Monthly Archives: July 2005

Release Gagan Thapa: Restore Democracy

Hundreds of agitating students hit the road in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu this afternoon demanding the immediate and unconditional release of their leader Gagan Thapa. They shouted anti-monarchy, pro-republican and pro-democracy slogans. Some of them carried black flags that signaled their protest of the unconstitutional arrest of Thapa. Pic by Bikas Rauniar

14 Responses to “Release Gagan Thapa: Restore Democracy”

1. SAUHADRA Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 9:02 am

Look at this hilarious photo. Doesn’t it make you laugh at the deteriorating condition of the so-called “democracy” movement? Count the heads. Exactly 12 people who have nothing to do all day – come to the streets to make a fool out of themselves. A week ago in Haryana, the police ordered the arrests of over 50 people involved in rioting and brick-batting and the judiciary there stamped their arrests into prison sentence. It is the same thing here. Gagan Thapa’s statement has been sentenced by the special court so he is in prison. In every country these things happen. Larger interests of the people demand that spoilt apples be removed from the basket.

2. Rajendra Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 9:06 am

The people’s participation in these rallies have really gone down. Koirala is in Biratnagar, apparantly to “take rest”. What has he done that he should take rest at a time when the people’s movement is going on? Such dullards must be thrown into the dustnins of history. He has done nothing for the cause of democracy. Look at other leaders. Even the civil society people are not with good image so the people are yet to be fascinated by their call. The civil servants have no appeal on the general people because they are disliked by the people for not providing good governance. So we are left with a few students who protest and others who fill this blog site. It is really sad.

3. sisyphus sharma Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 10:55 am

i am satisfied that i need not repeat the crimes of student leaders including gagan thapa to let people know the bare fact behind the glamorous cloak of media and this blog. as wagle himself said , public knows it alll………thank u guys … u fill my heart with joy …… one more proof that people won’t be satisfied with any sort of bogus democracy under girrija or gagan… it may be late .. the night will sure be long … but people know wat quality of light they require … indeed pacifying …..

4. mina Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 11:05 pm

Whoever you are identify yourself first. What are you for ? The people or the monarch ? Don’t brag in between

5. Paramendra Bhagat Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:05 pm

Gagan Thapa’s name is on US Senate floor. That is a major achievement for the movement.

6. Suraj Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Gagan is supposed to be the real son of nepal.

Unlike Paras, mr.harley who are the [icd] in nepal

Please release son of nepal gagan=ram and free our nation from usless [icd]

I am honest guy living abroad. Please make gagan king and shah and rana please leave nepal as nepal is country with so many people who are dying for no reason. [icd]

i can fight single single with you and if u trust me then leave gagan

we are nepali brothers so please release gagan and make our country guided by a guy who has gagan.

7. samrat Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Yeah!! Despite the newspapers placing front page photos of brick-batting between students and police and despite American help in this movement, the pace seems to have runned down. The truth of the matter is the general people are really not serious of restoring democracy. Because of 14 years of misrule coupled by defamed leaders, the commonman is still giving the King a chance. I think 3 years he will rule easily.

8. Sushim Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:34 pm

Gagan has the gutts to run the country. The person who is discussed for his good things is more better then our king gyanendra who has got bad reputation in the country as well everyone in overseas.

So Gyanendra if u love nepal please leave your kingship and hand it to Gagan….

He is the real son of thapa who can defeat anyone in the nation

i wish gagan was the king of nepal

and listen people who read my comment

i am an honest nepali…..i have got good job overseas and i am well educated……i want to die for a frutiful reason…….die if nepal is safe and nepalis are happy….not die for no reason runnin after ministers

So please guys lets do something for gagan’s NEW NEPAL movement

lets say gagan in and rest of the royal out.

Please gyanendra don’t be upset with what i say

u r nepali and i am as well…so we r brothers……if u think we love nepal

lets make new nepal…..make gagan new king of nepal………pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee

9. SON OF NEPAL Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:38 pm

In USA if a person is really good …..everyone says HE IS THE MAN
In Australia if a person is really good….everyone says HE IS THE DUDE
In UK if a person is really good….everyone says HE IS THE MATE
IN real i see with my eyes a pure eyes of son of nepali that

GAGAN IS THE MAN…….
please make him the king of nepal

10. King Kong Says:
August 3rd, 2005 at 1:43 pm

One man is not enough!

Yes, he may be a heroe of this movement, but i think it is not well. Looking for leaders will not bring you further. Trying to let the sheep run into a next direction will not change them from being sheep. Understandable, that many see the chance to become leaders now, but the faster they rise, the faster they will be gone. So be aware of public heroes, you all have to become heroes for your own freedom, otherwise you will see, how your new leader is broken and the movement without head.

Get up, stand up for your rights!

11. badal Says:
August 3rd, 2005 at 8:44 pm

we all have to become gagan to make our country rich and best

12. wraith Says:
August 4th, 2005 at 8:33 pm

guffai guff ko desh

13. Garib Nepali Says:
August 5th, 2005 at 10:03 am

I dont know what some of you here are up to. You have negative attitude for Nepali politicians. You call them rotten apples and yourselves fresh apples. You always blame it to the politicians, how about blaming it to yourselves?

We are also responsible for the situation in Nepal. Somebody here mentions that majority of people are not interested in restoring democracy. Silence is a deadly weapon, which has helped King Gyanendra manuever his divide-and-rule tactics.

People are silent because they do not wish to speak. People who dare speak will face sedition charges like Gagan did.

Go to Maoist region and there too you will find people are silent. Does it mean they are accepting Maoist regime by heart?

Some of you here who are living abroad and comparing Nepali politics with Western politics are making a grave mistake; false analogy.

Why not learn lessons from India, Pakistan, Thailand and other countries who have a lot fo similarity with us.

Since you are in US or UK, all you can do is compare US and UK and call Nepali Politicians rotten apple.

14. tbs Says:
October 6th, 2005 at 5:26 am

I DON’T BELEIVE THE TRASH U GUYS ARE TALKING. SOME OF U GUYS ARE INSISTING ON GAGAN TO BE OUR NEW KING. SO, U GUYS WANT TO TRADE ONE KING FOR ANOTHER AND STILL LIVE UNDER THE AUTOCRATIC RULE. HA, HA .. HOW WELL DO U GUYS KNOW GAGAN THAPA? I KNOW HIM WELL TO TELL U GUYS THAT HE IS FULL OF BULL C@#P. HE IS JUST ANOTHER OPPURTUNISTIC SON OF B*@&H WHO JUST CARES ABOUT BEING RICH AND POPULAR. FOR HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN IN COLLEGE? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE HIM TO GRADUATE?

Regression Revisited: Radio Tune and the TV Contract

Radio Nepal changes the signature tune and Nepal Television requests the district administration office to monitor its reporters’ activities

The world is moving forward. America launched the discovery shuttle, India resolved its nuclear issues with the US, China decided on the exchange evaluation. And here in Nepal, we are being forced to return backward in a quick pace. The king dismissed the political system considered the world’s most progressive and restored back the remnants of the autocratic Panchayati system. The cabinet is almost same: Tulsi Giri was there and Jagat Gauchan has recently been added. I am not sure if the signboard of Parliamentary Secreteriat is there in Singha Durbar but I won’t be surprised if that has been replaced by the signboard of Rastriya Panchayat. Because the king has started the game of replacement: democracy by autocracy, human rights by gun rights, Gorkhapatra by Gorkhapatra (Nepali spelling changed) and democratic raodi tune by panchayati radio tune.

From yesterday, on the ‘auspicious’ occasion of the happy birthday of king’s grandson Hridayandra, state-owned Radio Nepal changed its news signature tune to remind people those ghostly days of Panchayat. The tune was last changed after the restoration of democracy in 1990.

Anyway, the topic I want to write about is not the change in the signature tune but the strange behavior of Nepal Television. After firing many reporters with democratic background, the state-owned TV station is renewing/awarding contracts to several journalists with a draconian “reference”. UWB has received the copy a contract paper. The beginning and the body text is normal and usual. But the reference, at the end of the contract, makes everyone shocking.

A copy of the contract has been referred to the related District Administration Office (we are not revealing that here because of the possible problem for the reporter) requesting the office to keep an eye on the reporter’s activities. “It is requested to the District Administration Office to monitor the reporter’s activities.” Well, what time has come in Nepal? Nepal Television doesn’t trust its own reporter. They donâ??t have confidence over their own employee.

-Wagle

5 Responses to “Regression Revisited: Radio Tune and the TV Contract”

1. Roshan Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 6:25 pm

Stupid and nonesense things…Yes! our King going backward…he wants AUTOCRACY…system want to run by GUN and BATTLE..if he is thinking going to BACKWARD and want to run the country using GUN POWER it means that he wants END OF KING SYSTEM in Nepal becuase will come to the road soon…..People need democracry, human rights they dont need your GUN SYTEM in the country
2. kala kisna Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 6:34 pm

Kamila ko kaal aayo Bhana powakh aaucha, sall ko kall aayio Bhana sahar pascha, aani rajtantra ko kaal aaya pachi yasti huncha.
3. chinta Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 11:35 pm

I don’t understand why he is so stupid, why he has to bring everything as was in Panchayat. Man, if given a free hand, this man will also reduce 13 years from Bikram Sambat, and say this is 2048 BS.

Gyan bro sucks.
4. Whosyourdaddy Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 4:01 am

Nepal have already been divided and conquered away by our Moaist dai and bhai and didi baheni ..and soon, when they have it all… communism will come back to Nepel when its dying all over … even China is florishing in the its special zones where capitalism rules… so what the king does is irrelevent !!

You guys have really lost sight of the real issues and got yourself lost under the same bureaucracy that you so much abhor !! shame shame shame
5. peter Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 11:02 am

Are radio stations allowed to broadcast political news or not?

Listening to Radio Nepal’s 8pm broadcast last night was a trial.

In no particular order: There was a report about the Police “Opening Fire” on a student demo in Kathmandu somewhere or other. Surely this is Political News.

Then there was a report about the crown prince’s son’s birthday – 4 days late! How insolent is that!

I have to say the news presenter’s voice was reminiscent of the WWII wartime radio broadcaster called Law Hawhaw infamous for his germany based radio propagandacasts – he was later tried for treason.

Really, Radio Nepal why not just turn off your transmitters and save us all a little pain.

And to the Tosser who blocks the BBC broadcasts you should have your fingers slammed in a door.

A Roundabout Lesson

By Keshav P Koirala
Saturday Blog

Intro: Giving up the career of a journalist at a leading daily, I have returned to the world of academics again since January. When I determinedly pushed resignation stating that I was quitting the job to pursue further studies, on the day of farewell, the editor of the daily- also my immediate boss- earnestly asked me if that was the motive behind the leaving.

The septuagenarian would have asked me the question because he could not believe me deciding to go to the university that, as a journalist, more particularly during the brainstorming before manufacturing editorial pieces, I always used to criticise for its mismanagement and its infradig scholars.

Nothing was to screen, so I told him why the very university! (I said something about the course that I was going to do and apropos my future plans.)

All the same, facing the insipidity of the administration and the mortifying intellect of teachers, I wish I animadverted on the university again.

Following is a piece that I had written some months ago to the very paper for which I worked for about two years. For some reasons unspecified, as I have been told so, however, this could not come to the print. Nonetheless, I would like to share this with you all!

A Roundabout Lesson
I happened upon him at the Uni three months ago. When Herr Yot â�� a young gentleman at his late-twenties â�� first got into the lecture room as a faculty, I was really enthralled by his berth. “Had I come to this world on time, indubitably, I too would be on the place,” I rued.

Fascinated by his achievements, the green-eyed monster within me started planning for the future. “After completing this course, I also will teach at a university,” I thought. Teaching has been line of work for my family for generations and contemplating pursuing the profession is not aberrant to me. It’s in my genes!

All are not born to the purple. To excel in life, everybody has to struggle. Dead reckoning that he, an Arcadian, has toiled a lot to be a success story in this wonderland, I grasped that it would not be easy for me to bring home the bacon. Why would I worry? I would learn to make it from him!

It was my fourth day at the Uni. I was busy on taking pleasure in the vista of the snow-clad mountains in the purlieus of the vale from the foot of the Mondeberg where my Uni is situated at. When I saw my peers coming galumphing into the lecture hall like a herd of elephants, I understood that it was time for another lecture. And it was my hero�s class again.

When he was asked a simple but grand question regarding the alternative structure of an organic compound, Herr Yot took to his an age-old notebook. But his riposte was not satisfactory. He was very supercilious towards another gentleman who put forward an extra query. All the same, I took that all for his unique way of teaching � motivating �tyros� like us to study by ourselves. Domineering students is also an art. �I too need to learn this,� I agnised.

For now, his classes have turned out to be mind-numbing. Besides ingeminating some clichés on the topic what the pompous guru knows only to do perfectly is dodging our queries. But if the power is off for minutes or the OHP doesn’t function, his pedagogy conks out. Surprisingly, he doesn’t care a fig what others think of him. He pretends to be cool and reiterates if his pupils followed his footsteps, they would certainly score high marks.

Once he arrogantly cast about for comments regarding his teaching technique. Looking for a needle in a haystack, I responded that it would be better not to waste time in all that gaff. What I saw was an enraged Yot mumbling how I dared naming his style rigmarole. These days, he doesn’t teach much, but grins barefacedly in every lecture that is full of bathos. Now, I have forlorn hope that if I stick to his guidelines, I would succeed fulfilling my dream.

Amid the global phenomenon of nepotism, wondering how the poor fish like him gets such a big break would be awry. However, I wish all teachers who abide by the Parkinson�s Law only understood teaching is much more than it. Resting on one�s laurels and teaching no more than for the sake of recompense may not garner reverence. Teachers too need to gear up themselves to be able to do with their pupils. By the bye, my guru has given me a good lesson. Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, now, I have decided not to go for teaching- unless I become competent.

2 Responses to “A Roundabout Lesson”

1. Aparajit Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Oh! A good piece…..
Besides politics, if this sort of articles too are given chance to be blogged, it would certainly be good.

By the way, where is Mr Koirala studying?

Mondeberg?? Germany?
Herr Yot? A German?

Or, the name of places have been Germanised?

Adios

2. Whosyourdaddy Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 4:05 am

at least you can be a true blogger and write biased reports and whatever come to your mind :) good on your bro… … unlike your friends (the journalist one) who have no knowledge of the journalism ethics and produce so much shit here …. shame shame shame .. get him fired too .. so that you can both be good blogger

Senator Patrick Leahy Rises to Speak on Nepal

US Senator Patrick Leahy’s statement on Nepal to Congress. Full Text.

Senator Patrick Leahy July 28: I rise to speak about the situation in Nepal, which has received too little attention by the Congress. I will not take the time to discuss in detail the history of this tiny country wedged between China and India. Suffice it to say that not only is Nepal among the world’s least developed countries, it is also facing a ruthless Maoist insurgency and a political crisis instigated by King Gyanendra which together threaten to turn Nepal into a failed state.

Last year, after receiving disturbing reports of widespread human rights violations by the Royal Nepalese Army, including arrests, disappearances, torture and extrajudicial killings of civilians, the Congress imposed a number of conditions on our military aid to Nepal.

Those conditions required the Nepalese Government to

(1) comply with habeas corpus orders issued by the Supreme Court of Nepal;

(2) cooperate with the National Human Rights Commission to identify and resolve all security related cases of individuals in government custody;

(3) grant the National Human Rights Commission unimpeded
access to all places of detention; and

(4) take effective steps to end torture by security forces and prosecute members of such forces who are responsible for gross violations of human rights.

Unfortunately, not only have those conditions not been met, the situation was made significantly worse on February 1st when King Gyanendra, with the backing of the security forces, dissolved the multiparty government, arrested and jailed political opponents, human rights activists and journalists, and declared a state of emergency.

The state of emergency has since been lifted, but civil liberties, including freedom of the press and association, remain restricted, the former Prime Minister has been jailed for corruption by an extrajudicial, politically motivated anti-corruption commission, and arrests of journalists and democracy activists continue.

Speaking with one voice, the United States, Great Britain, and India ondemned the King’s actions as a setback for democracy. They said it would make it more difficult to resolve the Maoist problem, and each country imposed varying types of restrictions on military aid. Since then, however, the American Embassy has adopted a more nuanced approach, sending mixed messages that have been widely interpreted as giving equal consideration and validity to the views and actions of the King and the political parties. Unfortunately, the impression today of Nepalese pro-democracy and human rights activists is that the United States is not fully behind them.

The army insists it is complying with habeas corpus orders of the Supreme Court. This is deceiving, however, because the security forces, often in plain clothes, have been re-arresting people who the court has ordered released. In some instances they have waited at the courthouse steps to take people back into custody immediately after they are set free by the court. Since these arrests are often made without charges, the whereabouts and treatment of these people is often unknown.

In April, the term of the National Human Rights Commission expired and the government reconstituted the Commission in a manner that was incompatible with the 1990 Nepalese Constitution. The membership of the Commission has also changed, with the exception of the chairman.

Not surprisingly, none of the current members, appointed by the palace, expressed publicly any disagreement with the King’s February 1st actions, including the arrests and curtailing of civil liberties. The chairman of the Commission even expressed support for the King’s actions. This has caused legitimate concerns about the Commission’s independence.

There is conflicting information about the government’s cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission in resolving security related cases of persons in custody. According to human rights groups, the situation has not improved. The Commission has said it is getting better access to places of detention, but it is not clear how meaningful this access is. We know there are large numbers of people who have disappeared, yet we are informed that when members of the Commission visit army barracks they have seen few detainees, are led around by army escorts, and that some barracks where detainees were reported to be held were completely empty. There is a concern that the army is summarily executing prisoners. Meanwhile, the International Red Cross has suspended its visits to prisoners because of the army’s failure to provide the access it requires.

The issue of ending torture and prosecuting members of the security forces who commit gross violations of human rights, is also difficult to assess. According to human rights groups, torture is routinely practiced and impunity remains the norm. The army claims it disciplines its members who violate human rights, but many of the cases it cites do not involve human rights violations. According to the army officer who heads the army’s human rights cell, complaints about human rights violations by the army are “much ado about nothing.” Those words speak volumes.

Under our law, the Secretary of State is to determine whether the conditions have been met. As a sponsor of the law, I would expect that prior to making any determination she would consult with representatives of reputable human rights groups, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the British and Indian governments. It is important that we and they be seen as united on these issues.

In that regard, I would hope that she would consider the implications of such a determination in the context of the larger political crisis. We do not want to do anything that could be seen as further evidence that the United States supports the King when he is using the army and police to crush the forces of democracy.

Last week, the Senate revisited the conditions on our military aid for Nepal. Since those conditions were enacted prior to February 1st, they have in large measure been eclipsed by subsequent events. The Senate determined that modifications were needed, and those changes were adopted unanimously on July 20, 2005, in an amendment to the fiscal year 2006 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. I ask unanimous consent that the amendment, which if agreed to by the Senate-House conference committee will apply to United States military aid for Nepal for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2005, be printed in the Record at the end of these remarks.

Nepal is a breathtakingly beautiful country facing immense challenges. The majority of its people are illiterate, subsistence farmers who are caught between the Maoists, who extort money and food, forcibly recruit their children, and commit atrocities, and the army which mistreats and often shoots those suspected of sympathizing with the Maoists.

The King, while professing to support democracy, seems determined to take the country back to the pre-1990 feudal days. This is not the first time he has dismissed the Prime Minister, and since February 1st he has surrounded himself with elderly advisors from the Panchayat era. He has ignored repeated urgings by our ambassador, and other governments, to sit down with representatives of the political parties to develop a plan for the prompt restoration of multiparty democracy.

As in any country where multiparty democracy has existed for only a decade and a half, Nepal’s fledgling political parties suffer from internal divisions and are struggling to establish their credibility with the Nepalese people. This should surprise no one. Democracy is never perfect, and that is particularly true in an impoverished, isolated kingdom whose people have been ruled by a monarchy that ignored their needs for centuries. Yet, despite these obstacles, Nepalese journalists, political activists and civil society continue to speak out.

What is the alternative? A Maoist “people’s republic” that could plunge Nepal into darkness? A return to an active monarchy that is accountable to no one?

Nepal is at an historic juncture. The Maoists have made steady gains over the past decade. Once a minor irritant, today they are a national menace. Even since 2001, when King Gyanendra ascended the throne and became commander in chief of the army, the Maoists have grown stronger. Although they are unable to hold territory or to seize power in Katmandu, they pose an increasing threat to the security and livelihoods of Nepal’s people.

The King has made a tragic blunder, and the Nepalese people are paying a heavy price.

Former Prime Minister Deuba is in prison, which the State Department has rightly called a setback for democracy. This week there were new arrests. On July 25, several dozen journalists and civil society leaders were arrested and detained for over 24 hours during a peaceful protest. On July 27, a pro-democracy student leader, Gagan Thapa, was arrested while attempting to visit fellow detained student leaders.

Mr. Thapa is reportedly being held on suspicion of sedition. His arrest is a threat to all democracy activists and should be strongly condemned by the State Department.

The King’s strongest card is the army, but it lacks an effective counterinsurgency capability, it cannot defeat the Maoists in territory as rugged and isolated as parts of Afghanistan, and it has abused and alienated the very people it is supposed to protect. The army needs to demonstrate that it is worthy, if it wants U.S. support.

Earlier this year, in order to avoid criticism at the UN Human Rights Commission, the King agreed to permit the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an office in Nepal and deploy human rights monitors. This is a welcome development, which the U.S. should strongly support. If the UN monitors are provided with unimpeded access, they should be able to determine if the Maoists are prepared to stop attacking civilians and recruiting children, and if the army is serious about respecting international humanitarian law.

Recently, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor traveled to Nepal to assess the situation. He concluded that a solution to the crisis rests on three elements: “a return to constitutional order and multiparty democracy, an end to hostilities, and inclusive national dialogue towards a negotiated solution to the underlying causes of conflict.” The UN has a long history in Nepal, and it could play a key facilitating role on each of these elements. I would hope that the State Department would publicly support this.

No one should minimize the challenges. The Maoists have yet to demonstrate that they are ready to abide by a ceasefire, which should be a prerequisite for negotiations on their political demands. But our policy should be unambiguous.

Democracy is the only viable alternative, and we should make clear that we unequivocally reject the King’s imperial ambitions, that the days of an active monarchy are over, and that we support the political parties. Whether that means the restoration of the 1999 Parliament or the formation of a new constituent assembly, is for the Nepalese people to decide, but there should be no doubt that we support a political process that is open, transparent, inclusive and accountable to the people.

Democracy and dialogue are the key to peace in Nepal, and we should do everything possible to reaffirm our willingness to work with the political parties, with Nepalese civil society, the Indian government, the British government, other key countries, and with the United Nations, towards that end.

15 Responses to “‘I Rise To Speak On Nepal’”

1. anonymous Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 9:36 pm

that the days of an active monarchy are over,
2. Gorkhalee Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 9:57 pm

An excellent analysis, and my heartful thank for the Senator who is really behind the Nepali people.
3. Nepali babu Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 10:27 pm

Thanks a hundred time to be first american persion think heartly for the goodness of very nepali people. really thanks a lot! senator thanks! V V V V.
4. Harke Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 10:42 pm

Let’s thank the Senator. Let’s write to him. His email address is: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov
5. chinta Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 11:32 pm

Great speech, senator Leahy. Thank you very much.
6. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 3:07 am

Leahy is a Democrat, unlike George W Bush and
US Ambassador James Moriety(sp?) both Republicians who have only supported War in Nepal.
When the US gets rid of the Bush Regine then a way for the US to help bring peace to Nepal can start… Until then expect more of the same.. WAR !!
7. Whosyourdaddy Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 3:55 am

US will soon find WMD in Nepal… So I wouldn’t trust these guys… after all 25, 000 (some reports say 100,000) lives have been saved by bringing democracy in Iraq !! Well, Saddam was doing the same … I wonder what the difference is…. Beware of the Neo-cons.. they got Nepal in their sight…. :)
8. manan Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 4:32 am

What is more dangerous for Nepal, the imperial action of the King or that of a faraway country, that, immensely powerful as it is, has still no direct control over our country, which in turn is sandwiched between two other powerful nations?

Look at the situation practically. Nepal does not have WMDs, and neither is its insurgency threatening to take over the world. So neocons have no basis for invading Nepal on the basis of protecting the United States.

I say that in our case, American assistance will be good for us. Not only might that support democratic aspirations, it will also keep in
check the urges of our ambitious neighbors.
9. reply Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 8:52 am

Yes, Senator. First try to solve the problem in Iraq and Afghanistan before trying to muddle in Nepal. America’s over 50 years of good relations with the Nepalese people have been terribly tarnsished by your ridiculous remarks. Why did you adopt a military solution to communist insurgencies in Phillippinnes, Nicaragua, Thailand, Chile that you want a “negotiated” settlement with the Maoists here? Why don’t you yourself talk to Osama Bin Laden? Why doesn’t the American Army respect human rights? Is there press freedom in Baghdad? BUsh’s best card is the American army but it lacks counter-insurgency capability in Iraq. Bush has made a terrible mistake and the people of Iraq are paying a heavy price for it.
10. Admirer Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 9:45 am

Yes, Senator. Tell Nepal’s ruler how it looks like to be Saddam Hussein now…Tell the RNA what it means to be Saddam’s army…(good at terrorizing the innocent but run away at the end)…Thank you senator…When the people are not safe from their rulers, it’s your duty to speak on behalf of the people of Nepal.
11. Backpacker Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Nepal maoist insurgency has started from Rolpa district which was once heavly donated and supported by American Government…………What Americans want is to have base between 2 gaints growing economy – India and China! American’s have been using various forces King, Maoists, political parties and others to make this mission possible. And we have Nepalese who are supporting the movement….all in the name of freedom fighting……………….Nepal Bhakundo bho…jasley lat haney pani huney……
12. Chris (uk) Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 7:42 pm

I am no apologist for US foreign policy, but in response to some of the above comments this should not distract us from what this senator is saying. Remember he’s a political opponent of the Bush administration responsible for the debacle in Iraq and Afganistan. America may be interested in the strategic importance of Nepal as a buffer between the local superpowers but it is otherwise probably not high on US agenda.

There is no clear solution to Nepal’s troubles, but the King’s actions were probably accepted by the majority of the people at the time out of either vestigeal loyalty, frustration with the ineffectiveness of the ‘democratic’ parties or general apathy and resignation to fate. It is a tragedy that a leadership vacuum has developed in this beatiful but very deprived nation.

The royal takeover will only add credence to maoist calls to destroy feudalism. At the end of the day the Nepali people will have to sort this out but, as the senator says, the rest of the world must give its clear support for the forces of democracy and civil liberty and make it clear it will not compromise in its opposition to military or fuedal subjugation of the people.
13. chinta Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 11:31 pm

this is regarding Michael and others who think only democratic senators are helping Nepal.
Well, for your information, Diane Feinstein is a democrat and is supporting the king, while
senator Rick Santrum of Pennsylvania is a republican, but is against the king.

It is a bipartisan support in the Hill. As a Nepali, I wouldn’t like to be involved in the
US politics, and wish to get support from across the parties. And I have as much faith on
republicans as on democrats. I see things on person by person basis. I also don’t forget
that it was democratic president Jimmy Carter who supported Panchayat, and even gave a speech
supporting Panchayat in its waning days.
14. Tsering Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Yes, we the Tibetan refugees who have been living as second class citizens must get support from senators like Mr. Leahy. Once the total democracy comes in Nepal, we hope U.S. will back us in our 50 years of struggle against the Chinese tyrants who have forcibly taken over our motherland.
15. Reema Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:17 pm

Senator Leahy has really made us Nepalese sad. It feels that the U.S. wants to muddle in Nepalese internal affairs and then on make it another Afghanistan or Cambodia. The image of the Americans in Nepal was that of a perfect friend in need but we were all wrong going by the events and senseless statements of past weeks. Very good comment above by “Reply” that the U.S. and Britain must now talk to Osama Bin Laden and accept his genuine demands because the American army doesn’t seem to have any counter-insurgency capability either in Afghanistan or Iraq, let alone London.

Constitution Amended?

By Kiran Chapagain on July 29th, 2005 in Eagle Eye

In yet another setback to the Nepal’s Constitution, the king has “amended” the constitution through a decree early Friday morning. The state-owned Radio Nepal in its 7 am news bulletin said that the king has, in accordance with the Article 127 of the Constitution, granted authority of a stitting prime minister to the chief justice. According to the amendement, the chief justice can now chair and call the meeting of the Constitutional Council (CC).

If the Article 117 of the Constitution of Nepal 1990 is to be abided by, it is a sitting Prime minister who heads and calls the meeting of the CC. Now the authority of a sitting prime minister has been delegated to a chief justice, meaning amendment in the constitution through a royal executive decree.

Article 117 reads thus :

117. Constitutional Council:
(1) There shall be a Constitutional Council, for making recommendations in accordance with this Constitution for appointment of officials to Constitutional Bodies, which shall consist of the following as Chairman and members:
(a) the Prime Minister Chairman;
(b) the Chief Justice Member;
(c) the Speaker of the House of Representatives Member;
(d) the Chairman of the National Assembly Member; and
(e) the Leader of the Opposition
in the House of Representatives Member.

(2) For the purpose of recommendation of an appointment of the Chief Justice, the Constitutional Council shall include among its members the Minister of Justice and a Judge of the Supreme Court.

(3) The functions, duties and powers of the Constitutional Council shall be as determined by this Constitution and other laws.

(4) The Constitutional Council constituted pursuant to clause (1) shall have the power to regulate its working procedures on its own.

The �amendment� in the Constitution was done to appoint a new chief justice of Nepal. The royal government of �corrupts, bank defaulters and convicted criminal� was in crisis over appointing new chief justice as there was no sitting Prime Minister to chair and call the CC meeting. CC�s recommendation is necessary for the king to appoint a new chief justice. If the Constitution is to be abided by (Article 87, 4), the king had no option than to designate an acting chief justice at the when there was no sitting prime minister to call and head cc meeting to recommend the name of the next chief justice. The post of chief justice went vacant today. The Article 87 reads:

87. Appointment, Qualifications and conditions of Service of Judges of the Supreme Court:

(1) His Majesty shall appoint the Chief Justice of Nepal on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, and other Judges of the Supreme Court on the recommendation of the Judicial Council. The tenure of office of the Chief Justice shall be seven years from the date of appointment.

(2) the Supreme Court for at least five years is eligible for appointment as Chief Justice.

(3) Any person who has worked as a Judge of an Appellate Court or in any equivalent post of the Judicial Service for at least ten years, or has practised law for at least fifteen years as a law graduate advocate or senior advocate, or who is a distinguished jurist who has worked for at least fifteen years in the judicial or legal field is eligible for appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court.

Explanation: For the purpose of this clause, services rendered prior to the commencement of this Constitution as a Judge of a Regional Court or Zonal Court shall be deemed as service rendered in an Appellate Court.

(4) If the office of the Chief Justice becomes vacant, or the Chief Justice is unable to carry out the duties of his office due to illness or any other reason, or he cannot be present in office due to a leave of absence or his being outside of Nepal, His Majesty may designate the seniormost Judge to act as the Acting-Chief Justice.
-Source.

Speaker Tara Nath Ranabhat, who is also a CC member, had last week told me in an interview that the Article 127 cannot be invoked to appoint chief justice as there is clear provision of designating chief justice when the post lies vacant (Article 87).

Does it mean that Nepal�s constitution cannot be amended? No it can be amended as provisioned in the Article 116:
PART 19

AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

116. Amendment of the Constitution:
(1) A bill to amend or repeal any Article of this Constitution, without prejudicing the spirit of the Preamble of this Constitution, may be introduced in either House of Parliament:
Provided that this Article shall not be subject to amendment.

(2) If each House, with a two-thirds majority of its total membership attending, passes a Bill introduced pursuant to clause (1) by a majority of at least two-thirds of the members present, the Bill shall be submitted to His Majesty for assent; and His Majesty may, within thirty days from the date of submission, either grant assent to such Bill or send the Bill back for reconsideration with His message to the House where the Bill originated.

(3) A Bill sent back by His Majesty pursuant to clause (2) above shall be reconsidered by both Houses of Parliament; and if both the Houses, upon following the procedures referred to in clause (2), resubmit the Bill in its original an amended form to His Majesty for assent, His Majesty shall grant assent to such Bill within thirty days of such submission.

What lawyers� have to comment on the �amendment� then? Supreme Court advocate Indra Lohani has to say this, �The Constitution is gone now. It is amended.�

11 Responses to “Constitution Amended?”

1. Raj Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 9:53 pm

Is there any alive constitution exist in nepal? It’s dead body, so stinks!
2. season Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 9:56 pm

How can the Constitution remained unamended when the democratically elected Prime Minister dissolves the House and does not conduct election for more than 6 months? That is the reason there is no chairman of the upper house, no leader of the oppostion. The blame should definitely go to the parties and of course to Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba.

In fact the King has corrected the void by asking the chief justice to chair the constitutional council which appointed another chief justice today. And, Mr. Dinesh Wagle, you are not supposed to interpret the constitution, it is the chief justice and indeed the supreme court which should be doing it. If Keshav Prasad Upadhaya thinks it is fine who are you and who am I to comment????

UWB: Blogger Kiran Chapagain wrote this blog, not Dinesh Wagle as this commentator thinks. We would like to say that constitution is not the bapauti of anyone. It’s the property of sovereign Nepali people and they have right to comment over its misuse.
3. anon Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:10 pm

If anybody thinks that single most corrupt person in the country can order to amend the constitution then they belong to ancient age. Even Roman emperors lived under some law and here are KG and his supporters – ke ko avatar. KG has no business filling any void. That’s not his job. The biggest void that needs to be filled is for KG and all of butt lickers.
4. King Kong Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:18 pm

How to amend a dead thing?

In a democracy everybody can discuss freely about the constitution.

But the whole thing really looks like a few old men dancing around a dead body.

The last constitution had fatal mistakes, which are obvious now. Rubber paragraphs(127) must be scrapped and the king has to be defined precisely to a ceremonial role.

If he wants to save Nepal, he has to give up the crown, become a politician and truely work for all Nepali.

King Kong says: Only courage can change the situation!
5. 1whocandie4u Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 12:30 pm

There is no necessity of making much hue and cry regarding the appointment of CJ. It is the appropriate method adopted in the given situation and it is perfectly valid and appropriate result has come out. In fact, Article 127 should be used to remove the constitutional deadlock and not tyo create it.

Constitutional Monarch does not have right to dismiss elected government under Article 127 because it does not put full stop to the constitutional crisis rather(we can see) it has created such problems but appointment of CJ without disrupting the adopted norms comes within the ambit of Article 127.

So far as the liveliness of Our constitution, it is a debatable question, You can see my paper on constitutional crisis in Nepal , which I will release after some months, and going to be Presented in New Delhi in Edict Conference……………..
6. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 3:09 pm

“AMENDED” ??????????????? After the “Coup” that brought the present Criminal/Mafia/Royal Regime to power………. THE CONSTUTION WAS “AMENDED” ON FEB.-1.
7. Bogman Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 6:02 pm

The funny thing really is that Gyanendra bothers with these farcical half-legal half-constitutional charades at all. Who does he think he’s fooling?
8. 1whocandie4u Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 7:41 pm

I think in what way the CJ has been appointed is a best practice given the situation in Nepal. We know that there is a constitutional Crisis in Nepal and there can not be Constitutional Council because there is no PM to chair it……….Now, there could be three options:

1. To call the meeting of CC under the chairmanship of King-This would not be best practice because King is king and not PM. If we have to follow his words, he is chairman of present council of Ministers and not PM. If there was his chairmanship in CC, there would be fear and apprehension of intervention in (in)dependent judiciary—- though We do not know how independent it is after the political speech of the then CJ H.P Sharma.

2. The second option could be chaimanship under Speaker.But, under the protocol, CJ is above the Speaker. So, the membership of CJ under Speaker’s chair would be like a “chinashop in the bulls’ gathering” coz another member also would be junior to CJ.

3. Third option would be chairmanship of anybody like T. Giri or that of K. N. Bista or Pawan Kumar Ojha(attorney General) or even chairmanship of Dinesh Wagle or of Kiran Chapagain or even of me, if king had authorised under Art. 127. I think this would be least perceivable and justifiable and…

We have to say that what King did in this situation is the best possible way to remove hardships and difficulty
9. anonymous Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 9:51 pm

the active monarch: why should KG govern acc to any constitution when he is above it, he is god. The people have to serve him, obey, slavery was just recently partly abolished.
10. Ghanendra Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 4:18 pm

why are we talking about amendment ? Any sensible people knows that constitution was already dead on Feb 1. what gyanendra is doing here is to placing some chemicals to decompose it faster. Trust me, I am more afraid of paras than gyanendra. let us do something now before it is too late.
11. kanta Says:
August 8th, 2005 at 1:51 pm

season, timilai pani season le chhoyoki kya ho?

Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?

Nepal’s Irate Students Clash With Police in Colleges. All pics by Bikas Karki. (photos in this post will not work)

Furious Nepali students today clashed with police at several locations, mostly in colleges, in Kathmandu protesting the arrest of prominent student leader Gagan Thapa on Wednesday. They were demanding immediate release of Thapa and other student activists who have been detained for the last several days. They were also demanding the restoration of democracy in Nepal.

Students threw bricks and stones to police personals and the guys in uniform fired back with bricks and lathis. Students blocked the roads, burnt the tires and chanted anti-government and anti-monarchy slogans. Many students threw stones from insides the colleges. The police have surrounded some of the colleges like ASCOLL, Shankar Dev and Tri Chandra.

It’s not unusual in Nepal for students to hold such protest programs and turn violent when it comes to securing their rights. And many political movements have gained significant momentum by the help of the student protest. Student protests have propelled the mass movements at many occasions in the past, including in the 1990 Mass Movement and 1980 Referendum.

Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!

-Wagle

(Our blogger Ujjwal witnessed one such clash in Shankar Dev Campus, one of the many politically sensitive educational institutes in the capital city. He will come up with a blog in a few hours time. As Ujjwal is waiting for the electricity service to resume in his home area, please go through this photo blogs. All pics by Bikas Karki.)

Blogger Ujjwal Writes:

Gagan Thapa, a student leader most vocal in demanding republic, was arrested yesterday and the arrests sparked anger among students who began their protest today blocking roads, burning tyres on the road and throwing bricks on police. This morning I went to Pashupati Campus, but the protest has already ended before I was there but not at the Shankar Dev College, just a few minutes walk from Singha Durbar â?? that houses prime ministerâ??s office. I, hanging my id card to ensure safety from both side, stood more than an hour watching the protest go on.

Students were on the top of the being-constructed building hurling bricks to police and chanting slogans. At one point, they declared the campus area a republic zone. Some students would occasionally come down on the road to add whatsoever is available to the burning fire and hurl stones at vehicles if they try to ply on the Putalisadak road.

At around, 10:45am, the students themselves stopped the protest which allowed the policemen come and clean the area. I didnâ??t see anyone hurt or injured.

10 Responses to “Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?”

1. anon Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 10:27 pm

It’s always students who veer the country. Party leaders are cowards.
2. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:18 am

When the students take the struggle to the “HEART OF THE BEAST”, THAMEL… The King & all his men will know their time is short.
LONG LIVE THE NEW REPUBLIC OF NEPAL !!
3. nepalikochoro Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:59 am

YES, we have to fight for our rights, fight for democracy … but when seeing what is happening .. it scares me and I think i’m not alone. We cannot get democracy back by burning a building, cars or tyres. We have to look for other means.

Again, the words of MLK come to mind: “The end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.”
4. nepal1 Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:39 am

Wagle says “Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!”

Unfortunately Mr. Wagle, the answer is no. Just look at the pictures. No sane, educated person demonstrates like that ! Only goondas do so. And as long as our streets are filled with goondas during demonstrations who vandalize public property in the name of human rights and personal rights.. the time will never come.
5. Ramu Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 1:58 pm

This is not a democracy movement. This is an anarchy movement desiring to place Nepal as another Afghanistan or Iran. When millions will be killed in Nepal like in Afghanistan, then sense will prevail and nostalgia will replace the nostrils of thse students. But that will be too late.
6. Avipsha Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:36 pm

ouch! it pains me so much,
does any one know, that was my college, i go there every day to make my dreams come true, but yesterday, it so happened ki i went there late because of the prior information of the ongoing raids and protest out there , i could not help crying and cursing the people, whoever they are, they had burnt my project reports, thesis papers, assingnment files, amid the smoky chars i saw one of my files half burnt and my name in big bold letters printed on it,
yes we have to protest but dont we have any other method, why do not they understand there should be a method in every madness or end often does not justify means.
7. Ghanendra Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Only method is to root out monarchy from Nepal. Let the people rule. let us be the master of our own destiny.
8. Pramod Aryal Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:06 pm

Nepal1, Ramu and Avipsha,
you see all these, but why King had to arrest Gagan Thapa. sorry for your thesis, but if police don’t provoket then these students would not throw stones. let them do the demonstration and it will be peaceful, no need to provoke, and no burning of tyres or any thing. king has to GO NOW, what a shit he is amending constitution through executive order, shit this guy has to go for good.
9. reply to all Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 1:10 pm

yeah eh the students dont throuw stones out of nothing………. you been there to see that… i unfortunately have been caught in two occasions but it was two years back though…. and i have seen it and felt it but i dont mean the police are the best of the people.

anyway, the dudes who force the colleges to be locked out and throw stones and burning tyres and burn the vehicles….not only now even in the time of democracy…students eh … campus banada garney, tyre jalauney bidharthi…… afno uchit anuchit maag pura bhayena bhaney yesto garney haru….. chakka jam garda bike chalayo bhaney bikejalauney haru autocratic terrorizing regime bhaneko dekhda po achamma lagcha…oh welll hell with it
10. avipsha_das@yahoo.co.in Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 4:27 pm

lets watch the current crises in nepal, hope things will be better soon !! we cant’t stop happening………….

I Am Not Safe In Jail: Gagan Thapa

By Kiran Chapagain on July 28th, 2005 in Eagle Eye

Gagan Thapa, Nepal’s top student leader, feels insecure in the jail. Plus, he WILL fight for the presidency of Nepal Student’s Union from inside the jail.

On Wednesday morning while cooking food, I had long a long discussion with my brother about the upcoming general convention of Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress Party, and possible victory of Gagan Kumar Thapa as the president of the student wing. We also discussed that the government, especially the palace, could do its best to prevent Gangan’s victory as his victory means massive student movement across the country against the present autocratic government. Our belief is that he is the only student leader who could drive a student movement across the country against the present autocratic government.

Coincidentally, Gagan was arrested on the same day when we talked about possible moves of the state to prevent Gagan�s victory in the upcoming general convention. He has been now arrested on charge of sedition during a rally organized by civil society on Monday.

It is not the first time Gagan was arrested on the same charge. In 2003, he was arrested on charge of sedition, which raised his popularity. In fact, Gagan is the only student leader who can mobilize the students to protests against the present autocratic government of convicted criminals, corrupts and bank defaulters.

On Monday, I had met Gagan in the rally. As I was reporting, he was passing to Jamal on bike but stopped the bike at Ratnapark. He stopped for a while and asked his friend to go away dropping there. We greeted each other. He then said to me, �Kiranji, rally ma chhirnu paryo (Kiran, I am joining the agitation).� I followed him. I did not see him entering the restricted area during the rally as accused by the authorities. I was with him throughout the rally. With the charges against him known to me, I concluded that the government is conspiring against the most popular student leader of the country.

As a friend, I met him at Hanumandhoka Police Office where he has been detained with permission from a court. He talked to me from inside the detention cell for five minutes. I found him bolder, more determined and confident. The police did not allowed him to come out from the cell; and we talked from a distance. The police tried not to allow him to talk to me but he raised his finger and warned: �Hey, is this the way to treat a student leader!�

During the talk, he expressed concern over his security in the detention at Hanumandhoka Police Office.

�I have been kept together with pickpockets, drug addicts and other criminals. I am insecure living with them,� the popular and influential student leader said from behind the bar. He has urged national and international human rights organizations to ensure his security in the detention.

He said that the authorities are not treating him as per the international humanitarian laws. Besides, he has to share an unventilated and small room with nine inmates.

�I am not the person to be treated by the authorities in this way. I have already demanded the authorities to treat me as per the national and international humanitarian laws but they have not listened to me,� he said.

�I have been kept together with pickpockets, drug addicts and other criminals. I am insecure living with them,� the popular and influential student leader said from behind the bar. He has urged national and international human rights organizations to ensure his security in the detention.

When asked about his arrest, Thapa said that the state has been “strategically plotting against me to prevent me from taking part in the upcoming general convention of Nepal Studentsâ�� Union. Thapa also announced that he is going to contest for the post of president of the student wing.

�The state arrested me sensing my victory in the convention which means a great threat to the autocratic regime,� the charismatic student leader said.

He has also charged the police of not allowing him to give his arrest warrant to his lawyers. �Even I have not been allowed to meet my family members and well-wishers easily,� he said.

He also announced that he is contested in the election during the general convention for the post of presidency from jail. He was commanding his friends and student leaders to �burn the country� with protests and topple this autocratic government of convicted criminals, corrupts and bank defaulters.

He was confident of the complete democracy and republic setup to come in Nepal as demanded by students.

Finally, I was ordered not to talk more with Gagan and the guard ordered Gagan to go inside. I finally said, “Aall the best Gagan. The world is with you.” I told him that the students were taking your arrest to the street and the longer the government keeps you in the jail, the faster Nepali will turn into a republic state.

All the best Gagan, future leader of Nepal.

15 Responses to “I Am Not Safe In Jail: Gagan Thapa”

1. chinta Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 11:39 pm

I am sure some of the government vigilantes are with Gagan, dressed up as pickpocketers etc. They will definitely try to threaten him, beat him, and the government can always blame all the accidents to ‘other inmates’.

Hope he will be safe.
2. nepalikochoro Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:49 am

First of all, thankyou Kiran jee for bringing about this blog. Atleast we now know where and how Gagan is being restrained.
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“He was commanding his friends and student leaders to â��burn the countryâ�� with protests and topple this autocratic government of convicted criminals, corrupts and bank defaulters.”
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I believe that words like the above will cause a lot of unrest in the country. As you very well know, the words “burn the country” WILL be taken literally by a considerable amount of students who are just angry, outraged, and not thinking rationally after the arrest of their leader. And there will be other factions in the society (possibly government vigilantes) who will take advantage of the situation, this has been done in the past. I think and sincerely hope that Mr. Thapa didn’t mean those words literally, but you should have also refrained from bringing them out in public. There might be serious implications to those very words. The pictures in nepalnews speak more than words right now. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that your bringing gagan’s voice out to the public has caused the ‘masal julus’ and other violent activities.

I would like to quote Dr. Martin Luther King here, “The end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.” I hope this feeling is persistent in us as well, because our future is decided by this. And I certainly hope this makes sense to fellow students out there on the streets who are protesting; let us protest the arrest of OUR leader, let us protest against the autocratic government, let us get democracy functioning in our country, BUT let us not do it by using violent means, let us not burn down those government buildings that we WILL be using when we get our democracy back, let us not burn down the cars that our civil service men and women will be riding after democracy is restored.

It is very immoral and indecent to have Gagan Thapa locked in a cell with 9 criminals, when he hasn’t been proven guilty at all. I hope him all the best in the elections to come; and most of all hope that he comes out of this safe, and even more eager to bring back a people’s government.
3. republican Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 3:47 am

Gyanendra is counting his days, as he keeps Gagan inside. Republic of Nepal is not far. It is true that KG is scared of Gagan’s NSU candidacy. May God bless Gagan for his safe and sound stay.
4. Raj Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 3:50 am

It is true that KG is scared of Gagan’s candidacy for the president of the NSU. No doubt. Meanwhile, KG must be counting his days. May God bless Gagan for his safe and sound stay.
5. Roshan Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 8:06 am

WE can’t understand our King..what does he want? Is he thiking that Nepal is peaceful after his 19 Magh Action? Yes! Palace area is peace to live him.

Doing such nonsense things..arresting YUVA Leader, is he thinking to bring “1 DALIYA Sasan”? if he wants it is ok within Palace area hahahahaha….but it is not acceptible to the country and nation Nepal.

So, KING sud immediatly release such Leader who are popular amongs youth and student otherwise it will harmful for you (KING).
6. NepaliBoy Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 8:43 am

Good post, Mr Chapagain.
7. sisyphua sharma Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:11 am

gagan will be our future leader ! oh god , save this nation!
8. Maya Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 1:37 pm

Hi, blogers, have heart to protest by all possible guts and pride againts this Basterds of “Panchayati Ghost” , here i would suggest to blogers that if you are not protesting into the street why don’t you protest CYBER WAY just send in your protest note to this unconstitutional government email address. Let’s say “UNITED WE PROTEST CYBER WAY” “Release All the ASTHA KO Bandi” in this address
homehmg@wlink.com.np———-Ministry of Home affairs
info@pmo.gov.np——-Office of Prime Minister And Council of Minister
info@supremecourt.gov.np—————Supreme court of Nepal
9. RABI Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 4:57 pm

CONGRATULATION GAGAN! HOWEVER YOU ARE IN JAIL,YOUR WELLWISHERS AND SUPPORTERS ARE IN THE STREET.YOU ARE ONE BRIGHT RAY OF HOPE.THE COUNRY AXPECTING EVERYTHING FROM YOU.I’M OPTIMISTIC THAT YOU WON’T DESTROY COUNTRY’S HOPE.
10. samsung Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:00 pm

Excuse me. Who is this fellow Gagan? A thief, a pickpocket, a barber, a cobbler, Who??????????
11. binod from UK Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:42 pm

GAGAN, doubtlessly the most prominent future aspect of Nepalese politics, will never be effected from any sort of detention by people like Shahi, Bista and looter Giri. They r counting their days. Hey, all the youths be ready for DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF NEPAL.
12. King Kong Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:55 pm

Don’t look for heroes…

…and leaders too fastly, this is old thinking. All must learn to lead together in teams and groups.

Looking for fresh charismatic leaders and blindly following their strong ‘Ego’ will just bring more sadness and frustration upon Nepal.

My suggestion in the current fluid situation, take care that women are present. Include women in every decision making process from the very beginning of the real movement.

The current rioting and use of force by both sides are not the real thing. Still a social ‘Tsunami’ will roll over Nepal to bring about the needed social adjustment and change.

For the needed nonviolent revolution, let the mothers, sisters, wives and daughters take the lead. Men can live all their life in fight anywhere, but women truely want and need lasting peace.

May further bloodshed be avoided! Women of Nepal, take up responsibility now!

King Kong says: Women of Nepal, save your boys from collective suicide on the battlefield !
13. nepali Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 1:10 am

I have nothing against Gagan but is not it too early to claim that he is the saviourDoes the fact that he is the prime target of the present government make him the saviour of our nation?

As he feels threatened in the cell where he is right now, I wish Gagan also realize that we feel threatened to go to work when his colleagues are pelting stones and burning tyres all over the place. We are threatened that we cannot earn enough to meet our needs.We are worried that our vehicles will be burnt and our windows broken for nothing.

Is Gagan all rhetoric or substance too only time will tell.
14. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 4:17 am

Every Nepali outside the Palace Fence is in “JAIL”, and “NOT SAFE”.
Only when the Palace Fence is seen for what it is, and the criminals and Mafia are made to leave and not hide behind it, will the Nepali Peoples begain to … NOT BE IN JAIL & BE SAFE.
15. SAUHADRA Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 8:56 am

GAGAN IS GOING TO BE A LEADER WHEN OUR GREAT NATION BECOMES ANOTHER IRAN WITH BLACK BURKA CLAD WOMEN ROAM AROUND STREETS OF KATHMANDU. GAGAN IS THE LEADER OF TOMORROW-WHEN NEPAL WILL BE ANOTHER AFGHANISTAN WHEN WAR-MONGERS KILL INNOCENT CHILDREN AND WOMEN AND HAND OVER RIFLES INSTEAD OF COMPUTERS AND PENCILS. GAGAN IS OUR FUTURE IF NEPAL BECOMES A REPUBLIC. SURELY. WE WILL ALL BE HIS FOLLOWERS TO THE GRAVE OF ALL OF US AND OUR PROUD COUNTRY.

Over His Hat: Kunda Dixit In New York

Alliance for Democracy & Human rights in Nepal, USA (ADHRN), Nepalese Democratic Youth Council, USA (NDYC), and American-Nepal Friendship Society (ANFS) jointly organized a talk program with Kunda Dixit on Saturday (July 23). The venue was Delhi Palace Restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. The following is the summary of the event, including editor Kunda Dixit�s presentation, made available to UWB by Somnath Ghimire.

Some of the key issues that Dixit raised about the current crisis in Nepal were:

1. Despite the fact that India has been playing increasingly key role in determining Nepal�s fate, which is evident in the fact that international players, including the United States and Great Britain, make stop over in New Delhi for consultations before coming to Nepal for talks with Nepali officials, the current government�s attitude towards India has been increasingly hostile and confrontational. Rightly or wrongly, it is clear that any international attempts to resolve Nepali crisis will be coordinated with India.

2. Current Nepali government�s justification that the extreme measures that it has introduced in Nepal are to curb the Maoist violence is dubious at best. It is very clear that repressive measures that the government of King Gyanendra has introduced have mostly targeted the democratic institutions in the country (political parties, civil society, media, etc.) instead of the Maoists.

3. King�s official takeover on February 1st, 2005 was the ultimate result of careful planning to undermine the democratic process in the country. It started on October 2002 when the democratically elected parliament was first dissolved.

4. Nepali media was proudly one of the most free and vibrant in the world prior to February first, which was suddenly left in the dark immediately after King�s takeover. Even though some restrictions on the media has been lifted recently, and more and more writers on a national level are able now to write critically of the government, harassment, imprisonment, and torture (of the journalists) by the security forces on district levels are still continuing. It seems that the government�s decision to relax it�s tightening on the media on some prominent national news outlets is only to allay international pressure to free the media.

5. Despite the ban on news broadcast by FM stations in the country, we need to be proud of the fact that 10 years (or so) of democracy has instilled some creative values/ideas in the Nepali media people. They skillfully have been trying to circumvent the ban on news broadcast by performing live broadcast of the news in market places, or by having conversation-style outlet of news items, or even broadcasting news in songs formats!

6. Both the state and the Maoists (two armed groups in the conflict) are threats to national stability and progress. They both have engaged in arbitrary arrests, harassments, torture and �disappearances�.

7. Government�s claim that it has clamped down hard on the Maoists is questionable. The security forces have killed �Maoists� mostly in defensive actions only, and their success in defense has been limited to district headquarters only. Both the security forces and the Maoists seem to avoid contact with each other, rather than taking action to defeat the other. This has resulted in a MILTARY STALEMATE in the field, and a POLITICAL PARALYSIS in the center.

8. King Gyanendra�s government seem to say all the right things (e.g., �we need democracy�, �constitutional monarchy is the real solution�, �there is no alternative to multi-party democracy�, etc.) but has been acting exactly opposite to those goals. What little hopes people had (out of desperation) in the King is rapidly losing grounds. Two formations of the cabinet full of individuals with notorious records of being corrupt and staunchly against democracy during the Panchayat times reflect upon King�s desire to quash democracy in the country for a long term. There has also been left no rooms for much-needed reforms within the institution of monarchy.

9. It is appalling how the current government of Nepal has been indulging in the practice of making a mockery out of international concern for Nepal. Some of obviously major backward steps have been taken immediately after key international player�s visit to Nepal. For instance, the new cabinet was formed just four hours after Dr. Brahimi, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan�s emissary, completed his visit to Nepal. Similarly, new stricter ordinances were issued soon after Christina Rocca, US Under Secretary of State for South Asia and her assistant Donald Camp�s respective visits. This has led Nepal into further isolation from the international community.

10. Current Nepali government seems to be using the Burmese model of governance. They (Nepali government) seem to be trying to copy the Burmese model of not only militarizing the country, but their 40 years of successful apathy to international pressure.

11. This increased polarization based on militarization of the country has painfully squeezed the people of the �middle ground� (different from �neutral�) whose key strength comes from their belief in non-violence. Political parties are part of this �middle ground�.

12. Government�s wide spread tendency to label anyone disagreeing with them as �anti-national� is also dangerously unwarranted. This practice on the part of the government seems to be directed towards making it easy to take action against dissidents.

13. There seems to be a deep split even among the Indian government agencies regarding their policy to Nepal. On the one hand, the intelligence community, the army, and some political establishment in India favor supporting the King for fear of Maoist victory; while, on the other hand, the CPI (the coalition government), ministry of external affairs and other political establishments favor continuing military blockade of Nepal. The latter believes in �twin pillar� � constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy � will provide long term stability in Nepal. It is also believed that the leak of information relating to Nepali Maoist leaders� visit s to India came from the Indian intelligence themselves. The King has adroitly exploited and manipulated this rift among Indian establishments to his own advantage.

14. There are three perceived ways of resolving this unthinkable three-way crisis: – Political parties and the Maoists team up against the King – King and the political parties reconcile to confront the Maoists – Have a three-way mediation/negotiations

It is not clear if the idea of political parties and the Maoists coming together to confront the King as a single force is merely intended as a threat strategy (to the King), or it becomes a reality. In either case, the government seems to have taken a keen notice of this possible development and has issued warnings that anyone colluding with the Maoists would be considered �anti-national�.

Most intellectuals and scholars seem to like the idea of the King and the political parties (two constitutional forces) reconciling to confront the Maoists (the unconstitutional force). By using the power of the constitutionality on their sides, it would be easier for the former to pressure the latter to come to the political mainstream.

The last option of mediations/negotiation (by international, possibly UN or EU intervention) was initially thought of as impossible because of Indian opposition � they feared that allowing international intervention in Nepal would herald similar attempts by the international community in Kashmir or Nagaland. However, since India is desperately seeking a permanent membership in the UN Security Council, they seem to have softened a bit on their initial hard line stance. Also, the moderates among the Maoists seem to be looking for a safe landing too, which can be provided by the international mediation team.

15. Dixit concluded his presentation by claiming that he is still optimistic that the crisis would take a positive turn soon. Thing shave gotten so bad that he believed it�s hard to imagine it getting worse. All three warring parties should realize the real danger of further lengthening this conflict, which would inevitably wipe out the entire three if prolonged much longer.

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The program was moderated by Dr. Tara Niraula, current president of ANFS. Dr. Niraula delivered a brief welcome note, urging Nepali pro-democracy and peace-loving organizations, and people, in the United States to work collaboratively to achieve their common goal, which is to restore lasting peace and security, and to promote democratic values in, Nepal. He then introduced the featured speaker of the event, Kunda Dixit.

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Kunda Dixit is a founding editor of Nepali Times, a prominent weekly news magazine in Nepal, and is also co-publisher of Himal South Asia magazine. He also serves as directors for Asia-Pacific for Interpress Service and PANOJ INS., South Asia. He previously worked as a reporter for the BBC at the United Nations and is a graduate of Columbia University�s prestigious School of Journalism.

12 Responses to “Over His Hat: Kunda Dixit In New York”

1. Gandhi Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 12:45 pm

Great job, Kunda The world must know the true face of the dictator. I salute your efforts.
2. nepdoc Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 2:45 pm

Dixit has finally started to show his true colours – another aspiring politician. He, more than anybody else should know that he should not be disturbing traffic and causing inconvenience to the general public in the name of protest. He should stick to his cartoon columns.
3. Acharya Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 3:35 pm

I have been impressed by the integrity and maturity of journalists in Nepal and by their commitment to press freedom. It is unthinkable to the rest of the world that anyone would try to curb press freedom but such is the case in Nepal where journalists are constantly harassed and terrorised for doing their duty to the society and the general people for whom they are accountable. As long as there are journalists like Kunda Dixit and human rights activists like Madhav Pahadi, I am confident that multi-party democracy will be restored in Nepal.
4. Rajesh Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Kunda Dixit dose not have to earn a living. His grandfather swindlen the Ranas and unlike mont of Nepali they do not have to work and live life of luxury. If he had to do a hard day work like rest of nepali he would have been happy with the current Nepali situation which lets you earn your living. Only the corrupt politician and their stooge are uphappy as they can no longer loot the country
5. Sudesna Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 3:52 pm

I don’t agree with Mr. Dixit’s silly logic that the press is gagged. Just see the Nepali Times, it is writing anything at will. Just see the security situation in Nepal: Post Feb. 1st. No Nepal-Bandhs, no-bomb blasts in Kathmandu, since there are no bandhs, students can go to schools and patients to remote health posts.
If you have an in-built habit of looking at everything of a negative angle, then of course everything is bad. But it’s not in the case of Nepal. Things are imropoving. Of course, let’s not worry what these foreigners have to say. They were very happy when there were daily bandhs and blasts.
6. mina Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 4:38 pm

Acharya,
Who is that human right activist Madhav Pahadi ?
7. Acharya Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 5:29 pm

mina, sorry I meant to write Krishna Pahadi.

sudesna, for your kind information, Nepal is not just Kathmandu. I’m sure you’ve never travelled outside of Kathmandu, otherwise you wouldnt say that the security situation has improved. Compare the number of civilians that have died since Feb 1 to the numbers before the Feb 1 move and you’ll see what find out how the security situation has increased. And what are you trying to prove by saying that Kunda Dixit has a lot of money. He could have easily led a life of luxury and continued his job at the UN and earned in dollars, instead he chose to come to Nepal and serve his country. Why do you think all the lawyers, journalists, human rights groups, workers and students are demanding democracy. Because we live in the 21st century and in this civilized world, democracy is the only acceptable way of life.
8. Ghanendra Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 5:31 pm

Excerpts from Dhrubahari Adhikary�s article reproduced with the courtesy http://www.atimes.com

Monarchy and Maoism are ideologically poles apart, but in present-day Nepal there is one agenda where protagonists of both sides share a common stand: they hate political parties. That is why some analysts suspect they have been working in tandem, and this perception is not without a basis. Senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, for instance, once publicly claimed that his party had forged a “working unity” with King Birendra a few months before he was slain in a mysterious palace carnage, in June 2001.

The present kingâ��s incumbent foreign minister, Ramesh Nath Pandey, provided another ground for speculation also during the reign of the late king. Pandey, who then was only a king’s nominee in the upper house of parliament, admitted in a newspaper interview that he had had secret meetings with top Maoist leaders – billed terrorists by the government of the day. Adding an element of curiosity. He also did not mention who authorized those clandestine meetings. Political developments of the recent past portend more complexities.

In recent occasion, Kirtinidhi Bista, one of the two vice chairmen in the king’s cabinet, flatly brushed aside the idea of accepting external assistance or mediation in resolving the conflict in Nepal. Bista’s reaction that the royal government was capable of resolving “the Maoist problem ourselves” came right after his meeting with visiting UN envoy Brahimi.

If resolution of the Maoist problem is indeed as easy a task as Bista seems to suggest, then wouldn’t it let skeptics repeat their old argument that the Maoist movement was nothing but a creation of palace hardliners who were looking for a pretext to destabilize democracy and prove it unsuitable for a country like Nepal?
9. shash Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:20 am

The political arena of Nepal is now a minefield. A minefield that is comprised of old die hards hanging on to the last straws and hangers on that are propping up newer and newer political factions. And they are all also trying to solve the Maoist problem, a problem they have created in not having done their job properly thus widening the divide between towns, villages and people both in economy and infra structure. This problem will leave a blister in Nepal’s history and will not solve anything. It will only have highlighted all the complications of our society in terms of caste, culture, hierarchy, language, religion and stark differences between the city dwellers and poverty stricken villages that have existed over centuries, which all rulers and polical leaders have not addressed. I quite agree with Kunda that ‘All three warring parties should realize the real danger of further lengthening this conflict, which would inevitably wipe out the entire three if prolonged much longer.’ A minefield waiting to explode! But where does that leave Nepal ?
10. Avaya Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 3:37 am

Who is this Sudesna? Acharya, you are correct that this Sudesna seems lack idea about geography of Nepal. There is Nepal beyond Kathmandu also where there are lot of problem even after Feb 1. Everyday strike, bomb blast, fighting where ordinary Nepali are caught in cross fire. Sudesha, you need expand your brain….thats all!
11. Shree Shrestha Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 7:18 am

I read Nepali Times regularly and I see all the aspects of the political situation in Nepal is well discussed. If there is a gag in press freedom in Nepal Kunda and Co. will not be able to write what they are writing now. I think he is talking about freedom to exploit people, freedom to get rich by whatever means and freedom to shout slogans get arrested and make name. Bunch of idiots. We want peace and food in the table before we start calling our parents DAD and MOM instead of BA and Ma.
12. Reasonable Says:
August 29th, 2005 at 2:47 am

I can not believe that there are people who do not agree with the idea of supremacy of people in a nation.
If there are arguments that in certain conditions (made up or real), the supremacy of people does not apply – then I do not want to spend my time. Otherwise, a nation needs to have a stable political system where every body has a role assigned (not manipulated).
Pople should lead people. People sould choose who should lead them.
If a king wants to be a leader – should face election or be patient and ceremonial.
Kings have not solved problems in their families in Nepal, I think, they can not in the country.

Rising Voice of Republicanism

By Dinesh Wagle on July 28th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal

Are Nepalis slowly turning toward a republic Nepal?

From Left: Kanak Mani Dixit, Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey, Krishna Pahadi and Dr. Mahesh Maskey. Pic by Wagle.

It seems many in Nepal are republican. Everywhere, the voice of republicanism has been dominating: From the street to the Special sessions of the dissolved parliament. I am not sure if all people, mostly political leaders, are serious about their republican commitment. But I can be pretty much confident over the views expressed by the likes of Krishna Pahadi, a prominent human rights leader. And today, when this man, decorated as always in the yellow getup that is no less powerful than that of Army camouflage, spoke of his views on current turmoil and the future, in the erstwhile theatre of Patan Ashok, the hall thundered into applauds. Listeners were members of civil society including journalists, academicians, writers and other professionals who paid Rs 50 voluntarily to attend the program.

A new good trend has started in Nepal: you pay for listening poems to lectures. I missed my cup of tea and cookies because I left the program tentatively 4 minutes earlier (I knew it later).

“The present regime carries criminal trait,” Pahadi said. “And even foreigners have realized this than ourselves that is very much unfortunate and our national pride has severely been affected.”

Kulal Dangol, who declared Patan a republican area in the 1990’s Mass Movement, was present in the program. Pic by Wagle.

“[Feb 1st’s] Royal Proclamation is based on two negative agendas: 1. The parties’ “inefficiency”, and 2. Maoist’s violence. So, King’s rule doesn’t represent people’s views and it lacks their faith and support.”

“Journalists hold rally, members of civil society get arrested and parties release press statements. This is quite opposite. Engine of the movement is political party. They should come forward against the monarchy. They should clearly tell people their agendas. Parties are the ones who have to do this all. We are just their supporters. In this time, when the society is demanding the multi-party democracy back, there is no use of criticizing parties. But parties should reform themselves and become clear over their objectives.”

Pahadi pointed out that the root of all problems is monarchy and at this time when the king himself has decided not to live within constitutional framework, we donâ��t need to bring him back to constitutional cap. “To talk about constitutional monarchy is foolishness now. The door has been opened by the king’s intention. “We should abolish monarchy,” he said. “Change is imminent.”

He reminded the crowd about the Bhumigat Giroha (Underground Mafia), a terminology that was very much infamous in the last years of Panchayat system. “Many people used to associate the Bhumigat Giroha with the present his majesty,” he said. And the man from that Giroha who tried to kill a journalist has now been nominated minister in the royal cabinet.”

On the context of possible peace talks, Pahadi said, “not even a beggar would talk with this unconstitutional and illegitimate government.”

Now is the time to take bold decision, Pahadi siad, otherwise we would be like Sisyphus playing with the endless game with stone. For him the stone was the monarchy.

Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit was the moderator of the program organized by Himsha Birodhi Abhiyaan (Campaign Against Violence). Other panelists were Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey and Dr. Mahesh Maskey.

Maskey tried to analyze the background of the conflict. “Our state’s basic characteristic is feudal. We tried to exercise democracy twice by keeping that trait unchanged. And both times we failed. The structure of the state, social/economic context is same but we tried to implement democracy and we became unsuccessful.”

Now is the time to change the basic characteristic of the state, he said.

“Maoists didnâ��t bring the talk of Constitutional Assembly and its election. It has been there for the last 50 years. It was there in 1950. Why the state prevented the election of CA at that time and is doing that now? Efforts to make the regime responsible to the people have always been hampered by the monarchy.”

“There is historical necessity for the Maoists and the parties to come together, at one place. The talks and cease-fire should first happen between parties and the Maoist. And we have already seen some development on that front. If the progressive side becomes one, then there might not be the need of further talks with the regressive regime.”

Dr. Dvendra Raj Pandey said that there was no possibility of holding talks with the king at present. Talks always happen between the state and the rebellious side. “But now, the king has no legitimacy and authority to hold talks with the Maoists. And he is not serious on talks,” he said.

“Because of the recent communiqués, a ray of hope has appeared on Maoist’s seriousness over the talks. This is a positive development. But who will declare the cease-fire first? We hope Maoist declare that. But what about the regime if Maoists declare the cease-fire? The regime is not serious about talks. It is looking for arms.”

The king shouldn’t be given any role now, Pandey said.

15 Responses to “Rising Voice of Republicanism”

1. s.simha Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 7:00 pm

i hope!
now is the right time….
it’s been long citizen of nepal being so called “prajaa”…
let’s be “naagarik” now
2. republic nepal Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:12 pm

I like it. Since many years I am waiting for it.
3. nationalist Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:21 pm

I do not understand why the Neplaese parties can not do some fixed decesions? The leaders of their sister organizations as well as the leaders of Nagarik Samaj are demanding a complete or absolute multiparty democracy i.e. a republic democracy? Why the parites can not make their views clear wheather they want constitutional monarcy still or republican democracy? I think this is the incompetency of the party leaders to give their clear vision. If they can not do any decisions, and if they belive in democracy, why do not they call their Mahasamity meeting and discuss these matter and give a clear vision so that the leaders like Gagan thapa won’t be in confusion wheather constitutional monarchy or absolute democracy.

So, so, its time to give some clear vision. King Gynendra has already given his clear vision that he wants absolute monarchy with multi party exactly similar to Panchayet. Only difference is there were no party in Panchayat but now there will be party but active monarchy( Alibadhi sudhariyeko Panchayet).
So i urge all the parties make your vision clear first.
4. Ghanendra Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:36 pm

Are Nepalis slowly turning toward a republic Nepal?

Absolutely, YES. There is no point regarding the NAIKE of BHUMIGAT GIROH, mastermind of royal carnage and his [icd] to king and crown prince of Nepal.

Let us abolish MONARCHY, a white elephant in the poorest country. Following note asks thios.

Excerpts from Dhrubahari Adhikary�s article reproduced with the courtesy http://www.atimes.com:

Monarchy and Maoism are ideologically poles apart, but in present-day Nepal there is one agenda where protagonists of both sides share a common stand: they hate political parties. That is why some analysts suspect they have been working in tandem, and this perception is not without a basis. Senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, for instance, once publicly claimed that his party had forged a “working unity” with King Birendra a few months before he was slain in a mysterious palace carnage, in June 2001.

The present kingâ��s incumbent foreign minister, Ramesh Nath Pandey, provided another ground for speculation also during the reign of the late king. Pandey, who then was only a king’s nominee in the upper house of parliament, admitted in a newspaper interview that he had had secret meetings with top Maoist leaders – billed terrorists by the government of the day. Adding an element of curiosity. He also did not mention who authorized those clandestine meetings. Political developments of the recent past portend more complexities.

In recent occasion, Kirtinidhi Bista, one of the two vice chairmen in the king’s cabinet, flatly brushed aside the idea of accepting external assistance or mediation in resolving the conflict in Nepal. Bista’s reaction that the royal government was capable of resolving “the Maoist problem ourselves” came right after his meeting with visiting UN envoy Brahimi.

If resolution of the Maoist problem is indeed as easy a task as Bista seems to suggest, then wouldn’t it let skeptics repeat their old argument that the Maoist movement was nothing but a creation of palace hardliners who were looking for a pretext to destabilize democracy and prove it unsuitable for a country like Nepal?
5. Pramod Aryal Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 11:12 pm

Not turning but at Verge of Republic of Nepal. Kudo to civil society, student leaders like Gagan Thapan, and student and youth who have been fighiting.
6. chinta Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 11:36 pm

Proud of these men. Honest, intelligent, incorruptible: these people, hopefully, will lead the new Nepal.

It is time parties formally declare themselves for the republic of Nepal.
7. t giri Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:08 am

of course, we are here to help frame the new republic!
8. Symus Lynn Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:57 pm

Bring Down the Wall
9. Ramu Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:07 pm

Look at these jokers calling for a new society when they themselves are so corrupt that all of them have one of the other NGO getting dirty money from INGOs on separating Nepal into various ethnic and linguistic groups. Devendra Raj Pandey has his office that gets money from the DANIDA, Kanak Mani gets his money for the HImal from the UNDP and others, same with Maskay. These are hell-bent in turning Nepal into a death zone where vultures fly on top of dead bodies of children and innocent women. That will be seen very soon in Kathmandu itself if these traitors are allowed to speak whatever they want. All countries have historically seen these types of “intellectuals” who want to destabilize one’s own motherland and then let generations to repent. Like in Afghanistan, three generations of Nepalese will not be able to go to achools, three generations will not know anything except M16 rifles, and nothing but women in black burkha will walk in the streets of Kathmandu. The army will turn into a guerrilla outfit killing thousands.
Even the Indian Army which has Nepalese in it and which has not been able to control a handful of ULFA rebels will not be able to tame the RNA which will result in total chaos. That’s what some foreigners want that’s want Kanak Mani and Devendra Raj want. But Nepalese are well aware that we have successfully foiled all attempts of these beourgois conspirers throughout history.
10. Kk Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Didn’t you see how the Haryana Police beat up thousands of protestors in Gurgaon the other day? Didn’t it look like a revolution when blood was pouring out from thousands of heads and police water canons cleaning it on the streets of Gurgaon? These things happen everyday in major cities like Gurgaon and Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a huge population. There will always be people who want to create chaos. Nothing much to read on these things. Of course, politicians like in India and in Nepal will want to derive political capital out of it but the people very well know that we have to go ahead with our daily lives.
11. anonymousa Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:28 pm

KG, a Maharaja of the 21st century, acting like in the 19th. What about the people, do they agree, it is time to let them decide upon the future of Nepal.
12. Harke Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 7:37 am

At Home: Journalists, professors, doctors, Lawyers, engineers, political parties, students…all are against KG. Maoists control rural areas.

Around the Globe: Only one person in the globe that has supported KG publicly is Pervez Musharuf, whose background is as worse as KG (I am not sure if Musharuf also did smuggling).

KG’s supporters in Nepal: bank defaulters…convicted criminals, corrupts, greedy millinnares (remember FM Rana)…

Will somebody tell me who else support this King except Musharuf and a slave called RAMU (above)??
13. samsung Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 8:46 am

Harke, it is better to be a slave of an institution like the monarchy which has kept Nepal sovereign throughout the tumultous history than be a slave of foreigners who want to make Nepal another Afgahnistan and destroy the lives of over three generations of Nepalese.
14. Deshbhakta Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 9:55 am

Institution like monarchy???? You mean KG, his brother and his forefathers?? By the way what they did they to people??? Yes, their psedo-sovereignity notwithstanding, they sucked the blood of the poor. Don’t you see…how this KG is leading a “council of minsiters” composed of bank defaulters, convicted criminals and corrupts….? You can be proud of your “institution.” Sorry not me…

Kingsship must go if you want to save Nepal from becoming Afganstan….KG will relish in the country as long as Nepal has resources. Wen Nepal runs out of money for his luxurious cars, treatment for his relatives and so on…he will sell Nepal.

Come to your sense, Wo/man.
15. karsang Says:
September 14th, 2005 at 8:10 pm

Yes, the time has come for us to move towards “DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF NEPAL” nothing more nothing less. What is needed to a clear vision from the political leaders to win lost trust from general public and our presence in the streets. Streets are still not filled with demonstrators like the one we saw in 1989.
Maosits should not aim for “communitst republic” when the whole world is swept with “capitalist democracy” including in China Russia where the communism took roots. We need to have inclusive democracy to achieve peace and progress in Napal. The need of the hour is to uproot the “Monarch” so each citizen can stand as dignified citizens of Nepal not “praza”. The kings and Monarch as institutions repreatedly took away our fundamental rights time and again, so there is simply no room to trust the Monarch even as cerimonial. Why do we need cerimony anyway. The democratic countries celebrat everything without kings…..royal. Only value I see them is in history and perhaps as tourism attraction so Paras can also party with foriegn female visitors….?????
Let say jai Nepal and down Monarch…jai democratic republic of Nepal
karsang lama

Indigenious People Deserting the Country

By Vishnu on July 27th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

With the living condition deteriorating, indigenious people in eastern Nepal are forced to migrate to India

As their plea to the government demanding their rehabilitation fell on the deaf ears, the people belonging to the largely overlooked indigenous Satar tribe in the eastern Nepal are gradually heading to India.So far, over 1,100 such families have already moved to various parts in India to settle there.

Although it appears to be a piece of �news item� in a daily newspaper, it is sufficient enough to depict the picture of such downtrodden tribes and indigenous groups of people in our country, for whom the government has been considering with little mercy.

And who knows, one day we all have to flee the country, seeking haven, as the condition of our country is deteriorating day by day. Hardly is there any hope that the current political stalemate will be cracked and new dawn of hopes will be seen on the horizon.

Present time is really a height of anarchy and chaos in our country since there is no guarantee of civil rights. There is barely any presence of rule of law. Hundreds of Nepalese are fleeing the country, not only the indigenous tribes, and left in high and dry in India and other various countries.

Isn�t the Royalist government responsible for such disaster? Certainly the answer as everyone unanimously agrees- YES. The present way of ruling the country and pushing back to middle-ages is certainly the act that is highly condemnable. The main reason behind thier displacement is the escalating Maoist violence. Instead of finding solution to the crisis, the king has only fished in the troubled waters.

Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and similar others have been sandwiched between the warring sides. When will their agonies be over??

One Response to “Indigenious People Deserting the Country”

1. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 12:33 pm

Why not have the King, his inbread family, and his Mafia and Criminal Government “go to India”?
If they leave the wealth they have stolen from the Nepali People there will be enough to build a NEW DEMOCRACY !!