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Allure of devotional songs draws devotees to Pashupatinath in droves

PRATIBHA RAWAL
KATHMANDU, April 20: For the last seven years, it has been part of her daily routine to attend Pashupati Bagmati Ganga Aarati, organized by Shree Pashupatinath and Bagmati Ganga Aarati Sewa Samiti on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple every day in the evening. Shanti Shah, 45, is ready to forgo all other activities to be present at the aarati, which are basically devotional songs Hindu devotees sing while worshipping deities.

As usual, Shah came to watch the aarti on Friday with her neighbors. As soon as the singers began to croon, she closed her eyes and continuously sang along with them, opening her eyes only at the end of each song. [More]

  THE MARGINALIZED Dalits embark on challenging journey with hopes in the new constitution  
  BY KAMAL PARIYAR  
 
As the percentage of Dalit representation in the present Constituent Assembly (CA) declined in comparison to their numbers in the first CA, the hopes of the Dalit community has somehow dimmed, with the apprehension that the voice of the deprived community and other disadvantaged groups would be least heard. The community is worried not only for a less inclusive CA compared to the first one but also is considerably depressed with the fear that the achievements made during the first CA would perhaps not be preserved.

In the first CA elections held in 2008, seven candidates from the Dalit communities were elected from all of the 240 constituencies, with altogether 50 Dalit members. But the numbers of Dalit lawmaker in the second CA is only two from direct elections, and the number is down to 41, including through proportional representation.

 
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    May 12, 2013. This date is deeply imprinted in my heart. This was the day my dearest grandpa left us. I remember very well that before he breathed his last, he was trying to tell me something but was unable to. His eyes were talking to me but he couldn’t raise his hands to give me his blessings. With eyes full of tears, I wanted to hug him tight and never wanted to let go of him. But I failed.

    Eleven months before the ill-fated day, my grandfather fell ill. But none of us ever thought that he would leave us all so soon. We took him to the hospital and brought him home after a few days of treatment. He looked absolutely fine then. He regularly took medicines and I used to sit by him and talk about everything every chance I got. I used to remind him of his medicines, too.   [More]
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