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!
May 28th, 2005 at 2:50 am
my visit to GorkhaPartra.org.np
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.
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
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?
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”?
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 29th, 2005 at 7:35 pm
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????
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
June 3rd, 2005 at 5:42 am
“United They Vowed To Bring Back Democracy”
keta keti aaye, guleli chalaye… matyangra ko satyanas.