The Man Who Rescued Kanak Mani Dixit

The man who rescued Kanak Mani Dixit
Raju Gurung, right, rescued Kanak Mani Dixit from an accident on the trail of Annapurna Circuit. But he has a complain with the celebrated journalist.

20 October (Timbu): One of the best things about staying in trailside guest houses is that you meet so many people (Nepali and foreigners) who have so many stories to tell. You learn from then and you also share your experience with them. I was waiting for food in the evening listening to the guys talking in the dining room. By the topic of their conversation, I figured out that they were guides or Sirdars from the French team that was camping on a round a little further from our hotel. “Dinesh Dai,” Suraj told me. “He is the guy who rescued Kanak Mani Dixit.”

A quick background: Kanak Mani Dixit, a celebrated journalist of Nepal was trekking in Annapurna circuit a few years ago. He fell from a cliff over the Marshyangdi River and severely damaged his body parts. He was rescued after a few days during which he managed to survive by drinking droplets of water and fighting with various creatures even though he couldn’t move his body. The rescue was actually a miracle.

Though we had read Kanak Mani’s description of his accident, it was quite an opportunity, in such an unexpected place and time, to hear from the guy who actually rescued him. An excited but little bit disappointed Raju Gurung, 40, told us the story. He had just returned from a trip to Dolpa that day when his boss at the office summoned him and asked him to go to Lamnjung in a rescue mission. “I was tired but I went,” Raju said. “And it was by luck that I saw him [Kanak Mani Dixit]. His brother [Kunda Dixit] and the other guy in the rescue mission had already crossed the point. I was walking behind. I saw him. I went down and found him still alive. That was the fourth day he was stuck over there. I was terrified. I was afraid. I hurriedly came back (climbed up to the trail) and called the porters who were walking by. We brought him up.”

Raju said that he was happy that he was able to rescue (actually save) one of the most prominent journalists in Nepal. But he also said he was quite unhappy because [Kanak Mani Dixit] didn’t live up to the promise that was made to him on that day. “He told me that he would do something for my family,” Raju said. “Ma timilai heridinchhu bhaneka thiye.”

Thula manchhe kura matrai garda rahechhanm,” Raju said. “Big people only talk.”

Raju, who is illiterate but a marvelous guide according to his sirdar who was listening to this conversation in the Timbu hotel, told that he had expected Dixit to help his kids study in a good school. Raju said that he had heard about a school called Rato Bangala that was in some way associated with Dixit. “I have four sons and a daughter,” he said. “It would be really nice if they get good education in a good school.”

I told him that Kanak had done many good things (after the accident) like opening a hospital and stated that Dixit would promptly response if he knows about Raju’s grievance. Then Raju said that Dixit had invited him to attend a ceremony (of what he doesn’t know but may be something related to that hospital) but he couldn’t attend because “I had to go to trekking just five days before the event.” Raju told us that he had tried to contact Dixit but was unable to get through. He had gone to Dixit’s office only to be returned by the security guards. “Thula manche kura matrai garda rahechhan,” he said. “Big people only talk.”

“I couldn’t contact him,” Raju said of Dixit. “But he can contact me at 9803503889 if he wants to fulfill his words.”

10 thoughts on “The Man Who Rescued Kanak Mani Dixit

  1. Just a coincidence! I saw Kanak today breaking traffic rule. He was talking on phone while driving on the way of Thapathali. I am very much surprised what traffic were looking when he crossed the traffic light without ending his conversation. In fact, he was contuning his conversation up to……………I was on 11 number bus so could not follow LOL!

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  2. I wonder which one is more serous offense:

    Breaking the promise made to a poor guy or breaking the traffic rules! May be they are equal? Or the first one is bigger?

    My view is that KMD should admit all those kids of this guy to Rato Bangala School. You have done great job for democracy KMD, now do something for the kids of this man who brought you back from death.

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  3. I read now and then how Kanak is involved in Nepali politics and newspaper.I believe he is doing great than so many others with the same education and background. Actually, it is very easy for others to judge him for what he did not do. I do not know him but from the on line articles it appears that he is a good man, with ethics and and am sure must be thinking of doing something in his own way. Actually, it does not matter what he does,or how he does it or when he does it or ———-. May be he has a broader picture which the other person is not thinking at all. We all need to be thinking as to what we should do for Nepal, and for the Nepalis in need instead of trying to figure what the other person needs to do.

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  4. Dear Dinesh,

    Greetings from the Black Forest, Germany. I read your human-interest story and found it very touching. I must say you’re doing Kanak an injustice because I know him to be a man with character and integrity.

    It somehow reminded me of vedic tales in modern times. In the Kindergarten German children learn to say “Versprochen ist versprochen und wird nicht gebrochen,’ which means if you make a promise you have to fulfill it. It also reminds me of the tale of Saint Martin, who saw a beggar on a wintry day, cut his cape with his sword, and gave him half of it. The German, Swiss and Austrian children sing songs in his praise even today.
    It was a symbolic gesture, but it still moves worlds.
    In diesem Sinne,
    Regards,
    Satis

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  5. दाई नमस्कार,
    एकदमै खुशी लग्यो यो आर्टिकल पढेर । आज हाम्रो गाउँ बस्तीमा गएर सपना बढ्ने प्रलोवन देखाउने नेताहरु मात्र छैनन् । तिनीहरु प्रसिद्द पत्रकार, लेखक, कथित NGO / इन्गो का नाममा संचालित नोकरशाहीहरु ।
    एक दुर्घटनामा परेर मृत्युको मुखैमा पुगेको आबस्थामा कसैले ज्यान जोखिम मा मोलेर आफ्नो ज्यान बचाउछ भने बच्ने मान्छे साच्चै मानवीय हृदय भयको मान्छे हो भने उसलाई त्यो उद्दारकर्ता भगवान हुनु पर्दछ ।
    तर यहाँ हाम्रो गरिबी यस्तै छ भगवान जस्ता हृदय भयका मानिसहरु गरिब छन् दुखि छन् । जसले सपना बढे पनि आशा देखाएपनि पत्यै हाल्छन । यसतै गरि हरेक ठुलाबडा मान्ने गन्ने हरुको स्वभावले गर्दा हाम्रो समाजको सहयोगी र सहिष्णु स्वभाब बिस्तारै निर्दयी त बन्न्दानन मलाई चिन्ता लाग्ने गर्दछ । यो घटना हाम्रो समाजको गाउँ बस्तीमा घटेको प्रतिनिधि घटना मात्र हो । तपाईको सामान्य लाग्ने घटनालाई महत्व साथ आगाडी ल्याइदिनु एकोमा धन्यवाद । यसरीनै तपाईको राम्रा आर्टिकल देख्न र पदना सबैले पाँउन् मेरो कामना छ ।

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  6. एक पत्रकारको रूपमा कनकमनीले बेलाबखत आफ्नो स्वार्थी अभीष्टहरू देश माथी थोपार्न खोज्छ्न. वहांले पत्रकारिता बुझनू भएको जस्तो लागेन. पत्रकारिताको आवरणमा नेतागिरी गर्नु राम्रो होईन. नेतागिरी नै गर्नु छ भने पत्रकारिता छोडेर नेतागिरी गर्नु उचित हुनेछ.

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