Will These Repressive Ministers Be Punished?

While arresting the three ministers of the autocratic royal regime, the government also suspends the chiefs of three (not the army though) security bodies.

Finally three ministers Kamal Thapa, Ramesh Nath Pandey and Shris Shumshere Rana have been arrested. The Kathmandu District Administration Office issued the arrest warrant against them following a directive from the Home Ministry. People are aware of the today’s government decision to arrest three former ministers in the royal regime are saying: Oh..now I feel that we have democracy and rule of law in Nepal. But many other are still skeptical about the move. Will these ministers, who committed serious crimes by playing instrumental role in repressing last month’s historical movement, be punished? And how about their ultimate boss? These people feel that the government was already late in arresting them just like it is lagging behind in taking some other decisions that will be helpful in establishing complete democracy in Nepal.

Here is more from eKantipur:

All three have been handed a 30-day arrest warrant. They have been charged of making “statements aimed at disturbing the public peace.” They are being kept at the National Police Academy at Maharajgunj. A police team from the Police Headquarters arrested the former ministers from their residences this afternoon. Thapa and Pandey were the Home and Foreign Ministers in the royal-appointed government while Rana was the State Minister for Information and Communications and government spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the government has suspended the chiefs of three security bodies.

Inspector General of Police Shyam Bhakta Thapa, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Sahabir Thapa and chief of the National Investigation Department Devi Ram Sharma have been suspended from their posts. [The recently formed all powerful judicial probe commission had recommended the government to suspend the army cheif as well.]

An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers that took place at the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar this evening took the decision following a recommendation by the Judicial Commission formed to probe the atrocities against the recent pro-democracy demonstrations to suspend all the four security chiefs.

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A Big Fat 'Illegal' Nepali Wedding

In Nepal, Marriage Is A Public Affair Where You Show Off Your Power and Property. Yes, Even If That Is Illegal. Because Who Can Touch An Army General Who Is Considered Above The Law?

The marriage of a general's daughter
General’s Juwai: On the marriage day: pic taken on Sunday, May 14. Pic by Todd Krainin
generals daughter..the behuli
General’s Daughter, the Behuli. Pic by Bikas Rauniar

They say marriage is a private affair. But, not so in Nepal. Look at our own General Pyar Jung Thapa, the Chief of the Army Staff (who has just been recommended by a probe commission to be suspended from duty along with other chiefs of the security agencies for repressing last month’s historical Peoples’ Movement). But he has made us proud. We the people, among the world’s poorest, are awed by reading about the marriage of his daughter. We are so proud today that we have forgotten our poverty. How can we be poor when our chief of army staff can have such a grand and expensive marriage ceremonies in the city? We are now all wishing that we could be the chief of the army staff so that we can also have same kind of marriage ceremony for our daughters. We wish we were General Thapa so that we can have same amount of money. By the way, how much is the OFFICIAL salary of the Chief of the Army Staff in Nepal? Not more than Rs. 30 thousands. But how can he spend so generously and proudly? We wish we could know answer and apply the same formula to earn the money. And we are sure that such a formula would make every Nepalis rich and would win Noble prize for economics. Continue reading A Big Fat 'Illegal' Nepali Wedding

A Big Fat ‘Illegal’ Nepali Wedding

In Nepal, Marriage Is A Public Affair Where You Show Off Your Power and Property. Yes, Even If That Is Illegal. Because Who Can Touch An Army General Who Is Considered Above The Law?

The marriage of a general's daughter
General’s Juwai: On the marriage day: pic taken on Sunday, May 14. Pic by Todd Krainin
generals daughter..the behuli
General’s Daughter, the Behuli. Pic by Bikas Rauniar

They say marriage is a private affair. But, not so in Nepal. Look at our own General Pyar Jung Thapa, the Chief of the Army Staff (who has just been recommended by a probe commission to be suspended from duty along with other chiefs of the security agencies for repressing last month’s historical Peoples’ Movement). But he has made us proud. We the people, among the world’s poorest, are awed by reading about the marriage of his daughter. We are so proud today that we have forgotten our poverty. How can we be poor when our chief of army staff can have such a grand and expensive marriage ceremonies in the city? We are now all wishing that we could be the chief of the army staff so that we can also have same kind of marriage ceremony for our daughters. We wish we were General Thapa so that we can have same amount of money. By the way, how much is the OFFICIAL salary of the Chief of the Army Staff in Nepal? Not more than Rs. 30 thousands. But how can he spend so generously and proudly? We wish we could know answer and apply the same formula to earn the money. And we are sure that such a formula would make every Nepalis rich and would win Noble prize for economics. Continue reading A Big Fat ‘Illegal’ Nepali Wedding

Recovering From The Jana Andolan Atrocities

UWB Photo Blog

Twenty one people died during the historical people’s movement of last month where as thousands were injured in the atrocities committed by the army and police directly working under the orders of the royal regime. Some of the injured have returned to their normal routines where as others are still in the hospitals undergoing treatment. UWB presents images of some of the pro-democracy Nepali people who were injured in the Andolan and are now recovering in hospitals including Kathmandu Model Hospital and TU Teaching Hospital.

Jana Andolan victim Kumar Magar recovering from gunshot
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