Monthly Archives: June 2005

Really. Cursed Commission Crashed

By Dinesh Wagle on June 27th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

Acquitted from one graft charge, Nepal’s ex-PM continues struggling with another

The moment I heard the news about former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s acquittal form a charge related to the distribution of money to internally displaced citizens from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, one question aroused in my mind. “Really?” Then followed another, “What’s the motive of this autocratic government behind this decision?” Then another, “What next?” Within minutes, my mind cracked the code, I think. This is not a judicial decision. No. No justice is done to no one. Because it was not a judicial case against Deuba and his ministers in the cabinet that was kicked out from the power when democracy was suspended by the king on Feb 1.

Today’s decision of Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), the unconstitutional body created to harass the democratic forces in the country, is nothing but political one. The Commission that has the extra-judicial right to accuse, try and give verdict in a case sensed that it’s decision to sentence Deuba and the company will have far reaching consequences to the royal government. That decision would have backfired the government. Especially on the context of demands made by defendants that both Vice Chairmen of the Council of Ministers Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirti Nidhi Bista be summoned and tried by the Commission. Both VCs have been charged by media for corruption.

The same bench headed by Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, chair of the Commission, was never tired of claiming that what Deuba and his cabinet did was a clear act of corruption regardless of that the legal provision was. Now, the Commission has taken a U turn. That is what surprised me. Deuba never gave explanation as sought by the Commission. Lately, Nepal Bar Association boycotted the ‘legal’ proceedings in the Commission.

Even if Deuba is acquitted of one charge, he still faces another charged related to the construction of Melamchi Drinking Water Project. It is really hard to predict what the ‘verdict’ would be on this case. As we all know RCCC is a political arm of this government, it is expected that the game of harassment will continue in the days to come. So, the verdict will be based on how the political situation develops in the country.

3 Responses to “Really. Cursed Commission Crashed”

1. xyz Says:
June 28th, 2005 at 10:13 am

Can any one up date on Pyuthan Judge’s Corruption Case? Is the case still under investigation by the Judicial Council – the investigation was supposed to be completed within a month – after the case being referred by the King – why so much delay? Could this also be an another failure of RCCC?

2. Harke Says:
June 28th, 2005 at 10:59 am

Harke is sad today. Those “corrupts” must have been punished. Then we could see the ugly face of KG.

1.) What KG would do to poor Helen Shah (the one who owns among others Hotel Annapurna) who appropriated 10 million from the Deuba government?

2.) What KG would do to T. Giri and KN Bista? Under which law did they get money from KG?

3.) Under which law the finance minister got money for “treatment” which he did (did treatment or went to brothel like T. Giri?)

SHOULD THERE BE STILL CONFUSION, WHY CAME FEB. 1? YOU ARE FREE TO LOOT, KG, DO IT….NEPAL IS THE PROPERTY EARNED BY YOUR FOREFATHERS. DISTRIBUTE STATE MONEY TO YOUR CHAMACHAS, DHUPAURES AND RELATIVES.

3. sajal Says:
June 30th, 2005 at 11:10 pm

Deuba case is just a nautnki or drama. So will be Melamchi. It was a case to mallow Deuba because a person trying to be a Bhardar should not disobey the king. He must be loyal like any other Bhardar. The final act will conclude after Deuba becomes prime minister again. Who is more loyal and harmless than Deuba to become prime minister for the king from among the parties ?

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Dollar ko Kheti

By Vishnu on June 26th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

Nepalis suffer from famine: I/NGOS hold seminars at Five Star Hotels, ostensibly to alleviate poverty.

Recently I have had the privilege of attending a number of seminars and workshops on child rights or poverty alleviation, which are usually held at star hotels. I have very rarely visited star hotels in my life till now. So it is a wonderful experience for me. Each time I enter the compound of such hotels, security guards at the well-furnished doors welcome me with salutes as if I was a feudal-lord and fashionable ladies in the receptions welcome me with their sweet smiles. Programs start in well-furnished conference halls. But when the speakers start presenting facts about the poverty-stricken people living in the hinterlands, everything turns sour.

It is a real tragedy that we have so many so-called International/Non Government Organizations, that spend hundreds of thousands of rupees on such ‘extravaganza’. But, it is not a whole story. If they spend Rs. 50 thousand for a single program, they produce a bill of 10 Lakhs. And the more they spend the more they get. In the guise of conttributing to society, these so-called social workers are earning dollars in the name of our poverty-stricken brethren. What a naked dance of corruption!

15 Responses to “Dollar ko Kheti”

1. tauko Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 10:15 pm

i do agree to it…
2. Anyone Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 10:17 pm

Absolutely right, the INGO/NGO are just sucking blood of the people, from those who give them and from those they should help.

Very sad indeed and a major cause of the actual situation in Nepal.
3. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 11:37 pm

Ever wonder why the NGO’s need a New Pajaro? Ever wonder why they need leather chares in their office and the finest computors ? Ever wonder why the drivers of the Pajaros sit in the autos why their bosses sip tea with the wealthy ?
Many of the NGO’s are no more than CULTURAL IMPERALIST & RACIST WHO PITY THE “POOR UNWASHED NEPALI” !
When the NEW REPUBLIC OF NEPAL IS SOON ESTABLISHED ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THESE PARASITE-NGO’s WILL BE SENT PACKING !
4. Chankhe Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 6:27 am

Well, INGO/NGOs can’t have seminars organized in “chiya pasal” or “bhatti pasal” or in a “chautari”… But one thing that wonders me that as i read somewhere in the past that when a journalist wrote about “dollar kheti” against current NGO federation president Dr. Arjun Karki, that journalist was beaten severly using some hoooligaun. It is said that he hired some security perosonnel for the purpose to suprress that journalist’s voice aganst misappropriation of funds in NGOs. Moreover, Mr karki is no advocate of human right organization in nepal….i m confused …by the way that beaten up journalist was ex-budhanilkantha student…
5. para peke Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 11:52 am

Everybody knows that I/NGOs are the corrupted. People also know that these people may take any guise either as right activist or academician to pretend and hide their reality. But who is taking action against them for their white crime? Nobody. At least,they should be exposed infront of people. And you journalists should take inititive on that. Go on… people will support you.
6. abhipsa Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 2:05 pm

it’s no wonder.tell me which sector is not contaminated by corruption?
7. Gaunle Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 3:33 pm

Absolutely right—All the (I)NGOs operating in Nepal are dollar sucking ones. They are the real businessmen profiting out of nepalese poverty. It starts with simple presentations—show poor people and get money. And specially in the country like Nepal, where there are so many things to make money from: poverty, human rights, child abuse, etc etc. I know all these people in (I)NGO are doing business. Imagine last month one INGO gathered some internally displaced people in front of UN office in Pulchowk- they probably have made lots of money from these sort of activities—poor people—who are already victims of injustice, are the one being used in such cases by (I)NGOs.
8. DINESH CHETRY Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 6:06 pm

thanks, very very much. iam fully qgree with u and your opinieon.
9. ARJUN Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 8:04 pm

Keep it up guys, good startup, NGO’s / corruption in our country wontâ�� suffer longer coz education is important, so next time when you are offered in star hotel be aware… at least I wont participateâ�¦â�¦.. Will that sort out??

Stop Corruption Now

Thanks
10. doctor@mani Says:
July 3rd, 2005 at 9:25 pm

i do really agree it .had each of the more than 4000I/NGOes worked well , our less than 4000 VDCs would have already tasted the sweetness of development……….is n’t it vishnu ji? to talk personnaly how r u? and where r u? the same place?
11. hoodia Says:
July 4th, 2005 at 6:59 am

Nice! We very enjoyed your site .
12. deaf Says:
July 6th, 2005 at 3:51 pm

the international donor community’s bureucracy and red tapism is almost the same as the feudal Rana system. Another fact in nepal is that in NEpal the network of Kumai bahun is so wll intertwined in the donor cmunity especailly the United Nations that they are fit iin whichever government comes or goes. this has very adversly affected the system. the person haing the Masters Degree in Agriculture wiorks in the UNICEF. what input waht do you expect. so all these words like poverty alleviation, human development are dialogue of the deaf. just to cite the expample the chief of the poverty alleviation fund MMS draws about 84,000 NER per month. thaink about the other poor people. How muahc they are getting. duriong the time of the Panhcayat hey days aslo they were the chief architect for poverty allevation. so all these bull shit activities should be stopped completely without any dealy. this is just an exapmle.
13. diljale Says:
July 6th, 2005 at 4:24 pm

dollar ko kheti is also one of the casue for the Maoist in breeding in Nepal.Just to memorise the Rapti PRoject in Dnag, at that time the USAID people and the project staff were doing very unjustified work to the community. As all are aware about the strategic position of teh Rapti valley, it is sitatued between the China in the North and the India in the South. stratigilly licated between the two countries. It is the foreign aid that has produced the much difference int eh per copaita income of the people. Just take the income of the person working in the Donor funded project andcompare it with the people working in villges field. the per copita income differntiaition is also the major economic factor betweent eh have nad have nots. this does not mean that the qualified and the talented people should get less the merit systenm should always waork. But in NEpal the donor comunities are more influnedcd by Brahmu factor in the employment of the personnel. so other castes and religion are depived. teh banhus should be given the least opoortunity. bloody bhaun are the destouyesr of the Nation.
14. roulette Says:
July 11th, 2005 at 3:41 am

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15. Prakash Adhikari Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 10:43 am

though i agree the fact that there might corruption or misuse of the general people dream, their wealth. but the cultural and social changes that bring as because of these local ngos/ ingos matters lot. telling this all of us might blame me that m benefitted by this organization. tuuely speaking till date, i dont ever imagine to be engaged in social organization being benefitted monetarily or financially.
if i do support my social communes i dont charge for it to them.
at times ago, people suffered from hunger and depicted to death due to unavailable of the proper medicine r getting towards betterment as because of the ngos support and guidance.
people not getting education r now able to educate theing belongings as because the awareness that brought social n economical improovement brought by the ngo . so before blaming other just assess urself, how much u r clean. as this might be the case we r provoking the ngos/ingos towards misuse of people dream.

thanks for ur patience,

Rallying to Keep the Issue Alive

By Dinesh Wagle on June 26th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

Press Freedom for Democracy Nepali journalists think that nationwide rallies will help keep the issue of democracy and press freedom alive

An American reporter asked me this morning about the journalists’ ongoing agitation against autocracy in Nepal. “I’m wondering if journalists feel, now more than ever, that,” he asked, “they alone must lead efforts to restore media freedom and democracy back to Nepal?”

Fighting For Our Lost Freedom: Journalists in the Indra-Chowk corner meeting this afternoon. Press freedom for democracy, reads the left banner. The right one screams, “Let us protest the barbaric oppression against the press.” Pic by Wagle.

And my answer was, “You are partly right. But they cannot do it alone without political parties involvement. And even political parties cannot do it on their own without general public’s support. But, unfortunately, general public seems to be too tired of protest rallies…or more importantly, they are skeptical about the political leadership. King is exploiting this skepticism. Majority of people here does not support the king. But, for now, they also do not support the parties as well. But, king is trying to show that people’s indifference toward parties means they support him.”

This afternoon I went to participate in a protest rally organized in Bhotahitti- Indra Chowk, Kathmandu, upon the call of Federation of Nepali Journalist. Journalists chanted slogans like “Let FMs read the news”, “Down with draconian press law”, “Release all detained journalists”, “Restore Press Freedom” etc. The rally, attended by some one hundred scribes, turned into a corner meeting in Indra Chowk.

FNJ has called for boycott of royalist minister’s photos in tomorrow’s publications. The umbrella organization has also called for boycott of today’s official programs to be attended by ministers. This boycott is part of the ongoing protest program of FNJ. There is also a debate going on among Kathmandu journalists regarding the boycott tactic. Some consider boycotting against professionalism and stress that writing news about the rulers mismanagement and corruption will help the agitation.

Shyam Shrestha, editor of Mulyankan Monthly addressed the meeting. Then Shiva Gaunle, acting president of FNJ warned the government that one day journalists will be forced to boycott the news and programs of the king himself.

As we were returning from the corner meeting, I found myself walking with Shiva Gaunle. I remembered the American reporter’s question in the email and threw that to Gaunle, adding how long it (the rallying) will go? “Look, we have no option other than continuing it,” he said walking through the busy street of Indra Chowk-Ason-Bhotahitti. “Our rights have clearly been curtailed and some other are clearly under threat. We should keep doing what we are doing now.” His view was that for the shake of keeping the issue alive, journalists should continue their struggle.

Yes, the rallying has shown some effect. The draconian press law, that initially triggered the agitation programs, has not received royal approval though it has already been passed by the Information and Communication ministry.

But is it possible that some one hundred journalists gathering in a busy hub amidst tight escorting of riot police and chanting slogans for freedom and democracy will actually bring back democracy in Nepal? I was curious to hear his analysis. And his views were not different than that I emailed to the American reporter. I told him that people’s trust over parties and expectations from those political organizations have eroded in the past years. “There was a possibility of regaining that lost trust and confidence,” I said, “if internal democracy had flourished and democratic norms were exercised within Nepali Congress. The ongoing district/village ‘democratic’ exercise or conventions have been disastrous.”

“Yes,” Gaunle said amidst the hustling and bustling of Ason, “and expect even more such disasters in the CPN UML, second largest party in the dissolved parliament. No body in that party, especially those near to General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, is for a change.”

He said that journalists alone cannot restore democracy in Nepal adding, “Their movement could be considered as a ‘satellite’ activity for the Mass Movement.” He said, “This protest of journalists is preparation of a small fire. We are just keeping the fire burning. But there should be a big fire, with big logs inserted into the burner. For that, parties should come up with credible and appealing leadership. Look, Nepali Congress is set to put a stamp to Girija Prasad Koirala’s leadership in it’s planned Kathmandu General Convention.”

I think parties are missing the excellent opportunity. People are not for this king. They are against him. But they want parties to come up with new ideas. Unfortunately, parties seem not to be listening that voice. I wonder, as the American reporter wondered in the email, who long we will have to rally like this�

5 Responses to “Rallying to Keep the Issue Alive”

1. JPT Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 2:41 am

ok I have nothing to comment here. I will keep my mouth shut even though when I see Journalists and Lawyers in street and claiming to be more successful than the political parties. Yes I have nothing to say because we need to protest against whatever is happening in the country. But again you do feel sorry for yourself when you see professional people like these so utterly dissatisfied that they have to come out in the street. Who are next now ? Teachers ? Doctors ? Engineers ?

I am very much impressed though by FNJ’s decision not to publish ministers’ photos tomorrow. Actually you should stop it completely to cover news like innagurational ceremony done by one of these jokers. And I am sure that methods like these would bear more fruits than the street rallies.
2. Shyam Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 2:26 pm

Nepali Journalists are for sale. Now as the the new law will not allow them to be sold they are up against it. Here is the real story about Yubraj Ghimire, one of prominent Journalist in Nepal. If he can stoop so low don’t know what other will do. [icd]

UWB: Before you speak about Yubaraj Ghimire, please tell us about yourself. If you can’t, stop posting nonsense things in the veil of anonymity.
3. Smart Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 2:48 pm

What a revelation about Yubaraj Ghimire by Shyam. [icd]
4. Ram Says:
June 29th, 2005 at 1:43 pm

Please tell us about Yubaraj Ghimire. Is it that he is agent of the terrorist? This every one knows.
5. AG Says:
July 7th, 2005 at 5:24 pm

what do you want to say? What makes you to think on that way? MERO GORU KO 12 TAKKA ko ukhan jasto bhayana. kalam le nasakera tarbar uthayeko suhayena.

Let’s Listen to Nilambar Acharya: Democracy is the Key

By Rama Parajuli

Nepal Politics: The King has to step back for a talk

Nilambar Acharya, a prominent political analyst has answers to any question regarding the present political situation of Nepal. He is for a peaceful movement to restore democracy. He expressed his ideas about the ongoing movement in Martin Chautari on 21 June 2005. The main thrust of his argument was that the constitution has to be made active and the King has to step back. Only then the political forces will sit for a larger inclusive discussion. That will eventually lead to a peaceful reconciliation. This is what he said in brief:

Attack on Democracy

The reinstated democracy of 1990 was under attack from the Royal Palace, right from the beginning. Within 10 days of reinstatement of democracy the then King Birendra announced a constitution reform suggestion committee. The announcement agitated the public immediately. Especially the then street protests forced the Palace to take back the announcement. The then Cabinet later formulated a new committee that was announced to the public by the King. Its work was not to reform the Panchayati constitution but to make the draft of a new one. When the new constitution was ready to be launched the Palace came out with a parallel constitution. It again had to withdraw its draft because of fierce protests from the public as well as from the Cabinet. Until then there was unity among the democratic political forces and that is why the Palace’s moves could not be successful.

How the Palace started to get an upper hand?

Unfortunately the unity did not last long. Nepali Congress and United left front developed many differences shortly and the distance among them increased with time. Dispute also emerged within all the political parties including the Nepali Congress and UML, the two largest parties. This weakened the democratic forces. Instead of realizing the weaknesses and the danger to democracy, each faction of the political parties tried to influence the palace and get its favor to gain an upper hand in intra-party or inter-party rivalries. The Palace was happy to manipulate such occasions and enhance its power whenever it got a chance. Finally a situation was reached when the King took over.

New People’s Movement

Now, peaceful people’s movement is absolutely necessary in order to restore democracy in Nepal. The King’s move is unconstitutional. There is no provision of chairmanship or nomination of cabinet on his behalf constitutionally. Only a popular (namely elected) party leader has the right to form the government. The popularity is measured on the votes a party gets in a nationwide election. We will only get such a government through a new people’s movement that will force the King to take a step back into his constitutionally defined location/position. There is no possibility of talk with the King until the constitution is made active i.e. the parliamentary status of Jeth 2059 (last elected parliament) is restored

Journalists, Lawyers in the movement

The movement has started. It has to gain momentum. Journalists, lawyers and other professional organizations are already in the forefront of the movement. Their street action, thereby violating the rules set by unconstitutional forces, is a natural expression of their desire to re-exercise the democratic rights of all Nepalis.

Foreign Friends for democracy

When foreign friends of Nepal speak for democracy, it should not be considered as an intervention in the internal politics of Nepal. Ambassadors of countries with which Nepal has diplomatic relations have come here with a commitment to respect the Constitution of Nepal. That Constitution guarantees multiparty democracy and states that the people of Nepal are sovereign as demonstrated through the political process witnessed between 1990 and 2002. When ambassadors of foreign countries state their commitment to support the political system as described by Nepal’s 1990 Constitution, they are doing what all friends of Nepal are expected to do or say. That is not intervening in the internal politics of our country. If our foreign friends provide arms to suppress the pro-democratic forces in Nepal, that would be going against the Constitution of Nepal 1990 and hence would qualify to be regarded as ‘intervention in our internal affairs’.

No criticisms against the political parties at the moment

Political parties are the main forces that should lead the fight for Democracy. They had made mistakes in the past for which they were severely criticized. If they do criminal activities they have to be punished. But the punishment has to come from the people. The King has no right to give directions or speak against political parties. It is the rights of the people to criticize and elect political parties of their choosing. The King is expressing views against political parties inside the country as well as in international forums. This is a clear indication of autocracy. People are against any kind of authoritarian rule. They have expressed their desire for democracy for many times. Once again they have to rally with political parties for the reestablishment of democracy in Nepal.

(Nilambar Acharya was involved directly in the peaceful peoples movement of 1990. He was the minister for Law and Justice in the interim government under Prime Minister K P Bhattarai. He is the author of the Prajatantrama Sankraman (2004, Brikuti Academic Publications) He was arrested for a few weeks by King Gyanendra’s regime after 1 February 2005).

7 Comments »

1. What democracy??? 2046 a democracy hell with that…….. The handed over system to a country is not a democracy.

Iraq, even though there was an election, you think it is a democracy that the Iraqis can be proud of… India doesn’t hand over democracy……, isn’t it well known that India said that if Nepal gives away its water resources it would stop the democracy thing…

I would say king Birendra was an utterly foolish person to hand over the power to the people then. How many people died in Nepal then huh…200..300 how many? Do you think democracy comes that cheap with the death of 300 people and include the people there who were just the onlookers and died an unfortunate death with them having nothing to do with the so called movement?

I remember that time very well…. shortage of oil, salt etc..It was not a good situation then I remember that.

Even today, the literacy rate is around 40% mark including the people who can only read and you talk about democracy, constituent assembly, Maoism, communism and etc blah blah blah in this country where a majority doesn’t know shit about it.

All that these political leaders want is to be in power and gobble up the money, pretty much that is it ….. I heard it in the TV that the budget for agriculture was always allotted only 2 to 2.5% of the whole budget, that in a country where somewhere 80 percent people depend on agriculture, till today. What did democracy do or reform………

Sher bahadur deuba handed the democratic system in the palace didn’t he? The then PM who was not even in the party, how in the hell could be called people elected…… didn’t Girija kick him out then……… not in a party and the PM of a democratic country what was that????

Leaders mofos head to India all the time to make deals and you think these people will take the country in the right direction? Every time they head to Delhi and you think India is there to help with out any returns……

Man, democracy is a failed system in Nepal……… I believe in democracy so I believe in empowering the people and also that Democracy is a proven system but Nepal alas sadly probably is different. kukur lai ghiu pachdaina and that is sad but true in the case of Nepal.

King Gyanendra may not be the best of the leaders or the most capable person to lead the country but when you see people like Girija, ma ku ne, sherbahadur, prachanda and all of these hyenas who has raped the the country and the peoples trust, he seems like the a bakula in the crowd of kags.

Comment by reply to all — 6/24/2005 @ 2:14 pm

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You said: “What democracy??? 2046 a democracy hell with that…….. The handed over system to a country is not a democracy.”

******So democracy means killing thousands?? Then the Maoists must be congratulated for fighting for democracy. Let thousands more die. But this war should be final. Yes, democarcy can’t be achieved through “request” to the palace. It should be snatched away. I agree unless we send anti-democratic forces to graves, we will not have democracy.

You said: “Even today, the literacy rate…around 40% mark including the people who can only read and you talk about democracy, constituent assembly, Maoism, communism….”

*********Hey, do u think Britain, the US, India or any other “democratic country” and China, Russia…blah blah..had 100% literacy when they went for democracy or communism? What nonsesen you are talking about?

You said: “Leaders …head to India all the time to make deals and you think these people will take the country in the right direction? Every time they head to Delhi and you think India is there to help with out any returns……”

*********I don’t call you a royal bug. Will you please remember that it was King Gyanendra in Deuba’s time who repeatedly tried to go to New Delhi for Ashirbad? Do you remember it was FM Pandy who went to N. Delhi to fawn upon India masters before Girija or any persons?

You said: “…kukur lai ghiu pachdaina and that is sad but true in the case of Nepal….King Gyanendra may not be the best of the leaders…who has raped the the country…like the a bakula in the crowd of kags.”

********It is the mentality of royalists. How can you campare the people and the country with a KUkur? Are you a Nepali?

Quite the opposite, how can you trust KG? Are you aware of his scandals? At least one that is beyond doubt is his misappropriateion of funds received through rhinos horns gifts to foreign countries. By now, you should be aware that his senior most minister and a number of family members are among the bank defaulters. Can’t KG clarify T. Giri’s case instead of media haunting and looking for those who leaked the news to the press?

KG wants to loot this country by shutting up the media and civil society so that he can hide his ugly face in the public. Corruption was there, but Kg’s strategy is that by highlighting the past 15 years, he wants to cover up the whole corruption in his good old Panchayat days. He is worried that the free media might bring up the issue any time. He also wants to show the public that his notorous son is more MORAL (so that fit to rule!) than political leaders. It’s a long term strategy…

I congratualte KG for the time being. Dictators always look up in the sky; they are rarely aware that the graveyards are dug on the ground not in the sky.

Comment by savenepal (savenepal@gmail.com) — 6/24/2005 @ 9:27 pm

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Reply to all,

Your quote was indeed analytic and satirical for those people who in the name of democracy wants power.Keep posting.

Comment by kavre — 6/24/2005 @ 11:11 pm

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Who is Nilambar Acharya??

Comment by harish — 6/25/2005 @ 10:34 am

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savenepal ji

wether you except it or not , democracy in 2046 was handed over. It is not something that Nepalese people got it for themselves…… India, has its hand in the downfall of panchayat and as I stated earlier they didn’t volunteer there, it was a business.. yes, my friend revolutions don’t come that cheap………… many lives could had been taken if the then king was rigid…

education, don’t you think it makes a difference…. Yeah no country has 100

% literacy rate but the perentage is way higher then Nepal over there. Don’t you think in a democracy people need to know what their right is…… and should not be the leaders answerable to the people??????

India, for every other thing you don’t need to go to India if you are a political leader. If the people want change in a country then the people want it and its people who should get it,is not it? why go India for everything. Yeah everytime they go to India they’ll make some deal about something …business deals that is,, again India is not there to volunteer for nothing.

Media of Nepal. All I can say is it is yellow journalism even though I don’t really understand journalism as you guys might do but that much I know evey newspaper is tilted towards somebody. Be it gorkhapatra the kings voice or janadesh??? Maoists voice, whatever… like the student union never to help the students and campus be better but rather a political playground.

I am not a hardcore royalist but again compared to these people oh yeah KG is way betttttter .

Comment by reply to all — 6/27/2005 @ 6:15 am

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“reply to all” ji:

“wether you except it or not , democracy in 2046 was handed over….………… many lives could had been taken if the then king was rigid…”

*********I do accept partially. But I would rather term it a compromise than a “hand over.” Otherwise, how do you explain the nationwide protests in 1990? How do u explain thousands of protesters moving to the palace?

But you are partially true. That is why the Maoists’ (and now parties’) demand of the contituent assembly make sense. As a teenager participant, I would assume that it was the global trend of democracy that was crucial in 1990. India did play a role, as always. But turning to India, don’t forget that people participated in 1990 and in 1980 plebicite (even if it was fair), the improved Panchayat got a marginal victory over Bahudal.

“education, don’t you think it makes a difference…….should not be the leaders answerable to the people??????

*****Education makes a lot of difference. But it seems to me that you are obsessed with university “degrees.” What do you think about the demand of women rights, language rights, anti-caste movements? Don’t you consider them part of “education” or “awarness”?

“…you don’t need to go to India if you are a political leader…. why go India for everything”

*******Right. I am responding to royalists’ pseudo-nationalism. Why royalist point their fingures to political parties? It’s time to think about KIng Mahendra’s 1965 treaty with India. In the end, Nepal’s palace do every thing if foreigners support its repression of the people of Nepal.

“Media of Nepal….tilted towards…”

****** You must be heard about the open support of parties by the world famous newspapers like NY Times, Washington Post, Sun, the Daily Mirror etc. I am not surprised at all that the journalists are at the front line in the war against autocracy. The ultimate measure of the success of the media is its readers. Nepal’s post-1990 journalism did a great job, I have little doubt about it.

By the way, how did you know all this corruption about democratic leaders; isn’t it through the media? The problem of Nepal’s media is that they knew the importance of freedom when it is already gone. I appreiciate their war against autocracy.

“I am not a hardcore royalist but….KG is way betttttter”

********Still, you look pretty hardcore. Will you please tell us KG is “better” for what? You might relate his past, present and future. Better for what??????????

Comment by Save Nepal (savenepal@gmail.com) — 6/27/2005 @ 8:42 am

7.

Is the Rana quoted in the news today related to the Ranas who ran Nepal for most of the period 1900 – 1950?

Comment by jgs — 7/17/2005 @ 1:55 am

Royal Commission In The State Of Oblivion?

Nepal’s infamous royal commission: hype and hoopla is over

By NAMA

Royal Commission Complain List Chart

Number complaints registered with the Royal Commission for Corruption Control.

What had happened to our loyal, sorry, royal commission? Is it dead or just in deep slumber? We have not heard much from it, particularly, after Deuba’s detention/DCP’s suicide/ TG’s blacklisting. Or is it planning to shift from Hariharbhawan itself? First, it shifted from Singhadurbar to BICC and then from BICC to Hariharbhawan and now where? I am not worried about its location then not having any news from that agency – to repeat the words of Honorable Mr. Dan Bahadur Shahi – that is expected to put a “full stop” on corruption in Nepal. Where is our camera shy, poking spokesman Mr. Prem Raj Karki? He is not seen on TV?

Previously, our Royal Commission has been entertaining us with its action packed news and views. Almost on a daily basis, I have been tagging its activities. Here is some evidence. The Table attached with the blog gives a number of corruption complaints lodged at RCCC on different dates that I collected from different media like newspapers, television and radio and Internet reporting.

In the first week of April, RCCC came with a big bang- it is having its own website. On a daily basis, I started browsing that website expecting to get some news scoop. First, they used to have some news reporting. Now, except for an introductory page, the whole website is literally blank. In every page what you get is message like this in Nepali: chandai aaundai chha (coming soon). I do not know what is coming soon- the news about its untimely demise or something else? At the beginning, the website used to have nice looking smiley pictures of honorable commissioners.

Now even the pictures have disappeared from the website – could this be an indication that the days of the commission are over? Or could it be that they are so busy with their works that, unlike before, they do not have time to come into news. My only worry is: what is the point of having a blank website for long?

15 Responses to “Royal Commission In The State Of Oblivion?”

1. jj Says:
June 22nd, 2005 at 5:17 pm

That’s because corrupt politician paid journalists and columnists like you have not been supporting the commission by highlighting their causes and cases.

Deuba says it’s unconstitutional, but everyone knows he’s guilty. He has put the money into Air Nepal International – why don’t you investigate and print that for a change? [icd]

2. intelligent Says:
June 22nd, 2005 at 10:22 pm

JJ, shut up. your dad was corrupt; he amassed millions by illegal means. I know that (if it means whatever comes into your dull mind). Why don’t you put up your dad’s story here and help your RCCC?

3. nama Says:
June 24th, 2005 at 9:37 am

Correction Required
Sorry, the beautiful pictures of the commissioners are still there in member section.

4. Shyam Says:
June 24th, 2005 at 10:55 am

RCCC is doing a geat job. Nepali are happy seing the corrupt politician sweating, hope they all end up in jail. only the corrupt politician and their paid journalists are bad mouthing it.

5. xyz Says:
June 24th, 2005 at 3:04 pm

There is a rumour going around that CIAA chief has resinged. If this is a correct news, that is a big blow to RCCC and its chamchas. Good Bye!

6. intelligent Says:
June 24th, 2005 at 8:56 pm

why this RCCC don’t talk about the money Helen Shah appropriated through the Deuba government and all royal family bank defaulters? This king and his chamches want to shut up everyone so that they can loot the country, yet show the “clean” face to the public, like in old Panchayat days. Beware of the palace and its Hanumans.

7. sajal Says:
June 24th, 2005 at 11:41 pm

Why does not the Royal Commission inquire justification from Lokendra Bahadur Chand who raised the royal allowence to 63 crore per anum for 13 persons from 11 crore per anum of which the late king Birendra was satisfied for 19 persons ? People like JJ are requested for a reply.

8. Harke Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 4:20 am

Sajal, how can JJ reply? Slaves are not supposed to think….They are supposed to parrot Bhajans of their masters. To think critically needs dignity. How do you expect dignity in willful slaves? They are no different from willful defaulters like T. Giri.

9. Shyam Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 5:04 pm

Well their seem to be some spoon of the corrupt politticain paid to blog.

10. Harke Says:
June 26th, 2005 at 9:54 pm

Shyam: You gave us your good introduction!!

11. sajal Says:
June 27th, 2005 at 11:39 pm

Let me quote J.J.Roussea:

“If an individual, says Grotius, can alienate his liberty and make himself the slave of a master, why could not a whole people do the same and make itself subject to a king? There are in this passage plenty of ambiguous words which would need explaining; but let us confine ourselves to the word alienate. To alienate is to give or to sell. Now, a man who becomes the slave of another does not give himself; he sells himself, at the least for his subsistence: but for what does a people sell itself? A king is so far from furnishing his subjects with their subsistence that he gets his own only from them; and, according to Rabelais, kings do not live on nothing. Do subjects then give their persons on condition that the king takes their goods also? I fail to see what they have left to preserve.”

What you have to say on it ?

12. amitriptyline Says:
July 4th, 2005 at 6:08 am

Best content I ever seen. Huge amounts of live feeds, high payouts. Realy cool.

13. bikram Says:
August 6th, 2005 at 1:42 pm

well! i want the full details about the commission and what is the basic way to gain an approach in order to file any complain and if there is any branch of the commission outside valley/

14. DOCTOR Says:
September 15th, 2005 at 6:15 pm

HELLO EVERYBODY THERE ,

NAMASTE.

ITS A RELAY RACE FIRST AKTHIYAR CAME AND NOW ITS TURS TO ROYAL COMMISSION………THEY ARE ALSO MADE FOR TO GET “BHATHA” TA AND DA.

THE MOST CORRUTED PERSON FIRST CHOICE TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN IN HI FI MODERN COLLEGE AND SCHOOLS.

WHY NOT THEY ARE INVESTIGATE IN THIS AREA.A SIMPLE GOVERNMENT PERSON ADMITTED HIS DAUGHTER AND SON TO MEDICAL COLLEGES AND ENGINEERING COLEGE IN NEPAL/ ABROAD.
WHO CARE THEM WHO INVESTIGATE THEIR PROPERTY.

WHY NOT THEY TAKE THE LIST FROM MEDICAL COLLEGES OR ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND THEN INVESTIGATE.

THERE ARE 90 STUDENTS IN ONE COLLEGE IN SELF FINANCE….AMONG THAT 80PERCENT ARE FROM CORRUTION RELATED FAMILY.

IF THIS PROCESS WILL START THEN THEY ARE GOOD FOR WORK OTHER WISE THERE WILL BE THE NEXT AWYOG…………………PRESIDENT COMMISSION INVESTIGATION NEPAL (PCIN).

GOOD LUCK TO ALL
TO SEE BETTER NEPAL

UWB: Please avoid using all caps while commenting. It is difficult to read.

15. Raja babu Says:
December 23rd, 2005 at 7:45 pm

I really appreciate this commission.I want to give an information where i have to give this.

UWB Covered in BBC News

united we blog in bbc news

A screen-print of the BBC News web page that contains article that explores the importance of blogging in countries like Nepal and Iran.

“In places like Nepal and Iran, the big questions about weblogs are questions about the future of a free press.”

So says the latest BBC News web site report about blogs in Nepal and Iran, countries where two R fundamentalists (royalists and religious) are ruling suppressing the free press. (here is more)

Maoist Control Right Under Kalapani

A Nepal reporter describes the unexpected odyssey that nearly took his life when he was abducted recently by the Maoists in the western boarder region of Kalapani, Nepali land that is under Indian encroached for decades.

By Bikram Giri
[Reporter’s Diary]

Charung (Darchula)– I left for Kalapani on June 1. As people mostly use the Indian route to reach the area, many know little about the Nepali route. Local people – basically the Sauka tribe who are in majority here – use the Indian route to cross the Mahakali River. For this, they are required to take permission from both the Nepalese and the Indian authorities.

Captured in Kalapani

Earlier in my career, I had done several reports on the Indian police’s prohibition, and at times arrests, of travellers along the route. However, I was determined to reach Kalipani via my own land.

Indian police at the border appeared extra cautious in the aftermath of the reports of an agreement between India and China. Air patrols were going on every day while movement of people from both sides of the border had been strictly forbidden.

Crossing 37km road from Dharchula, an Indian town, I crossed the bridge over Mahakali River and arrived in the Nepali part from where I had to cross 45 kilometres. I was the only soul along the way. There was no bridge over the rivulet and a landslide had swept away the road.

It was already 7 p.m. and darkness was creeping in fast. There was no arrangement whatsoever for the night’s food and shelter. With the snow still melting, it was very cold. Just as I was looking for a cave, I came across a group of sheepherders and spent the night with them.

So far as the road is concerned, there are only narrow trails on both sides of the border; though one on the Indian side is far better and there are facilities of food and lodging along the way. Only the Maoists use the trail on the Nepal side. Indian policemen could be seen riding horses and mules but their porters were Nepalese. When I was capturing the scenes across the river with my camera, I saw a barrel from across the border being pointed at me. Luckily, I found a bush and huddled inside it for a cover. Later on, the shepherds told me that the Indian army men used such gimmicks to tease the Maoists in this side of the border.

Next morning, I set out for Chharung, the last village of Darchula. People stay in the village from April to November and during the winter they throng the district headquarters in order to avoid the cold. Only elderly people were seen in the village while the rest had gone to collect Yarsagumba.

The elderly men suggested me to return back. Indian army has prevented movement in areas around Kalapani for the last 3-4 years. There were ambushes all around. To reach Kalapani, one has to pass through 10-km jungle area. Until s few years back, local people used to go to the jungle with their cattle but later on the area was sealed off [for the citizens of Nepal and India] following a border dispute between the two countries.

“To be there is to be in a death trap,” warned Nandan Singh, 60. I then headed off for Sitapul where armed Maoists had barred human mobility last year. Right next to Sitapul is Gunji village situated between the two rivers – Kuti flowing from the Limpiyadhuran off the village and the Lipu River. From there, I could see Indian security men strolling around. Locals had told me that the military men watch the activities through binoculars and are likely to open fire should they see anybody at close range

At 2 p.m., 200 meters upside, I came across a group of Maoists. I introduced myself. Responding to my query about Kalapani, the Maoist cadre said he knew nothing about the issue as he was new in the areas and offered me a meeting with his commander. The Maoists then huddled aside for a secret meeting upon which I was taken to the commander who scanned my ID card minutely. “We don’t care if you are a journalist. We handover strangers to our leaders,” said the commander. By then, I was already in Maoist captivity.

Before dinner, one Maoist guerrilla said, “I am the one who had kidnapped Sibani Singh Tharu [a TV program host].” Another added, “You must have known about Dekendra Thapa and Gyanendra Khadka.” (Both of these were brutally murdered by the Maoists) They were repeatedly harping at me: “Why doesn’t Kantipur Daily write in favour of us?”

After meal, armed Maoists took me to Chharung. They even quizzed the villagers whom I had talked to. The Maoists decided to present me before a ‘responsible’ district leader; they dispatched me with three armed Maoists for the night’s halt. I went to bed with a bag-full of socket bombs next to my pillow. I could not sleep the whole night fearing that the socket bomb might go off.

At 5 a.m. on June 03, they made me leave the place with them. Despite the abduction, I was still hoping to reach Kalapani. At tea, I requested the commander to help me reach Kalapani. He simply laughed out at my request.

I stopped for a moment when we arrived near the confluence of Tinkar Khola and Kali River. I searched my pocket for a pen but could not find it: it had already been ‘hijacked’. After clicking a few shots from a distance, of course with the permission for the commander, I walked with the Maoists throughout the day.

They had not dropped a hint as to where I was being taken. They were watchful even when I turned to pay the nature’s call. It was the third consecutive day I had been walking with them but there was no sign of the destination yet. My feet and hands were swollen up by then and my shoes had torn apart. I estimate that they made me walk 60-70 kilometres a day without timely meal or rest. All along the way, I was allowed to talk to no one. Reports of my abduction went around only after a local who came from Chharung told Kantipur Daily’s Mahendranagar correspondent about the incident.

Usually, Latinath is a six days walk from the area but they brought me in just three days. The Maoist cadres guarding mere were terribly afraid of losing my track. That would be a gross violation of the commander’s strict order.

The Maoists had scattered – before they took me to Latinath – as soon as they heard that the security forces were after them. One of the guerrillas who had been accompanying me decided to present me before district in-charge Pravin. He went away to meet the district in-charge, leaving me with his guerrilla friend. I was so tired that I dozed off on a bench at the teashop.

After a four-hour-long wait, the guerrilla returned back and told me to meet local Maoist leader called ‘Smile’ while mentioning nothing about the district in-charge. In the evening, they took me to the area in-charge. It was only after I met ‘Smile’ that hopes of a safe return back home occurred to me. He said there was no restriction for journalists and human rights activists in their area and there was no need for any permission. After the five-day ordeal I left the hinterland, of course with the ‘return letter’ handed by Comrade ‘Smile’. By the time I reached home, I was completely exhausted. I could hardly stir my body.

Many journalists have quit their profession in the wake of February 1 but I was determined not to give in. I was already used to hurrying down to Mahendranagar and Kathmandu, as there were no means available in my area to file the news and photographs.

Victimisation of journalists by Maoists

Murdered

- Naba Raj Sharma, Kalikot, murdered on 25 Jastha 2059 B.S after abduction
– Ambika Timilsina, Sunsari, murdered on 25 Mangsir 2059 B.S
– Dhan Bahadur Rika, Surkhet, murdered after abduction on 16 Magh 2059 B.S.
– Gyanendra Khadka, Sindhupalchowk, on 21 Bhadra 2060 B.S
– Dekendra Thapa, Dailekh, murdered after abduction on 27 Shrawan 2061 B.S

Abducted

- Kashi Ram Dangi, Sudhir Sharma, Rajaram Gautam, Nischal Chapagain, from Rolpa, on 24 Bhadra 2058
– Demling Lama, from Sindfhupalchowk, on 3 Chaitra 2058
– Deepak Bahadur Thapa, from Achham, Mangsir 2059
– Rekhraj Dahal, Sindhuli, Poush 2059
– Tulsi Thapa, Paanchtar, 19 Mangsir 2061
– Durga Thapa, Suekhet, Asar 2061
– Krishna Adhikari, 31 Shrawan 2061
– Basanta Maharjan, 31 Shrawan 2061
– Anup Gurung 13 Bhadra 2061
– Shakti Kumar Pun, 28 Bhadra 2061
– J Pandey, Mangsir 2061
– Bin Sant Prado and Netra K.C, manhandled in captivity in Rukum, 15
Poush 2061
– Som Sharma, still in captivity, abducted on 31 Baisakh 2062

This article was first published in Nepali on the front page of Kantipur daily newspaper dated 16 June as the lead news. Mohan Babu Khadka of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) translated this into English.

3 Comments »

1. “Kala Pani Muni Mabobadi kabja”

The title is misleading, and is intended to creat sensation and hence boost sales of the newspaper, esp after the reports that India’s taking of Kalapani had been recognized by China.Looking at the title, at first I was wondering if the Maoists had captured the land below Kalapani.The title should have been sth like ” Kalapani Muni Maobadi KamjaMA.” Bibhakti chhutyo.

Comment by raute — 6/19/2005 @ 12:01 am

2. Well, Grammar Master Raute jee,

I think the headline is not wrong at all. It says Maoists have captured the land just below the Kalapani area. There is no Nepal government presence in the area. That is captured by the Maoists as the reporters diary clearly states in the story. Look, from whom the reporter had to take permission to go to the Kalapani area via Nepali land. The Maoists.

Lets not try to hide the problem under the carpet. Lets face it. Maoists have spread their terror thought the country…from Mechi to Mahakali to Kalapani. State is not there. Sad but true.

So, lets not accuse a newspaper but create pressure on both warring sides to stop this shameless game of abduction, detentions, kidnappings and killings. Thank god, they didn’t kill the reporter this time.

Comment by Chepang — 6/19/2005 @ 12:12 am

3. Kalapani is ours. The Maoists are doing a good thing trying to boot the Indian Army post from our territory. This royal government will not want to irk India. THe Maoists should forcibly take the Indians out of our legal territory. This is a good news that at least they are thinking of this.

Comment by Jeevan Bhattarai — 6/19/2005 @ 10:16 am

Dr Tulsi Giri in Willful Defaulters’ Blacklist

Nepal’s Vice-chairman of Council of Minister Among Wilful Defaulters

nepal bank limited fact sheet tulsi giri blacklist
Nepal Bank Limited Fact Sheet

Let’s look at the face of our vice-chairman of Council of Minister from a different angle – an angle provided by this morning’s main story of The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur daily. Dr Giri who remained in exile for 18 years before returning Nepal for holding the current position is among the blacklisted willful defaulters of a state-owned bank – Nepal Bank Limited. The bank provided loan of Rs. 2m to Himalaya Plastics Pvt Ltd, to which Dr Giri is a board chairman till the date, on February 27, 1986 on his personal guarantee which he never paid back and the amount he has to pay now is Rs. 17.4m.

Dr Giri admitted taking the loan. “The directors of the company had told me that they paid the loan, and the bank never contacted me, so I never knew about the default,” he said to Ameet Dhakal, the news editor of The Kathmandu Post, who wrote the story (Business Bureau co-ordinator Bijaya Ghimire wrote the news in Kantipur).

Noted in the news is the fact that Dr Giri left the country in April 1986 and never returned until the King picked him up in the post-Feb 1 government.

How did the story get out?

A weekly, Drishti, broke the story but as probably they couldn’t confirm the news, they published it small with Dr Tulsi Giri not being confirmed as the vice-chairman. The news did the trick and Dr Giri asked his personal assistant to call Nepal Bank Limited where he asked if it was vice-chairman on March 29. After knowing the names of Giri’s father and grandfather, the bank confirmed that it was in fact him.

Dr Giri himself called the Bank on March 30 and told the bank officials that he didn’t know HImalaya Plastics and said that if they had any documents in his name, it should be a fake one.

The amount is not that big, but bank recording of phone conversation revealed the truth that Dr Giri lied saying he didn’t know the company. The question is of morality of the vice-chairman, will he pay back the loan?

14 Comments »

1.

Harke was not surprised at all. You blog bros, it is your stupidity to assume that that KG can get any better person. It’s not mistake of KG. Nepal’s recent history is witness to all this. Professors are against KG, lawyers are against him…Karmacharis are against him….civil society is against him. So, why do you expect that KG could get a better person than T. Giri?

It’s KG’s luck that he got a state-bank defaulters. For God’s sake, don’t inquire about Bista and others. Be assured that they have not committed any crime worse than the plundering state banks.

In the meantime, Harke appreciates T. Giri. Decades after he spoiled state money in Sri Lankan and Indian brothels, he says he will talk to lawyers….Congratualtions to KG, what a moral deputy Lord Pashupati has bewtowed upon you. Look KG, how much your deputy loves the rule of law!

Long live KG’s SWACHCHHA SARKAR.

Comment by Harke — 6/11/2005 @ 9:22 am
2.

kg aafai le kati khayeko hola..

Who do you think are the bank defaulters in Nepal? The most powerful ones. An acquaintee of mine once felt so painful to sell a house of a poor man in Nuwakot, he was telling me, ” I knew … in Kathmandu who was sitting atop the bank loan of millions and didn’t have to pay it, while that Tamang widow there had to sell her only land..”

rajah ko kanun, daibale janun.

Comment by chinta — 6/11/2005 @ 11:15 am
3.

Interesting! Let’s watch what happens next…

Comment by Chankhe — 6/11/2005 @ 12:46 pm
4.

Here nepal bank made following mistakes:

1. If it was a loan without any collatoral, that was grave mistake. Loan appproving officials need to be on RCCC list.

2. If the loan was backed by a collatoral, the bank should have liquidated the collatoral to pay for its loan. Another mistake.

Comment by Chankhe — 6/11/2005 @ 1:09 pm
5.

Tulsi ko samachar le malai kunai achamma laagen…. kina bhane yo mandale haru chor ho bhanne brahma maile uhile nai paayako ho. moral ko kura kasaile gareko jasto lagyo…. yo aasha garnu bekaar ho ….. baru mailo sahu ani Giri le press lai bandej lagaaun ali dhilo bhaa’ko jasto chha. magh 19 ko din nai sarkari gadha( gorkhe, ntv,radio nepal) baahek kaa sabai media band gardinu parne. aaja inko kukarma baahir ta aaudain thiyo…. aba bujhnu bho kina yo sarkar press, Bar, Teachers jastaa professionals haru lai peldai chha…. aba aru ko pani chhanbin hunu parcha …. sher bahadur lai jail halnu parcha sathai oonko sarkar sang paisa line Helen (dancer hoin) shah lai pani …. ani oonali paisa deu bhaner sifarish( darr,dhamki) dine lai pani….. ki kaso bhrastachaar ko naam ma prajatantra maasne haru???

Comment by sanu babu — 6/11/2005 @ 2:46 pm
6.

???? ?= ???
? = 5
King = K
Gane = g
so from now
?? 5 Kg
is perfect name for KG.

Comment by ?????? ??? ?????? — 6/11/2005 @ 9:50 pm
7.

i think that dr tulsi giri should resign on moral grounds!well well but i do know that he does not have one!nepal ko paisa khayera bhageko manche lai nepal ko government chalauna dine???yo ta bhayena…

Comment by tarkasur — 6/11/2005 @ 10:16 pm
8.

On the other note, all their life, KG and Tulsi Giri lectured Nepali people how the political leaders were corrupt, and what we got here? The mother of all smokescreen by these people who have looted the nation quite liberally themselves!!

What more? We all know in detail how corrupt Kirti Nidhi/Radha Krishna /Dan Bahadur Shahi were anyway!!

Comment by chinta — 6/12/2005 @ 12:12 am
9.

i’m glad at least things like these are coming out. could you have imagined a bank statement like this being printed during the panchayat era? we’re progressing folks, and a day will come when dristi or any daunting newspaper will bring about the corruption of gyanendra and royal plundering of national capital.

Comment by Blogbahini — 6/12/2005 @ 12:17 am
10.

So, where is that Royal Commission for Corruption? Well, If any one can go prior to 1990, such things won’t be new. My suggesstion to blog for a khoj patrakarita – could you please try to find the Mallik Commission and expose these bastards!

Comment by republic nepal — 6/12/2005 @ 12:58 am
11.

1)Why T. Giri only at this time? There are so many loan defaulters roaming around freely. Like somebody said, those who gave the loan and never followed up with T. Giri earlier should also be penalised. Bring them back from their graves.

2)The overinvoicing carpet scandal that Dr. Giri was famous for when he was the Primie Minister needs to be investigated. It is said that Dr. Giri took the money and ran away. All he was made to sacrifie at that time was the PM’s post. It is also said that the reason he was advised to get out of the country was he knew too much who else in the higher ups were also involved and if he opened up his mouth, then “lahara tanda pahara…” saying will come to be true.

What else?

Comment by Dharni Prasad — 6/12/2005 @ 3:14 am
12.

It’s time that the all knowing, all powerful Dr.Giri visited RCCC. Let’s see how fair RCCC really is! Dr. Giri mentioned in one of his TV appearances that people with jaundice “see everything as yellow- for example white, black, etc…” Really? How can black be visible in yellow, no matter what the disease? Dr. Giri should refresh his medical (and general) knowledge.

Comment by sameer — 6/12/2005 @ 9:59 am
13.

Hey Guys, if you will read the lines of Kantipur News and see the scanned copy of Nepal Bank Ltd Fact Sheet, you will easily figure out the FACT!
KANTIPUR NEWS SAYS:
“The bank provided loan of Rs. 2m to Himalaya Plastics Pvt Ltd, to which Dr Giri is a board chairman till the date, on February 27, 1986 on his personal guarantee which he never paid back and the amount he has to pay now is Rs. 17.4m.”
AND THE BANK FACT SHEET SAYS:
Date loan:2053/3/28(July,1996)
Due Date: 2053/9/27 (Jan.1997)

It is clear that the loan, on which Dr Giri has been Black Listed was not taken his guarentee.

Comment by anonymous — 6/12/2005 @ 10:31 pm
14.

nepal ko paisa nalageko bhaya yetro barsha bedesh ma ke ko kamaele bachnu tiyo haina ta giri geeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Comment by shuphal kafle — 6/16/2005 @ 4:00 pm

Tundikhel Mourns the Forceful Departure of its Guests

By Dinesh Wagle on June 8th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

No easy breath in Nepal’s famous open air theater: Gauri Kala Upadhaya, 58, from Jumla, West Nepal, lost her belongings in the forceful evacuation. All Pics by Wagle.

Tundikhel is mourning now. This open air space in the heart of Kathmandu is mourning the sudden, forceful and unceremonious departure of its guests: Victims of Maoist atrocities from around Nepal. Organized under the banner of Maoists Victims’ Association of Nepal, some 200 internally displaced citizens from different parts of the country were living on one corner of this giant space declaring it the Refugee Camp and declaring respectable livelihood from the state. Lately, they were staging demonstrations against the government.

Autocrats, armed with guns and bullets, became afraid of these unarmed and unlucky civilians. Police repeatedly and mercilessly repressed those demonstrations with manhandling the ‘refugees’. As if that was not enough, three days ago, on Sunday, June 5, they forcefully evacuated the space flushing out the people from Tundikhel. Police arrested all of them. Autocracy is like this. They had demanded resignation of Dan Bahadur Shahi, the home minister, the previous day. Autocrats sew threat in unarmed and helpless and internally displaced civilians who either lost their loved ones or their property and are in town to get security from the state they once used to pay tax for. They stated a torch light rally on Sunday protesting the evacuation.

A dead dog lies on the place now where internally displaced people used to live till Sunday.

I was curious to see the place so I visited Tundikhel yesterday afternoon. The aura of the place is strange. I first went to Tundikhel when I was, I think, 6 years old with my great-grandfather. That was a place full of shops and housed a big bazaar popularly known as Hong Kong bazaar. [The bazaar was later moved to Bhrikutimandap and has been operating in more organized way.] I still remember grandpa bought me a n’alu ghadi’ or ‘ticktick ghadi’ for Rs 60. Yes, that machine was working well, telling me the exact time, for about a week. While returning to Ramechhap, in that summer season, the plastic cover couldn’t prevent water entering into the watch. The watch, soaked with rain, wouldn’t buzz. No problem, grandpa had really good watch to tell me the time. The warm breeze flowing over Tundikhel in a hot day made me nostalgic. A cricket ball nearly hit me and bring be to the present.

At least 4 teams are busy playing cricket on the ground and 3, I guess, are enjoying football. On the footpath that joints Birhospital area with Old Bus Park area, at around 100 people are busy on playing some sort of games and talking different things.

“Why these all people are here?” I asked a man whom I carefully selected for some strange reasons.

“Well, they don’t have other things to do,” he replied. The after a few seconds of pause and inspecting me from head to toe, he continued, “They are all unemployed folks coming here from different parts of Nepal in search of labor works. This is a bloody rainy day and there is no work to do.”

Unemployed People assemble in Tundikhel to pass time.

After another brief pause and studying his face, I asked: “Where are you from?”

“Dolakha.”

“Are all people here from Dolakha?”

“NO. People from all 75 districts are here,” he said, repeating, “All unemployed.”

Then he told me a story about how his mission to find some work failed because of the rain and some unfavorable condition at the workplace. Two other guys were listening our conversation with an apparent intense interest.

They play different games in Tundikhel.

Saying good bye to him and wishing him good luck for the work, I went to the ‘ground zero’, the place where Maoist’ victims used to live under a ragged tent. There was no sign of life. A dead dog was lying on the place. Football and Cricket ball occasionally passed from the corpse but as I see on three occasions, without disturbing the dog.

As I was taking images, an elderly woman approached me with a piece of paper on her hand.

“I lost everything,” she said, without even knowing me who I was. I guessed she thought I was a journalist.

“Who are you?” I asked.

“I am from Jumla,” she answered and that pulled my attention.

“What are you doing over here?”

“I lost my things. I am here searching them.”

Then Gauri Kala Upadhaya, 58, showed me a page of paper. That was a pension paper. He husband who is no more now was in army. He died many years ago, she told me, in an incident not related to Maoist movement. Now, he case is related to the movement.

“Maoists destroyed my pension papers two months ago,” she said. “They came to my house and destroyed all the papers.”

I saw in the paper that she used to collect pension from Nepalgunj. She had arrived three weeks ago in Kathmandu to make new papers.

“I lost my belongings here when they evacuated this place three days ago.”

She told me that she had things worth Rs. 10 thousands including some medicines and uniforms for her school going children. She also told me that she went to an army barrack to have food and complained them about the loss. “But there is no sign of my belongings being found,” she said.

Some people have moving shops for the benefit of those who visit the bordering Ratna Park.

The war is going on. There is no sign of peace in this war-trodden country. By flushing out Maoist victims from Tundikhel, this government, instead of trying to solve the problem, has put the problem under the carpet. This is even more dangerous. This shows the government isn’t worried about safety of its own citizens. It wants to prolong the war so that the people with autocratic mindset could continue the rule of repression.

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4 Responses to “Tundikhel Mourns the Forceful Departure of its Guests”

Republic Nepal Says:

June 9th, 2005 at 12:16 am
Isn’t that a shameful incident where a head of government and state draws $ 1 million annually from such people, and enjoys on baton charging on them. What a shame monarch?

Unbiased Nepalese Says:

June 9th, 2005 at 10:02 am
Being a unbiased Nepalese i would like to say that this monarch is a recent change in a Nepalese politics, before it was democrats who were fully into it. What they did?? I would better say all this is the result of those people who were handling democracy, and now they are blaming monarch. This is all dirty politics which is going on in Nepal since i started understanding about this, when they are in power they think of their self interest and when they are thrown away they they take out critics which they created themselves. I think these people who came to tundikhel as a maoist victims are feeling more freedom to express their tragedy before monarch than those democratic politician who never care their feelings. I would like to ask what those politician would have done in this situation, as this was created by themselves. I hope the situation would have been worse than now.
I like to see freedom in my country, but not the freedom that destroy my motherland. Please lets stop commenting and pinpointing eachother and work together to help country restore from this situation. It is fact that disturbance in a relationship is a key advantage for the enemies.

S. Says:

June 9th, 2005 at 12:36 pm
Tundikhel finally takes a sigh of relief from these hooligans who deliberately wanted to snatch away a prime property which belongs to all Nepalese. How can one allow a public space to be used as huts and shags by some people who claim to be Maoist victims? Tomorrow, if I cam my hut inside the Singha Durbar or in the middle of Lazimpat road claiming that I am a Maoist victim, will the authorities allow that?? Some sense of responsibility has to be there. Tundikhel is a place where people go for morning jog, where people sun-bathe, where people loiter because there is hardly any open space in Kathmandu. Now, if even this open space is occupied by inhabitants, where do we go to breathe oxygen?

Samrat Says:

June 9th, 2005 at 12:39 pm
Look at the photos pasted above. They say a lot. Water melons, playing dice, shopping, that’s what Tundikhel is for. Not for hooligans who want to camp their houses and later claim that the entire property is theirs. This happens plenty in India. Where poor people come in and say that they are the victims of ULFA rebels and then on snatch away a prime locatin in Delhi. This trend has started in Nepal also. It must be stopped.

Freedom Will Prevail, Autocracy Will Expire

By Dinesh Wagle

Updated on 03 AM GMT June 9: Police released all journalists this morning who were arrested from a protest rally in Kathmandu yesterday. Journalists were requested to sign a paper that stated, not exact wordings, “Some people who were arrested today for ignoring the prohibitory orders…have been released..” They didn’t mention specifically about journalist. Scribes replaced People with Journalists to correct the record.

From inside a jail, Nepal journalists vow to continue their crusade for freedom All Pics by Wagle.

Talking to United We Blog! from inside a detention center in Kathmandu, Bishnu Nishturi, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) condemned the forceful police intervention in this afternoon’s peaceful demonstration of scribes and the arrest of some four dozen journalists without warrants. “We will continue this fight [for the restoration of freedom of expression and democracy in Nepal]. Today’s unlawful arrest of journalists has proved that this government wants to have total control over the press. But we will fight to the end.”

Journalist friend who are outside will stage demonstrations countrywide against the manhandling of scribes today, the president told me over the mobile phone. He also said that today’s arrest and police intervention have made journalists even more firm on their crusade for democracy and press freedom in Nepal.

Matrika Poudel, a journalist with Nepal One TV and contributer of United We Blog! in Nepali resisted the arrest for about a minute but at last police threw him inside the van.

Bishnu Nishturi told me that all journalists in detention have refused to eat food provided by the state saying that their detention was unconstitutional and against the spirit of the free press. “We have managed to have food on ourselves,” he said. I have gathered from other source that journalists eat Mo Mo, a popular Nepali fast food. When I called his at 10:06 PM, he and other journalists were preparing to sleep. “Police haven’t mistreated us as of now and have provided things to sleep,” said Nishturi.

Punam Baskota, Cameraperson of Kantipur TV, looks at Wagle’s camera from inside a police van after she was arrested this afternoon.

Police have not told them the reason for their arrest, Surendra Pandey, president of FNJ Kantipur Television Chapter, who was also arrested and been kept in the same detention center with Nishturi told me over the phone. “We didn’t eat the police-provided food to protest,” he said. Both journalists and other in the hall were in jubilant mood, which is not unusual because the all powerful authorities and police saw threat on unarmed journalists and arrested them manhandling some.

How The Arrest Took Place?

Around 3 hundred journalists gathered in Bhrikuti Mandap, a park and former ‘industrial’ exhibition zone in Kathmandu, as per the publicly declared plan. At around 4:15, they carried out the rally led by Nishturi and other senior journalists. Even before journalists started their rally, police closed down the exit and entrance gate of the Mandap. In a sense, all journalists were prisoner. They headed toward the exit gate, 100 meters far from where the rally started. Police stopped them at the main gate. About 10 scribes got out form a small gate attached to the bigger one. About 10 plainclothes police started pushing and pulling journalists while those in uniform watched the show.

Look How They Whisked Him

An unidentified reporter being whisked away by the uniformed and plainclothes police

Then scribes started shouting slogans against the royal government demanding press freedom. “Down with Autocracy,” journalists screamed. While they were shouting slogans, I was busy clicking images of the scene from the tall wall of the main gate. I felt like jumping down the floor and start shouting. I thought I should report what has happened. That is also an important job. After the hustling and bustling of about 7 minutes, police forcefully pulled out some journalists including Nishturi from inside the gate and threw them inside the police van. There were four van waiting outside the road known as Exihibition Road or Pradarshani Marga.

Kathmandu District Administration office had issued an order a few weeks ago prohibiting any kind of demonstrations and mass meetings in certain areas in Kathmandu like Exihibition Road, Ratna Park, Putalisadak etc. Bhrikuti Mandap is not included in the prohibitory list.

After the arrest took place, those remaining inside the Mandap tried to go outside the Mandap from another gate. Police were waiting there to arrest them. Avoiding the arrest, they went back to the ground from where the rally originated and held a mass meeting that was addressed by senior journalists, human rights activists and lawyers. “A dog fears water when it is mad,” Editor Shyam Shrestha said, “And a government fears journalists when it is mad. This government is mad and does not know what it is really doing.”

Journalists shouted slogans against the royal government after police stopped them at the gate of Bhrikuti Mandap and before the arrest took place

Protest in Pokhara

Journalists in Pokhara, West Nepal, halted the traffic in the busy Mahendra Pul road for 10 minutes on the afternoon of June 8 demanding press freedom in the country. Pic by Dinesh Regmi

17 Comments »

Look at these horrific pictures: Four or five thugs of KG arresting one journalist. This shows how much the pen is mightier than the gun. This also shows how much autocrats fear the voice of freedom. This shows the end of autocracy is coming in to Nepal.

Every autocrats try to suppress the voice of freedom just like in these pictures and while doing so, they do not they their end is coming. They know only when the end really comes and whisks them away from the reign. Journalists, keep up your job guys. The whole free world is with you.

Comment by Moon — 6/8/2005 @ 11:57 pm

Go journos and lawyers at the frontline. Miilions are behind you. Don’t afraid of gyandendra’s restricted zones. Remember Gyanendra’s brother was forced to give in only after millions marched to the palace.

Comment by Upadhyaya — 6/9/2005 @ 12:49 am

How come Dinesh Wagle is not caught by Police yet? …lol

Comment by Chankhe — 6/9/2005 @ 8:52 am

The King hangs by a thin-red-thread that the Democratic Forces led by Journalist and other activist are about to break !!
It is better to deal with the OUTDATED MONARCHY NOW, THAN TO WAIT FOR THE CROWN PRINCE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE MENTAL CAPACITY TO RULE…

Comment by http://web.archive.org/web/20050624083950/http://www.kkcr.org/ — 6/9/2005 @ 12:21 pm

Where on earth can you hold rallies in restricted places? These are not even journalists. Very few of them actually work for newspapers. They are NGO workers, thugs, blackmailers in the disguise of journalists. Besides, not all publication houses are involved in this useless rallies. Not Himalayan Times, not Rajdhani, not Samacharpatra, not People’s review, not Hindu, not Spotlight, etc.

Comment by Lawyer — 6/9/2005 @ 12:28 pm

Even in cities like Dhaka-famous for its rallies and daily protests, one cannot hold demonstrations infront of the jama mosque, in the main thoroughfare linking the presidential palace and the Prime Minister’s residence. The primary reason is that it disturba traffic and creates unnecessary hassle to the general people. It creates trouble to school children. Here, everything seems permissible. These journalists are holding these rallies, we know, only to get publicity and nothing else. How can they hold protests against an ordinance that has never been brought out? I don’t understand this. It is utterly crazy and silly.

Comment by Rehman — 6/9/2005 @ 12:32 pm

YES, THESE JOURNALISTS ARE PARTY CADRES AND WANT PUBLICITY. THEY WANT TO BARGE INTO RESTRICTED ZONES JUST TO SHOW THEY ARE BRAVE. BUT THEY ARE THE MOST COWARD PEOPLE. THEY DISTURB OUR DAILY LIVES AND DISTURB TRAFFIC. THEY ARE NOT JOURNALISTS. THEY ARE A CURSE FOR OUR SOCIETY. THEY ASK FOR MONEY AND BLACKMAIL POLITICIANS, BUSINESSPERSONS, ETC. THEY HAVE EVEN MURDERED ONE CINE ACTRESS BECAUSE THEY SHOWED A NUDE PHOTO OF HER IN THE NEWSPAPER WHICH PROMPTED HER TO SUICIDE.

Comment by Samrat — 6/9/2005 @ 1:01 pm

Stop disrupting traffic !! We don’t care if you want to shout your heads off in Tundikhel, but don’t take away our democratic right to travel freely, all in the name of DEMOCRAZY !!! You guys are just a bunch of pathetic losers…shouting for corrupt leaders.. you don’t represent the nepali population…50 guys shouting.. a pathetic JOKE !!

Comment by dontstoptraffic — 6/9/2005 @ 1:28 pm

A gathering of a useless bunch of idiots…with nothing better to do than participate in politically sponsered rallies. People who praise the antics of these thugs are just as useless having nothin to do but sitting at home. Freedom of the Press is must but at what price. INstead of Black clth over their heads and mouth they should put YELLOW cloth to show exactly what they are…a bunch of yellow bellied journalist. Even the media needs some control, the media in USA also has to answer to someone for wrong doings. Only in Nepal can FM stations broadcast News on a regulat daily basis, our neighbours India too does not allow FM stations to broadcast news. FM channels are more used for entertainment and infotainment. Just because we are in Nepal we think we can take out a rally for any excuse. Most of the media houses are backed by some political party, now since their inflow of cash has stopped they want the door open for the money to flow back in. Each and every publication is bias in some way or other, no one has the guts to to lead from the front and cover events as they really happen. I feel sorry for Nepal if this is what the country has come to.

Comment by Sunil — 6/9/2005 @ 2:00 pm

These Journalists are paid hooligans of the corrupt politician. Nepali will not shed any tears for them. They should be beaten up the police as they were also the part of the loot the corrupt politician did in the past

Comment by hari — 6/9/2005 @ 3:50 pm

Look at the names of the journalists arrested. Nobody even has heard their names. Do they work for papers or for marwari businessmen??

Comment by Sanjeev — 6/9/2005 @ 9:56 pm

It seems to me many in Nepal want to revert back to the 15th or 16th centuries, and have their fates decided for them by a bunch of inbred idiots called “the royal family”. That way they don’t have to take any responsibility for the state of their country; everything can be blamed on the Gods and astrological signs.

Comment by Manish — 6/9/2005 @ 11:00 pm

To Sanjeev, Hari and friends!

Amazing, how good you write English. Amazing, that you can use the computer. Usually such mindsets use to fade, if people can use the Internet and become modern international cybercitizens.

But all of you, you are great examples, that higher technical abilities can be reached without personal thinking and without developing political consciousness.

Or maybe you really have to be called fascists, consciously favouring a system, where people are born to rule others by their cast? Amazing, that such a great part of the educated Nepali is seemingly so stupidly nationalistic.
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Most people on this world do not know about the existance of this sooooo unbelievable proud-to-be-of kingdom. Most of the others think it is a part of India.

Only very few highly educated people of this world know, that Nepal is an independent, so called ‘constitutional’ Monarchy and the last Hindukingdom on this planet.
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Now slowly it is getting new popularity as a country of oppression, but truely not as the famous country of the brave King!

I hope all of you’friends of being strongly guided and heavily protected’ will soon understand, that the modern freely informed world will never make any difference, who is ruling Nepal with the barrel of the gun. It stays unacceptable for all freedom loving humans with democratic mindset.

The longer uncompromising powers in conflict harden their positions, the more violent the outlet!
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I hope Nepal fastly understands the importance of PEACEFUL RESISTANCE against improper and authoritaerian rulership from any side, which seems to be treating the common people as if they would be cattle or property.

May peace return to the Himalayas, be aware of NAZI-style-nationalistic propaganda!

King Kong

Comment by King Kong — 6/9/2005 @ 11:07 pm

King Kong , it is amazing how a pseudo-literate citizen can be so naiive of the developments taking place. Look what India has done to us, it is now urging Girija to tie up with the Maoists. This means Delhi has had connections with the terrorists all along. It was supporting, sponsoring, training and financing Maoist terrorists side by side aiding the RNA. It was sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Nepal. Now, it is crystal clear. IN this context how can w Nepalese support the political parties the protege’ of the terrorists? This way we will become Sikkim. In the 21st century no proud Nepali wants to become a slave of India. That is why timne has come for us to shun these useless raliies a la journalists and lawyers rather unite for a national cause which is to defeat Indian hegemonistic designs against a small and weak neighbour.

Comment by Samrat — 6/10/2005 @ 12:47 pm

Sometimes, the India through its own actions compels all Nepalese to become anti-Indian. This is such occasion. How can Sonia Gandhi who is herself a family member of two assasination cases urge Girija P. Koirala to reconcile with the Maoists? It is incomprehensible? THis hurry from the Indian side is definitely due to the split in the Maoist leadership and Delhi wants Baburam to come up very soon before he gets completely wiped out. What a nasty and an ugle game plan to make Nepal another Sikkim. But, Dhotis well know that all Nepalese whether royalists, republicans, Nepali Congress or Sadbhavana will come together for a decisive struggle against them if they come into Nepal.

Comment by Saigal — 6/10/2005 @ 12:52 pm

samrat, what guarantee is there that letting the king rule will not make nepal a protectorate of india, like sikkim? did you forget that like political parties, the king goes to delhi every now and then to ‘consult’ indian govt before he makes any move? the one and only time he didnt consult india during his feb 1st move, indian govt was so furious it denied participating in saarc and refused to provide military aid. either way, political parties or the king, girija or gyanendra are protégé’ of manmohan singh.

Comment by inasharma@hotmail.com — 6/11/2005 @ 2:59 am

In asharma, no, the King wants to have good relations with India not assure in private and then on reject in public. Girija and others are a bunch of liars but at the same time they lick Delhi’s shoes. King wants to develop his country and at the same time wants good relations with neighbors. THis is not selling Nepal. Parties are willing to do anything for their chair. They become the agents of CIA, RAW and ISI at the same time.

Comment by Asha — 6/11/2005 @ 7:17 pm