Importance of Being Girija

Girija Prasad Koirala, the PM designate, has accepted the greatest challenge of his political career. His performance and delivery in coming days will eventually write the leadline of his obituary.

Girja prasad waves hand to demonstrators
Girja prasad waves to demonstrators
Flowers and Thorns: Koirala has a history of a beleaguered PM and an appealing opposition leader Pic by Prakash Mathema

By Deepak Adhikari

When Seven Party Alliance (SPA) approved Nepali Congress chairman Girija Prasad Koirala as upcoming Prime Minister, he is bestowed with historical responsibility. If he can manage to dabble in these turbulent and transitional times, history will give credit to him.

At the moment, there is no leader of his stature. Time has given him one more opportunity to write his name in golden letters in the books of history. Continue reading Importance of Being Girija

Is Monarchy Relevant for Nepal? (Part I)

Though this article was written immediately after king’s first address, UWB has published it in order to bring the issue of monarchy for public debate.

By Mahesh Poudyal

Friday night’s talk – after the royal proclamation – was mainly about king Gyanendra trying to split the SPA-Maoist alliance by offering the post of PM to the SPA. However, people seemed to have realised his ploy as soon as his speech ended. We heard about the overnight demonstrations in Kathmandu and in a number of districts and cities outside Kathmandu – most notably those in Butwal area – rejecting palace’s offer. SPA leaders, after meeting on Saturday morning, had no choice but to follow the will of the public and they finally rejected palace’s offer officially late on Saturday morning. So it seems we’ll be seeing more demonstrations in days to come and it also seems Nepal is heading towards being a republic and not stay as a kingdom. The hot topic today in most of the online discussions, as well as in radio forums, has been whether or not we Nepalese will be better off keeping the white elephant in the form of monarchy – especially the current incarnation. So is this white elephant worth keeping? As a layman in my own country’s politics, I think this question should consider three main aspects of our society, namely economic, political, and cultural. Considering the pros and cons of keeping monarchy with regards to these aspects of our society should help us answer this question. Continue reading Is Monarchy Relevant for Nepal? (Part I)