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CONTENTS

Page

Letters 3

News Notes 4

Briefs 6

Quote Unquote 7

Off The Record 8

OPINION: Dr. Rup Khadka 9

NEPAL - BHUTAN TALKS: One Step Forward 10

NEPAL BANDH: A Futile Show 11

CHITWAN'S POULTRY INDUSTRY: Flullering Ahead 12

A VIA TION : Safe Sky 15

DEVELOPMENT: AgeJ1l Of Change 21

COVER STORY: Message From The Mayhem

The violence that gripped the capital last week shows how

political instability can affect the country and its neighborhood.

Page 16

CHITW AN FESTIVAL: Showcasing Strengths 24 NEPAL! CONGRESS: Trial Of Strength

Deuba's efforl to dislodge Prime Minister Koiralacould boomerang

on the dissidents.

ART: An Artist's Diary

25 Pagc 14

THE BOTTOMLlNE

DRUG ABUSE: Spiritual Treatment

PASTIME

Leisure

FORUM: Yuba Raj Pandey

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INTERVIEW:

JAI DEWAN

An established tourism entrepreneur,

Dewan talks about the prospecls

and challenges of the lourism

industry.

Page 22


COVER STORY

CLASHES IN KATHMANDU

Message

From The

Mayhem

Amid growing political instability, Nepal witnessed unrest and

violence on a scale not seen since the anti-Panchayat protests. An

important lesson emerged from last week's turmoil: a stable an!1.

prosperous Nepal could help guarantee the security of its norther'

and southern neighbors

By KESHAB POUDEL

Mobs enraged by a mysterious

rumor went on the rampage

in Kathmandu on December

26 and 27, ransacking

shops and allacking

Nepalis of the Terai region and Indian

nationals. At a time of growing political

instability in the country, the last thing

Nepal needed was deterioration in the

law-and-order situation. But the anarchylike

situation flared up so suddenly that it

almost spiralled out of control.

Chinese nationals were not free from

trouble either. At Melamchi on December

25. some local labourers hired by a Chi-

16

nese company at the Indraw3ti Hydropower

Project in Sindhupalchowk district,

60 km north-east of capital bordering

China, attacked Chinese workers. A

Chinese worker was reportedly injured.

The violence in the capital was triggered

by a mysterious rum or spread by

equally mysterious sources that Indian

film star Hrithik Roshan had madedisparaging

remarks against Nepal and Nepalis

in an Indian TV interview. The rUlllor was

used todivide Nepalis on the basis oftheif

physical appearance and geographical

nativity.

Violence was continuing in lowns

along the southern border, but the country

appeared to have emerged out of the tur-

moil. On the last week of 2000. the national

capital witnessed still-unexplained

student protests Ihatdegenl!J"alcd into wider

social unrest following unsub:.lantlillCU

statements Hrithik was reported IQ have

made. According to the pal ice. fi \ C people.

including two children. were killed in

police firing that followed an attempt to

set afire Gopi-Krishna cincma hall at

Chabahil. Kathmandu. which was screeningthc

Bollywood heartthrob's latc:-.llll111.

"Mission Kashmir".

Thc students later el1lcrco the city

centre and attacked shops 0\\ ned by IllCIllbers

of the Marwari ethnic group. Although

the incidents reprcsented a real

danger of serious rifts between Nepali:-. of

SPOTLIGHT/JANUARY 5.2001


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