Mustang District, Nepal, Presentations & Speeches
My attempt at inspiring students at Dhaulagiri Boarding School in Jomsom, a village in my home District of Mustang, to pursue their dreams, to break out of the limitations and constraints imposed on them by Nepalese culture and society. . . . → Read More: Dhaulagiri Boarding School: If I did…Why not You?
Mustang District, My Personal Stories
Retirement celebrations were a big deal in the our village of Tangbe in Mustang District. But before 1990, even with a sizeable number of the people living in Pokhara, I don’t think many held their celebrations in the city because of the shame they felt in being ethnic Tibetan. Things have changed a lot since then. Here’s a glimpse into a celebration that I attended last month. . . . → Read More: Biswo Dai’s Tharchyang (Retirement Celebrations)
Since 1990, little by little, my people from the little village of Tangbe in Mustang District have been reclaiming their identity. Here’s one of the ways they are doing that. . . . → Read More: A Community Reclaiming Identity
Climate change, which the President-elect Donald Trump calls a hoax, is real…painfully real in many parts of the world, including in the district of Mustang where I come from in Nepal. . . . → Read More: Climate Change and The Dilemma of a Yak Herder
The cave dwellings and secret temples are some of the cultural heritages of Mustang district, the district I am from. A National Geographic team explored and studied some of those caves earlier this century. Embedded within the blog post are videos of those expeditions into the caves. . . . → Read More: Lost Caves Of Mustang
Want to learn a bit about the plight of ethnic Tibetans in Mustang, the district I am from, and those of Tibetan refugees in Nepal? Watch the embedded Al Jazeera video. . . . → Read More: Al Jazeera Correspondent – Mustang: A Kingdom on the Edge
The first experience Mustang had with development aid was in the nineties, some of which I saw first hand. And they failed miserably! Part of the reason was the condescension with which Kathmandu has always treated Mustang. . . . → Read More: Twisted Benevolence: Development Aid in Mustang in the Nineties
The influx of tourists to Mustang bring little benefits to the local people. On the contrary, the visitors not only have little regard for the ways and values of the locals but also question and threaten the most important aspect, and therefore, the very basis of their way of life: their religion (their spirituality). . . . → Read More: The Ugly Face of Tourism in Mustang in The Nineties
Our political leaders and the Kathmandu elite have always been arrogant, self-righteous and patronizing when it came to the way they treat marginalized Nepalese.
Here’s an example of that going all the way back to the early nineties when they opened and served up Mustang district as consumer products to trekkers and travellers.
Is it any wonder they are treating the people in the southern plains as they are now?!
. . . → Read More: “The local people should improve the quality of their lives.” […] “But let them not wear ties”