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Protest, prison and a lost appeal: the memories of Lok Nath Dhakal

One morning in September 1990 there was a firm knock on my door. It was an old buddy of mine from the village. He looked excited and came straight to the point.  ‘Hello Lok Nath,’ he said. ‘Let’s join the andolan for democracy and human rights, it is our day.’...

Bhutan Imprisoned My Wife

Ganga Ram Nepal, 87, originally from Samdrup Jongkhar district in southern Bhutan currently lives in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, chronicled the journey of his life along with the cause of his forceful expulsion from Bhutan.

Ran Bahadur Basnet ( RB Basnet) – a legend to remember

Mr. Basnet and five other high ranking officials of Royal Government of Bhutan defected the government in 1991 after being kept in tacit vigilance round-the-clock, phone tapped and as more atrocities unleashed in the southern villages.

Lalidhap – glimpse and forceful changes

Importance of place name The place name has a symbolic meaning and conveys the continuation of historical as well as social values. The name provides the identity of a specific community and their emotional attachment to that place that forms the part and parcel of the attribute. It is universally...

How I learned English in Goshi School-II

The learning curve Reading the story was a real challenge to us. For sure, we did not know how to pronounce most of the words without someone's guidance. We were not familiar on how the letters would combine to give the specific sound and practice the words pronunciation. We lacked...

How I learned English in Goshi School-I

Traveling to school: a usual adventure During those years of my early education, a student had to have at least three full years of schooling to be promoted on condition to first grade. Here I’m highlighting my school that had a rural settings, complete in itself where I was confined in...

Kumar Sahib was a great singer of patriotic songs

Chandra Bahadur Wakhley I am one of the seven siblings born to my parents in Lapsibotay, Chirang district in 1932. Of the four brothers, three are living: the eldest one, now 91 years, is resettled in Virginia. I was born and brought up in a farmland, simply doing the chores...

A long walk of life

… Bishnu Maya Karki, now 69, formerly from Samdrup Jongkhar in southern Bhutan, who lost most of her family members at five, later spent her childhood in a family-owned ‘gotth’ (cow-shed) rearing cattle, chronicled her powerful early life history to TP Mishra, who wrote this essay based on her actual...

One Nation One People Pie: A treat tasted bitter

Dagapela Series IV (...contd) “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer  Slaughter of Nepali language Three languages (English, Nepali and Dzongkha) were taught in school till 1985. English was the medium of instruction; it...

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