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Kashyap Smriti Puraskar 2018 Goes to Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain

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CONGRATS: Kashyap Smriti Puraskar 2018 Goes to Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain

Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain from Assam, who is settled in Siliguri has won the Tulshiram Sharma 'Kashyap' award in Sikkim for his book "Kina Royaou Ppama "

He was felicitatiedted yesterday at Sikkim Sahitya Parishad with a citation and 51k cash award.

This award has been instituted by Shri. Tulshiram Sharma 'Kashyap  Pratishthan of Sikkim for books published in Nepali in the last three years

TR Sharma Kashyap happens to be the first Sahitya award winner in Nepali from Sikkim.

We congratulate Loknath sir and wish him more success in the coming days.

Via The DC

Aqui Thami's travelling library putting the spotlight on women’s books

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Meet Aqui Thami from Darjeeling, whose travelling library is putting the spotlight on women’s books

‘Sister Library’, founded by the artist and activist, is going to several cities and sparking conversations around the representation of women in literature.

Aqui Thami is an artist and activist from Darjeeling, currently based in Mumbai, who is known for work that brings together both of those worlds. She put up one hundred posters with the words, “A woman was harassed here,” or “You aren’t giving me a compliment. You’re giving me the creeps,” in places around Mumbai where she and people she knew had been harassed. She has been working in the Dharavi Art Room with the founder, Himanshu, since 2012 to provide women and children in the community with a place to express and heal themselves through art.

In Bombay Underground, they promote and publish zines – a low-cost artistic production that allows them to, in Thami’s words, “break the epistemological hierarchy.” One of her zines about periods featured women’s reflections and stories about menstruation. Her latest project is the Sister Library – a travelling library of one hundred books from Thami’s own book collection that focuses solely on women’s writing. The library will tour Mumbai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Goa, and Cochin with accompanying talks and discussions. She spoke to about the role of libraries, the desire to share books and zines that took her a long time to find, and what a permanent collection of these works might look like. Excerpts from the interview:

I want to start by asking about your personal connection to libraries. Did you have access to libraries growing up? Can you tell us about a library experience that has been meaningful for you?

The project comes from an absence of spaces like these in my life. From longing to find books written by female authors at the roadside bookwallahs to fancier bookshops in the city – a variety of books, not just that token bestseller. Also, Sister Library is not a conventional library, it is an evolving and generative artwork that engages with the visual and reading culture of our times.

Underground Bookhouse (a bookshop-cum-library with books on art, culture and activism) was an experience like no other when it came to reading and writing. As an artist, activist and a scholar it was the only space that triangulated my interests. It was from this place of syncretism that I started to reflect on a possibility of a space just like that but one that celebrates women.

Is there a criteria besides female authorship for inclusion in the library? What would you say drives this curation?

It is a curated library of a hundred works by women writers, artists and zine makers. I have curated a mix of things that I really enjoyed. It came from a place of sharing. Having scouted numerous places in search of these works and knowing how difficult it is to procure them, I feel like it is only fair that I share them with everyone that thirsts for them like I did.

Is the role of a librarian a political one to you? You’re choosing to focus on women’s literature. When the size of the collection is still relatively small, every book or zine becomes a reading recommendation.

I wouldn’t call myself a librarian. Sadly, in our times libraries have become places of exclusion, not only in the sense of who might have access to these high walls and gates but also whose works are celebrated, cited and awarded as the most valid and credible.

Sister Library is more an act of reclaiming libraries – celebrating works that don’t find mention in the mainstream media and re-examining the idea of what a library could be. The fact that this project is an interactive work that will be travelling in all its DIY spirit and glory is a step towards redefining what a library could be.

At Sister Library, we will also be celebrating orality. Being an indigenous person, I feel a sense of restriction that writing has brought about amongst us. While we cannot ignore the importance of written text, I also look at it as a colonial legacy. Our libraries were our ancestors. Oral literatures were not just a cultural heritage but also a way of teaching language, rituals and knowledge.

I have over 1000 books in my collection but since it is a travelling library it limits me to a certain number. I have decided on 100.

The books featured on the project’s Instagram include a lot of non-fiction, graphic novels, zines, and poetry. Could you talk to us a little about why the library is drawn to those genres, what it gains from them?
It is curated mix of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, zines and periodicals.

I am a zinester and have been drawn towards their straightforwardness. Content is the only thing that sells a zine. How nice the paper is, how great the print is are all secondary. Since these works are produced independently, they are so very refreshing, from their themes to deconstruction of language. Zines made by women talk about things that we never really get to read about anywhere else.

Non-fiction works of women are harder to find in my experience. Historical factuality from a woman’s perspective is not considered important, but to understand and reflect on where our world stands it is important that we read non-fiction. Reading nonfiction helps unlearn and deconstruct that internalised male gaze you know we all have after years of consuming male perspectives of everything.

And I do enjoy non-fiction as much as I enjoy fiction. But because women were historically denied epistemic validity when writing non-fiction, I was moved to reading more and more non-fiction which in turn enriched my work and life processes.

I can’t ignore the relationship between women’s movement and poetry. Poetry has been medicine to me at various points in my life. I wanted to share it with the visitors of Sister Library too.

The library is set to tour from the end of April to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Goa, and Cochin with accompanying talks and discussions. Do you expect that the different personality of each of these places will affect how they interact with the library?
I cannot predict how each city will interact with the SL. I can only say that it will be constantly modified by its interaction with the people.

At the moment, the library draws from your personal book collection. If people are interested in the project and want to donate books written by women, how would they go about it?
All contributions are welcome. There have been zinesters sending their zines from all over the world, there have been authors wanting to send their books and there have been older feminists and activists who want to share books that drove them in the struggle that paved a way for us. It has been such a blessing.

At every venue, there will be a collection booth for interested people to drop their books. They could also ship books to this address in Mumbai: Art Room Foundation, Flat No 1, Shangri-La Apartments, Khandeshwari Mandir Marg, Mount Mary Steps, Bandra West, 400050.

The goal, I’ve heard you say in another interview, is to have a permanent collection if enough support and interest is generated by the tour. What would this permanent collection where people can borrow books look like?
I have dreamed of a feminist library, it’s true. It will be everything the travelling Sister Library is but in a permanent space. Open to people to come and read, as well as become members and borrow books. It will be a new place to see and understand the world – providing a unique experience to be immersed in works created by women exclusively thereby creating new narrative, providing the space to ask questions, and to look and to think about the answers. It obviously must be community-owned, volunteer-run and a safe space. It will all depend on how much funding I will be able to raise to make the permanent space happen, but ideally, it should be a big enough space for the books, zines and other publication as well as other activities such as story telling, reading circles, book clubs, and zine making. It should be accessible to people with disabilities. People can get in touch with me if they are interested in supporting Sister Library with money, space or books.

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Gorkhaland 30th state of India says Class IV text book

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Darjeeling: The Hills parties might have been fighting for a separate Gorkhaland state for several decades now, but a schoolbook for Class IV kids in the region has already declared it as the 30th state of the country.

Though the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the forerunner for the statehood demand, has denied any knowledge of the book, its assistant secretary Jyoti Rai said, "One thing is clear. The word, 'Gorkhaland', is accepted," said Rai, promising to find out about it.

The error is found in the social study book being taught in a few ICSE schools in the Hills.

The word, "Gorkhaland", appears in the very first chapter on "Our Motherland and People". On page 5, "Gorkhaland" also appears on the political map of country, just below Sikkim. However, it is not mentioned in the question-answer section, though "Darjeeling" does figure in Bengal.

According to the owner of a bookstore in Darjeeling, the book is being used only in a few ICSE schools and not in government institutions. "We are selling to a few schools but they are not government ones," the owner said. "There can always several publishers involved. We are not aware of which school subscribes to which one." He promised to write to the wholesaler, who provides the book, about the error.

Interestingly, books from the same publisher but not pertaining to the fourth standard are also being sold from other stores.

The Janmukti Primary Teacher's Organization (JPTO), affiliated to GJM, said books suggested only by National Council of Education for Research and Training (NCERT) were used in primary government schools. "We use books recommended by the NCERT. We are not aware of the social study book that mentions Gorkhaland as a separate state," said Rajen Thapa, president of JPTO.


Delhi Book Release: Roshni Rai’s “From the Mountains to the Ocean”

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The book release event of Roshni’s Rai’s book “From the Mountains to the Ocean” took place at New Delhi today, 29th of November 2015. Roshni Rai, an advocate by profession is also an ultra-marathon runner and a motivational speaker from Darjeeling.

Roshni Rai is also the founder of “Run Run with Roshni” foundation through which she supports underprivileged Gorkha runners from across India to run in different nation and international marathons run in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Shillong since the year 2012. The vision of ‘Run with Roshni Foundation’ is to find and nurture talented runners from the Gorkha community to represent the country in international and Olympic Games. In every marathon they participate, the team from “Run with Roshni” wears t-shirts with slogan- “WE ARE GORKHAS PROUD TO BE INDIAN. JAI GORKHA JAI HIND!”

Delhi Book Release: Roshni Rai’s “From the Mountains to the Ocean”

Her book “From the Mountains to the Ocean” is the culmination of her journey as a little girl from a remote village in Darjeeling to Mumbai in 2004 through self-discovery and realization in the process. The book narrates the story of Rai’s passion for Running and the vision to highlight the social issues of the Gorkha community through the medium of sports. Interspersed with the history of Darjeeling and of Gorkhas, the book also talks of her struggle to get Gorkhas recognition as Indians through her initiative `Run with Roshni’, whereby she is enabling underprivileged youth from Darjeeling to run marathons across the country.

The book launch event was organized by and hosted by the Gorkha community in JNU, New Delhi. Special shout out to Bijay Thapa for organizing and coordinating the event so smoothly. The event was graced by Major DP Singh, a Kargil War Veteran and India’s first amputee marathon runner. Several eminent Gorkha personalities including Dr. Mahendra P Lama, Prof. Shrawan Kumar Acharya, Jyoti Thapa, Bikram Pandey - Resident Consul General of Greece in Nepal and the chairman of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, world’s highest train Running Marathon, Amber Thakuri family of Indian National Army (INA) Capt. Ram Singh Thakuri who composed the song “Kadam Kadam badaye ja, khushi ko geet jaye ja” Colonel Pradhan, Reuben Gurung, Saha Yudhister, Andrew Gurung, Sagan Moktan, and other eminent personalities from across Delhi and Gurgaon attended the event helped at the conference hall of School of International Studies, Building II, JNU Campus, New Delhi.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof Mahendra P Lama emphasized on the need for the community to focus on Education. Citing examples of the contribution of upcoming writers like Roshni Rai and Jyoti Thapa to highlight the different aspects and aspirations of the Gorkha community in various subjects and fields. Roshni Rai also answered questions from the audience on the subject and theme of the book, the challenges and here experiences while publishing her maiden book “From the Mountains to the Ocean.” Roshni Rai was also extended an invitation to the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2016 in Nepal. The event ended with an informal interaction with Roshni Rai and the audience over some light refreshment. Roshni Rai also signed copies of her book and readily agreed to selfied and pictures with the fans.
Prof Mahendra P Lama 
Extending heartiest congratulations to Roshni Rai for her achievements, Gorkha Youth and Students’ Association (GYASA) wishes Roshni Rai much more success in the coming future. We will continue support in her endeavor and vision for the question of an Olympic medal from the community.


'From the Mountain to the Ocean- Run with Roshni’ book released in Guwahati and Gangtok

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Nanda Kirati Dewan

Empowering the Gorkhas and Enlightening others about the Gorkhas  is the mission of ‘Run with Roshni . ‘From the Mountain to the Ocean-Run with Roshni’ released in Guwahati and Gangtok.

Guwahati 15th  Oct 2015:  The book ‘From the Mountain to the Ocean-Run with Roshni’was released on Saturday at Gauhati Press Club, Guwahati by Anshu Jamsenpa, first mother in the world and only Indian woman who scaled the Mount Everest thrice and Ms. Pomi Baruah, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Assam in a book release and interactive session organized by Gorkha Youth of Guwahati (GYG) and Mantraa Media & Events and powered by North East Today – NE India’s leading news magazine. Avas Foundation and Run with Roshni Founadtion supported the initiative and organizations viz All Assam Gorkha Students Union; Guwahati City Committee, All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU), Guwahati City Unit, students of various colleges of Guwahati city including the Cotton College and Guwahati University and others accorded her welcome and felicitations. Dr. Saumen Bharatiya, Director of Vicky Publishers and President of Byatikram MASDO , Meghraj Timsina, Chairman of Mantraa Group of Companies , Mr. Raja Publisher and Editor of Raijor Batori and Bidhan Dasgupta publisher of Shailo Prabaho, Convenor of GYG Resham Parajuli, President of Guwahati City AAGSU Santosh Powdel, Raj Newar publicity secretary of AAGSU too were present as guests.  Members of North East Kirat Rai Sanskritik Sansthan, Greater Guwahati Gorkhali Mahila Samity, Gauhati Press Club, various Journalists associations and youths across the North Eastern states were present in the book release function.
Anshu Jamsenpa (L) Mountaineer who climed Mount Everest thrice and Pomi Baruah (R) OSD to CM, Govt. of Assam relaesing Roshni rai's book at Gauhati Press Club on saturday.jpg
Anshu Jamsenpa (L) Mountaineer who climed Mount Everest thrice and Pomi Baruah (R) OSD to CM, Govt. of Assam relaesing Roshni rai's book at Gauhati Press Club on saturday.
Roshni Rai, Indian Gorkha International Ultra Marathon Runner and founder of Run with Roshni which is very extensive and ambitious venture, spreading awareness about “Indian Gorkhas” and its age old identity crisis said that the book ‘From the Mountain to the Ocean-Run with Roshni’ is story of a patriot community who not only laid down lives for the nation but contributed in the nation building process demanding their Indian identity in India and statehood since a century now.
An enthusiast Gorkha actvist Kamal Pradhan recieves autographed book from the author Roshni Rai.
An enthusiast Gorkha actvist Kamal Pradhan recieves autographed book from the author Roshni Rai.
On Sunday Roshni Rai also addressed the students of Gauhati University at an interactive session in the Romailo-Bhetghat organized by Greater Guwahati Gorkhali Students Family at Phanidhar Dutta Hall at GU Administrative Campus on Sunday. The motivational speaker was invited as Special Guest of Honour for an interactive session and released the ‘LOHIT PUTRA’ – the mouthpiece of GGGSF. The Chief of the Gorkha Development Council (GDC), Govt. of Assam Shri. Lok Nath Upadhyay, Vice President of Assam Gorkha Sammelan Shri. Krishna Bhujel, Dr. Khagen Sharma, Associate Professor Deptt. Of MIL, Gauhati University, Prof Hem Chandra Gautam and others called on Roshni Rai while in Guwahati and assured to support  Run with Roshni Foundation
Members of Cotton College Gorkha Students Union felicitated Roshni Rai .jpg
Members of Cotton College Gorkha Students Union felicitated Roshni Rai .
Addressing thousands of students at Guwahati University Roshni said, ‘Each of us must have a mission of Encouraging the Gorkhas and enlightening the non-Gorkhas’ as you all will be influential and important individual of resource of the community tomorrow. Recalling an incident about racial discrimination She said,’Like you all in 2004 I  had found new life in Mumbai while I went to study LLM in Mumbai University , yet I felt a tug in my heart as I yearned to feel the mountain air and watch the mist move seductively through the undulating hills of Pedong, Kalimpong sub division of Gorkha dominated Darjeeling district of proposed Gorkhaland. I was rudely shaken from my reverie when I heard taunts from the local boys “Oiy...Chinky...Minky...” “ Oiy.....Chicken Chili” “ Oiy...Oiy..Kancheee..” “Oieeee Nepali..” In a fit of rage I strode over to the group and said “I am from Darjeeling, India and yes proud to be a Gorkhali, and an Indian”
Roshni rai is accorded felicitation with a traditional Assamese headgear Jhapi and Phoolam Gamoocha- a scraf by Officer on Special Duty to CM Govt. of Assam Pomi Baruah in Guwahati.
Replying to a question on Gorkhas of Assam and Gorkhaland an advocate by profession Roshni Rai said ‘Darjeeling is the heart of the Gorkhas but Assam is the face of Gorkhas of the Nation and Gorkhaland is not about Darjeeling alone, it is the aspiration of 10.5 millions Gorkhas of this country out of which more than 30 lakhs I am told are in Assam.’ The Gorkha Gaurav Awardee instituted by Gorkhaland Terrritorial Administration added that her mission is to empowering the  Gorkhas and enlightening others about the Gorkhas .
Gorkha Youth of Guwahati with Roshni Rai and Anshu Jamsenpa after the interaction session and book release .
I have chosen Sports that is Marathon as medium to air my voice towards racial discrimination which common for all Mongolian orientation faces from the North East in mainland India and I feel by and large I have been quite successful. I am delighted to be here in this beautiful and holy city of Guwahati and thank the organizers Gorkha Youth of Guwahati and Avas  Foundation for their support and Mantraa Group of Companies for arranging my book release function and sponsors for their wholesome support. I must acknowledge team Mantraa Media & Events headed by Nanda Kirati Dewan for his constant support in my initiatives making this a happen in  Guwahati.

Anshu Jamsenpa, the only Indian woman mountaineer who climbed the Mt. Everest thrice lauded Roshni’s efforts in documenting her thoughts and vision striving hard to achieve her mission. Pomi Barauh OSD to CM, Govt. of Assam appreciated the mission undertaken under Run with Roshni Foundation to train Indian underprivileged youths for Olympic Marathon medals. She assured Roshini of all possible support at her capacities to support the cause undertaken. Dr. Bharatiya the director of Vicky Publishers proposed to translate the book in Bengali and publish it from Assam for Bengali readers across the country so they also understand the quest of Indian Gorkhas for statehood and that Gorkhaland is not separation from Bengal but identity aspiration Gorkha people in India.
In Gangtok the book was released by P.J.Lama,National Table Tennis Player ,Sikkim State Veteran T.T. Association at Rachna Books. and the author herself at Rachna Books followed by an interaction.

"Gorkhas in the freedom struggle of India" Book released

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Book highlighting the role of Gorkhas in India’s freedom struggle released

K.K. Muktan, author and a former bureaucrat, launched his fourth book titled, “Gorkhas in the freedom struggle of India” at Hotel Polo Towers here on Saturday.

The book was released by W.M.S.Pariat, former Chief Secretary and Co-Chairman of Meghalaya Resource and Employment Generation Commission (MREGC).

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Pariat said that the Gorkhas are remembered for their absolute loyalty to duty and that from the information provided by the book, the people will not only remember their service in the military realm but in playing a role in Indian politics as well.

The author, meanwhile, highlighted three parts of the book–the freedom struggle and the participation of the Nepalese in India’s freedom movement, participation of the Gorkhas in the Azad Hind Fauj or the Indian National Army (INA) formed by Subhash Chandra Bose and the sacrifice made by 22 young Gorkha jawans during the Kargil War.
Former Chief Secretary, W.M.S. Pariat releases the book titled, “The Gorkhas in the freedom
struggle of India” written by retired bureaucrat, Mr. K.K. Muktan on 3-10-2015
At the same time he said that the book is beneficial to university students, research scholars and the community as a whole.

Muktan has authored books like “Planning for retirement” and “The Legendary Gorkhas” among others.

Source The Shillong Times

National record for Gorkha's Daugther Anita Niraula

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Gorkha's Daughter Anita Niraula, a senior newsreader with All India Radio, Gangtok, has added a yet another dimension to her multi-faceted personality. She has become the first person in the country to author a research-based book in Nepali on Nepali music contributors.

Her name has been incorporated in the prestigious India Book of Records in recognition of her achievement. She has been awarded with golden memento, certificate and record holder identity card.

The book titled ‘Black and White: Sikkim Ma Sangeet Bhitrakaharu’ is the result of her extensive three years research work in individual capacity. It contains life sketches of more than 85 music artistes and promoters, contributions of more than 16 organizations related to music as well as information on over 54 folk music of Nepali community. The book also contains a brief history of Nepali music in Sikkim.
Gorkha's Daugther Anita Niraula finds a place in India book of Records
Gorkha's Daugther Anita Niraula finds a place in India book of Records
India Book of Records is a collection of national records in the field which mostly is not included in an organized sport.

Source:  nelive

"The Khukri Braves" Book Review by Anmol Mukhia

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Anmol Mukhia for IG

Book Review on Mani, Jyoti Thapa (2015), “The Khukri Braves: The illustrated history of Gorkhas”, Rupa Publication, New Delhi, Page 407.

The author (Jyoti Thapa Mani) has illustrated the book entitled “The Khukri Braves: The illustrated history of Gorkhas,” not only from the pictorial representation but also from the rich encyclopaedia of Gorkha histories. The book is divided into six parts with its sub chapters, each dealing with the Gorkha in association with his formation, struggle for unification and engagements in service, which makes unique in understanding the Gorkha community. The author says “But it must not be forgotten that the Gorkha name was earned by the sweat, blood and sacrifices of millions over centuries.” What makes this book unique in the relation to Gorkha is ‘double-b’ as pride, which I understood according to author, as the transformation of bravery to brand. Gorkha has become a brand as Trax Gurkha, Gurkha Cigar, Khukri Rum, and Khukri known all over the world.
Anmol Mukhia with Jyoti Thapa Mani
Anmol Mukhia with Jyoti Thapa Mani
Most important part of this book is the illustration of Gorkha from three phases. Firstly, the 19th Century shivetis Baba Gorakhnath whose influence are found from Gorkha district in Gorakhpur (Nepal) to Gorakpur in Uttar Pradesh (India) and the followers or the people living in the surrounding was known as Gorkhas. Secondly, mighty Shah Dynasty ruler Prithvi Narayan Shah was successful in unifying the Gorkha in 1742, where he himself claimed as the king of Magar before dying. During his rule, Gorkha also worship lord Bhairav and in 1785 king Prithvi Narayan Shah raised a company in his army called Bhairav Dal. However historian believe in the genealogy of Raiputs from Parmar Rajputs of Narsinghgarh state in Malwa and Chittore Rajasthan, and the Shah or Sahi were given the title of respect to the warrior. Thirdly, famous Gorkha army encountered by the British in 1815 with the birth of Nurseerree Battalions and the Sirmour Battalion drives them to fight for the foreign nation.

In relation to the Khukri Braves, the book has also justified the Gorka community in association with his Khukri, where majority of Gorkha worship Kali which is also known for Kal Yug. Again the Kal Yug is known for the end days where ‘the evil man kills the evil man’. Therefore the slogan started as Jai Mahakali! Ayo Ayo Gorkhali, which inspired the Gorkha soldiers in different fields as an inspiration during the various wars. Thus the Gorkhali with his khukri became associated with his pride.

However, the book also shows the misrepresentation of Durga Malla statue as the khukri soldiers with his horse, when the author shows the history of Malla as Gorkha intelligence. Also khukri was used for the foot soldiers and not the horse warriors. There are many errors in the Gorkha history with multiple gaps and the book The Khukri Braves are successful in linking the gaps with logical illustration. This book shows Gorkha association not only with the Hindu religion but also with Buddhism and Christians. The final impressive hypothetical assumption made by the author is the Buddha antique statue at the Nepal National Museum, where she shows the elongated ear lobes indicate that he had grown up in a culture which wore circular discs or tubes in the ear holes.

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