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War and peace

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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Not only are the steps up to Swayambhu used by devotees, tourists, and of course numerous monkeys, but they’re also a training ground for Nepal’s Armed Police Force. As the devoted flock to the stupa to celebrate Buddha Jayanti on Thursday, this is one of the sights they might encounter. PHOTOS: MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA

Armed Police Force personnel, whose training base is in Halchowk near Swayambhu, make a round of the stupa as their morning drill everyday.

Armed Police Force personnel, whose training base is in Halchowk near Swayambhu, make a round of the stupa as their morning drill everyday.

The newly renovated stupa shines in the background as the Armed Police march on.

The newly renovated stupa shines in the background as the Armed Police march by.

Swayambhu is a religious site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees.

Swayambhu is a religious site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees.

Swayambhu is a religious site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees.

The Armed Police Force was established in 2001 to counter the Maoist insurgency. The force has almost 30,000 personnel.

Devotees will visit the stupa on Thursday to mark the birth anniversary of the Buddha.

Hundreds of devotees are expected to visit the stupa on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the birth of Gautam Buddha.

See also:
Renewal: a time for change
Buddhaland

More resources on Swayambhu at :
Swayambhu Renovation Project

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5 Responses to “War and peace”

  1. Devendra Pant on Says:

    Let there be peace in the land of The Buddha. When there is true peace, let people play ‘war games’, but let us not be deceived by the fake peace. We lived and experienced a lot in the last two decades. Systems come and go, so do parties and leaders. Some ideas last for a day, others live for seventy-five years, others for a two- and a half century, while others outlive centuries. In pursuit of ‘new ideas’ we have utterly failed to understand the simple– feeling the soul of the Nation. The Buddha delivered Enlightenment to the entire world. However, we as a Nation failed to understand the basic teachings of The Buddha- that every ‘self’ is also constituted of the ‘not-self’. The fundamental inter-connectedness between matter and phenomenon on one hand, and on the other, that change as the only constant in the universe are transcendental values. Perhaps learning from The Buddha could make us become a bit wiser collectively. It could even inspire some of us to lead a mindful living!


  2. Nirmal on Says:

    The photo rather speaks of militarised environment than the daily physical exercise of these cops. But by allowing to use the public places for armed cops to get physical exercises in a place which is estolled for its ahimsa philosophy( it means that there is a lack of proper place for this purpose) aren’t we playing with the security of common folks and of these policemen ? Lethal arms without precise cautions between mass as If they are simple policeko danda…. When i see the physical identity of these policemen in newspapers and in other media, I wonder If it is not little bit perill for their own privacy and security. Not all nepali police personnels want to live and act as a police 24 hours, many have their own common lives as we do have in our off hours although they can’t vote.


  3. anuj on Says:

    this reflects total disregard on the part of Armed Police Force (APF) towards peoples’ devotion like Pashupati Nath.. this is outrageous !!


  4. Sameer Yonzan on Says:

    These armed police might had come for drilling morning exercise, but they look frail and tired young man, I am optimistic that their food rations are being cut off by the bribed government officials.

    In the realistic issue, the true peace doesn’t come from the suppression by force, if the people can cultivate inner peace by studying and analyzing Buddha’s wisdom, APF and armed forces are not needed at all, they are just waste of everything. In fact they can be miss used to protect the crooked and cunning political leaders.


  5. REENA on Says:

    Nepal army would definitely get more sharped and brave as they are trained in shwayambhu AND give the full efforts for bringing peace and prosperity in a country. such a peaceful and NATURAL BEAUTY NEPAL…


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