rajneesh Rajneesh Bhandari

Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist based in Nepal with nine years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, AFP, Asia Calling, Headlines Today, Aaj Tak, [email protected], PBS, BBC, Kantipur Television and other regional and national media outlets.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

For the last three years Nepal has been organizing Elephant Beauty Contest in December in Chitwan. On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants. Elephants' intelligence was also judged. Elephants perform catwalk, shake hands and greet as requested by the judges.

Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park won the award.

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Transgender in Nepal 1
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

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Transgender in Nepal 13
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam says she is happy that she is a transgender. “I don’t feel bad about it,” she told.

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Transgender in Nepal 12
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Transgenders at young age are vulnerable to rape and they don’t report such incident because they are afraid to come in public, Neelam shared.

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Transgender in Nepal 11
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

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Transgender in Nepal 10
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

But living as a transgender in a conservative Nepali society is not easy. She feels bad when people call her “hijada” but now she has learnt not to listen such words.

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Transgender in Nepal 9
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

It was during a radio interview that Neelam made it public that she is a transgender. Her parents who were listening to the radio program knew about it then. She now openly lives as a transgender.

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Transgender in Nepal 2
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Reading books is one of her favorite past times.

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Transgender in Nepal 8
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam chats with her friends through a mobile device to update that she curled her hair.

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Transgender in Nepal 7
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam was studying in class 8 that she knew she was transgender. She was afraid at first to tell it to others. She used to live in loneliness and wasn’t comfortable with others then.

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Transgender in Nepal 6
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam has been looking for a job in Kathmandu but has remained unsuccessful because most of the offices she approached rejected her because of her sexual orientation.

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Transgender in Nepal 5
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam, cleaning spinach, for her lunch on Sept 13, 2013. She loves cooking and likes Chinese food.

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Transgender in Nepal 4
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam loves to wear the dresses of a girl. She says she likes makeup kits.

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Transgender in Nepal 3
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam Paudel, 21, from Morang, Nepal, is transgender.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (13 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

A government vehicle was vandalized by the angry mob on July 17, 2013.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (12 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

Ramananda Rai, 35, shows the field where his daughters helped him in the work. He says that he will not send his three kids to the same school.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (11 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

She says she doesn't want to send her children to school any more.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (9 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

Muna Kumar, 10, brother of who also didn’t go to school playing with water on July 19, 2013. He lost his 5-year-old sister Kajal Kumari.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (8 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

Shabitri devi, 30, lost her 5-year-old daughter Kajal in India’s worst mid-day meal tragedy. She says she wants justice.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (7 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

Rekha Kumari, 12, who didn't go the school on that day because she went to the field for work. Her 5-year-old sister Kajal Kumari died.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (6 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

A villager throws some powder on the soil so that stray dogs will not reach the graveyard.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (5 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

Children take rest under the tree just near the graveyard.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (3 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

A man walks across the graveyard of the kids that was made in-front of the primary school to protest on July 19, 2013.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (2 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
19 Jul 2013

The classroom where the kids ate their midday meal for the last time. Some books, bags and plates were found scattered on July 19, 2013.

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India Mid-Day Meal Tragedy (1 of 13)
Bihar, India
By Rajneesh Bhandari
18 Jul 2013

A girl drinks water in the ambulance at Dharmasti Gandaman, Bihar's Saran district. She was later taken to a hospital.

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Nepal Paddy Plantation Festival
Pokhara, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 Jun 2013

Tourists and locals celebrate the 10th rice plantation festival on June 29, 2013 in Begnas, Pokhara, Nepal by planting rice, playing on mud and eating curd and beaten rice in the rice field.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa, the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, displays his letter of appreciation at a program organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Phurba Tashi Sherpa, who made his 21st Everest ascent in 2013, is awarded Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebration Medal in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013 at a program organized by the government to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition participates in a program organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (right), Amelia Rose Hillary, granddaughter of Edmund Hillary (right-second) and Hilary Carlile, niece of Edmund Hillary participate in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Phurba Tashi Sherpa who made his 21st Everest ascent in 2013 participates in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, offers garlands to Tenzing and Edmund Hillary’s statue in Kathmandu on May 29, 2013. Nepal marked 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest by organizing a special Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Kancha Sherpa (left), the only survivor of 1953 Mount Everest expedition, and Kame Sherpa (right), who reached the summit three times in nine days in 2012, participate in the chariot procession organized in Kathmandu by the Nepal government in honor of them on May 29, 2013.

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Nepal Marks 60th Anniversary of first...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
29 May 2013

Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Sushil Ghimire offers garlands to the statues of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 2013 in Kathmandu. Nepal marked 60th anniversary of the first ascent on Mount Everest by organizing a special Mount Everest Golden Jubilee Celebration.

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Nepal Bullfight (6 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

A bullfight competition organized in Taruka, Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.

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Nepal Bullfight (5 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

A bullfight competition organized in Taruka, Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.

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Nepal Bullfight (4 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

A man gets injured during the bullfight competition at Taruka Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu.

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Nepal Bullfight (3 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

Photo taken on January 14 shows a man trying to escape an uncontrolled bull in the competition at Taruka Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.

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Nepal Bullfight (2 of 6)
Nuwakot, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
14 Jan 2013

Photo taken on January 14 shows hundreds of Nepalese coming to Taruka Nuwakot 80 km north of the capital Kathmandu to see the bullfight competition. The bullfight competition is organized every year at Maghe Sankranti.