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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will present A Majestic Evening at Amber Fort on January 26, 2020, a Heritage Event part of the ongoing literary extravaganza.

Among the performances for the evening will be “Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, who will enthral audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into their ears, using a hollow cane.

Known across the world for their ‘Poetic Commandos’, in which they whisper literary, philosophical and poetic secrets into the ears of passers-by through long hollow canes, the artists have worked across the world with texts in various languages including- Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Romanian, Japanese and English. Nine of the ‘whisperers’ will enthrall audiences with a specially curated performance titled Jaan, an artistic exploration of India through selected texts of Indian poets.

They are supported by Institute of Frances and Embassy of France.” The evening, supported by the Department of Archaeology & Museum, Rajasthan Tourism will feature diverse performances including *Gaba*, A Fashion Showcase celebrating concious and sustainable living, *East Marries West – A Legacy* in tribute to the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and *Kathak Parampara* by Pandit Rajendra Gangani and the Gangani Project.

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival entered its 13th year on a chilly Jaipur morning today with all of its characteristic joie de vivre intact. Early risers flocked to grab seats at the NEXA Front Lawn of the Diggi Palace Hotel, which itself was dressed in its colourful best and reverberated with heady beats from dhaaks and nagadas with its extravagant way of presentation, and listened to their favourite speakers – icons, writers and performers. Attendees were welcomed by much fanfare as life-sized puppets paved the way to the NEXA Front Lawn. Gandhi’s message was showcased by renowned puppeteer, Dadi Pudumjee as he presented an excerpt from his celebrated production, ‘Images of Truth’. The Mumbai-based classical vocalist, Nirali Kartik took the stage by storm with Raga Gurjari Todi. She sang two bandish – Meri Akhiyaan Lage and Bhor Bhayee, followed by Mero Allah Meherbaan in Raga Bhairav – one of the masterpieces of the Legendary Pt. Jasraj Ji.

Music led the way to the inaugural session of the iconic Festival’s 13th edition which was graced by the Honourable Chied Minister, Key Note Speakers Marcus du Sautoy and Shubha Mudgaln and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple.

At the inaugural, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot said, “I was the Chief Minister when the festival began and so I’ve seen it from its first year. Namita Gokhale, Sanjoy K. Roy and William Dalrymple have done an exceptional job at curating the Jaipur Literature Festival which has put Jaipur on the world map”

In his welcome speech, Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer and Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, emphasised on the power of literature which can fight any odd, as can the arts. All of us have a responsibility to do so, he said and added, “We all must speak with one voice – a voice filled with empathy and love for each other. Even as tribalism grows across the world, and countries build walls around them, we have to remember that finally, we are all human beings joined together on this earth by the common cause of humanity. The arts, literature, music, theatre and dance can help create an understanding and remove the fear of the ‘other’ that we all face.”

Welcoming the audience, William Dalrymple, Festival Co-director, Jaipur Literature Festival Said, “Why has the literary festival taken off in this country in this extraordinary way? I have a pet theory that it goes back to the tradition of spoken literature for the celebration of literature orally through the spoken word has such deep roots in this country. From the time of the Vedas, before the invention of writing, poetry and religious texts were passed on from ‘Guru to Chela’, people learnt orally. But there is something which continues in the Indian tradition, particularly here in Rajasthan – like the verbally-conveyed epics of Pabuji and all other such which are born out of the soil of Rajasthan and also in the courts of India. So, the idea that a literary festival is a foreign import is something that can’t be maintained. We’ve tapped into something very deep here. Literature is alive and is loved in India.”

Co-Festival Director Namita Gokhale also spoke – “We live in puzzling times. Polarities of the political distract us from urgent issues of the climate emergency. At a time when people live in echo palaces and ego castles, we examine and interrogate our changing world by listening to every shade of opinion. My co-director William Dalrymple and I have together curated a program that covers a very wide range of things at the festival”

Giving out the keynote address, eminent author Marcus Du Sautoy said, “Adding my welcome to the 13th edition of the JLF, I like what Srinivasa Ramanujan used to say about numbers: that every number has its own particular character in the story of mathematics. For me it is thirteen; thirteen is a prime number, an indivisible number and the JLF is certainly a festival in its prime.”

While delivering her part of key note address, much loved Hindustani singer Shubha Mudgal said, “Hierarchies should have no place in the arts. As long as art exists in all its richness and diversity, we can dream of a better tomorrow.”

The session after the inaugural took us to the world of theatre in New York City of the 1940s, a story of showgirls, playboys, actresses and dancers. Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest novel, City of Girls, has a set of wanton and promiscuous young women who behave with incredible sexual recklessness and reap its consequences. The Guardian thinks of the book to be an “eloquently persuasive treatise on the judgment and punishment of women, and a heartfelt call to reclaim female sexual agency”. While in conversation with her long-time friend and editor, the British publisher, Alexandra Pringle, Gilbert talked about her life as an author; from Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls, her experiences as a seeker and a storyteller, her chaotic experiences with the ‘strange’ institution of marriage and her intimate connection with shame. The conversation began with a discussion on Gilbert’s experiences as a married woman, with a reference to her second novel, Committed. “I don’t like it…just don’t like it!’’ said Gilbert, as she talked about being committed to married life. The audience chortled as the session went on in the lavish NEXA Front Lawns of the Diggi Palace.

The Festival’s first day focused on sessions which explored a woman’s right to be free of every societal stereotype including sexual freedom and finding her identity in non-conventional lifestyles. When Franco-Moroccan novelist, Leila Slimani, author of the powerfully unconventional Adèle, was in conversation with the art-writer and curator, Avni Doshi, she stated tellingly that some women want to be just objects! “All my books are fairy-tales!’’ said Slimani as she talked about the French title of her book: Dans le jardin de l’ogre (A Doll in an Ogre’s Garden). “Adèle wants to be an object, a doll.” A doll who wants men to tell her what to do. Slimani said that this book was written out of the fascination that she has towards the phenomenon of addiction. Adèle is addicted to sex and her husband, who is a doctor, thinks of her as a patient with a scope of being cured. He holds onto this hope since he loves her so much; he knows there is a mystery behind her, but he chooses not to face it.

One of India’s highest selling English fiction authors, Ashwin Sanghi, launched his book The Vault of Vishnu through Sonali Bendre Behl at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2020. Keeping in line with his exciting amalgamation of myth and history, Ashwin unveiled the book as the sixth addition in his Bharat series.

To Brexit or to not? This crucial question which can alter the trajectory of Europe’s history has currently gripped Britain’s economy in a chokehold. Unlike all the high politics that usually surrounds the discourse on Brexit, Fintan O’ Toole, an award-winning Irish journalist chose a departure from the usual Brexit narrative in the session, and did not shy away from throwing in a few humorous punches. In a frank conversation with well-known journalist Suhasini Haider he chose to focus on a cultural as well as historical analysis of Brexit, and the very real vulnerabilities that the decision to go along with it posits. Suhasini began the discussion with a set of unsettling questions. “What drove the UK to tear itself apart?” “Will the world ever be the same post-Brexit?” “What on earth do prawn-flavoured chips have to do with the price of eggs?” As she asked these, as the audience laughed in agreement. Fintan O’ Toole helped break down the narrative that has consciously served as a political justification in favour of the move. He believes that most people do not understand the ways in which it can play out. He quipped that “Brexit is like the revolt of an imaginary oppression and the only thing you can get out of it, is imaginary freedom.”

In a session titled “Food for Thought: Gastronomy and Literature” at Jaipur BookMark, the B2B section of the Festival, renowned food & and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey said,” There’s no such thing as curry – no Indian will know what you’re talking about if you use that word.” The word kills the individuality of every unique dish and flavour from different parts of India, according to her. She said she resisted the word for 30 years, but publishers wanted books about curry, so she eventually had to give in.

In another session at Jaipur BookMark, public librarian Aspen Walker referred to her work with the Boulder Colorado library to outline some ideas for what a library should do. The Boulder Colorado library functions not only as a collection of books but also as a space for exhibitions, cultural activities and social interactions. She quoted library science expert S.R. Ranganathan to say that “libraries are a growing organism”. According to her, the cells of this organism are the people who visit it. Thus, the library must always attempt to reach out to people and involve them in its activities. Modern libraries indeed do face multifaceted challenges. University of Chicago Press Director Alan Thomas described the library at the University of Chicago as a very important physical space where people do not just come to read. They come for coffee dates, seminars and to gaze at artwork. Despite the library being an important part of the cultural life at the university, Thomas said that it is increasingly “endangered by private forces” in the publishing industry.

The fifth edition of this prestigious “Mahakavi KanhaiyaLal Sethia Award for Poetry” has been awarded to Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, a well-known name to readers of contemporary literature. The award was presented to Mehrotra by Hon.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. This is Sethiaji’s 100th Birth Centenary Year.

In the session “Darjeeling Express: Of Food and Friendship”, well known chef said, “Cooking was traditionally undervalued and considered inferior because it was the women who undervalued herself.”

A series of soulful poetry readings were presented to the audience, relishing the magic of metres. Poets from all walks of life narrated their lines with enthusiasm and zeal, like, Annie Finch, the famed American poet, spoke about the therapeutic qualities of poetry. “For me, poetry is a physical pleasure. It is a physical necessity,” she confessed. She also threw light upon the new generation of poets and their transition from traditional structures of poetry. “Poets today have abandoned the complexity of structure, and embraced the complexity of meaning,” she added. Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi explained that “Poetry must both delight and instruct.” Through readings of some of his beautiful poems, he showed how poetry tries to express “maximum in minimum words.” He took the opportunity to recite lines of his poem ‘Prarthana’ (Pray).

Nandita Das was in a conversation with Kaveree Bamzai in a session Dedicated to Manto. Manto & I is a book of images and words that traces the journey of making Nandita Das’ film, Manto, a compelling biopic on one of the subcontinent’s most fiery and controversial writers, Saadat Hasan Manto. She has candidly shared not just her creative but also her emotional, socio-political and spiritual experiences of the six years spent with the film.

In the session “The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World” presented by Aga Khan Foundation, author Peter Frankopan said, ‘’From European mentality, people love the Silk Roads because for them, they instantly think about British spies or people working for the state, or arriving in Bukhara in the 1840s and being beheaded in the town-square…From a Chinese perspective, the Silk Roads talks about not just about the modern world but it talks about the old world of Tang and Sung dynasty, when China was much more connected to its Western neighbours…The Iranians think they invented the Silk Roads…It takes the society from Africa to Europe to Central Asia to South Asia…It speaks of a world interconnected a long time ago before the Modern Age.”

In his keynote address on Independent Publishing at JBM Haweli, Michael Dwyer said, “As independent publishers, develop niches but do not become slaves to them.”

The fist day of the Festival ended with announcing the winner of the Romain Rolland Book Prize, awarding every year the best translation of a French title into any Indian language, including English, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain said, ‘Three years into the existence of the Romain Rolland Book Prize, we have seen some talented translators and publishers awarded for their works. This year, we received 7 titles including fiction and a comic series. I am glad to announce that out of the four short-listed works, the Franco-Indian jury selected this year: the first three albums of the Astérix series: Asterix and the Golden Sickle, Asterix and the Goths and Asterix the Gladiator, translated into Hindi by Dipa Chaudhuri and Puneet Gupta and published by Om Books. I understand that the translation of Asterix was not easy, the names of the characters being products of word play with references to French terms. The translators have indeed done an exceptional work of contextualising some of these names while staying true to its original meaning. It is amazing to see such a part of French heritage, a glimpse into the history of the country from where the language originates, now being available to Hindi readers.’


News Courtesy: CC@JLF2020 MEDIA TEAM


अमेरिकी मिडिया कम्पनी बिएल मिडिया इन्कको नेपाली संस्करण बिएल मिडिया प्रालिले ब्राण्डिङको क्षेत्रमा एउटा नयाँ शो सञ्चालन गरेको छ।

‘ब्राण्ड स्टोरी’ नाम दिइएको यस शो मा कुनै पनि नेपाली ब्राण्डहरूको समग्र जीवन कथा भनिने छ । ब्राण्ड कम्पनी पनि हुन सक्छ वा कुनै कम्पनीको उत्पादन वा सेवा मात्र पनि हुन सक्छ।

‘यसमा ब्राण्डका सर्जक वा उद्यमीले आफ्नै स्वरमा त्यस ब्राण्डको कथा भन्नेछन् । ब्राण्ड कसरी जन्मियो, कसरी हुर्कियो, त्यसको जीवनमा के कस्ता उतारचढावहरू आए, कसरी त्यसको ब्राण्डिङ गरियो? यी सबैको उत्तर त्यस कथामा हुनेछ’, शोको परिकल्पनाकार मुना श्रेष्ठले भनिन्।

लामो समय विज्ञापन क्षेत्रमा बिताएकी श्रेष्ठले नेपाली उत्पादनलाई विश्वबजारमा पुर्‍याउन र आफ्नो ब्राण्डको बारेमा सबैलाई जानकारी गराउन यो सो अत्यान्त आवश्यक रहेको बताइन्।

‘नेपालकै ब्राण्डिङ त नभएको अवस्थामा यसका कम्पनी र उत्पादनहरूको खासै ब्राण्डिङ नहुनु स्वभाविकै हो। तर, अब नेपाली ब्याण्डको पनि ब्राण्डिङ हुन आवश्यक छ’, उनले भनिन्।

यस शोलाई एक फरक खाले शो बनाउन लागि परेकी श्रेष्ठ भन्छिन्, ‘नेपाल आफैंमा एक ठूलो ब्राण्ड हो। यसका अनकौ फिचर छन्। तर, हामीले यसलाई विश्वसामू राम्ररी ब्राण्डिङ गर्न सकेका छैनौं। यदि हामीले गर्न सकेको भए वर्षमा २० लाख पर्यटक भित्र्याउन नेपाल भ्रमण वर्षको अभियान सञ्चालन गर्नुनै पर्ने थिएन।’

नेपालमै पहिलो पटक ब्याण्ड स्टोरी सो को सुरूवात ब्रेकएनलिङ्सले गर्न लागेकोमा यसको अवधारणा सुनेरै नेपाली एड गुरू अभय पाण्डे खुशी छन्।

‘मानिसको कथाजस्तै हरेक ब्राण्डको पनि आफ्नो कथा हुन्छ। त्यही कथा भन्ने रहेछ द ब्राण्ड स्टोरीले,’ पाण्डेले यो अवधारणाले नयाँ सिर्जना गरेको भन्दै अगाडि भने, ‘म यो शो को प्रतिक्षा गर्नेछु, मलाई लाग्छ यो एउटा सफल र सिर्जनात्मक शो हुनेछ। र दोहोर्‍याएर भन्छु, यो सो नेपालमा पहिलो सो हो।’

प्रा. डा. कुन्दनदत्त कोइरालाले नेपाललाई नयाँ युनिक सेलिङ पोइन्ट दिएर ब्राण्डिङ् गर्न जरूरी रहेको औल्याए।

‘नेपाललाई सगरमाथाको देश, वुद्धको देश, वीर गोर्खाको देश भन्नु नेपालको परम्परागत ब्राण्डिङ गर्ने प्रयास हो। अब नेपाललाई नयाँ युनिक सेलिङ पोइन्ट दिएर ब्राण्डिङ् गर्न जरूरी छ’, उनले भने।

नेपालमा राष्ट्रिय स्तरका मात्र हैन, अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय स्तरका पनि थुप्रै ब्राण्ड भएको बताउँदै अर्यालले अगाडि भने, ‘वाइवाइ, एनसेल, एनटीसी, सीजी, पञ्चकन्या नेपालका स्थापित ब्राण्ड हुन्। यिनीहरूको ब्राण्ड भेल्यू पनि ठूलै छ।’

उनले अब नेपाली उद्यमीले पनि ब्राण्डमा लगानी गर्ने बेला भइसकेको बताए।

मार्केटिङको संसारमा एउटा बहुचर्चित भनाइ छ, ‘बोल्नेको पीठो बिक्छ, नबोल्नेको चामल पनि बिक्दैन।’ नेपाली उद्यमी व्यवसायीहरूसँग पनि उम्दा ब्राण्ड त छ, तर त्यसको बारेमा बोलिएको छैन। त्यो बोल्ने प्लेटफर्म मिलेकाले नेपाली उद्यमी व्यवसायीले यसको उपयोग गर्ने अपेक्षा गर्न सकिन्छ।

J & K: A New Reality

Posted: August 13, 2019 in By Deepak Kharel


Ajai Sahni

Publisher & Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM

There is an evident element of constitutional skulduggery in the Government’s rescinding of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370, as well as the division of the State and its reduction to two Union Territories. The matter has already been taken to the Supreme Court, with several petitions already filed. Significantly, the Supreme Court has declined an ‘urgent hearing’ on the case.

The debate on constitutionality is likely to linger on till the Supreme Court pronounces on the subject. The debate on ‘sentiments’ of the people of Kashmir will persist indefinitely. Neither is likely to impact significantly on reality. There are new “facts on the ground” in J&K and the now separate Ladakh. A fait accompli has been established and in the environment of a majoritarian juggernaut, it seems unlikely that this will be reversed. Shocked adversaries will simply have to deal with these new realities as best they can.

The reaction has been divided between triumphalism in the Hindutva Right, and extends along the spectrum from dismay to dire imaginings among those opposed. On both sides, there is much wishful thinking. Votaries of the Government and of the Hindutva fold would have us believe that the situation in the State, and including the Valley, is ‘normal’ – though the criteria for ‘normalcy’ in a region under 24-hour lockdown, massive armed state presence and a comprehensive communications shut-down, remain evidently undefined – and that everyone is celebrating the Government’s sagacious decision. At the other end, the occasional protests that have been witnessed in the Valley are being projected as a massive and unprecedented upsurge, a prelude to a complete and irresistible breakdown. As one commentator summed up the dichotomy of views, “Palestine or Shangri La?”

The reality, of course, is neither.

Violent mass protests in the Valley are not something that has emerged just after the scrapping of the State’s special status. They have a long history, with a disruptive peak attained in the early months of the insurgency in 1990, when there was a near-complete breakdown of order as an unprepared administration and security apparatus struggled to cope with the beginnings of terrorism and popular anti-state mobilization. The past decade has seen almost daily incidents of ‘stone pelting’, with another peak in 2016, in the wake of the Burhan Wani killing in July that year.

It must be abundantly clear that, given the comprehensive clampdown and massive saturation of Force in the State, and particularly the Valley, nothing comparable is in evidence, or even envisaged in the foreseeable future, despite the ‘10,000 protestors’ claimed by BBC at Soura in Srinagar. This report was denied by the Government despite video evidence showing significant crowds – though the numbers claimed are difficult to verify from the visuals. Several small protests have been reported in the Valley after a relaxation of restrictions for Friday prayers on August 9, resulting in a restoration of curbs once again. A relaxation was announced on August 11, and would continue through Eid on August 12. At the time of writing, no report of violence during Eid has yet been received.

While news flows from the Valley have obviously been affected, no significant incident of terrorism has been recorded since the clampdown preceding the rescinding of J&K’s special status and the State’s reorganisation. The South Asia Terrorism Portal, moreover, records just one violation of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rajouri District on August 6, and retaliatory Indian fire, after the Article 370 decision and State reorganisation. One infiltration attempt was also recorded in the Machil Sector of Kupwara District on the same date, resulting in an exchange of fire with Indian troops, in which one Indian soldier was injured. Intelligence sources, however, warn that a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide squad has entered Jammu & Kashmir, tasked to inflict ‘maximum casualties’.

Nevertheless, a reaction to the Government’s moves is inevitable, both domestically and led from Pakistan. The saturation of Forces can defer this, even as the very substantial intelligence flows to agencies, particularly in the Valley, would tend to mitigate much of this reaction, at least in terms of a sustainable movement. In the foreseeable future, however, a few terrorist operations, including potentially major attacks, could succeed. The Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s declaration that the Army would “go to any extent” to support the Kashmiri separatists gives ample indication that the Pakistani establishment and its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) will mobilize its captive terrorist formations for escalating operations in J&K, and possibly across India. Crucially, however, over the years, terrorist support networks in J&K and across India have weakened. While some escalation must nevertheless be anticipated, any disproportionate descent into chaos is unlikely. New Delhi’s ‘coup’ and the succession of actions preceding it – including actions against overground workers, terrorist finance networks and separatist leaderships – have clearly shifted the initiative, dramatically altering the ground situation in J&K. Any upsurge in terrorism or in violent mass mobilization is unlikely to create an existential threat for the Indian state. While a steady recruitment of locals to terrorist ranks has been ongoing over the past nearly three years, their capacities and capabilities have been poor, with occasional exceptions. Even if Pakistan provides a dramatic augmentation of support and cadres from across the border, resulting in some increase in terrorism, this is unlikely to have sufficient impact to alter the equation that has now been established.

The Centre’s actions in J&K have injected a significant measure of uncertainty into the environment. It is, however, useful to recall that the State has survived a high intensity conflict (with more than a thousand fatalities each year, peaking at 4,177 fatalities in 2001) through seventeen years, between 1990 and 2006. Despite the bloodshed and the suffering, it is must be recognized, there has been no existential threat to Indian integrity, and no weakening of will in any of the intervening regimes over the past decades of terrorism. This is unlikely to change now.

However, the Centre’s decision has deep flaws, and the manner of its execution – while extraordinarily efficient in these early stages – fundamentally alters the political environment, not only in J&K, but across India. Deceit, disinformation, misdirection and outright falsehoods have been brought centre-stage. These may be excellent elements in strategies of war, but are deeply questionable when you are dealing with your own people within a democratic framework. Crucially, the use of high constitutional office and, particularly, of senior military officers for the propagation of falsehoods can only have a deeply corrosive impact on these institutions. It is useful to recall that a range of dubious justifications were presented to Parliament as well – the purported poverty and backwardness, the educational deficits, the ‘worsening’ security situation, the immediate threat of catastrophic attack, among others – which did not, in fact, reconcile with the realities of J&K, or with the Government’s own claims at different times.

The constitutional evasions and manipulation – while not without precedent – are also pushing the country towards an environment where sheer majoritarian force, and not the spirit of law, defines outcomes. These factors have been infinitely compounded by a rising communalism and the coarseness of commentary emanating from the Hindutva fraternity, including individuals holding high office, and loutish comments, particularly relating to Kashmiri women or the acquisition of real estate in J&K.

Crucially, the scope of restoring a ‘normal’ and constitutional politics, particularly in the Valley, has been enormously diminished. The soft separatism of the Valley’s constitutional parties is no longer viable, even as the scope of communal accommodation has shrunk. Obviously, an election is due, and it will provide opportunities either for the existing political formations to participate, or for an alternative leadership to emerge. The present rhetoric appears to suggest that most of the existing Valley parties may take a radical pro-separatist stand. In this case, the trajectory of separatism in the reconstituted Union Territory will define their future. Any alternative leadership that may emerge, or that may be ‘manufactured’ by the Centre, may not have significant popular support in the Valley – and participation in the election is likely to be low. But eventually, whoever wins the electoral contest will begin to exercise significant influence in terms of access to and distribution of state resources. Parties that refuse to participate will tend to be marginalised, or forced back into the electoral process at a later date.

It is necessary to understand that a new reality has been created in J&K, new “facts on the ground” have been established, whether we agree with them or not. The long term impact will depend on the policies adopted by the Government under the new structure, and particularly and immediately in the handling of the expected reaction in the Valley. If there is a heavy-handed, unsympathetic, indiscriminate and repressive approach, this could compound security vulnerabilities. On the other hand, if political and administrative initiatives are able to absorb the immediate reaction, the long term threat is likely to diminish.

The crucial impact of these moves in J&K, however, is on the wider national context: in the erosion of constitutional norms, the undermining of institutions, the rising communalism of the environment, the overwhelming and disturbing shift towards the religious right, and the emergence of a whole new paradigm, where the ruling party’s ideological objectives and electoral commitments will be the principal movers of policy and strategy, with little concern for long term outcomes. Those who seek to bind the nation by force may well unravel the constitutional fabric that holds its infinite diversity together.

Courtesy: South Asia Terrorism Portal

साढे २ वर्षका आर्यन (समिरकुमार साह) लाई २३ बैशाखको अपरान्हसम्म गाउँलेहरुले घरकै आँगनमा खेलिरहेको देखेका थिए।

मिथिला नगरपालिका–६, धनुषाका उनी त्यही दिन घरबाट हराए।

बुवा शम्भुकुमार साहले गाउँलेलाई खबर गरे। ईलाका प्रहरी कार्यालय ढल्केबरबाट प्रहरी अधिकृत खटिए। रातीसम्म आर्यनको खोजी भयो। उनी भेटिएनन्।

अर्को दिन बिहान आर्यनको शव शम्भुकुमारले आफ्नै घर पछाडि रहेको कृष्णनन्दन महतोको बगैचामा फेला पारे। धारिलो हतियारले घाँटी रेटेर हत्या गरिएको अवस्थामा शव भेटियो।

जिल्ला प्रहरी कार्यालय धनुषाबाट प्रहरी उपरीक्षक शेखर खनाल आफैँ अनुसन्धानमा खटिए। प्रदेश २ प्रहरी कार्यालयबाट समेत टोली खटियो। इप्रका ढल्केबरले टोली नपुग्दासम्म घटनास्थलमा घेराबन्दी गर्‍यो। प्रहरीले अनुसन्धानका लागि प्रदेश ३ प्रहरीको सहयोग समेत लियो। प्रदेश ३ प्रहरीले तालिमप्राप्त कुकुरसहितको टोली पठायो। घटनास्थालको मुचुल्का उठाएर शव पोष्टमार्टमका लागि जनकपुर पठाइयो।

बालक हराएकै दिन अर्थात् २३ बैशाखकै साँझ प्रहरीले जानकारी पाएको थियो। त्यसपछि सो क्षेत्रमा सक्रिय हजारौं फोनको विवरण प्रहरीले केलायो। आर्यनका बुवाआमासँग दोहोराएर बयान लिइयो। तर घटना भएको २० दिन पुरा हुँदासम्म प्रहरी अनुसन्धान निश्कर्षमा पुग्न सकेन।

‘हामीले घटनापछि ६५ जनालाई नियन्त्रणमै लिएर सोधपुछ गरेका रहेछौं,’ धनुषा प्रहरी प्रमुख एसपी शेखर खनालले भने ‘हत्याको कारण बुधबारमात्र खुल्यो।’

शंकामै नभएका ब्यक्ति हत्यारा
अनुसन्धान अधिकारीहरुले शम्भुकुमारका छिमेकी शत्रुधन महतोसँग सामान्य सोधपुछ गरेर छाडेका थिए। उनी आर्यन बिरामी पर्दा झारफुक गर्थे। उनलाई आर्यनले पच्छयाउँथे। दुवै परिवारबीच राम्रो सम्बन्ध थियो। यही कारण सुरुमा प्रहरीले शत्रुधनसँग कडिकडाउ गरेर सोधपुछ समेत गरेन।

‘सोधपुछ गरिएकामध्ये केही गाउँलेले बालक खेलिरहेको र शत्रुधनले इनारमा पानी भरिरहेको देखेका थिए,’ एसपी खनालले भने ‘बुधबार उनलाई झिकाएर सोधपुछगर्दा घटनाको खुलासा भएको हो।’ सत्रुधन छिमेकी भएर पनि बालक हराएका दिन खोजीमा संलग्न थिएनन्। अर्को दिन शव फेलापर्दा समेत उनी घटनास्थलमा देखिएनन्।

प्रहरी बयानमा सुरूमा उनले झुठो विवरण दिएका थिए। प्रहरीले कडिकडाउ गरेपछि उनले बालकको बली दिएको सत्यता स्वीकारे।

घरको आँगनमा बालकको बली
अनुसन्धान अधिकारीहरुका अनुसार २३ बैशाखमा शत्रुधन इनारमा पानी लिन आएका थिए। उनको घरको धारा बिग्रिएको थियो। उनी आउँदा बालक आँगनमा खेलिरहेका थिए। बालकका बुवा शम्भुकुमार कामले बाहिर थिए। आमा रेणुदेबी घाँस काट्न गएकी थिइन्।

झारफुक र तन्त्रविद्याका अनुयायी शत्रुधन पानी भरेर घर गए। श्रीमती र छोरा बिरामी छोरी भेट्न काठमाडौं आएका थिए। घरमा उनी एक्लै थिए।

शक्तिकी देबी चमेनी माइका भक्त बताउने शत्रुधनले बालकलाई एक्लै देखे। त्यसबखत त्यहाँ छरछिमेकी समेत कोही थिएनन्। उनी शम्भुकुमारको घरमा गए। बालकसँग परिचित उनलाई खेलाउदै घरमा ल्याए। घरमा आएपछि केहीबेर उनी आर्यनसँग खेले। अनि भैँसी दुहेर दुध खान दिए।

‘अभियुक्तले बालकको खोजी तीब्र भएपछि बालक र आफू केही पर झाडीमा लुकेको बयान दिएका छन्,’ एसपी खनालले भने ‘खोजी टोली गएपछि उनी घरमा आएका हुन्।’ प्रहरीका अनुसार शत्रुधनले २४ बैशाखको बिहान २ बजे घरको बीच भागमा रहेको आगँनमा पुजा सामाग्री तयार गरे। चमेनी माईको पूजा आरधना थाले।

‘बालकको बली दिए अद्भुत शक्ति आर्जन हुने अन्धविश्वासमा घाटी रेटेर हत्या गरेका हुन्,’ एसपी खनाल भन्छन्, ‘त्यही बिहाननै शव गम्छामा राखेर शम्भुकुमारकै घर पछाडि फ्याकेको अनुसन्धानले देखाएको छ।’

प्रहरी हिरासतमा रहेका शत्रुधनले बयानमा बालकको हत्यापछि घर, हतियार र रगत लागेको कपडा धोएर सफा गरेको बताएका छन्। प्रहरीले घटनामा शत्रुधन एक्लै थिए वा अन्यको पनि संलग्नता हो अनुसन्धान गरिरहेको छ।

आर्यनका हजुरबुवा पिताम्बर साह हलुवाईले दिएको किटानी जाहेरीपछि प्रहरीले अपहरण गरी शरीर बन्धक राखी मारेको ज्यान सम्बन्धी कसूरमा मुद्दा अघि बढाएको छ। धनुषा जिल्ला अदालतबाट प्रहरीले ७ दिनको म्याद लिएर थप अनुसन्धान गरिरहेको छ।

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प्रकाशित १६ जेठ २०७६, बिहिबार | 2019-05-30 19:27:02

केन्द्रीय अनुसन्धान ब्युराेले पक्राउ गरेका गुम्बे ।

काठमाडौं– प्रहरीले रुपन्देही र काठमाडौंमा भएका दुई फरक घटनामा गोली प्रहारगर्ने मुख्य आरोपीलाई पक्राउ गरेको छ । केन्द्रीय अनुसन्धान ब्युरो (सिआईबी) ले रुपन्देहीका नेकपा एमालेका कार्यकर्ता दुर्गा तिवारी र निर्माण ब्यवसायी शरदकुमार गौचन उपर गोली प्रहारगर्ने बाघमारे भन्ने श्यामबहादुर गोम्बीलाई पक्राउ गरेको हो । गोम्बी मनोज पुन भन्ने मनोज बुढामगरका मुख्य सहयोगी हुन ।
ब्युरोका अनुसार असोज २३ गते निर्माण ब्यबसायी महासंघका अध्यक्ष गौचनलाई गोली प्रहार गरी हत्या गरेको घटनामा गोम्बी प्रत्यक्ष संलग्न रहेका थिए । बाराका गोम्बी चितवनमा डेरागरि बस्थे ।
यस्तै गोम्बी गत वर्ष पुस ४ मा रुपन्देही, देवदह खैरहनीमा तिवारीलाई गोली प्रहार गरी हत्या गरेको घटनामा समेत प्रत्यक्ष संलग्न रहेका थिए ।
पक्राउ आरोपीलाई ब्युरोले थप अनुसन्धान र कारवाहीका लागि महानगरीय प्रहरी परिसर काठमाडौंमा पठाएको छ ।


काठमाडौं– देवदहका बलु भन्ने बसन्त पौडेलको हत्यामा भारतको बिहारबाट भित्रिएको मोटरसाईकल, इटालियन नाईन एमएम क्यालिबर पेस्तोल र मनोज पुन भन्ने मनोज बुढामगरकको लगानी र ब्यवस्थापनमा भएको तथ्य प्रहरीले सार्वजनिक गरेको छ।
केन्द्रीय अनुसन्धान ब्युरो (सिआइबी) र प्रदेश प्रहरीले गरेको संयुक्त अनुसन्धानमा पुस २१ गते हत्या गरिएका बलुको हत्यामा संलग्न पटके अपराधीलाई मनोज र उनका सहयोगी सोमबहादुर आलेले निर्देशन दिएको तथ्य खुलेको हो ।
घटनामा प्रत्यक्ष संलग्न दुईजनालाई केन्द्रीय अनुसन्धान ब्युरो र संघिय प्रहरी इकाई कार्यालयको संयुक्त टोलीले पक्राउ गरेको हो ।
रुपन्देही देवदह नगरपालिका खैरेनी चोक बस्ने बलु भन्ने बसन्त पौडेललाई ढेकार स्थित आफ्नै काठ फर्निचर मिलमा मोटरसाईकलमा आएका दुइजनाले गोली प्रहार गरि हत्या गरेका थिए । प्रहरीले घटनामा संलग्न रहेका नवलपरासीका पदम चौधरी र सुनसरीका महेन्द्र भन्ने महिनारायण चौधरीलाई पक्राउ गरेको हो ।
प्रहरीका अनुसार पदम २०७४ साल बैशाखमा कारागारबाट अपहरण तथा शरिर बन्धक मुद्दामा सजाय भुक्तान गरि छुटेको र महिनारायाण् २०७४ साल जेष्ठ १५ गते कारागारबाट हातहतियार खरखजना मुद्दामा सजाय भुक्तान गरि छुटेका पटके अपराधी हुन ।
दुबैले मनोज पुन भन्ने मनोज बुढा मगर र सोमबहादुर आले लगायतको सम्पर्कमा रहि घटना घटाउन मोटरसाईकल सुरक्षित राख्ने, मृतकको घर तथा कारखाना अवलोकन गर्ने, मोटरसाईकल चालकको व्यवस्थापन गर्ने, मनोजले पठाएको हातहतियार गोलीगठ्ठा सुरक्षित राख्ने, घटना पश्चात सुटर तथा मोटरसाइकल चालकलाई भाग्नको लागी सुरक्षित बाटो देखाउने र गोली हान्दा प्रयोग गरेको पेस्तोल, कट्टा तथा बाँकि गोलीहरु सुरक्षित राख्ने काम गरेका हुन ।
महिनारायणले घटनाको दिन पेस्तोल लिई सुटरसँगै घटनास्थल गई हतियार ताकी गोली हान्न सघाएको, गोली हाने पश्चात सुटरलाई उक्त मोटरसाइकलमा राखी भागेको, घटना पश्चात आफ्नो साथमा रहेको हतियार तथा सुटरको साथमा रहेको हतियार जङ्गलमा सुरक्षित राख्ने काम गरेका थिए ।

प्रहरीले अपराधमा प्रयोग गरिएको लु ४ प १४ नम्बर लेखिएको ग्ल्यामर मोटरसाईकल भारत बिहारको भवानपुर भैसाली बस्ने बिनय कुमारको नाममा रहेको तथ्य पत्ता लगाएको हो ।
बलुको हत्या लगत्तै व्यूरोबाट प्रहरी वरिष्ठ उपरिक्षक घनश्याम अर्याल र नायव उपरिक्षक भिष्म हुँमागाइ सहितकाे अनुसन्धान टोली खटाएको थियो । यस्तै संघीय प्रहरी ईकाइ कार्यालय भैरहवाबाट प्रहरी नायब उपरिक्षक धर्मराज भण्डारीको कमाण्ड घटनाको अनुसन्धानमा खटिएको थियो। टोलीले जिल्ला प्रहरी कार्यालय प्रमुख प्रहरी उपरिक्षक श्यामलाल ज्ञवालीको प्रत्यक्ष सम्पर्क तथा संलग्नतामा अनुसन्धान कार्य गरेको हो ।