Dateline Kathmandu: Quotes And Headlines Of The Day

Quote of the Day (#1):

“You should pressure the Maoists to make public about the status of abducted people before asking the government. Call off the stir and instead, pressure the Maoists to publicize whereabouts of people disappeared by them.”

-Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (as quoted by a family member of the disappeared person this afternoon). Koirala said that the government would make public the whereabouts of those disappeared at the hands of state only after the Maoists disclose details of those they have disappeared. (source)

[The Prime Minister couldn’t be blamed for making such statements because the Maoists are intensifying their policy of double standard politics by encircling the army headquarters while negotiating peace with the government. This should be stopped along with extortion and ‘taxing’ Nepali people.]

Quote # 2:

“The Maoists have disappeared 152 persons and killed 24 abductees. As the Maoist supreme leader Prachanda, during an interview with Kantipur Television, pledged to make public the status of the abductees if this is sought, we appeal to the Maoists to publicly disclose their status,”

– The National Human Rights Commission. Asking the rebels to immediately disclose the status of the abductees, the commission sent a name-list of the abductees to the rebels’ secretariat and urged the latter to immediately provide details about them.

[Prachanda, please respond!]

Quote # 3:

“I do not think the Nepali Army will back the King in seizing power in the future as the army has also learnt lessons from the recent Jana Andolan (People’s movement) II. [Katawal] has expressed full commitment to the people and democracy during his swearing-in ceremony [on Sunday]. So, nobody should harbour any suspicion about the army’s duties and responsibilities,”

– Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat. (source)

[Nothing but a telling example of how power corrupts people. If you sack him from Ministry and throw him on the street, Mahat will be the first person to protest the appointment of Rukmangat Katwal as the chief of the army staff. This bearded agent of royal interest in the government has forgotten that king Gyanendra had expressed the same kind of commitment to the people and democracy when he stated the coup in Feb 1, 2005.]

Headline Of The Day:

INDIAN ENVOY MEETS PRIME MINISTER: Indian Ambassador Shiva Shankar Mukharjee Tuesday met with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter’s official residence in Baluwatar and discussed Maoist arms management, the upcoming SPA-Maoists summit talks and the proposed unification between the Nepali Congress and its breakaway Nepali Congress (Democratic), among others. Mukharjee suggested the PM that the unification of the two congress parties would be “pivotal for the consolidation of democracy.” (source)

[A day after handing over a cheque of Rs. one billion that was supposed to be without any conditions, here you see the real motive and strings behind that sum of money. And we were happy seeing those headlines this morning that told us yesterday was historic day because we received largest sum of grants from bilateral donors including Asian Development Bank. Anyone talking about preferring investments to grants?]

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55 thoughts on “Dateline Kathmandu: Quotes And Headlines Of The Day

  1. “Showing the February municipal elections to be a sham to the world was also the work of the People’s Army.” – Maoist Strongman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal in “Combat Law.”

    Interpretation: What Mr. Dahal is saying here, without really saying it, is different from most other interpretations of unsuccessful elections. Ordinarily, low voter turnout because of any number of factors including poor candidacy, inadequate planning, etc. could invalidate general polls.

    While the debate over the constitutionality of the February-1 move itself could have invalidated municipal polls, this is not Mr. Dahal’s insinuation. If it were so, he would have chosen to credit the low voter turnout to anything but the actions of the PLA. Because the actions of the PLA (which democratic party leaders shamelessly condoned), was limited to murder, assassination and intimidation.

    If anything, what the murder of innocent poll contenders did (at the hands of the PLA) was it left people wondering whether the polls might have been successful had the prospect of death not factored into running for office, or voting in elections.

    In a repulsive show of self-serving cowardice, not a single mainstream party leader said a word to condemn the PLA’s extermination of poll candidates. Even after self-indicting statements such as the one quoted above, no comments are made. Perhaps the culture of alleged impunity doesn’t reside exclusively within the army after all!

    Ironically, the PLA’s demonstration of what a sham the municipal polls were is precisely what worries the international community (and the lily livered cowards who let the killing happen) about the fate of the constituent assembly polls. What’s to stop the PLA from pulling a repeat demonstration of their municipal poll invalidation, should constituent assembly polls yield unfavorable results to the Maoists? Pushpa Dahal’s word of “honor?”

    Thanks for the clarification Mr. Dahal. Your quote from above is precisely the kind of re-assuring rhetoric the party leaders (and the world) need to hear more of.

  2. “India should not be surprised by my talking about autonomy and self-determination. This is our long-standing ideological position. We want to implement this in Nepal. Purely at a theoretical level we think that this is good for others, too. I have said this in the context of Tibet and other regions of China also.” – Maoist Strongman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal in “Combat Law.”

    Is this man or crack or what? He wants to implement an autonomous and a self-determined Nepali state by implementing a federal structure along ethnic lines – the single most fractious and potentially destabilizing attribute of Nepalese society? What sheer, administrative brilliance from a man who professes extremist nationalist tendencies and whose self-admitted vision entails an imminent confrontation between Nepal and India in the future? No need for India to worry, none at all.

    Further, India (as Nepal’s southern neighbor) shouldn’t be worried because theoretically, Pushpa Dahal thinks segregationist wars in India should also flourish? That Kashimir should have its right to self-determination as should Tamil Nadu, Nagaland and ultimately Bihar and Uttar Pradesh? This, in addition to the burden India will bear from prolonged disharmony, disunity and guaranteed ethnic violence in Nepal?

    Just to be fair, no one should be alarmed because theoretically, Pushpa has forwarded his unsolicited opinion on what he thinks would be good for Tibet, to China also.

    Bravo! Mr. Dahal. We look forward to hearing more of your organization’s “theoretical” ambitions and your dissertation on deriving cohesion out of chaos. India and China, don’t be alarmed! Stand by for discussion of more theoretical possibilities from Nepal’s emerging Nobel Laureate!

  3. Elementary, Sherlock. Your cool confidence and patience with this ‘peace process’ while oblivious to the daily happenings in this country shows that you remain unaffected by the chaos and anarchy that we, who live in Nepal, suffer from daily.

  4. Sherlock,

    I do agree however that the rush to get this peace process over with is a result of inexperience on the part of the negotiators and pressure from a very agitated public who wants peace and an end to maoist terror, it seems at any cost. But of course it would be naive to rush something that is at the centre of Nepali life today – we have to get it right, not just get it fast. A choice of the two would make me go for the former.

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