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General Rana’s Political and Undiplomatic Statement

Update: The Nepali Army today issued a press statement claiming that comments attributed to him are false and that he didn’t give any formal interview to any news outlets during his trip to India last week.

“The news reports published in a few media outlets in the past few days that Chief of the Army Mr Rana gave interview commenting upon the security of Nepal and neighboring countries and issues related to that are inaccurate and misleading. As Chief of the Army Mr Rana, during the week-long visit, didn’t give any types of formal interview to the media those comments, it seems, those comments have been disseminated out of context.

“Nepali Army is a professional and apolitical organization that, while remaining within constitutional authority, respects civil supremacy. There is no possibility of Nepali Army or the leadership of the Nepali Army passing comments of such irresponsible nature. It is to let all know that the military leadership hasn’t made such comments.”

UWB note: The Nepal Army statement, worded in Nepali, is a very badly written note with confusing sentence structure- as if it were a work of a liar who unexpectedly found himself/herself in a police interrogation room. If Mr Rana didn’t give any formal interview, were his comments published in the Times of India informally provided to the reporter? The Nepali Army statement seems to be implying that as it states Rana didn’t give any FORMAL interview to any news outlet and that news reports and commentaries seem to have come out of context (so what was the context?). Nepali Army may still be apolitical, professional and under civilian control as claimed in the Army statement but we refused to believe that the same can be said to the army leadership- namely Gaurav Rana. He should come clean.

Was it merely a slip of the tongue or our Army chief actually wanted to show how childish he can be when it comes to dealing with international issues? Was he intending to appease the Indians (if yes, he failed to do so) and hurt our relationship with the Chinese? If he fancies working as a political/strategic commentator for Indian newspapers, he should first resign from the post of the Chief of the Army Staff and cross over to India. Also, you can’t be a spokesperson (a bad one) of the Indian Army while still holding the top position at the Nepali Army.

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अमेरिकी राजदूतको फेसबुक कूटनीति

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ठूलो पार्न क्लिके हुन्छ

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यो लेख आज  कान्तिपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा हेर्ने भए: तलका तस्बिरमा क्लिके हुन्छ – प्रथम पेज 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 ।

‘असन्तुलित विचार’

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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 ।

नि हाओ नेपाल !

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नेपालमा कसरी बढ्दै गएको छ चिनीयाँ रुचि, लगानी र व्यापार, अनि त्यसले कसरी बढाउदै छ राजनीतिक र सामाजिक प्रभाव ? [This article, titled "Ni Hao Nepal!" and published in today's Kantipur looks into the growing Chinese investment and trade in Nepal and how that's expanding China's political and cultural clout in Nepal.]

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प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईले चिनियाँ प्रधानमन्त्री पुस ५ मा नेपाल आउने घोषणा गरे पनि भनिएकै समयमा उनी नआउने भएका छन् । तर पछिल्ला केही वर्षको प्रवृत्ति नियाल्दा प्रधानमन्त्री नआउँदैमा नेपालमा चिनियाँ चासो घट्ने देखिन्न । काठमाडौंमा रहेका केही चिनियाँ र चीनलाई नियाल्ने नेपालीका अनुसार अबका केही वर्ष चिनियाँहरू अझै बढी पैसा, सामान र सम्भवतः राजनीतिक प्रभाव पनि लिएर नेपाल छिर्दैछन् ।

[UWB note:  and looks at the growing Chinese investment, cultural influence and the political/strategic influence in Nepal as well as Nepal's rising trade deficit with its northern neighbor.]

बढ्दो व्यापार, बढ्दो घाटा

चिनियाँ नेता देङ सियाओ पिङले १९७८ मा आर्थिक सुधार कार्यक्रम लागू गरेपछि उन्नति गर्न थालेको चीनले ठ्याक्कै १० वर्षअघि विश्व व्यापार संगठनमा छिरेर अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय व्यापारमा दरिलो यात्रा थालेको थियो । ‘त्यसपछि धेरै चिनियाँ बाहिर निस्कन र अरू देशमा आएर व्यापार गर्न थाले,’ २८ वर्षे चिनियाँ शी सानले भनिन्, जो डेढ वर्षदेखि पति हुङसँग मिलेर काठमाडौंको बिजुलीबजारमा एउटा चिनियाँ रेस्टुरेन्ट र होटलसमेत चलाइरहेकी छन् । ३५ लाख जति नेपाली रुपैयाँको लगानीमा खोलेको रेस्टुरेन्टबाट सन्तुष्ट शीले भनिन्, ‘यहाँको वातावरण पनि एकदम राम्रो, मेरो गृहसहरको भन्दा ।’ Continue reading

प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईका सय दिन

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प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराईको कार्यकालका प्रथम तीन महिनामा शान्ति प्रकृयामा प्रगति भयो, शुसासनको धज्जी उड्यो, कुटनीतिमा उनलाई केही सफलता मिल्यो । नराम्रा कामको अपजस सबै उनैलाई जानु स्वभाविकै भयो तर राम्रोको जस उनलाईमात्र जादैन ।

नेपाली सेनाको तत्परता, माओवादीको लचकता, भारतीय शुभेच्छा र कांग्रेस-एमालेको चाहना एकैठाउँमा आउँदाको सुखद परिणाम हो बितेका साताहरूमा शान्ति प्रक्रियामा भएको प्रगति 

Two faces of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai

प्रधानमन्त्री बाबुराम भट्टराईका दुई पाटा : ठ्याक्कै तीन महिना अघि सेप्टेम्बर ३ मै मैले भट्टराईको व्यक्तित्वका विरोधाभाष खोतलेको थिएँ। पढ्नेभए फोटोमा क्लिके हुन्छ ।

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यो लेख आजको कान्तिपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा पढ्ने भए यहाँ क्लिके हुन्छ : (पीडीएफ पहिलो पेज१४  पेज । चित्रकारुपमा हेर्ने भित्र/तल) 

खोप्लाङ, गोर्खाका बाबुराम भट्टराईले प्रधानमन्त्रीका रूपमा यो साता बालुवाटार, काठमान्डुमा सय दिने मधुमास पूरा गर्दैछन् । सामान्य अवस्थामा उनको कार्यावधिको मूल्यांकन आगामी मंगलबार थालिनुपर्ने हो । तर कतिपय रुष्ट नेपालीहरूले आफ्ना ३५ औं प्रधानमन्त्रीको राजीनामा अहिल्यै मागिसकेका छन् ।

‘बाबुराम, पद छाड’ भन्नेहरूको त्यो सूचीमा विपक्षी दलहरूका नेता र आफ्नै पार्टीभित्रका ‘खुट्टा तान्ने कमरेडहरू’ मात्रै भए त्यसलाई राजनीतिक दाउपेचको एउटा अस्वाभाविक उदाहरण भन्दै अस्वीकार गर्न हुन्थ्यो । तर यहाँ दुई महिनाअघिसम्म ५७ वर्षे भट्टराईलाई ‘हृदयका राजा’, ‘आशाका केन्द्र’ र ‘आइडल’ जस्ता प्रेम र प्रशंसाका शब्दहरू बर्साउने कतिपयले नै सबैभन्दा ठूलो मन्त्रिमण्डल बनाएको, हत्यारालाई माफी दिन खोजेको, प्रशासनयन्त्रलाई ‘ध्वस्त’ बनाएको भन्दै गाली गरेका छन् । प्रशंसकहरू निराश हुँदै उनलाई आफ्नो अपेक्षाविपरीत, अघिल्ला प्रधानमन्त्रीहरूजस्तै, निष्प्रभावी र ‘उही ड्याङका मूला’ भन्न थालेका छन् भने आलोचक र शंकालुहरू चाहिँ ‘मैले त भनेकै थिएँ नि’ जस्ता शब्दावलीबाट कुरा थाल्छन् ।

‘पहिले घरभित्र पसेर अवस्था के छ भन्ने नबुझी उहाँले बोल्नुभयो, मान्छेहरूले आशा गरे,’ पूर्वप्रशासक तथा पूर्वप्रमुख निर्वाचन आयुक्त भोजराज पोखरेलले भने, ‘अर्थमन्त्रीका रूपमा बनेको उहाँको राम्रो छविमा आधारित भएर जनताले उहाँबाट बढी नै आशा गरे । व्यक्तिगत रूपमा उहाँ अहिले पनि बदनाम हुनुभएको छैन । ‘भट्टराईले यसो गरे, उसो गरे, खाए’ भन्ने सुनिएको छैन । शान्ति प्रक्रिया टुंगिने बाटोमा बढेको छ, त्यसको जस उहाँलाई जाला । तर शासनलाई राम्रो पाटोमा लैजान र नतिजा देखाउने सन्दर्भमा उहाँ असफल हुनुभयो ।’ Continue reading

Chinese Prime Minister Will Come to Nepal in December

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Wen Jiabao

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is arriving in Kathmandu on December 20 on a three-day visit, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said on Tuesday. “After the visit of the Chinese Premier, I will visit China,” PM Bhattarai told a select group of journalists. Wen will be the highest-ranking official to visit from Nepal’s immediate neighbours—India and China—since 2001. Earlier, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visited Nepal in 2001 and Chinese President Jiang Zemin in 1996.

However, Wen’s detailed itinerary is in the process of finalisation and  Nepali officials have begun consultation to prepare agendas to be raised during the Chinese Premier’s visit. Continue reading

माओवादी-भारत सम्बन्ध: पहिले विस्तारवाद, अहिले अवसरवाद

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प्रधानमन्त्रीका रूपमा माओवादी नेता बाबुराम भट्टराई भारतको औपचारिक भ्रमणमा रहेको यो अवस्थामा नेपालमा विपक्षी कांग्रेसका नेताहरू हात बाँधेर मुस्काइरहेका छन् । उनीहरूको त्यो मुस्कुराइ झन्डै १५ वर्षअघिको एउटा सानो जस्तो लाग्ने घटना र त्यसपछिका भयङ्करजस्ता लाग्ने थुप्रै अन्य घटनामा अडिएको छ । २०५२ माघ २९ गते झ्याम्म दाह्री पालेका एकजना ‘रिसाहा अधबैंसे’ ले त्यतिबेलाका कांग्रेसी प्रधानमन्त्री शेरबहादुर देउवासमक्ष ४० वटा माग प्रस्तुत गर्दै ती फागुन ५ गतेसम्म पूरा नभए ‘सशक्त संघर्षको बाटोमा’ हिँड्ने चेतावनी दिएका थिए । ती माग पूरा हुने नहुने टुङ्गो नलाग्दै र आफैंले तोकेको समयसीमाको बेवास्ता गर्दै ती व्यक्ति फागुन एकमै भूमिगत भए कमरेड लालध्वजका रूपमा तत्कालीन राज्यसत्ताविरुद्ध त्यही दिन सुरु भएको सशस्त्र युद्धमा सामेल हुन । ती लालध्वज, धेरैलाई थाहा छ, यिनै भट्टराई हुन् जसले (र, उनको पार्टी माओवादीले) १५ वर्षपछि भारतसँग सम्बन्धित सुरुका नौ मागलाई पूरै बिर्सन खोजेको जबरजस्त अभिनय गरिरहेका छन् । ४० मध्ये कतिपय माग ०६२/०६३ को जनआन्दोलनले पूरा गरायो तर त्यो सूचीमा रहेका नम्बर एकदेखि नौसम्मका माग अहिले पनि पूरा भएका छैनन् । पूरा गराउने कुर्सीमा माओवादीका अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल नौ महिना बसिसेका छन् भने लाजध्वज त्यो कुर्सीमा बसेको आठौं हप्ता भएको छ । Continue reading

Prime Minister Baburam in India: Agreements Signed and Some Photos Clicked

Baburam Bhattarai and Man Mohan Singh

Baburam Bhattarai and Man Mohan Singh

Nepal, India ink two major deals including BIPPA

  • BIPPA a calculated gamble: PM

By Akhilesh Upadhyay and Mahesh Acharya
in The Kathmandu Post

Nepal and India singed two major agreements, including the much-talked about Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA), here late on Friday (yesterday). This brings to a close days of hectic negotiations and speculations over the fate of BIPPA, which India has sought to protect security for its investments in Nepal.

Minster for Industry Anil Kumar Jha and Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee signed the agreement at Hyderabad House, the government venue for high-level negotiations in India. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattrai and his counterpart Manmohan Singh were present at the signing.

The two sides also agreed to a $250-million line of credit to finance infrastructure projects such as highways, airports and bridges. The credit line was announced during President Ram Baran Yadav’s state visit to Delhi last year. In the run-up to the visit, PM Bhattarai is known to have pitched for a $1 billion and was expecting even more, government sources said. India responded positively, according to officials. Continue reading

Tracking the Indian Ambassador to Nepal: Jayant Prasad-2

Nice shoe your excellency.

Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad with Nepali Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai

Nice Shoes Mr. Ambassador! Indian or Italian?: Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad, left, with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. BTW, check out a photo below for a meet between two Prime Ministers of Nepal and India when MKN was PM in Nepal. Unfortunately, no shoe show off ceremony will be noticed.

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SEP 13: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai summoned Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad at his office and discussed the possibility of rescinding the Patna High Court verdict in which it slapped jail terms and fines on 11 senior Maoists leaders. “The PM inquired the envoy how the Indian government would manage to dismiss the conviction by a court,” PM’s Press Adviser Ram Rijan Yadav said. The PHC has slapped sentences varying from two years in jail to six years and fines ranging from IRs 375,000 to IRs 700,000 on Nepali Maoist leaders in absentia on the charges of indulging in activities against what it called ‘sovereignty of India and Nepal’. Continue reading

Tracking the Indian Ambassador in Nepal: Jayant Prasad

Jayant Prasad Indian Ambassador in Nepal

The new Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayant Prasad, presented his letter of credentials to President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on 26 August.

Ambassadors are the most visible faces of Indian diplomacy in Nepal and they are not always thought to be pursuing diplomacy. Some, like the current ambassador Jayant Prasad’s immediate predecessor Rakesh Sood, was widely believed to be one of the worst examples of Indian intervention and failed diplomacy in Nepal. While in India (or in their Ministry of External Affairs) these people are normal employees, diplomats who don’t attract much attention unless they are involved in major scandal or become foreign secretary. But as soon as they land in Kathmandu with the coveted portfolio of the Indian ambassador for Nepal they become celebrities. Media extensively covers the Indian Ambassadors movements and decisions in Nepal and give high priority to anything that is related to an Indian envoy. That is largely because the Indian ambassadors “implement” the enormously influential Indian policy in Nepal- some by diplomatically and some by offensively interventionist ways.  Rarely in the world ambassadors get to hobnob with prime ministers and top leaders of a host country like the Indian ambassadors do with the Nepali leadership. Because of all these factors, we at UWB have decided to keep track of the Indian ambassador in Kathmandu as far as possible. Here are some headlines  that give enough idea about the arrival of the current ambassador and his activities in the first week since he assumed office in August 26.

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Baburam Bhattarai Wanted to Meet the US Ambassador’s Rep in 2003…

…thinking that the Ambassador himself may not meet him. How times of have changed! The American Ambassador has gone to meet him, most recently, two days ago Baburam became the Prime Minister. 

US diplomatic cables as revealed by Wikileaks. Report by John Narayan Parajuli

US officials saw Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai (who is not the Priem Minister of Nepal) as the party’s “most authoritative wordsmith,” and took serious note of both his aboveground appearance in 2003 and the missive he sent to the US embassy requesting a meeting the same year.

Bhattarai’s movement and remarks appeared to be closely monitored by the US embassy, especially after his arrival in the Capital on March 28, 2003 for talks with the Sher Bahadur Deuba government. This was the first time Bhattarai emerged in the Capital in full public view, since the beginning of the insurgency in 1996. Continue reading