By Dinesh Wagle on July 28th, 2005 in Wagle Street Journal
Are Nepalis slowly turning toward a republic Nepal?
From Left: Kanak Mani Dixit, Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey, Krishna Pahadi and Dr. Mahesh Maskey. Pic by Wagle.
It seems many in Nepal are republican. Everywhere, the voice of republicanism has been dominating: From the street to the Special sessions of the dissolved parliament. I am not sure if all people, mostly political leaders, are serious about their republican commitment. But I can be pretty much confident over the views expressed by the likes of Krishna Pahadi, a prominent human rights leader. And today, when this man, decorated as always in the yellow getup that is no less powerful than that of Army camouflage, spoke of his views on current turmoil and the future, in the erstwhile theatre of Patan Ashok, the hall thundered into applauds. Listeners were members of civil society including journalists, academicians, writers and other professionals who paid Rs 50 voluntarily to attend the program.
A new good trend has started in Nepal: you pay for listening poems to lectures. I missed my cup of tea and cookies because I left the program tentatively 4 minutes earlier (I knew it later).
“The present regime carries criminal trait,” Pahadi said. “And even foreigners have realized this than ourselves that is very much unfortunate and our national pride has severely been affected.”
Kulal Dangol, who declared Patan a republican area in the 1990’s Mass Movement, was present in the program. Pic by Wagle.
“[Feb 1st’s] Royal Proclamation is based on two negative agendas: 1. The parties’ “inefficiency”, and 2. Maoist’s violence. So, King’s rule doesn’t represent people’s views and it lacks their faith and support.”
“Journalists hold rally, members of civil society get arrested and parties release press statements. This is quite opposite. Engine of the movement is political party. They should come forward against the monarchy. They should clearly tell people their agendas. Parties are the ones who have to do this all. We are just their supporters. In this time, when the society is demanding the multi-party democracy back, there is no use of criticizing parties. But parties should reform themselves and become clear over their objectives.”
Pahadi pointed out that the root of all problems is monarchy and at this time when the king himself has decided not to live within constitutional framework, we donâ��t need to bring him back to constitutional cap. “To talk about constitutional monarchy is foolishness now. The door has been opened by the king’s intention. “We should abolish monarchy,” he said. “Change is imminent.”
He reminded the crowd about the Bhumigat Giroha (Underground Mafia), a terminology that was very much infamous in the last years of Panchayat system. “Many people used to associate the Bhumigat Giroha with the present his majesty,” he said. And the man from that Giroha who tried to kill a journalist has now been nominated minister in the royal cabinet.”
On the context of possible peace talks, Pahadi said, “not even a beggar would talk with this unconstitutional and illegitimate government.”
Now is the time to take bold decision, Pahadi siad, otherwise we would be like Sisyphus playing with the endless game with stone. For him the stone was the monarchy.
Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit was the moderator of the program organized by Himsha Birodhi Abhiyaan (Campaign Against Violence). Other panelists were Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey and Dr. Mahesh Maskey.
Maskey tried to analyze the background of the conflict. “Our state’s basic characteristic is feudal. We tried to exercise democracy twice by keeping that trait unchanged. And both times we failed. The structure of the state, social/economic context is same but we tried to implement democracy and we became unsuccessful.”
Now is the time to change the basic characteristic of the state, he said.
“Maoists didnâ��t bring the talk of Constitutional Assembly and its election. It has been there for the last 50 years. It was there in 1950. Why the state prevented the election of CA at that time and is doing that now? Efforts to make the regime responsible to the people have always been hampered by the monarchy.”
“There is historical necessity for the Maoists and the parties to come together, at one place. The talks and cease-fire should first happen between parties and the Maoist. And we have already seen some development on that front. If the progressive side becomes one, then there might not be the need of further talks with the regressive regime.”
Dr. Dvendra Raj Pandey said that there was no possibility of holding talks with the king at present. Talks always happen between the state and the rebellious side. “But now, the king has no legitimacy and authority to hold talks with the Maoists. And he is not serious on talks,” he said.
“Because of the recent communiquÃ©s, a ray of hope has appeared on Maoist’s seriousness over the talks. This is a positive development. But who will declare the cease-fire first? We hope Maoist declare that. But what about the regime if Maoists declare the cease-fire? The regime is not serious about talks. It is looking for arms.”
The king shouldn’t be given any role now, Pandey said.
15 Responses to “Rising Voice of Republicanism”
1. s.simha Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 7:00 pm
now is the right time….
it’s been long citizen of nepal being so called “prajaa”…
let’s be “naagarik” now
2. republic nepal Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:12 pm
I like it. Since many years I am waiting for it.
3. nationalist Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:21 pm
I do not understand why the Neplaese parties can not do some fixed decesions? The leaders of their sister organizations as well as the leaders of Nagarik Samaj are demanding a complete or absolute multiparty democracy i.e. a republic democracy? Why the parites can not make their views clear wheather they want constitutional monarcy still or republican democracy? I think this is the incompetency of the party leaders to give their clear vision. If they can not do any decisions, and if they belive in democracy, why do not they call their Mahasamity meeting and discuss these matter and give a clear vision so that the leaders like Gagan thapa won’t be in confusion wheather constitutional monarchy or absolute democracy.
So, so, its time to give some clear vision. King Gynendra has already given his clear vision that he wants absolute monarchy with multi party exactly similar to Panchayet. Only difference is there were no party in Panchayat but now there will be party but active monarchy( Alibadhi sudhariyeko Panchayet).
So i urge all the parties make your vision clear first.
4. Ghanendra Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 8:36 pm
Are Nepalis slowly turning toward a republic Nepal?
Absolutely, YES. There is no point regarding the NAIKE of BHUMIGAT GIROH, mastermind of royal carnage and his [icd] to king and crown prince of Nepal.
Let us abolish MONARCHY, a white elephant in the poorest country. Following note asks thios.
Excerpts from Dhrubahari Adhikaryâ��s article reproduced with the courtesy http://www.atimes.com:
Monarchy and Maoism are ideologically poles apart, but in present-day Nepal there is one agenda where protagonists of both sides share a common stand: they hate political parties. That is why some analysts suspect they have been working in tandem, and this perception is not without a basis. Senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, for instance, once publicly claimed that his party had forged a “working unity” with King Birendra a few months before he was slain in a mysterious palace carnage, in June 2001.
The present kingâ��s incumbent foreign minister, Ramesh Nath Pandey, provided another ground for speculation also during the reign of the late king. Pandey, who then was only a king’s nominee in the upper house of parliament, admitted in a newspaper interview that he had had secret meetings with top Maoist leaders – billed terrorists by the government of the day. Adding an element of curiosity. He also did not mention who authorized those clandestine meetings. Political developments of the recent past portend more complexities.
In recent occasion, Kirtinidhi Bista, one of the two vice chairmen in the king’s cabinet, flatly brushed aside the idea of accepting external assistance or mediation in resolving the conflict in Nepal. Bista’s reaction that the royal government was capable of resolving “the Maoist problem ourselves” came right after his meeting with visiting UN envoy Brahimi.
If resolution of the Maoist problem is indeed as easy a task as Bista seems to suggest, then wouldn’t it let skeptics repeat their old argument that the Maoist movement was nothing but a creation of palace hardliners who were looking for a pretext to destabilize democracy and prove it unsuitable for a country like Nepal?
5. Pramod Aryal Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 11:12 pm
Not turning but at Verge of Republic of Nepal. Kudo to civil society, student leaders like Gagan Thapan, and student and youth who have been fighiting.
6. chinta Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 11:36 pm
Proud of these men. Honest, intelligent, incorruptible: these people, hopefully, will lead the new Nepal.
It is time parties formally declare themselves for the republic of Nepal.
7. t giri Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:08 am
of course, we are here to help frame the new republic!
8. Symus Lynn Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:57 pm
Bring Down the Wall
9. Ramu Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:07 pm
Look at these jokers calling for a new society when they themselves are so corrupt that all of them have one of the other NGO getting dirty money from INGOs on separating Nepal into various ethnic and linguistic groups. Devendra Raj Pandey has his office that gets money from the DANIDA, Kanak Mani gets his money for the HImal from the UNDP and others, same with Maskay. These are hell-bent in turning Nepal into a death zone where vultures fly on top of dead bodies of children and innocent women. That will be seen very soon in Kathmandu itself if these traitors are allowed to speak whatever they want. All countries have historically seen these types of “intellectuals” who want to destabilize one’s own motherland and then let generations to repent. Like in Afghanistan, three generations of Nepalese will not be able to go to achools, three generations will not know anything except M16 rifles, and nothing but women in black burkha will walk in the streets of Kathmandu. The army will turn into a guerrilla outfit killing thousands.
Even the Indian Army which has Nepalese in it and which has not been able to control a handful of ULFA rebels will not be able to tame the RNA which will result in total chaos. That’s what some foreigners want that’s want Kanak Mani and Devendra Raj want. But Nepalese are well aware that we have successfully foiled all attempts of these beourgois conspirers throughout history.
10. Kk Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:12 pm
Didn’t you see how the Haryana Police beat up thousands of protestors in Gurgaon the other day? Didn’t it look like a revolution when blood was pouring out from thousands of heads and police water canons cleaning it on the streets of Gurgaon? These things happen everyday in major cities like Gurgaon and Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a huge population. There will always be people who want to create chaos. Nothing much to read on these things. Of course, politicians like in India and in Nepal will want to derive political capital out of it but the people very well know that we have to go ahead with our daily lives.
11. anonymousa Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:28 pm
KG, a Maharaja of the 21st century, acting like in the 19th. What about the people, do they agree, it is time to let them decide upon the future of Nepal.
12. Harke Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 7:37 am
At Home: Journalists, professors, doctors, Lawyers, engineers, political parties, students…all are against KG. Maoists control rural areas.
Around the Globe: Only one person in the globe that has supported KG publicly is Pervez Musharuf, whose background is as worse as KG (I am not sure if Musharuf also did smuggling).
KG’s supporters in Nepal: bank defaulters…convicted criminals, corrupts, greedy millinnares (remember FM Rana)…
Will somebody tell me who else support this King except Musharuf and a slave called RAMU (above)??
13. samsung Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 8:46 am
Harke, it is better to be a slave of an institution like the monarchy which has kept Nepal sovereign throughout the tumultous history than be a slave of foreigners who want to make Nepal another Afgahnistan and destroy the lives of over three generations of Nepalese.
14. Deshbhakta Says:
August 1st, 2005 at 9:55 am
Institution like monarchy???? You mean KG, his brother and his forefathers?? By the way what they did they to people??? Yes, their psedo-sovereignity notwithstanding, they sucked the blood of the poor. Don’t you see…how this KG is leading a “council of minsiters” composed of bank defaulters, convicted criminals and corrupts….? You can be proud of your “institution.” Sorry not me…
Kingsship must go if you want to save Nepal from becoming Afganstan….KG will relish in the country as long as Nepal has resources. Wen Nepal runs out of money for his luxurious cars, treatment for his relatives and so on…he will sell Nepal.
Come to your sense, Wo/man.
15. karsang Says:
September 14th, 2005 at 8:10 pm
Yes, the time has come for us to move towards “DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF NEPAL” nothing more nothing less. What is needed to a clear vision from the political leaders to win lost trust from general public and our presence in the streets. Streets are still not filled with demonstrators like the one we saw in 1989.
Maosits should not aim for “communitst republic” when the whole world is swept with “capitalist democracy” including in China Russia where the communism took roots. We need to have inclusive democracy to achieve peace and progress in Napal. The need of the hour is to uproot the “Monarch” so each citizen can stand as dignified citizens of Nepal not “praza”. The kings and Monarch as institutions repreatedly took away our fundamental rights time and again, so there is simply no room to trust the Monarch even as cerimonial. Why do we need cerimony anyway. The democratic countries celebrat everything without kings…..royal. Only value I see them is in history and perhaps as tourism attraction so Paras can also party with foriegn female visitors….?????
Let say jai Nepal and down Monarch…jai democratic republic of Nepal