Tale of Two Movements

Future of Nepal has gone in the wrong hands

By Mahesh Poudyal

After the euphoria of the so called April Revolution, the nation and its citizens seem to be slowly getting back into the reality of the situation. Especially their belief (if they ever truly believed) that the same incompetent and corrupt politicians would take the country out of the quagmire towards a brighter future is being shattered—those they helped into power have started showing their true face. The leader of this pack of incompetent politicians—no matter what his supporter would like to believe him as—is undoubtedly Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. He has been the one who is trusted at every crucial period in the country’s political landscape post-1990, and he is without a doubt the one who has betrayed the peoples trust in him the most. Let us go through a few of his political sins— so to speak.

After the first general election following the 1990 revolution, GP Koirala was chosen the leader of NC to head a majority government for the NC, making him the first elected PM of Nepal post-1990 democratic era. Within a couple of years we witnessed scandals after scandals – from Dhamija kanda to Tanakpur kanda— very little progress in country’s socio-economic and political development. The same period saw the rise of corrupt politicians in Chiranjibi Wagle, Govind Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka et al. The example set by the opposition wasn’t that good either – instead of playing the role of a strong and credible opposition in the parliament, they took it to the streets on every occasion of discontent, with numerous Nepal Bandhs crippling the economy. Strangely, within three years, the majority government of GP Koirala fell with MPs of his own party revolting against him. Who is to blame for this failure? I blame Mr Koirala himself. He was the one given responsibility by his party and by the people to lead the country in a new democratic era. Instead, he chose to put his own interest over that of the nation, put a blind eye to all the corruption within his government and beyond. And when the matter came to him, he chose to dissolve the parliament rather than looking for a compromise solution within his party which had a majority seat in the parliament. The example he set then has been followed time and again ever since.

The second crucial period in Nepal’s political landscape was the royal palace massacre, in which everybody but Gyanendra’s family died, and Mr GP Koirala was the PM at that time as well. The murder of everybody but Gyanendra’s family smelled fishy to everybody else but those in power. GP Koirala, being the PM, supposedly with the “real” power, couldn’t take a stance against Gyanendra to order a full enquiry into the massacre. He wasn’t strong enough to tell Gyanendra that the monarchy’s relevance was finished with the murder of King Birendra and his family, and that until full and proper investigation of the palace massacre, no proclamation will be made on the successor. Instead he was quick to proclaim Gyanendra a king. I am sure many of our generation like me were wishing an end to the monarchy there and then after the palace massacre. Instead, under GP Koirala, we found ourselves betrayed once again with a mock investigation by another rotten politician post-1990, Taranath Ranabhat, into the palace massacre, blaming everything on Dipendra and clearing way for Gyanendra and his cronies to assume power without any hindrance. It was like feeding snake the milk, only to find oneself being bitten by that same snake, as we saw GP Koirala not lasting long in power after Gyanendra became the king.

I think it is quite scary to see that same person, GP Koirala, as PM at this crucial juncture in our country’s political landscape. If we are to look into his actions during his previous reigns as PM, it becomes clear that he cannot take strong and decisive actions when it matters. No matter how politically strong people see him as (and within his own party, he is undoubtedly very strong), he has turned out to be rather weak when it comes to taking a stance against the rich and the powerful (like Gyanendra), taking strong decisive actions in country’s interest (like sacking corrupt ministers from his cabinet). Now, at yet another time of need, he is starting to show his weakness – by talking in favour of keeping monarchy when majority of the people seem to be against it. Has he forgotten what Gyanendra did to our country and the political system since becoming the king? It is rather ironic that people like GP Koirala are in power today because of the April Revolution, which is still being remembered for its anti-monarchy slogans. The parliament was revived not for the MPs to usurp the allowances and conduct petty debates and make laughable decisions (such as making COAS take oath to the Speaker, only to see him disobey government directives time and again) but for making decisions on constituent assembly election, interim constitution, interim government etc. Now, they all seem to have forgotten the purpose of the House revival and are content with the allowances and the benefits they are getting.

Who should we blame for all this? I blame the leader of the pack – GP Koirala. His lack of strong leadership and willingness to take strong and decisive actions when needed clearly shows that he is not up for the responsibility he is given. He has betrayed peoples’ trust many times before and there is no guarantee he wouldn’t do so again, especially judging by the remarks like that he made recently about “giving monarchy a space”. It is clear that the members in his cabinet, like Amik Serchan, are not happy with his remarks or the slow pace of progress made under his leadership in resolving the country’s political problem. Furthermore, Baburam Bhattarai’s response to GP Koirala’s remarks on monarchy signals to a difficult period ahead, which will certainly require a strong credible leader to take the country in the direction of a peaceful resolution of the conflict and to a brighter future. I am not sure GP Koirala is that leader. Nepal and Nepalese will probably be better off getting rid of this octogenarian now – before it is too late, before we are betrayed again.

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61 thoughts on “Tale of Two Movements”

  1. CAN SOME ONE JUSTIFY MAOISTS STAND
    Maoist says:
    If talk fails they will fight peacefully.
    Then why the hell you need arms for peaceful demonstration.
    They say they will disarm after CA election.
    What a stupid point.
    The bunch of stupid party alliance (SPA)
    are obeying their order.

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  2. No no, they will never drop the weapons. They are terrorist and always remain terrorist. We have seen a lot of thier trick. They want to involve all the society on the name of peoples movement.

    “Civil society” – what the hell is it? its a group of terrorist maoist. We will get rid of all the problem if we eradicate this terrorist and king “gyanendre”. Go to the hell both of you. you have brought our peace and prospority.

    UML is favouring to terrorist, one day they will realise what the hell is this terrorist. in my guess UML will not get single candidate for thier side. All these communist are making fool to society.

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  3. If something is wrong GPK goes to Biratnagar and if some responsibility has to be shouldered Makune escapes. Makune makes speeches like sarbamanya neta.He does not come forward to solve the problem of the country.

    SPA could not even do anything to Pyar jung. They appointed Kattu to Acting C in C. In army there is so much of Nepotism.

    When it comes to work for the country, it is always shifting responsibility. When Nepali leaders take the problem head on ?

    They have done a quarter Agreement with the Maoists and sent the letter to the UN. It can not solve all the problem of our country. We must be competent enough to solve our all problems.

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  4. जनसेना र नेपाली सेनालाई समकक्षमा राख्न नमिल्नेः सांसदहरु
    ——————-Source : Himal Khabar
    प्रतिनिधिसभाको २९ साउनमा बसेको बैठकमा सांसदहरुले माओवादीको जनसेना र नेपाली सेनालाई समान हैसियत दिएर समकक्षमा राख्न नसकिने बताएका छन्। “माओवादी सेना पहिले माओवादी हो, अनिमात्र सेना हो”, एमाले सांसद रघुजी पन्तले भने।

    नेकां प्रजातान्त्रिकका सांसद चिरञ्जीवी वाग्लेले नेपाली सेना व्यावसायिक र माओवादी सेना पार्टीको भएकोले ती दुबैलाई समान मापदण्ड र व्यवहार गर्न नहुने बताए। सांसद पन्तले प्रधानमन्त्रीले सम्हालिरहेको रक्षामन्त्रीको जिम्मेवारी छुट्टै सक्षम व्यक्तिलाई दिनुपर्ने बताए।

    राप्रपा अध्यक्ष सांसद पशुपति शमसेर राणाले सेनालाई नागरिक नियन्त्रणमा ल्याउनु पर्नेमा जोड दिए। ” —— सांसद प्रकाश ज्वालाले राजदरवार सम्वन्धि छुट्टै मन्त्रालय गठन गरिनु पर्ने बताए। ——” यसअघि राजदरवार उत्तराधिकारी छोरी पनि हुन पाउने प्रावधान सहितको विधयेक सरकारले पारित गरेकोमा उनैले गणतन्त्र स्थापनालाई लक्ष्य बनाई सकेपछि राजदरवार सम्वन्धि त्यस्ता प्रावधान आवश्यक नभएको भन्दै आपत्ति जनाएका थिए।

    See how the UML candidate is playing dual role in the political scenario. On the one hand they are talking to throw out the king and make the republic and other hand they are talking to make a separate ministry for palace.

    How ridiculous politics is in nepal? Why r u making people fool all the time? :@ Come on guy on the real ground and dont make the people fool all the time.

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  5. This is a blame game. Instead of vomiting against Girija, why dont you protest against him on the street or in the ballot station?

    Well, Girija is going to designate “Sujata Jost Koirala” as the new PM and congress leader. Shame on backwardness and ignorance of people

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  6. I don’t think the crisis is going to be solved. The maoist always want to be upper- hand in every critical decision. How much SPA can tolerate is the only things to see in future?

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  7. Look i think that GPK will live for anther 60 years and Sujata wont even get to sniff PMship. The simple problem is we do not have a leader that is both competent and sincere. As a matter of fact we do not have a competent leader at all. This is why incompetent and corrupt journalists like Mr. D.MICHAEL VANDEVEER can write any junk about Nepal as if he at all cares about the nation or he knows anything about it.

    P.S visist savenepalnow.org. It is a great site and has balanced articles unlike this maoist sponsored one.

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  8. Bideshi

    Instead of trying to be ‘wise’ or a ‘chhattu’, why don’t you explain what mean you by by ‘nationhood’ or ‘homeland’in black and white? If can not, you could be silent at least as other wise people are doing.

    I request other people too to explain me, if they can, what is nationality (or nationhood or homeland as Bideshi has said) and inter-nationality? Can a person live under different nationality ? Or is nationality of person permanent as is internationality?

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  9. Homeland is basically a place where you belong. Where you feel like you are part of the system, culture and community. I does not necessarily mean where you were born

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