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Shivaratri Day 2013. Pashupatinath, Kathmandu

Better late than never. Some images from the Mahashivaratri Day 2013. From and around the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu. All pics by Suraj. 10 March.

Flowers

On way to Pashupatinath temple from Tinkune

Kodak Moment

On way to Pashupatinath temple from Tinkune

On sale

Hidden

Visible

View

Ganja the Weed: Transaction

How much? Can I have some?

Identified

Documented

Diverted

Space…

Moods

Curves

Covered up

Experience

Tika

Curiosity

Burning...

Warm

Color

Stuffing into...

Smoke…

Performance

Celebration

Handheld

Reliance

Focused

Memory

Queue

Pilgrimage

The TV Astrologer (left)

News

On the date

Ram Mandir, Battisputali

Tweeting over Tea

Communication

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The God. Whose God?

Religious posters pasted on the wall of a house owned by a Dalit in Pipariya Dostiya village of Rhautahat district.

Religious posters pasted on the wall of a house owned by a Dalit in Pipariya Dostiya village of Rhautahat district.

Many Hindus actively practice, promote and protect untouchability, the caste-based discrimination. There are several layers of untouchability in Hindu society but the most visible is the one against the Dalits (collectively those who are at the lower levels of the caste hierarchy) by the non-Dalits (collectively those who are at the higher strata). Untouchability exists among Dalits too. It exists among non-Dalits as well. Continue reading

Burning Effigies [in the Name of Lord Shiva]

Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
[This article originally appeared on the Op-Ed page of the Kathmandu Post today. See it here as it appeared on the paper.]

Indian Hindu Rightwing Fundamentalists Demonstrate In Agra, India Against Nepal Government Decision To Apointment Nepali Priest in Pashupatinath Temmple

The other day I came across a Reuters video on an AOL web site that showed some angry men on the street burning effigies of the government of Nepal, shouting slogans against the Nepali Maoists and demanding the restoration of the Indian priest at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. The visuals were not from Gaushala or Chahabil or any other places in the Nepali capital.

They were from Agra, India. The people in the video were not immigrant Nepalis who are in their millions in India but the members and leaders of a radical Indian Hindu outfit called Bajrang Dal. I don’t recall when I first heard about Bajrang Dal but whenever I come across this name, the images of angry men with swords in their hands willing to kill people from other faiths come to my mind. I am always proud of the fact that we don’t have such a squad like Bajrang Dal that frequently promotes religious disharmony in society in the name of defending Hindutva in Nepal. It was widely reported by Indian media last October that members of this group were involved in raping a Christian nun in Orissa. That is why the Agra video frightened and shocked me. Continue reading