Royal Government’s Misuse of State Fund Exposed

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Plundering the Public Property: An artist’s impression of royal henchmen misusing state fund. Sketch by Deven via Kantipur

For the first time in the history of Nepal, SPA government has exposed the rampant misuse of state fund by previous government. Presenting a white paper in yesterday’s meeting of House of Representative, Finance Minister Dr. Ramsharan Mahat, revealed the abuse of state coffer. Few months ago, Himal Khabarpatrika (28 Feb- 13 March 2006 issue) ran a cover story that stated 50 crore rupees from state fund has been misused by royal government. The story warned: “This (the misuse) not only shows the mishandling of state fund but also that country’s budget and the expenditure system is dismantled.”

This is an example of how taxpayers’ money is misused to suppress the movement and to sustain the crumbling government. Here‘s the news from today’s The Kathmandu Post. Here’s another news on palace’s expenditure.

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54 thoughts on “Royal Government’s Misuse of State Fund Exposed

  1. No surprise. We need to recover as much of the looted contributions from donor nations as possible also. All the money has gone into a few people’s pockets instead of to the nation. The money must be recovered and returned to the nation. Pull passports, freeze bank accounts, place judicial liens on suspect property. The corrupt must not be allowed to escape with their loot.

  2. This proves how blaming the parties as corrupt the palace and the stoogies plundered in whatever remained of the poor Nepalese state.

    In addition to being corrupt, KG was unaccountable as well.

  3. Fine but in the same manner we should also have the audited budget of the past 16 years revealed. We want to see where the donor money went. Atleast the royal regime had no donors giving them money which makes up a bulk of our budget. But the past regimes have had our hard earned tax and donot money. They should let us know how it was spent? I am sure much will be revealed.

  4. The royals are by no means the main culprits. Just look around you at the lavish estates of humbly paid civil servanbts and NGO directors.

  5. Please Mahat should not be acting holier than thou. He is a big time crook. Please ask business people of how much he has misappropriated and redirected to his own fat mouth.
    This is like the devil telling Lucifer that you are evil.

  6. Maoists will take Nepal into Dragon’s trap
    By Bulbul Roy Mishra

    Driven by intense anti-monarchy hatred, the House of Representatives from the Seven Party Alliance (SPA), headed by Premier G.P. Koirala of Nepal Congress, unanimously passed a resolution on April 30, calling for election to a Constituent Assembly. The NC should be cautious about whether a plot is being hatched to finish off the achievements of the 1990 constitution. Why must we jump for a Constituent Assembly? asked he.

    The single contributory factor that constrained Shri Koirala to throw his cautions to the wind was the autocratic rule of King Gyanendra after having scrapped the 1990 Constitution. The King, overtly supported by China to destroy the Maoists, unwittingly fell into the Chinese trap and exposed monarchy for the first time to the threat of extinction. Covertly, China continued to lend logistic support to the Maoists, encouraging them to do business in Tibet and buy Chinese arms from the sale proceeds to fight the despotic King with people support.

    The issue that Koirala Government is to eventually address in the Constituent Assembly is whether Nepal should become a secular, democratic republic like India, or a parliamentary democracy with constitutional monarchy like Great Britain.

    It is no secret that for the last ten years, it was China alone that was backing the Maoists to counteract if not to eliminate Indian influence on Nepal with the ulterior motive to establish its own hegemony there.

    Sandwiched between China and India, Nepal royalty, up to the regime of King Birendra (2001), had always felt affinity towards India for reason of common Hindu tradition. Politically also, democratic parties of Nepal looked to democratic India, not communist China, for support to their legitimate democratic aspirations. Considering strategic importance of Nepal, it was important for China to wean away Nepal from India’s influence. Chinese analysts considered it nearly impossible as long as Hindu monarchy in Nepal was continuing. Their strategy, therefore, was as follows.

    First, start an anti-royal armed movement, known popularly as the Maoist uprising, with an express intent to replace monarchy with a republic under communist banner.

    Second, to begin with, raise a slogan for multi-party, secular, democratic republic so that Nepal Hindu tradition is rendered politically irrelevant, conversion permitted, and its natural affinity toward India snapped. The above strategy of the Maoists became evident when Prachanda, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), in an interview to a Maoist journalist of Latin America in 2001 revealed that the reason why the movement started in districts like Rolpa and Rukum in western Nepal was that the influence of Hindu religion was weakest in those regions. His remark that strong Hindu influence was an obstacle to the spread of the revolutionary fervour was significant.

    Third, in order to expedite abolition of the monarchy, it was necessary to make it not merely unpopular but hateful. This was not possible as long as King Birendra, known for his balanced composure and respect for democratic institutions, was at the helm. The Chinese task was made easy when on June 1, 2001, the then Crown Prince Dipendra reportedly and rather inexplicably killed King Birendra and his entire family and then killed himself to enable headstrong Gyanendra to ascend the throne. Almost immediately thereafter, the new King walked into the Chinese trap by declaring that his target was to suppress the violent Maoists.

    Fourth, win over the royalty by inducements and moral support to sustain autocracy. The inducement came in form of arms supply ostensibly to suppress the Maoists, and moral support came in return for arbitrary closure of 45-year-old establishment of Dalai Lama representative in Nepal as also the Tibetan Refugee Welfare office in January, 2005, at China bidding, on the flimsy ground that those offices were not registered under Article 3 of the Society Act.

    Fifth, when the situation turns too hot for the King, quietly withdraw strategic support compelling the King to surrender to the wishes of the people and abdicate.

    Sixth, from two conflicting interviews of Prachanda, one prior to royal assassination on June 1, 2001, given to a Latin American journalist, and the other to Siddharth Varadarajan of the Hindu in February, 2006, the change in the Maoist stance is indicative of the shift in the Chinese strategy. In 2001, when King Birendra was still living and unprovoking, Prachanda was breathing fire over inevitable armed revolution, predicting that Ultimately we will have to fight with the Indian army. In 2006, the script changed, despite provocation from King Gyanendra and peoples support behind them. He found India tough stand against autocracy positive and urged India to shed its two pillar theory of constitutional monarchy together with multi-party democracy. Prachanda remarked that China will not stake its cordial relation with India by supporting the autocratic King looked as if he was parroting the Chinese script.

    Herein lays the Chinese trap which Indian Marxists like Sitaram Yechury are not able to fathom. His unfounded claim of having reformed Nepal Maoists into believers in parliamentary democracy is absurd and stupid, absurd as only a simpleton would treat Maoists in India and Nepal as ideologically different; and stupid because by unwittingly playing second fiddle to China Indian Marxists may eventually succeed in alienating India from Nepal.

    Will Nepal turn into a secular democratic republic, following India, debunking its Hindu tradition at the behest of the Maoists? Or should it change into constitutional monarchy while continuing with its Hindu identity? Surely, Nepal ground situation is not comparable with India and, therefore, Nepal has no justification in emulating India. Nepal future at this critical juncture rests on octogenarian Koirala. Only time will tell whether Shri Koirala will play a Kautilya to extricate Nepal from the Dragon net.

    Input from Online newspaper article

  7. And what do you think the General who gave his daughter that huge wedding was? A ROYAL HENCHMAN…those generals of the RNA must have been paid huge sums of money to stay on the King’s side and not initiate a coup.

  8. KING’S JET PLANE PLAN? IS A METHODS OF CAPITAL FILIGHT OR OTHERS: NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED PROPERLY.

    On the festive mood of reestablishment of the parliament, I am not aware that what is the progress being made for buying “Jet Plane” for the ‘King Gyanandra’ except the yesterdays Dr. Mahat speech. On the eve of on the way to go to republicanism festivities, this year, King Gyandra has not coming on media what is his vision now for the country, peace and his personal future as a civilian. Last year showing red flag to the media professionals indicated that, probably, I was thinking I would not be able to get following news on the issue of ‘King’s Jet Plane’. In the media, it has almost impossible to publish such news because of last year promulgation of draconian media laws. Media houses indicated that such news directly links to the royal families and his relatives which is restricted to published giving reasons that it encourage the moral of terrorist. Who is terrorist? It is great question ahead to resolve. In my view Nepali population could not be terrorist on the cause of comfort for the royal regime. So, it is not possible without courage for publication such news nor aired because of on the last year amendment been made by the king on the name of his democratic road map. I am happy to observe that media houses all over the world are vehemently opposed such black draconian laws (NOW IT IS NOT IN EXISTENCE). This is the right time to highlights such issue on the media one of my colleague suggested. My feeling of responsibility incited me to keep writing on such bulling issues for the knowledge of concerned people and for justice for those who became victim by such conspiracy.

    The costly past Dashain souvenir for the king would not be important issue, if he were going to use his business money as every Nepalese buy at least a new cloth for great festival celebration. I am in dilemma that the souvenir jet for the king and his families may bring happiness. On the universal customary practices that after receiving gift my king may have courage to say ‘ thank you’ to those families who died on the duty serving under the flag of United Nations. You may surprise the issue how it is mixing up with the United Nations Peacekeeping services death and the Dashain gift (perhaps, buying jet plane issue started last year Dashain).

    Buying a jet plane for the kings remind me those events that were aired couple of years ago in Swaziland. The issue was Swazi King’s jet plane issue for the heavy investment on the poor taxpayers money for the luxury of the king and his twelve wives.

    Thanks Dr. Mahat you are on the way to down the decision by the king and his Chatukars. Congratulation for you!

    I had not getting any opportunity to listen budget speech since couple of years the time when the Nepalese Parliament has been suspended. Questions born in my mind that king’s government is not able to buy a ‘Jet Plane’ from the government budget for the king and his family? Or, they have already made ‘National DHUKUTI’ empty then the top brass military and police officers used to say in the past “the welfare funds are the last resort for national security” now they are going to utilize last resort for the name of king’s security. After reading prominent printed news on couple of weeks before, I realized that Nepalese journalists are also not much aware that what are those welfare funds for military and police in Nepal. What are the main sources of income? What are the rules and regulations under the national and international laws? These are my concerned in this article.

    A prominent news magazine highlighted on June/July 2005issue (Shrwan issue 2062) that ‘ …Police personnel, who deputed working for the United Nations in special missions, they should pay 10-25% of their emoluments to the ‘Police Welfare Fund’ such rules could not implemented fully. Magazine also further specified claiming sources that the Department of Police Administration, mentioned that………..Mr. Amod Gurung, a senior superintendent of Nepal Police, who had been working for 3 years in the Department of United Nations Peace Keeping Operations has not been paid 2.5 millions of Nepali Rupees (equal to 35,000 U.S. Dollars) news magazine further highlighted that “Despite to raised such issue several times on high level police departmental meetings Inspector General of Nepal Police Mr. Shyam Bhakta Thapa neither gave order to him for the payment of such dues amount to him nor take any action” News also further mentioned claming a source that a ‘Senior Superintendent of Nepal Police’ ‘………police officers do not hesitate to gave up police job rather to pay money for such fund’. Magazine further writes coding sources again ‘Police Headquarters’
    ‘….. SSP Mr. Rajesh Neupane, two DSP Mr. Purna Chandra Adhikari and Mrs. Rita Pradhan are those officers who gave up their jobs from Nepal Police despite paying such money”

    Again on the heading of BHAGAUDA PRAHARIHARU on the issue of Falgun 2062.

    I am not much aware about the morale/ professional ethics of journalist under the king’s rule. But I am aware that ideal journalist responsibilities to go deep on the issue what ever they found including their own and public opinions could be a good material for publication. However, how much the prominent journalist respected professionalism in this regard reader may judge. On the other prospective bringing out the issue in the print media encouraged me to write. It was due since long to write, really I feel necessary to thanks Mr. Saroj Raj Adhikari who brought the issue out in any way.

    You may have raising the curiosity that what is the United Nations Missions and what are the benefits and employee’s personal entitlements under the United Nations flag. The United Nations Charter mentioned that for maintaining peace and stability in a country, the Security Council could take a decision to establish ‘Peace Keeping Missions’ in the area where conflict is. Primarily, the objective on such missions are basically assisting to maintaining the peace to the nation and lead to set up democratic government, if you go further noble objective is to work for the welfare of the people.

    Fulfilling such noble objectives, member nations contributed resources (money, materials) and manpower. Nepal is also a biggest military, police and civilian including volunteer staff contributor to the United Nations.

    Staff has to be paid for the food and shelter so for such mission’s areas UN paid them minimum amount on the name of mission subsistence allowance. But the salary should pay by the troops contributing nations. The amount of such allowances is depending on minimum living cost where UN manpower is working. Despite such facilities some developed nations are giving additional facilities to their staff such as air tickets for home leave to go to their home countries, payment of premium for medical and life insurance, issue some personal and safety equipments so on and so forth. For the staffs who are from the developing countries such extra facilities and care would be beyond the dream.

    For the military staff, necessary equipments including military hard ware should bring themselves instate of that UN reimbursed their cost to contributing nations later on.

    Who are being selected for the United Nations jobs, those UN staff gets salary and other emoluments like: hardship mobility, hazard, family etc. allowances including subsidies to the life and medical insurance, education grants for their children are the main headings. In the same vain there are number of deductions from the salary. The main is ‘Staff Assessment’. According to the UN staff rules every staff should pay ‘ Staff Assessment’ that is about 33% of their salary. The amount goes to the fund for the respective nations whose citizen working under the United Nations except Americans. The Americans they have their own provisions for national tax. Whatever amount they paid for the national tax provisions, UN should reimburse the same amount to those American staffs.

    For the UN volunteer staff they get minimum substance allowances for their survival in the mission area.

    For military personnel, ration should supply by troops contribution nations and mission subsistence allowance that is very minimum amount given them as a pocket money. These are the general provisions for the United Nations staffs.

    Nepal contributed about 50,000 military, police and substantial number of professional and general staffs working under the UN umbrella since first mission started after joining as member of the world body. In the panchayati raj how the Royal Nepal Army created the ‘ Military Welfare Fund’ what was the objectives and legal provision under the law? Is it legal to operate such fund under UN money? How it had been operating all those are not clear. Because the authorities who were responsible for handling the fund neither feel to explain to any competent authority nor published any reports on the responsive manner.

    If you look at the volume of amount as a hard currency for the fund is very high for any poor nation like Nepal. If you calculate the contribution amount for the military welfare fund per person per month may have 500 US dollars. Military personnel generally deputed for a year in a mission it means that for 47,500(estimated) contribution amount would be 285 millions US dollars that is equal to 20.20 billions Nepalese rupees from the contribution who served to the United Nations. It present government do not care such huge money on time it is not impossible to go such underground money for terrorizing the country through Kamal Thapa, Bharat Keshar, Sachit Samser and Giri.

    After the democracy of 1990s, government started looking on the issue. High brass people on RNA (Royal Nepal Army) became cautious and looking loop-wholes for manipulation. They started saying that what ever raised the questions either from the democratic government or the side of fund contributors and the auditing authorities, ‘it is a NGO (Non Governmental Organization) operating for the welfare of the regular and ex-military personnel and their families. The main source of income what ever they may claims operating business like operating petrol distribution stations, canteens, interest of investment of the capital, profits from operating school and hospitals what ever may be the points raised for justification all are useless and not trust worthy. As far as I am aware, the huge sum of money deducted from those staffs that could be up to 75% of their emoluments who served to the UN. For top brass officers on the rough may have getting some leverage on contribution side and enjoying facilities using hard currency. The millions of dollars are now deposited in the foreign as well national banks. Once rumors spread that commercial banks refused to deposit being unable to paid interest on such a huge amount of money.

    After the war in former Yugoslavia, Nepal Police Force started serving under UN. In Cambodia large number of police personnel served as a civilian police monitor (CIVPOL). Police leadership and top brass officers also attracted the idea what RNA top brass people enjoying.

    On the name of hosiery employment for police families, petrol distribution stations, other few activities were existed under the name of ‘Police Welfare’. Intelligent top brass officers created the ideas borrowed from the RNA started preliminary work for registering the name of ‘Police Welfare Fund’ under the NGOs structure, they claimed. According to their claimer the main objective to creation of the fund is to assist regular and retired police personnel and their families on the area of health, education and disaster relief. The source of income for the fund is primarily forceful contribution by the staff who served to the UN. The percentage of force contribution for up to 25% of designated emoluments. There are other lots of deductions on the name of various funds from the pay roll salary except government income tax. Those are as follows:

    – Deduction 1% of basic salary every month on the name of sports fund. It has been practicing more than 30 years.

    – Deduction of rupees 10 per persons per month for officers only on the name of newspapers fund.

    – Deduction of rupees 1 for Puja per person per month (it was started on the democratic era, now I do not have idea about its continuity)

    – UN staff forceful contribution up to 25% of their emoluments who are serving to the UN.

    Till date 1500 police personnel may have served to the UN.
    If you look at the volume of the forced contribution on the name of welfare fund is huge.

    About the sports fund contribution if you calculate average 30,000 (This number is half of the total police force) personnel for 30 years contributed one person average rupees 300 put on the lowest figure it would be 270 millions rupees total amount on the name of sports fund only.

    On the hard currency side if you assume only 1000 (This is lower estimation) police personnel served to the UN. If we assume that force contribution per person is 8,000 US dollars the total figure comes 80 millions US dollars it would be 560 millions Nepali rupees. Likewise, if you sum up the total figure of RNA and Nepal Police on the name of welfare fund is to be 29 billions Nepali rupees. This figures is about a year development budget for Nepal.

    Look at the side of the staff assessment contribution for the UN Nepalese staff. Assume that 100 Nepalese staffs are working for 15 years and the average contribution per person per year could be on average 12,000 US dollars (This is medium assumption). The total amount is to be 180 millions US dollars equals to 12 billions Nepalese rupees.

    Questions born in every once mind that where these huge sums of hard currency is going? Is it utilizing for its set objectives? Who are the responsible for such funds? Why such huge sum of hard currency position is not transparent to all? What sort of questions rose by the auditor general’s report? What are the legal provisions under the country’s law? Who are the responsible persons to address such issue? In addition, what are the provisions on Donation Act 2030 and on its rules? What are the provisions on the ‘Foreign Exchange Regulation Act 2016 and on its rules?
    Look at the legal provisions on Donation Act and Foreign Exchange Regulation Acts there are number of provisions and guiding principles to be followed by the authorities. Army and Police bulls do not feel any hesitation to break the rules and regulation under on the daylight. For example, receiving hard currency on cash and depositing Nepalese rupees at the bank. Question raised where those hard currency is going.

    On the other hand, the charter of United Nations and its related provisions, as a member nation, the obligation to respect the privilege of diplomatic immunity and such kind of provisions if not respect by the member nations, what could be the measures should need to take by the international organizations and the international community, it is very important to think on time.

    The strategy buying a ‘Jet Plane’ for the comfort for the Royal Family or it is a way to covering the method of capital flights out to the country. How the authorities could assure the investment should be remaining safe till proper investigations be made and competent authority could make a decision on the fund.

    I am hopeful that Dr. Mahat and entire government as well as the Investigation of the Janaandolan II high probe Commission also looks on the matter seriously.

  9. This is the classic vendatta ploy… Get back at the people who had got you by the balls earlier… C’mon SPA, give us more to cheer about than simply playing vendatta games… That should be least of the priorities when the maximun focus should be towards ushering in peace and end of the conflict…

  10. Many headings of the misuse of funds shown by Mr. Mahat are reasonable but the funds like use in oil of Rs. 1 billion seems only blame. Mr. Mahat, I am not defending the king (who is already gone) but should be logic. People are more educated and if misinteprate the figures like this then how we can trust you also in your budget. I totally support you in the case of cutting the budget of security (whic is useless give nothing but pain). Let’s concerntrate what you can give it to us rather than what done bad by the past unsuccessful regime.

  11. MAKE GYANENDRA PAY EVERY SINGLE PENNY HE SPENT FOR HIS FAMILY HOLIDAY.

  12. SELL GYANENDRA’S JAGUAR AND PARAS’S HARLEY DAVIDSON AND USE THE MONEY TO SEND 100 POOR KIDS TO SCHOOL.

  13. GET 10 LAKH RUPEES BACK FROM TULSI GIRI WHICH WAS GIVEN BY ROYAL GOVERNMENT TO REFURNISH HIS KITCHEN A YEAR AGO.

  14. So much of money spent for nothing. KG thought that states money is money of his own father. KG and his coteries never thought that it was the poor peoples money. Now they lost everything but now we have to nationalise the Royal Palace.RThis would be good idea. i had heard that king Mahendra has already “sold” it to the govt. at that time. May be all papers are missing right now because this King is very CHAALU in this matter.

  15. The king and coterie should furnish all details of the expenditure. It is clear they did it willingly.

    Wow !!!! so many crores and crores of money spent by so called HINDU GOD ( BISHNU ) when his subjects in the lengths and breadths of Nepal walk bare foot, the children has only 1 pair of school dress ( and they get only anohter pair of school dress , mind you dashain dress ) , as they cannot afford that trickle of 150 nepali rupees…….

    man , these people needs to be battered and bruised and put into the incinerator..

  16. Mr. Wagle and UWB:
    May I suggest that you tell people to post the link to their article as opposed to posting the entire article on the thread. It makes it really annoying and difficult to navigate the page. I don’t want to call anyone out …..eeerrr PP and Roshan … but you guys aren’t the only ones doing it.

  17. Yes KG has taken some money. But he still has lots of money from his business and other bhatta etc.

    How about these netas they couldn’t even afford a chhapal now they are driving pajero and have big buildings in ktm. First punish those culprits

  18. And how about these maoists.
    Prachandra says they won’t stop collecting “Chandas” from public re they need to feed their killer army.
    That means for collection chanda they will still be threatning blackmailing and plus killing.

  19. Debating who is more currupt is really silly because they are all currupt and that’s why Nepal is where Nepal is!
    If we wish to start proscesuting currupt officials we won’t be left with ANYONE to run the government! I am personally willing to look past the netas past if they manage to find a peaceful solution to the Maoist conflict!

  20. Controlling only the King’s expense does not make sense. First SPAs should come clean. They should return all the money they got outside their regular income to the state first. Only after that SPAs should go after the King’s property in Nepal and abroad. Regarding Narayanhiti Durbar, there is no need to nationalize it. King Mahendra sold it to the government during King Birendra’s wedding for US $25 Million.

  21. I saw this piece in BBC and wanted to share with blogger community. I thought we can learn from this historical lesson, without repeating it.

    Eyewitness: Cultural Revolution
    Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary since the start of China’s bloody Cultural Revolution.
    Survivors from the decade-long turmoil recounted their experiences for the BBC’s Chinese Service.

    Former Red Guard
    Son of torture victim
    Attempted suicide

    FORMER RED GUARD
    When the Cultural Revolution started, I was 15 or 16 years old. Usually I didn’t like to join such a political movement, because my background wasn’t good.

    One day I went to school… and one of my classmates… reported me to the Red Guards, for he wished to join them. He told them I was hiding an anti-revolution diary.

    I was held by them, and Red Guards went on to raid my home.

    My heart was filled of hate, I wondered why he sold me out? I promised myself that I would get revenge some day. In 1967, as the bourgeoisie became the target… I was cleared of previous accusations.

    Using this chance, we formed our own faction of Red Guards. Those sons and daughters of high ranking officials, their faction of Red Guards were notoriously extreme left wing. Neutral teachers and most students supported us.

    We had advantages; the hostile faction was not too happy about it. There were some scattered armed struggles.

    Early on the morning of 25 July 1968, they gathered about 100 children of high ranking officials and stormed into our school from the back… Using home-made spears they wounded two of our girl students – one of them needed to be sent to emergency care…

    With adrenalin rushing into my head, straight away I went to the school factory with a dagger attached to a steel pole… I remember vividly, I was at the front with a spear in my hand.

    We managed to hold them in a small school building for two or three days. They didn’t have food and the water had been cut off as well. Then the Party officials in Shanghai broke us up.

    During the fight, I had my revenge, I beat up the students in the hostile faction; I slapped the face of the classmate who sold me out.

    What made us behave in this way? Firstly it was the system, secondly it was because we were young, childish and fanatical. Why did the classmate of mine say I was hiding an anti-revolution diary? It wasn’t necessarily that he made the story up. Maybe he saw me as an enemy of the class – we were taught things like that for such a long time.

    Also maybe he wanted to be recognised, because he wanted to join the revolution. As [Hong Kong academic] Professor Ding Xue Liang said, from a certain aspect, the Cultural Revolution was an act of revenge between human beings. I agree, but it wasn’t just that.

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    SON OF TORTURE VICTIM
    My father came back from America in 1948. He was a physician in the United States – a very honest and conscientious doctor.

    Because he had been in America, he was accused of being an American spy. What was the evidence? He had a radio. They said it was a radio-transmitter and someone actually saw him sending information.

    It was nonsense, of course, but he was then locked into a room. He was interrogated and beaten.

    I myself didn’t see my father being tortured. But I was told he was covered in a cotton duvet and beaten so that he couldn’t see the people doing the beating.

    Once a nurse in his hospital shoved a mop into my father’s mouth and shouted ‘You talk about hygiene – now I will give you a good brush of your teeth!’ That was terrible. Could my father bear it? Of course he couldn’t .

    My father died in 1968. It was suicide, they said – hanging from a radiator. But we can’t be certain. He was 60.

    I was not by my father’s side when he died. My mother didn’t tell me. She was worried that if I came back home I would be arrested and tortured. I felt so sad, but what could I do?

    My mother was also severely beaten because of my father. It was so bad there was blood in her urine. My mother was defiant but that made them torture her more.

    I was about to graduate from university at the time. Because of my father I was sent to a remote county and stayed there for 12 years.

    During that time, people were taught to be suspicious of everything, everyone. People saw each other as potential enemies. That had a long lasting damaging effect on Chinese society.

    Deng Xiaoping later said that there should be no more political movements. I really support this policy. It’s very easy to go to extremes with political movements.

    We should now focus on economic development. If we had the policy we have now, my father would not have suffered.

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    ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
    I was in my third year of the university when the Cultural Revolution started.

    A few good friends of mine and I categorised ourselves to be the so-called ‘on-lookers’. We agreed that we would never get involved in any rebellious activities. We decided to keep well out of it.

    However when the purge began, we were labelled an anti-revolution clique without any reason.

    This I thought was absolutely ludicrous, and they accused us of attempting to assassinate Chairman Mao.

    We were never in any way against Chairman Mao, never ever! However we were confined to isolation and forced to confess. What a way to suffer!

    They wanted us to confess two things – firstly how we would approach Mao, secondly how we would get the weapon to do that? It was impossible to make up answers to their accusations.

    We were in absolute denial in the beginning. But after they beat us up so badly, I couldn’t bear it any more. I couldn’t sit up or sleep. So I decided to take my own life.

    On 7 June 1968, when the guards were not looking, I jumped out of the window from the second floor. One of my friends, who jumped a few days later, died immediately on the spot.

    I was sent to hospital. They needed to operate on me. A trainee doctor stitched me up after the operation, but left three surgical bandages inside. That caused infection to my foot and I developed suppurative osteomyelitis, it was so painful.

    The Special Inquiry Group said to me that if I didn’t confess my crime, they wouldn’t change the dressing for my wound.

    The weather was baking hot. Because they didn’t change the dressing, there were a lot of pus coming out. The flies fed on it and then there were maggots crawling in and out of my wound. It was disgusting to look at.

    But the Special Inquiry Group said to me: ‘You should be grateful because you are in our hands, otherwise you would be beaten to death if the people outside [the Red Guards] knew your crime.’

    It was true in a way. If the revolutionary people knew that we were going to assassinate Chairman Mao, we would be doomed! What a crime! Later we were arrested. That was in 1970. We were kept in a detention centre.

    Around that time people were dragged out and shot in large numbers in Shanghai – sometimes 50 people in one go. A serious crime like ours’ was enough for them to execute us.

    It was said that the Shanghai Revolutionary Committee read the document about our crime. It dawned on them that it was a forced confession. Therefore, our lives were spared.

    I hope we can draw lessons from this and such a thing will never happen again. We should set up a museum for the Cultural Revolution and keep the historical records for future generations. Everyone should learn from the lessons.

  22. Yea.From now on, every politician must be clean.The Provisions must be made about the prerequisites before entering politics:
    like>>
    1. makin transparent their all the properties.
    2. They shouldnt have any criminal records.
    3. They must have clean image in the society.
    4. They must have clear visions and must be infavour the People & Nation.

  23. No doubt KG looted the state coffers-but the SPA leaders, including Mr. Mahat, are no angels. Like someone said they should come clean first. Then they can ask others to come clean.

  24. gaulhe, points 1 and 2 are good and actually point 1 should be made law. But 3 and 4 mean nothing.

  25. I dont mean what I said should be exactly.I mean, like what I said about the politicians should be in someway.

    We must also not forget about the things as “Clear & Transparent Image” of politicians as an mandatory to enter the politics; while we head for the restructuring of the State.

  26. “Clear & Transparent Image” of every politician must be mandatory not only to enter but also to remain in the politics.

    Those who betray people and intangle in corruption & conspiracies against the people and the nation for their vest interest should be severely punished.

    These things must be clearly stated in the New Constitution of Nepal and must be strictly obeyed by all the parties.

  27. OYE NEPALI! COMPUTER LITERATE FOOLS. POUNDING KEYS ON KEYBOARD AND REITERATING THE OBVIOUS WON’T MAKE YOU ANY WISER- KING IS CORRUPT, ALL POLITICAL MAGGOTS ARE CORRUPT, JUNGLE DWELLING MOAISTS ARE CORRUPT.

    THE FACT THAT ALL OF YOU CAN WRITE COMMENTS IN IMMACULATE ENGLISH SUGGESTS THAT YOU MUST HAVE GONE TO A SO CALLED ‘ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOL’ AND THAT DON’T COME CHEAP IN NEPAL. AND THE FACT THAT ALL OF YOU CAN’T BE FROM RANAS, SHAHS OR ETHNIC NEWARS FAMILIES OF KATHMANDU, WHO HAVE A GOOD CHUNK OF HEREDITARY WEALTH THAT LEAVES YOU WITH MIGRATED PEOPLE TO KTM FOR BETTER LIVELIHOOD. AND IF YOU FALL IN THIS GROUP, YOU MOST PROBABLY ARE THE CHILDREN OF CIVIL SERVANTS OR RUNNING SOME SMALL BUSINESSES OR ENGAGED IN SOME PRIVATE SECTOR. I DON’T HAVE TO REITERATE HERE HOW MEAGER IS THE WAGE OR SALARY IN NEPAL. SO YOU SEE ALL OUR PARENTS MANAGED ‘SOMEHOW’ TO PROVIDE US WITH A GOOD EDUCATION IN ‘ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOL’ AND OTHER AMENITIES. SO MY DEAR FRIENDS THE KEY WORD IS ‘SOMEHOW’ AND YOU KNOW HOW?

    WELL THE OTHER BUNCH MIGHT ARGUE WHO DIDN’T HAVE THIS LUXURY (GOING TO A SO CALLED ENGLISH BOARDING SCHOOL) THAT THEY ARE PRISTINE AND PURE AND DEVOID OF CORRUPTION. HOLD IT THERE MY FRIEND, LACK OF OPPORTUNITY DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF DOING IT.

    SO AT THE END WE ALL ARE CORRUPT TO SOME EXTENT, SO WHY SUCH A HUE AND CRY? ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KG AND US IS THAT, HE HAD A CHOICE OF NOT BEING CORRUPT, WE DIDN’T, IT IS A MATTER OF SURVIVAL FOR US.

    GET OVER IT! WHO AMASSED HOW MUCH AND MAKING EVERY GOD DAMN INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE PAST CORRUPTIONS IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE BESIDE RETRIBUTION. YES! YOU FEEL GOOD TO PERSECUTE THE PERPETRATORS, THAT’S ALL.

    CORRUPTION WAS HERE, IS HERE NOW, WILL BE HERE. SO MAKE PEACE WITH IT.

    YOU ONLY EARN A RIGHT TO VENT AND SPILL YOUR VITRIOL, IF GIVEN A POST OF ‘VANSAR’ DIRECTOR AND YOU DO YOUR JOB HONESTLY AND DILIGENTLY WITHOUT TAKING A ‘PAISA’ IN YOUR POCKET. UNTIL THEN JUST SHUT YOUR TRAP.

  28. Mr.Thakuri, u r Damn Right in each word u said,though there always remain exceptions.
    Cause of Corruption isnt always merely a desire of wanting more money.Sometimes & in 3rd World countries like ours,necessities of family & children also leads to corruption,unwilling it maybe.

    To eradicate coruption isnt a cakewalk or a day work.It needs a Strongly determined leadership & people obliged to it.

  29. For all this, 1stly State Machinaries should be transparent and acountable to people who pay them tax.
    There must be a transparent figure of every sum State expends in the name of bugget.
    State must clearly findout daily necesities of its people & try to pay its employees salary as per it,so that they wont indulge in coruption for their common needs.
    If anyone is found,one should be punished.

  30. Oye thakuri idiot. Stop writing with you caps on! My father was a soldier in the British Gurkhas, the best in the world! No corruption there you idiot. Just a very good salary. People like you with your ill gotten ancestral wealth will never understand.

  31. Takuri-idiot:
    I agree with Kirat – stop using damn caps… like you said we went to good school so we also know how to read – no need to emphasize your words!
    I don’t even understand what the hell your idiotic Takuri logic is trying to imply. Everyone is currupt so let’s just accept that, look the other way and move on?
    Listen takuri bro, there will be curruption no doubt. Even the richest countries have curruption. However, public officials should always be held to higher standards and should be made accountable to the public. I don’t care if they are currupt but it is our duty to hold them to principles honesty and service.

  32. Oh and another thing. You seem to be saying if your have inherited wealth its all good. Errrr… you might want to ask your grandpa under what circumstances he “inherited” his wealth.

  33. Does anybody know much money our KG means Gyane has in the SwissBank??
    I heard that if his property including all those ancesteral properties of Shah dynasty (which now goes to KG), Gyane will be the Richest Man On Earth !!

  34. Think Guys!!

    KG the Richest Man On Earth !!
    How much money there is in SwissBank in this Chap’s Name ??
    Can u guess..
    And by the way, why are we crying for donations with other countries, as we have so much money there that was scuked from Nepali Peoples by the Shah Dynasty…
    Y not nationalise all those wealth !!

  35. OK, public demand, I will take my caps off.

    Pundit Ji, no doubt you have a good dialectic skill, paraphrasing your lines…

    “However, public officials should always be held to higher standards and should be made accountable to the public. I don’t care if they are currupt but it is our duty to hold them to principles honesty and service.”

    So, you have taken the burden of holding people indulged in corruption accountable and enlighten the general public with principle such as ‘honesty’ and ‘integrity’. When you say ‘our duty’, well I suppose that includes you too.

    So you tell me Mr. Pundit, matter of fact anyone, what is your contribution to stop the rampant corruption in Nepali society?
    1. Have you held a mass meeting or a workshop to brainstorm the solution to eradicate corruption from our society?
    2. Did you carry out any research to corroborate those numbers which have been flying out in media, who ate how much?
    3. Have you published any paper on it or at least some articles in major Nepali publication to educate people and if possible to mobilize them to take some action against it?

    I am not trying to belittle your contribution whatever you are making and I do laud your enthusiasm to curb corruption which you so vehemently advocate, dropping comments in blogs is also a way of exchanging ideas and you are doing a fine job. But you can’t rant as if you are the sole guardian to police the whole mal-practice of corruption. If you have done anything more than I or anyone else to correct corruption other than dropping few comments on the blogs, I would humbly take the embellishment that you have bestowed upon me ‘AN IDIOT’.

    Apropos to Kirat ji’s comment:

    “My father was a soldier in the British Gurkhas, the best in the world! No corruption there you idiot. Just a very good salary. People like you with your ill gotten ancestral wealth will never understand.”

    First of all my congratualtion to you for your father having served in ‘THE BEST IN THE WORLD’.

    Mr. Kirat that was the whole point I was trying to make. You don’t know your weakness or strength until you are tested. The fact that your father drew a cushy cash for salary precluded the need to be corrupt. And you are correct there is no corruption in British Army and this only holds true for Nepali personals because they don’t hold any posts where you have opportunity to launder money.

    So my friend, do not ride on high moral horse and claim that lack of opportunity equals integrity. We have to give him a benefit of doubt, he may or may hot have been corrupt but until tested, you can’t say. Can you?

    And yes! Do not jump to conclusion that since I have a user name by ‘thakuri_raja’ I belong to aristocratic class hence corrupt. Hey I can take any pseudo user name, my user name dose not reflect my true identity. Well for you Kirat, you might as well be Brahmin from south India and for you Pundit, you might be a mulla in a mosque.

    Easiest exercise to do is ‘jump to conclusion’.
    cioa

  36. many many thanks to Ram Sharan for exposing the corrupt spending of the previous illegal government.

    it should be the trend now. every government from now onwards should make public who got what favour in all terms of direct or indirect monetary terms.

    this must be included in the next constitution.

  37. Thakuri, Well you did sound like an idiot in your first post with your caps on. And what you said in that post was idiotic. Yeah definitely there is a very pervasive culture of corruption in Nepal. But your attitude of accepting it is so very wrong. If someone’s father indulged in it and lavished it on the son/daughter and if the son/daughter has now grown up and realises it was wrong-why do you have a problem with that?

    By the way thakuri-the Gurkhas in the British Army may not have been in positions to buy weapons and that sort of thing but believe me they were in positions to indulge in corruption (at one point there were more than 20,000 in the British Army). I am proud to say most of the Gurkhas were very honourable in that situation!

  38. Kirat,

    I totally agree. I think it is bullshit that given the opportunity we all maybe corrupt. What a load of bull. Probably is written by a person who has passed his guilt ridden phase after finding out his dad was a big time crook.
    There are many honest people out there. The beureucracy and politics has many corrupts because their intention was probably to end up that way, that is why they join these positions and not say the British Gurkhas .
    People who suggest that people all over are inherently corrupt makes me sick.
    I for one think that most people are not corrupt, it is the few who soil the system.

  39. Mahat is such a dip that after publishing his silly white paper he is now withdrawing his statements that certain sums of money was provided to certain journalists and media. And also adding that some of the expenses were along budgetary principals. How can you fuck up a simple white paper not more than a couple of pages???? And we trust this guy to handle the economy? He can’t even get an essay of facts correct.

  40. All Mahat can do is complain about the past 14 months, (as if his years as FM before were so clean), and beg, beg, beg. Does this guy have no original ideas? Next if the economy goes down further even from a year from now he will still be blaming the royal government.

  41. Takuri:
    Firstly, as you mentioned, this is a blog. I do not have to prove myself to anyone nor am I out here to do so.
    The point I was trying to make with my previous post is that everyone must hold a public official to higher standards and expect them to act with honesty and integrity. People cannot, as suggested by you in caps lock, “AT THE END WE ARE ALL CURRUPT SO WHY SUCH A HUE AND CRY?”
    I don’t understand why this has anything to do with my contribution!

  42. Thakuri_raja

    Thanks for the nice write up, good Englilsh, and exposing yourself as one belonging to that ‘privileged class’. Don’t you think people who do not fall into this class still can write and express their feelings superbly. You’re mistaken!

  43. The FM Mahat was right to publish his White Paper, albiet his and the current government’s motivation for doing that can questioned. If the FM is serious about deep rooted problems in financial irregularities in the country, then, he along with the PM, current government ministers, the SPA leaders, the political leaders, and the MPs should make public their tax returns and personal wealth information.

    Everyone needs to come clean. I would consider this a bold act and not some politically motivated White Paper. This would be the real Revolution.

  44. I appreciate the way the new Govt is opersting and exposing King G and his croonie’s atrocities. I even understand that the situation in Nepal is such that the parties have to remain united and function to acheive the mandate of Jan andolan. But does this mean that we still have to close our eyes to the misdoings of the parties.
    I am talking Mr.Sher Bahadur Deuba. Was he not the PM who dissolved the Parliament? On what moral ground is he a member in the reinstated parliament?
    Was he not the KG’s appointed PM who handed over a lump sum of money to Helen Shah for her treatment? Is this forgotton? Are we not going to take action on this. Why Does Mr.Ram Sharan Mahat not wish to dig into this? Does he wish to protect his kid brother Prakash Sharan Mahat, who was Foreign Minister in that cabinet.
    Deuba keeps chanting that he was a pawn. But his recent statements, his denials and not taking responsibilty for any of his past deeds proove his greed and lust for power and show how unsatble and unreliable he is.
    I would like to be pessimist and hope that all these matters will be looked into in due course of time so that the nepali people are not made pawns of Deuba and their likes.

  45. Please read “I would like to be pessimist” as “I would like to be an optimist.”

  46. I agree Mahat is hardly objective in his analysis, but what the hell. The ‘King’ and his crooks have to face the consequences for what they did.

    And since I consider G and co. the worse of the two, even if Mahat uses unfair means, I think he’s justified. We must bring the Shahs and their supporters down to size, by hook, or by crook. Or you never know what they might do.

  47. I support Mr. Mahat. He is a clean guy. I wouldn’t mind if he led the government of Nepal. My two cents.

  48. Hey Kirat, looks like you were in some kinda shit with some guys on one of the discussion forums. Sorry!! but its entertaining. But you do have a point there.

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