Don't Forget Their Blood

Martyrs of Janaadolan-II: Here is a list, prepared by eKantipur, of those brave Nepali people who lost their lives while fighting for our freedom.

KATHMANDU, April 22 – On Friday, the 16th day of the Janaandolan-II, the capital witnessed what arguably is the demonstration by largest numbers of people. But at least 15 persons had to sacrifice their lives in course of the movement. Here are their names.

Date of martyrdom
Security agency responsible

1. Umesh Chandra Thapa
February 8
RNA men

2. Darshan Lal Yadav
Rajbiraj, Saptari
April 6

3. Bhimsen Dahal
Pokhara, Kaski
April 8
RNA men

4. Tulasi Chettri
April 9
Read the rest of the list in eKantipur.

Published by UWB

Pioneering blog from Nepal...since 2004.

15 thoughts on “Don't Forget Their Blood

  1. May all the departed souls Rest in Peace !

    Samabeshi Loktantra Jindabad !
    Sambidhan Sabha Chahinchha Chahinchha !



  3. This is an interesting article written by a representative of a new generation:Too little, too late
    By Siddhartha Thapa
    21st April 2006

    New York: A political breakthrough was imminent as pro-democracy demonstrations garnered widespread popularity in Nepal. However, even though the King has vowed to hand over power to leaders of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA), agitators still loom on the streets of Kathmandu. Fundamental issues, such as re-activating the 1990 Constitution, forming a constituent assembly, or even wholeheartedly supporting a Republican agenda if that will bring peace by encouraging the Maoists to join the political mainstream, remain at bay. These issues need to be addressed urgently if Nepal is to evade weeks of further unrest, but major differences are bound to surface in the SPA. While the Nepali Congress (united) may opt to respond positively to the King’s call, Madhav Nepal and comrades of other fringe Leftist parties might not settle for anything less than constituent assembly elections.

    It took almost four years of cumulative propaganda to convince the people to voice their opinion against harm done to the 1990 Constitution and take to the streets. Clearly, political parties had failed to live up to the euphoria of a new democratic Nepal. If the parties were to blame for corruption and bad governance, the Maoists were busy dismantling the workings of a multi-party system. The king on the other hand, waited for an opportune moment to strike a coup.

    A return to the old constitution could not stir a popular movement; a more radical idea was needed to attract crowds. Today, a constituent assembly or even a republic meets the requirement for popular rhetoric. The present agitation picked up momentum as a result of SPA leaders giving assurances that only either of these would resolve the impasse. Party leaders have to take into consideration the sentiments of their cadres and people who have given their lives during these protests. If the parties were to respect the sentiments of the agitators, nothing less than a constituent assembly election would suffice.

    However, one cannot discount infiltration by Maoists in the present agitation. While GP Koirala has denied collaborating with the Maoists, their spokesman KB Mahara claimed his party was actively taking part in this agitation.

    It took as many as 16 days and 15 deaths to compel the King to compromise. Perhaps if the King had acted during initial phases of the movement, the parties would have by now softened their demands and formed an interim government. But the agitation has provided necessary ground for removal of the monarchy. Radical students on the streets have facilitated enough room for the amalgamation of all Republican forces in the country. Why would the republicans retreat when they are so close to victory?

    Madhav Nepal has already voiced his opinion in favor of a republic Nepal upon release from detention although the King seems unwilling to consider even constituent assembly elections. The royal proclamation was used to reiterate his stance – that he firmly believes in a constitution which he has abused a countless number of times.

    Even if the political parties were to participate in this government, none of their demands would be met. The SPA wanted restoration of the lower house of parliament and the resolution of a constituent assembly through parliament.

    However, by accepting the Kings offer, the political parties would be making major concessions in their demands, but it is yet to be seen whether all sides are ready to do so. Firstly, by responding to the Kings call, the parties would be ignoring sentiments of their student unions and cadres, without whom their agitation would have certainly failed. Secondly, the King will still have the power to hire and fire a prime minister at any given time. Thirdly, the 12-point agreement with the Maoists could come under threat as the Maoists may withdraw from the understanding. This is something some party leaders may not be willing to concede. Lastly, the parties may not find a consensual candidate for the prime ministerial post yet again.

    But on the other hand the SPA could respond collectively to form an interim government. Using prime ministerial prerogatives, the latter could stipulate the monarch for restoration of the House of Representatives.

    Given the possibility that the SPA might not respond to the reconciliatory call of the monarch, the King could invite a politician outside the SPA to form broad based interim government. Reacting to the Kings speech, both India and USA have cautiously welcomed the Kings commitment to cede executive powers. As the protests mount, the Maoists on the other hand will be seeking to further infiltrate the movement to instigate the masses. Clearly the RNA is the only force that has been restricting the Maoists from taking over the country. The Maoists are using these protests as a catalyst to take over Kathmandu.

    Opting for a Constituent Assembly would prove detrimental to the stability of the country. Re-activation of the 1990 Constitution through consensus and election would iron out the differences between the Monarch and the parties. However, as long as the political parties and king remain at confrontation, the Maoist will always sense victory. And if the political parties act in haste and cede to the demands of the Maoists, it is the Maoists who will gain leverage, as it will lead to the polarization of leftist forces in the country. The Maoists have to though surrender arms if they are committed to the process of Constituent Assembly. Any further polarization into extremism will invite a more chaotic situation in Nepal.

    As violence escalates in Nepal, India has stepped up its diplomatic efforts in Nepal. Taking into consideration the possible outbreak of anarchy, India will start persuading the political parties to positively respond to the Monarchs call for reconciliation. Even the Americans are engaged in diplomatic maneuverings with the political parties to respond to the call of the Monarch.

    Jaswant Singh, former External Affairs Minister and opposition leader of the upper house will be visiting Kathmandu next week. The senior BJP leader will be heading to Kathmandu on a mission to iron out the differences between the constitutional forces. Therefore, the diplomatic community in Nepal (India, USA and China) could playing a leading role in the next few days to come up with an amicable solution to avert yet another confrontation between the constitutional forces.

    Although the 1990 Constitution would provide enough room and space for the political parties and king to chalk out their differences; the mood in the streets of Kathmandu seems to have surpassed what the SPA had initially asked for, restoration of the lower house of parliament and the resolution of a constituent assembly through parliament.

    Jai Loktantra

  4. What does a curfew mean?

    Let justice prevail!

    All guilty to the court.

    All possible sympathy to victims and family of the killed: all possible satisfaction arrangements for them.
    Memorial sites for all martyrs in stead of king’s statues.

    My continous blessing, hope and prayer goes to the couragous People of NEPAL.
    Keep your back steight, all moral support from Ameland.

  5. It seems yobbos ruling the streets in Kathmandu and kantipur hooligans ruling the net.

  6. Please read my comment carefully and let’s discuss on this aspect too. writes:???, ????? ???????????? ?????? ????????? ?????? ?????????? ????? ??????? ?????? ?? ?????? ???? There is no doubt that now democracy/republicanism ushers in Nepal. After democracy comes there, we must punish those culprits who killed people and used excessive force. Not only of the martyers but let’s start making list of these Culprits also……….
    i am making list here
    1. Gynendra shah-narayanhiti palace
    2.Kirtinidhi Bista/Kamal Thapa/Tulsi Giri-whereever they are
    3.Army Head/police head/arm Police Head
    4. SSP Madhab Thapa-who snubbed NHRC’s caution
    5. ????????? ?????? ?????????? ???
    6. Please find out the name of those police who ordered to shoot in Jhapa, Bara, Dang and other places.
    7. We should not forget these Culprit’s name and
    When democracy/Republican set up is there, proper criminal action shoule be inotiated………
    Find out other culprits’ name and add in the list please.

  7. Dibyadristi says:

    Well, what about the coverup, you shot Birendras family, the only profiteers are Gyanendra and Paras, the most hated royals, they have no future in Nepal

  8. I agree “too little to late”. criminals must be punished. We should not leave our country always forgiving the criminals. We are doomed by fatalism.

  9. KG presented himself as an anti-india till the end but when Karan Singh came to KTM, he retracted to the square one.But I feel shame because KG acted on the advice of India at the end. He could have declared this thing in the New Year’s message. But he wanted to have fullfledged dictatorship till the end as suggested by Giri.

    If you look at the Hindustan Times today,all the credit is taken by India for the whple episode. So leadrs should not accept this soltuion. We do not agree to the political solution imposed by outside.The solution must come from Nepalese themselves.

  10. We compromised all the times: 2007, 2046 and today. The BIG NO. So continue the agitation. Do not forgive anybody on the pretext of compromise.All culprits should get punishment. We did not punish the people in 1991 as reccommended by the Mullick Report, thats why the peole like Kamal Thapa, Nirajan and Sharad Chandra are still ruling us till today and tomorrow.

    There is no need to take them to the International Court. Can’t the justice system in Nepal punish them in Nepal. Is our justice system that incapable ?

    Otherwise, constitute a special court and televise their proceedings so that all Nepalese can listen to them who gave the final orders to kill people. We must find out this time.

  11. The new govt should not forget to care for family of
    our Martyrs. Those who have become handicaped should
    be given Job and monetary support.

  12. be ready for a lot and lot and lot more corpses of young people of nepal….

    people of nepal ur stupidity has given maoist the full fledged opportunity to spread their wing… this is heart breaking….

    nepal… be ready for a lot more corpses….

  13. Thanks people for bringing democracy back but be ready to warn the leaders to ensure they declare constituent assembly elections
    Why my comments are not posted?

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: