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.

Koirala’s tenure as Prime Minister is invariably marked by unpopularity, public scorn and failure to deliver to the people. He is also the longest serving PM in post 1990 era. Nowadays, he seems hand in hand with the communists such as UML and Maoists. But, few years back, he was subjected to numerous agitations and demand of resignation by them. He is always unpopular when he is in government. But surprisingly, his popularity soars when he is out of state power.

State power, however, is also his Achilles’ heel. There are numerous charges of corruptions, ranging from Dhamija to Lauda, to his credit. Critics believe, this is mainly owing to his unflagging nepotism. His family members form a coterie that clings to Girija and convinces him to indulge in irregularities. Many people believe Girija himself doesn’t have penchant for power abuse and corruption.

An analyst says: “Koirala has historical legacy but he lacks statesmanship.” Once Koirala was an ardent anti-communist. But, as the oft-quoted dictum goes: Politics made him share bed with strange fellows. He traveled all the way to Delhi to strike a deal with Maoists in order to bring them into mainstream politics. This will be the toughest task Koirala-led government will face in coming days.

I have a hazy recollection of Girija in the aftermath of Aug 1988 earthquake that ravaged the Eastern Nepal. He along with Dr. Taranath Sharma arrived; riding a green jeep loaded with relief materials for the victims, in Phidim, Headquarters of Panchthar. Very few people are aware of these humanitarian efforts during Panchayat days.

Koirala triggers stir in whatever he does. He is invariably steeped in controversies. He is not only blamed for betraying his colleague KP Bhattarai, but also blatantly dubbing young and pro-republican leaders Narahari Acharya and Gagan Thapa as agents of palace in the eve of NC’s 11 general convention. He was elected NC chairman for the third time. Similarly, with SPA’s mandate, he will be PM for the fifth time.

According to a profile written by Sudheer Sharma in Nepal Magazine two years ago, Girija was fond of reading spy novels in his salad days. His invocation of ‘grand design’ seems to be influenced by such readings. As a person, Girija is an early bird. He wakes up at around 4 am. He is served fried cashew nut and a cup of juice as breakfast. This octogenarian leader is a chain smoker. In the morning, his aides read newspapers for him and his doors are open for any visitors from 7 to 8 am.

Stubborn by nature, Girija rarely entertains journalists. He gives brief and to the point interviews in crucial time only when he has to say something. He is also famous (or infamous) for his one liners and gift of phrases.

Girija, a radical and revolutionary while-in-opposition, often takes U-turn once he climbs the ladder of state power. But, this time around, Nepali people are closely watching his moves and are ready to warn him. We hope he will strain every nerve to usher Nepal into a peaceful and loktantrik dawn.

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96 thoughts on “Importance of Being Girija

  1. Girija agai!!!! I am not fond of him. He is one of the contributors of the MESH Nepal is facing today.

  2. Positive side og Girija everybody knows. He is the fifth time PM in the “democratic period” where as Surya Bahadur,Lokendra Bhadur etc were Panche PM also.

    What are the negative side of Girirja ? This I am giving so that he can be alert and give good governance, accountability to the Revolution’s mandate and transparancy in the future.

    1. He has good organizing capabilty but only organizing his Party.But when he comes to governing, he is always promoting NAATABAD, PARIBAARBAD,BAHUNBAD and CONGRESSI ONLY BAAD.So he never thought prevoius times also that he is the PM of all Nepali.

    2. He develops his key unofficail advisors as he does not have any vision, he rules on the basis of advisors. He trusts them 100 percent. He does not have check and balance.Before he had Ram Sharan and Mahesh for economic matters. Some timesn Chakra for political matters. Laxman Ghimire,Givind Raj are others whom he depended much. Govind raj was his source of money.

    3. He used to hate communists.I don’t know anout it now.

    4. I am sorry to say this but the last and most important point is that he was invovled in corruption for his personal expenses and for party. It was clear at that time. I do not want to go in details of Lauda, Dhamija Kanda etc, but I would like to give simple example: He appointed PP Pokharel as Home Secretary. Maoists were increasingly at difficult stage. He hired some helicpters and had commission through Pokharel.

    So I urged him to correct himself this time and whole of Nepal is watching him as well as International community also monotoring. No body would get such an opportunity of a lifetime to prove oneself a good leader of Nepal who can take Nepal into new era. Last four times he has disappointed us. BEWARE THIS TIME. If you cannot give good governance this time too, people will spit on you.

  3. I think Girija becuse of his experience has saved the country from a disaster. Let’s give him a chance.

  4. Girija was one of the biggest failures in the History on Nepali politics. I don’t even want to talk/comment on the curruption and nepotism. However, currently he is the best bet. If he manages to get Nepal through this difficult time I am willing to forgive his past mistakes!

  5. Soldiers kill 6 people protesting rape in Morang

    Kantipur Report

    KATHMANDU, April 26 – Army on Wednesday opened fire at protesters at Belbari of Morang district following Tuesday’s rape and murder of a woman, and killed six of them.

    According to our correspondent, five army men guarding the repeater tower of Nepal Telecom had committed a mass rape of a 22 year old mother of two yesterday night.

    At least three people were injured in the firing.

    Some 10,000 protesters picketed the Area Police Office and Joint Security Base Camp at Belbari.
    GIRIJA BABU, SEE WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY?
    THESE PEOPLE MUST BE GIVEN STRINGENT PUNISHMENT.
    N BY THE WAY, I KNOW HE DID COMMITT A LOT OF MISTAKES IN LIFE BUT AFTER DEUBA SURRENDERED DEMOCRACY IN THE PALACE, I AM FAN OF GIRIJA.
    MAY LORD PASHUPATINATH GIVE HIM GOOD SENSE!!!

  6. ok, guys, time for some laugh therapy. read this closely, though those of you whose english is not that great. it is a joke. trust me, but it has a lot of relevance to you guys in nepal and what you decide to do with your political leaders from henceforth…

    The Centers for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of Sexually Transmitted Disease.
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    The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim and is pronounced “gonna re-elect him.” Many victims contracted it in 2004, after having been screwed for four years.
    >
    Cognitive characteristics of individuals infected include: anti-social personality disorders, delusions of grandeur with messianic overtones, extreme cognitive dissonance, inability to incorporate new information, pronounced xenophobia and paranoia, inability to accept responsibility for one’s own actions, cowardice masked by misplaced bravado, uncontrolled facial smirking, ignorance of geography and history, tendencies towards evangelical theocracy, and categorical all-or-nothing behavior.
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    Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed at how this destructive disease originated only a few years ago from a bush found in Texas.
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  7. What at next step!

    Come April 28, 2006, Nepal will see a new thing in multiparty democracy — the first session of the firsever revived HoR.
    Though the reinstated House and its session can be exemplerary to the rest of the world, there are many challenges to it and the goverment that it would form.
    For instance, like that of morality.
    By the resignation of the Speaker Ranabhat, the way for the election of new speaker with new mandate has been waved.
    After electing the Speaker, the parliamentarians should unanimously decide that they would not take the recompense of the period at which the House was not there.
    Then, the goverment would be formed. In the goverment. only the members of the HoR should be included.
    No place to oppurtunists like Badri Mandal and royalists like Kamal Thapa. No place to Dr. Mohsin and no to Rameshnath Pande.
    Since the goverment has to do with plethora of challenges, only the experienced leaders with clean image should be included in the goverment.
    Moreover, there should be a powerful team to deal with the Maoists. For that, a committee of the parliamentarians should be formed.
    The Maoists too have wisely called of the blockade despite certain disagreements over the revival of the house and the SPA’s abrupt welcoming to the royal proclamtion.
    Now, it’s the time to show the statesmanship and wisdom for the SPA leaders, and above all, the octagenerian Girija Prasad Koirala, the designate prime minister.

  8. श्री ५ को सरकारको स्थानमा नेपाल सरकार नामाकरण गर्ने ।
    – जनआन्दोलन दवाउन क्रियशिल ब्यक्तिलाइ तत्काल पक्राउ गरी हिरासतमा राख्ने र सरकारी अधिकारी भए तत्काल निलम्बन गर्ने ।
    – शुरक्षाकर्मीका माथिल्लो तहका सबैलाइ निलम्बन गर्ने ।
    – तत्काल आयोगको गठन गरी असोज १८ पछि राजालाइ सहयोग गर्दै आएकाहरुको सम्पत्ति रोक्का गरी छानविन शुरु गर्ने ।
    सच्चित शमसेर राणा, कमल थापा, टंक ढकाल, भरतकेशर सिंह, लगायतका राजाको सहयोगिलाइ तत्काल पक्राउ गरी कार्वाही शुुरु गर्ने ।
    tHE MAIN PRIORITY OF THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TWO TAKE ABOVE ACTIONS AND GIRIJA BABU, THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY PLACE FOR BADRI MANDAL AND THE NOTORIOUS GANG. THEY MUST LAND IN THE JAIL.pLEASE set up special court to try the offences committed by Kamal Thapa, and Giri anf gang.
    Rajtantra Murdabad!!!!!!!!

  9. Girija babu, U have to take action against all those who were involved in crimes against humanity in 2046 BS and who are involved in 2063……..
    some of they are
    kamal Thapa
    Tulsi Giri
    Shris Samser Rana
    Durja Kumar Rai
    SSP Madhav Thapa
    Gynendra Shah
    मल्लिक आयोगका अपराधीहरू
    ० वि.सं. २०४६ सालको जनआन्दोलनका क्रममा भएका प्रशासनिक ज्यादतिहरूको छानबिन गर्न पूर्वाञ्चल क्षेत्रीय अदालतका तत्कालीन मुख्य न्यायाधीश जनार्दनलाल मल्लिकको नेतृत्वमा बनेको जा“चबुझ आयोगलाई मल्लिक आयोग भनिन्छ । यसका सदस्यहरूमा न्यायाधीशहरू उदयराज उपाध्याय र इन्द्रराज पाण्डे थिए ।
    क्र.सं. अपराधीहरू तत्कालीन पद हालको पद
    १. मरिचमान सिंह श्रेष्ठ प्रधानमन्त्री सेभ द नेशनका नेता
    २. लोकबहादुर चन्द प्रधानमन्त्री रा.प्र.पा.का नेता
    ३. नवराज सुवेदी प.नि.जा.बु.समिति अध्यक्ष रा.प्र.पा.का नेता
    ४. परशुनारायण चौधरी प्रतिकार समिति अध्यक्ष राजपरिषद् सभापति
    ५. कमल थापा सञ्चार मन्त्री गृह
    ६. नैनबहादुर स्वा“र गृहमन्त्री धनगढी अभिनन्दनका अध्यक्ष
    ७. निरञ्जन थापा गृहराज्यमन्त्री कानुन सुधार आयोग अध्यक्ष
    ८. शैलेन्द्रकुमार उपाध्याय परराष्ट्र मन्त्री ——
    ९. हरिबहादुर बस्नेत जलस्रोत मन्त्री शिक्षा तथा संस्कृति मन्त्री
    १०. बद्रीप्रसाद मण्डल कानुन मन्त्री सद्भावना पार्टी अध्यक्ष
    ११. सच्चित शम्शेर ज.ब.रा. प्रधान सेनापति राजपरिवार सदस्य
    १२. हेमबहादुर सिंह प्रहरी महानिरीक्षक अवकास प्राप्त
    १३. पशुपति शम्शेर जबरा प्रतिकार समिति सदस्य रा.प्र.पा.अध्यक्ष
    १४. डा.मोम्मद मोहसिन प्रतिकार समिति सदस्य राष्ट्रिय सभा पूर्व अध्यक्ष
    १५. सुरेन्द्रबहादुर बस्नेत प्रतिकार समिति सदस्य रा.प्र.पा.नेता
    १६. लोकबहादुर श्रेष्ठ प्रतिकार समिति सदस्य राजदूतबाट अवकाश
    १७. भरतबहादुर प्रधान प्रतिकार समिति सदस्य स्वतन्त्र
    १८. दानबहादुर शाही अञ्चलाधीश, कोशी सहसचिव अवकाश
    १९. नरेन्द्रकुमार चौधरी अञ्चलाधीश बागमती रा.प्र.पा.नेता
    २०. खेमराज रेग्मी प्रजिअ, धनुषा प्रजातान्त्रिक कांग्रेस नेता
    २१. विमल कोइराला प्रजिअ, चितवन मुख्य सचिव
    २२. केशवराज राजभण्डारी प्रजिअ प्रमुख निर्वाचन आयुक्त
    २३. अच्यूतकृष्ण खरेल प्रहरी अधिकृत पुर्व प्रहरी महानिरिक्षक
    २४. सहवीर थापा प्रहरी अधिकृत शसस्त्र प्रहरी प्रमुख
    २५.रामकाजी वान्तवा प्रहरी अधिकृत
    २६. ज्ञानेन्द्र महत प्रहरी अधिकृत
    २७. राजेन्द्रबहादुर सिंह प्रहरी अधिकृत
    २८ तीर्थ प्रधान, प्रहरी अधिकृत
    २९. मरसिंह शाह प्रहरी अधिकृत

  10. Come April 28, 2006, Nepal will see a new thing in multiparty democracy — the first session of the firstever revived HoR in the country.

    Though the reinstated House and its session can be exemplerary to the rest of the world alike that of in British history, there are many challenges to it and the government that it would form. For instance, like that of morality.

    By the resignation of the Speaker Ranabhat, the way for the election of new speaker with new mandate has been waved.

    After electing the Speaker, the parliamentarians should unanimously decide that they would not take the recompense of the period at which the House was not there.

    Then, the goverment would be formed. In the goverment. only the members of the HoR should be included.

    No place to oppurtunists like Badri Mandal and royalists like Kamal Thapa now. No place to Dr. Mohsin and no to Rameshnath Pande as well.

    Since the goverment has to do with plethora of challenges, only the experienced leaders with clean image should be included in the goverment. No more experimentation for now.

    Moreover, there should be a powerful team to deal with the Maoists. For that, a committee of the parliamentarians should be formed.

    The Maoists too have wisely called of the blockade despite certain disagreements over the revival of the house and the SPA’s abrupt welcoming to the royal proclamtion.

    Now, it’s the time for the SPA leaders including the octagenerian Girija Prasad Koirala, the designate prime minister to show the statesmanship and wisdom.

    It’s an opportunity for all of them to rectify the mistakes that they had made during the 12-year period after 2048.

  11. Guys, when i saw Gorkhapatra website, I can see gynendra’s mahabani in its site. I have given following feedback to its sitemanager:
    please Remove “Srrepanch ko Mahabani” from ur website. How long You will be slave for Autocrats? His days are gone now and sometimes, Use ur brain and knowledge what to do and what not. What great thing you are going to achieve by printing such useless comments? At least, Remove from Website. I hope editor of this site has still some brains and in new situation , you know how to deal with and how to adapt yourself.
    I think in what way board were removed from Ratnapark, these mahabani also should be removed from website and from prints.

  12. Now country will again be started ruinning due to wrong leadership, Girijaship.
    People will not be benefitted at all during his teunure, I am sure.

  13. I do not understand how a stubborn person like Girija is made the PM. Just listen to his interviews. Man, does he deserve respect?
    His one liners really piss me off. He seems to think he is the man and the only man who knows everything.
    I was listening to BBC a couple of weeks back and rather than answering the question, he was saying “Aba yo question sakyo, arko question sodhnus”
    What the hell…He was giving orders to the journalists…Why can’t he be more polite and amicable to the journalists?

    And I do not want to talk about how we failed democracy because of him. It is all too evident. And now he wants to save it? Well, I doubt his abilities unless he is guided by others in every step.

  14. Guys do you think GP gives sh!t to what you say in this forum. That guy is a corrupt and has no vision. That is where education comes.

    I do not expect anyone like GP with lowest level education can drive country.

    Why can’t nepali people oppose SPA decision for selecting GP just as we opposed King in last few weeks ?

  15. Golden days are coming for those who are the bharaute and boot-lickers of GIrija and Makune.
    For others there will not be nothing.

  16. As someone earlier said Girija is the best bet right now. He is a fireband leader and a politician who plays all kinds of political tricks.
    I guess all the leaders have realized by now what people are demanding and there is no space whatsoever for dirty politics to cling to power. Girija and the cabinet to be formed soon should be backed up by intelligent, far-sighted and committed people as advisors. There are many people in Nepal who have a good vision and are also in top posts in several organizations. They should be made advisors. Moreover, the advisory council should have people representing almost all the major players in Nepali culture, politics and society. It should be an iron fisted one against all forms of encroachment from the Palace and the RNA.
    Meanwhile, the top brass of the RNA, AFP and Nepal Police needs to be changed immediately and the previous cabinet ministers should be implicated as soon as possible. Unconfirmed reports states that Tulsi Giri fled to Bangladesh yesterday. If this is true then he should be deported back to Nepal. This time no repressors should go out easily.

  17. Do you remember Girija’s interview in CNN? He was so rediculus. He is stubborn, sticks to his decision, but he has no brain and he is too old for this kind of hectic job which needs a lot of wittiness. I hope he does not make SPA sink. He must be closely watched, and supervised. I recomment Sitaula to be all the time with him.

  18. “Speaker Ranabhat Resigns” Good beginning. he is a real joke, Parrrrrrr or Tarrrrrr. Nepali Congress has so many jokers.
    Girija must be joined by competant members.
    Please, do not let a single criminal escape, this is very impotant to boast the morale of freedom fighters and family of martyrs.

  19. I do not understand a person with the name of Hari Sharma can criticize Girija. One Hari Sharma was ardenr follower of Girija and he was his personal secretary corrupt Singha Durbar days.

  20. Layman,
    There are thousands of people with the same name worldwide. Someone in Nepal had made a news with the name of Saddham. So, you go on arguing that he killed thousands of Iraqi?

    So, make your facts true before you bash around.Frankly, I have not heard much of his speech in public other than his ridiculous BBC interviews and sometimes in nepali radios.

  21. Mr. Sharma,
    Sorry, do not take it seriously. I was joking.Sometimes this blog gets boring if we do not write some jokes.

  22. Mr. Ranabhat or rather Mr. Bhat resigned. It is not a news for me. If he bites a mad dog, then it can be a news. He was a man of Chhepare Prabitti.

  23. the name of this person can not and should not be written in gold anywhere not even in the toilet of singha durbar. if he does not screw up which i doubt maybe he will be forgiven for his errors. an 80 year old man told to change his habits is like trying to teach old dog new tricks. ask yourself this question???????
    it is written in this article that he is not corrupt but its his family that push him to do this. man a person who cant even control his family is taking control of a country. he is a weak leader. what i understand from this article is that he is a person who is fond of offering favours and unable to control his house. now this guy is in charge of nepal. im really really sad. i truly believe that this fight is not of the nepali people but of the political parties, king and the maoist. and non of these three are good for nepal.
    if we really want freedom we should not support any of these peoples or organization. we are not puppets. but are people and want to be treated as one.

  24. Hehe that’s true aout girija reading spy novels.Dafaa302,Jasus Karamchand etc being his favorites. He likes to ask people around him what certain english words mean in Nepali.Like that congress leader was once asked by him the meaning of somersault after he saw a headline in times of India.I knew a congress leader from Rangeli,Morang who spent almost all his life in league with BP and GP.He is an avid card player also,he loves paplu and flush the most.And he a big fan of Dilip kumar movies also.

  25. Once he asked Mahesh about Why there is Arun III when there is no Arun I and II.This is an interesting question aPM of the country was asking.

    Other aspect I wanted to write but this Kanak Dixit wrote before me that is the question of oath taking by Girija. Where he will go to read one sheet of paper ? In front of same nototrious King ? Oh what a shame ? Do you guys have any faintest idea on this ?

  26. GPK is a senile old man. Where are the young 30 year olds and 40 year olds, who should be keen to lead the country?

    Let me guess, most of the educated ones, are out of the country, trying to make a better life for themselves. I doubt these people will go back to nepal without a guarantee that their rights will be respected like their rights are respected here.

    I talked to my dad about personal rights in nepal and he says he’d rather lose his upper middle class job and be a waiter here than go to nepal and live there. And he could comfortably live in nepal doing nothing actually, with domestic help etc.

  27. Dear MAOIST
    I think now India will try to play “a role” during this period to make some space for their future intervention like in Bhutan.
    They were ignored during 2047 Constitution making. So, they are using Maoist as a CARD, if you include India as close partner I think Maoist problem will be solved automatically.
    If they want, they can arrest our maoists in 24 hours time, like Mohan Baidya.
    And if Nepal want to be a BHUTAN then you will get Bonus points. Many aids to country and of course to the leaders.
    We should not forget that they have bought our MPs to pass MAHAKALI TREATY from our Parliament.

  28. Dear MAOIST
    I think now India will try to play “a role” during this period to make some space for their future intervention like in Bhutan.
    They were ignored during 2047 Constitution making. So, they are using Maoist as a CARD, if you include India as close partner I think Maoist problem will be solved automatically.
    If they want, they can arrest our maoists in 24 hours time, like Mohan Baidya.
    And if Nepal want to be a BHUTAN then you will get Bonus points. Many aids to country and of course to the leaders.
    We should not forget that they have bought our MPs to pass MAHAKALI TREATY from our Parliament.

  29. errrr…. doesn’t India have a Maoist problem of their own? In fact I believe that they have many insurgencies. I wonder why they haven’t just arrested everyone in 24 hours….

  30. Frankly I am getting sick of people saying all these things about Girija!! Who the hell doesn’t know that Girija was a FAILURE and he was one of the MOST currupt human beings on this planet??? IT is almost common knowledge – even little 2 year olds Know this!!
    We are not hoping Girija is going to make social and economic reform and lead Nepal towards prosperity…. All I want that IDIOT Bhun to do is lead the parliment, then dissolve the parliment and call for elections to constituent assembly! THERE AFTER we can feed him to the vultures!

  31. Despite the lack luster appeal of the Giraja, he was most vocal opponent of the king than any other leader. If he is to gain my respect and trust Giraja should fire Chef of police and arm force first. All Thapas that are in helm of power have been scourge of Nepal. Starting from Army chef, Police chef and home minister all happen to be Thapas.

  32. I whocandie4you,

    I agree that the RNA is out of control and it needs to be brought under the govt. immediatly… 2 incidents have happened after the king kneeled down. We don’t want any more bloodshed from the state.
    Army chief is saying that RNA is positive about merging the maoist rebels with the national army and willing to work with any govt and answer to the PM and defence minister.
    Where were you mr army chief for last 5 years??? Wasn’t the army killing the innocent people in the name of terrorist… where were you when the human rights were violated every day through out the kingdom. All the army personel who have caused so much pain to the people should be punished severly so that next they realise what would be consequences if they do not follow the norms of human rights.
    Most of the high ranking security officers should be tried and brought into justice… no stones should be left unturned this time.

  33. It was in the famous Nuremburg trial after WW II that all the Hitler’s commanders pointed out to the Hitler that they worked under the orders of Hitler. But they were not excused on that basis. So we also should not excuse Thapa-3 on this basis.

    Everybody who killed several people should not be spared. NC always believes in forgiveness. Thats why they are weak in governing the country at this moment of cisis.

  34. I completely agree with you on that one Layman. Send them all to jail. They can also begin to start forming cases against those RNA and police members who have raped countless women and children.

  35. People:
    Its great to have this zeal etc. But it would be helpful it it was practicle at the same time.
    Forgive me if I am wrong but I am guessing that Melissa, Rabin and Layman are all living outside Nepal. And with all due respect they are not being practical and are too far away from reality.
    If you start prosceuting RNA soilders – are you going to prosecute the Maoist leaders and cadres too? How many people are you going to prosecute? Hey do you all remember operation Kilo Serra? ERRR I belive this was authorized by the political leaders (In fact I think it was Girija Babu himself)… DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN THIS INFAMOUS OPERATION??? So should we prosecute them as well??
    Yes the RNA needs to come under civilian and needs to become a professional army and not a playground for the Rana Shah aristocracy! However, before you speak about prosecuting THINK … because you are opening a can of worms!
    I think there should be a truth and reconciliation commision like in South Africa… I don’t have time to expalin it in detail … perhaps you all can google it!

  36. day of judgement for the leader of the Maoist will come. For now its going to be the chef of police and army..

  37. Bhudai Pundit,

    I agree that it is not possible to prosecute all but, let people who have suffered most file the cases against those who have committed the crime. I would like to see the maoist also prosecuted that won’t be possible when we are willing to negotiate with the maoist for the name of peace so, they will be forgiven. Rebels through out the world have been forgiven when the state negotiates with them.
    NC has set an example by firing the Narayan Singh Pun and Prakash Koirala from the party for supporting the autocratic govt(I feel sorry for Manisha for ruining her image), NC should have fired Ranabhat also for not resigning per the party order.
    Govt can at least take the initiative to prosecute the higher ranking officers and ministers who have violated the human rights. If they are not prosecuted then these people and others will do the same in the future. All I was trying to say was there should be accountabilty for the crime people have committed.
    Under the current constitution I know we won’t be able to prosecute the king this time also(for everything he did for last 4 years).
    If the new govt prosecutes the officers and ministers who were giving direct orders then the king will most probably realise that the new constitution won’t leave him also.

  38. To Err is Human so GP was the PM one too many times now to Err again at this critical situation and have GP as the PM once more?? Well, we will just have to wait and see where things lead.

  39. just heard that maoist did a ceasefire for 3 months…Great starting…isn’t it? Just praying for our leaders sanity so our country sail through this turmoil..and we can see a new n peaceful NEPAL ..Hopefully we will ..

  40. waiba:
    I am only guessing that you have no idea about Nepal’s political situation. Its very easy to say oh the Maoists day is coming. But would you be so kind as to take me through the Mehanics?
    Ok Baburam and Prachanda get elected to the House of Representative and all of a sudden they are going to become elected officials – then who is going to prosecute them?
    How are you going to find out which Maoist cadres did what???
    Right now the chief of the army is indicating that the Maoist and the RNA could integrate… this would bn an absolutely crucial milestone we can’t damage this important step by saying we want to prosecute the chief of the army… In my opinion it would be detrimental to the long term peace and stability of Nepal.

    I still think the best would be to setup and truth and reconciliation commision of some kind and wrok through that to bring the past human rights abuses on BOTH sides to the forefront.

  41. You might like to read this article:

    “This is no rah-rah revolt

    Nepalese have lost their fear of repression and are making a genuine, old-fashioned revolution

    Tariq Ali
    Tuesday April 25, 2006
    The Guardian UK

    There is something refreshingly old-fashioned taking place in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal: a genuine revolution. In recognition of this, the US has told citizens except for “essential diplomats” to leave the country, usually a good sign. Since April 6, Nepal has been paralysed by a general strike called by the political parties and backed by Maoist guerrillas. Hundreds of thousands are out on the streets – several have been shot dead and more than 200 wounded. A curfew is in force and the army has been given shoot-to-kill orders.

    But the people have lost their fear and it is this that makes them invincible. If a single platoon refuses to obey orders, the Bastille will fall and the palace will be stormed. Another crowned head will fall very soon. A caretaker government will organise free elections to a constituent assembly, and this will determine the future shape of the country.

    The lawyers, journalists, students and the poor demonstrating in Kathmandu also know that if they are massacred, the armed guerrillas who control 80% of the countryside will take the country. This is not one of those carefully orchestrated “orange” affairs with its mass-produced placards, rah-rah gals and giant PR firms to aid media coverage, so loved by the “international community”. Nor does the turbulence have anything to do with religion. What is taking place in Nepal is different: it is the culmination of decades of social, cultural and economic oppression. This is an old story. Nepal’s upper-caste Hindu rulers have institutionalised ancient customs to preserve their own privileges. Only last year was the custom of locking up menstruating women in cowsheds declared illegal.

    The Nepalese monarchy, established more than two centuries ago, has held the country in an iron grip, usually by entering into alliances with dominant powers – Britain, the US and, lately, India – and keeping them supplied with cheap mercenaries. It is a two-way trade and ever since the declaration of the “war on terror”, the corrupt and brutal royal apparatus has been supplied with weaponry by its friends: 20,000 M-16 rifles from Washington, 20,000 rifles from Delhi and 100 helicopters from London. Meanwhile, half the country’s 28 million people have no access to electricity or running water, let alone healthcare and education, according to the UN.

    In 2005, King Gyanendra suspended all civil liberties and outlawed politics. To deal with a problem that was essentially structural, but which in the global context of neoliberalism could not be solved through state intervention, he decided on mass repression: physical attacks on the poor, concerted attempts to stamp out dissident political organisations and blanket social repression. The chronicle of shootings, beatings, imprisonments, purges and provocations is staggering. The sheer ferocity of his assault took the tiny middle class by surprise and isolated the politicians.

    Will the triumvirate – the US, the EU and the UN security council – try to keep the king in power? If it does, it will have to add Kathmandu to a growing list of disasters. Recent newspaper editorials indicate that the west fears the disease may spread to neighbouring India. A top-level summit between the Naxalites and civil servants after the defeat of the BJP government revealed a remarkably pragmatic Maoist leadership: all it wanted was for the government to implement the constitution and pledges contained in successive Congress manifestos.

    What the uprising in Nepal reveals is that while democracy is being hollowed out in the west, it means more than regular elections to many people in the other continents. The Nepalese want a republic and an end to the systemic poverty that breeds violence and to achieve these moderate demands they are making a revolution.”

    Still with you 100% of the way!

    Rosa L

    London UK

  42. waiba, what does this have anything to do with the chef of the police and army?

    the chef is busy cooking food and hasn’t been taking part in mass murders/violence.

  43. Everytime I hear ceasefire from the MAO’s I get the feeling that they are regrouping, strategizing or just incubating to see what step to take. I think it’s a little weird that they they did it and that too for three months, this ceasefire, dont you? Since the change in political venue was “abrupt” and in some ways disserved them, they might be changing some things and adding drastic things…we’ll see. I’m sure this has for sure brought them a majour confidience into thinking they were majour part (and there is no denying that they were) in what the outcome has been. We’ll wait for their next step, SPA should watch out, GP’s infamous sneakiness might backfire on us.

  44. Peace and reasonableness are important now. It will take a while for things to calm down, it seems.
    It is important to celebrate peace
    and to be peaceful. That allows the process to go forward. The calm voices of reasonableness and progress must be heard by all. The press is very important. Protect the free journalists. Read. Think.
    Breath a breath of peace.

  45. Now the new government has to invite the Nepali intelluctuals from around the world to rehabilate the country.

  46. Peace has been given a chance. I hope the SPA and the Maoist’s can for once use their brains for the better of Nepal and her people instead of selfish interests.

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