From Jail, Ram Chandra Paudel Hits Hard Against Autocracy

NEPAL politics: Now is the time to critically analyze the monarchy and democracy

By Dinesh Wagle on May 31st, 2005 in Wagle’s WebLog

Today’s issue of Kantipur has one of the most brilliant articles in it’s Op-Ed space. Written by Ramchandra Paudel, former speaker of the House of Representatives and jailed Nepali Congress leader, the article titled “Abhisapta Itihaaslai Ultaidiun” [Lets Revoke the Cursed History] explores the conflict between monarchy and democracy in Nepal.

“One day,” Paudel writes, “king Birendra questioned me while I was the speaker: ‘How to take constitutional monarchy in the context of country like Nepal?’” That was a very tough question. I answered with this question: ‘Your majesty, the country might be like Nepal or like United Kingdom or like Japan, shouldn’t the definition and usage of democracy be the same in 21st century?’ For some reasons king didn’t move forward this conversation. Kings talk symbolically, they don’t use much words.”

Paudel describes about another incident inside the palace. “Several palace men were gathered along with current king [then prince] at a party. I was the only outsider. For some reasons unknown to me, king and the Prime Minister [Deuba] were at another location. At that time, a no-confidence motion was registered against the government in the parliament and six ministers were in Bangkok. Several comments were dropped for that context. “Well, this is bahudal (multi-party democracy)â?¦we saw it. They were hitting hard against multiparty parliamentarian democracy.”

“I had to say something in the defense of the system.”Sarkar [probably addressed to the king or the then prince Gyanendra], I am also sad about this incident. This should not have happened. But our democracy is so young. Even in small and big countries in Europe and in UK, democracy has come through this kind of events. And what a coincidence! In the current house, three fourth of the members are from Congress and UML who fought for democracy. No one from that group have to be sent to Bangkok. Only those who were brought up in the 30-year-old Panchayat period. This should also be analyzed here. There were no answers to my counter-question.”

With these two incidents, Paudel, now in detention in Tahanu, argues that it was not democracy that failed in Nepal but the conspiracy of palace worked. In the democratic times, society was going ahead, in the progressive direction, he argues, but the palace was never easy with that progress. “Now is the time to critically analyze the democracy and monarchy,” he says.

This is one of the most argumentative, reasoned and stimulating articles I have ever read. I felt my blood circulating fast and energy coming up. As Paudel says at the end of the article, Nepal is waiting for a very powerful non-violent revolution to throw away this cursed history and sweep away all the dirt [that has been polluting this country for long time.]

Here is the article.

Prominent journalist and activist Kanak Mani Dixit has translated the article into English. Read that here

Let Us Overturn This Accursed History

By Ram Chandra Poudel
When I was Speaker of the House, one day, the late King Birendra asked me, “How does one understand constitutional monarchy in the context of a country like Nepal?” I felt that this question carried some deeper meaning and replied in the form of a counter-question, “Your Majesty, in the 21st Century, whether it is a country like Nepal or Great Britain or Japan, should not the definition and function of democracy be the same everywhere?” For some reason, the king did not take the discussion further. In general, kings merely like to give indications of what they think rather than talk at length.

On another day, there was an event at the palace. In the western chamber of the Kaski Baithak, a meeting of high-level personages of the royal palace including the current monarch was happening. I was the only person from the outside. For some reason, the king and then prime minister were elsewhere. A no-confidence motion had just been introduced against the coalition government of the time, and some six ministers lacking in confidence had traveled themselves, or had been transported, to Bangkok in order to be absent during the vote. At the palace gathering, there was extreme criticism of this development. People were saying, “So, now we see what multi-party is all about. This is what it is, right, your democracy?” And so on.

I was in a difficult position, for extreme words were being used against parliamentary democracy. I had to speak up for the system. I said: “Your Highness, I too am extremely unhappy with this situation. This is something that should not have happened. But you must understand, our experience with democracy has been very short. England and other large and small nations of Europe only arrived at their present maturity after many unhappy chapters like the one we are experiencing. One more point is worth considering: how is it that not a single member of the UML or Congress, who fought for democracy and together make up three-fourths of the Parliament, has gone or been sent to Bangkok? How is it that those very persons who were groomed in the Panchayat system were the ones who have made it to Bangkok? This, too, must be analysed.”

There was no response to my challenge. But I did get a sense that the fury against the multiparty system had not abated in that chamber. An entire system of government was being tarred with the misdeeds of a handful. The only conclusion one could reach from the two incidents was that the royal palace had not been able to reconcile with the meaning of constitutional monarchy, and the palace people had not been able to shake off their prejudice against the multiparty system. The actions of October 4, 2002 and February 1, 2005 are based on this mindset. Since the hectic period when the Constitution of 1990 was being drafted till today, the royal palace has been constantly at odds with one all-important subject—sovereignty. Should sovereignty rest with the people or with the king? The royalists are determined that the powers of state should never get into the hands of the people and that the people should never be masters of their own sovereignty. This is the reason why games have been played since way back in 1950, to make popular politics unstable and to sabotage the democratic process. This is why the palace has given birth to so many villains over the years. This is also the cause for the break-up of political parties, the dissolution of governments and the games being played with the future of the people.

I do not say that there cannot be weaknesses in democracy, or that there will not be distortions in the operation of a democratic state. In fact, democracy is a system of government that learns from its mistakes and from criticism, an experiment that proceeds with constant practice. And that is how we were in fact progressing. We made a law against party-hopping, and applied that law. We strengthened the legislation against corruption. We gave teeth to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority. We made the laws that would serve as watchdogs on us, we had our own kind punished. We excused others who had done wrong in the past, in the spirit of forgive and forget. In politics, all had equal opportunity. Our democracy was correcting itself as it went along, with the goals of equity in development. We were all focused on finding solutions to the problems facing the nation through the Parliament. The committees in Parliament were active. They were intently examining the workings of the government at all levels, seeking out weaknesses. The courts were free. There was no pressure whatsoever put on constitutional bodies. The government itself was willing to be tied to discipline. Laws were being drafted to provide local autonomy in the spirit of decentralization, to take care of inadequate power delegation. But today all of these successes are being turned on their head.

Nothing made by humans can be without fault, and by the same token there can and will be faults in democracy as well. But among the systems of government the world has seen, democracy has the least faults. The weaknesses that crop up in the process of democratic governance tend to get addressed by the democratic process itself. This is what is so beautiful about democracy. And it was under the umbrella of democracy that we were moving on the road of tackling the challenges before society, on the road of creating a society marked by justice, freedom and equity. In terms of social security, we had established projects, corporations, foundations and development agencies working earnestly for the uplift of women, the dalit, the indigenous ethnic groups, the Madhesi communities, people in depressed regions, displaced persons, bonded labourers and other exploited categories. Consider the opportunities received by the languages of the tarai, midhill and himal regions to develop their own genius. Who can claim that the same opportunities were available during the earlier era, when the slogan was, “Eutai bhasha, eutai bhesh” (one language, one dress)?

In fact, a great transformation is happening in society. Whatever some may claim, when there was a people’s government there was a constant attempt to make “democracy” even more “democratic.” The country was taking sure strides forward. Village after village was getting lit up. Roads, electricity, water, schools, hospitals, telephone, were reaching the rural areas. People were experiencing some relief, and the living standard was going up. Statistics prove the point that poverty was on the decline. The GDP was up by five percent. The hillsides that had been denuded during the Panchayat era were once again becoming lush and green. There was a veritable revolution in the field of media. Notwithstanding the disruptions brought about by the Maoists, Nepali society was experiencing a full-scale transformation because of economic reforms, activism of civil society and the sense of empowerment amongst the population. The people from depressed regions and classes were feeling empowered, and the campaign was on to reach services to the most marginalized sections of the society. Amidst all this, at a time when we were gaining experience and correcting ourselves, why was our road blocked?

The kind of development we were promoting are not like the inventory of the king’s 100 days, where you find listed: “So many hens laid so many eggs, so many buffaloes were inseminated, so many vaccines were provided, so many persons were locked up and so many were let go.” What I say is that the king should also take responsibility for all that has happened since October 4, 2002. We, who believe in democracy, will take responsibility for the twelve years after 1990 and the eighteen months between 1959-60. The royalists should take the responsibility for the 220-22 years, the entire period after Prithvi Narayan Shah. Let us compare the two eras, and study the level of progress and regression in each. And in which era there was national betrayal. We will then also understand the sabotage that has brought the country down to its knees, and those responsible for it. The time has come to unflinchingly analyse the relative merits and demerits of democracy and monarchy.

There is talk now of rendering the press irrelevant. The attempts are underway to finish off the trade unions of civil servants and labourers. There are regressive amendments being made in the Press Act and the Civil Service Act. Exercises are underway to overturn the letter and spirit of the Constitution, through the application of ordinances in the absence of Parliament. Constitutional bodies are being rendered helpless. A royal commission on corruption control has been set up, with ill intent, to nullify the authority of the legitimate commission. The games played in filling the positions in the Election Commission and the National Human Rights Commission shed light on the true intention, which is to handicap all democratic institutions. Today, questions are being raised about the independence of the judiciary. Which authority today exercises more control, the military administration or the civilian administration? One must open one’s eyes and try to understand the direction in which this country is being pushed.

The king terms as unconstitutional the demands for the reinstatement of Parliament as the only way to bring back the Constitution derailed on October 4, 2002. Whereas the king himself is engaged in exercising the powers that are just not provided by the Constitution, is riding roughshod over the constitutional rights of the people. A king who is willing to finish off the representational system by putting even the existing Upper House in a coma for three full years likes to refer to the Constitution, even while trampling on all constitutional principles. The rampant application of Article 127, meant only for limited use to remove “difficulties” in the implementation of the Constitution, is making a mockery of the constitutional process. Where in this Constitution are there provisions for the king to get rid of prime ministers, appoint prime ministers, becoming himself the chairman of a council of ministers or appointing vice-chairmen? Who is engaged in the squashing of the Constitution, trying to convert it into a meaningless piece of paper? Is this how we are to understand the institution of constitutional monarchy?

While the attempt is to neutralize the Parliament as well as all constitutional democratic institutions, the world is being told that all this is being done to tackle Maoist terrorism and protect democracy. While this claim is being made for world consumption, in practice the Maoist issue is being used to strangle democracy. Is this how you confront terrorism, by sidelining democracy, filling the jails with all who plead for democracy, silencing the press, and demoralizing the democratic institutions? If in fact the intention was to protect democracy from terrorism, why was no effort made to have open discussions with democratic leaders, and why were the democratic governments of the past not given due cooperation? Why was there this willingness merely to watch the ramita, as if everything were a carnival?

How do we have this coincidence: on the one hand an attempt to destroy and upturn the democratic process under the pretext of tackling the Maoists, and other the other the insurgent leader Prachanda claiming back in the days of democracy that the Maoists had an “aghosit karyagat ekata” (undeclared working relationship) with the king. Was there some sense or logic in all of this? What kind of happenstance is this, that it is democracy that is targeted from both sides? If there is no conspiracy and in fact the intention is to save democracy from terrorism, then why were those very democratic minded politicians who were challenging terrorism targeted and herded into jails? Why was it necessary to make regressive amendments to the laws, and why was it necessary to destroy democratic institutions? Why was it necessary to restrict fundamental freedoms and civil rights? It is clear that the king only seeks the excuse to become an autocratic ruler. And it is for this purpose that there are different games being played and anti-people activities being organised.

All over the world, dictators destroy democracy in the name of nationalism and sacrifice the people’s rights in the name of development. But in reality, it is nationalism and national development that end up smashed. That is what has been happening here all along, the sacrifice of national interest for the sake of the regime’s self-interest, including clandestine signatures on dishonourable treaties.

Today, there is a new fashion to speak about terrorism or extremism. From the feudal rulers in the Gulf to Pakistan’s Musharraf, dictators rely on the fight against extremism to slake their own thirst for dictatorship. Today, Nepal is being made to stand in that same line-up. Those who believe in democracy are being jailed or finished off. As if to say, “The sheep with the sheep, and the goats with the goats”, the Nepali state with its altered character is being made to slide closer to countries with authoritarian systems. Our country is being distanced from the democratic world.

There tends to be an interesting collaboration between two opposing forces, those who seek to keep the people weak by keeping the state unstable, and those who try to keep the nation itself weak by keeping the politics unstable. The Nepali nation, the innocent Nepali people and the country’s democracy constantly get caught in this whirlpool, which is the invention of domestic and foreign conspiracies. This is why we have never been able to hold our head high. After all, what is the undisclosed truth behind the avatars of revolution who rise in the Himalaya with such loud reverberations, only to disappear like the morning’s dew? What, after all, is this Maobaadi “phenomena”? And what is one to make of the drama of divisions within its leadership even as we speak? What invisible hands are conducting this magic? The public is still kept in the dark regarding these games that are carried played out behind the curtain of Nepali politics. But today, the people want to know.

How long will the nation be waylaid by these games? How long will we allow ourselves to be cheated? Time and again, just when we think maybe progress is at hand, another whirlpool drags us down to the depths. Nepalis must investigate why, again and again, the path is blocked. In order to overturn this accursed history, in order to throw away the scum that has accumulated, Nepal awaits a forceful, bloodless revolution. For this, the political parties who have become agents of transformation themselves need a revolution within, for internal democracy and a change of outlook and image. The self-defeating antagonisms within the parties must also end. The dirt must be swept away.

(Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel is in jail in Damauli, Tanahun district. This article first appeared in the Kantipur daily, Tuesday, May 31, 2005.)

20 Responses to “From Jail, Paudel Hits Hard Against Autocracy”

Ganatrantra Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 11:53 am

This shows the intention of the autocrat gyanendra intention was to take handover to the satta.

kaji Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 12:02 pm

And still the political parties wonder why the people donâ??t come out in their support
At a time when there is a lot of talk about the restoration of democracy and handing back leadership to the seven party alliance, let us remind ourselves what they were up to when they were in power. How can we forget:

1. We had 15 governments in 15 years.

2. Genuine statesmen were relegated to the sidelines as party bosses clawed their way to the top.

ijak Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 12:15 pm

For these honchos, self-aggrandisement came first, the interest of the party second and national interest last.

4. Parliament was used as an arena to push personal interests not to fulfil electoral promises.

5. As soon as they came to power, party bosses started distributing posts and jobs as rewards of loyalty and not on merit.

6. They interfered with the administrative structure and politicised it so much that it became a haven for the corrupt and mediocre.

7. They paid lip service to democracy and abandoned nationalism.

8. “Democracy” became an end in itself, not linked to development.

9. Education was cynically abused through their student wings to further party interests.

10. Governance was characterised by lack of transparency and accountability.

11. State secrets were compromisedâ?? interest groups knew about cabinet decisions even before the state media announced them.

12. Nepotism, favouritism and corruption governed appointment of officials to key posts.

13. National assets were sold off at throwaway prices in the name of privatisation.

14. And how can we forget the foreign trips for medical treatment financed by the state and used for political horse-trading?

15. Parties colluded to use parliament sessions to sanction huge benefits to themselves paid by taxpayers.

16. Misleading citizens was developed into an art form. After having secretly signed the Tanakpur Treaty, it was ratified through parliament by calling it an â??agreementâ??.

17. Inconsistent utterances by the so-called democratic leaders have lent little credibility to party manifestos.

18. Parliament was abrogated time and again, with boycotts, walkouts and unruliness being the rule.

19. Despite talk of decentralisation, politics became even more capital centric, distancing elected leaders even further from the people.

20. Movement on social reform was so slow as to be imperceptible.

21. The proportion of higher castes in the civil service actually grew.

22. Frequent government change brought wild swings in policy and lack of continuity discouraging investors and partners.

23. Although corruption was democratised, top leaders were up to their necks in scandals: Dhamija, Lauda, Chase Air, China Southwest, Melamchi, Bakra Irrigation, teacher appointments.

24. Charge sheeted colleagues were given protection from the CIAA by political leaders in power.

25. When corruption became an issue it was turned into political vendetta and a witch hunt.

26. Democratic parties lacked internal democracy and sycophancy thrived. Dissenters were cast out into the wilderness.

27. Leaders even announced mid-term elections at the hint of opposition within the party, in the hope of garnering absolute majority.

28. Misusing state machinery to influence election results became the order of the day.

29. The police was politicised for electoral gain and political vengeance.

30. The use of criminal gangs for political activities elevated common thugs to the status of political figures.

31. Protests and bandas were the order of the day and were conducted with scant regard to inconvenience to the general public, the national economy and development.

32. The culture of political protests deteriorated into paralysing the education system, punishing the people to get back at political opponents in government.

33. Leaders who wantonly violated human rights, press freedom and civil liberties with impunity while in power talked of â??grand designâ??, â??regressionâ?? when out of it.

34. While in power they called the Maoists â??terroristsâ?? and tried to subdue them with force, but the moment they were out of power the same leaders didnâ??t hesitate to travel to India to meet senior Maoists.

35. When crackdowns were carried out, they were brutal and counterproductive, eg: Operation Kilo Sierra 2.

36. Political leaders are now trying to return to power on the back of foreign powers and donors rather than popular support. One has even gone to New Delhi to ask donors to stop aid to Nepal.

37. If that doesnâ??t work, they want to spark off a street unrest.

38. If that doesnâ??t work they are willing to come to power through the grace of His Majesty.

39. Every action of King Gyanendraâ??s is being labelled unconstitutional even though their demand of revival of parliament is even more unconstitutional.

40. After all this, the parties can only come up with a ragtag agreement promising peace and good governance in vague generalities. And still they wonder why there is no popular support for their anti-king agitation Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 12:27 pm
Now the Nepalis have the opportunity to “define” DEMOCRACY as well as MONARCHY….

In the 50’s, after the 1ST DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION took a step toward democracy, the King decided that DEMOCRACY was not doing what the people or the Monarchy thought in the best interest of the people and Democracy was ended.

After much struggle led by the now aging leaders of the major parties, Democracy was restored in the 2ND REVOLUTION of 1990.
Now in 2005, many would argue before, the King again hoping to take advantage of the peoples’ disatification with the PERCIEVED CORRUPTION OF MANY PARTY LEADERS and OFFICIALS, suspended the democratic gains of the 1990-revolution.

The King now finds the Maoists at the door of Kathmandu, a government that will soon be without money for public-works, civil-workers, and the armed Police and Army.

The Monarchy also failed to see that the Democratic Parties would fight for a 3RD DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION..
If the Monarcy is to survive in any capacity and not like so many Kings, be thrown on the scrap-heap-of-history…. The King must stop his Feudal blunders and JOIN THE 3RD. DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION and INVITE THE MAOISTS TO THE PEACE TABLE !!


Raj Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 2:55 pm

Kaji, how many governments were there in the last two years (since gyan. took control of the people: lok., surya, deuba, kg..)? i think kG should be praised for producing the highest rate of primministers in the world: one priminister every six months marvellous record! i think KG’s rate of the change of PM should be grater than his rate of diappearance of the people. the world should not call nepal the land of disappearance. Nepal should be known as the “land of KG’s PMs” (not the “land of disappearnce.

Raj Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 4:26 pm
If these stuped corrupt politician and their hooligans student think they can fool nepali again they will get a are more fools then the nepali thought. They will be liched in street my people. These tretor politician and their hooligan student shoud be kicked out to India where they belong

Ramesh Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 4:29 pm
Ramchandra Paudel had never in his life done a honest day work, he has all his life lived off by public donetion. And sone fools are talking about hin articel and some are puting them in blog. theis guys are all crazy.

Thito Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 5:00 pm
Well said Raj, Politicans without having enough experience of handling Country will lead to nowhere. Now at least there is a king to rescue, imagine again we got democracy which is handled by politicans who themselves in reality are not adequately trained and much of the time keep themselves busy in fighting each other, only ‘Jana Gana Mana’ will be there to take care of them if KING is not in NEPAL . In my opinion in such a case Nepali Politicans will become POPPET of INDIA and I am readey to BET on this.

Tribal King Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 5:31 pm
When these people had time, they did nothing but enrich themselves. That is the reason why nobody trusts these people and no one believes in their crocodile tears. Serves these bastards right…keep on crying, lamenting about your stupid dreams turned sour…You had 20 million Nepalese in detention with your useless rhetoric and no work for 15 years and its your turn now to feel the heat…Best of luck and Happy Detention

Samjhana Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 8:25 pm
This fellow who was made deputy prime minister and home minister did nothing to reslve the problem facing the nation. Actually, it was people like Poudel who are largely responsible for the state of the country today. Now, he writes articles. I bet, this is written by his secretary not by him.

Aniruddha Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 10:22 pm
I would like to thank dear Manisha for your interview in The Rising Nepal.Plz give some suggestion to Bihari Babu Udit Narayan Jha who has forgotten his nationality. Who use to say his native place is Bihar India.

Haude Says:

June 1st, 2005 at 2:07 am
“Kaji, how many governments were there in the last two years (since gyan. took control of the people: lok., surya, deuba, kg..)? i think kG should be praised for producing the highest rate of primministers in the world: one priminister every six months!!”….

Raj you imbecile pig! Which world do you live in? Get your facts right. Its only been 4 months since KG took over, and you are already confused just like this Poudel guy.

Prasanna Says:

June 1st, 2005 at 6:10 am
Everybody should understand that the kings and his feudal lackeys are the principal hurdles to Nepal’s progress and development. In advanced conuntries , these feudalistic institutions were thrown into the dustbin long ago and then only those countries could progress.

Paudel has ultimately got understanding that the cursed history should be revursed. That is good. We hope it would be in a bloodless way. But symptoms show something omnious.

Politicians who were indulged in profit making should also sweep through the revolution.

Down to feudal autocratic monarchy….
Long Live Republic of Nepal

In France people vote in refrendum. So is being done in the civilised Europe. Why not in Nepal. There must be choice to people to make their own disteny. Let them own their own soverignty. Let them decide what kind of the constitution they want. Let them choose the leaders they want. Let them control the armed forces.

There must not be compromise in that issue. The king, Girija or Prachanda should not decide our fate. Those who say constituent assembly are most democratic , whoever they are.

There is nothing two or three pillars in Nepal. There must be singular pillar which is but the will of Nepalese. They must be empowered to choose their own leaders.

That is basic fundamental of democracy. Everything else is but a complete illusion.

haude Says:

June 1st, 2005 at 12:55 pm
The past 15 years have clearly shown that in the hands of wrong people democracy serves no purpose, and becomes the means for exploiting the people. With a population that is less than 40% literate, and when half of these people do not understand what it means to be empowered, and to add to that, have 90% of the so called leaders who are dishonest, visionless and have no clue what they are doing…what the country really needs at this hour is someone who can lead and is willing to make an effort to run a “functional” government. A person who is willing to put the nation’s interest before him or his party. Given that democracy is here to stay, and for the last 10 years or so, Maobadhi movement has only grown stronger under our so called “democratic system”, I think the choice is pretty simple on how to eventually have a functional democratic system: Let Moabadhi come to power and indoctrinate all of us in a dead philosophy for a decade or so, OR give Gyane a chance. Sooner you fuckers realize this, the better off you all are! At this moment to support democracy is to support all the corrupt politicians like Girja and eventually let Moabadhi overrun the nation. I find it ironic that these same people who advocate democracy are not willing to let go of their leadership positions within the party for a better, younger and more able candidate. People like Girja has been president of the NC for how long? Clearly, there is something fundamentally wrong with our democratic system when they don’t practice what they preach. As for waiting for democracy to correct itself, 15 years is long enough and with my dear comrade knocking at my door with a gun in his hand, I think pretty soon it will be late to even have Gyane as an option.

sameer Says:

June 1st, 2005 at 3:37 pm
Ok, under current context here are two possible scenarios that we must deal with in the future: authoritarian autocratic rule under KG and his croonies or authoritarian communist rule under Prachanda. Unless the politicians are able to garner popular support like they did in chayalis saal, the country is heading towards one of the above. Personally, since I love this country and want to spend the rest of my life here, I want to see the politicians do something constructive for a change. Let R.C. Poudel speak out. Let G.P. Koirala speak out. Let Ma.Ku.Ne speak out. I have been saying this earlier and I repeat- I’d much rather have an option to speak out than be forced to live in complete silence, helpless to do anything but watch and suffer. With KG and Maoists thats all we will be able to do- watch and suffer.

NIrman Says:

June 2nd, 2005 at 2:09 pm
Who the hell is Ram Chandra Poudel that we are giving him so much of publicity? How many Working Committee members does he have in the Nepali Congress? Only 1 and that is his own. ha! ha! ha!

Sajan Says:

June 2nd, 2005 at 2:12 pm
This fellow- poudel is a great liar. He used to do chakari of King Birendra to visit his constituency during election time. He hoped that by taking the popular king to Tanahuan, he would win people’s hearts. But the King refused seeing the political dimension of it. Now, he talks all nonsense of the late King since he is not alive. These kind of sub-standard leaders are responsible for the predicament of democracy in the country today.

Ava Says:

June 2nd, 2005 at 3:36 pm
RP was slapped by Golche Sharkee and then his good luck started, this guy has not done a good day work all this life and some guys are trying to make hero out of him

narhari Says:

June 21st, 2005 at 1:07 pm
Ram Chandra Paudel states an incidence which reclaims that current KG is also not liking to proceed that matter ahead. Here in his CoM there are people from the otulawed Panchyat. But KG is trying to revoke ths system and procedure his fatehr followed. Hence, let us revoke our own history of sat sal say chhayalis sal


A Spectacular Show Turned Into a Sour Event: Are all poets so royal?

By Dinesh Wagle on May 30th, 2005 in Wagle Monologues

Why Madhav Prasad Ghimire stands on airport in a rainy day and why Jana Kavi Keshari gives such a royalist speech on a musical program?

My today was drastically different from my usual routine. Well, what did I do? Nothing. That is why it was my different day. I do not usually stay in home whole day. For that either I have to have serious illness or..or I don’t remember the last time I stayed in home whole day. I have been suffering from tonsils related problems for the last two weeks. Yes, that made me stay in my house for straight four days in the beginning of the last week. But then I started my daily routine with taking antibiotic capsules and Febrex Plus and other one for cough related problems. No sign of improvement even after 10 days. That is why I decided to stay in home, sleepingâ?¦sleepingâ?¦watching TV (four movies on HBO, Cinemax and STAR Movies), sleeping, occasionally checking emails, and, I could not stop myself from, typing these lines.

Being away from news is an experience of its own. I read an article about this experience in Outlook a few months ago and Deepak talks frequently about that article at tea times. The only ‘news’ I read today was the press release of the Directorate of Public Relations at the Royal Nepal Army that claimed, on the first point, about four ‘terrorists’ being killed in the latest offensive security forces in Berthahaw area of Sarlahi district on Jestha 15. Overall, I lived today in nostalgia, nostalgia of yesterday, the day before yesterday and the last week.

Last week, I was in all those pro-democracy demonstrations despite my throat problems. I was determined to experience People’s Movement live. Life is shot, so I think, I should enjoy it to the fullest. Being in those movements was my passion, my heartily desire. I could not ignore them.

Saturday was yet another good and apolitical day. Well, was that really apolitical, I am wondering now. I went to see one of the biggest musical events of the year: Image Music Awards. Talked with couple of singers and musicians. Wanted to make a feature out of the event, but could not write more than what happened. I mean that was a plain reporting of the events. I still have a plan of doing one feature about Nepali music.

Mind boggling show of 1974 AD, Nepal’s one of the finest international class rock band was the hallmark of the event. “Guras fulyo banaima” WowW I can’t forget that song. I also appreciated Sindhu Malla with her remix “Jhaljhali Aankha Ma..” Coming from the lok (folk) musical background (Sasurali Maa), he pop debut (album ‘Khaa?’) has become fairly successful. Folk singers are considered second grade singers in elite-dominated Nepali pop-rock musical field. Sindhu has given a strong slap to those who think folk singers cannot sing other genres of songs well. I felt that she was feeling a bit nervous singing in front of a hall full of crowd at BICC that was being broadcasted live over Nepal Television, Image Channel and Image FM.

It is good that Nepali music is moving forward with time. New artists are coming up with brand new ideas. New genre of songs are being introduced to Nepali public. I mean, Lok (folk) to Sugam (modern) to Pop to Rock to Hiphop toâ?¦.I can’t name them all. Compared to film industry (Kollywood), Nepali music industry is vibrant, sophisticated and appreciated by all the spectrums of Nepali society. Everyone listens a song by Nabin K Bhattarai or Sugam Pokharel or Ani Choying Dolma or Udit Narayan. But not everyone watches films of Rajesh Hamal or Bipana Thapa or Shree Krishna Shrestha.

One example could be myself. In fact, Devendra (Bhattarai) and I planned to go for Dui Kinara (Two Banks), a feature film directed by Tulsi Ghimire, one of the greatest cine personality Nepali has ever produced. His Darpan Chhaya was suprehit without seeing by, for example, myself. The Dui Kinara plan couldn’t materialize today. May be tomorrow, I am not sure.

Each year, Nepali music industry experiences two big award shows: Image and Hits award. Last year, there were no Cine awards at all. This year, state machinery Nepal Film Development Board is gearing up for the first National Film Award. But I think these kind of programs should come out from private sector. Government can’t/shouldn’t do everything.

Anyway, the show was going on as per my expectations. Awards were being distributed. Very good songs were being presented to the audiences. Jana Kabi Keshari Dharma Raj Thapa, poet and the man who sang Hariyo Dada Mathiâ?¦Halo Jotne Saathi..was awarded with the Life Time Achievement Award. Good. He deserved that. But I was stunned by what he said while accepting the award and that made me get out of the hall abandoning opportunity to see the announcement of other important awards including best song of the year, best album of the year and best singer (male and female) of the year.

Anyone can achieve success by doing what you do with full dedication,” Jana Kavi (People’s Poet) said. He also talked about his long musical and poetic journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu. And in the middle of the speech, he lost his senses, I felt so, and started scrambling about politics. “What his majesty did in Magh 19 (Feb 1) was the absolutely right and fantastic,” poet said, “Now, I feel we can live safely.” I stopped noting down his quotes. I was shocked, to be frank. Couple of fools in the hall started clapping. I feel like that was not my place. I felt like, what the hell I am doing here? I thought I was there to report a musical event, to the ‘Kala ra Shailee’ (last page) of Kantipur. But this guy is talking about ultra-radical politics. At the age of late 80s, what this guy is trying to get from the king?

To be honest, I still appreciate his literally and musical contribution to this nation. But the mercury of my personal respect to his man dipped so low that now I have to look downward to see the level. I got out of the hall, and later in the office, talked about the Jana Kabi Keshari speech with Devendra.

“Ya, what is happening with these Kavis?” he responed. “Last time I was Madhave Prasad Ghimire waiting for the king’s arrival in the international airport standing and soaking in the rain. I don’t know what he expects at 80s.” Then Sudeep (Shrestha) added, Cine artists were the first to demonstrate supporting October royal move. “They are such an opportunists,” he observed.

Every fool has right to support the autocratic moves anywhere in the world. But why the hell Jana Kavi Kehsari Dharma Raj Thapa and Kavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire needed to do so? Was Thapa paying his gratitude to king Mahendra who gave him that title by supporting the autocracy of this king? Was Ghimire paying his gratitude for his title “Rastra Kavi”? Well, if they are doing so they are dead wrong. They didnâ??t get those envious and prestigious titles from kings. They get those from people because they deserved those titles.

People like Thapa and Ghimire are already the shining diamond of this nation because of their contribution to the society. They are already respectable and ‘bigger’ than any kings or Prime Ministers. Every child of this nation knows and appreciates their work (especially that of Ghimire). I think they do not have to be ‘bhats’ of some particular personalities.

Literary figures can have great impact over society. Writers have always played important roles in society in the world. Even in Nepal, Adi Kavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya expressed his dissatisfaction of “bholi prabritti” (saying tomorrow for making decisions) via his poems. Mahakavi Devkota has used his poems for free Nepali society. There are so many other progressive literary figures that we can be proud of.

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10 Responses to “A Spectacular Show Turned Into a Sour Event”

chinta Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 1:13 am

Re Madhav Ghimire,

Come on, he is 80. He grew up at the time when king was the ‘greatest’ god in the earth. He never opposed any king. But he , so far to my knowledge, also never made any political statement. Whoever is in power, he doesn’t want to enrage them.

For Dharma Raj Thapa, I honestly don’t know what the fuss is about. The man was always Mahendra’s pointman. Let him say what he thinks is right. I am a republican, but I think the fella has a right to support this regime as much as he wants. Let him have the cake and eat it while he can. He will definitely have heart attack when the nation changes for good.

Chankhe Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 10:23 am

Poets are not politicians. So, lets not bug them.

anita Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 10:29 am

KG is both a poltician and a poet!! Or is he neither?

senile Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 12:18 pm
Please don’t hurt the sentiments of an old man.

saprem Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 1:01 pm
Remember that our crown prince P also wrote (at least) one poem. He is a rastrabadi poet like mahendra, chandani, g shah etc. So, poets’ and kings’ heart must have some resemblence, right? Wagle, it’s your fault to differentiate between politicians and poets? They are the same. long live paras. long live g shah and m shah. hope to see you all in hell.

ujwal Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 2:54 pm
I was too surprised listening to those words of the old man which made me change the channel. These honoured mans should not make such statements. They get a blow when democracy wins and autocracy fails despite of their nonsense quotes.

Bichara Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 4:11 pm
its good comment hai dineshji, They always write like DEURALIMAA RAAJA BHETIYO CHAUTARIMAA RANI BHETIYO


bcreative Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 5:31 pm
“……………….what this guy is trying to get from the king?

To be honest, I still appreciate his literally and musical contribution to this nation. But the mercury of my personal respect to his man dipped so low that now I have to look downward to see the level. ……….”

Not alll people have motive and expectations. whats wrong with 80 year old person expressing what he feels. he has contributed to nepal much more than you will ever do……

hey champ.. look at yourself in the mirror.. most users on this site have much less respect for you than him… their feedbacks are the proof…..

shanker Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 9:18 pm
we can certainly disagree with the maha kavi, but come one…lets not insult him by calling him a fool.

watcher Says:

June 1st, 2005 at 3:26 am
bcreative, u r the person to turn this site into a garbage. u r the person posting garbage under different names…shame on u.

Q: Why I am Not Balanced? A: Tell Me Who is Balanced.

By Dinesh Wagle on May 29th, 2005 in Wagle Monologues

Some words on ABC of Nepal’s Journalism

When I was in college, teachers tirelessly repeated in the classes what was written in the books: Journalism is all about ABC. Yes, so simple, teachers said, it is all about ABC: Accuracy, Balance and Credibility. While in IA, I fully believed my teachers and blindly followed the books. While writing ‘trial’ news for practical lessons, I tried to follow as much the ABC formula as possible. After giving final exam of IA, at the very beginning of 1998, I joined Tarun Weekly, a pro-Nepali Congress (and to be more specific pro-Sher Bahadur Deuba within Nepali Congress) weekly as a trainee reporter. My first ever story (about plight of foreign tourists in Kathmandu and Pokhara) made the front page of the tabloid. Then I did some features about lesbians, about other couple of topics. Editors of the weekly were so impressed by my performance that they hired me as a staff reporter at the end of the first month. I bought a pair of Hi-tech shoes from my entire salary of one month: Rs. 2000.

Yes, I started my journalism career with a blast. Good stories, good placement, and a little amount of satisfaction. But from the very beginning, from the very first story, my belief toward the very basic theory of journalism trembled. Accuracy was there, Credibility was there, I can claim but not balance. If a story is accurate, that must be credible, not doubt on that. But the same cannot be claimed about the balance. If balance means, books and teachers say, including both contesting side’s version in the story, then I think there is no balanced journalism.

Tourists complained me in Thamel that they were very much harassed by local band of boys and girls who try to sell them, in the words of a tourist, “almost all things that are available under the Sun.” And this American was telling truth. I saw him being harassed. I talked to the seller and he flatly denied that he was harassing a tourist. “I am doing my job,” he replied. I think my story was not balanced because I clearly claimed that tourists were being harassed by local sellers.

I did very few political stories but anyone can imagine that almost all of them were unbalanced because the weekly paper itself was not balanced especially for its political inclination. In fact, at that time, no paper was balanced. Everyone thought Kantipur or some other dailies were balanced a bit but I do not believe. I have reasons. And now I think there is nothing like balanced journalism as such. Not even New York Times, arguably the world’s best daily newspaper, is balanced. One side in the story always feels neglected, sidelined, or marginalized. Balance in journalism is all about perspective. And perspectives of two persons might not be same.

Do western media give equal space to Chinese garment factory owners in their stories when they do story about job loss in the US? Suppose BBC reports about human rights violations in China. Will Beijing ever think that the story was balanced? Are Al Jazeera coverage balanced? Israel thinks this Quarter-based channel as the mouthpiece of Osama Bin Laden and Arabs take it as a propaganda arms of CIA. So, for me, it is all about perspective: How a reporter sees an event that he/she is covering in his/her media.

The coverage of Iraq war on CCTV9 (China Central Television 9) was different than that of CNN. Whose story is balanced? Both channel reported, in almost all cases, accurately. Both channels were, in a sense, credible. But about balance? Did Iraqi Information Minister get same airtime as Cent COM Generals?

Let me again talk about Nepali journalism. There is no freedom of expression here. Media are censored, indirectly. Most of them are forced to self censor. So, at a time when A and C are under threat, B becomes totally irrelevant. Journalists know that there is no future in this regime. They know they will die if this regime becomes stronger and continues for long period. They know that People’s Daily does not cover HR violations in China in a balanced way. They know that if this regime continues, they will be forced to be come PR if now closed down. So, why utter those phony talks about balanced reporting? What do you mean by balanced coverage at a time of death?

Yes, I still believe that in free societies, professionally (again, no one is 100 percent professional) run organizations give somewhat balanced coverage to their audience. If there is a Congress government, UML might get equal space in Kantipur or the Himalayan Times. Or NC may get equal coverage in papers like that if UML is in the government. That is possible because in such scenario there is no threat of any kind to the smooth functioning of independent media.

But at this time? In this situation? Media are struggling for their existence. How could they make their reporting balanced? Will you give equal respect to your possible killer and your parents? Nepali media is facing these questions. So, I think I am not balanced with I report about democracy and autocracy. I am strongly for democracy and strongly denounce any forms and faces of autocracy. There is simply no questions of balance in the coverage. But A and C will/should still be there.

A few days ago, I was invited for a lecture on Communication and Mass Communication by a private media training institute. I told them what I read in the class room and what I saw in the newsroom. Class rooms of IA and BA in RR and Newsrooms of Tarun, Bimarsha Weekly, the Kathmandu Post daily, Nepal Fortnightly (and later weekly) and now in Kantipur daily, and how could I forget, the cyber newsroom of UWB. Class rooms and Newsrooms are very much different world.

Yes, I can be somewhat balanced (again, that is all about perspective, let me repeat) while covering parliamentary elections because for me, as a professional journalist, there is no different between the victory of NC or UML or any other constitutional and democratic party for that matter. Yes, I can be ‘balanced’ while covering elections. But when it comes choosing between democracy and autocracy, my Kitta is crystal clear: I am for democracy and cannot promote autocracy. If I have to do so, I would rather leave journalism and go to the streets shouting slogans.

And I cannot even imagine promoting autocracy in this site. Here I do not get any payments; I pay for what I write- for that server space. It is about my passion. And of course, A and C will always be there my writings, at least I try my best for these two things. I know very well, without A and C there is no D (inesh). I can ignore B but not A and C. But, I also know, no human being is perfect. That is why I always visit Correction section of New York Times.

8 Responses to “Q: Why I am Not Balanced? A: Tell Me Who is Balanced.”

Upadhyaya Says:
May 30th, 2005 at 5:18 am

Why everybody should do Politics? Here is Mathura P. Shrestha:

Politics is all about and around peoples. It is also a principle domain of peoples. People shape politics and its courses and politics in turn the livings and environment of and around people. Politics is central to all peoples and countries. For the same reason politics becomes vulnerable at the hand of dominating exploiters. Similarly all things related to people particularly those determining human living become vulnerable. Thus land, labor and means of productions, created and accumulated wealth, knowledge, social norms, entitlements, languages and culture are deliberate targets for concentrated ownership and monopoly. It is not surprising that people are taught or encouraged to hate and refrain from politics. A few dominant groups want politics reserved for themselves unchallenged. They want to make politics their Jamindari. Therefore the rulers or dominating cliques, emperors, kings, imperialists, colonialists and even leaders of bourgeois political parties, actively and aggressively discourage others â?? the workers, peasants, teachers, other professionals, students, women and common people â?? to invest their interests and time on politics. Fewer the interests in politics better for the bad guys in a country to monopolize it and use it for their selfish ends. For that reason the exploiting class tends to dissociate people from politics. In addition, they force the people to bear the burden of their speculations, manipulations, misinterpretations and mystification of politics. They dose the politics heavily with their propaganda and hypes. The ruling cliques entice the people to be lost in provided political environments and in rat-race for money and comforts. Thus people are forced to remain addicted to their habitual and fatalistic livings.

If a corrupt person is being booked, he tends to say, â??Some played politics against himâ??, as if politics was bad commodity. Similarly, some hired or covertly motivated high bureaucrats, professionals or models too often don (sometimes even without asking) their adages like, â??I hate politicsâ?? or â??I am not interested in politicsâ?? etc., etc. The saying is well encouraged as is aggressive marketing of junk foods or drinks, tobacco products etc. I take these as anomalies conditioned to standard or desired reflexes or symptoms of drunken stupefaction related to skewed perceptions. Aldoux Huxley sketched such personalities as wearing Malthus-belt that make them produce standardized babies, and themselves to have been programmed to â??prescribed thinking and behavingâ??.

There can’t be a democracy in a country, for sure, if the peoples of that country, one and all, do not participate in politics and social domain of the country actively and consciously. If politics of a country is left only in the hands of ruling and exploiting masters and leaders then the country deviate to dictatorship or autocracy. Even a country claiming to be democratic becomes reduced to namesake. It develops several abnormal traits. Similarly a country without participatory democracy falls pray to many crimes, corruptions, inequity and loss of human rights and values. Even health and educational status will remain lowered. Kerala is one of the poorest states of India. But it has highest health and education status among Indian states because of highest level of political participation by the people. Many infer that the high health status is related to high education status. But high education as well as health status is related to higher political participation by the people.

In Nepal, the government, now unconstitutional, discourages the people from politics. It is misusing state-owned media for the purpose. For the same the government is using draconian censorship to all information, media points in order to gag people and Nepali consciousness. On the top of that it has unconstitutionally drafted reactionary â??press lawâ?? to block all credible information and pollute Nepali consciousness.

The new NHRC is at last constituted but shamelessly and unconstitutionally. The motive is obvious. It wants no one to raise fingers to its dirtiest possible human rights records. I am surprised how and why the nominated members of new NHRC fell pray to tarnish their personalities. They may have own compulsions and temptations. I do not condemn them. I do not have time to waste. But I appeal all people, human rights organizations, civil societies, INGOs, political parties and the people to ignore it totally or boycott it. Disserving bodies should best be unrecognized.

Today too one media centre is ordered to cease without any reason and without any legal basis. The centre is not only of a few owners who have invested millions of Rupees, lifelong savings of some, but also resource for trusts and information of the people all over Nepal. Hundreds of people are employed providing best possible services and as expected by the people. Such nonsense closure by force happens only in a kingdom of despots and tyrants. However I am encouraged and happy to hear that the management decided to ignore the order and will continue to inform the people. I hope they will disregard all censorships and threats. I also appeal all journalists and media organizations to take side of the people, united 7 political parties now waging struggling for democracy and common sense. I thank Nepal Bar Association, Federation of Nepalese Journalists, and other human rights organizations and civil societies to agitate for democracy. Together we certainly can make this unconstitutional government a real paper-tiger. We need to through it into a dirtiest possible dustbin of our history. In political struggle the people and just causes always win and regressive and reactionary forces always loose. We need to only to be bold and free from fear. The voices of people are stronger than bombs or bullets. (�नता�� ब�ल� ��ल� भन�दा ठ�ल� ह�न��).

I hope the political parties will not fall trap of so called â??unity between the king and partiesâ??. They should take our history as mirror. King always betrayed the people and parties. The so called complex of â??conjoined neck of the king and partiesâ?? is a stupid illusion. The act if commissioned the royalty will draw almost all blood of political parties to transmute the former into a dangerous devil or Satan. The devil then will haunt not only party leaders but also civilians within and outside Nepal. The Satan will leave nothing in Nepal for us to be proud of.

kaji Says:
May 30th, 2005 at 12:47 pm

Yes, they lick the shoes of corrupt politicians, who pay them with the very money robbed from thse contmptible grovelling sholickers.
You’re a disgrace to the educated world

ex-journo Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 2:05 pm
i do agree with the comments posted over here…yellow journalism is very very rampant…from the likes of rush limbaugh to “respected” journalist at The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur daily….. we all know that gorkhapatra is state mouth-piece and is blatantly miguiding….however other private newspaper arent better either….take for example kantipur publication and television……the way it facilitated during JP Gupta’s tenure as minister is obvious……mr sirohiya was even implicated..(later on he was exonerated by the courty but we all know the fact).. at that time both the editorial team of TKP and the kantipur daily were “castrated”…

repeatedly…kantipur and TKP avoid news items tht could have serve public intersts… i appreciate ppl like gunaraj luitel but other need to show some “balls”…

Rekha Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 7:41 pm
Mr. Wagle why don’t The Himalayan Times resort to yellow journalism but only your kantiour and Kathmandu Post do that? Isn’t it because of reporters like you who have nothing else but to go to the streets after getting kicked out from Kantipur publications?

b Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 10:19 am
I ask you one more question. I do not think your site posses other basics of Journalism, which includes Accuracy, and Credibility.

As I am not a journalist, I am not and expertise in Journalism, but I think I have basic knowledge and understanding. You might be a very experienced journalist with few awards under your belts, but it might be bit naïve to self proclaim yourself to be accurate and credible.

I do not think the articles you publish are very accurate. Most of the articles in your site are focused on defaming Monarchy. I have not seen any articles in your site that talks about the deeds your so-called democratic leaders, which were not ethically right and which brought their downfall.

How can you claim yourself a credible and accurate journalist when you cannot see the wrong deeds your so-called democratic leaders did in the last fifteen years.

I regularly visit your site and most of the time I rely on your users feedback on the accuracy of the information. At times, I don’t even read the articles and just read what the users have to say. Nothing against you just my opinion

I think you might be doing a great job to send your message across, but I do not think you can claim yourself to be accurate and credible.

“…Let me again talk about Nepali journalism. There is no freedom of expression here. Media are censored, indirectly. Most of them are forced to self censor. So, at a time when A and C are under threat, B becomes totally irrelevant…..”

Well, now you talk about censorship… Why donâ??t you also say that few years back it was not censored but bribed and bought. Yellow journalism, journalist was bribed, your expressed what your leaders asked you to publish. And ex-journo has given few good examples. Now when the government is controlling all this you call it censorship.

Freedom of speech and press is not about writing whatever you want to write. There are certain ethics and rules which needs to be followed. Defaming others doesnâ??t make a journalist accurate, balanced and credible.

anita Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 11:20 am
b, how this blogsite defame monarcy. i also visit this web-site. i know wagle is biased to democracy? but can you give some examples of how this defames monarchy? please give some examples or have little pateince what others say about monarchy in nepal.

jhyapulle Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 1:36 pm
jhyapulle visits this site in search of some ‘censored’ contents of today’s media but is often disappointed. the bloggers are busy ‘self-censoring’ (which to jhyap is more dagnerous than the censor itself) and at times censor the content of the commentators. however even then jyap comes to this site and read the ‘comments’ as it gives him a rare opportunity to laugh, otherwise in these hard times jhyap could hardly laugh.

some threaten of not visiting this site if there is no change in content (ie if it doesn’t become staunch royalists like gorkhapatra). who cares? isn’t that a joke? or is it rather a farce.

the other guy charges this site as defaming the monarchy. jhyapulle attahas garikan haschha: to be defamed shouldn’t one have ‘fame’? or how could one defame the already defamed?

and there is another harvard sah who doesn’t want to embarass the readers by posting his very long bio. hahahahihi

there is yet another rjp who writes at least a dozen comments with the same content but different combination of words and in different names (eg the first joke above).

Harke Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 1:57 pm

jhyapulle, kya bat Guru!!

State-friendly Textbooks and Other Versions of Truth

By Vishnu Basnet on May 29th, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff

Is Nepal adopting ‘personality-cult’ oriented education system?

Nepali textbooks are being changed to fit the interest of particular persons and families. Is that okay for the future of Nepal?

Take the truism â??Knowledge is Powerâ??, and turn it on its head. It becomes â??Power is Knowledgeâ??. The latter is truer than the former, according to the French scholar Michael Foucault. Truth and Power are complimentary to each other. To be powerful you need to impose your idea of the right, or the true, on the majority. Intimidation, torture and killing are not sufficient to control people. Dictators try to impose, by hook or crook, their own brand of truth on people to legitimize their rule. From truth comes real power. Now what the self-appointed guardians of nationalism in Nepal are up to is introduce new school-textbooks, by means of which they will create their own version of truth, impose it on the people and become powerful. They plan to turn the students into mental slaves rather than freethinkers.

A few weeks ago, UWB reported about changes in school textbooks in Nepal and new pictures of royal family being added in the books. Last week, the government formed an eleven-member committee for the preparation of drafts of the new school-textbooks. The committee has received an instruction, which states that the motto of these new textbooks is to make education â??state-friendlyâ??. Confusion here is with the term â??state-friendlyâ??. In all its likelihood, the â??state-friendlyâ?? education will unnecessarily teach students to extol the unwanted virtues of one particular family and caste, and whitewash the already-tarnished images of some people. There will be pictures of King, Queen, Crown Prince and Crown Princess in these new textbooks. It will spread the regimeâ??s ideology and impose false conscience on the people.

Instead of introducing an education system that can be friendly to the overall Nepali society and democracy, the government is coming up with personality-oriented books under the â??nationalisticâ?? cover. This kind of education system can’t and won’t make our children nationalistic but they will be obeisance to the autocratic regime. The chapters on multi-party democracy and its fighters, it is expected, will be removed. Autocratic Panchayet system will again be termed as a system suitable for Nepali environment. In fact, authorities have already issued verbal orders not to teach some chapters of books like social science that deal with Panchayat system. And, students will be taught the lesson of â??one language, one nationâ??.

This clearly indicates that the direct rule of the king will not come to an end within three years. King needs three years not to bring the country back to normalcy, but dismantle all the democratic structures that have been set up in twelve years. See, the regime gags the media like Stalin and creates an illusion of peace. They are also creating illusion that nationalism is synonymous with the regime.

There is also â??Hindutvaâ?? to support the regime. It is evident in the remark of Bharat Keshar Singha, an honorary ADC to the King, that a Hindu king had no need to follow a constitution as he was bound by higher norms of his religion. Now, you can understand why they honored the king as HINDU SAMRAT. They are dangerously politicizing religion to legitimize their rule. They want to rule the nation by giving people false information and notions. The sad and funny fact is that these people are keeping the King himself in the dark.

Efforts to brain washing the innocent children will have lasting consequences. That will lead to the absence of independent imagination, vibrancy and pluralism in the society.

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12 Responses to “State-friendly Textbooks and Other Versions of Truth”

jhyapulle Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 4:58 pm
vishnu: you quoted fu-ko. but, jhyap’s wondering, if the statement (or conclusion?): “The sad and funny fact is that these people are keeping the King himself in the dark” makes the fu-ko-quote redundant or vice-versa.

jhyap wants to be fully assured and requests you to help her by answering the quo: do you really believe that g shah is being kept in dark and is led by the sycophants in wrong direction?

jhyap thinks the other way round. ie sycophants say what the mailk wants to hear. they gauge the mood, idea, vision or whatever of the malik and do accordingly. jhyap wonders if tail wags dog. or is it the dog that wags tail. you seems to suggest the first. pls help jhyap in understanding you.

Vishnu Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 5:47 pm
Jhyapulleji, reality has been reversed. It is not that King has no desire to rule the country directly ( I agree with your metaphor). But the role of the sycophants has become greater nowadays.
It may be redundant to quaote Fu-Ku. But what I mean here is that these sycophants are circulating a new discourse in the country which will, they think, draw public support. Second, they are giving boost to the confidence of the king by their frequent assurances that King has enough public support. These sycophants are more royalist than the royal himself. They have become real hurdles for the democratization of Nepal. I dont mean that king is innocent.

Raksha Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 9:55 pm
Now, this blog site has nothing more to offer to the readers. This is an old, old, old news. Just close down the site, its becoming boring, useless, increasingly biased and worthless. I will now never come to this site again. Bye Bye!!

suraksha Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 10:07 pm
Bye Raksha, truth is not only bitter, it bites. Who loves truth???

amused Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 1:12 am
hamro yuvaraj ta kya kartoon hai photo ma? Baru tyo golf kheldako photo rakhe huneni.

Rekha Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 7:33 pm
If Rakshya’s departure from the site is a reminder to Mr. Dinesh Wagle, he better change the content, style of presentation of this blog site soon otherwise it will pass on to oblivion.

suraksha Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 7:49 pm
See you Rekha too. Let’s meet when KG brings back Panchyat…when we will have peace and posterity like during those old days.

The sooner royalists bugs leave this site or any public forums, the better for the country and people (not for the king).

raj Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 11:20 pm
why woman are so supportive to king? and forget all senses?

anita Says:

May 31st, 2005 at 12:49 pm
Raj, ask your sister or wife or mother.

raj Says:

June 5th, 2005 at 11:50 am
anita, they are far from kathmandu and working on farm! not lucky as
u r

anita Says:

June 5th, 2005 at 12:17 pm
Raj, u r sending your sister, mother and wife to farms and here you are on the internet? Why don’t you go to farms and graze the greens? At least you have farms. maybe ur grandfather got is as Birta from King….?

Manish Says:

June 7th, 2005 at 2:45 am
The king’s photos on textbooks? If that’s true, then its the worst news I’ve heard in a long time. I personally, would not allow my child (if I had one) to read a book like that. Or I would just tear the picture and………..well, the content of the book might also be suspicious.

An Unsolved Mystery of My Life

A soul searching odyssey of an ex-Nepali journalist

By Leelaraj Khatiwada
Saturday Blog

I wanted to be an actor since my early childhood; this passion never let me be serious enough on Journalism. Although, I am not an actor yet, whereas I tried many ways to be an actor but fortunately, I know many such ways which doesn’t help a person to be an actor.

My trip to Igatpuri, India in 1998 was the first step to jump near Mumbai, consciously I was there to meditate but deep down the passion was driving me to near to the Bollywood. But just because of a low self esteem I could not tell anyone about my dream of being an actor though I was there for almost 8 months in Vipassana International Academy. I even meet a couple of veteran actors and directors of Bollywood, who came there to meditate. My passion remained dormant. No matter I went deeper on the meditation as I came to know about ‘I most do something to liberate myself.’

During 1999, I returned back from Igatpuri to Kathmandu and affiliated with Kathmandu Today, a fortnightly news magazine. There one of my colleagues advised me to be a model, but I was not interested on that field, my dream was something else. Fortunately or unfortunately another colleague Anup Subedi took me to a ‘C’ grade serial director and introduced me with him. The director was making a serial and he gave me a word that he is interested on me to give a break. I am asked to go to Biratnagar. After a two day shooting there I wanted to quit the unit because the director started demanding money from me. He said, “If you really want to be an actor you most provide me money. The bigger amount is liable for a better role.” I thought he wanted to make me a MURGA.

At the same time I was frustrated with the behavior of other fellow artists, no one was professional and skilled. I thought I will learn nothing from this project. Suddenly I realized that type of film was not my passion, I wanted some mega project, skilled and creative enough team, so I renounced my desire for more shoots. I went to one of my friend’s house at Tin Tolia, but I could not sleep the entire night. I went depressed. The other day I was extremely paranoid. I had begun to feel cameras around me and someone following me whereas I was far away from the entire unit and cameras. It went on many hours, perhaps the whole day and I went my home, Urlabari and took rest. After a couple of days I was normal.

I reached Vipassana International Academy again, but had extreme anomalous experiences there, Dr Dhananjay Chavan, a Vipassana Teacher diagnosed me paranoia and prescribed Haloperidol. Dr. Chavan is a Psychiatrist too. The medicine made me impotent. I was advised to return my home back and asked to see a psychiatrist in Nepal. The impotency was creating lots of suicidal thoughts and anxiety. I had not experienced any sexual intercourse with any women and the haloperidol made me impotent! Please think about it, the cause of depression was strongly related to the impotency induced by the medication. And the other reason of suicidal thoughts was the deterioration of my ambition of life. After returning back to home, a chapter of knocking the doors of psychiatrist started. The side effects of the medicines were something psychologically and physically disgusting and painful and I started avoiding the stuffs prescribed by the doctors and purchased by my innocent parents.

I was turned like a psychopath and become a hypochondriac. I was confused. Began to see fogs around and captured by enough bulk of mess. All the time full of strange thoughts as if some kind of ET manifestation in the body and mind, overpowered by Aliens or UFOs, captured or conspired by the NEOs. Suffocated by the evils, existing or non existing ghosts, flying spirits etc. Though these types of manifestation might be less scientific for many people but for me it was strongly vivid and hyper realistic. I was completely unmanageable. Recurring dreams of anonymous horror of being subconsciously memorized Second World War, dreams like anonymous prophecy of a mysterious Third World War, being experimented by an unknown network or Hero of Third World War; I was bitterly confused.

I remember, just before the royal massacre in Kathmandu, I was working with Space Time Publication, at that time I was under medication of a Psychiatrist in Kathmandu and suddenly relapsed. The recent exacerbation was on the boarder of wandering different places in Kathmandu, insomnia and lots of deliriums, strange thoughts and a feeling of having extra sensory perception like telepathy or clairvoyance including lots of de ja voo. I was again hospitalized against my will in Teaching Hospital; there I was diagnosed Bipolar Affective Disorder in Mania. Dr. Navraj Koirala asked,”Ke hunchha tapai lai?” (What happens to you?). “I am in a deep coma,” replied the miserable me with a panic cry,” I want to be awaken.” What they understood, I have no idea, but I was given a high dose of Diazepam and Lithium Carbonates etc., and I felt as if cheated badly or forcefully made a guinea pig.

Again, I remember the post royal massacre trip to Vipassana International Academy; I was begun having strange ideas again, as if my memory had been sent to past lives (hundreds of years back) or something like that. The massacre had already shocked me deeply providing lots of recurring dreams regarding the royal palace and different kings. After a couple of days stay, the Vipassana Authority eliminated me from the centre in the midnight and pressurized to go to the Essel World in Mumbai. I never understood why they forced me to go to that unknown place for me. I went off in the journey of train. I was not in my control. A strange insanity manifested. I was in the street of Mumbai for almost five weeks, naked, hungry and insane.

I felt of being experimented and being photographed. Gradually, I felt as if being spiritually conspired too. By the God’s grace I could return back to my home like a beaten dog. My parents were shocked, wife was confused. I was immediately hospitalized and diagnosed schizophrenia by a team of psychiatrists in B.P. Koirala Medical Institute in the Eastern Nepal. Still, I was not in a position to believe the medical professionals, I claimed, God had chosen me to see and experience a so called lower world or a hell in the street. During the five weeks of the rock bottom of life, I felt being captured by an anonymous second Hitler. Sometimes, I felt that I was forced to wander in a huge movie studio and ‘they’ captured me in cameras, but who were they, I have no idea.

I still want to know what had happened within 5 weeks in the street of Mumbai, it is a most unsolved mystery of my life. All what my mind can do is different assumptions, no fact has yet been discovered, here I need a cooperation of Vipassana Authority, I guess at least they know the fact; but they don’t want to listen me, rather they avoid me. Thus I am extremely resentful to the Vipassana Authority.

These days what I think is this man in my consciousness tries to get transformed. I know this man is in a form of a caterpillar and its efforts to be a pupa i.e. reaching samadhi in spiritual realm needs a support. But the mundane phenomenon, the fake omnipresence of MAYA or the illusory tornado of highly materialized world. Please don’t think I am confused, rather I am in a process of crossing a boarder of tremendous mess or hell injected within my subconscious level as yet in the society. That’s a super jargon. It needs a freedom from known. I am not here to blame, neither to anyone nor to the society or any marriage institutions, what I do claim is this man in my consciousness is not responsible enough what is happening at least to the subconscious or super conscious level.

This man just tries to solve the equation of PRORYBERG: the enigma of a transcendental manifestation of mine immediately after my son came in his mothers’ womb, the old book appeared in my mind and I tried to read by my third eye between the sleep and non sleep period. I could see the whole two pages of a mysterious book at that time but could read only that word and fortunately I could remember and jot on my pillow notebook down immediately. Later that glimpse of that book and along the word brought other hundreds of strange words, cannot be found in English dictionary; for this the psychiatrists say NEOLOGISM, a schizoid term where a person creates his own words.

What were that book and the language written there? Who knows it properly? A Psychologist or a Para Psychologist? Although I have been trying to find a Para Psychologist in town, but I think there is no one available in Nepal. I afraid, I don’t want to encounter a fake one, as I saw some monsoonal frogs as Para Psychologist in Kathmandu.

Any way, these days I am trying to jot my 6 long year’s experiences being nostalgic with the help of self meditation, I hope by finishing writing these stuffs, I will completely come out from the 6 long years horror of an unknown dimension of human mind.

5 Responses to “An Unsolved Mystery of My Life”

Vishnu Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 9:06 pm

Realy, it is wonderful.

Nishchal Chapagain Says:
June 2nd, 2005 at 4:56 pm

Dear Lila
this is very surprising things that i got you today from here. Did you remember me.May be you lost my memory from your 6 long years horror of an unknown dimension of human mind. I hope you got too many experience about the problems and now you solve all your mind problems and try to be stablish as a good human being(don’t mind for this)Anyway i also got you in good condition and i am happy about you man.Keep trying to be a good in any field wherever you wants to be join.I thought journalism is good field for you and i hope i got you again as a good journalist.I remember that days when i was in Nepal and we work together some time.Would you mind to write me we can talk a lot.

Leela Says:
June 3rd, 2005 at 10:40 am

Dear Nishchal ji,

Thanks for the coment. How can I forget you? I hope you are still in the US. I will mail you soon.

pankaj shrestha Says:
June 4th, 2005 at 12:57 pm

leela dai,

it is really nice article,and you have got such a high self esteem
that you dare to tell us about your experiences of your life.I hope the same in your further articles.Best of Luck.

victim of vipassana Says:
November 21st, 2005 at 11:49 pm

my son a trained professional working in a prestigious company came home for 3 wks holiday. he was happy bubbling with joy and inbounding energy. he decided to go for 10 days vipassana camp before getting back to his dream job.

when he came back after 10 days our world had changed. his behaviour was strange and abnormal. he said irrelevent things. went back to his work but had lost interest in working. hos behaviour was not socially approprate. he was rediculed and beaten up by people. he was brought back home. we took him to psychiatrist who diagnosed him as having schezophrenia.

Out world shattered. what happened there which made him unfit and incapable of living a normal life ever after.

we contacted Goenka ji and have not been able to get his appointment. they are just not bothered. Beware world vipassana meditation can be dangerous. all cases may not get reported due to stigma attached to such problems.

Reading Between the Lines of Royal Decisions

Will Nepal’s HR Commission work for people?

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

I do not know how many decisions the government took yesterday, but two of them made me scratch my head. One about the National Human Rights Commission and the other related to the release of several political detainees. The term of the old committee had expired and the Commission needed new leadership. Many people in and outside Nepal were seriously concerned about the nomination in the Commission. They were anxious about the ‘type’ of the faces in the new leadership. Many people, mostly democrats, wanted the contuniation of existing committee. For them, it was like ’something is better than nothing’ (Nahuhu Mama Bhanda Kanu Mama Niko). The government cleverly decided to continue Nayan Bahadur Khatri as the Chairman of the Commission but completely reshuffled the members.

By doing so, the royal government has killed two birds with one arrow. Akabar might ask: how? Birbal has answer: Look, international community, I have continued the same committee that democratically elected government constituted. Look, same old Nayan Bahadur Khatri is there, at the top, smiling and heading the Commission. Now shut up and throw us some packages of AID. One bird killed.

Nayan Bahadur is no more an independent personality, especially after he openly supported the Feb 1 royal takeover and blasted political and democratic forces in Geneva recently. He echoed Supreme Court Chief Justice Hari Prasad Sharma in Geneva. Khatri repeated what Sharma did in Australia a few weeks ago.

The main duty of NHRC is to expose human rights violation from any side- State or the Opposition. Unarmed people rarely violate human rights. Those who violate HR are the ones with arms, be it government forces/police or the terrorist declared guerillas. Both sides harm unarmed people while fighting with each other. The duty of Commission is to raise voices of people in cross fire. The man who supports the regime openly will never expose violations perpetrated by the regime. He will not speak for people. He will be the puppet of the regime. Another bird killed.

If you talk about the new members of the Commission, its about more than just killing two birds with an arrow. Before, members of the Commission were very much active to raise the voice of the people. Chairman Khatri, in front of the whole world, shamelessly interrupted Member Sushil Pyakural in Geneva meeting recently when Pyakural was talking about HR violations after Feb 1.

New members are a total hopeless. One journalist is there in the new committee: Gokul Pokhrel. Do I have any hopes from him? Very little considering how he has presented himself after Feb 1. In fact, Pokharel, former editor of state-owned daily Gorkhapatra, is the only person in Nepal who expressed negatively of the royal takeover in English language and strongly advocated the same in Nepali language.

He, the president of Nepal Press Institute, an organization heavily dependent on foreign INGO donations, reportedly expressed negative views regarding the Feb 1 to attract donations. But State-owned media Gorkhapatra, Nepal Television and Radio Nepal were full of his advocacy of the Feb 1 royal takeover. Foreigner do not understand Nepali language, he rightly thinks so and works accordingly. And Nepalis do not read his English language press releases.

How about other three new members of the commission? Dr Ram Dayal Rakesh? Well, he told a reporter this afternoon that he will talk about human rights in literature, his background. Waw! Sudip Pathak? He is the most hated person in human rights community. Still, I think he is the only feeble hope. Sushila Singh Shilu? Well, we need an active NHRC member. I have gathered that she is not active. And this former justice of SC has limited knowledge about HR issues in Nepal. All in all, there are so many birds killed by this decision. What I can only say now is that Ian Martin, the UN guy, needs to work hard. Nepalis can’t trust this Commission for their rights.

Now, about the release of 75 political detainees. Yes, that’s good. Nobody should be in jail just because they hold ideology that is different than that of the government. But why the prejudice? Why some prominent politicians are still behind bar? Most importantly, why Narahari Acharya and Ram Chandra Paudel are not released? Just because they presented different views regarding monarchy in Nepal even before Feb 1? Acharya talked about major restructuring of governance and direct election of the PM. Paudel once talked about Nirmal Niwas and Maoists in the same sentence. Is the regime being personal?

13 Responses to “Reading Between the Lines of Royal Decisions”

Chakshu Says:
May 29th, 2005 at 12:29 am

Yes, Yes, Wagle. don’t ask your readers why Narahari is in the jail and the crown prince P receives felicitations. The logic should be like this: Narahari harmed the country; and Crown prince P served the country during the past 14 years, that is why he is facilitated by the “people.” …What…help me…I am paralyzed…can’t think properly. Don’t ask such questions again, plz..plz..

Human Rights Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 12:42 am
Why THIS NHRC Won’t Work For Nepali People:

Press Statement from Human Rights Organizations of Nepal:

May 28, 2005, Kathmandu

We strongly protest the illegitimate and illegal body of the National
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) formed under the previous chair Nayan
Bahadur Khatri on May 27, 2005 through the amendment of the National
Human Rights Commission Act (NHRC), 1997. We understand that this
amendment and formation of the body demonstrates the regime’s
continued attempts to dismantle democratic institutions in the
country, which began immediately after the assumption of all executive
powers by the King on February 1, 2005.

1. The process of formation of the new body of the NHRC through the
illegitimate amendment, via ordinance, of the NHRC Act violates the
basic norms of “rule of law” and further proves the elimination of
“rule of law” in the country. We are convinced that this body will
not be autonomous, sovereign and independent.

2. It is certain that the newly formed NHRC will play an active role
in covering up human rights abuses in the country, while the term of
the previous chair Nayan Bahadur Khatri has been extended because of
his obvious key role in demolishing the independent status of the NHRC
by publicly supporting the regime after the February 1st royal move at
a time of increasing human rights abuses. His support for the
February 1st move was also publicly noted during the Asia Pacific
Meeting of the National Human Rights Commissions in Geneva on the side
of the 61st session of the UN Commission of Human Rights. We also
believe that the newly formed body of the NHRC will comply and bend to
the will of the regime while carrying out its activities.

3. It seems useless to expect the protection of human rights from the
appointed members, who have remained so close to the regime and have
never hesitated to supply confidential and sensitive information
regarding human rights organizations to the state. There is no basis
on which to trust the independence or impartial investigation from
such unethical and unmerited people. The members were selected as a
reward for supporting the regime, and the NHRC no longer complies with
the norms of the “Paris Principles” of the National Human Rights
Institutions that includes autonomy, independence, impartiality,
efficiency and professionalism. We are convinced that this
illegitimate body of the NHRC will not carry out any activities in
support of victims, and will instead be supportive only to the regime,
which consistently curtails the civil liberties of the people.

Finally, we state that civil society and the human rights community do
not intend to carry out any form of dialogue, support or coordination
with the newly formed NHRC body, whose very means of formation is
undemocratic and whose members favor autocracy and do not support
democracy and human rights.

On behalf of 25 human rights organizations,

Subodh Raj Pyakurel
Dr. Gopal Krishna Siwakoti
Shobhakar Budhathoki

jhayp Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 1:52 am
wagle, please refrain from using the politically incorrect proverbs like nahunu mama bhanda…….hope you understand.

Harke Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 2:25 am
Harke suggests this proverb: Chorlai chautari Sadhulai suli!!

sameer Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 9:56 am
This new NHRC committee is full of KGB’s. Don’t expect the HR record in Nepal to get any better. Innocent bystanders in remote villages stand no chance now- if Maoist kill them, it will be reported, and forgotten. If army gets to them, even worse, they will be portrayed as maoists, reported and forgotten. Great for KG eh? Win win situation atleast for a while..

sisyphus sharma Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 10:05 am
today’s kantipur hints at the corrupt existence of sudip pathak poking the chaudha lakh stuff. this is where i feel the inherent tragedy lies.

i wud have admired kantipur had it followed the stuff before the appointment . but it is told now that sudip may be corrupt. oh if so, how is susil pyakurel ?wat abt his nepotism in insec? is he clean? if he isn’t , isn’t it a duty of a vibrant media to expose the double faces of this illfated nation’s human right activists ? how many human right activists are non corrupt in this nation ?

wagle, u r a journalist n u may know it better? so can u shy away from ur duty to expose these chameleon-sort-of human right activists ? u will because ur myopic prescription for the diseases plaguing this nation doesn’t include the sterilisation of democratic institutions n the abstract civic society. u follow the views that r easily available in market n put all of them in this site.

u see , this may bring u some fame n popularity (which i belive ,if not properly handled are vices indeed ). but wat abt the nation ? u see this unending gossip abt democracy , abt sizzling onions n giggling stomachs in new york or pizzas of siudney , wat sense do they make? it is again pathetic when u see factual errors here.

u say ramchandra paudel talked abt sital niwas n maoists in one line? really? isn’t it nirmal niwas , dear? so i am amazed how do things work in ur brain? how do things work in journalists’ brain in nepal is really an enigma?

u see the other day, a guy was talking abt the death of shreesha karki? u poeple love to refrain from talking such things? thanks god, gopal budhathoki lost the FNJ elections? but does that prevent him from being wat he is? u see , isn’t gopal budhathoki and company a blot to u guys who at least ,i believe , do not blackmail noney from smugglers , dirty politicians, bureacrats, black marketeeers n sundry.. n wat abt that kishor shrestha? u see, wat if u do a investigation on the difference of his material pelf in a single decade?

so when journalism keeps on thriving with such elements with mask on their face, u see, progress, even if it does happen will be too slow? so this is the darkness we are living with. let the struggle take time. but this time it must be last n final. so for that we need to weed out suck masked jouranlists, human rights activists n civic society activists ?

u see, sundar mani dixit continues to preach us on the imporatnce of peace? isn’t that vulgur? isn’t it vulgar when time n again the [icd] kishor shreshtha publishes articles regarding social transformation n revolution? wagle, it’s all dirty here. n plz do not make more dirtier if u can’t do anything good . my only fear is this site being a useless gossipmongerer’s junction as nepalnews chat.

Wagle: Sisyphus, Thanks for your comment. And thank you very much for pointing out the factual error that Paudel spoke about Nirmal Niwas, not Shital Niwas as I had reported. I regret the mistake, have corrected it promptly and thanks again.

I have to admit that mistakes are bound to happen in every field. Even papers like NY Times have regular Correction column. I will try to reduce mistakes in my writings.

Rest of your comment is full of prejudice. Seems you are too much frustrated and I understand that’s not unusual considering the situation of the country. We youth should have patience, Sisyphus. You can (and have to) do a great service to this nation. Time will come.

sisyphus sharma Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 10:10 am
i wonder why wagle needs to sensor me time n again .i tend to believe that wagle’s faith in democracy n open discussion is fake . i had no wrong wrods typed in my comment but it doesn’t appear . sad . somepeople sing the song of democracy to gag other’s voices . it’s sad n pathetic.

Srikant Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 1:09 pm
What nonsense!! Just because Gopal Siwakoti Chintan could not get into the NHRC, doesn’t mean the appointment is bad. There are good people. Khatri has been there from the last 5 years. Sudip Pathak is a well known human rights activist. Pokherel is a well known journalist. Others are good and clean too. When there is no leader of the opposition and the Prime Minister, what other way could there be an appointment of the members of the commission?

What have Subodh Raj Pyakurel and Sobhakar Budhathoki done to the human rights situation of the country that they should be appointed the NHRC members? They are political party pimps who know only to embezzle donor money. This NHRC was made a money-making whirlpool by Kapil Shrestha, and others. There were also cases of adultery inside the commission. Secretary of the commission Jogendra Ghimire resigned unceremoniously. Now, all these should be corrected.

sameer Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 9:41 am
sisyphus (ji?)- your comments are all over the place. So are you trying to say that the civic society should not try to negotiate peace between government and maoist? How much do you REALLY know about the dedicated HR activists, journalists and members of the civic society? If you made a decent effort you’d find that a lot of these people are currently risking going to jail by stating their opinions in public. Then you go on to question Wagle ji- you talk democracy but question people that are trying to give us a uncensored point of view that (face it) is certainly not coming from Nepalese media due to censorship. You even have negative comments regarding Dr. Dixit- do you even have a clue how much he is risking by writing/speaking under these difficult times? Even if Sudip Pathak is corrupt, of which there appear to be indications, there is no way any article stating this will be allowed to be published. He is KG’s choice so don’t expect any negative news regarding him to be published. Your viewpoints stray from reality- your writings exhibit frustration, without a solution.

Judge Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 9:44 am
I understand the comments by Wagle, sisyphus sharma and Srikant. All are right in their perspectives; that is why every one is wrong!

King, parties, journalists, HR activists – noone of these people is clean. Where every one is mistaken is in differenting chor from dakas. Let’s simplify the matter.

Given the record of our kings and durbarias, I have little doubt that they are dakas. Parties, HR activists and journalists are just chors. The danger with the these dakas is that they show up in the form of Sadhu. The good thing about chors is that they are visible!

My verdict: Go for Chors rather than Dakas. Chetana Bhaya?

Rajesh Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 1:40 pm
The recent appointment at NHRC is well balanced and I would like to congratulate government for doing this. Except Sudip Pathak, all are not puppet of the donors. Although Sudip Pathak did many things in the past to impress donors, he is not as corrupt as previous members of NHRC. I can say for sure that three members Gokul Pokhrel, Silu and Dr Rakesh have never worked in the areas of human rights for donors. Unlike their predecessors, they will not be puppet of donors. I know people like Sushil and Kapil have made fortune because of thier involvement in NHRC. I feel very sorry for only sincere member Ms Indira Rana who have made disfunctional because of these thugh. I have tremendous respect for her for her commitment and sincerity. But noone is giving any credit to her.

sameer Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 2:47 pm
Judge- chetana bhaya

anonymous Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 11:28 pm
Rajesh,may we call you Raja?

United They Vowed To Bring Back Democracy

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

Nepal parties show their strength in Kathmandu

Nepal Protest: This was the biggest rally against royal takeover. All pics by Wagle. For more pics of the event, go to Jana Andolan-062 (May27) album here.

In one of the biggest demonstrations against the Feb 1 royal takeover, pro-democracy alliance of seven Nepali political parties organized a mass meeting in New Baneshwor, East Kathmandu, this afternoon. For those with functional eyes, efficiently working ears and correct senses, today’s seven rallies (originating from different locations and later merged into the unified mass meeting) and the gathering should be a stark signal to the days to come. Filled mostly with active cadres of the seven agitating parties, the mass meeting was addressed by top leaders of the political forces. Organizers previously claimed to gather around 30 thousand people in New Baneshwor. But independent estimates put the number somewhere around 13 thousands.

Yes, the biggest challenge for parties is to effectively convince the mass and attract them toward their agendas. To make them believe that they (parties) are the ones who can do something good for the country. Some sympathizers of political parties told me in the mass meeting venue today that “this is just a beginning of Jana Andolan” and people will ultimately join the protest programs. While central level leaders were giving long and somewhat tiresome (especially by CP Mainali) speeches, traffic at the main road of New Baneshwor was smooth and busy. General public seemed to be giving less or no attention to the mass meeting. I was amazed.

All leaders stressed on the importance of their unity and the necessity of the restoration of parliament. Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepali Congress President and the main attraction of the gathering, told that the King “is trying to build the network of tyranny inside a dark room while people are trying to write their bright future by protesting his rule.” This, according to Koirala, is the conflict of the present day Nepal. “This is also the conflict for the change,” he claimed.

“By constituting Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC),” Koirala said, “the king has pushed the country in further uncertainty and anachy.”

“The king orchestrated the naked dance of autocracy on Feb 1,” Koirala told the mass. “There were so many kings in the world,” 83 year old leader said, “but because of doing these kinds of things they disappeared from history.”

CPN UML leader Jhalanath Khanal challenged the royal regime to come up with facts for a debate about democratic era of the 90s. “The Panchayati autocrats build just 6 thousand KMs of road in 30 year,” he said, “but we build 16 thousand road in just over a decade.” He also said that the only 10 percent population had access to electricity in Panchayat period. “Now, its 40 percent. Literacy rate was 10 percent in Panchayat kaal and now its 50 percent.” He also invited the Maoists to give up violence and join the seven party agitation. “You are talking about Constituent Assembly,” he said, “and we are also talking about the same these days. So, lets join our hands together. Give up violence.”

Gopal Man Shrestha, acting Chairman of Nepali Congress (D), the party of Sher Bahadur Deuba who dissolved the parliament in 2002 and was sacked on Feb 1 this year, told that in the absence of the parliament, the king played dirty games with Nepali people. “Last time when he reinstated democratically elected Prime Minister (Deuba), we though the regression was partly corrected,” Shrestha said, “but the king again forcefully ousted (ghokrethyak) [Deuba] even when PM was trying to hold an election.”

Shrestha said that no experiments from king would be acceptable to parties now onwards. “Now we seven parties have become one,” he said, “We have one voice. Only the restoration of parliament could solve the problems of this country. This movement will restore the parliament.”

He warned the regime not to play with a cat in a locked room. “That will kill you.” “The king has taken away every rights of people, Shrestha added, “Don’t play with us (cat) because in the absence of any exit the cat will kill the assaulter.” He also said that house reinstatement was a political decision and could be done in the interest of the country. Exact line was uttered by NC President Koirala at the end of the mass meeting.

Before Feb 1, NC (D) and CPN UML, both the members of the sacked government, were skeptical about restoration of the parliament. After the royal takeover, they all have agreed upon the common demand: house revival.

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21 Responses to “United They Vowed To Bring Back Democracy”

Pramod Aryal Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 12:16 am

morning shows the day! kudos brave soldiers of democracy. bring democracy and that will bring lasting peace. wish i could have been there.

some body you know Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 12:35 am

”He also said that the only 10 percent population had access to electricity in Panchayat period. â??Now, its 40 percent. Literacy rate was 10 percent in Panchayat kaal and now its 50 percent.â?? He also invited the Maoists to give up violence and join the seven party agitation. â??You are talking about Constituent Assembly,â?? he said, â??and we are also talking about the same these days. So, lets join our hands together. Give up violence.â??”

wagle dai i too was there by your side. I had seen you and was at second floor of the same bulding where you were. If you think i am wrong, proof is you had a silver digital camara and were wirting in a copy. isnt it? but what you leastend and what i did is different see:

what jhalanath khanal had said was not 10 percent of electicty, it was 10 lakh and but ya! 40 “percent” (not lakh) now( electricty access case). in percentage it becames 3 percent(10 lakh) only. I possible please correct it!

Ma Says:

May 28th, 2005 at 2:50 am
my visit to

republic nepal Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 7:03 am

Thanks for the photos. I just imagine my days before 1990.

concerned nepali Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 9:06 am

The pro-democracy movement is a natural recourse in the present situation when democratic rights have been curtailed. However, if you take off your lenses as a journalist and take a step back from the hype, and manage to give a balanced view, then only you would have succeeded in real journalism, I believe. At best, you only carry one shade of the multi-faceted and mutli-dimensional problem in Nepal.

If you look at the issue from an ordinary person who believes in justice and democracy, he/she will ask you one question? Have the political parties realized why they have been pushed into this situation? Do they not at least have one bit of consceince to apologize to the people for what they have done in the past decade and more? Answering these questions are a must- and it shoudl not be answered as Jhala Nath Khanal did by comparing the post-1990 democratic period with the equally messed up Panchayat era… he was comparing two messed up era.. one just more than the other… when will politicians learn to make an honest self assessment rathern than comparing them with an equally messed up group…

Ultimately, everyone believes in democracy, but ours was a case of experimental democracy.. the people had legit demands and higher expectations in the nineties- and they were failed, there is no dispute on this fact! Now laying the blame on the pro-monarchists, or making silly comparisons to the medieval times is not a valid excuse, the political parties might get away with such messages among the uneducated mass that gather around any kind of ‘aamsabha’ but they cant get away from scholars, intellectuals and others, who unlike journalists who only blow one chord from their horns, have the ability to have an eagle eye view into things and can point fingers on all sides.

There are problems on all sides, and to rise above personal interests is necessary. Of course that is not happening as both sides stick to their own demands, which is why there is agitation. But both the sides are forgetting the third side, the Nepalese people victims of violence. Democracy then becomes a false banner utilized and discredited respectively by the sides and Nepal continues to burn in an armed conflict that becomes a secondary agenda in this political conflict.

ramchandra Says:

May 28th, 2005 at 1:01 pm
Wow! I am also in one of the pics. It was really an enthralling experience for me. I see that the king’s days are over. Perhaps nepal will be republic soon.

jhyapulle pariyar Says:

May 28th, 2005 at 2:10 pm
jhyap wonders why wagle and co censored the comment by “ma”. of course, it is personal site of wagles, but jhyap wonders what makes them use their ‘kaichi’ so mercilessly. comon chaps, you’re following the footsetps of G and co. don’t be so preposterous. jhyap thinks you guys have started to obey the dicates of the draconian law (where one is not allowed to criticise so called raj-pariwar) even before it is promulgated. don’t use your socalled morality of what is wrong and what is right. jhyap refrains from giving unnecessary suggestions but she is really pissed off today and suggests wagle and co that: use your morality or whatever in the articles that you post but leave rest as khula aakash.

suggestion to mr. wagle Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 5:55 pm

Mr . wagle

Thanks to the democractic era of nepal(90-005) that deveops intelligent mind like u. I have no of friend like u who are in journalist profession in nepal . by better introduction i am from the same generation u belongs to and more or less there might be few yr gap in between urâ??s and mine age.

I came to know abt ur weblog few times ago from my senior who used to surf the net frequently.It is wonderful idea.keep it up
Mr. wagle so let me come to the point . I have been seeing ur news in the blog sites . I enjoyed ur news and develop most reality from them. Infact U are doing great . But whensoever i read ur political news i am confused . i know and support democracy . People donâ??t want kings direct rule but why guys like u support only girija?

Why can’t u be neutral and more analyitical? why do u want to feed or give the news just only about gungan of party netas?Why do u write safely when u come to the party news? Why donâ??t u press the parties to take action against corrupted netas?
i doubt ur presence in the net. See if young people like u believe on this corrupted democracy , visionless netas and bina agenda ko andolan. Who is going to bring us real democracy?

I found u being more inclined to girija badi sansakar. U people are trying to bring satta from one tanasha and give it to the next tanasha(democractic girija).

Mr wagle, once i found a article abt sujata in ur weblog and i was much fascinated by ur idea. At that time i understood u as young man with creative attitude, a man who is doing best to make a change from all his effort at a very young age. I believe u must have been scold by senior wagle and girija babu must have been annoyed with u. isn’t mr. wagle?

Mr. wagle, as being a career journalist , ur duty is to promote unbiased news. We have judgemental power. Finally, Mr. wagle unless and untill these netas correct themeslves , there can not be a smooth democractic environment. If u want these netas to bring democracy for u and me . Be prepared that next pratigaman is not a far away. it is just 2 yrs or 3 yrs ahead. But the pratigamankari for the next time will not be palace, it will be india.

Please do not be stressed. I guess u will discover good things from my suggestions
urs well wisher

gajadi Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 6:18 pm
gajadi attahas garikan hasyo ‘suggestion’ ko suggestion padhikan.

yet another crap giving suggestion, reminding wagle of his duty!

gajadi can only say, the visionless netas are much much better than the vision of your malik which is to mercilessly kill the opponents and rule singlehandedly by gobling up all the wealth of the country; corrupted democracy is much better than your maliks autocracy where he only can speak; and bina agenda ko andolan is much much better than the agenda of your malik to make nepal his personal fiefdom.

for you if sujata is criticised then wagle is doing good, if your malik’s puppets (wagles donot have the huti to criticise your malik) like giri, bista, pandes then wagle is doing bad. thats the conclusion you draw, write?

neel Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 7:26 pm

i wonder if i can be a democrat in nepal without supporting any of those parties from baneshwor galli. when the whole chowk was being littered by the red flags and blue headbands embossed with party emblems, where the hell was the nepali flg??? does “nepali congress / samyukta janamorcha jindabad” equate to “prajatantra jinadabad”?

jhandabadi Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 8:41 pm

why do you want nepali jhanda? is nepal under attack by india or china or any other countries? or are the parties are fighting against foreign agreession? rastriya jhanda should be used in proper place and proper way. if you want to see (abuse of) rastriya jhanda go to g’s hanumans’ rallies. they carry jhanda and try to equate gulami of g shah, panchayat with rastriyata.

harke sarkee Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 3:02 am

I was surprised to read the “suggestion” to you. Armanya Shah instead of replying quesions is giving suggestion to you. Long live Armanya Sarkar.

Akshu Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 9:47 am
Independent observers said (above) that the rally was about 13 thousand. However, even that is much exaggerated. How can 13 thousand people fit in theat narrow road connecting New Naneswor and BCCI? It was just about 1300 people. What a shame All these parties coming together and they bring in 1300 people in the heart of Kahtmandu for the sake of demcoracy and freedom. What is more ridiculous that KOirala says there are only 2 streams in Nepal today-democracy and repuclicanism. I think there is a third stream existing-that of a comedy show. We know which stream he is in.

Keith Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 9:49 am
Yeah, it was not a great show of strength. The May 1 rally had 10 thousand according to this blog site. The starting of the people’s movement at Ason, according to this site had a few thousand. It seems, the people’s participation is deteriorating, decreasing instead of the other way around.

Ava Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 12:22 pm
blog are all GAF, there were five thousand, now it is clear that how many people are hoest in Nepal, all except these good for nothing five thousan who want to get the political power and loot Nepal again. But they shold know Nepali are not fools. Days of these hooligans are over, these corrupt politician will have to be sent to prision.

DJ Says:
May 29th, 2005 at 7:35 pm

gajadi ji

thank u very much for reminding me some of the point i forgot at a time when i placed suggestion to wagle ji. Yeah i realized in an effort to criticize parties i forget to make comment upon bista, peter giri and kehlkood shah.

As i forget to make a comment upon these people u cleverly pointed me and give me the adjective of rajabadi or royalist which i found used at many times in this blog. Also i would like to stress the point one more time that PEOPLE DO NOT WANT RAJA IN ACTIVE POLITICS BUT i don’t know how u come up with such rude remarks for me. After reading my remarks i don’t know what made u to think myself as rajabadi or royalist.

Any way , so let me begin my point first. Be cleared that before to begin any kind of movement the netas should have clear agendas. The most and biggest problem for my nation is MAOIST PROBLEM. So i wanted these netas be cleared upon this issue first .

We have seen our netas many times. “When ever they remained in post they think maoist should be treated with guns and out of the post they make alliance for their benifit with maoist. They have involved in bartas for many time but zero outcome. So my suggestion was that they should make one strong voice , a voice not for one month or two month or until they came to power but for the almost all period. They also should bring some sort of issues for reforms for maobadi pidits , students and bhumi bhin , kamayas and many more. But infact netas never have a time to make such committment. I think u know the reason better than me . Because before to netas my remarks hurts u. So i think the bigger problem is not netas , the bigger problem is karayakarta like u.

One gentle man named HARKE SARKEE told me ARMANAYA SHAHA. Ha………ha………. Aba neta lai bharastachar nagar, ramro agenda liyer aua bhane manche . Neta should correct themselves before they begin movement bhane manche hark bdr sarki ko akha ma shah hun pugyo. Ma lai yeti thulo shah bhaner nachindinush sarki ji. sayad tapilai tha chaina hola shah maharaja haru lai tapie hami le bhala kushari garne , opinion exchange garne thau ma comment garna kaha fursad hucha ra. Harka ji , gajadi ji and wagle ji ma tapi bhand nikai durgam ko manche ho. Democracy tapi haru bhanda pani badhi ma lai chaikeo cha kina ki i represent myself from the africa of nepal i.e . acham . jaha central government ko existence jahile pani zero huncha.

In total i wanted to mean that netas should correct them. Unless and until they correct them democracy can not be achieved.
I think people like wagle and other journalist can do lot to my nations just by enforcing netas to take action against corrupted one and promoting younger and intelligent people in politics.

finally JOURNALISTS isn’t that ur responsibility to preserve the trust of your reader????

Thito Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 10:02 am
I agree with DJ…

Jiwan Limbu Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 2:12 am

This ‘Jana Andolan’ is farce. There is no chance for Democracy in Nepal by simply staging a drama of only party wokers. Who are these politicians tryig to kid ? Everybody in this country is sceptic about them and their parties. Do you think Democracy is possible without popular support of the people ? Forget it. Ranks within parties must realise this and oust their corrupt leaders as a first step towards bringing back people’s faith in their parties and in Democracy. Just accepting past mistakes is not enough. If these leaders are truly repentant about their past binge with power, they must say it with actions by first stepping down and nominating a new breed of leaders. They must understand that people do not relate to the everyday drama which they stage before Singh Durbar. If these leaders are truly concerned about Democracy in the country, let them first resign from active politics. This is the only way that can sway large scale public opinion in favour of political parties and Democracy. Why don’t they realise this. Forget intimidating KG by staging hollow protests. And forget justifying that you are trying to save Democracy from the hands of a tyrant. It is you, the corrupt politicians, from whom the Democracy must first be purged. Only then let us talk about defending Democracy from KG or the Maoist or whoever …

Jiwan Limbu Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 2:20 am

And yes … Mr. Wagle you should refrain from imposing upon the readers of this blog your vieled support to the political parties and some politicians in particular. You know as well as I do they have been upto no good. Please try and maintian the quality of this blog by letting us judge things for ourselves. Other than that, you’ve been doing a great job … keep it up.

biswash acharya Says:
May 31st, 2005 at 3:42 pm

It’s make me happy to see that photo cause there is no far from Democracy.Is’t it

deepak Says:
June 3rd, 2005 at 5:42 am

“United They Vowed To Bring Back Democracy”
keta keti aaye, guleli chalaye… matyangra ko satyanas.

Home Thoughts from Abroad: Talking About Nepal Sickness

By Suvecha Pant
Saturday Blog

In between two seas in where I am
Not here not there
Just in the middle

I look out of my window on this chilly May and think to myself â??what am I doing here?â??. But then I look back into the room and the books spread around me stop me from buying the next plane ticket out of here (â?¦â?¦.and the fact that I have no money!).

It’s not like I havenâ??t had this feeling before. I have travelled between Australia and Nepal since I was three years old. I have probably been to a dozen schools and made hundreds of friends but this time it has been different.

The five years I spent in Nepal was not all a joy ride. To be honest, the first two years (the year 2000 and 2001), I hated the place. It was a new culture to adjust to, a new place. As soon as I climbed out of the plane at the airport the hot wind blew Kathmandu (well airport) sand all over my face. It was a welcome I did not want. The first few weeks were harsh�..I was in bed with diarrhoea��had cravings for Mcdonalds and Pizza Hut, hot running water and drinking water 24 hours a day.

But then, I joined The Kathmandu Post as a journalist. That was a huge turning point for me. I finally found where I belonged. Zooming up and down on those busy streets of Kathmandu on my motorbike (most of the time on the footpath!), I looked at the Bagmati river, (even though I had to hold my breath as not to take in the fumes) and thought to myself â??what a wonderful worldâ??.

Without caring how the drivers near me would feel I started singing (I guess they didnâ??t hear me or I am sure it would have caused quite an accident). I felt that no matter where I was in the world this would be the only place I would belong. I think most of the Nepalese living abroad must share these sentiments with me. Its funny how you seem to only remember those great times you had. Itâ??s like suddenly you have rose coloured glasses when those memories of Nepal play in your head.

Anyway, after five years in Nepal, my family moved back to Australia. Mcdonalds and Pizza Hut seem small competitors to the food menu I experienced in Nepal. I now have cravings for chuira sadheko, sukuti, batmash sadheko and all kinds of tasty chatpatta food. Itâ??s great that with multiculturalism I can still enjoy making these treats at home (hmmm even more than what I used to eat in Nepal!). I remember watching desh prem movies and feeling like they were a load of crap.

But now, when songs like asarai mainama or bihana uthne bitikai or har rat sapanima aithan huncha play tears well up in my eyes. I find myself taken back into the familiar sounds and smells of Kathmandu. I have these days where I feel certain emptiness in me. Even amongst friends I fell as if I am an outsider. I think itâ??s the feeling of knowing you belong somewhere else. I wonder how it must be for Nepalese who have lived abroad for a great many years. Do they feel the same way?

UWB welcomes ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad’ from our respected Nepali readers residing in bidesh.

7 Responses to “Home Thoughts from Abroad”

Madhesi Says:
May 28th, 2005 at 11:00 pm

…. I think the “sickness” is rather a curse to all fellow third world people. We have to live with it.

May be our ancestors were lazy and non-enterprising lazy louts else we would be not be so emotionally scarred.

Harke Says:

May 28th, 2005 at 11:17 pm
“….the books spread around me stop me from buying the next plane ticket out of here…”

This Harke must be a very different creature. When your truely looks at the books, it feels like returning to Nepal immediately. It is always sekuwa (I mean that affordable ragako “fried” sekuwa) and Daru (which is available even in drug stores in Nepal) harke remembers every now and then. Harke always prays to Goddess Saraswoti to take away the books etc….

This Harke also grows nostalgic about TUâ??s â??notesâ?? available in photocopy centers around TU. Who reads these nonsense books? Buy photocopies of classnotes and read before a week of exam. This is how Harke managed good grades during his days in Tribhuvan Univerisity. With King Gyanendraâ??s contribution, TU must have been even better. I feel like returning to Nepal nowâ?¦

Mantu Says:

May 29th, 2005 at 2:55 pm
hi its true living(in foreign)with feeling of knowing you belong somewhere else. It builds pressure just like there is no freedom. And people get trapped on the bloody system, you are trapped But once you escape there is your own world waiting for you

sameer Says:

May 30th, 2005 at 10:05 am
Nice article- I can identify with it. It’s great living in a country where your basic daily necessities are well taken care of. My personal experience has been that despite this, the heart is never really satisfied with these and other luxuries. All those years I spent O/S, nothing compares to the true feeling of satisfaction I am experiencing right now back in my own country. When someone asks me why I came back, my answer is simple- for myself, for my family, for my country

House Revival is Better Than PM Nomination

Thapa as Nepal PM wont be restoration of democracy

If everything goes as planned, Nepal will see yet another royal nominated Prime Minister in the name of Surya Bahadur Thapa (pic by Wagle) within this week. For the last four days, rumors have been spreading like wildfire in Kathmandu about Thapa’s return to the top post for the record sixth time. The rumor started when, four days ago, Indian ambassador Shiva Shankar Mukharjee met this Chairman of Jana Shakti Party, a breakaway faction of Rastriya Prajantra Party announced after the royal takeover, while the stiff emergency was imposed in the country. It has been learned that Thapa has received the audience from king Gyanendra for at least three times in the past several days. It has been rumored that both vice chairperson of the council of ministers will be ousted. Thapa will be nominated as the PM and he will ‘form’ the council of ministers.

And suddenly Thapa threw a card yesterday in a program organized in Kathmandu. He predicted some kind of significant change to solve the current crisis of the country. Thapa, this clever Thapa, this veteran Thapa of Muga, Dhankuta does not blabs without any reasons and intentions. So, everyone in Kathmandu is thinking that the rumor might very well be true. Even today too Thapa repeated the theme and spoke of necessity of unity among political forces to join for solving political problems. He spoke as if he was the Prime Minister of Nepal. So, today again, people thought rumors might be true.

No doubt, Thapa is considered a trusted man by the Indian side. Also, no doubt, India is leading the international coalition of pressure group with the active support of US and Britain. And also, no doubt, king is under pressure from this group to return to ‘democratic’ process as the hundred days long honeymoon period of royal government ended this week. King asked for hundred to US ambassador and India is eagerly watching some kind change in Nepal so that it could quickly resume arms, not just vehicles, supply to the conflict-hit Himalayan kingdom.

So, what does the possible nomination of Thapa as the PM mean to the democratic movement in Nepal? Are we returning to the democratic process? NO. A big NO. Democracy in Nepal does not mean king fire the VCs, create a post of Prime Minister and nominate Surya Bahadur Thapa in that post. I have enough reasons.

Yes, Thapa is a liberal and political compared to that of Tulsi Giri, the first vice chairperson. Thapa has become the PM in the democratic era as well. As I already mentioned, he is the trusted person of India. Plus, Surya Bahadur Thapa is not just a man. He is a CARD. Card of the Kings. All three kings Mahendra, Birendra and Gyanendra, have used this CARD as per their requirement. This time too, king is poised to use this card and to kill two birds with one stone.

How? This 77 year old, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allahabad University and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Kurukshetra University, is a political person and trusted to India, there by international community. He is a party guy (remember a name called Jana Shakti?), party is a democracy thing. So, making Thapa, a party man, the PM means returning to democratic process. How easy? In fact, there will be many birds to be killed by the stone called SB Thapa.

Now, here is the reality. Possible nomination of Thapa means nothing more than continuity of the royal takeover and suspension of democracy with different cover. The cover will be changed but the body will be same: Undemocratic and under the direct control of the king. Thapa and his party are not in the seven party alliance, United Front, formed by major political parties for the effective operation of Jana Andolan from May 21. And parties demand, mainly the restoration of House of Representatives will not be addressed in any way by Thapa’s nomination.

King will still be above the constitution and he will still be able to throw Thapa out as per his wish and nominate another Bahadur. (Lokendra Bahadur Chanda is his favorite choice after Thapa. You can also never rule out Sher Bahadur because they say politics make strange bedfellows. Remember, Surya Bahadur Thapa is the same man who famously spoke against the ‘Bhumigat Giroha’ and publicly blasted the ‘Lachar Chhaya of Bhumigat Giroha’ even in Panchayat days. Lets not talk about who the Lachar Chhaya is.)

Last time Thapa resigned from the post of PM was on May 7, 2004 (in about a year of assuming the post) when movement of same parties forced the king, according to Wikipedia, “to appoint a new government and begin relinquishing the control which he had imposed on the government by deposing Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. After a period for nominations for a successor, Thapa left office on June 2, 2004, and was succeeded by Deuba.”

It will be a real set back for Nepali democratic movement if the international community thinks that nomination of Thapa will herald the beginning of democratic movement in Nepal. This will be their worst short sightedness regarding Nepal policy.

Yes, I know, foreigners wont bring democracy in Nepal. It is we, the Nepali people, who have to struggle for our own rights. So, I think parties will continue their movement regardless of who becomes the PM because they are not demanding change in top post. They are demanding something more important than that. Restoration of parliament and there by democracy. And intellectuals are saying that restoration of parliament (house) is very much possible and necessary.

You cannot suppress voice of people for the long run. Instead of nominating Thapa as PM, king should restore the parliament. That will be a great leap forward for solving burning problems in Nepal.


Nomiating Thapa as PM is better than restoration of parliament to into the democratic process. If parliament is reinstalled, the corrupt MPs and political leaders will get ample opportunity to raise their heads up. If we allow these corrupt people to wake up, they will certainly ruin the nation much more than before in the name of democracy. So, the king should think on it seriously.

Comment by sita — 5/16/2005 @ 2:16 am

yes, KG, darbarias and panchas have every right to loot the country. Keep on nominating and nominating….. at your whims.

Comment by janak — 5/16/2005 @ 2:31 am

We have already seen Thapa regime many times. Why not try Pashupati Sumsher one this time? He too has India connection, and much better educated in UK than Thapa. But, where will Tulsi Giri shelter after his ouster?

Comment by Chankhe — 5/16/2005 @ 3:00 am

I agree with you Sita and Chankhe you are also right why not try Pashupati shamsher once ,, he is also qulified person but the thing is who can hold talk with Maoiest,,,,we need that man as PM… but still it is hundred times better to make Thapa as PM then these leaders of Congress and UML or any other party…. lets see what tomarrrow will bring for us….

Comment by Sujit Sigdel — 5/16/2005 @ 4:43 pm

DOES COMMON MAN IN NEPAL REALLY HAS TIME FOR THIS KIND OF HORSE-SHIT? Only few of these so-called intellectuals and drafters of Constitution, sitting inside Kathmandu Valley, speaking at press-confrences in some star-hotels, sipping bottled water, shout hoarse and loud for so-called restoration and democracy. I have not seen common man marching out demanding for democracy or so. How come these high-sounding intellectuals have no-backers from the population?

Wake up to the reality….people need food to eat, and employment to feed their families. Democarcy has not given them any of these things. It has not given them even freedom from fear of insurgency and death. Democracy should be for the people, not for some political class like Congress or CPN-UML or so-called intellectuals. These people should go to Rolpa, Rukum and Siraha to hoist flag of democracy, not in Kathmandu.

Comment by Moonflower — 5/16/2005 @ 5:12 pm

SB Thapa is obsolete. He was/is never honest. He is not democratic. If king is really serious and would like to safe Monarchy. He should hold a round table conference of all the democratic forces including RPP and ask to form the government. Whatever they may be or said, political parties are the one who represent Nepalese people never the king. If Gyanendra and his cronies think that he is popular among the people and People and he love each other why cannot he renounce crown and lead a active political life.

Comment by Ghanendra — 5/16/2005 @ 6:01 pm

G is following is his father’s old tricks. he will pick one every six months and dump. thats only he would do untill people come to street and dump him once and for all. PS or SBT, or GPK or MKN: it doesn’t matter anything unless otherwise the main issue is solved. the issue is not who becomes next PM.

Comment by boby — 5/16/2005 @ 9:13 pm


your title is ridiculous. you’re comparing appointment of thapa-paji to post of PM with the issue of house revival. you’re comparing guchcha with globe just because they are spherical? look at the diamenter first!!!

Comment by sanu — 5/16/2005 @ 9:17 pm

Whats this with reviving dead politicians- it’s time for a new generation to take over. But then again, young generation demands full democracy which would be really really bad for KG eh!

Comment by sameer — 5/17/2005 @ 9:55 am

Primeminister should be elected directly by the people of Nepal. This will be the true democracy. We can’t have any more Primeminister who leads the Party. Let us have an election not the revival of the dead parliament.

Comment by Shree Shrestha — 5/17/2005 @ 5:12 pm

Any thing is possible but I am surprised to read about possibilty of Surya Bahadur Thapa becoming Prime Minister very soon. And, indeed, I will be very surprised if it were the case.

Comment by Deepak Bista — 5/17/2005 @ 6:36 pm

Wagle go and be a congress political activist, you are no longer eligable to be an journalist. Be a true “Patraakaar” don’t sing a song of Grija and dirty Prajatantraaa, We had never been in Democracy, you better first study what is democracy and then only write about it. In congress girija don’t want to go out of his post he wants to be supremo always, he want’s his family members only to be in the high level of party, in UML madhav nepal want’s his man only to the top post, same thing in Deuba lead party, those who can pay the party office bill will not be asked about the corruption, how to expect democracy from them, shame on you wagle writing about them positvely,

Comment by Raj — 5/19/2005 @ 5:31 pm

Public Library There & Here

Dreaming about American public library in Nepal

By Rama Parajuli

There will soon be a public library in the Kathmandu valley. It will be located in Bhrikutimandap for the time being. The renovation and furnishing of the building has been almost completed. About 15 bookracks are ready. A medium size hall is being divided into a reception, a reading section, a bookrack section, and a small office.

At the beginning, the library may not be very useful. Initially, a majority of its holdings will come from donated books and old magazines. Hence it might not attract a whole lot of people. However it will be turned into a useful and exciting place if the master plan is implemented in its full. If everything goes accordingly, there will be a full-fledged public library in the capital. I would be very happy to have a library in my work town, similar to the one, I used in the US, in 2003.

I was really impressed by the library system in Ithaca, a small town in upstate New York two years ago. I and my 2 and half-year-old son were accompanying my husband for his research work to be done in the US. He chose Cornell University as a base, as he preferred to stay in a small town with a small baby around. The day after we reached Ithaca he went to the University and used its library Internet service to send email. Next day, I also went to the same place and used the library for the same purpose; we could do it without becoming a member!

Within a week, friends advised us that we should visit Ithaca public library located in the main city center. We went there. Our son was delighted to see a children’s center with a lot of children’s books, videos and computer game terminals. The process of becoming a member was so easy that the very next day we went there with our passports and got the membership card, all free of charge.

My son, Vishad really liked the library. He particularly liked the computer section for children as it contained mind games that suit his age. There used to be story-telling sessions for kids regularly. My son also took part in origami lessons. We used to ask him: where do you want to go chhora, library or playground? His answer always was: first to the library, then to the playground.

We used to bring videocassettes for Vishad and us. I could borrow cookbooks and books to learn English for 10-15 days from the library. My husband mostly borrowed books related to the history of radio in America.
My son still remembers the activities he used to do in the library. He misses it here. He frequently asks me – mamu when can we go to America, next? When I ask him why he wants to go to America, he says he wants to go back to the library.

A lot of activities sustain the Ithaca Public library. Many Volunteers work there helping it in its various departments including circulation and shelving. The public is informed about any kind of hardship that a library faces immediately. For example, during 2003, the financial contribution of the local government that supported the library was reduced drastically. As a result the library had to cut many activities including activities for children and remained closed on Sundays. One local newspaper carried the news, which was enough to generate immense response from the public. The library got the required amount of money as donation from many local donors and was able to open on Sundays and restore some of its cut activities.

There is an organization of people who are ‘friends’ of the public library system in Tompkins County that includes the city of Ithaca. It collects books and other materials as donations from one and all throughout the year. There is a place where you can donate the book for the library. Its volunteers then sort these materials and the organization holds a book sale event twice a year. It is said that this event, which lasts for more than a week each time, is the third largest of its kind in the entire US. The fund raised in this way used to support the library system.

One such sale was held during October 2003 and I was really impressed with the turnout. Apparently people come from other parts of the US to buy books. All in all, I was really impressed with the support and usefulness of the public library in Ithaca. I hope in the years to come we will have a similar library in different parts of Nepal.

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i am impressed too, even if i could never be there in the us to see the library. will our children ever be able to get such facilities? i don’t think so. because people in our country are so engrossed in politics and criticizing others that they don’t have time to think about such things. how much value a library has in our society will perhaps be reflected by the number of response your blog generates. my simple question is which is the best public library, if there is any, in nepal? the town i come from does possess a library only for namesake. and i don’t know about kathmandu as i am fairly newcomer here in this alien city.

Comment by boby — 5/15/2005 @ 12:17 pm