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Archive for October, 2009


A state of lawlessness

First posted on on 11 July, 2009 After traversing Nepal for more than two months, passing 40 districts, braving highway blockades, curfews and indefinite bandas we were stopped dead in our tracks outside Pokhara. There was no way we could get past a barricade of rocks, logs and the burnt out hulk of a […]

Travels in Nepal’s Nepal

First posted on on 18 May, 2009 Now that it looks like we are going to have a government again, it is only a question of time that the current climate of normalcy along the highways of Nepal will soon come to an end. Sure enough, even as Madhav Kumar Nepal went to the […]

Abnormal normality

First posted on on 08 May, 2009 Hours after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal submitted his resignation to President Ram Baran Yadav in Kathmandu on 4 May, highway blockades that had closed the country for two weeks were suddenly lifted. The Tharus called off their banda of the Tarai, the Limbuwans suspended their agitation […]

State of statelessness

First posted on on 01 May, 2009 We like to think that the most neglected and underdeveloped part of Nepal is the Karnali. But the eastern Tarai deos not fare much better. In just about every development parameter that you care to name, these districts between Bara and Morang lag behind the rest of […]

Obstacle course

First posted on on 28 April, 2009 After braving knife-wielding protesters on highways, removing trees felled by activists to block roads and defying bandas for the past three weeks we thought we could take on anything the New Nepal had to offer. We weren’t prepared for what Gaighat had in store for us. After […]

East side story

First posted on on 27 APRIL 2009 Here in Itahari, an important junction where the East-West Highway intersects the Biratnagar-Dhankuta road, there is no sign that anyone remembers the anniversary. For the past two months, Itahari has been crippled by continuous bandas, few vehicles have been plying on a major national road artery. First, […]

Dark road

First posted on 18 April, 2009 Making it finally to Ilam on nepa-laya’s Yuddha Chitra Film Tour, one is struck by signs of the legendary tolerance level of Nepalis. People watch Prem BK and Kesang Tseten’s film, Frames of War, in complete silence and many are moved to tears. They follow the stories of […]