It is no surprise that Nepal is a very corrupt country, but a cause of worry today is that politicians are robbing the state coffer openly and sometimes ‘proudly’ in Nepal.
This is an analysis of very recent allegations of corruption against our politicians, which have mostly gone un-answered.
Here are a few examples:
News 1: Nagarik Daily published a series of in-depth investigative reports (by Subodh Gautam) about erosion of Chure Hills in its February 22 and 23 editions. The news has hinted the apathy of the police to control rampant illegal activities in the Chure area. According to the articles, around 0.75 billion Nepali rupees have been misused under President´s Chure Conservation Program (PCCP). Can the commission for the investigation of abuse of authority (CIAA), an anti-graft body in Nepal, and the government agencies concerned, bring the guilty under scanner? Many believe they canno
News 2: On the February 22 edition, Annapurna Post published an article (by Govinda Pariyar) about import of sub-standard medicines worth Rs 500 million from India. According to the article, the government has been importing medicines that the Indian government has banned. The issue should have received a great deal of government attention, especially because this directly relates to the health of a large population, but no legal action has been initiated so far. Continue reading
कुरा नयाँ होइन तर सान्दर्भिक भयो । त्यसैले केही लेख्नु जरुरी ठानेँ । म लिंग, नश्ल, वर्ण र रंगका आधारमा समाज र राज्यको परिभाषा खोज्ने प्राचीन मानव चेतनाको पक्षधर होइन । वर्तमानका मेरा सर्वजाति अभिभावक, संगी र भावी सन्ततिहरूबीच परस्पर घृणा फैलाउने र बदलाको भावना सिर्जना गर्ने कुरा म सोच्नसम्म पनि सक्तिनँ । तसर्थ, मेरै विगत र सन्निकट इतिहासको अतिव्याख्या, अल्पव्याख्या र अपव्याख्या भइरहेकाले तथ्य र यथार्थको उजागर गर्नु यो लेखको पहिलो अभिलाषा हो । इतिहासका नाममा चर्को स्वरले आफ्ना मनोगत स्वार्थहरूलाई भरमार व्याख्या गर्ने वर्तमानको नांगो ‘राजनीतिक’ प्रवृत्तिलाई खबरदारी गर्नु दोस्रो अभिलाषा हो ।
कुरा वर्तमानबाटै थालौँ । म नेपालको मेची महाकाली फैलिएर जुगौँदेखि बसोबास गरिरहेको खस बाहुन, क्षेत्री । एनेकपा (माओवादी) र केही कम्युनिस्ट कलेबरका जनजाति नेताहरूले हिजोआज चित्रण गर्ने गरेको सदिऔँदेखिको शासक र शोषणको पर्याय । नेपालको अन्तरिम संविधान–२०६३ को शब्दमा भन्दा म अन्य जाति । मेरो परिचय सत्ता राजनीतिको उन्मादले पटकपटक परिवर्तन गरिरहन्छ, जसले गर्दा मेरो विगत, वर्तमान र भविष्यको परिचय सत्ता स्वार्थका उन्मादी व्याख्याताहरूले आफ्नो अनुकूल व्याख्या गरे, गरिरहेका छन् र गरिरहने पनि छन् । भविष्यमा म कसरी परिचित हुन्छु, ठ्याम्मै थाहा छैन । तर, मेरो इतिहास, विगत र वर्तमानका बारेमा तपाईंलाई भन्नै पर्ने अब मसँग केही तथ्य, यथार्थ र सन्दर्भहरू छन् ।
अढाई सय वर्षअघिको नेपालको कुरा गर्ने हो भने यहाँ बाइसी चौबिसी राज्य थिए । ती राज्यमा वंशजका आधारमा राजा हुन्थे, शाह वंश, सेन वंश, मल्लवंश आदि । वंशजका आधारमा राजा हुनु भनेको जात वा सम्प्रदायको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्नु होइन । त्यसैले यस्ता राज्य व्यवस्थालाई इतिहासकारहरूले जहानियाँ शासन भने । त्यसबेला मेरो परिचय वंशीय राज्यको रङ्क थियो ।
मलाई पढाइएको इतिहासकै शब्दमा भन्दा विसं १८३० को सुरुआतसम्ममा गोरखाका शाहावंशीय राजा पृथ्वीनारायण शाहले बाइसी चौबिसी राज्यहरू एकीकरण गरी नेपाल देश बनाए । राजा पृथ्वीनारायणले १८३१ साउन २२ गतेको मुलुकी लाममोहरमा ‘किरात–लिम्बुवान क्षेत्र लिम्बू कुलभाइलाई दियौँ’ भनी लेखिदिए ।
यसैगरी रणबहादुर शाहले १८४३ सालमा लाममोहोर लगाई तिरो लिने अख्तियारी उनीहरूलाई दिए । राणाकालमा ठेक्काथितिअनुसार ३० रुपियाँ उठ्ती हुने ६० मुरी खलाखेत सरकारलाई बुझाउनेलाई सुब्बाको दर्जा र १५ रुपियाँ उठ्ती हुने ३० मुरी खलाखेत सरकारलाई बुझाउनेलाई राई दर्जा दिए । अहिले त्यही राणा शासकले दिएको दर्जा कमरेड अशोक राईहरूको चिनारी भएको छ । किपटीयाले आफ्नो किपटमा चलानीद्वारा अरू जातका मानिसलाई बसाउन पाउँथे । यसरी बसाइएका मानिसलाई रैती भनिन्थ्यो । उनीहरू रैतीबाट तिरो असुल्थ्ये । तिरोका अतिरिक्त सुव्बा जिम्मावालहरूले रैतीबाट असुल्ने ठेकीबेठी, नगद नजराना, झारा, दशैँभाग पर्थे । Continue reading
Why the case against Vijay Kumar & Kantipur is not about the dress code & is about intimidation of media
THT: A contempt of court charge has been registered at the Supreme Court (SC) against columnist Bijaya Kumar Pandey, editor-in-chief Sudhir Sharma and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya of Kantipur Daily on Monday alleging that an article written by Pandey that was published in the daily made mockery of the SC.
Advocate Anjan Kumar Pokhrel registered the petition at the SC claiming that the recent article of Pandey tried to scandalise the independent judiciary. Advocate Pokhrel, in his writ has accused Pandey of contempt of court for his comments on the judiciary and judges regarding the recent disputes on dress code at the SC. Earlier, a week ago a Kantipur correspondent was barred to visit the courtrooms citing his informal dress. The advocate has demanded one year imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fines from the defendants in his writ.
Vijay Kumar’s article titled “pad ra pahichan bichko antar” was published on the Saturday issue of Kantipur where he writes a fortnightly column called “aadi/ityadi”. In the article Vijay Kumar states: Known and unknown judges including Biswonathji [former Chief Justice], once seated in their chairs of justices, would see nothing but justice. These days, I hear, some judges see nothing but t-shirts with prints and t-shirts without prints.
We believe this write against the journalist is absolutely unnecessary. The Supreme Court shouldn’t have accepted the writ in the first place. This we think is a ploy to intimidate the media world, especially those who are critical of the recent acts of the Supreme Court and some of its justices after the Chief Justice was made to head the government blatantly crushing the concept of separation of power. Continue reading
Existing political events strongly suggest that Nepal is on its way to being ruled by an autocratic political system. Leader of this new system, Mustang-rider Dr. Baburam Bhattarai (or Dr-sab as some people call him) has accelerated speed of his vehicle to lead the country into an autocratic system where the Maoist party will have its say on all important issues including those that are to be handled by an independent judiciary.
By Siromani Dhungana
Democracy in Nepal is on the verge of collapse. Most of the indicators of democracy are either dismantled or dead. The basic notion of democracy- ‘check and balance’- has been destroyed and now there is only the check of the communist-led government.
Why Nepal is not a democratic country? Because: Continue reading
- ठूलो पार्न क्लिके हुन्छ
वाग्ले स्ट्रिट जर्नल
यो लेख आज कान्तिपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा हेर्ने भए: तलका तस्बिरमा क्लिके हुन्छ – प्रथम पेज र बाँकी।
सामान्यतः टाउकोभरि कपाल र सफा गाला मनपराउने केही नेपालीले अचेल तालु खाली भएका र झ्याप्प दाह्री पालेका एक अमेरिकीमा नायक भेट्टाएका छन् । देशको बिग्रँदो चालाबाट निराश सर्वसाधारणले दिनहुँजसो अमेरिकी राजदूतसँग गुनासो गरिरहेका छन् ।
अनि स्कट एच. डेलिसीले पनि लोकप्रिय भावनाअनुरूपका वक्तव्य सार्वजनिक गरेर इन्टरनेट प्रयोग गर्ने केही नेपालीहरूको वाहवाही पाएका छन् । तर फेसबुकमार्फत इन्टरनेटमा पहुँच भएका नेपालीहरूसँग भइरहेको अमेरिकी कूटनीतिज्ञको बढ्दो र कतिपय सन्दर्भमा खुलस्त अन्तक्रिर्या मूलधारका पत्रिकाहरूमार्फत बृहत् नेपाली समाजमा पोखिन थालेपछि त्यसले नेपालका केही शक्तिकेन्द्र र राजनीतिक दलहरूलाई अप्ठ्यारोमा पारेको छ ।
ठूलो पार्न क्लिके हुन्छ
नेपाली कांग्रेसले पाँच वर्षपछि पहिलो पटक सोमबार देशैभर गरेको बन्दप्रति सार्वजनिक रूपमै असहमति राखेका डेलिसीले लोकतान्त्रिक मान्यता विपरीतको त्यस्तो हिंसात्मक विरोधले नेपाली अर्थतन्त्रलाई राम्रो नगर्ने आशय प्रकट गरे । तर डेलिसीको त्यो दबाबमूलक फेसबुक अभियानबारे जानकार तथा अमेरिका र अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय जगत्सँग राम्रो सम्बन्ध भएको पार्टी कांग्रेसका नेताहरूले शनिबारदेखि नै डेलिसीलाई टेढो आँखाले हेर्दै राजदूतको अभिव्यक्तिलाई ‘असान्दर्भिक’ र ‘राम्ररी सुसूचित नभएको’ भनी प्रतिवाद गरिरहे । हडतालको ‘कारक’ (चितवनस्थित जेलमा थुनिएका कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ताको हत्या) बारे ‘नबोलेका’ कूटनीतिज्ञले त्यसको विरोध कार्यक्रमप्रति ‘नकारात्मक टिप्पणी’ गर्नु ‘असन्तुलित’ भएको उनीहरूको तर्क छ ।
‘जेलभित्र मान्छे मारियो, यत्रो ठूलो घटनाको भत्र्सना गरेको सुनेनौं,’ अमेरिकाको न्युयोर्कस्थित युनिभर्सिटी एट बफेलो र न्युयोर्क युनिभर्सिटीबाट क्रमशः एमबीए र पीएचडी गरेका कांग्रेस सभासद मिनेन्द्र रिजालले सोमबार कान्तिपुरसँग भने, ‘जनसुरक्षामा त्यत्रो आघात पुग्दा त्यसबारे नबोलेको तर बन्द ठीक भएन मात्र भन्दा असन्तुलित भयो ।’ रिजालले सुसूचित र न्यायिक भए मात्र अमेरिकी दृष्टिकोणको महत्त्व हुने उल्लेख गर्दै डेलिसीका विचारलाई आफ्नो पार्टीले अमेरिकी सरकारको आधिकारिक धारणाका रूपमा नभई एक राजदूतले व्यक्तिगतस्तरमा सामाजिक सन्जाल साइटमा पोखेका विचारका रूपमा लिएको बताए । रिजालका अनुसार विदेशी राजदूतहरूले चाहँदैमा नेपाली दलहरूले आफ्ना आन्दोलनका कार्यक्रम स्थगित या परिवर्तन गरेका छैनन् र गर्दैनन् ।
यो लेखको बाँकी भाग यहाँ छ ।
Suman Giri interviews ex-king Gyanendra (l). Pic via hamroblog. Nagarik newspaper has Nepali version of the interview. Also, read Republica’s coverage of the interview.
Talking to Suman Giri of Avenues TV, a Kathmandu-based private network, for the first time since is ouster three years ago, in Janakpur where he went to worship Janaki, ex-king Gyanendra has strongly hinted that the monarchy could be revived in the federal democratic republic of Nepal. Here’s transcript of the interview:
Welcome. How do you feel about the turning point through which the country and people are passing through?
Whatever the people have aspired for is our desire. That is my desire too. Today the common man is feeling insecure, I feel. That is why I pray for peace in the country. I wish Nepali brothers and sisters and people get what they expect. There should be a space for all as soon as possible. The garland on with our forefathers had bonded this country together should not be torn apart.
In what situation the country is now?
I think it is better for you to ask the public and seek their response than me telling that.
Are you active in reviving monarchy? Continue reading
The Editorial of The Kantipur National Daily as published on Feb 19,2008 ( Falgun 7,2064 B.S). Can be assessed in Nepali here
Today, Nepal celebrates its fifty-eighth Democracy Day. The Nepalese, ironically show no trace of happiness or enthusiasm for the occasion. And it is not because the people are against the democratic system. Rather the lack of concern and thoughtful action on the part of the democratic government is what has caused the most pain. The government itself has defamed democracy disrespecting The People’s Movement in 2062/63 B.S.
The Nepalese have been protesting for democracy before 2007 B.S (1950). But the people’s expectation of a dependable democratic (Loktantrik) ruling system could never be fulfilled. The Democratic Government celebrates fifty-eighth Democracy Day today. It suggests fifty-years of the establishment of democracy. The government, thereby, has included thirty years of Panchayati Rule and the rule by kings in between according to their whims and fancies as a continuation of democratic ruling system as well.
The demand of separate statehood in Darjeeling and surrounding areas in India by the Gorkhas (Nepali Indians) has gained momentum yet again in recent months. The winning of the Indian Idol title by Prashant Tamang, a local boy from Darjeeling, a few weeks ago has also kindled a new hope of separate statehood among the Nepalis in India. It’s a fact that Nepali Indians aren’t represented rightly and justifiably in the central government of India. They have been marginalized and grossly underrepresented.
Nepali Indians fought for separate statehood in the 80s which ended up as Darjeeling Hill Council (DHC) after the movement’s leader Subhash Ghising postponed the movement on the request of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi two years later. The news is that the Indian government is preparing to table a new bill in the parliament that grants full autonomy to the Darjeeling Hill Council.
We think that is not enough. Full autonomy is not what the Nepali people in India are demanding. They are demanding a separate state within India. The latest government move appears to have come to pacify the recent editions of agitation by the Nepali Indians, we think the government motion will not fully address the genuine issue raised by the people. These latest rounds of agitation are part of the larger struggle of identity of Nepalipan. Even in Nepal, several indigenous groups are agitating for their identity and the Nepal government has reached an agreement with some groups. We are at least talking about going to CA elections which will play role in solving these identity problems among others.
The situation in India is different. We see no reason for the Indian government not go give the right to have a separate state of Nepali people in that country.
Related News Link:
Indian govt plans bill to grant Darjeeling autonomy; ‘Bill aimed at foiling Gorkhaland movement’ (eKantipur)
Images from a rally in Kathmandu participated by Nepali monks and human rights activists against autocracy in Burma. They demanded immediate release of Burmese monks detained inside the monasteries by the Burmese army junta. They also demanded restoration of democracy and freedom of expression in Burma. They expressed full solidarity with the ongoing democratic movement in Burma. Several hundred monks, human rights activists and general public participated in the rally. Pics by Bikas Rauniar and Shruti Shrestha via Kantipur Continue reading
BIRTHDAY BLOG: Today happens to be the third birthday of United We Blog!, Nepal’s pioneering web site. But, as in a person’s life, UWB has also gone through many ups and downs. They say, history repeats. It has been repeated, albeit in the form of tyranny raising its ugly head. We celebrated the first birthday anniversary of the site while the country was fighting king Gyanendra’s autocracy (that he imposed in Feb 1, 2005 coup). Today the Maoists are trying to intimidate the free press by attacking Kantipur Publications, the largest independent media house in Nepal, where many of the UWB bloggers work. We will fight the Maoist’s intervention in the media as well.
[Kantipur Publications regrets Maoist threat to close down newspapers, TV -read here
Govt won’t compromise press freedom: PM -read here]
Maoist Young Communist League workers, seen in the photo above, dominated a corner meeting held by Maoist trade union in front of Kantipur Publications. Speakers in the program included Shalikram Jammarkattel, chairman of Maoist trade union, who spoke against the Kantipur and the Kathmandu Post newspapers and journalists working there. Journalists in the papers described act as an example of Maoist effort to intimidate the press. Branding this act as brazen Maoist intervention in the internal matter of the newspaper, reporters said they were not afraid of any such effort. Pic by Suraj Kunwar Read here about other updates on this topic.
By Deepak Adhikari
When an America lady recently asked me which the most unforgettable day in career was, I hastened to say that it was February 1, 2005.
On that ill-fated day, when I entered my office complex, army personnel greeted me instead of our security guards. In the evening, as deadline neared, army officers who did not have an iota of knowledge of journalism censored our news. That was definitely the nadir of my career. Continue reading