Monthly Archives: September 2006

Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM's Optimism

On the 8th day of Dashain festival, three incidents make headlines: Bibek Luintel is killed, the army says its soldiers and officers are free to not to receive tika from the king who is becoming redundant day by and our Prime Minister’s optimist on peace process

Bibek Lunitel Killed: Today morning’s horrific revelation about the gruesome murder of the eight-year-old boy Bibek Luintel has definitely overshadowed the joys of Dashain festival. Nepal Police’s suspicious handling of the case and the alleged involvement of the personal assistant of the Home Minister in saving the abductors and murderers of the boy are particularly disturbing. It has been revealed that the boy was murdered within days of abduction because he kept crying and the life in Kathmandu was severally affected because of the protest by the civil society of Koteshwor, the boy’s home town, against police authorities for not giving enough attention to the case. Continue reading

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Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM’s Optimism

On the 8th day of Dashain festival, three incidents make headlines: Bibek Luintel is killed, the army says its soldiers and officers are free to not to receive tika from the king who is becoming redundant day by and our Prime Minister’s optimist on peace process

Bibek Lunitel Killed: Today morning’s horrific revelation about the gruesome murder of the eight-year-old boy Bibek Luintel has definitely overshadowed the joys of Dashain festival. Nepal Police’s suspicious handling of the case and the alleged involvement of the personal assistant of the Home Minister in saving the abductors and murderers of the boy are particularly disturbing. It has been revealed that the boy was murdered within days of abduction because he kept crying and the life in Kathmandu was severally affected because of the protest by the civil society of Koteshwor, the boy’s home town, against police authorities for not giving enough attention to the case. Continue reading

Subha Dashain!

Chacha hui!!! Girls Playing Ping

Chacha hui!!! Girls Playing Ping as Dashain Fever Grips Nepalis Pic by Suraj Kuwar

“[Delivery of ] the message that the meaningful [peace talks] have started would be the best gift that Seven Parties and the Maoists could give [to Nepali people].”

Pradeep Giri, Political thinker, in a Kantipur Op-Ed (Sept 29).

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And my heartfelt condolences to all the little hens, ducks, Bhedas and Chyangras along with the Khasi bokas in line to be murdered for food. A Dashain Blog

By Darshan Karki

It’s an uninhabited part of the city, so close to it yet so far from its hustle and bustle. Blue skies above and a vast expanse of green below, I could spend a lifetime staring outside the window or lying on the terrace below the cloudless sky. Continue reading

Update on Peace Process: Today's Political Developments

Update: Thursday, Sept 28: The much-awaited “summit talks” between the top leaders of the ruling seven-party alliance (SPA) and Maoists, earlier said to be held today but postponed for tomorrow (Friday), has been put off until the conclusion of the Dashain festival. (Here is more.)

Based on a report by Balaram Baniya and Ujjir Magar
Written by Wagle

After it was announced today that the high-level talks between the ruling Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoists have been rescheduled by as much as 24 hours for Friday, the question many wanted to raise was: Will the Alliance be able to come up with concrete agreement to face the rebels on the talks table? If so, no problem, take another week, why just a day. Forest minister Gopal Rai’s state funeral to be held tomorrow is being cited as the reason for this deferment though there are very few reasons to be hopeful about SPA coming in one voice regarding the most crucial issue: the monarchy. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is hell bent on giving space to monarchy, that is, saving the institution that the popular and historic April uprising clearly wanted to be abolished.

Today’s central committee meeting of Nepali Congress party, of which Prime Minister Koirala is the all-powerful president, discussed on its possible stand on interim constitution, formation of interim parliament and interim government, and to which extent the government and the party can be flexible in the talks with the Maoists. In the informal meeting that took place in the residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwataar, Koirala directed Home Minister and chief government negotiator and Shekhar Koirala, a central committee member of Nepali Congress, to talk to the Maoists and prepare for the high level talks. Both Sitalula and Shekhar met Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, one of the top Maoist leaders and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the chief Maoist negotiator, this afternoon and talked about They talked about reaching agreement on political package (interim constitution, interim parliament and interim government) along with arms management. Continue reading

Update on Peace Process: Today’s Political Developments

Update: Thursday, Sept 28: The much-awaited “summit talks” between the top leaders of the ruling seven-party alliance (SPA) and Maoists, earlier said to be held today but postponed for tomorrow (Friday), has been put off until the conclusion of the Dashain festival. (Here is more.)

Based on a report by Balaram Baniya and Ujjir Magar
Written by Wagle

After it was announced today that the high-level talks between the ruling Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoists have been rescheduled by as much as 24 hours for Friday, the question many wanted to raise was: Will the Alliance be able to come up with concrete agreement to face the rebels on the talks table? If so, no problem, take another week, why just a day. Forest minister Gopal Rai’s state funeral to be held tomorrow is being cited as the reason for this deferment though there are very few reasons to be hopeful about SPA coming in one voice regarding the most crucial issue: the monarchy. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is hell bent on giving space to monarchy, that is, saving the institution that the popular and historic April uprising clearly wanted to be abolished.

Today’s central committee meeting of Nepali Congress party, of which Prime Minister Koirala is the all-powerful president, discussed on its possible stand on interim constitution, formation of interim parliament and interim government, and to which extent the government and the party can be flexible in the talks with the Maoists. In the informal meeting that took place in the residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwataar, Koirala directed Home Minister and chief government negotiator and Shekhar Koirala, a central committee member of Nepali Congress, to talk to the Maoists and prepare for the high level talks. Both Sitalula and Shekhar met Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, one of the top Maoist leaders and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the chief Maoist negotiator, this afternoon and talked about They talked about reaching agreement on political package (interim constitution, interim parliament and interim government) along with arms management. Continue reading

Chopper Crashed, Dignitaries Died, Nepal Observes National Holiday. Why?

Comment of the Moment [This comment was originally posted by Dukhi in this blog post]

Dukhit says:
September 26th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

The government of Nepal [yesterday] declared Wednesday [today] a day of national mourning following the confirmation of the death of all 24 passengers, many of them renowned personalities in Nepali and Kathmandu based epact community, of the ill-fated Shree Airlines helicopter that crashed in Taplejung three days ago. With all respect to the passing souls, I believe that this decision of declaring a national mourning day and giving public holiday on tomorrow was unnecessary. While writing this, I don’t want to be portrayed as an insensitive and emotionless idiot but this special treatment to those who died in chopper crash has clearly done injustice to those people who had died a few weeks ago in landslide in Ulleri village of Kaski-Myagdi border. The government didn’t even mention those who died in Ulleri its cabinet meetings. The families were left alone. Yes, I am also deeply saddened by the accident and I am remembering that moment nearly three years ago when I was talking with Dr. Harka Gurung in his office about mountains of Nepal. There were other distinguished personalities in the helicopter and all of them died.

The government has not given us reason for closing down all government offices and schools and it seems this decision wasn’t based on any legal provisions but simply a political and emotional decision. Was that because so many people died? Or because so many people died in a helicopter crash? Or because there was one minister, three government employees? Or because there were some foreign personalities and a diplomats? If this is because of the death of a sitting government minister, then I have nothing to say because there must be legal provision for such rituals. If not, the state should treat all of its citizens (living and dead) equally and duly focus its attention to those who died in Ulleri village. What about those 26 people who were poor and virtually unknown to the rest of the society? Continue reading

Learning From Nepal: Do Americans Have What It Takes?

Nepal in foreign press:
An editorial in Bennington Banner of Vermont (United States) titled “Do Americans have what it takes?

Thursday, September 21: Last weekend, a tape was leaked to the Hungarian press in which Hungary’s Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted that he had lied repeatedly to the public. The tape, coming after months of civilian dissatisfaction with the way the government has handled the economic health of the country, served as the catalyst for massive protests by thousands of civilians in the capital. After the third day, they show no sign of letting up. Continue reading

Establishing Electoral Democratic Institutions in Nepal

Proposal to establish Electoral Institutions for Federal System of Government in New Democratic Nepal

By Prakash Bom in Queens, New York (UWB received this article, around 6 thousand words, in email)

Manifestation:

It is time for Nepal to transform itself into a ‘New Democratic Nepal’ from its corrupt feudal oligarchic government practice that are imminent in contemporary ruling elites who have positioned in the state power with the mandate of people’s movement II.

Nepali men and women who participated in the movement in the country and around the world for the fundamental change in the practice of the government must continue their struggle to establish electoral institutions of Democracy from grass-root local level of administrative, judiciary & law enforcement bodies of local governments to the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary bodies of the Federal government. Continue reading

Peace Roadmap: An Appeal To The Leadership Of The Eight Parties

39 Nepalis (see the names below), buying space in Kantipur daily, appeal to leaders of Seven Party Alliance and the Maoist party. This appeal was first published in Nepali in the Sept 21 issue of Kantipur as an advertisement.

Sri Girija Prasad Koirala, Sri Madhav Kumar Nepal, Sri Sher Bahadur Deuba, Sri Amik Sherchan, Sri Narayan Man Bijukchhe (‘Rohit’), Sri Bharat Bimal Yadav, Sri Prabhu Narayan Chowdhary and Sri Pushpa Kamal Dahal (‘Prachanda’)

Gentlemen,

Before peace and democracy, fought for during the 2006 People’s Movement, have been attained, the country is entering a vortex of human insecurity. The forces that defeated royal authoritarianism by means of the 12-Point Agreement are growing apart, and this provides opportunities for reactionary elements to become active. Steps must be taken immediately to reduce the confusion and mistrust between the seven parliamentary parties and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) during the interim period before the elections to the Constituent Assembly. We appeal to the leadership of the eight parties to reach a wide-ranging agreement with regard to a peace settlement before the upcoming Dasain season. In our opinion, once the roadmap for peace is decided upon, the very maturity of the people will lead us through to the Constituent Assembly elections and the new Constitution. We urge the eight parties to put behind them questions of who has or has not conformed to their stated responsibilities thus far, and to move ahead with a new mutual understanding. Continue reading

Arms Management: A Part of Nepali Politics

Political Threats: The Seven Party Alliance (SPA)/government of Nepal and the CPN (Maoist) have their own understandings, viewpoints and stances on peace and political threats.

UWB: Here we produce a ‘Situation Update-IX’ prepared by Kathmandu based NGO Conflict Study Center with contribution from Dr. Bishnu Pathak and Chitra Niraula. UWB received this analysis from CS Center.

Threats to SPA and/or government

• If the Maoists go for CA elections with arms, they would be wiped out in the elections. For this very reason, they fear of letting Maoists participate with arms and clamor for arms management prior to CA elections for free and fair elections.

• If the Maoists gain majority in the elections and take over state power, what would be the fate and role of their self and their parties. What the history has shown that they become fish out of water when they were ousted from power. Continue reading