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Dinner on the Dashain Eve

Yesterday was the last day in office before Dashain festival. Narayan Wagle (no personal relation. He is the editor of Kantipur where I work as a reporter.) had a tentative plan for the late evening. We went for dinner in New Baneshwor. Badshah Restaurant was already half-closed. No staffs were there to serve us. They had gone to their homes for Dashain festival. We went to a nearby Mugal restaurant. Other two members of the “we” were Guna Raj Luitel and Girish Giri.

That was a quite and, according to Girsh, the most civilized, dinner. Yes, blog featured prominently in the talks. I tried to encourage all of them to start blogging. We talked about documentaries and of course blogging as well as other things.

The talks of documentary were there of course because we had Girish Giri the director in the party. His Team Nepal was recently screened in the Film South Asia 2005, a documentary film festival. Narayan Wagle himself is one of the major character in a famous documentary film Bheda ko Ooj Jasto and Guna Raj Luitel has recently finished shooting for a documentary film about political problem in Nepal. A foreigner is making the film in which Luitel will be the story-telling character. So it was very much obvious for the subject documentary to be featured in that gathering. In fact, I now think, why we talked about blogging or any other topics. We should have completely devoted the dinner time in documentaries. By the way, I would like to introduce myself as a documentary buff.

At one point when blogging featured our conversation Narayan Wagle was expressing amazement over my relationship with computer. How can you stay in front of computer for so long? Well, when he said this, he had already taken a peg of whiskey. (I forget the brand.)

I was full with a bottle of San Miguel Beer. I felt like feeling the effect of beer. Yes, a bottle of beer is quite a thing for me who drinks occasionally. Well, let me remember my latest drinking evening. Oh…well, that goes back to June or July. That too a bottle of beer.

Anyway, to have a party on the last day in the office before Dashain was a nice idea. The food was nice.

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Some Words on Yasir Arafat & Situation in Nepal

How you see Yasir Arafat, a Palestinian, who died at 75 today in a Paris military hospital, largely depends on which spectacle you are wearing on. For Israelis and some of their western allies, he is merely a terrorist, and for Palestinians and their Arab brothers, he is a father-like figure who gave up his life for the greater cause. I think, for people like me who have nothing to give or take with Israel-Palestinian conflict, at least directly, Yasir Arafat is a fearless and one of the greatest leader of 20the century who miserably failed to land the jet safely that he was piloting.

As the New York Times firmly declares in its front-page headline today, Arafat “forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight.” Arafat became the symbol of Palestinian nationalism. He was, in a true sense, a world-class leader. That might be, partly, because of the magnitude of the Israel-Palestinian problem and it’s impact throughout the world. People from around the world, I am sure, have intense interest to learn how the events are unfolding or will unfold in West Asia or Middle East, as the mighty westerns prefer to call the region.

That is why I am listening a continuing coverage of his death in BBC World Service for the fourth consecutive hour. Still, I am not tired with the news though the information that is pouring in is pretty much the same. I have been listening the name Yasir Arafat since the days of my childhood when I used to tune in to Radio Nepal news bulletins. Names like Arafat, Israel, Palestinian, West Bank, Gaza Strip would dominate almost all international news bulletins. I offer my deep condolences to the Palestinian people. May Arafat’s soul lies in peace.

Yesterday, I read an Op-Ed piece in Kantipur by Angaraj Timilsina about Arafat and how Nepal can learn from his life. Though they may look like two side of a coin, there is difference between leading an insurgency and a nation. Yes, I agree with Timilsina. Arafat could not do the later as our leaders like Girija Prasad Koirala and other. Mandela, however, did just that with an illustrious manner. He was free of greed, power hunger, corrupt mindset, and was driven by the will to achieve greater national goal. People say Arafat could not control the corruption in Palestinian Authority, did not delegate power to his subordinates.

Here too, Girija Prasad Koirala, at the age of 80, five years older than the late Arafat, is still eying for the Nepali Congress Presidency. Surya Bahadur Thapa is trying to open a new political party. To sum up, almost all leaders are running after power. We do not have a Statesman. We lack a dynamic and versatile leadership. Yes, what we can learn from Arafat is his courageous leadership, his determination to achieve Palestinian nationhood, his aspiration of freedom. We should throw away the corruption and lust for power. Don’t you think that Mandela, even after resigning from the post of South African President, is a powerful personality?

2 Comments »

1. I am not a great follower of world politics but yet I respect Yasser Arafat for his devotion and dedication. His death, indeed, is a loss to the world. It would be difficult to find any other people fighting for the rights of the people so hard and so long – I can only remember Nelson Madela as greater.

While talking about Arafat, one should always remember the 1990 Gulf War. He supported, I find it difficult to believe, Saddam Hussein, who captured Kuwait. The one who was fighting for his nation should have also remembered the cause of Kuwaities. That one particular thing was the cause that stopped Arafat from being as great as Mandela.
May his soul rest on peace.

Comment by Ujjwal — 11/11/2004 @ 4:41 pm

2. Yes Dinesh, I wholeheartedly agree with you as well as the scholar Angaraj that Arafat was a failure in handling his beleagured occupied territories but at the same time a great revolutionary.With his death, a saga in palestinian struggle or Intifada has come to an end.He must be regarded as a great leader of our times.

Comment by deepak — 11/12/2004 @ 2:48 pm

Congratulations President Bush! Hillary, Are You Ready?

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the victorious President Bush. Though I endorsed Senator Kerry’s effort for the White House, the popular and the Electoral College vote favored George W. World opinion was against Bush. But majority of the people of the “Divided” States of America voted for the continuity of the incumbent. That’s what matters most. However, the President shouldn’t forget the fact that nearly equal number of people voted against him.

I have seen no person supporting Bush in Kathmandu. Why? Whatever might be the answer, Bush will definitely give no attention to that. But the view of the people of Nepali capital represents the majority of the resident’s around the world. The international community expects very good leadership from the planet’s most powerful man. Arrogance is the last thing they want in the US President. Bush should understand this. Reconciliation is the best option. The effect of globalization couldn’t be ignored.

Let me end this blog with a hopeful note. I genuinely expect Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for the 2008 Presidency. That can be possible. She should be prepared for that race. The US needs a female president which will create history on it’s own. Hillary, are you ready?

Wagle Mantra: Think Well, Do Well

Namaste, and welcome at Wagle’s Web World. WAGLE.com.np is my official medium of representation to the World Wide Web. In this website, you can find various information about me, including my family, profession, interests, and activities in the related links. [Added on October 2005: I have started archiving my life in Internet from October 2005. Blogs below this post will provide updates on my life. You might want to check out my public blogs at United We Blog! as well.]