Newa Pride NAAKU PRIDE

October 30, 2008

I am a Newar. Born Newar. Raised in the heart of Patan. Living in the city of Newars.

The fact that “Newa Pride” has never appealed to me has nothing to do with how much I dislike Newari people in general. (Confession: I even seriously lack Nepali Pride. I wonder, what that is supposed to mean.)

The issue here is Nepal Sambat calendar and Newari New Year 1129. The government has now recognized Nepal Sambat calendar as the national calendar and has also declared Shankhadhar Shakhwa as the national icon, the one who supposedly started Nepal Sambat calendar around 800 AD. History has it; this Shakwa dude magically absolved the people of Kathmandu of a terrible debt and gave them freedom. And to mark his benevolent work, Shakwa himself is said to have started Nepal Sambat calendar.

Now, with the recognition of NS and its New Year day, we will officially have three separate “new year” days in single year. Bikram Sambat, Nepal Sambat and Lohsar.  There’s also the English New Year.

Moreover, the government has also decided to form a task force on finding ways to incorporate the Nepal Sambat into “practical use” in daily activities.

President Doctor Sahib, himself lauded the government’s decision. This will keep intact, the national integrity and cultural harmony, he stated. Prime Minister Intense too said, the government will always step up its effort in preserving and conserving Nepal’s unique cultural identities. Former PM Koirala Babu speeded to Bhaktapur early morning and offered garland on the statue of Shakhwa dude. General Secretary of UML, Jhalanath Khanal did not miss out the moment either. He praised highly of the current coalition government, of which his party is proudly part of, for making a decision to recognize Nepal Sambat.

For once, I want to be optimistic and say, yeah – this sort of recognition of a cultural identity will surely maintain peace and harmony in the country.

There’s Bahun Pride, Chettri Pride, Maithili Pride, Madhesi Pride, Yadav Pride, Thakur Pride. There’s Buddhist Pride. There’s Muslim Pride and Convert-Christian Pride too. Lots of Pride.

I really want to be optimistic. But I don’t know how, all these pride will remain peaceful and harmonious.

And, what I don’t understand is, why form a government task force (with cultural experts, historians and astrologers) and try to incorporate or rather enforce the Nepal Sambat into the present use!

Do we seriously need yet another calendar?

And how come, all of a sudden, PM Intense sees the need to preserve “unique cultural identity”. His party members are the ones who started chopping off “sacred and holy” cows and eating them. (Though, I am not against that.)

Newar people of the Kathmandu valley celebrated the New Year 1129 – with enthusiasm, passion and pride. There were rallies, there were processions, there were singing and dancing, there were drunken frenzy, there were chants, and there was madness in the streets.

Newa Bhawana Jindabad! Long live, Newa Pride. Fuck it.


Sometimes, Females need to SHUT UP

October 29, 2008

Sarita Giri. She recently got elected as the chairperson of Nepal Sadbhawana Party in the party’s recent general convention. She is obviously pumped up. Sarita Giri. She is also a member of the Constituent Assembly. More reason to be pumped up.

Some months ago, she was involved in a bitter absurd row with former Minister of Supplies Shyam Sundar Gupta over the legitimacy of Gupta’s NSP membership. She also accused Gupta of kidnapping the party founder Anandidevi (it was her late husband, in fact) and hiding her some where in India so as to take the reigns of the party.

Well, that issue seems to have settled for good now. Settled internally. We will never know what actually happened. The truth is, Nepali media did not feel the need to follow trail and dig up the reality.

Anyways, Sarita Giri has a big mouth. And she opens her big mouth, one time too many.

On October 29, one day after the coalition government formed a special committee for the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist militants, Ms. Giri has “protested the lack of women’s representative in the five-member special committee formed by the cabinet”.

Like I said. Big freaking mouth. Her mouth.

Issuing a press release, our Ms. Giri has made a stern demand with Prime Minister Awesome Glare Dahal and other concerned to include “at least two women in the five-member committee” as per the letters and spirit of the peace agreement and interim constitution.

The special committee was not formed to disregard the “gender-equality” stance expressed in the interim constitution (already amended for the fifth time).

The committee has five members: two representing Maoist party, one representing Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum, one representing UML and one representing Nepali Congress party.

The big question is – without Nepali Congress appointing its representative on the committee; will it be able to do what it was set for to do? As of today, NC senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel has ruled out any possibility of joining the committee. (We never know what happens tomorrow, leaves can turn any direction.)

Our lady Big Mouth could have demanded for participation of her NSP leaders on the committee. She could have been a bit less selfish and suggested for the participation of other smaller parties as well in the committee. After all, this “integration” is the most cruicial hurdle of the Peace Process.

Too bad, she demanded “two women be in the committee”. I would have said three. Threesome is always better than twosome.

(Applause Applause)

(Pic courtesy of: Dipsh)


Fighting Global Warming

October 28, 2008

(The Earth is really getting hotter!)

There must be some practical ways to fighting global warming.

We can,
   conserve energy, use it wisely;
   at houses, use energy-saving bulbs;
   use solar energy;
   maintain ours vehicle, keep it energy-efficient;
   ditch the habit of using plastic.

There are surely other ways too.

However, THIS sure is not a way to fight global warming.

You stupid little Miss Earth wannabe, can’t you see? You are not fighting. YOU are contributing to the global warming 🙂

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Our Maoist revolutionary women leaders/constituent assemblers/social workers must have dreaded the fact that these sort of bikini crusaders would come for the rescue and save the world! And thus, they lobbied against Miss Nepal beauty contest and eventually succeeded in stopping the show.

Alas, our own Nepali girl could have been standing right over there – bikini clad, all set for action with a hand shaped green placard – and doing such a noble job of fighting the global warming. Nepal could have another reason to be proud of, a better reason to be proud of… besides good old Gautam Buddha and gradually shedding Mount Everest. (sic)


Koirala Babu in Deusi Mood

October 26, 2008
Inspecting the flood-hit regions and meeting with the flood victims in eastern districts of Sunsari and Saptari, Sunday morning, Koirala also hit at what he called as government's failure to properly rehabilitate the victims of Koshi inundation.

Inspecting the flood-hit regions and meeting with the flood victims in eastern districts of Sunsari and Saptari, Sunday morning October 26, 2008, Koirala also hit at what he called as government's failure to properly rehabilitate the victims of the Koshi inundation.

Tihar, the festival of lights has started from today. Some like Tihar for lights, some for fire crackers, some for langur-burza, and some for Deusi-Bhailo.

Deusi for guys. Bhailo for girls. But it’s be both way for some years now.

It used to be fun when we were kids. Not anymore though. However, our Koirala Bajey does not seem to have lost any ounce of interest for Deusi-Bhailo. Revitalized, reinvigorated, re-energized, Koirala Babu claims:

  Hey, listen up listen up Koshi victims
  Deusi re,
  Why are you so sad?
  Deusi re,
  Listen up listen up people,
  Deusi re,
  Don’t you worry people,
  Deusi re,
  Maoist won’t help you
  Deusi re,
  Maoist CAN’T help you
  Deusi re,
  I will ask for the money
  Hurry Hurry
  Don’t you worry people,
  Deusi re,
  I will talk to India
  Arey waa, arey waa
  I will talk to America
  Yo, Yo
  Come daughter, sing with me
  Deusi re,
  Listen up people, listen up
  Deusi re,
  Don’t you worry a bit.
  Deusi re.

Prachanda Babu must already be ready with his own version of Deusi. Seems like this year’s Tihar is going to be fun.


Flight of Lunacy, Balley Balley, Hoi Hoi

October 22, 2008
Moon Plane

Moon Plane, otherwise Chandrayaan

India blasted off its Chandra Yaan I as the country embarks on its first ever lunar exploration. Great achievement! Now we can know more about:

Minerals
Elements
And, also have a 3D Atlas of Moon’s surface.

It’s a major step “to keep pace with other space-faring nations in Asia”. Even though it’s a “long way to go”, India definitely proves it can compete with China and Japan.

Cheers, what a waste!


Maoists’ Ass in the Sling

October 19, 2008

“Why the hell these Maobadi are so fidgety after returning from America?”

My colleague is furious today. We usually talk about computer, photography, girls, momo and simple stuffs. Rarely do we indulge in politics and politicians. But today, he is furious.

“Why do they want Nepali Congress so desperately to join the government? Why do they feel their asses in the sling with Nepali Congress in the opposition?”

Normally, I would have tried to respond to his queries and share my opinions. Today, I just want to listen to him. He is almost double the age than I am. He is a good guy. Ingenuous. Good hearted. Smiling. Jovial while having conversation. A friend. A father. Hardworking. Responsible. Wise.

He is also a bit skeptical and not so optimistic about the new government, led by the CPN Maoist.

“The so called revolutionary budget, it has not been even endorsed by the Constituent Assembly yet. Muji haru, what are they (CA members) doing all these months? Getting fat like pig on 40 thousand worth check every month?”

Oh, this must have really ticked him off today. I simply nod my head side ways. “Tehi ta bhanya”.

I am really not sure whether the budget proposal drafted by Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has been passed through the Legislature Parliament (presently, the CA is also the Legislature Parliament in our case). But, yeah the 601 CA members must be having fun all along. No work. Yes salary. Total fun. And now that the Indian government has donated buses to transport the CA members to and fro the CA Building (the BICC), there should be nothing except fun.

A glass of milk tea ordered from the canteen is resting magnificently on his table. It’s getting colder; his indignation, the otherwise. Cold tea, however, is not bothering him right now.

“Who is going to trust these Maobadi? America still lists Maoist as terrorist. World Bank and donor nations have been hurling money to Nepal only because of such sorry-ass state the country is in. And they will keep on doing that to some extent – no matter which party leads the government. Out of pity, out of compulsion – not out of generosity. But how the heck Baburam imagined foreign donation and financial assistances to cover almost half of his revolutionary budget?”

I admit that it’s not possible. His tirade continues.

“And now they are changing the name of the party. What the heck for? What sort of revolutionary farce is this now? Donations as expected not coming? Why so shaky after the US visit? Why do they need Nepali Congress in the coalition now?”

Khoi khoi. That’s a lot of questions whose answers I am really unclear about. Everything just remains to be seen. Just wait and see.

“They say their ultimate goal is People’s Republic and they start their people centric campaign by treating the street-vendors like lowlife criminals.”

He bursts out into short faint laughter. Sardonic. Acerbic. “Be prepared for a glorious nation of the People’s Republic of Nepal”.

His tea, by this time, is almost cold.


CHANGE, CHANGE, POOP CHANGE

October 14, 2008

Things change. And, things do not change.

The kingdom of Nepal is now Democratic Republic of Nepal. Change, yeah. We might get another change, as the Maoists leaders in their central committee meeting were demanding for “People’s Republic of Nepal”.

It’s not the same CHANGE Barak Obama is dreaming about or John McCain preaching about. But it’s a change nonetheless.

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New Kumari of Kathmandu Matina Shakya

New Kumari of Kathmandu Matina Shakya

We also had a change of Kumari. So long Rubina Shakya. Three-year-old Matina Shakya will now be presiding inside the Kumari-ghar, Basantapur Kathmandu. So much for the tradition and culture. Something do not change… need not change.. may not change.

The anti-religious Maoists want to keep on alert. They do not want to provoke the Newars of the valley, twice in a row. They must have realized it when their voting pool went against them during the Indra-jatra Fiasco. So keep alert. They do not want to jeopardize their future “sure-shot” voting pool by abolishing the Living Goddesses.

The Goddesses are here to stay. The only change we will see is the face, until the next menstruation, until the Goddess is tainted, sinned, doomed! Some ten years to go. People would no longer then worship her. Neither would they touch her feet with devotion. Goddess. Tainted. Sinned. Doomed.

It was heart wrecking seeing Rubina cry.

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