Author: Nabin Poudel

Shrawan : The Holiest of All Months

The Hindu month of Shrawan, probably the holiest month of all is dedicated entirely to Lord Shiva, the destroyer among the Trimurti, the three forms. Trimurti refers to the Hindu trinity; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva – the three main deities of Hinduism. The month of Shrawan is an extensive religious period that is celebrated across … Continue reading “Shrawan : The Holiest of All Months”

The Caste System in Nepalese Society

The caste system in Nepal remains an integral aspect of societal structure which dictates the authority, status, and ultimately the feudalistic economic framework. Basically modeled upon the orthodox Brahminical system, originating from the Hindustan (the Indian subcontinent), the caste system in Nepal still exists as for most if not all ethnic groups, most precisely for … Continue reading “The Caste System in Nepalese Society”

Sher Bahadur Deuba

The 42nd Prime Minister of Nepal  Name: Sher Bahadur Deuba Date of Birth:  13th June 1946 Hometown: Ashigram, Dadeldhura, Nepal Spouse: Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba Descendent: Jaiveer Singh Deuba Sher Bahadur Deuba (age 69 years) is one of the most eminent political figures from Nepal. Having been democratically elected as the president of the Nepali … Continue reading “Sher Bahadur Deuba”

Bhagat Sarbajit Biswokarma

The pioneer of the Nepalese Dalit Right Movement, Sarbajit Biswokarma, devoted his entire life for the sake of his people – the the-forever-oppressed Dalit People. Early Life of Bhagat Sarbajit The architect of the oppressed Dalit free movement in Nepal, Sarbajit, was born in Mulpani V.D.C. of Baglung district in 1950 B.S. (1893 AD). Nepal … Continue reading “Bhagat Sarbajit Biswokarma”

Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Five)

Chapter Five: State Terrorism Maoists, although boycotting the elections, did not disrupt them and the result was a peaceful election. Citizens were optimistic of the majority government tackling the issues of the Nepalese Civil War. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai led cabinet was making progress too, by establishing contact with the rebel leadership. In February 2000, Prachanda … Continue reading “Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Five)”

Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Four)

Chapter Four: Blinding The Elephant Already a year into the Nepalese civil war, the maoists had not succeeded in any considerable actions. It was January of 1997, a group of about half a dozen maoist cadres raided a police post in Ramechhap district in eastern hills of Nepal. The cadres upon the attack captured four … Continue reading “Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Four)”

Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Three)

Chapter Three: The Strategic Defense On the night of 13th February 1996, thirty-six Maoist guerillas led by their commander Barsha Man Pun surrounded a police post at Holeri of Rolpa District. Pun, known among his fellow comrades as “Ananta” (literally “end-less”), was leading the attack. Nanda Kishor Pun “Pasang” was the deputy commander of the attack. … Continue reading “Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Three)”

Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Two)

Chapter Two: Aurora of The War Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda were now under the same political front – the CPN Maoist. Prachanda however from the very beginning remained underground throughout the Nepalese civil war while Bhattarai handled ‘PR’ of the party. Nepal perhaps was witnessing the least of some changes with the introduction of … Continue reading “Nepalese Civil War: Explained (Chapter Two)”

Nepalese Civil War: Explained

Chapter One: How It All Started? Nepal had to endure a devastating civil war that killed almost 13,000 and displaced 200,000 people between 1996 and 2006. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), a small leftist party, by the end of the Nepalese civil war, came out as the hegemonic rival to monarchy. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, … Continue reading “Nepalese Civil War: Explained”

A Cup in Honour of Hira Giri

I, to this day, remember when my father brought home a coffee sapling and planted it in our backyard. Me, being a curious kid of merely 3 or 4 years, stood there watching my dad plant this mysterious crop. “Please let it be mango” – I said to myself. That night, before going to bed, … Continue reading “A Cup in Honour of Hira Giri”

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Seto Bhairab aka Swett Bhairab
Seto Bhairab aka Swett Bhairab is set against the Basantapur Palace wall but not very well visible behind the wooden screen. A snarling ten-foot-high gilded head of Seto Bhairab is the fierce manifestation terrifying and blood swilling aspect of Lord Shiva, one of the most revered deities of Nepal, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Bhairab is invoked in prayers to destroy enemies.

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