In Nepal, A Historic Agreement Is Signed By Maoist and Ruling Alliance

For the record: This is probably the best year in centuries for our country Nepal where we are seeing series of ground breaking decisions and agreements that will have long lasting impact on the future of Nepalis. After the historic success of the April uprising that upheld our political rights and civil liberties, today we have seen yet another historic agreement between the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists rebels. [The summit talks held between the top SPA and Maoist leaders at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s official residence at Baluwatar on Monday Tuesday reached the agreement. Leaders were engaged in talks for as long as 21 hours continuously.] This is indeed a moment of reflection and celebration. God, we suffered so much in the past. Yahoo! we have bright days ahead! There is a notion that democracy doesn’t function in non-Christian society or that people can’t do anything in a backward country like Nepal. But the recent events in Nepal have shown the world that there is something others can learn from us: what people can do when they are united! Tyrants fall and even armed rebels are forced to opt for the peace.

While celebrating, we must realize that this is not the end. We have a long way to go. The talk process is still fragile and both SPA and Maoists will have to deal on small but important details. We the people must be vigil, constantly, over what’s going on around us. To make the election of CA a success is our responsibility as well. To use the election for the benefit of peace and democracy is our responsibility. There needs continuous pressure over our leaders as well. The pressure must be exerted on both sides: Seven Party Alliance and the CPN Maoist.

Key Points of The Agreement

– Comprehensive peace accord by Nov 16

– Interim Constitution by Nov 21

– Interim Parliament (330 members) by Nov 26

– Interim government by Dec 1

– Parliament will announce the Interim Constitution and Interim Parliament will endorse

– Constituent Assembly with 425 members [205 members will be elected from current 205 constituencies as per the rule of ‘person with majority of votes will win’, other 204 will be nominated by the parties as per the nationwide popular vote they get in the election. The interim cabinet will nominate the rest 16 seats]

-Voting age: 18 years at the time of the promulgation of interim constitution. Mixed voting system will be applied.

– First meeting of the CA will decide the fate of monarchy by simple majority

– Maoist will set up cantonments in Kailali, Surkhet, Rolpa, Palpa, Kavre, Sindhuli and Ilam, separate their arms from their combatants, and lock them in storage by Nov 24. Only the arms necessary to guard the cantonments will be outside the cantonment. The key of the lock will be with the Maoist. Three additional small cantonments will be around the main one.UN will observe the process and install record and siren equipment. UN will inspect the storage at the presence of the concerned party (NA). A detailed technical procedure of the camera monitoring will be prepared by the UN, Nepal government and the Maoist.

-Nepali Army will be confined into barracks as per the commitment expressed in a letter sent to the UN. It will be ensured that their arms will not be used for or against anyone. Nepali Army will store amount of arms and ammunitions that is equal to the amount stored by the Maoist army and locked up. The key will be with the Nepali Army. [UN related provisions are same as mentioned in previous point]

– The security of Maoist leaders will be managed as per the understanding with the government.

– 2046 BS (mid April 1990 is the cut off date for citizenship eligibility

-SPA and Maoist will form committees on mutual understanding in local district, city and village development committees

– Truth and reconciliation commission will be formed to find truth about those who are involved in crime against humanity and violation of human rights at the time of armed conflict, and to create harmony in society.

– A high level commission will be formed to make public the whereabouts of situation of those said to be disappeared by the Nepal government and the Maoist in the past.

– The process of returning the houses and lands captured will be intensified. Ensure the atmosphere in which internally displaced citizens could return back. A committee represented by both sides (SPA and the Maoist) will be formed. All these things will be done within a month

– Maoist and the state will publicly announce that they have taken back all charges and allegations slapped against political leaders and cadres and political prisoners on both sides will be released immediately

– The king will have no right whatsoever in governing the country.

– All properties of the late king Birendra, late queen Aishwarya and their families will be brought under the government of Nepal and a trust will be formed to use the property.

-All palaces at different places, forests and national parks, historical and archeological heritage sites etc that belong to Gyanendra as the King will be nationalized

– The parliament will be dissolved after the interim parliament is set up.

– Peoples’ government, peoples’ court functioning under the Maoist and all other Maoist machineries related to regime will be dissolved on the day interim parliament is formed.

– Interim parliament will be run on the basis of political consensus.

– Interim parliament will not include people who were against the Peoples’ Movement [of April]. Bam Morcha, a member of the SPA, will be given some seats as per the mutual agreement as they don’t have representation in the current parliament.

– Interim cabinet will be formed on the basis of mutual understanding.

– The concept and values of independent judiciary will be followed.

– Judiciary will be made committed to the interim constitution, democracy and the spirit of the Peoples’ Movement.

– Constitutional Court will be established to look into remedies of disputes related to Constituent Assembly

– A high level joint committee will monitor the implementation of agreements and understandings

– The government will take action against anyone who violates the law, code of conduct, agreements and understandings and brings them under the law.

– All parties are free to present themselves in the election of the constituent assembly with the issues like republic, economic-social transformation, referendum, election systems in which no common agreement could be reached.

– A high level commission will be formed to advice for the state reconstruction.

– The constituent assembly will decide on the national restructuring.

– Common minimum programs for economic-social transformation to end all forms of feudalism will be implemented on the basis of mutual agreement.

– Policies to implement scientific land reform programs to end the feudal landownership will be formulated.

Different opinion of UML (At the end of the agreement, after the signatures of all top 8 leaders of 8 parties, is a note of disagreement by UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal)

Our party has following differences of opinion even as we have agreed to implement all above decisions because all other parties have agreed to do so.

1. There must be referendum, along with the election of Constituent Assembly, to decide whether to keep monarchy or not.

2. Proportionate voting method will be the most democratic form of voting to be opted in the election of Constituent Assembly.

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73 thoughts on “In Nepal, A Historic Agreement Is Signed By Maoist and Ruling Alliance”

  1. well dinesh your new blog is older than my reporting. i did listen to radio and typed it for the sake of you guys. you do it late and even then don’t give the full details. you’re awaiting TKP to arrive so that you could post it.

    you perhpas now know why maoists win!!

    UWB: “Maobadi”, thanks a bunch! We know you guys are the most technically savvy in the Nepali political circuit! 🙂

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  2. I am shocked that Girija is given chance to nominate 16 members of CA. This is not democracy> These 16 members can have deciding power and King G will remain.. I can forsee the situation

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  3. Now lets see how many weapons the Maoists murderes will hide and use that to intimidate people during the election.

    If their past records are to go by I don’t have any hope whatsoever. Once you get used to getting results through violence you will never go back being playing by the rule.

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  4. This “historic” agreement has only boosted the morale of the Maoists militia who are terrorising the residents of Kathmandu forcing them to give shelter and food to at least 10 of their guerrillas. I thought Pushpa Kamal and gang believed in competitive democracy where the people had the choice to support or not support any ideas, political set up and political ideology. Now, it is as though the entire nation is captive to the Maoists and whether we line it or not, we have to “support” the Maoists activities directly or idirectly. Even though it may be unwillingly, even providing food to the Maoists guerrillas is tantamount to supporting their cause and whether the Maoists like it or not, not many in kathmandu are actually willinging extending this support because they simply do not believe in their ideology and the path they have taken to snatch power. So, we might want to rejoice this deal last night as historical but the lives of the people are going to change and change for the worse only to support the ideology of a handful of people. So, on the face of it, we will get rid of feudal system but we will all be welcoming brute use of force where the most strong will always have tis way– and at present, the most organized and strong (only because the Army is in cantonement) seems to be the Maoists. Well, they are making hay while the sun is out.

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  5. Guyfromktm,

    I share your concern. If the Maoist cadres had not terrorized the people of Kathmandu at this rejoiceful moment, thousands of people would take to the street cheering the lat night’s pact. The Maoists didn’t even allow people to smile at this beautiful moment.

    Maoists have no idea about what democracy is. More worrying is the fact that they don’t want to learn the basics of democracy. They have a false impression that they are the most popular and the largest political force in the country, and the last night’s pact is their victory. That is why, they think all ordinary people need to feed them and give them shelter.

    I strongly believe that the fate of the Nepalese people will not improve even from the last night’s pact. An evil in the name of Maoism has entered our threshold. We won’t be able to smile until the evil goes away.

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  6. Not to be spoilsport for the slip slides. Rejoicing should starts only when things spelled out are enacted. But the truth is, its a total rout of SPA- no doubt about it. In practical terms we are under Maoist rule. I give them credit for their achievement although I do not agree one bit with thier method or idealogy

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  7. I see the typical mentality of jumping the gun. Signing papers is one thing, let’s wait and see what the reality is! How many ceasefire codes of conducts and multiple point agreements were signed? What difference did it make? Just because the NA is not fighting the PLA, does that constitute a ceasefire? Maybe for the NA and PLA, but for the common population there has been no ceasefire till date. Talk about counting your chickens….

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  8. Backdraft,

    Yesterday’s ‘achievement’ does not ensure peace and democracy in Nepal because of the very ‘methods or ideology of the maoists’ to which you disagree. I think things produced through bad method or ideology cannot live long. Do not mistake me for a royalist, but the Maoists are and will always be an obstacle to your and mine happiness.

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  9. Finally a piece of paper is signed, it is temporry relief for the citizens of this country. Let’s see if these buggers can put it into action.

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  10. Democrats are from Venus and Maoists are from Mars

    Ever since the euphoric end of the April uprising and the suspension of Maoist hostilities, matters in Nepal have progressed (more or less) in a positive direction. The King failed and has been punished for his arrogance; the Maoists have agreed (in theory) to arms management and are being rewarded with a certain degree of legitimacy; members of the SPA (the NC, NC-D and UML in particular) felt humiliated and have now exacted their retribution on the monarch.

    At the highest level of abstraction, this is a succinct summary of post-April 2006 transformations in Nepal. It’s a pretty hefty list of accomplishments considering where Nepal was before February-1 so jubilation from all quarters (political and non-political) should be the norm.

    Contrary to this expectation, the only groups that are unconditionally rejoicing are the Maoists and their affiliates. The reason being, no matter how Nepali intellectuals want to rationalize it, what has unfolded in Nepal is an unquestionable Maoist victory.

    Arrogance, Greed, Obstinacy and Shortsighted Retribution

    The position adopted by those who advocated a “peace at any cost” approach, has been simple. Their risk perception remained skewed by an understandable but oversimplified worldview. It was a vision that sold easily and continues to yield political capital.

    This position proposed the monarchy as the root of all evil – a feudal institution that had refused to modernize, an anachronistic mode of governance that continued to inhibit democratic instinct and a 240 year old institution that had continued to suppress the Nepali people through traditions rooted in religion and a military that exhibited unquestioned loyalty to the crown.

    Although to large extents, the accusations against the monarchy were valid, the majority who rallied against the institution did so with short-sighted emotion, malicious intent and a sense of personal humiliation, yearning for swift revenge. These were the very assets that proved to be potent allies for the Maoists, whose designation transformed overnight from “terrorists” to “political allies” of the mainstream parties in Nepal.

    To the benefit of King Gyanendra’s critics, he obliged their criticisms by embarking on a path with no plan in sight, by serving as the vanguard of a 240 year institution that by allegation, was meant to disrupt civil liberties and suppress democratic institutions.

    Instead of acting as the ultimate protectorate of the constitution and a source of national identity and cohesion, the King stumbled down a unprescribed path of blunders by failing to foster political unity. To the contrary, the politics that emerged from the palace proceeded to plunder the little unity that remained, at an unprecedented rate.

    Disillusioned Intellectuals and Silenced Convictions

    But this isn’t where the story ends. In fact, this is just the beginning of a different chapter in Nepal’s contemporary history of political upheaval, tensions and general chaos. The potential end of the monarchy marks the end of the Maoists’ struggle. This “revolution” will undoubtedly be used by the Maoists (and their intellectuals abroad), to rationalize the unrelenting application of violence (in the pursuit of political gain). The end of the monarchy also marks the end of a natural hedge against left-wing extremism in Nepal (and South Asia-at-large).

    It is also not inconsequential that the end of this institution marks the end of activism by those who found it convenient to oppose an extreme that was guaranteed to attract them adulation. But now, this same self-righteous, holier-than-thou lot refuses to rally in opposition against the other extreme – an endeavor in which failure (at least for now) is virtually guaranteed.

    Despite lofty claims of convictions and democratic allegiance, none of the grand opposition needed to ensure the establishment of liberal democracy in Nepal, is currently at play. Most regrettably, the political forces one would expect to rally against leftist extremism are in a state of ideological disarray; the non-political forces that once vowed to oppose tyranny (independent of its origins), are busy coddling and condoning Maoist aggression, fooling themselves that the indoctrination of Maoists into the mainstream will disproportionately make the Maoists more democratic (as opposed to the making the mainstream more leftist).

    The Illusion of Centrist Politics

    Aside from its declaration on paper as representing Nepal’s “centrist” focal point, the Nepali Congress remains divided and marred by internal feuding on the succession of its party leadership. As before February-1, the NC’s leadership is fractious and inefficient. Power within the party is undemocratically centered on one man – Girija Prasad Koirala – who by any measure of rational thinking is one of the most controversial figures in Nepali politics. (A hero today, Mr. Koirala was known to have hijacked a plane in his day, which gives us all hope that tomorrow, Mr. Dahal may also “save” the country during another era of need).

    To top off this list of unending concerns, Girija Koirala is nearing the end of his biological tenure – a risk of catastrophic proportions (to both the peace process and national stabilization) were the inevitable to occur. Internal feuding appears to be the only contingency for this eventual outcome – yet another source of joy for elements that wish to see radical left wing politics, gain ground in Nepal.

    For a man running the last stretch of human tenure, the prospect of a Nobel Peace Prize may outweigh the risk of losing national sovereignty – for as long as he dies in the knowledge that he was instrumental is bringing peace, what would Girija care if after his death, Nepal burnt itself to the ground? Mr. Koiriala is notorious for his shortsightedness – chalk up another point on the scoreboard for the leftists!

    What was previously the Rastriya Prajatantra Party remain fragmented in three separate groups – a consequence of February-1 politics. Although murmurs of a democratic alliance have emerged from within the ranks of these smaller political entities, the larger and more natural balance to leftist politics (the Nepali Congress) has expressed little interest in serving to foster such a front. Once again, great news for left-leaning groups in Nepal.

    While the realization that a “centrist” counterweight (to openly radical leftist politics) is insufficient may have crept into the NC leadership’s thought process, the alternative of advocating more conservative politics does not present itself as a credible option either.

    The revival of palace politics at this point is a complete show stopper – an approach that Girja has suggested on several occasions and one that has been vehemently opposed by his own party’s leadership. These leaders correctly understand the usefulness of a republican slogan but do not understand that the slogan “belongs” to their newly crowned political competitors – the Maoists.

    Enter the Maoists….

    As the Maoists prepare for their victory parade on the 10th of November, in Kathmandu, in the heart of the NC’s support base, the NC struggles to convince its mid-level workers that it is safe to reignite political activities at the village and district levels – those who have faced the brunt of Maoist atrocities know better.

    Putting aside grass-roots politics for a moment, a certain NC Member of Parliament can probably speak to the phenomenon of Maoist intimidation best. When this individual rallied within the Parliament, in opposition to Home Minister Krishna Sitoula’s dirty politics, the MP’s brother was kidnapped, held for ransom and was released (after a hefty extortion fee) on the condition that no further lobbying would be conducted, in opposition to the Maoists.

    This is what Maoist politics is all about. One can hope and fool and dream and wish that the Maoist entry into mainstream politics will be event free; that the Maoists will embrace the democratic mainstream and that they will compete and participate in the democratic process with full commitment to the rule of law, respect for other political competitors and that their influence in politics will not kill the already ailing Nepalese economy.

    The reality of the situation is that aside from total disregard for the notion of private property, demonstrated affinity for intimidation and violence (as levers to garner political support) and despite Prachanda’s confusing statement that Nepal’s Maoists have rejected Maoism and embraced capitalism (then why in the world was the 11 year insurgency fought?), there is neither practical (historical) evidence to cheer on the Maoist victory, nor is there any basis to laud seemingly positive commitments that the Maoists have made in theory.

    Whatever the case may be, Nepal as of this day is as good as being a communist state. The NC initially bled the Maoists using state forces, the Maoists bled the nation in return and now the Maoists are back with a vengeance. And there is nothing (no army, no political force, no international assistance) to stop this nihilistic force from uprooting remnants of what they consider Nepal’s “feudal” structure – the heart of which is the Nepali Congress.

    In celebration of their victory, the Maoists will bleed the Nepali Congress. It may not be tomorrow, it may not be in 6 months, but before Nepal goes into constituent assembly elections, the Nepali Congress will pay dearly for its short-sighted miscalculations and its overzealous pursuit of a false peace.

    According to some, civil war on a scale previously not witnessed in Nepal, may now be inevitable.

    To rational observers of Nepal’s politics, this is precisely why Nepali Democrats are from Venus and the Nepali Maoists are from Mars.

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  11. How come people of Kathmandu enjoy about the peace agreement. The day they had signed the agreement, the maoist came to each house demanding to shelter and food for 10 people. How single family with only one man can give the shelter to 10 men. How people can be secured inside their house with 10 people? That is why kupondole is tensed…and tesed is increasing other part of kathmandu also…the general people requested maoist commitment not to threaten each house. But commitment is still on waiting list…it is quite surprising how come we are heading toward democracy and freedom and whats the use of signing the agreement means. This present government is acting like a HIJADA, people are in the street demanding their security and Home Minister not listening it seriously…what people expect from this singned agreement…so government has to immediately react on this issue and should commit security to the people….then only jouy will come to the people….

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  12. Sanjeev,

    I understand where you are coming from. I am with you. Point I was trying to make was we tend to get sold down the river by hypocrisy and sycophancy too often. Yes, the zealots with guns are here and have quashed SPA to pulp and words have been spoken that actually mirrors ONE PARTY RULE- a goal of Maoist. So premature celebration of Peace at last is fatal and should be done with caution- road is still slippery.

    The way the things are- I am not convinced that “peace is here to stay” not even by SPA standard. Cheap talks of developing Nepal within ten years, making it another Switzerland just smacks of insult and utter lack of reality. We are living in a irrational times but we should not be forced to accept as word from the wise, for they are not.

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  13. well i can see the frustrations of darbariya buggers littered in this posting. (and yes, sala bush also lost in the election) i was astounded to see the more rational sanjeev sitting in the same boat! man, you shouldn’t.

    guys: don’t spit venom towards the maoists. after all they are not very different from you all (i’m not referring to buggers). well there certainly is ‘class’ difference however we could all walk hand in hand in rebuilding the nation.

    you could see the difficulties maoists are facing when they come to open politics. had it been the same as in the past the maoists could easily have whisked away the murmers of the different group regarding the request to feed some of our cadres during Friday’s meeting. The maoists could see certain groups (emale esp) trying to spoil us here but its not that easy you see once you decide to come to competitive poltics. the cadres had to adapt to the situation which they never faced.

    it will take time guys. just wait and watch.

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  14. While celebrating, we must realize that this is not the end. We have a long way to go. The talk process is still fragile and both SPA and Maoists will have to deal on small but important details.

    Good observation UWB. I am elated to know about this important and historic development in the country but equally cautious about the days ahead. We will be seeing countless bargains as to who will get which ministry to who will be nominated in the parliament to which provisions (smaller they will be) to be included in the Interim constitution etc. So there will be some disappointing headlines in the newspapers as they will take some time, bark at each other and what not.

    And the CA elections? The campaigns? UML and Maoists have already started to fight and beating each other. I don’t want to but I expect more such fights and brawls between CPN UML and Maoists in the days to come. I haven’t forgotten their war for Bagbazaar ko Bhitto.

    The issue of arms management that they finalized yesterday (or today) is just temporary one. There will be the most important issue: reintegration of the Maoist army. How that will be done? It will be a really long and tedious process. How the national restructuring will be finalized? That will be even more difficult issue. Sachi, how will the first meeting of CA decide on the future of monarchy? I am super curious to see all these events.

    But I am optimistic that this will all lead to a politically unified, peaceful and throbbing democratic Nepal in the next few years.

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  15. maobadi,
    Kupondole is jammed with protestors against the maoist high handedness. Already not sounding too cock sure are you seeing from your last post! From your cock sure attitude you have toned down to appealing to us about giving time, in a matter of hours! It’s time to come back down to earth comrade and fast. I hope the real maobadi cadres understand this and not just couch patatoe ones.

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  16. We may yet see a real revolution of the people. Continue maoists with your totalitarian ways, and we will see it soon.

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  17. maobadi,

    We are fed up to the back teeth by your calling anyone who is against your maobadi ways durbariya. It’s old news, go wipe yor ar$e with it. If you have anything worth saying do it, but all this durbariya bull crap is getting stale and stinking of maoist poo.

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  18. Hearty congratulations to the people of Nepal.

    The developements of this year have put Nepal in a prominent place on the international political map of nations struggling for democracy, justice, peace and development .

    Nepal stands out for the success of its positive and progressive process, for all its difficulties, with the potential to unite the nation to travel a new path towards a more prosperous, dynamic and more equitable future.

    Perhaps it’s appropriate to say “Namaste!” AND “Lal Salaam!” AND a big “BRAVO!” to the people of Nepal.

    Sincerely,
    “Iskra”

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  19. can someone tell me what exactly is the Hijada Situal doing being called the Home Minsiter of the country when his police force simply refuses to take any actions against groups of people who want to invade our homes and occupy it, not to mention the demand for food as well. Is this the kind of competitive democracy that Pushpa kamal was talking about– where people compete for which house to take over, and which group of people to harrass? What’s happening in Kopundole is exemplary and full support should be extended to the people who have chosen to come out and protest against the atrocities. In April people rose against autocracy but what Prachanda and his gang are doing is no different that another form of autocracy– so, let’s go out and protest! we have the right to live in peace and not continue to live in fear of the terrorists.

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  20. Maoists’ lodging demand irks capital residents

    LALITPUR, Nov 8 – Kathmanduites on Wednesday staged protests against the Maoists’ demand that the residents of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhakthapur house and feed Maoist supporters and cadres who have gathered in Kathmandu to take part in Friday’s convention of the Newa Mukti Morcha.
    According to sources, in Lalitpur, locals created a two-hour-long traffic jam at Kupondole. Similarly, Kathmandu residents also staged a sit-in around the Maoist office in Lalitpur against the Maoist excesses that come in the face of yesterday’s milestone accord.

    Locals of Dhobighat and Kupondole had taken out rallies that converted into a sit-in in front of the Maoist office, sources said.

    The police have stationed themselves in front of the Maoist office after a sizeable number of protestors swarmed the office periphery chanting angry slogans.

    The Maoists are launching a massive drive to bring over a sea of cadres and its sympathizers from outside the valley to Kathmandu to attend the convention which will be addressed by Maoist Chairman Prachanda.

    Some residents in localities including Bagdol, Nakkhipot, Dhobighat, Dholahiti, Balkhu, Thapagaun, Magargaun, Bhainsepati, Khumaltar, Hattiban and Kusunti had complained that they had been asked to provide shelter to up to 10 cadres each. They have also asked the residents to feed their cadres for three days. Locals at Pulchowk and Mangalbazar in Lalitpur and Harisiddhi in Bhaktapur had even protested against the Maoists’ demand at the local police offices.

    In Kathmandu, the rebels have made similar demands at Kalanki, Balaju, Bouddha, Phutung and Buddhanagar and in Bhaktapur at Jadibuti, Gatthaghar and Madhyapur Thimi, among other localities.

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  21. Senor Iskra:

    I doubt you would admit or let any Maoist group have a free hand in your own country. You enjoy the democratic freedoms in your country. You have a peace, stability & security benefits from the rule of law in your country. However, from your cozy comforts of suburbia–probably sipping wine, smoking an expensive Cuban cigar & wearing a designer Che t-shirt–you pontificate to us Nepalis, the merits of Maobadi & Lal Salaam.

    Please spare us the left leaning Europhile jargon. It is easy to indulge in semantics when you are detached from reality. Nepali people have suffered needlessly. Maobadi is a experiment gone bad. If the end was cooperative democratic politics, then, they merely wasted 10 years & 14,000 lives, destroyed valuable infrastructure & put development back by 50 years. Power from the barrel only leads to political stagnation. If you only knew the harsh reality & the truth…

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  22. I think yesterday night marks the birth of a new form of dictatorship, i.e. maoist dictatorship. We need another revolution against these dictators. Let’s start that in November. We can celebrate the new English new year as the citizens of a free democratic republic of Nepal free from the Maoists and monarchy.

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  23. Backdraft,

    What an intelligent comment you made. Everytime I listen to the maoist plan of developing Nepal I get nausea. I am very,very glad to know that you have the same impression about their plan for a ‘prosperous’ Nepal.

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  24. Sanjeev,

    Exactly. I am fed up of all these buggers who claim to be for the people and democracy but are not. Even having the audacity to talk about American politics as if they know anything about how a democracy functions. Then if you say anything against their undemocratic practices they go on a rant about being durbariya. For the record I will vote the monarchy to kingdom come and will make sure these totalitarian morons are voted out to the gutter where they belong!

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  25. yeah right very democratic republic- might be more like People’s republic!! The groups of protestors in Kopundole and Kalaki who were demonstrating against the Maoists atrocities were chased away by batallions of Maoists guerrillas who came in marching in. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of everything in Nepal. Guys, brace yourself for the Communist Republic of Nepal.

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  26. It is a good agreement but we have to be vigilent about its implementation. Katai “Lagoo” ko Ulto nahos bhanne Kamana Chha.I still doubt about the intentions of Maoists and UML.

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  27. Nepal’s coutry side folks had to put up with maoists jungli rule for over a decade while the so called city people in Kathmandu entertained themselves at the dohoris. You the people of Kathmanddu did not give a damn about what the village folks went through. Now, it’s your turn to atleast taste the effects of civil war that had been raging in the hills.

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  28. POLITICS OF MAOISTS IS BASED ON GUNS AND VIOLENCE, NOTHING ELSE.

    Maoists had started movement in Nepal by terrorizing poor people from rural areas and the only ideology they have is terror and violence.

    I am surprised to see people acting like fools and believe that Maoist murderers will follow the 15-point agreement.

    How can election be possible with a party who have guns and goondas (hooligans).

    Maoists are showing their true colour now in Kathmandu, by forcing people to shelter and feed their goondas and killers who are in Kathmandu, not to listen to Prachanda but to enjoy free food and shelter.

    Home is like a temple for Nepalese people. What will happen to the psychology of children and women in the house who are forced to shelter 10 murderers???

    Well, what a freedom !!!

    I hope that Nepalese people come to their senses and become bold enough to raise their voice against Maoist Murderers.

    What is Nepalese Government doing? What is International Community and the so called United Nations doing?

    International Community should quickly intervene before the situation in Nepal deteriorates further. Otherwise we will see a birth of a Rogue and Terrorist Nation in the form of Nepal, which will force millions of people in Nepal to get killed by Maoists as it has happened in Cambodia.

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  29. hill tribe people– you are absolutely right…… now, it is the maoist s cadres that are being entertained at the dohoris.. and the poor people from the villages– well, they are being ordered leave behind their work in the villages and swarm Kathmandu to attend the maoist rally which has now be called off– the same poor villagers will now be ordered to go back and be prepared to come and attend another of these ill planned maoist rallies— I hope you give a damn about this– BTW, pushpa kamal was driving around in a Pajero like vehicle while his cadres are knowcking on the doors of the people of kathmandy for euta bas a due chakh khana…. I am sure you are a happy man with this arrangement Hill tribe people!!

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  30. SAD NEWS FOR MAOISTS WHO HAD BEEN PLANNING FOR FREE TRIP AND SHELTER TO KATHMANDU !!!

    MAOISTS MEETING IN KATHMANDU HAS BEEN CANCLELLED (OR POSTPONED) DUE TO BOLD DEMONSTRATIONS BY PEOPLE OF KATHMANDU VALLEY AGAINST MAOISTS.

    MAOISTS WERE THINKING THAT THEY WILL TERRORIZE PEOPLE OF KATHMANDU VALLEY IN THE SAME WAY AS THEY HAVE DONE IN RURAL AREAS, BUT SINCE PEOPLE OPPOSED TO FEED AND SHELTER MAOISTS MURDERERS AND BUTCHERS, MAOISTS HAD NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CANCEL THEIR MASS MEETING……….OTHERWISE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST A HANDFUL OF THEIR SUPPORTERS FROM NEPAL.

    ITS NO SURPRISE THAT NEWARS DONT SUPPORT MAOISTS AND THIS MEETING IN THE NAME OF NEWARS HAS BEEN A BIG BLOW TO MAOISTS.

    SALUTE TO NEWARS AND PEOPLE OF KATHMANDU FOR RISING AGAINST MAOISTS !!!!

    I HOPE ENTIRE NEPALESE PEOPLE WILL SHOW THEIR PAIN AND SUFFERING FROM MAOISTS MORE OPENLY IN COMING DAYS !!!

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  31. The beginning of a new era.
    this surely is the beginning of a new era but any great treaty does not become a success by the face value. there are a few rhetoric questions that nee dto be answered.
    1. noting the observation by UWB aboout the finer details , how do we know what is the amount of arms that is required by the maoists to maintain the cantonement?
    2. who will ensure that arms will not be used for any other purpose than keeping thier cantonemetn?
    3. What is the requirement of them holding back the arms? do we want to continue having a parallel army of the maoists? is it thier back up kind of a thing so that they can resort back to violence from the present situation if the result of the elections are not favourable to them? if the comorades are confident about the developments will lead to peace then why this stand by mode for fear of what?
    4. what after the constituton ? who wil decide how much army does the nation require?
    5. what will be the development if the power sharing basis of the maoists will not satisfy them..WHAT IS THIER TO INHIBIT THEM FROM BREAKING THE LOCKS AND FLASHING THIER GUNS AGAIN,,,WITH INNUMERABLE EXCUSES THEY CAN MAKE AGAIN?
    6. what is the significance of the nepal army in all this? who wil maintain the law and order ? the ineffective police the incapacitated army whom even the guerillas search in thier own country or the maoists them selves wil do the policing ?
    or do you expect it is another RAM RAJYA weher no crimes will take place?
    7. The constitution making will be completed in such a short time .. DO THE POLICY MAKERS BELIEVE IN A CUT COPY PASTE ?
    8. the judicial court or the constitutional court for matters related to the interim constitution will refer to which HOLY BOOK FOR ITS JUDGEMENT ? or the whims and fancys of the selected so called judge will be the final verdict?
    there are many but for going into datail lets start with these important ones…
    BE OPTIMISTIC.. WITH OUT COMPROMISE FROM ALL NOTHING CAN BE ACHIECED..

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  32. People, fight for your freedom! This is your human right. Don’t allow to killers and criminals to introduce dictatorship in your country!

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  33. cut the crap:
    while this agreement is a positive achievement it is still a good idea to keep vigilant and cautious. The Maoist aren’t excatly known to honor their word and keep their promises.
    So let’s hope things work out, but let’s not get too excited just get.

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  34. It’s good it’s all good so far! An agreement for the Maoists to lock up their arms and join the maintstream-in the interim govt. no less. I’m sure there will be some disgruntled Maoist used to the easy ways, but they will be in the minority and marginalized. And what a spectacle today-the general public of Lalitpur protesting against the Maoists office! That’s great-let them realise the harsh realities that Nepal face instead of just chanting their mantras.

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  35. The Devil is in the Details & Implemention…

    Yes, it is a historic Peace Agreement. It seems the SPA & the Maoists Agreement is based upon deep faith & mutual understanding amongst the leaders rather than actual written contractual Agreement.

    Agreements are mere documents but putting it in practise is yet to be seen. Implemention is the test of the resolve of the leaders.

    If what is being witnessed in the country in regards to Maoists intimidation & forced donations, Agreement is one thing but actual implementation is another thing.

    Underlying belief of this Agreement is that there will be no breach of the contractual Agreement. If there is breach of the Agreement, there is no provision for conflict resolution. The assumption is that UN will play the refree without defining a role for the UN except as weapons monitors.

    If there could be a problem is the fact both the PLA & NA are allowed to keep some arms for security purposes in their cantonments or barracks. The amount is not specified. It is very vague “…all the arms and ammunitions except those needed for the security of the cantonments shall be securely stored and locked with a single padlock within the cantonments and the concerned side shall keep the key.”

    However, the biggest issue about arms management is that the Agreement is silent on what happens to the arms of the Maoists after the CA elections? There is no provision mentioned about the destruction of the Maoists arms or surrendering of their arms to the government. This leaves an option open to the Maoists or their factions to raise their arms again in the future.

    Agreements are all theoritical. Putting it in actual practise is the key to peace in Nepal.

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  36. My worry is that in paper whatever you write and claim that you have agreed so and so, but it depends on the actual practice. for example, there was already 25 point Code of conduct and other agreements. Six months passed since we had achieved Jana Andolan II. Do the maoists adhere to them ? No. So tomorrow do you believe that Maoists will do it according to the new agreement of today ?
    I am happy that at last some Nepalese of patan came to the street against them. prachanda also hurriedly signed today’s agreement otherwise there was already a wave against Maoists all over the country. If we could have resisted one month, all Maoists had to go to India; I tell you man !!!

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