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हराएको इतिहास खोज्दै जाँदा : डिल्लीराज अर्याल


आफ्नै हातमा कलम हुनेहरू पनि आफ्नै इतिहास लेख्नि बसे भने बडो असमञ्जसमा पर्न सक्छन् किनकि इतिहास सोझो वा सरल हिसाबले लेख्नेन गरिएको छैन। व्यवहारबाट इतिहास निर्माण गर्नेहरूले भने इतिहासका पन्ना कलमले कोर्दैनन्। कलमले इतिहास कोर्नेहरूले व्यवहारमा इतिहास निर्माण गर्न वा नगर्न पनि सक्छन् तर तिनका कलमले इतिहासका नाममा कागज कोरेकै हुन्छन्। हामीले भन्दै् र पढ्दैस आएको इतिहासमा गरिखानेको भन्दा बसिखानेको पक्षमा बढी लेखिएको त्यसै भएर पनि हुनसक्छ।

हामीले मान्दै आएको इतिहासमा वास्तविक इतिहास निर्माण गर्नेहरूका अनुहार झल्याकझुलुक मात्र देखापरेका र कतिपयका त नपरेका नै छन्। आज पनि हामीले त्यही मानसिकता र परम्परा बोकेर उदास मनस्थितिमा बनावटी हाँसो देखाएर बाँचेका र वास्तविकताको एउटा पक्षमा, एउटा कोणमा मात्र आधारित भएर इतिहासका कुरा कागजका पन्नामा कोर्ने गरेका छौं।

भन्ने नै हो भने हामीकहाँ संघसंस्था निर्माण गर्ने, गठन गर्ने, त्यसको परिकल्पना गर्ने एउटा र त्यसलाई आफ्नो बनाउने अर्को हुन्छ। जसरी खेतबारी र बाटो खन्नेर एकथरि र तिनको उपयोग गर्ने ,त्यहाँबाट लाभ लिने अर्काथरि हुन्छन्। धेरैजसो क्षेत्रमा काम एउटाको, नाम अर्कैको, स्वामित्व अर्कैको, ऐश आराम अर्कैको हुनेगर्छ।यो हाम्रो परम्परा बनिसकेको छ त्यसैले हामी यसलाई सहज रूपमा स्वीकार्न तयार पनि छौँ। (more…)

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Khadga Shamsher wants to retire in India

Dated Lucknow, the 6th March 1903
From: Kadga (Kharga) Shamsher Jang, Rana Bahadur, of Nepal
To: The Hon’ble Sir J J D LaTouche, KCSI, Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Just as I was contemplating to remove myself to the Dehra side owing to the advent of the hot season and to the ravages of the plague here, Mr. L Porter, C S, Commissioner of Lucknow Division, wrote, requesting to see me in connexion with my residence at Lucknow, and to convey to me what I understood to be some instructions of the Government of India orally. But before dwelling upon what he had to communicate, allow me to state briefly what I am, what my present position is, and what is my motive in coming here.Khadga Shamsher and family in Palpa
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Residence for Deb and Khadga Shamsher

From: C L S Russel, Esq., ICS, Under Secy to the Govt of India, Foreign Dept.
To: The Hon’ble Mr. J P Hewwtt, CSI, CIE, Officiating Chief Commissioner, Central Provinces; The Hon’ble Mr. G S Forbes, Acting Chief Secy to the Govt of MadrasKhadga Shumsher and his wife

I am directed enclose herewith, for your information/the information of His Excellency the Governor, a brief account of Deb Shamsher and Khadga (or Kharag) Shamsher, who are suspected of having recently been engaged in conspiracies against their brother Maharaja Chandra Shamsher, the Prime Minister of Nepal. (more…)

Great Kolkata Scholar interviewed

If you exclude Nobel laureates, India’s most major intellectual export to the West is arguably Partha Chatterjee. Many would say there is no need to exclude the Nobel laureates when maintaining this proposition. Kolkata rejoices in the fact that Partha Chatterjee prefers to remain very much a part-time export: he only spends about 3-4 months being professor at Columbia; the rest of the time he is mainly to be found in dhoti-kurta within his natural habitat. His devotion to Kolkata and his self-location within the city are evident from his speech at the Fukuoka Prize of 2009 ceremony in Japan, during which he speaks partly in Bengali to praise Kolkata as the city which made his kind of scholar possible. It’s worth experiencing the integrity and dignity of his address at this link.

Two incidental details in connection with the Fukuoka Prize: among scholars, this has only been won earlier by two Indians, Romila Thapar and Ashis Nandy (both ordinarily resident in New Delhi). It is awarded to scholars whose influence has been widely recognized as profound and monumental. Second, Partha Chatterjee had asked that the prize be bestowed on him at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, and the awarding body had agreed. Unfortunately, Chatterjee fell very seriously ill and had to be briefly hospitalized over the Kolkata dates, and the ceremony on the youtube video was held in Fukuoka, Japan.

Partha Chatterjee was instrumental in shifting Subaltern Studies from OUP to Permanent Black in 2000. He has, since, quietly and steadfastly supported Permanent Black, both via giving us his own books to publish, and by advising scholars and students to look seriously at Permanent Black. Most recently, Chatterjee was responsible for bringing to fruition the publication of Ranajit Guha’s collected English essays, The Small Voice of History (Permanent Black paperback).

This short interview with Partha Chatterjee reveals some facets of one of contemporary Bengal’s most reputed scholar-intellectuals, whose two new books, THE LINEAGES OF POLITICAL SOCIETY (see blog lower down) and THE BLACK HOLE OF EMPIRE, will be published by Permanent Black, Columbia University Press, and Princeton University Press. (more…)

विश्वास जगाऊ

गएको महिना चारदिने नेपाल भ्रमणमा आएकी सन् २००९ मा अर्थशास्त्रमा नोवल पुरस्कार विजेता एलिनोर अस्ट्रमसँग नेपालको ऐतिहासिक रूपले सफल सामुदायिक स्रोत व्यवस्थापन प्रणालीबारे कनकमणि दीक्षितले गरेको कुराकानी।

जल, जङ्गललगायतका साझा स्रोतको व्यवस्थापन आदिकालदेखि हुदै आएको भए पनि नेपालमा सफलताहरूको यथोचित कदर हुनसकेको छैन। स्थानीय स्वशासन मृतप्रायः छ। सामुदायिक वनसमेत आलोचित बन्दैछ। लाग्छ, हाम्रा नीति-निर्माता र विचार निर्माताहरूमध्ये केही विगतका आफ्नै सफलतालाई देख्यानदेख्यै गरिरहेका छन्।
त्यस्तो लाग्नु अस्वाभाविक हैन। त्यसैले त विश्वभरका विद्वानहरूलाई दैनन्दिन खेती गर्ने किसान, माछा मार्ने माझ्ी र वन व्यवस्थापन गर्ने उपभोक्ताहरूले स्रोतको अति दोहन गर्छन् भन्ने कल्पना गर्न गाह्रो भएन र सन् १९६८ मा ग्यारेट हार्डिनले आफ्नो लेखमा गरेको जनसाधारणको विपत्ति (दि ट्र्याजेडी अफ कमन्स्) को चर्चाले त्यत्रो महत्व पायो। तर, नेपालमा समुदायहरूले गजबको काम गरेको इतिहास छ। मानिसहरू प्रायः बजार वा राज्यले दिने समाधानका कुरा गर्छन्, जुन स्रोतहरूको निजीकरण वा तिनमा राज्यको पूरै नियन्त्रण हो। तर, नेपालमा स्रोत व्यवस्थापनको स्थानीय परिपाटीलाई बिर्सनु हुँदैन। यसरी हेर्दा विज्ञानसँगै रैथाने ज्ञानको उपयोग गर्नैपर्छ। (more…)

सम्भावनाको मार्गमा एउटा दौड

– डिल्लीराज अर्याल

ताश खेल्ने वा खेलेको हेर्नेका छोराछोरी रुखका पात टिपेर पनि खेल्न शुरु गर्छन्। रक्सी खाएर हिड्ने वा उसका छिमेकीका छोराछोरी गिलासमा पानी राखेर पनि रक्सी खाएको अभिनय गर्छन्। यस्तो अभिनयले कैयौं कैयौंलाई कलाकार बनाइदिने गरेको छ। कतिपयले भने मुख्य पात्रको चरित्रबाट वाक्क भएर, तिनका परिवारले भोगेका पीडा, पिएका आँसुबाट दुःखित भएर रक्सी ताशप्रति वितृष्णा जागेका भाव ब्यक्त गरेका पनि पाइन्छन्।

जीवनको भोगाइ दुःख-सुख र राम्रा-नराम्रा दुवै खाले हुन्छन्। त्यस्ता भोगाइमा आफ्ना कमी कमजोरीलाई सम्झने र देखाउने कुरा छन् भने नरमाइलो मान्नुपर्ने केही छैन तर कतिपयले त्यसो गर्दैनन्। उनीहरूको अभिप्राय जे भए पनि त्यस्ता कुराको विवेचना गर्नु मेरो अभिप्राय पनि हुने हुनाले आफ्नो कमजोरीलाई पनि देखाउनु राम्रै लाग्छ। त्यसैले मैले त्यस्तो कमजोरी पनि लेख्ने र देखाउने गरेको छु। (more…)

Difficult Road to Democracy : Interview with B.P. Koirala

– India Today, March 16-31, 1979

Nepal’s feeble cry for democratization was virtually silenced recently in the wake of execution of two Nepali Congress activists, Captain Yagya Bahadur Thapa and Bhim Narain Shrestha. It is significant that the executions were carried out at a time when King Birendra was ostensibly moving towards a rapprochement with the ailing leader of the banned Nepali Congress party, B. P. Koiala. Equally significant was the fact that Thapa and shrestha had been sentenced to capital punishment four years ago, but were executed just when a clemency petition was pending in the courts.

The executions have added to the undercurrent of discontent that is spreading throughout Nepal. Incidents of violence have risen, specially in the rural areas; thousands of students and peasants are arrested every year-according to a recent estimate y amnesty International about 3,000 political activists are languishing in Nepali jails. The executions have proved to be a major setback to the process of “national reconciliation” which Koirala has been pursuing in the face of strong opposition from some of his own party members.

Koirala, 65, former Prime Minister of Nepal and a co-accused with Thapa was recently in Delhi on his way to Kathmandu from the US, where he had gone for medical treatment. In an exclusive interview with INDIA TODAY, he discussed the recent executions and its effects on his efforts to usher in democracy in Nepal.

Q: What effect will the execution of two of your party-men, Capt. Yagya Bahadur Thapa and Bheem Narain Shreshta, have on your efforts at ‘national reconciliation’?

BP: The executions came as a great surprise to me. They were more shocking because recently the atmosphere in the kingdom had started to ease and the general feeling was that the process of democratization would begin soon. The sudden executions have befouled the atmosphere for national reconciliation. They have created psychological difficulties for me because the killings would always be at the back of my mind when I talk to the King next. But I must say the reconciliation process will not be abandoned. (more…)