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Bad beginning Starting symbolic reconstruction from Kathmandu makes govt look myopic
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Starting symbolic reconstruction from Kathmandu makes govt look myopic
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© 2016, Kantipur Digital Corp
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Reconstruction and development ( SWAY )
Nepal -- Economic development ( LCSH )
Nepal -- Repair and reconstruction ( LCSH )
पुन:निर्माण तथा विकास ( SWAY )
Nepal Government ( SWAY )
Nepal. Government (DNB) ( LCNAF )
Nepal -- Politcs and government ( LCSH )
नेपाल सरकार ( SWAY )
Corruption ( SWAY )
Corruption ( LCSH )
भ्रष्टाचार ( SWAY )
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Newspaper report ( SWAY )
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20150425 - 20160118
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Asia -- Nepal
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28 x 84

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एशिया -- नेपाल
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Asie -- Népal

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Jan 18, 2016- The inauguration ceremony of the reconstruction campaign, held on Saturday, was
heavy on symbolism and ritual. President Bidya Devi Bhandari laid the foundation stone at the
temple in Rani Pokhari at 11:56 am, the exact time that the April 24 earthquake struck Nepal.
Prime Minister KP Oli then unveiled a reconstruction plan for the town of Bungamati at 2:24 pm,
the exact time that the 1934 earthquake caused widespread destruction.

The inauguration was also made to coincide with the National Earthquake Safety Day. So much
attention was paid to the symbolism of date and time that it seemed that it was not so much the
beginning of a reconstruction campaign as a Hindu religious ceremony meant to placate the gods
where the President and prime minister played the parts of officiating priests.

Like many rituals, however, it was widely recognised that the symbolism of the ceremony was
empty. Or rather, the ceremony inadvertently came to symbolise something quite other than
what the organisers intended. For the many thousands of earthquake survivors struggling under
makeshift shelters, the inauguration ceremony was a mockery, rather than a symbol of hope.
Many of them perhaps felt that the ceremony, like other rituals, meant resting their hope in the
gods rather than any substantial human effort.

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