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Forgotton Warriors

Posted by nepaliaashish on January 20, 2009

History can be forgotten if not preserved well. Recently I came across an image of african slaves’ reunion followed by some historical insights. I then asked to myself whether anyone is building a collection of historical archives related to Nepal. and I came across The Digital Himalaya Project. The goal of the project, according to its website is

Slave reunion

Slave reunion

“to develop digital collection, storage,
and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological
information from the Himalayan region”.

This is fantastic, I thought. Then another thought that crossed my mind was that it would be fabulous to have a digital collection of Nepalis who were awarded with the Victoria Cross. I did find the link for the Victoria Cross winners and The Paramvir Chakra winners, which is the highest decoration in the Indian Army. However, I learned that the whereabouts of the medals and the families of these decorated brave men is now unknown.

It is really sad that these men who represented Nepal in many battles of the past are now forgotten. May be the families of these brave men need to found and honored like they do in the USA on the Veteran’s day.

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Cataracts and Nepal

Posted by nepaliaashish on January 10, 2009

cataract

cataract

While the rest of the world is combating novel infectious agents such as HIV, Nepal unfortunately is still battling with ancient diseases such as cholera. In addition, due to lack of biomedical research many diseases and their causative agents are not being diagnosed. A recent study conducted in Nepal has confirmed that use of solid fuel (daura) in inadequately ventilated kitchens increases the risk of cataract. Furthermore, since women do most of the cooking in Nepal, women but not men may be at risk in acquiring cataract and thus may become blind at a young age.

This may have serious sociological implications, especially in a country like Nepal. Environment and health are probably the two hottest topics today. Life style in rural Nepal and its impact in the environment as well as in the health of Nepali women thus needs to be seriously considered when thinking about a new Nepal. Innovations to ameliorate the tough life style in Nepal will probably be really appreciated.

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