Protesters Pour in Despite Downpour

Pic by Bikas Karki

Mission Palace
Today’s half a million mass, chanting anti-monarchy slogans, was clearly headed towards palace. But, the state again used its weapons of brutality. Today, the state was more ruthless. Yesterday’s patience and restraints were vanished. Yesterday’s movement was a threat, but state has intensified the supression today.

United We Stand: SPA leaders after the meeting
Pic by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur

No Compromise
However, there is silvering lining in the dark cloud. As SPA leaders decided to stick to people power, they truly deserve accolades. This shows that politics-hardened leaders have grown mature, they have learnt from their earlier mistakes. They are also abiding to public pressure. They have shown unity by not accepting king’s offer and being monolithic.

Mobile and Movement
The mobile has been targeted by royal regime every now and then. Coincidently, a plethora of SMSes were circulated yeasterday after the royal address. Moreover, mobile is a handy means to spread infos about the movement. Yesterday, I saw many protesters informing their friends/relatives via mobile.

What Next?
The peaceful protests on the one hand, have been hailed internationally as a hallmark of people’s power while king is being isolated, his myth shattered and subject to scrutiny and critique on the other. Foreign media who basked on the only Hindu king on earth, are now waking up to the reality and are highlighting king’s unpopularity. The movement would probably stop only after its goal ie formation of all party interim government that will be responsible to hold election of Constituent Assembly.


87 thoughts on “Protesters Pour in Despite Downpour”

  1. Do not talk any nonsense about body weight and height? It does not a matter. Nepali has already tested Girija nad Gynendera, Sher and other bloddy royalists. Let’s try Prchnada and Babu Ram? It is high time to try them? Do not afraid of communism and socialism? It is the philoshophy for poor and oppressed classed? Do not get under influenced that is created negatively by western media which are hyped up excessively against communism.


  2. I am scared of Maoists. Oops that was supposed to be a secret, Sandesh. What gave it away ?

    And actually you don’t own this blog to order me to quit. Or we already are practising the great political system aka maoism ? Just ignore me Sandesh if I bother you that much : )


  3. You are confusing here with the talk of Socialism and Communism. What do you want ? Socialist baburam or Communist Baburam ?


  4. Glade,
    Where you had practised socialist system? Is it under Gynendra or Suryabhadur or Deuba? You are poisoned by the western media that are spun against communism /sociliasm? Try Prachanda/ Baburam? If they not follow their word or prctised hanged them?


  5. Check out Manjushree Thapa’s piece in the Hindustan Times. Pretty good. But more importantly, courageous. If she’s living in Nepal, even more so.

    For she doesn’t call him ‘King’ anymore. Its just ‘Shah’. Shah did this, Shah did that.

    Its just what we need. We need to bring down that pompous fat prick down to earth. No more King. Now he’s an ordinary guy.


  6. I consider myself as a socialist and yes I know a thing or two about it. Never in a clear mind I will ever consider Baburam or Prachanda as socialist leaders and no it is not because of the influence of the foreign media. You can’t make an excuse to give them a chance because our political parties messed things up. That was the same mistake Raja G had done. It was the clear example of ‘I am better than thou’ statement. Don’t you remember how he tried to lure people to support him stating the fact that the democratic elected government failed to solve the problems ? Why should I support Maoists now when they never even participated in any kind of election ? yes ofcourse if tomorrow they come to political mainstream, if they lay down their arms , if people will chose them to run the country, I will accept it. But still I will not support them.


  7. Manan just out of curiousity are you and Melissa related in some sorta weird ways ? You both seem to use ‘fat’ word a lot ; )


  8. Glade,
    Do not hyped any thing that you do not know. Nation should try( if you like or not Maoist) CA and decide the role of king in Nepali politics. It is crystal clear King is not a God. We do not need to raise this expensive HYPOPOTAMOS at the cost of starved Nepal. WE should not put oursrlves powerless. WHo is this Gyane who gives us sometimes poer and takes it back again when he thinks so. We should know to act in 21st century like a civilized citizen.


  9. The Shah of Nepal has got to go!

    Ambassador Moriarty, hope you have an Apache ready for the Shah of Nepal. By the way, have a couple of Bordeaux wines and a carton of Marlboro handy for him as well. He may not have the time to grab the smokes after he cleans out the poor Nepali’s treasury.


  10. SPA Leaders b very careful of each and every u take

    the blood of the dead must not go in vain. actually we the ppl do not have too much faith upon u all leaders too because of the grim past we have faced and the deeds that u had done.

    but yes, hell with this current govt. and hell with this king, this king should go down. he is nothing but a cashier in in “republig” nepal. he is sweeping nepalese hard-earned money to his switzerland a/c. he does not want to be a king but he wants to “rule” the country. but we cannot stand that.

    let’s c for how long can he put on the curfew? how long can this stalemate situation goes? how long the neighbouring country virtually support him?


  11. Nepal’s troubled kingdom (As published in the Hindustan Times, Apologies for copyright infringement– fair use under extraordinary circumstances).

    Guest column | Manjushree Thapa

    April 22, 2006

    The writing has long been on the wall for Nepal — in bold, italicised and underlined letters — yet India and the international community still, sometimes, appear not to see it. Maybe they have had trouble understanding it because it is in Nepali script. In that case, a translation is needed.

    There is no way to resolve Nepal’s crisis but by going for a Constituent Assembly. On April 21, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah, facing the most widespread, charged and furious mass uprising in Nepal’s 237 years’ history, belatedly threw out a crumb upon Karan Singh’s prodding. He invited the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) to nominate a prime minister-and return to the aegis of the 1990 Constitution.

    India and the international community hastily welcomed this as a concession. Nepalis, though, mistrusted it as a ploy that was — like all of Shah’s ploys — too clever by half.

    The 1990 Constitution, after all, lies in tatters. Shah shredded it himself by misinterpreting clause upon ambiguous clause in his favour upon transgressing the role of a constitutional monarch in October 2002. Using the military to cow his opposition and deploying handpicked Cabinet members to pass arbitrary (even bizarre) ordinances, he meddled in every branch of government, stymieing every hard-won right, reversing all hard-earned civil liberties. He cannot, now, suggest we return to the 1990 Constitution. There is no Constitution there to return to.

    And 13,000 Nepalis have not died, hundreds of thousands of people have not been displaced, the lives and livelihoods of 28 million Nepalis have not been torn asunder just so we could return to what was, to begin with, a very flawed charter.

    Even those who helped to draft the 1990 Constitution have long conceded that the document had fatal oversights. The most obvious of these were the articles that enabled Shah to seize power, in particular one clause that granted the monarch the power to ‘unloosen’ constitutional knots, and another granting him undue sway over the Royal Nepal Army.

    Shah’s April 21 speech has been received by Nepalis as a cynical attempt to preserve these powers.

    The very tone of his speech suggests his ‘concessions’ were made in bad faith. Using the royal ‘we’, he said, “We were compelled to make the decision of February 1, 2005, to set in motion a meaningful exercise in multiparty democracy.” (Oh. Were we not just making an illegal power grab?) The Nepali people, he claimed, supported this decision. (Is this why they have so rapidly turned republican?) The Shah dynasty, he said, reigned “in accordance with the popular will.” He expressed an “unflinching commitment” towards constitutional monarchy and multiparty democracy — in that order — and conceded that the source of sovereign authority was inherent in the people.

    But just as our sovereignty wasn’t Shah’s to snatch from us in 2002, it isn’t his to give back to us now.

    The Seven Party Alliance has rejected his offer, and the popular uprising is set to continue: it’s constituent assembly or bust.

    Given the high emotions running through the masses, given Shah’s mad obstinacy, and given the immense uncertainty about how the Royal Nepal Army will conduct itself, the situation is extremely explosive.

    For India and the international community, the time has come to unequivocally back the Nepali people — instead of trying, as they have so far, to save a monarchy that isn’t trying to save itself.

    For from the start of Nepal’s political meltdown, India has played a lead role in setting the international community’s policy vis-à-vis Nepal. After Nepal, India has the greatest stake in seeing the situation stabilise. It has blocked or discouraged third-party offers of mediation to preserve its lead role. And so India cannot, now, attempt quick-fix solutions. Neither can it go overboard by intervening directly or sending troops should Indian interests be threatened. (For Shah would not be above playing the anti-Indian card as a provocation).

    What India can do — and soon — is to pull out all stops to force Shah to agree to a Constituent Assembly. Why send only Karan Singh and a few senior statesmen? Send Sitaram Yechury and an all-party team. Deploy General Ashok Mehta to talk carrot-and-stick to the Royal Nepal Army. Offer safety (though not impunity) to those who might want out. So far India has acted like an enlightened superpower rather than as a possessive big brother. It must show the wisdom to step back as well, to make way for third-party or UN mediation for long-term goals such as disarming the Maoists, rebuilding governance, working towards truth and reconciliation.

    There is so much to do to get the country recovering and get it on its way to growth. We have already suffered too much at Shah’s whims. There is nothing radical in the demand for a Constituent Assembly. The Nepali people have the right to a new Constitution — one that keeps or lets go of the monarchy, as popular will may dictate.

    (The writer’s last book was Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy For Democracy. She’s based in Nepal.)


  12. hello almighty bhudai pandit,
    remember the last comment about international powers in Nepal? i was not saying there is none of it in Nepalese politics. i was saying there is too much of it. your commet was not just admitting the foreign power but also praising it.

    i do understand that governments do not always represent the people. and you are right about the middle east. that is what exactly my point was too. we are very close to the countries in that region. if India, US etc start supporting the king at this stage, there is no way that people in streets in Nepal could change anything.

    so its obviously not the people in the streets who make decisions but the leaders. i am sure they (people) ever wanted foreigners to dictate what is right for Nepal.


  13. “The demonstrations turned violent in several places in Kathmandu and its suburb Patan. In some instances, groups of young men
    destroyed public and private property, attempted to set fire to government buildings, and attacked police with stones and bottles. Police initially exercised restraint, but by the third and fourth day of the protests police fired indiscriminately into crowds or at specific curfew violators. At least 16 people were killed, including several innocent bystanders.”

    Sounds like a paragraph from yesterday’s newspaper? WRONG. This is from the 1993 Nepal Human Rights Report. Girija at the helm, communists on the streets. So protesters are fired upon in “democracies” too, right? Or, as the SPAM obsessively says about everything, wat it the palace’s ploy?


  14. buda,
    so you have finally reached to University of Illinois website and have managed to dig out the 1993 Nepal Human Rights Report prepared by US State department. And now you are jumping around clicking your heels together, happily, afterall you have made a great discovery.

    Yes there had been curfews in 1993, 16 people were killed during the protest after the accident of Bhandari and Prasit. You also forgot to mention about the Tibetean monk who was trying to seek refuge in Nepal. Would have made a stronger point. But do you understand the difference now and then ? Can’t you even see the differnce between these TWO protests ? Or you are just blind to criticize SPAM ( as you call them ) for everything ???


  15. Blog editor,
    I thought it is a free forum. I didn’t used foul language, did not accused anyone personally, so why are you blocking my statements? I just asked people to do some editing and home work before they post their message here. Kahi Chorko khutta Tan …. ta bhaena?


  16. The SPA alliance’s ides of parallel government might be worth considering, with the support of the people, we can pretty much drain the power out of royal government and ultimately replace it with legitimate government of people, Of course, the king will be made history at that time. The arragance of this king has surprised every one, even the die-hard supporters of his inner circle, I am not sure how he thinks he can overcome the rising tide of people against him, the security personnel will lend him a hand for only so long before they realise the sake of this country relies on people not an autocrat who is so out of touch, it is absurd to hear him talk. he is so removed from the reality, one is forced to think which era he is living in and what happened to his so called visit to places and interactions with people. What did he get out of all that or was he actually there to listen to them? It seems now that was all a hollow excercise for a photo-op for selfish king. Shame on this guy and same on people who continue to support him even as people are being killed for his sillyness. Wake up!!!
    The guy dug the grave himself when he time and agin violated the constitution, hand picking and firing primeministers, all the while not realizing this same act might bite him one day. Now trying to use the same constitution to protect him, is going to be an hollow excercise, people are not going to trust this lier of a king, once a lier, lier forever. Once an abuser, an abuser forever. Trust once lost, is lost forever. The virtue of the country is violated and the entire population knows what that means. An assult on people’s aspiration is a suicidal act, if this king does not get that now, he may never get it.


  17. [tring tring]

    “oei mula, hya malai ghar basda basda alchi lagi sakyo. kaile nasakine curfew. tyo hamro stump haru ko sanga cha?? stump haru liera tyata tala aejja hai……atti bhayo sale….chittai aeejja hai…ma tyatai hunchu.”


  18. All you bloggers who are clamouring for an instant republic as if this would set everything in Nepal that is wrong right take a minute to think about the endless suffering the people of Nepal are going through already. The economy is at the verge of collapse. Strikes and curfews has meant that the vast majority of Nepali’s are not getting two square meals a day-someone probably not even one.

    I live here in Kathmandu and have been monitoring the situation here as best as I can. I am posting my comments with the help of an expensive IBM laptop, I am well stocked up on food and every chance I get during a curfew break I have the cash to go out and replenish my stock. I could comfortably go on like this for a couple of months. However this gives me no right to dismiss the suffering of my fellow Nepali’s, to ask of them for more of their sacrifice just to achieve the ideal of a republic (which would probably neglect their sufferings as much as Gyane).

    With Gyane’s climbdown there was an opportunity to immediately wrest substantial power from him. An oppurtunity for the SPA to form a governement, to call the Maoists for talks to join the mainstream, to call for a fair general election under UN supervision, to pass such laws after the elections to form a constituent assembly, to rid the monarchy without bloodshed and misery for us Nepali’s. But the SPA leadership are a bunch of cowardly idiots with no vision for this country and no understanding or care for the suffering of the people who they claim to represent. After hours of consultation they rejected Gyane’s offer (Gyane is probably delighted) and declared that the matter is now with the people. Excuse me, the 1 million people who took to the streets or the 27 million people who wish for peace, stability and progress?

    What do we have now? A stalemate where Gyane is stronger. He has already made his offer to hand over executive powers to the SPA. More suffering for the people of Nepal-strikes and curfews. Protesters who by the day will lessen in number. A silent majority who will slowly start to curse the SPA for the hardships they will have to further endure.

    I hate Gyane and his family and the psychophants that surrond him.I dislike the Maoists and don’t trust them for their murderous violence. The SPA are a bunch of cowards who refuse to act with any responsibility for the people they claim to represent.

    So all you f*cked up bloggers surfing the internet from the cosy comfort of your homes-think before you clamour for an instant republic as if it’s miracle caffe latte at Starbucks. We can get there but it ain’t fast food and as an enlightened blogger reminded us-democracy is a process not a destination.


  19. Can anyone put their opinion on the change of statement by Indian government about King’s offer. (Initailly they welcomed the move but later they said what king has offered is not enough)?

    Are they trying to play the diplomatic game again?


  20. Grand Design Theory
    I think it is right time to speak about the grand Design theory.. Girija why do not you speak about it now?


  21. Very Well put Kirat!
    I too think these people who are jumping up and down about an instant replublic are not thinking things through…


  22. Hi Pundit,

    Everyone is becoming a M. Van De Beer. I am so worried about my people and country and my own family’s future too. As I actually live here I guess it’s easier for me to see the suffering of the people. But really most bloggers have the benefit of an education- I wish they would think before writing.


  23. Very true Kirat

    Democracy is a process not a destination.
    After 2046 everybody thought democracy was our destination and we got it. But that is so untrue.
    After democracy these leaders became so corrupted that they just saw themselves and their family. Everybody who gave them oppositon idea became “Aatankakari”.
    These leaders might didn’t got money from Gyane i guess so they didn’t accepted his offer. Its their behaviour right to get money for everything they do?
    Gyane gave the first step. Leaders are saying Gyane to declare CA, Peacetalks etc. If everyhing is done by Gyane then what will these SPA do just sit around.
    SPA should go to form a government. Call for a peace talk. Then go for CA.
    WE just need peace out here for a start in Nepal.


  24. Democracy is freedom to manipulate Everything in the realm of never ending cycles of Reason, Either Good become Bad or False become Right
    Up to the Shallow meaning of understanding or in to a Deeper understanding of Democratic Expressions.
    Might as well “think before we Act”


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