this genetic disorder. The XP Society has accepted the Panthi family into session #3, 22-26 July in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
His Majesty's Government, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Anand
Dhungana, has graciously offered three free tickets and three at fifty-percent
off via Royal Nepal Airlines to help defray travelling costs. This will get
the family to London and back.
The XP Society is contributing, besides the Camp facilities for 5/4 days and
nights, $2,225U.S. to help defray airline expenses from London to N.Y.C.
Other fund raising activities are in progress to help with travel and medical
expenses: a benefit concert in July which will help, not only the Panthi
family, but the Sushma Memorial Hospital.
Ram Krishna Dhakal and Bijay Shivakotee have agreed to perform (more on this
as it develops).
A bank account (555555'J') at the Himalayan Bank in Thamel has been set up for
those who would like to contribute to this humanitarian effort!
Please do... Donate rupees, or volunteer to help!
For more information contact:
F.A.H. ('Hutch') Dalrymple (English) 410319 (Lazimpat) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rajan Rayamajhi (Nepali) 256701, 245780 (fax)
I am Rajan Panthi, a twenty-four year old resident of Anam Nagar, Kathmandu,
Nepal. I have a serious, debilitating
cancer called Xeroderma Prigmentosa, and am nearing the end! One of my eyes
has been removed and my other eye is so badly sollen
that I am now blind! My whole body is badly infected and is completely
covered with sores that ooze a puss. Black scars can be seen to cover my body.
My whole body aches with severe pain, sometimes its almost unbearable.
I have to remain isolated in a room. But, despite all of this I am still alive!
With the little money that my father earns from his small shop, we have made
it this far...
My youngest sister 21, and my younger brother, 19, both are also suffering
from the same disease. They are also disfigured and are suffering.
I have been from different hospital to hospital, both inside and outside of
Nepal, but with little in the way of positive results. A large amount of
of money has been spent at several types of treatment, but there is no sign
of improvement or recovery.
I'm sure too that the three of us have become an unbearable burden on my
parents. The stress has caused them to become ill themselves.
I am under the impression that there is a recent invention and/or discoveries
in the field of science and medicine that
may help people like us...?
I, from the bottom of my heart, want to stop financially burdening my parents.
My last desire is that this will all be
or nothing, that an institution will take on the responsibility a solution to
this horrible disease. I solemnly pray that
no other single human being will have to suffer from such a deadly disease.
It will make me personally happy and grateful for any assistance from
individuals or institutions. I am willing to donate my body for
investigation, so maybe my sister and brother might be saved.
Thanks a lot for your compassionate consideration.
Kathmandu, Nepal (011+977+1+227311)
Thus, anything you can donate will be gratefully accepted, as we are planning a benefit concert here in Kathmandu.
Anything... As small as $1U.S. dollar... Anything, as it all goes to
producing this concert which we hope will raise a substa
tial amount of money for the Panthi family, as well as, call attention to
this type of dreadful cancer.
Contact F.A.H. Dalrymple in Kathmandu as how you may contribute, and/or
011+977+1+410319 or via the Internet
P.S. There is a XP Society in the U.S. available at: www.xps.org to learn more about this form of cancer
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 17:58:07 +0545 (NPT)
From: email@example.com (INHURED International)
Subject: UPDATE ABOUT GOPAL !!
Updated information about Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan'
On June 15, early in the morning at 6 O'clock 15 policemen from Kathmandu
District Police Office came again to the office of NCS (National Concern
Society) and without any notice or authority entered the office of INHURED
International, Global Law Associates and Consultants and WILPF
International Nepal Section and seized the document from Law Firm and from
NSS the Video cassette of fact finding mission organized by team with
the permission of the previous government. The fact finding mission was
composed of the chairman of parliamentary committee on, human right
activists including Mr. Chintan. The team was supported by the local
district administration office and police office in which the CDO and
district police inspector themselves had their view on the Maoist
activities in the Rolpa district. The report of the Fact Finding Mission
was massively publicised by NCS with a view to making the public informed
of the Maoist activities of the district. The aim to seize the video
cassette as such proves that the government is using the same as a base to
persecute Mr. Chintan. The policemen forced to open even the unrelated
offices such as INHURED International, Global Law Associates and WILPF
International. After investigating all three offices under the same roof
with NCS, they gave written notice thereof afterwards only to Global Law
Associates and not to others. Entering and investigating in an unauthorized
manner the offices not related with the issue is a subject to be condemned
and open violation of the right guaranteed by the Constitution.
Based on the document prepared with due permission of the then government,
the police has prepared an accusation on the ground of suspicion to Mr.
Chintan and has presented him on the same day at 15:00 O'clock before the
Kathmandu District Court and asked from the Court the permission to keep
Mr. Chintan in police custody for more three days for further
The Crime Against State and Punishment Act 2046 under which Mr. Chintan
has been arrested is the one used to suppress the people movement of 1990-
an act contravening the spirit and the provisions of the present
Constitution guranteeing the basic human right.
The previous government had prepared an amendment of the same Act with a
view to suppressing actively the Maoist movement but an international
campaign launched by INHURED International and Save Democratic Right
Movement compelled government to withdraw the amendment as such. It is
because of this also the government is trying to hinder undemocratically
the fundamental human right related activities carried either under the
banner of National Concern Society or INHURED. The Act as such provides a
maximum punishment a death penalty in the crime against the State which
contravenes ab initio the provisions of democratic Consitution of 1990.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr. Madhav Bahadur Thapa who
arrested Mr. Chintan has been suspected by the fact finding mission
carried-out by Asia Foundation and Maiti Nepal and also by press of raping
in gang a young woman Ms. Devi Khadka during the search of Maoist activists
in the district. The NCS in its weekly forum had raised this issue and had
demanded the action against such inhuman act. The document related to this
issue was also taken forcefully by the police during the seizure. From all
this it can be understood that, arresting Mr. Chintan has been a revengeful
act also on the part of DSP Mr. Thapa himself.
Therefore we would like to request the friends and wellwishers of INHURED
International and NCS to put pressure through letter writing demanding the
immediate release of Mr. Chintan to already given concerned government
body and individuals.
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:25:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ashutosh Tiwari <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Racist charges
Congratulations to the TND Editorial Board for publishing the disturbingly
racist comments (TND, May 18) that were left on Mr. Parmendra Bhagat's
Congratulations to Mr. Parmendra Bhagat too for having the courage to post
such racist remarks on TND so that the world can see how inexcusably
insensitive, demeaning and racist some so-called educated Nepalis can be.
Regardless of the color of his skin, Mr. Bhagat is fully entitled to his
political beliefs, and is free to express them in any way he pleases. If
others have a problem with Mr. Bhagat's beliefs, then the way to resolve
that is by engaging in an open dialogue/debate with him, NOT by
anonymously taunting him about his skin color, about his particular
personal past and about his political involvement in Nepal.
Any Nepali who has nothing better to do than publicly imply that Nepal's
tarai-baasis are "madhisays = dhoti= nigger" is exhibiting behaviour,
obviously drunk on some concoctions of racial superiority, that should
be condemned by every decent Nepali.
On another note, since the good name of the Budhanilkantha School (BKS)
was involved in these racist charges, I am astonished that it has not
occurred to some BKS grads, some of whom I know to be decent people, to
swiftly denounce such acts of blatant racism in the strongest of terms.
Almost a month of TND has rolled by, and the BKS alumni at large is silent
about this? Inscrutable!!
Which leads me to say that if I were associated with BKS in any way, I'd
be all the more upset about and ashamed of such racist attacks on Mr.
And I write the above para with tremendous disappointment, because like many of you reading this, I very well know that the only way for such demeaning racist acts to take root and ultimately triumph in our inevitably multi-ethnic Nepali circles is when otherwise DECENT and EDUCATED Nepali men and women who should know better prefer to sit back and do/say NOTHING, as though taking a stand on racism would be BENEATH their hard-won middle-class life-style.
Finally, two points; one personal, and one general.
First, I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Parmendra Bhagat once in
Kathmandu, and found him to be a remarkably articulate, brilliant and
positively ambitious fellow-Nepali.
Second, as a Kathmandu-bred pahadiya bahun who's had the good fortune to
travel thru the tarai for some stretches of months, I, for one, remain
awed by how hard the tarai-basis (of various ethnic communities) work all
year round, and am positively impressed by their work-ethic, resilience,
survival strategies, and their various rich vibrant cultures. There's
nothing for which the tarai-baasis should be made fun of.
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 15:46:07 +1000 (EST)
From: "Joshi / Neela (SCI)" <email@example.com>
To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu>
I would appreciate if you could post this message in the next coming
edition of TND.
I'm looking for my friend KAMALA SHAKYA. I believe she is some where in
The US doing her degreee in nursing. If anyone knows her where about could
you please kindly convey this message to her or reply to me in the
From: "Anil Shrestha" <SHRESTHA@plant.uoguelph.ca>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 15:31:09 EST
Subject: A sad loss to the Nepali community in Canada
Sent by: Anil Shrestha, TND Canada Chapter
The Nepali community in Canada suffered a sad loss as Mr. Saroj
Gyawali passed away in Edmonton, Alberta. I am sure friends of Mr.
Gyawali all over the world would like to join me to take a moment to
think of this loss and offer condolences to the bereaved family.
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 10:34:38
From: "V & G Publication Pvt. Ltd." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Kishor Gurung in Concert
Kishor Gurung In Concert
on June 12, 1998 Friday at 7 pm at Russian Cultural Centre, Kamal Pokhari
For the first time in Nepal, a solo classical guitar presentation by Kishor
Works of Fernado Sor, Carulli, Isaac Alveniz, Scarlatti, Vivaldi (with
computer aided music) etc.
- Exhibition of books and magazines on guitar
- Kishor Gurung's protrait by internationally renowned artist Kiran Manandhar
- Cocktail reception at the end of the show
"Considering how far from the influences of Western music Nepal is,
Kishor's accomplishments are perhaps unique."
- William Mathews, the world-renowned lutenist and guitarist
"...presented the choicest tunes of masters of classical guitar of the last
three centuries...charmed the discerning listeners."
- The Telegraph, Calcutta, India
"Strumming away to glory"
- Amrita Bazaar Patrika, Calcutta, India
"His solo guitar sounded like one-man orchestra."
- The Rising Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
"For Kishor....guitar is a medium of finesse and excellence."
- Sunday Magazine, Calcutta, India
Kishor Gurung in Concert
Date: June 12, 1998 Friday Time: 7 pm at Russian Cultural Centre, Kamal
Organized by WAVE
In association with Classical Guitar Society of Nepal
Don't miss out.
Ticket Prices: Rs. 1000, Rs. 700, Rs. 500 Rs. 300
Get your tickets from:-
Nanglo Bakery Cafe, King's Way, Jawalakhel, Baneshwor, New Road and
Dechenling Garden Restaurant, Keshar Mahal, Thamel
Rum Doodle, Thamel
Pilgrim's Book House, Thamel
Simply Shutters, Babar Mahal Revisited
International Club, Sanepa
Suwal Video, New Road
You can also request tickets through email, telephone or fax. Just leave
your street address, phone number and ticket requirements at the addresses
below for delivery of your tickets:-
Phone: 254267, 226353, 527373
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 20:54:11 +0545 (NPT)
From: email@example.com (Pratyoush Onta)
Subject: KPost 5th June
For: The Kathmandu Post, 5 June 1998
The Politics of Knowledge
SAARC Academia Beyond Junkets
by Pratyoush Onta
This essay is a follow-up to my two essays previously published in this
space. After discussing the institutional orientations and common topical
foci found in Indian scholarship on Nepal, I argued that Nepal Studies in
India currently produces garbage variety scholarship (8 May). In the second
essay, I argued that India Studies in Nepal has never been a priority for
our political and academic leaders and no good institutional research
program on this subject exists in Nepal today (22 May). Using this set as
my basis, I question what has and can be achieved in terms of regional
scholarship on South Asia.
Official SAARC Process: One of the key components of the official SAARC
Process is the Integrated Program of Action (IPA). Twelve areas of
cooperation have been agreed upon under the IPA, each looked after by a
technical committee. One area designated is "Education, Culture and
Sports". The committee which looks after this area has prioritized several
themes in the field of education and has listed activities such as "expert
group meetings" on various subjects including higher education. In its own
words, the committee is "also engaged in the improvement and expansion of
the SAARC chairs, fellowships and scholarships schemes" which are described
as having a "tremendous potential to facilitate greater interaction among
the intelligentsia in the region."
Needless to say, this "potential" remains far from realized. As much has
been admitted in government circles. It was back in December 1995 at the
Commemorative Session of the Council of Ministers held in New Delhi to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of SAARC that the then Foreign Minister of
Nepal, Mr Prakash C Lohani said in his statement: "The SAARC chairs, SAARC
fellowships and SAARC scholarships schemes need to be rescued from the
limbo they have descended into....We need to expand education links."
Even before the founding of SAARC in late 1985, various academic exercises
had been held regarding the potential benefits that would accrue to the
entire region after the realization of the regional association. Many
position papers were commissioned from academics of the various countries
as part of the exercises leading to the foundation of SAARC. Several
surveys focusing on different aspects of the regional economy were
published in the early 1980s. During those same years, many articles
entitled "Regional Cooperation in South Asia: Perspective from Country X"
were published in various journals. Since its founding, SAARC
organization's initiatives in academia have produced further surveys of the
same nature. While these works may have added a bit to our understanding of
the region, their overall superficiality has meant that despite
exhortations on the part of the concerned officials or the proclaimed IPA
of SAARC, the official initiative (often called "track one") has done
little to facilitate serious scholarship by members of academia of the
Non-Official SAARC Process: Even as the official SAARC organization
continues to languish amidst the pomp generated by its formal activities,
various commentators have now begun to highlight the achievements recorded
through what has been called the 'non-official SAARC process' - the meeting
of activists, journalists, filmmakers, physicians, scholars and various
other professionals in cross-South Asian forums. The non-official SAARC
process obviously has a role to play. One recent Nepali participant of this
process told me that a forum where former military leaders of India and
Pakistan can discuss issues pertaining to their antagonistic past and
present influences how defence-related matters are perceived by the
concerned bureaucrats and professionals in the two biggest countries in
South Asia. This has important policy implications for the security of the
entire region, he added. Even though not much evidence can be located for
the said influence in policy matters, such "track two" initiatives
(involving former government officials) that explicitly seek to influence governmental policies in the region and other activities now being described as "track three" by social activists who prefer to provide alternatives to government-led thinking, have provided opportunities to various non-governmental South Asian professionals to discuss some regional issues.
But how has this non-official process touched the field of academia? What
is the nature of the scholarly exchange that exists? The above mentioned
editorial notes: "Part of the reason why SAARC was not more effective in
its first decade is that it was not challenged enough by academia and
media." It further stated that good scholars had stayed away from SAARC
studies mainly because "they saw the organisation as a non-starter," hence
"leaving the field open for mediocrity to flourish." Once good scholars supercede the nationalist intellectual ghettos in which they have allowed themselves to be incarcerated for the past half a century, said the editorial, South Asian regional scholarship would flourish.
To be sure, a small number of mostly English-fluent academics have met in
different parts of the region under the auspices of institutions (quite a
few of which that are run by ex-bureaucrats) with funds mostly provided by
Western donor agencies. These meetings have allowed academics - some of
whom have done very little by way of participation in the national
academic exercises within their own countries - to gain professional and
personal friendships as part of the building up of new regional networks,
to sometimes challenge stereotyped views of each other's countries, and to
circulate otherwise obscure writings amongst each other. Despite these
achievements, these non-official initiatives have not produced any
foundational works that are recognizably different from the official
productions of the SAARC-variety.
As an researcher who received formal training in South Asian history, I am
far less optimistic about the so-called non-official SAARC process when it
comes to academia. The intentions is not to undermine the need for good
South Asian scholarship on the region but to emphasize that more than just
the breaking of "nationalist intellectual ghettos" needs to happen before
good regional scholarship can flourish. To begin with, we have not taken
adequate stock of the obstacles that hinder an optimistic future and this
should be our first exercise. Without expecting much, we have to analyze
the substantive orientations of previous scholarly research done in any one
South Asian country on a neighbouring country. We then have to discuss how
these orientations aid or do not aid the flowering of a good regional
For without strong homebases for broadly defined social science research
activity in each of the SAARC countries, no region-wide South Asian
scholarship can flourish. These homebases in each of the regional countries
should not only be active generators of research and publications but
should also be evaluating scholarship on the individual countries and the
region as a whole, produced both within and beyond South Asia. In effect,
this means having competent research institutions within each SAARC country
to focus on each of the regional countries before a region-wide scholarship
can be built. In other words, we need a good Nepali research institution or
group of active Nepali scholars doing significant research on India,
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, etc. and vice versa respectively, and so on.
The case between India and Nepal, examined previously, comes nowhere near
to fulfilling this criteria. While the kind of region-wide analysis of
scholarship demanded here is beyond the scope of my expertise, I suspect
that the situation between any two countries in the region is not much
different than the India-Nepal case.
If official or non-official SAARC initiatives in the academia are to become
more than just junketeering, all of the countries need to begin their work
at their respective in-country research universities or centres. And if the
necessary financial and creative resources were to be invested to create
the possibilities for doing the kind of research suggested in this analysis
now, SAARC-level academic exchanges, one can hope, can begin to assume
significant meanings only by the second decade of the 21st century. But
without such investments in-country, there is very little reason to be
optimistic about the SAARC process in academia in any track - one two,
From: Ben Thapa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: International Students' contribution to the U.S.
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 15:47:22 -0700
What Do International Students Bring to the US?
International students are viewed both positively and negatively by people in the United States. For those who do not understand why these people come to the United States they may be looked upon dubiously, thinking that they will take away the facilities and = services that are meant for the American citizens. In fact, the opposite is true. International students generate a huge amount of revenue for the U.S. government, enhancing the country's economy and significantly contributing to the financial health of the universities.=20
American universities have attracted students from virtually every nation in the world. The United States is the number one choice for most of the international students who are seeking a quality education abroad. Approximately 500,000 foreign students come to the U.S. each year from all parts of the world. International students and their dependents spend an estimated $9.9 billion on tuition, room and board. (Newsweek, Jan. 26, 98 p37) If this is to be measured as an export, the sum generated from international students would rank as the fifth largest U.S. commodity sent abroad (The Tennessean, Mar. 26, 1998). It is a form of foreign assistance where the money does not get out of the country. Moreover, the educators believe that the global diversity these students bring to higher education is the greatest contribution. =20
International students introduce a whole new atmosphere in a class room. International students tend to comprehend, analyze situations and solve problems differently than their American counterparts. I conducted a survey of twenty American students (ten male and ten female) at Western International University, Phoenix, Arizona and they were asked how they felt about the presence of international students in their class rooms. All of them told me that their classes were more interesting and they learned more when there were international students in class rooms, particularly when they were participating in class discussions. The presence of international students on college campuses can be compared with an extensive garden that possesses colorful flowers as opposed to the one that is dull with no variety. =20
International students have the power to eliminate the feeling of ethnocentrism among their counterparts by proving that if given an opportunity, anyone from any cultural background can excel in a particular area. A team that is made up of people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds will be very successful at generating a better solution to a problem than a homogeneous group might be. In = this day and age of globalization, international students play a tremendous role by allowing their counterparts to learn about them as individuals, their cultures, their countries, and some techniques to deal with the people from particular countries, thereby increasing the potential for successful business ventures in those countries. =20
Over the past five years the number of international students in the U.S. has grown much more slowly that it did in the 1980s (Houston Chronicle, Dec. 12, 1997, p.46) Although it may not seem to be of immediate alarm, if the trend continues it may have a substantial = impact on the revenue of American universities and even the economy of the entire country. =20
There are various reasons for the attenuation of foreign student enrollment. One of the major reasons for this is foreign competition, particularly from Japan and Australia. More and more people are exploring these countries for higher education. Most of the international students come to the U.S. from the developing countries = of the world and the educational systems in those countries are significantly improving, and expanding at the same time. This has adversely affected the size of enrollments by international students in the U.S. Another reason for this is that the amount of money available to international students, particularly at the graduate level has dwindled causing a decrease in international students enrollment in universities. =20
In the 1994-95 academic year, the total number of enrollments from Asia dropped for the first time in 20 years. The trend has been continuing. (USA Today, Nov.8, 1995, p07-D) However, the number of students from the Asian countries still accounts for over fifty percent of all international students in the U.S.(The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 5, 1995, pA38). The recent economic crisis in Asian countries has even more adversely affected the number of international student enrollments in U.S. universities.
Many educators say that foreign students face a common misconception. Many Americans fear that foreign students will become foreign workers, thus excluding U.S. workers from these jobs. But the statistics show that this conception is not justified. Even if the international students want to stay and work in the U.S. they have very limited options. According to American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA), only 65,000 people are eligible for H1-B visas, a visa that allows foreign workers to work in a specialty field. (Executive Report, Feb.10, 1997, p18) Considering the 127 million person work force in the U.S., this represents only 0.05% of total workers. =20
International students are undoubtedly a highly valuable asset for the U.S. The growth of their number means more contributions to = the academic institutions they attend, communities in which they live, and the entire economy of the country. Not only do these students give a different perspective to American students in and out of class rooms, they take back every thing they have learned to their native countries and help develop their countries' economies. It is now time that American universities understand the value of international students = and their contribution to the entire economy, and strive to rejuvenate the stagnant international student population growth rate.=20
International Programs Office
Western International University
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 02:50:24 -0400 (EDT)
Forwarded by: Ashutosh Tiwari <email@example.com>
Subject: Book Reviews and essays
Following book-reviews and essays appeared in a recent edition of The
Kathmandu Post Review of Books, edited and co-ordinated by Ms. Shizu
Upadhyay in Kathmandu
By Chris Evans
Book Title: Can Orange Trees Blossom on a Barren Land
Authors: Nalini Subba Chhetri, Somat Ghimire, Carol Gribnau,
Samita Pradhan, Sanjay Rana
Publisher: SNV/Nepal, 1997
The analogy with planting a fruit tree on barren land is a
suitable one for this book. The orange tree is a symbol of
productivity, its sweet, succulent fruits a source of livelihood
and nutrition, created from a degraded, unproductive landscape.
Such fruit have remained largely unattainable, however, for the
impoverished Praja communities in remote areas of Central Nepal.
The communities can be described as a "barren landscape" in terms of their lack of access to basic needs: education, nutritious diet, access to credit and a secure livelihood, and diminishing natural resource base.
The book details the process by which such a study was carried
out by the Praja Community Development Programme (PCDP), an
SNV/Nepal-managed programme with Prajas in 4 hilly VDCs in
Chitwan district. There have been many other papers on Prajas
giving information on cultural, demographic, livelihood and
similar issues. This book, however, while using relevant
information from these previous studies, is the first fully
documented record of experience in working alongside the Praja
in participatory development.
The book describes the rationale behind and need for the survey,
and then goes through a step by step process starting with
describing the socio-economic-environmental interactions within
Praja culture. Demographic, historical, economic,
organizational, land use and access and gender issues are
reported, followed by a surface, then in-depth look at problems,
cause and effect, and how the Praja view possible solutions. Of
note is that all information (except use of past literature)
has been gathered and issues discussed in a participatory
manner, thus allowing the Praja a sense of control and ownership
over the process. This is important if they are to hold a
similar attitude towards the problem-solving process, i.e. the
planning and implementation of their own development programmes.
In holistic natural resource management (HNRM), much work with
soil improvement needs to happen before trees like orange can
even be planted, let alone blossom and fruit. This book details
the stages of "preparing the soil" - of developing a
relationship with the Praja communities - before development
activities ("planting the fruit tree") can begin. In the same
way, the basic needs of soil are water, biomass, micro-
organisms and protection from damaging forces of sun, wind and
rain. In both cases, these limits need identifying before true
needs can be assessed, and real problems separated from mere
symptoms. It is all too common, in conventional development, to
treat symptoms rather than causes. This is like giving
paracetamol for a headache caused by standing in the sun,
instead of getting out of the sun!
Of interest is also the books' case study of putting into
practice PRA theory. Its critical note is refreshing and lessons
relevant. The "in" process in development these days, it says,
needs to be changed and adapted to fit local conditions, in this
case the needs of the PCDP. Only then can PRA even attempt to
live up to its name. SNV and the PCDP should continue to share
experiences such as these with the wider development community,
a process started with this book. Indeed, there is far too much
left to be done without repeating the same mistakes again and
To continue the orange tree analogy to its natural conclusion,
while studies such as the PCDP facilitate the process to prepare
for the planting of the tree, it is, ultimately, the tree itself
- the Praja community and its own programmes - which must grow, in harmony with its own improved environment, to supply its own fruits.
(C.Evans is Advisor to the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme)
A Perspective on People's Power
by Manish Gautam
Book title: People's Self-Development: A Journey through
Author: Muhammad Anisur Rahaman
Publisher: University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1994.
Muhammad Anisur Rahaman made clear his rejection of conventional
planning approaches at his farewell address to the Bangladesh
Planning Commission in 1974. On that occasion, he denounced what
he referred to as prevailing mentalities of colonial tradition
among Bangladeshi civil servants and intellectuals. This address
is reconstructed in the first chapter of Rahaman's book
People's Self-Development: A Journey through Experience.
Personal reflections on planners' thinking is just one aspect of
this book, which is based on the author's thought and experience
during his long immersion in the field of development .
An economist by profession, Rahaman's paradigm of "people's self-
development" is very much an alternative to economic models of
development, also to liberal and socialist thought. Fulfillment
of the human urge for creative engagement, says Rahaman, ought
to be the primary task of any development effort. This requires
respect for endogenous knowledge systems and value for the self-
esteem of others. His narrative presents an interesting notion
of self-reliance as distribution of not only resource control,
but also of emotional identity. Theories of trickle-down have
neglected questions of spirit and culture, the premises of
societies. In so doing, they have perpetuated conceptions of
hierarchical human spectrums which position some humans as
superior, qualifying them to determine the development of
others. Adoption of a truly empowering perspective,
acknowledgment of popular urges and priorities and encouragement
of the organic development of wider society is Rahaman's road to
The book adds to such theoretical perspectives also practical
experiences of this human urge for creative engagement. One is
the Bhoomi Sena (Land Army) movement initiated by young tribals
(adivasi) of Junglepatti, in Maharashtra, India in 1970, as a reaction to the failure of leftist parties to forward their cause for land rights, legally theirs. Led by Kaluram, the movement became an expression of people's struggle against inequality and oppression. Bhoomi Sena is now acting as political organization and pressure group for the cause of tribal rights.
Another instance is that of Sarilakas (Own Strength), a project-
driven effort initiated in 1981 to promote people's
participation in some Philippine villages. This is an
experience, says Rahaman, of how the rural poor, under specific
structural conditions, and when provided with certain kinds of
stimulation, opportunity and assistance, participate in
collective efforts to improve their lives. Under Sarilakas
people's groups came together to negotiate production loans for
fertilizers and chemicals on fairer terms. Two years into pilot
experimentation, requests started coming in from other
communities for assistance in initiating similar groups.
Constrained by the unconventional procedures it was having to
adopt despite being an ILO-funded project, Sarilakas became an
NGO in 1983, which continues to be active today in three
provinces of the Philippines.
Rahaman cites many more cases, from as far apart as Bangladesh,
Columbia and Senegal, in order to argue a point expressed,
undeniably, by one tribal from Thana district, Maharashtra: "If
everyone has knowledge, then no one can cheat others. Then only
can we have true equality". This is the message of
"participatory action research". i.e., action research that is participatory and participatory research that unites with action
(for transforming reality). Despite differences in method and approach, ideological convergence on PAR seems to be approaching, says Rahaman. Its starting point is to encourage the underprivileged to find out why they are oppressed, through their own social investigation based on local knowledge, thus promoting critical awareness of their own environment. PAR also has important implications for social relations between the researched and the researcher, ideas well-articulated also by the late Paulo Freire.
The book's theoretical angle, at times over-the-top, is somewhat
balanced by its practical chapters on people's self-development.
It's material is wide-ranging and has benefited from the
author's interaction with many intellectuals and activists
throughout his career. The book will be of interest to
development thinkers and practitioners, and particularly to our
planners and policymakers, should they take the time to read it.
(M.Gautam is a Journalist)
Can Creative Writing Be Taught?
by Samrat Upadhyay
It is noon and students in my English 313 Types of Creative
Writing course are seated around a conference table. It is the
first day of class. Naturally, they are anxious. They look at
me, sizing me up, mentally calculating how tough it might be to
extract an "A" out of this strange creature, about to teach them
what many think impossible: the art of writing creatively.
Finally, one of them, a blond surfer, blurts out, "I can't
write. I am not a writer." I smile, for only I, among the
fourteen in the class, know. By December, the end of the
semester, when cool winds blow over Hawaiian islands, this
student will churn out three stories, all of them of high-
calibre and polished-- to his own astonishment.
Of course, I exaggerate. This is an ideal for my students; I
dream that I will be able to turn not one, but all of them into
writers of recognition, embodiments of genius, imagination and
talent. Some in a writing class make no headway at all: they
remain interred in poor writing, not grasping the essence of the
craft. But there are others, like the blond surfer, who make
tremendous leaps in their writing in spite of inhibitions of the
self. Would students such as these have made that improvement
without the benefits of writing classes? In other words: can
creative writing be taught?
If we look at the colossal increase of creative writing programs in America over the last twenty years, the answer is a definitive: yes. Described as "the most influential American theory of literature since World War II", creative writing as a discipline is attracting more and more American students. One estimate says that by 1984, creative writing programs had turned out more than 75,000 literary practitioners. According to Liam Rector, former director of Associated Writing Programs--an umbrella organization of writers and creative writing departments-- some 3,000 poets and fiction writers are graduating from creative writing programs every year.
At present, four-fifths of all American undergraduate English
programs offer courses in creative writing, almost half offer
specializations in creative writing. Most of these creative
writing programs--two-thirds of them--are located in English
departments that do not offer doctoral courses. As one writer
notes, this means that for most American liberal arts students,
the answer to the question, "What makes this text a poem?" is
found not in literary theory but in creative writing. Surprised?
There's more to come: of the universities that do offer Ph.Ds in
English, 24 departments have now introduced Ph.Ds with creative
dissertation. As a result of which doctoral students in these
universities can choose to write a novel as an option, and hand
that in as a dissertation.
The primary method of teaching in creative writing departments is the workshop. A method that originated in Iowa, where Paul Engle started a creative writing curriculum as far back as 1937, it wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that workshops took off on America's literary landscape. The format of the traditional workshop is something like this: The instructor asks two or three students to distribute copies of their manuscripts
(stories, poems) a week before the discussion date. Students read the manuscript and comment on them. At the discussion, the student-writer whose work is being discussed, stays in a "box," that is, she is not allowed to speak up--defend, refute, clarify-
-while discussion is in progress.
This idea of "the writer in the box" follows the New Critical
theory of understanding texts, which claims that the text is a
coherent unity in itself, and its meaning can be derived by
studying its parts without necessarily taking into account the
reader's expectations, the intentions of the writer or the
historical/political background that informs the text. The
writer cannot jump up and say, "But that's not what I meant. If
you look closely, you might find so and so." Under this format,
the teacher guides the discussion, directly and indirectly,
interrogating on the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses. The
discussion will incorporate different aspects of fiction,
including point of view, characterization, theme, setting and
dialogue. The marked manuscript is then returned to the writer
who will revise and submit it in a final portfolio. This is
graded by the teacher at the end of the course.
Since its inception, the creative writing workshop has produced writers who have gone on to teach the next generation of writers. In fact, the majority of writers in the United States are now affiliated with universities--either as permanent faculty teaching creative writing, or as visiting writers who teach one or two semesters and move on to the next institution. It follows that creative writing programs have potentially great influence on the non-academic production, distribution, and consumption of literature. Moreover, creative writing programs often sponsor writers' festivals, summer workshops, and readings-
-both of students and faculty--consequently, influencing public readership and understanding of literature.
Despite the growing influence of creative writing teaching, its
critics continue to prevail. Some insist on the essentiality of
a student's innate talent; workshops, they say, cannot further
the skills of talentless students. What these critics overlook
is the practice of literary criticism between writers which pre-
dates establishment of the writing workshop as an institution.
Others support the principles of the creative writing workshop,
yet criticize its method of de-emphasizing the study of
literature and critical theory and its predominant focus on the
student writer's imaginative work. American writer William Gass
bemoans that in a typical workshop, the students write like one
another, show no interest in literature, and are interested only
in expressing "a self as shallow as a saucer."
The backdrop of this criticism is that the study of contemporary
literature is a fairly new phenomenon in the history of English
literature. Until after the second world war there was no study
of modern or contemporary literature in American universities.
Now, studying Salman Rushdie alongside William Shakespeare is
quite commonplace. Recent in origin, creative writing teaching
has not entirely dispelled the romantic but untrue image of the
writer as someone who writes in isolation, usually under flashes
of genius inspiration. Despite its recentness, however, creative
writing sequences are flourishing, following America, now in
British universities as well. While admitting to weaknesses in
current teaching methods, the development of creative writing as
a discipline is positive and to be encouraged. In a world
increasingly obsessed with crass consumerism and media overload,
teaching creative writing validates the enduring nature of art.
And art is one window to our souls.
(S.Upadhyay is finishing a novel as a dissertation at the
University of Hawaii)
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