From The Nepali Press
Column by Ritubichar in Himal Khabarpatrika, 29 April
FROM ISSUE #246 (06 MAY 2005 - 12 MAY 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Katrin Hagen is the daughter of late Toni Hagen, the great Swiss geologist who travelled across the length and breadth of Nepal. As a young girl, Katrin accompanied her father on many of these treks since 1953 and grew to love Nepal. She has lost count of how many times she has been here. Being a surgeon, she volunteers to perform operations in hospitals in Nepal whenever she is here. Recently, at a ceremony she presented the Tribhuban University Central Library with her father's meticulous geological wall map of Nepal. At the ceremony, although Katrin was the only non-Nepali, every speech was in English and even the MC spoke in English. It wasn't just this function, at every ceremony in Nepal even if there is only one foreigner present we Nepalis insist on struggling to express ourselves in English. Why can't we just get an interpreter to translate for those who can't understand Nepali and go ahead and speak in our own mother tongue? Will the concerned authorities please pay attention to this?