Bargaining Chips On The Upcoming Nepal Peace Summit

The issue of monarchy will be the most crucial in this week’s peace summit. Referendum will be the wisest choice

By Prakash Bom in Queens, New York

Whatever political agendas are there on the table of the Peace Summit for SPA and Maoists to negotiate, it is obvious that the gridlock has been entangled on one fundamental issue– establishment of the republic nation and the abolition of the prospect of the ceremonial monarchy. Before we make this choice decisive we must also contemplate on the legacy of two hundred fifty years old institution of the monarchy – not from the communist point of view, but honestly from the basic human rights protection and questions of the civil liberty.

We must also authentically see the reality of the twenty first century’s practice of democracy that aims to guarantee the civil liberty and complies with the protections of the basic human rights of civic society by the rule of law. The history of the institution of the monarchy has been regressive to these developments for Nepal and Nepali people. These conclusions are based on historical facts, but not on the arbitrary criticism predisposed with certain political ideology, personal or ethnic revulsion. Continue reading Bargaining Chips On The Upcoming Nepal Peace Summit

General Lunch: Nepal Army Cheif In Jawan Bhanchha

But Is This General Serious To Uplift the Situation of Soldiers in Nepali Army or These Photos Are Part Of His Publicity Stunts?

Nepali Army Jawan Bhanchha
Gyanendra Serves His Boss: Chief Of the Aarmy Staff General Rookmangad Katawal being served his lunch by Sipahi Gyanendra Karki and Sipahi Mansing Nepali at the NCO’s Mess (Jawan Bhanchha), Army HQ, last week.

By Dinesh Wagle
Photos and captions provided by Nepali Army DPR

In the last several days, just like at the time of conflict when the army was involved in fighting with the Maoists, we have been receiving press releases from the Directorate of the Public Relations (DPR) of the Nepali Army in our inbox along with many pictures that depict the visit of different barracks around the country by the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rookmangad Katawal. But the pictures are focused on showing only one aspect of the visit: that General Katawal is having lunch with soldiers in the Soldiers’ Mess. These visits have been described as the first of these kinds by the army. On the 5th and 6th of Kartik, General Katawal visited the barracks in Morang, Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar, Bhojpur, Taplejung, Sankhuwasabha, Terathum, and Sunsari districts. “This is the first time a COAS has visited soldiers in remote army barracks and security base on the occasion of Dipawali,” a release issued by the DPR states. Continue reading General Lunch: Nepal Army Cheif In Jawan Bhanchha

Nepal Peace Process: Maoists- Nepali Congress Agree on 95 Percent Political Issues

Confidence over arms mgmt growing

By Ameet Dhakal
News Editor, the Kathmandu Post

KATHMANDU, Oct 27 – Nepali Congress (NC) and Maoist leaders are busy giving the finishing touches to political agreements reached and are narrowing their differences over the issue of arms management. The NC and Maoists leaders held a crucial meeting Wednesday to sharpen their understandings on political issues reached during the last summit talks. One political leader involved in the meeting said they have reached agreement on almost 95 percent of the political issues and have even documented this. Continue reading Nepal Peace Process: Maoists- Nepali Congress Agree on 95 Percent Political Issues

Reason For Rejecting The Front Proposal

An article by Kantipur editor Narayan Wagle that talks about why Nepali Congress, mainly its leader and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, has rejected the proposal for a Front to promote pro-republican issues in Nepal. Title: ???????? ???????? ????????? ????

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