Newspapers, general public and political leaders are unanimously praising the Agreement and celebrating the achievement
Hearing the news about peace deal, I became so much emotional that tears started coming from my eyes. I saluted the leaders. –Ashok Kumar Pathak, a reader, in Kantipur daily.
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Commander Prachanda deserve Noble Peace Prize. The role of these two in the great effort of creating a New Nepal is second to none. –Sajal Bhattarai, a reader, in Kantipur daily.
A day after the historic agreement between the ruling alliance and Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) that will end the decade long bloody conflict and take country toward peace, Nepalis around the country are celebrating the achievement. Leaders of Seven Party Alliance have lauded the deal where as leaders and cadres of Maoist party around the country are taking out processions to celebrate the peace deal. General public is elated and reports coming in from various parts of Nepal say they are organizing candlelight ceremonies. Major newspapers published from Kathmandu have welcomed the deal and praised the leadership on both sides for agreeing to end the violence.
In its editorial titled “Conditions For The Nation Building”, most influential daily newspaper (Nepali language) Kantipur writes: “There are two clear messages in the agreement. One, political powers of Nepali people are capable of confront the national crisis in peaceful and democratic manner. Another, sustainable stability and peace could be achieved through the politics based on broad national consensus.”
The paper believes that this agreement is just a roadmap to take the country to the Constituent Assembly. “After the formation of CA, that will decide the future course of Nepal on its own. The future of Nepal will depend on political parties and representatives elected by the people of Nepal… Again the responsibility of taking country successfully to the CA lies on the shoulders of political parties…Maoist party should opt the policy of reconciliation abandoning the violent and forceful activities where as other political parties must establish themselves as true democratic institutions. This is the main condition of nation building.”
Under the title “Historical Roadmap”, the state owned Nepali language daily Gorkhapatra writes: “People have started commenting that new ray of building a new Nepal have spread from the morning of Wednesday along with the historical agreement between the seven parties and the Maoist… It would be best to start the mahayagga of implementing the agreement in time.”
Nepal Samacharpatra, another vernacular daily, has Special Editorial titled “Historical Achievement” on the front page. The daily thinks that the 11 year long Maoist peoples’ war “has been formally stopped.” The paper writes, “The contribution of leaders including Girija Prasad Koirala, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prachanda, Sher Bahadur Deuba is important for this achievement as they were continuously engaged to make the summit talks a success respecting peoples’ wish and understanding the ground realities.” The paper also thanks both chief negotiators: Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara. The paper also lauds the role of civil society…. The country has entered to the new age.”
General public is also giving emotional reactions to the historic deal. Hearing the news about peace deal, I became so much emotional that tears started coming from my eyes,” writes Ashok Kumar Pathak in Readers’ Forum page of Kantipur daily. “My trust and respect for political parties became even deeper. I saluted the leaders while closing my eyes that were wet with tear. How much developed our country would be if [political parties] work together to implement the agreement and run the country. I prayed for that.”
“I don’t’ want to hurt myself distrusting leaders,” writes Pathak who has been identified in the Readers’ Forum as the secretary of “Youth for Peace and Human Rights”. “I want to celebrate with a heart free of doubts. Why should I doubt to a commitment to build new Nepal when we are being unsuccessful to because of mutual distrust, non cooperation and disputes?”
Sajal Bhattarai of Kanya Campus, Dillibazar writes, “Our leaders have shown maturity. Leaders from Madhav Nepal of CPN UML to Bharat Bimal Yadav of Nepal Sadbhavana Party deserve respect. But Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, who led the Peoples’ Movement and the government from the time of 12-point agreement and Commander Prachanda who is willing to prove the saying ‘revolution for peace’ deserve Noble Peace Prize. The role of these two in the great effort of creating a New Nepal is second to none. The image of Nepal would be even brighter if these two leaders get the prize for leading the agreement that is an example to the world.”
Padam Thagunna of Darchula warns the United States not to “speak nonsense on the agreement. “The responsibility of solving our problem lies in Nepali people,” Thagunna writes. “We don’t accept foreign intervention. But Americans are always blabbing about our exercise on peace process. These same Americans were telling to befriend King at the time of Jana Andolan 2. But no one listened to them. We should not allow any element to stay in Nepal that intends to trouble the agreement.”
“The agreement has made not only Nepalis but the world happy,” writes Chintan Dhungel of Maitedevi, Kathmandu. “Now the concern is about implementing this and other previous agreements.”