Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Dark/black side of Setopati’s Journalism

The Dark/black side of Setopati’s Journalism

"Setopati.com should have published a review of CK Lal's book and an individual editorial with an assessment of its contents rather than selective excerpts from the book. It has helped no one."

I have not written a blog post for a long time. This alone, should be a reason to write. However, when I sit these days with pen and paper or rather laptop in front of me, I can hardly concentrate on anything.
It is not the lack of issues but myriad of issues on which continuous speech and writings are required, are breaking my concentration. With some difficulty and with a little fear of being labelled as "troll", I muster this courage to express my views today.
I am sure it sounds unpleasant to many. It may even sound regressive to some. But, my views are my views. Either you take it or leave it, it is up to you.
Nepali Blogs and twitter Timelines are never boring places. They always have subjects to write, discuss, debate, and deliberate. There are different people with different views. There are some with politically superior views, as per their own assessments. The self-claimed superiority leads them towards a race of being more progressives, more liberal. In this race, the process of blaming others (who do not agree with you) becomes an ordinary daily chore those trolls (who, by the way, display their full name in twitter).
By disclosing their full names, they think they have the birth right to be considered as vanguard of democracy and with all those newly conceived and used words: loktantrawadi, sanghiyatabadi, pahichanwadi etc. They behave as if they are the pundits to name others with all sorts of adjectives (commonly and collectively referred as regressive) but simultaneously, play a victim card if dissenting voices are shared by others.
There are many who get a shelter and protection of progressives by calling themselves victims; by pointing a finger to "hill caste bahuns" and people of "hill caste bahuns" by default, become oppressors, regressive, aloktantrawadi, sanghiyata-birodhi, pahichan-birodhi etc.
This is nothing new and a part of daily discourse in Nepal. I do not expect it to stop at any time soon unless the buccaneering vanguard of "pahichanwadi" do not come to terms with sanity and rationality.
This blog is a process to address (or rather talk on) some of the issues that has kept the twitter feed abuzz during the past few days.
1. The self-proclaimed messiah CK Lal and dwindling role of Setopati in strengthening Journalism
There are many Parties in Nepal. This could be seen from recent election in Nepal and there are many "Patis" as well. This is a recent phenomenon and has by now, substantially gained a ground. You must be thinking what can be a co-relation between these Parties and Patis.
 It is simple. Some Patis favour some Parties and others favour others. To make it simpler, some Patis are like a mouthpiece of a particular political party. For example, we can see a very strong nexus between "Ratopati" and Maoists.
There are other Patis like Nilopati - having a strong bond with sex and carnal pleasure. There is Khabarpati - having a strong link with "news" apparently. In this crowd, the Setopati (www.setopati.com ) has established merely as another player offering some sorts of Khichadi. In terms of quality, all "Patis" are materially same. There is hardly any difference between "Nilopati" and "Setopati" (when compared with a quality in their respective fields of writings) and that has been a big let-down for the readers.
With experienced retirees on the Board, we expected "Setopati" to maintain an intellectual decency and honesty while reporting news and views but unfortunately, it could not rise even marginally above than all other "Patis".
Such latest dishonesty was galore when Setopati went to publish selected excerpts of CK Lal's book, CK Lal - a self-claimed messiah of marginalised. As rightly said by Ashutosh Tiwari, Mr Lal is a "big fish of a small pond".
It t is no secret that Lal does not mince a word to utter any nonsense against a "high hill caste" people.
Now, you may be wondering who these "high hill caste" people are! These are basically no one ordinarily, but only get prominence when they differ with views of Lal.
It is futile to reason with Lal and with his clique. His coterie would line up before him with folded hands (in Namaskar Mudra) as if Lal is a divine figure and starts giving gospel at every word he writes or utters.
Since Lal is a man beyond reason and rationality, "Setopati" found it every effective to use him as a force to attract some rowdy online visitors.
It is no surprise that Setopati was started with a much fanfare and at some point of time; it had big ambition to charge readers for reading its news. But, the dreams must have been faded away by now as there is hardly any news that can keep the readers engaged in their website.
The ploy of Setopati was always to present sensational news to increase its visitors. We can imagine the quality of journalism practiced by Setopati from its very beginning. The news reports were based on the Facebook and twitter status messages of leaders. In addition to these, there were virulent attacks on Lokman Singh when he was, at least, making an effort to catch the public servants involved in corruption.
The coherent virulent attack on the few political leaders and Lokman Singh Karki were the hallmark of their journalism. They could never travel beyond this shoddy benchmark. This standard has fallen to its nadir after the elections were over in Nepal. Setopati needed some sensational stuff to catapult itself on the timeline of twitter and CK Lal has been a good fodder to them.
On one hand, Setopati needed a helping hand and for a people like of CK Lal, what a blessing it has been. It came to our knowledge from that sensational Setopati article that CK Lal has written a book called "Mithila Manthan" which would have gone unnoticed but thanks to symbiotic relationship between Setopati and CK, it has managed to create some noise. I am sure Setopati and CK both are having a last laugh by attracting some visitors to the site and may be sale of few more copies of CK Book.
On this whole affair, many people have expressed their anguish on the CK's views whereas per Setopati, CK has stated that Nepali Language is created by British for the Army. I do not see any merits in CK's views but how we fool ourselves by trying to find some truths and merits in CK's views. CK has always expressed untrammelled, very coherent views based on factual inaccuracies and by distorting the historical facts. He has once again succeeded in doing so.
However, on this whole affair, Setopati (literal meaning in Nepali is “White Board”) has managed very successfully to blacken itself. It has resorted to test the emotional side of Nepalese who, forget their own differences among different communities, go to any extent to defend the nationalism - Nepali nationalism.
With a little bit of experiences on their side, Setopati fully knew its repercussions and knowingly, allowed the space to CK Lal. The explosives passages from the CK Lal’s book in Setopati has given a much needed boost to online presence of Setopati and to CK Lal’s unmerited book. This also gave ample opportunities to them who have always played a victim card and call others “troll”.
As an observer of rise of journalism in Nepal and looking at the freedom it enjoys to express, it is sad to see the demise of honest journalism at Setopati. The website should have actually published a review of the book by looking at all the views that Lal expresses and should have taken an individual editorial or collective editorial position whether they agree or to what extent. Rather than giving any complete picture to the readers, it has enjoyed by playing the tune of CK Lal and let the emotions flare up for no apparent journalistic gain.
What a black journalism it has been over the last few days!

(Without any reference to CK Lal, I will talk about the Nepali Language and its history in some other posts.) 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

बडादशैं र विजयादशमीको हार्दिक मंगलमय सुभकामना

आज घटस्थापना को दिन रहेछ. तर थाहा नै नपाइ बित्यो. तर पनि केहि छैन, दशैँ आएको छ, नेपालीहरुको महान पर्ब दशैं आएको छ. नेपाली हरुको महान पर्ब बडादशैं र विजयादशमीको उपलक्क्ष्यमा समस्त नेपालीहरुमा हार्दिक मंगलमय सुभकामना.

म अहिले भारतमा बसेर यो लेख लेख्दैछु. बिदेसिनुको पिडा यहि हो. आफ्नो चाडबाड पनि ढुक्क सग मनाउन नपाइने, परिवारजन हरु साथमा नहुने. अनि चाड पर्बहरु चाडपर्ब जस्ता नै हुदैनन्. कहिलेकाही ता चाडपर्ब आएको त्यति थाहा पनि नपाइने. जस्तै आज भयो. घटस्थापना भन्ने थाहा नै नपाएको. घरमा भएको भए बिहान बिहानै आमा बुवाले नुहाई धुवाई गरेर जमरा राख्नु हुन्थ्यो. त्यो अध्यारो ठाउमा धान, मकै, गहु, जहु को भिजाएको दाना माटोमा राखेर जमरा राख्नुको मजा नै बेग्लै. त्यो जमार उम्रियेपछी दशौ दिनका दिन जब विजयादशमी आउथ्यो, तब टिका र आशिकको साथमा सिरमा लगाइन्थ्यो. ति दिनहरु अहिले केवल याद मात्रै गर्न सक्छु. आशा गर्छु अर्को वर्षा समस्त परिवारजनको साथमा नेपालमै दशैँ मनाउन पाउनेछु.#

अलिकति दशैं कसरी मनाइन्छ भन्ने बारेमा कुरा गर्न चाहन्छु. आज घटस्थापना. आजबाट सातौ दिन सम्म सामान्य नै हुन्छ. किनमेल, लत्ताकपडा, केटाकेटीलाई नया लुगा, सरसामान, चिनी, मसला, दशैंको मासुको लागि खसीको जोहो आदी.

सातौ दिनलाई सप्तमी भनिन्छ र तामझाम का साथ् फूलपाती भित्र्याइञ्छ. आठौ दिन महाअस्टमी र नवौ दिन महानवमी. यो पर्ब मा नोन भेज यानीकी मासु खाने चलन छ. अस्टमी र नवमी मा प्राय घरमै खसी काटेर मासू खाइन्छ. अनि दशौ दिन बिजया दशमी. यो दिन बाट पुर्णिमा सम्म आफ्ना मान्यजन, बुवाआमा, हजुरबा, हजुरआमा, काकाकाकी, मामा लगायतका मान्यजन सग टिका जमरा लिएर आशिर्बाद लिने चलन छ.

दशैं मा टिका जमराको साथमा आशिष दिने चलन छ. दशैंमा प्रयोग हुने मन्त्र हरु मध्ये यो प्रमुख मन्त्र संस्कृतमा छ.

“आयु द्रोण सुते
श्रीयं दशरथे
शत्रु क्षयं राघवे
ऐश्वरयं नहुसे
ग्तिस्चः पवने
मानं चः दुर्योधने
सूर्यो शान्त बने
बलं चः हलधरे
सत्यं चः कुन्ती सुते
सुज्ञानी विदुरे
प्रवृत्ति भवतान्
कृतिस्चः नारायणे ”

यो मन्त्रको अर्थ यो हुन्छ की तिमीलाई संसारका सबै राम्रा कुराहरुले पुगुन. जसतै आयु द्रोणपुत्र को जस्तो होस्. द्रोणका छोरा अस्वस्थामा थिए. अस्वस्थामा अस्ट्चिरनजिबि हुन्. यसको अर्थ उनि कहिल्यै मर्दैनन. त्यस्तै गरेर श्रेय राजा दसरथ्को जस्तो होस्. आदि आदी.

फेरी एकपटक सबैजनालाई विजयादशमी र बडा दशैको सुभकामना
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In my blog post above, I have written about National Festival of Nepal "Dashain". I will be writing more on "Dashain" and "VijayaDashami" in my blog on coming days. I will write some of the posts in English as well so that our worldwide visitors will be able to know much about Nepali Culture and Festival.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Book Review - The Difficulty of Being Good by Gurcharan Das

I have just finished reading this book - "The Difficulty of Being Good" by Gurcharan Das. This is what I think about the masterpiece.

The Difficulty of Being Good - by Gurcharan Das Photo Credit: Goodreads
I started with a word masterpiece which indeed it is. The Book revolves around a one question, and that important question is Why should we be good? The Question is simple but answer appears to difficult and confusing. The book has beautifully attempted to unravel some of the answers and has tried to examine them on the light of the human frailties.

Gurcharan Das was a CEO of a multinational P&G before he took an early retirement and went back to University to study Mahabharata, ancient Indian Hindu Literature/History. The book is born out of his study of Mahabharata and related literature on human nature, morality and society's developments throughout.

Mr. Das, mostly brings forward the stories and anecdotes from Mahabharata, gives us the background of series of actions, the conduct of the protagonists. And, then tries to examine the roles, conduct, reactions replies and characters of the protagonist. He does not do that alone. He involves the readers throughout. He keeps on questioning and make us think: His questions are usual and repetitive like What a character should have done? How s/he would have done? Why something happened to the character? etc. etc.

When he asks these common questions, he makes the readers to sop for a moment and to ponder for an answer. If the answer was an easy one, or rather there were fitting answers to each question, the book would not have been a masterpiece. It attains the status of masterpiece simply because the author manages to ask such questions which can not be easily answered. The attempt of our answering tests our values, our character, our concept of morality, our upbringing, our education and many of such things.

While asking these cryptic questions, the author refers to various events and incidents from Mahabharata and from Bhagawat Gita and examines its teachings vis a vis those of western philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, Aristotle, Homer.

Lets think for a while. We have been told by our parents from our childhood to be good but what it means when they tell us to be good and why. The question is what is good and what makes people bad. Does it mean not to fight, not to drink, not to gamble? It is generally true that resorting to violence is bad but what if others try to harm us. If others know that we do not fight and always try to humiliate us. They may take our approach of nonviolence as our weakness and may take our advantage.

Gandhi told us fifty years ago that we must turn another cheek if someone slaps us. But, is that possible in this modern nasty and crooked world? These are the questions author asks repeatedly and helps us to find some answers.

Problem with these questions as the author and anyone else would agree that there are no definite answers. Even the term good becomes relative. For Buddha and for the followers of Buddhism, nonviolence is good whatever may be the situation. Contrary to Buddhist belief, for the believers of the Dharmayuddha which was fought in Kurukshetra, nonviolence is not always the solution. In the War at Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, "you must fight because of your duty - the noble duty of the Kshatriya - to protect its Kingdom and to rule". So, does Mahabharata encourage War and Violence?

Was it good to fight and kill Kauravas? What Pandavas achieved at the end? Victory. But, the Dharma King Yudhisthira says the victory is hollow as there is almost no one to be ruled. Everyone has died. Then, what was the purpose of the war? What they achieved? Dharma King Yudhisthira himself, resorted to the path of asatya momentarily especially in Killing Guru Drona. Despite that we call it a "Dharmayuddha".

More importantly, was it wise for a great King Yudhisthira to play a game of dice, engage in gambling and in process to wager even his wife Draupadi. If there was no participation by Yudhisthira in the game of dice, most probably, there would never have been Mahabharata. In that sense, should not the entire blame go to Yudhisthira?

No one can answer these questions. It is like our life. There are many situations in our own life where we may not be fair, we may not be certain of our own acts. We may fail to see consequences of our own actions and realize our mistakes only when something unwanted happens. If we try to recover from that unpleasant situations, we may face multiple difficulties, obstacles. This may lead us to believe on fate and not on rationality. We struggle always to be good but circumstances may go against us which force us not to be so good.

The curtains falls on the books without answering things properly but it gives ample clues to show us the path to the answer. Whether you are able to walk on the path shown by it to find the true answers depends on your own conviction and judgement.

Note: If you are interested on the topics of morality and philosophy and little bit on theology, you will enjoy the book and you must read it.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

तिमि र म र हाम्रा मनका चाहना हरु

त्यो "शाम"
तिमि र म
"मेरिना बिच" को किनार मा
समुन्द्री छाल र लहर हरु हेर्दै
मनभित्रका छाल हरुलाई दबाउन बाध्य भयौ
त्यो बर्षौ अघिको "इभिनिंग"

हालसालै फेरी हाम्रो अर्को भेटमा
न कुनै सोच, न बिचार लाइ दबाउन जरुरि थियो
तर हामीले "प्रिटेण्ड" गरेउ
हामि अझै बाध्य छौ
मनका ज्वारभाटालाइ दबाउन

तिम्रो अधरको त्यो प्यास
तिम्रो ओठको त्यो चाहत
सबै बुझे मैले र बुझ्यौ तिमीले तर
तर सम्हाल्यौ हामीले आफैलाई
किन किन

त्यो हाम्रो अन्तिम भेटमा
तिमीले सायद बुझ्यौ होला
उमेर गएर के भो र
हाम्रो माया यथावत छ
अर्को भेटको आशामा
पर्खाइमा
आइ एम वेटिङ्ग!

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Kabita is a Nepali word for Nepali Poem. There are other types of Nepali Poems which are called Nepali Gazal or Nepali Gajal. In Nepali, Nepali Poem is written as नेपाली कबिता - these are Nepali Poems.

Nepali Gazals and Nepali Kabitas are written on different areas. There are Nepali Love Kabita, Nepali Love Gajal. There are various Nepali Gajal Collections published around the world and in Nepal. The Nepali Gajals are widely liked and appreciated by Nepali Kabita and Nepali Gajal loving people. In Nepali Sahitya Sansar, Gajal has taken very important place. नेपाली गजल is becoming very popular day by day among Nepali Poems, Kabita and Gajal liking People. The Gajal Sansar is becoming very very rich day by day with new Nepali Kabita, New Nepali Gajal. The Nepali KabitaHaru will reach to another height with Nepali Muktak Haru.

Among the Nepali Poems and Nepali Gajals, mostly love Nepali Kabita are famous among Nepali Sahitya Loving People. Among Nepali Gajals, sad Nepali Gajals are famous among the Nepali Sahitya Lovers. 

There are many Gajals/Gazals where sorry has been expressed by Poem Writers in Nepal. There are many Ramro Nepali Kabita Haru published by Nepali Poets and Nepali Kabita Writers. We are targeting to develop this blog as a collection blog for Nepali Gazal and Nepali Kabita.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

My concurring but different views on Prateek Pradhan's opinions

The Chief Editor of Nagarik National Daily in Nepal has written a very good editorial on its web edition of August 11, 2013. The subject concerns with the people's right to spend wherever they wish to. The Article has been titled as "हुनेले सकेजति खर्च गर!"   in Nepali which can be translated as "Spend as much as you can (if you afford to)".

The article is written on the background of caution notice, in general, from Nepal's Commission on Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) asking people not to spend unnecessarily in social and cultural functions and in parties like in marriage, Bratabandha (Thread Ceremony), and in Anniversary etc. Post such issuance of notice, it is reported that Nepal's one advocated cancelled the party scheduled to be organised on occasion of his son's marriage. The advocate has been reported to have said that he has paid a heed to such notice issued by CIAA.

With respect to the subject matter, Mr. Pradhan writes in his editorial whether CIAA has such power to issue notices with respect to the enforcement of Nepal's one of such archaic laws. Mr. Pradhan argues that CIAA is entrusted only to take actions against public servants if they have committed acts of corruption or any such corrupt practices by abusing the authority of the law or position. Mr. Pradhan further questions if CIAA wants to usurp such powers to enforce such other laws than for which it has been established. Can CIAA do so? and Are we under an obligation to submit ourselves before the jurisdiction of CIAA? This part of the editorial is well argued on the basis of various sections under the CIAA Act. The Editor, Mr. Pradhan has not concluded anything in the article but he has brought his point very well - can CIAA act like a law enforcement authority? also, is the public law restricting the number of people in a social function relevant in the current Nepali society? This is the first part.

On the second part of the article, Mr. Pradhan positions himself as a champion of free market economy but without clearly stating so. His point is to let the rich spend on their own whims and fancies so that poor gets benefited. The point is if a rich throws a party, he will buy rice, vegetables, meet, milk etc. from the poor or from some businessman who in turn employs a poor man. Finally, the money reaches to a poor man and economy gets benefited.

While putting down his arguments, he argues that the money will not be spent in the country if such prohibitions are placed in place. His fear is such monies may be spent in Delhi or Singapore rather than in Nepal. He fears the capital flight which is understandable. In the whole article, he shows how money is spent by government by passing budgets and in a way shows his convictions on 'Keynesian economics'.

His arguments definitely have points. But,

His writing is completely silent on checks and balances on such expenses. His point advocates rampant spending on parties if people can afford to pay. But, how that directly benefits the economy is hard to say without any hard data and evidence.

Has he made any study what is the percentage of such monies that are spent on alcohol? on imported liquors/cigarettes? Spending high amount on alcohol (both domestically procured and imported) does not bring any intended benefits of the nature Mr. Pradhan believes. What about crimes associated with parties? The social cost of drinking and injury or say, increase in crimes - targeted at the spender? I am only raising these issues which Mr. Pradhan does not bother to touch. Unfortunately, he simply claims that people will not make any competition in spending if such laws are not enforced which is hard to believe in either way.

I am not the one who believes spending by citizen should be discouraged but will definitely not advocate for scrapping of such laws which try to regulate unfruitful spending. The law may be outdated and may need revision. That is a fair point but to ask to scrap it completely is to turn a deaf ear on Nepal's gross imbalance of haves and have not.

Some of the procedures that might be followed to regularise such spending are:


  • To mandate to make payment only through Cheque if the payment exceeds some threshold amount, say more than Rs. 50,000/- (to curb the black money), 
  • To quote payee's Income Tax Registration No./Business Registration No. on such payments,
  • To increase the rate of VAT on such renting of party palaces,
  • Increase VAT/excise duty/imports duty on cigarettes and liquors,
  • Most probably to impose VAT on sale of food and drinks if party palace is licensed to sell alcohol. Some tax discounts (lower rate) on sale of food when alcohol is not served in party palaces.

My point is that we can not afford to be so liberal when it comes to spending on unfruitful ventures. If we are able to create some sorts of equal society in the future, we can afford to be so liberal but not just yet!

The Original Article can be read here.

Monday, 22 July 2013

What is next, in Nepal?

We hardly have any time these days to think about what happens to us in coming few years. We are busy to understand the present, to make our living at present relevant. We hardly get time to think about future of Nepal. It seems we are quite content with 'New' Nepal.

The same "New Nepal" which we thought will be a better living place for all of us. We thought we will unite after abolishing monarchy, after bringing Maoist to main political stream. We were dreaming that Maoists will learn to behave and prosperity is just a matter of few years.

Little more than few years have passed. Maoist presented all their colours and standards. Nepal has almost descended to anarchy. We want to be democratic but have entrusted government mechanism to a complete novice in managing government and politics. We are at his and their mercy. We believe that he will conduct free and fair election and gives democracy back to us. If that happens! I repeat if that happens - that if power is transferred from Khilraj Regmi to democratically elected government, that day should be declared as a new "Democracy Day". Or, rather looking at the Nepalese Trend in Democracy day, that day will be one more "Historical Democracy Day".

Looking at the webpages of news sites, discussion at public forums and social media, it is not difficult to fathom that we are getting less interested in politics these days seriously. I mean we talk about politics all day so that we can easily pass our time but almost all the time, we are happy to resort to sarcasm. We are loving it when we make fun of Prachanda - Maoist Supremo and his deputy - Doctor Bhattarai. We do not spare Sushil Da (Congress President) or Jhalnath (UML Chairman). That shows we simply do not care about politics any more. If election happens, we may go to vote but if that does not happen in November, 2013, common Nepalese have nothing to worry.

Hence, I decipher we care less about Nepal these days. Either we trust Lord Pashupatinath too much or have realised that our talks/care has no meaning when politics is driven from outside Nepal or from some other place than Singh Darbar.

Then, What Next, in Nepal?

Simply nothing. I do not see decreasing number of people going to Gulf. Little more educated and lucky will be in US and Europe as Student and PR and doctorate on so on for many years. And, poor and unlucky may end up being in JNU or Punjab washing dishes in small restaurants and doing security guard job. Till the time, the egoism of political parties, the dreams of Maoist to capture state and the selfishness of fringe parties and leaders do not end, there is nothing Next.

Our generation sounds pessimistic and hopeless but This is the Truth.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Remembering my First Paris Trip - Good Bye Europe

(Note: This post was written much before May 1, 2013 thinking that just before I take off from France, I shall post it. However, I do not know why I could not/did not post it for a long time. 
JFYI that I have returned to Nepal by finishing my almost 5 months long work in France and now, will be travelling around India and Nepal as a freelance consultant on law, politics and human right issues. Today, I am posting my good bye post written on the eve of my departure from France to Nepal.)

Within a week, I am saying Good bye to Europe. The good bye this time will be of a different type as I have decided to move on. What does that mean? That means I will have to wait for a long time to be in Europe again. The things have changed in the office and because of the global economic scenario and restructuring in the work force in my NGO, the number of training in the Europe have come down.

Despite these all changes, I have been promised a training in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for a period of 3-15 days sometimes around 2013 October-December. That means I have to wait for a long time before I can think of travelling. If things do not go well, I expect I will be in the UK from February-March, 2014 as a part of "moving on". However, that will be my own decision!

Coming back to saying Goodbye to Paris, I remember my first trip to this lovely City way back in 2010 April. That is three years ago. We were arranged for a stay in a Quite peaceful but ordinary sub-urban Hotel called "Balladins Gennevilliers". The Hotel was really far from the main town Paris and we were advised to buy ticket of Three Zones. I guess we paid almost Euro 8.50 per person per day during those days.

We were people from different nationalities and Paris was new to everyone. In fact, Europe was new to everyone. We took maps, internet print outs and where ever we could see Indians and Asians (Chinese) faces used to ask for Roads. The problem was that localities may not speak English and the easiest thing to deal was with Indians - spoke English, friendly and helpful.

Those were the days and Today it is! After that first trip, I have made many longer trips to this city. This time, I stayed here almost for 5 months. It reminds me little bit like Delhi - Little dirty, crowded, and not so safe as compared other European Cities - my perception but of course, many many times better than Delhi in terms of security. The metros are old and crowded here but always on time. The Ticketing system is old one and irritating. However, the city has never lost the charm. I have visited the same places again and again and I still find them so new and charming each time I visit them.

I still remember how we traveled from "Balladins Gennevilliers" on that first day in Train and changing Trains and Metros here and there and here I am today! Good bye Paris. I shall miss almost everything about Paris, a very good life here and the signature Music in Every Metro Tram played by Street Musicians expecting few Cents, if not Euro.

I will leave Paris humming this music and please listen to this lovely French Music. The Song is called "Les Champs Elysees" recorded in 1979 and Singer is Joe Dassin. I understand only the word "Sanjalije" or something like that.

Good Bye!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Adolf Hitler, Jewish and Unknown Facts-Why Hitler killed Jews?


First of all, Adolf Hitler was not a German. Though he spoke German, he was from Austria. It is said that it is not unknown who is Hitler's father. There is a doubt that he actually might be a Jew.

In Austria, Adolf Hitler had many good Jewish Friends. In the process of growing up, it is said that many Jewish friends helped him. Adolf Hitler wanted to become an artist but he was mediocre. When Hitler went to an Arts School, he was rejected there and advised that he can not be a good artist.

There is a line of argument that Hitler thought that Jewish people did not want him to be Artist as the board of admissions was all Jewish. So, there could be that Hitler wanted to take this revenge in its worst form.

It is said that when Adolf Hitler attacked Austria, he ordered to destroy completely his native village where he was born and spent his childhood. The story is that he feared that his father might be a Jewish one and he hated his father, the Jewish and any attachment to his father and father's home.

As a mode of justification of killing of Jewish, Hitler developed the "Aryan Race Theory". Hitler considered that the Germans - Aryans were the Pure Race and the people with the best race. As per Hitler, Jewish were the people with inferior race. Jewish Race did not deserve to live and Hitler blamed Jewish for the defeat of Germany in World War I (WWI). These are the explainable but possible reasons why #Hitler committed the most heinous crime in Human History. For Hitler, the Aryans were the Master Race and Jewish People did not fit into his "Concept of Master Race".


As per the report on Daily Mail, an English News paper, it might be that it was convenient for Hitler to put a blame on Jewish. The Daily Mail Report says, quoting a history book, "At the time almost half of all German private banks were Jewish owned, the stock exchange dominated by Jewish stockbrokers, almost half of the nation’s newspapers were Jewish run as were 80 per cent of chain stores. It became fashionable to decry the loss of the war on Jewish financiers."

It is said that Hitler was always against Communism and blamed Jews for Russian Revolution under Lenin in the decade of 1910s. Many Communist philosophers had Jewish Links.

Therefore, there were possibly many reasons why Hitler was against Jews. But, whatever the reasons might be, he indulged in undeniably the most atrocious crimes in Human History.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

छ्यालिश सालको आन्दोलन लाइ सम्झिदा - Nepal's Democracy in 2046 BS

दुइ हजार छयालिश सालको जनआन्दोलन लाइ सम्झेर धेरै अघि एउटा ब्लग लेखेर ड्राफ्ट मोडमा राखेको थिये। उद्देस्य यो थियो की चैत्र छबिस गतेको पुर्बसंध्यामा त्यो लेखलाई पोस्ट गर्नेछु। तर चैत्र छब्बीस को दिनमा यो सालमा म इटाली भ्रमणमा भएको कारण त्यो लेखलाई पोस्ट गर्न पाईन तर ढिलै भए पनि नया साल बैसाख एक गते भन्दा पहिले नै पोस्ट गर्ने बिचार गरेर त्यो लेख यहा राखेको छु। ब्लग लेख्दा युनिकोड मा टाइप गर्न सिक्दै थिए। हुन त् अहिले पनि सिक्दैनै छु तर यो लेख केहि अघि लेखिएको हुदा मिलाएर, बुझेर पढिदिनु हुन्  अनुरोध छ। 
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भाग - एक 
कुरो २०४६ सालको हो। प्रजातन्त्र वा बहुदल जे आएको थियो भन्नुहोस। भर्खरै आएको थियो। चैत्र २६ गते राजाले राती ११ बजे बहुदल माथिको प्रतिबन्ध हटाएछन्त्यतिखेर मलाइ यो सबैकुरा थाहा थिएन। म छ बर्षको ता थिए। के थाहा होस् र। पछि बुझ्दा थाहा पाए। ठुलो लफडा भएको र छ तेतिखेर बहुदल ल्याउनलाई। 

बहुदल आएको अर्को दिन हुनुपर्दछ। सायद चैत्र  २७ घर छेउको ठुलो पशुबजारमा मान्छे भेला भएका थिए। बाजा गाजा थियो। जे बी टुहुरेका गीतहरु माइकबाट बज्दैथिये। त्यो सबै कुरामा मेरो र त्यहा भएका मानिसहरुको ध्यान त्यती आकर्षीत भएन। हाम्रो मन र आखा चाही एउटा बजिरहेको संख र मानिसहरुको हुल तर्फ भएको थियो। संख बजिरहेको थियो। मानिस हरुले केहि चिज बोकेका थिए। सायद मरेको मान्छे जस्तो। तेही भएर संख फुकिरहेका थिए। हामी दौडियेउ त्यो पशुबजार तिर किनकि त्यो संख बजाउने हुल त्यति जादैथियो। मलाई सम्झना छ - ममी र म थियौ त्यहा. हुन ता सबै दाजु, भाइ, दिदीहरु पनि त्यतै हुनुपर्दछ। हाम्रो घर पशुबजार भन्दा टाढा भएकोले त्यो रमीता हेर्न पशुबजार का वरीपरी भएका घरका बरण्डा र बार्दली मा मानिसहरुको भिड थियो। हामि पनि चढ्यौ तिनै चिने जानेका बस्नेत, चौलागाई वा बन्जराका घरका बार्दलीमा। तर यतिन्जेल भाको के हो, को मरेको पो हो की भन्ने मलाई पत्तो थिएन। अब माथी बार्दली बाट हेर्दा दुइ जना लाइ सेतो कपडामा मरेको मानिस जस्तो बेरेको प्रस्टै देखिदा अब लाग्यो की कोइ दुइजना ता मरेछन। को होलान जस्तो लाग्यो। फेरी मरेका मानिसलाई यो हुलमा, सभामा किन पो ल्याका हुन् - की पंचायत का मानिसलाई पो मारेकी जस्तो पनि लाग्यो। फेरी आइमाइको बिचमा म केटाकेटी, त्यसैले आमाहरुको गफगाफ मा ध्यान दिदा कुरो बुझे। ति मरेका त राजा रानी रहेछन। राजा रानीका पुत्ला अरे। केहि लाग्छ अब। 

पहिलो कुरा त मलाइ छ बर्ष को उमेरमा राजारानी छन् भन्ने बाहेक कुनै कुरा थाहा थिएन।दोश्रो कुरा पुत्ला भनेको के हो धेरै थाहा थिएन। तर धेरै प्रश्न गरिन मैले। त्यहा हल्लाखल्ला थियो। सबै आइमाई, लोग्ने मान्छे का आआफ्नै बिचार। तिनी हरू जे जे बोल्थे सुनिरहे। अनि एकछिन पछि आगो लागेको देखियो। राजारानीका पुत्ला जलाएका रे! राजारानी प्रती आक्रोस पोखेका रे। त्यहा "बिरे चोर मुर्दा बाद, पम्भादेबी मुर्दाबाद" भन्ने नारा पनि लाग्दै थिए। एकहोरो संख बजेको आवाज पनि सुनिन्थ्यो। माइकमा गित पनि बजेकै थिए। टाढै बाट अबिर हावा मा उडिरहेको पनि देखियो अनि घरी घरी पररर ताली बजेको सुनिन्थ्यो। उता पशुबजार को चौरमा ताली बज्दा यता घरका बार्दली मा बसेका मान्छे ले पनि थाहा पाउथे। अनि यता बार्दलीका मान्छे पनि जोसिएर ताली पड्काउथे। मैले पनि पड्काए।

यसरी स्वागत गरिएको थियो छयालीस सालको बहुदललाई।
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भाग - दुइ 


बहुदल आएको खै कती दिन पछि हो। एक्ज्याक्ट डेट मैले बिर्से। तेस्तै चैत्र सत्ताइस देखि तीसको बिचमा हुनुपर्दछ। नेपाली कांग्रेस का तीन नेता पशुबजारमा भाषण गर्न आउने कुरो थियो। मेरो घरको राजनीतिक बाताबरण चाही कम्युनिस्ट विचारधाराले प्रभावित थियो तर बहुदल भर्खर आएकोले जुनसुकै पार्टीको सभा भए पनि हामि हौस्सियेका थियौ। तीनजना नेता हुनुहुन्थ्यो - किसुन जी, गणेशमान जी र गिरिजा बाबु। हामी तेतिबेला उहा हरुलाई कृष्ण प्रसाद भट्टराई, गणेशमान सिंह र गिरिजा मात्रै भनेर जान्दथेउ। म छ बर्षको थिए। 

हाम्रा घरमा किशुनजी र गणेशमानजी को बोल्ने तरिका र थेगोलाई लिएर "जोक" हुन्थियो। गिरिजा बाबुको नाम मैले तेती सुनेको पनि थिइन। सायद कहिलेकाही गिरीजा हल्दार भनेको सुन्न सकिन्थ्यो। म भन्दा चार पाच वर्ष जेठा मेरा दाइहरु भन्थे की बीपीले गिरिजामा नेता हुने कुनै क्वालिटी नदेखेर केवल पुलिसको सामान्य हल्दार मात्र बन्छ गिरिजा भनेर भन्नुभाको थियो रे। अब तेत्रा महान बीपीले भन्नुभाको र त्यो जमाना मा मेरा दाइहरु जत्ति जान्ने कोइ छैनन जस्तो लाग्ने मलाई यो पत्याउन कुनै गाह्रो थिएन की गिरिजा केवल सामान्य नेता हुन् - महान नेता हरु किशुन जी र गणेशमान जी नै हुनुहुन्छ। त्यसैले गइयो त्यो दिन भाषण सुन्न। 

गणेशमान जी र किशुन जी दौरा सुरुवाल, कोट र कालो नेपाली टोपी लगाएर आउनु भएको थियो। अझै मलाइ याद भएझै लाग्छ - किशुनजी सेतो कोट, खैरो खैरो टोपी र मोटो फ्रेम भएको चस्मा मा हुनुहुन्थ्यो। गणेशमान जी कालो कोट र कालै टोपी। उहाहरुले के के बोल्नु भो मलाइ तेती याद भएन, न त कुनै मतलब नै थियो। म त उहाहरुले उहाहरुको त्यो थेगो कसरी प्रयोग गर्नुहोला भन्ने सुन्न मा बढी ध्यान केन्द्रित गर्दै थिए। मलाई थाहा पाउनु थियो साच्चिकै हो की केवल उहाहरुलाई गिज्ज्याउन मात्रै मेरा दाजुहरुले तेसो भनेका हुन् भनेर मलाई जाच्नु थियो। 

उहाहरुले बोल्न थाल्नु भो।उहाहरु ता साच्चिकै थेगो प्रयोग गर्नुहुदो र छ। गणेशमान जी हरेक चोटी "माने" "माने" भन्नुहुन्थ्यो, मानिस हरु गललल हास्थे। ताली पड्काउथे। सायद गजबको कुरा गर्नुहुन्थ्यो गणेशमान जी। म चाही उहाको त्यो थेगो सुनेर हास्थे। एकदमै "फन्नी" लाग्थ्यो। अब पालो आयो किशुन जी को। उहा पनि आफ्नै थेगो प्रयोग गर्ने - सायद "चाइनेजो" होला। फेरी पनि उहाले बोल्दा मानिस हरु कुनै बेला गलल हास्थे, कुनै बेला ताली पड्काउथे। हुन् त मलाइ नेताका भाषणमा त्यती रुचि नभए पनि अरुले ताली पड्काउदा चाही म पनि रमाएर ताली पड्काउथे है। 

अनि पालो आयो गिरिजा बाबुको। 

गिरिजा ता मान्छे नै कस्तो हौ। सार्है अग्लो। बिजुलीको पोल वा रुख जस्तै सिधा अग्लो। उहा तक्लू हुनुहुन्थ्यो त्यो दिन। चस्मा लगाउनु भाको। एउटा खाकी को तर सादा खाकी (सेनाको जस्तो बुट्टे हैन) को पाइन्ट लगाउनु भाको तर लामो भएर तल तिर मोड्नुभको। हेर्दै चौकीदार जस्तो। नेताको कुनै गुण मेरा बालख आखाले त्यो दिन देखेनन्। उहाले पनि भाषण ठोक्नु भो। सबै का कुरा सुनेर घर आइयो। 

तेस पछी मैले तिन नेता लाइ एकसाथ कहिल्यै देखिन। गणेशमान जी र किशुनजी लाइ त फेरी देख्ने मौका पाइन। गिरिजा बाबु दश बर्ष पछि छप्पन सालको चुनाब प्रचार प्रसार गराउने क्रममा हेलिकप्टर उडाउदै त्यहि पशुबजारको मैदानमा प्रधानमन्त्री र नेपाली कांग्रेशका सभापतीको रुपमा आउनुभयो। यसपटक उहा एकदमै गोर्हो नेता जस्तै देखिनुहुन्थ्यो।

Friday, 5 April 2013

Adolf Hitler, Jewish, Nazism and Communism- Some thoughts - I

As a part of my research work in Human Rights, I got chance to visit different places in Europe. In a period of long time, I visited various Jewish Synagogues, Jewish Museum and Holocaust Museum in different parts of Europe.

When I was in Nepal and India, I learned that Hitler was a bad guy. Adolf Hitler wanted to take revenge of Germany's defeat in the First World War (WWI) and grabbed power by raising German Nationalist Slogans. We read that Adolf Hitler put blame on Jews for the loss in WWI and killed many of them. We learned these things but actually could never feel how painful the Past might have been to People of Europe and Jews in particular.

Surprisingly, in India, when I was studying, some of my classmates reviewed the book "Mein Kampf" supposedly the biography of Adolf Hitler. I read that Hindu Nationalist's Party Rastriya Swayam Shewak Dal ("RSS") in India considers Adolf Hitler a disciplined nationalist leader which is unbelievable. I never read Mein Kampf and to my knowledge, a German State Government holds Copyright over this book and does not allow it to publish in Germany. That means it is as good as banned in Germany. When I was in India, I could see that "Mein Kampf" was freely published, sold and distributed in every book shelves and it is surprisingly one of the most sold books.

The Problem is that in the eastern part of the World, we do not understand and realize the havoc created by Nazism practiced by Adolf Hitler.

In my student days, I also got a chance to read a book called "A Diary by a Fourteen Years Old Girl". The book was prepared by collecting the diary of Anne Frank who had to hide along with her parents as they were all Jews. In the diary, Frank writes how the whole family had to struggle to survive. Imagine a pain of a young kid which is only 14 years. The book sheds light on what Adolf Hitler was trying to do - by killing Jews and spreading antisemitism - in history, to be termed as "holocaust". Then, there was a movie called "Life is Beautiful" which I watched to understand more about Jewish's sufferings. That was my understanding of Adolf Hitler and his policies of destruction.

Later, when I started travelling to Europe, I could visit Jewish Museum and Synagogue in Budapest (Hungary), Jewish Museum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), The Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich (Germany), The Topography of Terror  Museum (Berlin, Germany). These all visits enlightened me. They told the same story in different language, from different viewpoint, through various audio - video, contemporary news papers of those times, through image, arts, photography. In silence, these huge materials speak the same language - the fear, trauma and the annihilation of human civility and modernism. It is undisputed fact that Adolf Hitler murdered Six Million People and mostly Jews. Then, We must ask another question- Why? Why Adolf Hitler Killed so many Jews? 

I will write what I think about it in my next post. Before I conclude, there are laws in many countries punishing the denial of holocaust. Holocaust denial is explicitly or implicitly illegal in 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland. It is also to be noted that Adolf Hitler did not kill only the Jewish people. Hitler targeted Communists, Homosexuals, Jipsy, Roma and Sinti, Russian Prisoners of Wars etc. However, the killing of Jewish has outnumbered the others and has gained many significance and received wide attention.

Some of you my ask a question. Was Hitler a Communist?Actually, No. Hitler was never communist. In fact, he killed many communists in Germany and elsewhere. Later, Hitler breached the pact with Communist Russia and Communist Russia (then USSR) had to fight against Hitler. In my Berlin Trip, in the Museum called "Topography of Terror", I saw a pamphlet of 1930-40 where Hitler blamed Communist for fire in Reichstag. Therefore, we see that Hitler was anti-communist and killed many communist People also.

More on Next Post

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

ACCT20 - Update of Nepal vs. UAE Match - Nepal wins and enters the final of ACC T20

New Updates after the match of Nepal on 2 April against UAE. You can read my previous post here.

Nepal played its semi-final match against UAE at Kirtipur Cricket Ground, Kathmandu today on 2 April, 2013. UAE won the toss and opted to bat first. Batting first, UAE made 133 runs by losing its 9 wickets in 20 overs match. From the UAE side, SP Patil scored the highest run 37 in 33 balls. Similarly, Mohammad Azam was not out by scoring 24 runs in 15 balls.

Nepal's Prithu Baskota bagged three wickets by giving 20 runs and Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan also bagged 2 wickets each.

Nepal, in chasing the target of 135,SP Khakurel scored 22 Runs,Pradip Airee 58 runs and Gyanendra Mall scored 20 runs. In response, Nepal scored 134 runs by losing 4 wickets in 19.1. At one point, Nepal was in pressure but in 19th over, Nepali Player B Bhandari scored two huge sixes and eased the pressure. His two sixes were also instrumental to finish the game in 19.1 overs.

So it's Nepal v Afghanistan tomorrow (3rd April, 2013) in the Final of the 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup. Thanks for being with us. Join us then!
For the complete scoreboard, please visit Cricinfo.

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Further Update on this Blog on Nepali Cricket Team's Win:

Nepal registered a 121-run victory over Singapore on Sunday (in the match held on 31 March, 2013) in the ACC T20 Cup to secure berth in the semifinals as well as the World T20 Qualifiers. The Update is based on Republica News

Following the win, Nepal finished the group stage as the runner-up of Group A, where Hong Kong is at the top. Nepal will take on Group B winner, the UAE, in the semifinal on Tuesday (2 April, 2013) while Hong Kong will lock horns with Group B runner-up Afghanistan.

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It is a great moment for Nepali Cricket Team. Nepal is advancing strength by strength in International Cricketing map among associate nations.

Nepal became Group Second in recent match of ACC T20 Cup and has booked a berth for semifinal spot.

Nepal defeated Singapore with a huge margin in its last match and has now advanced to another level. After the ACC T20 is over, it is decided which two top teams will be able to take part in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 except the UAE and Afghanistan.

The UAE, being a host nation for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013, will automatically be a participant of the Tournament - ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013. On the other, Afghanistan will also be automatic participant for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 as it has ODI-status.

Nepali Cricket Fans.Photo Courtesy: http://www.thenational.ae/sport/cricket/in-cricket-afghanistan-and-nepal-can-be-better-than-england-pakistan
For Nepali Cricket Lovers, there would not be any great moment than this. The target for Nepali Cricket Team is to win all rest of the matches that are played in Nepal now and to book a berth for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013. Nepali Cricket lovers would love to watch their country to do well in ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 and hopefully, Nepal will soon, be participating in World T20 Cricket Tournament.

It has been a long wait for Nepali Cricket Fan. We are eagerly waiting for a day when Nepal will be a nation with ODI and Test Status. Nepali Cricket Fans have enjoyed watching Cricket played by nations in the sub-continent, by India, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and we are eager to see that Nepal one day but very soon plays matches with these nations.

Nepali Cricket Fans' huge Number in Kirtipur Cricket Ground recently to watch Nepal playing in ACC T20 Cup is a sign that Nepali Cricket Fans love their country and love to watch Nepal playing Cricket in international matches.

In the development of Nepali Cricket, we hope that our neighboring country India helps us to develop as a great team. In this matter, we should not forget that Indian Cricket Skipper/Captain MS Dhoni has visited Nepal recently and had met with Nepali Cricket Players. Hope that will give more encouragement to Nepali Cricket Players and Nepali Cricket Fans.

This blog wishes Nepali Cricket Team all the best in its future matches and we will bring updates on the progress made by Nepali Cricket Team on coming days and in ACC T20 Cup Cricket.

While writing this blog, some help has been taken from http://www.cricket.com.np/new/

This post has been tagged under #Cricket, #Nepali Cricket, Nepalese Cricket, Nepali Cricket Team and ACC T20 Cup Cricket.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Can Nepal produce Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar?


This post is written on the eve of Nepal's Cricket match against UAE in ACC T20 Cup. Nepal will play against UAE in one of the semifinals of the ACC T20 Cup on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013.

We wish Nepali Cricket Team all the best and do hope that Nepali Cricket Team wins against UAE in its semi-final of the ACC T20 Cup.

The theme of this blog post is to analyse the future bench strength of Nepali Cricket Team when it is advancing towards more international games.

First of all, I am sure that the readers of this blog do sufficiently know who is Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Mr. Rahul Dravid! If you are a cricket lover, you know them. If you are not a cricket lover, do not get worried as you will soon know about them.

Let me start with Sachin - the best batsman in the world, the No.1 batsman in the world, Master blaster, little master so on and so forth. Mr. Tendulkar is the world's greatest batsman who was ever born, of course, after the greatest Bradman. Our generation could never see Bradman playing cricket and for us, Master Blaster, the Indian Cricketer - Mr. Sachin Tendulkar who almost at the age of 40, plays cricket is the greatest cricketer of our generation.

Another finest cricketer that we have seen in the sub-continent is Mr. Rahul Dravid. Mr. Rahul Dravid - the wall - is another finest retired cricketer who plays domestic Indian Premiere League ('IPL') captaining Team Rajasthan Royals. He is famously and rightly called the "Wall of Indian Cricket" because of his impeccable ability of defense and stamina to stand on the crease without losing any Wickets especially on the Test Matches. Whenever Indian Cricket Team required a man with solid defending ability, Rahul Dravid was always there.

During our University days, we used to call Mr. Dravid as "Tuk Tuk" Batsman because when ever the bowler bowled at him, we used to hear small "Tuk" sound. Mr. Rahul Dravid did not move out of his crease much. Ball did not travel to much distance after Rahul hit it and Rahul rarely ran for the runs as that was not required.

It could be a boring cricket for many but Rahul Dravid used to display his "Class" every time when he batted. He batted in difficult situations, on difficult pitch, on difficult out-filed and made big partnership and many runs. Rahul Dravid was a man of patience. The another aspect about Rahul Dravid was he was a gentleman. He meant business while batting or fielding. He did the job with precision and kept unnecessary banter out of his way. Hence, such a classy cricketer he was and could any day shut the game plan of the opponent be it in Hyderabad or in Harare or in Headingley. Nevertheless, the gentleman of Cricket was respected and liked by many players from the opponents.

Coming back to the topic from where I started, let us see if we have great Nepali Cricketer or if ever we will have finest Nepali cricketer like Dravid and Tendulkar. My simple answer will be in affirmative. "Of Course, we have finest Nepali cricketer in Nepal or definitely, we will have, why not?", I would say.

But, things are easier to be said than done or made. The possibility is that we can have great Nepali cricketer but there are difficulties to recognize them. If we want to produce great Nepali Cricketer, there are few things those are pre-condition. Cricketers are not produced overnight and to facilitate the process of making great cricketers, we need to invest in infrastructure, training  coaching and more competitive games. Only when Nepal starts playing more crickets with strong international clubs, teams and tournaments, we would know which Nepali Cricketer can become Bradman, which one Tendulkar and which one will be Rahul Dravid. With the consistent performance and performance against fierce bowling and batting unit, we would know whether Nepali Cricket Team shines or perishes.

For the time being, let us hope for the best and wish Nepali Cricket Team that the team as a Unit improves after every match and make us proud. Let us hope that Nepali Tendulkar and Nepali Rahul Dravid are waiting for their debut in bigger matches.

All the best Nepali Cricket Team.

Congratulations to Nepali Cricket Team-Update on Nepali Cricket

Further Update on this Blog on Nepali Cricket Team's Win:

Nepal registered a 121-run victory over Singapore on Sunday (in the match held on 31 March, 2013) in the ACC T20 Cup to secure berth in the semifinals as well as the World T20 Qualifiers. The Update is based on Republica News

Following the win, Nepal finished the group stage as the runner-up of Group A, where Hong Kong is at the top. Nepal will take on Group B winner, the UAE, in the semifinal on Tuesday (2 April, 2013) while Hong Kong will lock horns with Group B runner-up Afghanistan.

___________________________________________________________________________________
It is a great moment for Nepali Cricket Team. Nepal is advancing strength by strength in International Cricketing map among associate nations.

Nepal became Group Second in recent match of ACC T20 Cup and has booked a berth for semifinal spot.

Nepal defeated Singapore with a huge margin in its last match and has now advanced to another level. After the ACC T20 is over, it is decided which two top teams will be able to take part in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 except the UAE and Afghanistan.

The UAE, being a host nation for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013, will automatically be a participant of the Tournament - ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013. On the other, Afghanistan will also be automatic participant for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 as it has ODI-status.

Nepali Cricket Fans.Photo Courtesy: http://www.thenational.ae/sport/cricket/in-cricket-afghanistan-and-nepal-can-be-better-than-england-pakistan
For Nepali Cricket Lovers, there would not be any great moment than this. The target for Nepali Cricket Team is to win all rest of the matches that are played in Nepal now and to book a berth for ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013. Nepali Cricket lovers would love to watch their country to do well in ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2013 and hopefully, Nepal will soon, be participating in World T20 Cricket Tournament.

It has been a long wait for Nepali Cricket Fan. We are eagerly waiting for a day when Nepal will be a nation with ODI and Test Status. Nepali Cricket Fans have enjoyed watching Cricket played by nations in the sub-continent, by India, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and we are eager to see that Nepal one day but very soon plays matches with these nations.

Nepali Cricket Fans' huge Number in Kirtipur Cricket Ground recently to watch Nepal playing in ACC T20 Cup is a sign that Nepali Cricket Fans love their country and love to watch Nepal playing Cricket in international matches.

In the development of Nepali Cricket, we hope that our neighboring country India helps us to develop as a great team. In this matter, we should not forget that Indian Cricket Skipper/Captain MS Dhoni has visited Nepal recently and had met with Nepali Cricket Players. Hope that will give more encouragement to Nepali Cricket Players and Nepali Cricket Fans.

This blog wishes Nepali Cricket Team all the best in its future matches and we will bring updates on the progress made by Nepali Cricket Team on coming days and in ACC T20 Cup Cricket.

While writing this blog, some help has been taken from http://www.cricket.com.np/new/

This post has been tagged under #Cricket, #Nepali Cricket, Nepalese Cricket, Nepali Cricket Team and ACC T20 Cup Cricket.

My Berlin, Germany Trip - II Part - Final

On the Second and Third day of my Trip, I could cover the following places.

1. Check Point Charlie and the Museum
2. Open Free Berlin Wall related information Site
3. The Museum made by collecting the belongings of People who were killed while crossing Berlin Wall
4. The Berlin Wall
5. The Gallery of Photos on GESTAPO Site
6. The Topography of Terror
7. The "Story of Berlin" Museum and Bunker to withstand Nuclear Explosion.

From the list above, I would like to discuss little about Point No.1, and Point No. 4,5, and 6.

1. Check Point Charlie and the Museum

If you have read my first post here, you understand that Berlin was divided in East Berlin and West Berlin. The Berlin wall was created to check the people fleeing from East Germany to West Germany. The Check Point Charlie is a technically Customs/Entry Point from Communist East Germany to US Controlled West Germany. In Check Point Charlie, the US Soldiers were stationed till unification of East and West Germany. There are still road signs preserved on the street, and old USSR and US Armies memorabilia are sold on the streets. You can read more on this here. See some Photos below:
As seen from the West Germany Side-the border point when you cross to the Soviet Side

Before Berlin Wall was erected, it was a barbed fence to stop East Germans to cross to West. Russia and Eastern Blocks did not want People to flee to West side.

These People were here in Check Point Charlie Museum. If you can recognize  there is a photo of Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Next time, when you visit here, you will see a Photo of "Nepali Poet".

The photos below are from the Topography of Terror Museum which documents how Hitler exterminated Jewish, Communists, Socialists, Trade Unionist, Russian, Roma and Sintis. The Museum is located on the site where there was a Secret German Police called GESTPO's Office during Hitler's days. More on Gestapo and Topography of Horror, you can read here and here. GESTAPO was referred as SS during Nazi Time and some of the exterminations carried out by Nazi were not even known by lower rank SS Soldiers/Police.

The Fate of the Jewish - blot on the Humanity

Sign placed by a Nazi on Jewish Shop and message urging German - not to buy things from Jewish

Sight Seeing - Hop-on and Off  on the street of Berlin

Preserved Section of Berlin Wall - in front of House of Terror

Moment of Victory for US Soldier in WWII - When Adolf Hitler was defeated

Hitler's Propaganda Pamphlet. There was an English Translation of this which blamed Communists for Fire in Bundestag - Parliament and said Vote For Hitler. Hitler is No.1

And my impromptu Youtube Video below.

Hope you liked my blog

The First Part of My German Trip can be read here

My Three Parts of Paris Trip can also be read here in PART - I, PART -II and PART - III